Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday-Family Military History

Johann Jacob Arner-

Zionsville Lutheran Cemetery, Lehigh, PA

Jacob was my 5th great grandfather on my father's side. His original stone is all in German but as you can see by the newer stone, he fought
in the Revolutionary War. This was the beginning
of the Military History in this part of my family.

Jacob's Granddaughter, Hannah Arner, married
Captain John Van Billiard. I am still researching him, But
his obituary has him connected to the tenth Company,
97th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia.

John and Hannah's son Jerome, along with his brothers
Martin and Oliver, were Union solders in the Civil War.

John and Hannah's Granddaughter, Elizabeth Van Billiard,
married David O'Donnell. David served in WWI.

David and Elizabeth's son, George(my Dad), along with his brother Charles, served in WWII. David Jr served in Korea. A few of David and Elizabeth's grandchildren and great grandchildren have also served.

So this was what Johan Jacob Arner began and was carried through the Arner-Van Billiard-O'Donnell family.

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