|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1821|
|Death: ||Jul. 10, 1910|
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 12, 1910:
DAUGHTER OF THE REVOLUTION DEAD
Mrs. Amy J. Congleton, of Chelsea, Delaware County, Succumbs to Illness
Special to the Inquirer.
CHELSEA, Pa., July 11. - Mrs. Amy J. Congleton, who was the only real daughter of the American Revolution in Delaware county and one of the very few in the United States, and who had never missed a session at the Chester Heights camp meeting since it was established years ago, died yesterday at her home, aged 90 years. She was born in Chester county in 1820, and was a member of the Methodist church for 80 years. Mrs. Congleton was the daughter of Colin MacLachlan, a sturdy Scotchman, who first came to America as a British soldier to uphold his King against the revolting colonies. The blood of Bruce and Wallace ran through his veins, and after he had been left by the British army at Wilmington ill, following the battle of Chadd's Ford, he appreciated the cause of Liberty, and as soon as he recovered, he obtained a flint-lock musket and deserted to the American side, serving under Washington until the close of the war. Although he served in all the principle battles, he was never wounded, and lived for many years. Until she died, her mother received a pension for the services of her husband in the Continental Army, and many persons wanted Mrs. Congleton to make application for a pension, as the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier, which would give her a valid claim, but her sons objected to this, preferring to be the support of their mother themselves. She was the mother of seven children, nineteen grand-children, fourteen great grand-children and two great great grand-children. Two of her sons, William S., of Chelsea; and Joseph L., of Collingsdale; served in the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry during the Civil War. Her funeral will be held from her late home and services will be held in Mount Joy Church.
Actually, Colin McLachlan arrived with the British 42nd "Black Watch" Regiment in 1776 and fought for the English until May 1777 when he joined Hazen's "Congress's Own" Regiment (Washington's Continental Line), following his capture or desertion in the vicinity of Piscatawaytown (now Edison), NJ. Colin never fought at the "battle of Chadd's Ford" and was sent to Wilmington under Washington during the Winter of 1777 - 1778. There were many soldiers that remained sick at Wilmington when the regiment left there in February 1778 to rejoin the main body at Albany, NY. The sick soldiers followed on later. Colin was wounded in his right hand at the battle of Yorktown. As an adult child, Amy was never eligible for a pension claim from her father's military service.
For years after her death, her descendants gathered for reunions to remember her and talk about their heritage. The gatherings included many Kirks and Bibbs. The last known reunion in her memory was in 1955.
In April 1968, the cemetery removed Amy from her resting place in Lot 170 and they were supposed to have reinterred her somewhere else in the cemetery. That is why the photo of Lot 170 on this memorial is a patch of grass. If she was reinterred in this cemetery, it is an unmarked grave.
Colin McLachlan (1750 - 1831)
Elizabeth Morton McLachlan (1779 - 1859)
John Congleton (1813 - 1882)*
William Sullivan Congleton (1843 - 1912)*
Sarah Elizabeth Congleton (1844 - 1915)*
Joseph Lloyd Congleton (1845 - 1932)*
J Arthur Congleton (1849 - 1924)*
Samuel McLachlan Congleton (1854 - 1915)*
George Edward Congleton (1857 - 1928)*
Tacy Ann Congleton Kirk (1863 - 1940)*
James McLachlan (1798 - 1861)**
George Beauglas McLachlan (1811 - 1857)*
Samuel Johnson McLachlan (1813 - 1860)*
Tacey Ann McLachlan Hacock (1818 - 1857)*
Amy Johnson McLachlan Congleton (1821 - 1910)
Mount Hope Cemetery
Plot: 170 (removed to ?)
Created by: Researcher
Record added: Apr 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18986419