Aug 192019

One of our speaker’s ancestor is Captain Diel Rockefeller who served in the Revolutionary War as an officer in the Albany County NY Militia. In 1777, Diel Rockefeller and the Albany militia, serving alongside of Morgan’s Rifleman, at the Battle of Saratoga, played a critical role. From 1778 through 1781, Indian battles evidence the important role the New York frontier played in the Revolutionary War. In 1780, Rockefeller and the militia was at the battle of Klock’s Field, one of a dozen battles and raids by the Mohawk Indians under Chief Joseph Brant and Sir John Johnson in the Mohawk Valley in retaliation for the Sullivan’s Expedition the previous year.

Join us on Monday, October 28th as we welcome Robert E. Sheridan who will be speaking about Captain Diel Rockefeller and the Albany Militia: Victories at Saratoga and in the Mohawk Valley .  Our meeting place is at Scoogi’s  Italian Resturant at 738 Bethlehem Pike in FlourtownFeel free to arrive early and eat in the back room where our meetings are held.  A short business meeting will start around 7:15pm. The presentation will start at 7:30pm. We encourage you to join our membership for the very small and reasonable tax deductible amount of $30.  Don’t forget to our book raffle too.  Each meeting we raffle off a number of American Revolutionary themed books.  You can purchase tickets for the book raffle, $1 per ticket, or $5 for 6 tickets.  They money raises goes to pay the room fee and speaker expenses.

Robert E. Sheridan is a marine geophysicist and marine geologist who studied the North American Atlantic continental margin for over fifty years. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Rutgers University and a master’s and Ph.D. degrees in marine geophysics from Columbia University. He was an associate professor at the University of Delaware when he was part of the team that discovered the USS Monitor wreck off Cape Hatteras. As a descendant of a Union Army veteran with an interest in Civil War history, his work on the discovery and recovery of the USS Monitor allowed him to combine his vocation with his avocation, the love of history.

  3 Responses to “October 28, 2019: Captain Diel Rockefeller and the Albany Militia: Victories at Saratoga and in the Mohawk Valley”

  1. Hi, I’m an ancestor of the captain, found through DNA. Cool stuff! Would love to talk!

    • I am as well. My mother was a Rockefeller from St Johnsville, NY. I am currently researching my genealogy and would love to connect with anyone with additional information.

      • The last time I was in your town, was when I went to Uncle John Rockefellers funeral. Somewhere between 1943 and 1948. My great-grandmother was Eugenia Rockefeller, she married Oliver Hall from Stark, NY In fact I have a picture here of Grampa Rock, and thats what he was called. I am descended from William, Diel and Diel Jr.. My grandparents Flora Hall and Roy Lasher were both descended from the 2 brothers, Willaim and Diel. I laugh because I am not sure if they knew that they were cousins to each other.

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