Winifred Mustain’s Husband: Zacherias Lewis Revolutionary War Service

We see on page 46 of Delores M. Mustaine’s book that Thomas Mustain’s son-in-law, Zacherias Lewis, served in the Revolutionary War.

Delores’ note is:

Zacherias Lewis served three years in the 10th Virginia Regiment during the Revolutionary War.

He died in 1817, before pension benefits were available to veterans, so no pension statement with his summary of war service would be available as we have for Thomas’ son, Avery.

We find Zacherias listed in this rootsweb roster of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots. On a Windows computer, you can hit Control/F to open a search box in the upper left corner of the list. Then, search by Lewis until you find his name.

LEWIS,  Zacherias.   Soldier. 10th Va. reg., Continental Line

Wikipedia tells us a bit about the 10th Virginia Regiment. According to Delores’ research above, Zacherias served for three years. Since the regiment was active for just less than four and one-half years, can we assume that Winnie’s husband was not captured?

The 10th Virginia Regiment was raised on December 28, 1775 in western Virginia for service with the Continental Army. The regiment would see action at the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown, Battle of Monmouth and the Siege of Charleston. Most of the regiment was captured at Charlestown, South Carolina on May 12, 1780 by the British and the regiment was formally disbanded on November 15, 1783.

Watch for some possible confusion about the correct regiment. In this online reference, we see that Ruben Cooper II is named as having been in the 14th, along with a statement that it was sometimes known as the 10th Virgiinia Regiment. Ruben is under #12 on this page:

REUBEN COOPER II:
Military service: 1776, Served as sergeant in Capt. Edward Garland’s Co., 14th Virginia Regiment (also known as 10th) in Rev. War, under Col. Lewis and Col. Davies

However, this History of Pittsylvania County mentions both the 14th and 10th. Here Zacherias is clearly in the 10th Regiment.

I found no record for Zacherias when I searched under the “Ancestor” tab on Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) website. But please recall that any blood descendant of Thomas is eligible, based on Thomas’ material donation and pledge.

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Thomas Mustain Descendants: Eligible for Daughters of the American Revolution

Dear family, one of the most common questions from those who find this blog is about Thomas Mustain descendants and DAR. Are ALL descendants of Thomas eligible to apply for and be granted membership in Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)?* According to the detailed research done by Delores M. Mustaine, the answer is YES.

Delores’ book is now photo archived and available online (400+ pages). Here is how you can see her research and details in answer to that question.

Click on the link below. When the screen opens, you’ll see a line in the upper half of the screen that says, “To view a digital version of this item, click here.” You can view or print any page(s).

https://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=761561&disp=The+descendants+of+Thomas+Mustain+of+Pit

If you look at the top half of the page numbered 3 (numbers are in the upper right corner) of Delores’ book, you’ll see the brief text I’ve pasted below:

Thomas Mustain was too old for military service in the Revolutionary War but proof of his civil service to the cause, acceptable for D.A.R. membership is as follows: March 18, 1782 Pittsylvania County, Virginia Court of Claims, page 39

Thomas Musteen for 1 smooth Bore Gun impressed for the use of the Militia on their march to join General Green. 1 pound, 12 shillings, 6 pence
November 10, 1783, Thomas Mustain furnished one gun for the Southward Expedition.

Thomas also signed the Oath of Allegiance in 1777.

Now, let’s look at some records that are in the  DAR Descendants Database.

Thomas is ancestor number A083627, and there are several applications based on his record. Please note that the link for Thomas’ ancestor number and the link below will take you to different sections of the DAR database. Also, the source to justify Thomas’ eligibility is listed differently in the DAR database than in Delores’ book.

http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_descendants/?action=list&MyPrimary_Seqn=506836&MyLineageCount=1&Control_Min_Seqn=506836

If you’ve had any experience wtih the DAR application process, please see the comment icon at the top of this article and share details that might help others.

Thomas Mustain & DAR

Here is Thomas Mustain’s record of acceptable contribution and his “ancestor number” in the DAR database.

* There is at least one note in Delores’ book about a male descendant joining
Sons of the American Revolution.
I have not researched their database entries.

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