3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 24, 2021 8:37 AM by John Shock

    Seeking information about Van Zandt

    John Shock Newbie

      Family lore says that an ancestor named Van Zandt a was spy in the Revolutionary War, and eventually changed his name to De Garmo. If this actually happened, is there a source where it typically would have been documented? Geography most likely NJ or southeastern PA.

        • Re: Seeking information about Van Zandt
          Eric Kilgore Adventurer

          Dear John Shock,


          Thank you for your question on History Hub!


          The best place for you to start your search is on the National Archives website’s page, The American Revolution. There you can find the various kinds of records where a soldier’s name might appear, as well as the different databases and search engines you can use to look up their name. There are links to the National Archives catalog as well as Ancestry, Family Search, and Fold3. Try different sites to see which of their search functions are easiest for you to use.  I recommend casting a "wide net" and search those series like Pension Records due to the sheer amount of records.


          Here's another interesting bit; a blog from the Archivist of the United States on the subject.  https://aotus.blogs.archives.gov/2010/09/10/was-your-ancestor-a-revolutionary-war-spy/



          For more information about these records, please contact National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We wish you all the best with your research!



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          • Re: Seeking information about Van Zandt
            Elliot Schneider Ranger

            Mr. Shock,


            I found a Branardus Van Zandt who was in the New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. Also found a John Van Zandt also from the same New Jersey Militia Regiment. Also found a George Van Zant in the Pennsylvania Regiment which may or may not be related but I can see how in those days Van Zandt could have been spelled Van Zant instead. Remember most people were illiterate in those days unless coming from a prominent wealthy family.





            Branardus Van Zandt:





            John Van Zandt:


            Follow the link for widows pension land bounty apllication https://catalog.archives.gov/id/111461464




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