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Private Abraham Sink
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Compatriot Dale Crandell lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He joined the Sons of the American Revolution and Harry S. Truman Chapter on 15 December 2009, sponsored by Compatriots David McCann and Chester Bare, and installed by Compatriot Dirk Stapleton.  Compatriot Crandell served in the United States Navy, Civil Engineer Corps, and currently works as an engineer for AT&T.

Patriot Abraham Sink served in the Revolutionary War as a Private in the Provost Guard Corps, Pennsylvania Continental Line.  He served in Captain Bartholomew Von Heer’s Light Dragons (Marechausee) established by the 2nd Continental Congress on 29 January 1778.  This unit consisted almost entirely of German-Americans from Reading County, Pennsylvania.  The Provost Guard Corps was primarily tasked with military order and discipline at Continental Line encampments but was also utilized for message couriers, intelligence gathering, supply route security, prisoner transportation, and supplementing Washington’s Life Guard.  The Provost Guard Corps was a combat unit at the:

      • Battle of Springfield
      • Battle of Yorktown.


For more information on the Provost Guard Corps.

Abraham voluntarily enlisted for three years in 1778 at Chester County, Pennsylvania and was discharged in 1781 at Reading County, Pennsylvania.  In Abraham’s pension application he states serving as a letter carrier for Generals Peter Muhlenberg, Israel Putnam, William Stirling, George Washington, and Anthony Wayne; and as a Life Guard for General George Washington.  His service is documented in Revolutionary War rolls and his pension application S6103 at the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration; the Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series, and DAR Patriot A104479.

Abraham Sink was born 12 February 1762, Northampton County, Pennsylvania and died 1 February 1847, Franklin County, Virginia.  Abraham married Elizabeth Fisher in 1781, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  Elizabeth was born about 1766, Northampton County, Pennsylvania and died about 1840, Franklin County, Virginia.  Children:

      • Mary Sink (1783- ). 
      • Elizabeth Sink (1786-1877).  Elizabeth married Jacob Altis.
      • Henry Sink (1788-1865).  Henry married Sophia Clingenpeal.
      • Nancy Sink (1788-1875).
      • Abraham Sink, Jr. (1789- ).
      • Sarah "Sally" Sink (1793-1880).
      • Jonathon Sink (1794-1800). Jonathon married Susannah Altis.
      • Susannah Sink (1794-1875).
      • Jacob Sink (1799- ).
      • William Sink (1804-1831).
      • John Sink (1808-1847).  John married Catherine Laprad.
      • Mary “Polly” Sink (1810- ).

Descendants of Abraham Sink :

1 Abraham Sink (1762-1847)
.. +Elizabeth Fisher (1766-1840)
........ 2 Elizabeth Sink (1784-1877)
............ +Jacob Altis (1780-1847)
................... 3 Abraham Altis (1821-1892)
....................... +Catherine Kinsey (1832-1891)
............................. 4 Nathan Altis (1855-1924)
................................. +Nancy Ann Arrington (1855-1900)
........................................ 5 Daniel Nathan Altis (1886-1909)
............................................ +Bessie Jenetta Gitt (1889-1974)
.................................................. 6 Roy Earl Altis (1910-1933)
.........................................................+ Anna Amanda Adkins (1915-1996)
.............................................................. 7 Karen Sue Altis (1940-2003)
...................................................................+ John Edward Crandell (1936- )
........................................................................ 8 Dale Crandell (1964- )

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sources:
      • American Genealogical-Biographical Index: Abraham Sink.  Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut.  Volume 160, Page 4.
     • DAR Patriot Index: A104479 (DAR Genealogical Research System).
     • DAR Patriot Index, Volume 3, Daughters of the American Revolution, Gateway Press, Maryland, 2003.  Page 2461.
     • Historical Register of Virginians in Revolution, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines: 1775-1783, John Gwathmey, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1979.  Page 715 (Franklin County pension).
     • Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives, Special Publication 40, National Genealogical Society, Washington, DC, 1976.  Page 511.
    • Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series, Volume III, Pages 919, 924, 927, and 929.
    • Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, Battalions and Line: 1775-1783, John Blair Linn and William H. Egle, Lane Hart State Printer, Harrisburg, 1880.  Volume 1, Page 710; and Volume 2, Page 167.
    • Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783: Abraham Sink.  U.S. National Archives & Records Administration, M804, Roll 116, Continental Troops.
    • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant 1800-1900, Pension Application: Abraham Sink.  U.S. National Archives & Records Administration, M804, Roll 2192, Virginia 1833 (S6103).
    • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant 1800-1900, Widow’s Pension Application: Ann Sink.  U.S. National Archives & Records Administration, M804, Roll 2192, Virginia 1837 (W4587)
    • Sink Family History in America, Richard Cox, National Institute on Genealogical Research, 1973.
    • Virginia Census, 1607-1890: Abraham Sink.  1840 Pensioners List, Virginia, Page 130.


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