I haven’t done much research on my Revolutionary War ancestors. Most of the ancestors I’ve been researching lived in the nineteenth century. My grandparents had told me that Nicholas Springer fought in the Revolutionary War and that he was my sixth great-grandfather.
One day, as I was helping a patron research at the library, I happened upon Nicholas Springer in one of our DAR books. It yielded the following information. Nicholas Springer was born on August 5, 1743 in New Castle County, Delaware. He married Elizabeth McIlvaine in January of 1772. He was a recognized patriot, having signed the Oath of Allegiance on June 9, 1778. His children were Mary (1772), Robert (1774), Samuel (1776), Hannah, George (1779), Nicholas (1782), Stephen (1785), and Elizabeth (1789). He died on March 30, 1792 in New Castle County, Delaware.1,2,3,4,5,6
This all seemed right, according to what information I already had, but I wanted to know who his parents were and I wanted to know more about his military history. So I began a search and turned up a few things, though for primary sources, I think a trip to Delaware is in my future.
In addition to the above information, I learned that Nicholas (or Niclas) was the son of James Springer and Mary Bishop.2,3,5 He was christened on August 8, 1743 at Holy Trinity or Old Swedes Church in Wilimington, Delaware, which is the church that his grandfather, Carl Springer, helped start.5 He was buried in White Clay Creek Church Cemetery in New Castle County, Delaware.2,6
Oath of Allegiance
I, Nicholas Springer, do solemnly declare and affirm that I do not hold myself bound to yield any allegiance or obedience to the King of Great Brittain, his heirs or successors and that I will be true and faithful to the Delaware State, and will support and maintain the freedom and independence and constitution thereof against all open and traitorous conspiracies, and will disclose and make known to the Commander-in-chief for the time being, or to some Judge or Justice of the Peace for this State all treasons or traitorous conspiracies, attempts or combinations against the same, or the government thereof, which shall come to my knowledge.
(Signed) Nicholas Springer.
June 9, 17783
1. Daughters of the American Revolution. “Springer, Nicholas.” A Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution: Commemoration of the United States of America Bicentennial, July 4, 1976. Vol. 1. Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1976. 601.HeritageQuest Online [ProQuest]. Web. 27 Mar. 2011.
2. Morrison, Richard. “Find A Grave – Millions of Cemetery Records.” Find A Grave – Millions of Cemetery Records. Jim Tipton, n.d. Web. 07 July 2015. (http://www.findagrave.com/). Find A Grave Memorial# 22945430.
3. Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 07 July 2015.
4. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2004. Accessed 07 July 2015.
5. “Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710-1896,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7HD-V2Q : accessed 7 July 2015), Niclas Springer, 08 Aug 1743; citing ; FHL microfilm 908,217.
6. “Delaware Vital Records, 1680-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK9R-FTYM : accessed 7 July 2015), Nicholas Springer, 1792.