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Whitely, Capt. Michael, was born in 1730, in the north of Ireland. He came to America when a young man, and settled in what was then Paxtang township, Lancaster county. He was a farmer by occupation and was in good circumstances when the war of the Revolution aroused the war-eagles on the Susquehanna. He raised a company of associators for Col. Robert Elder’s battalion, and was in active service in the Jersey campaign of 1776, and the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. On the 6th of December, 1777, he was severely wounded in a skirmish at Chestnut Hill, taken prisoner, and died a few days thereafter at Philadelphia. Captain Whitely was a brave and gallant officer, and the commendations of his superior officers show how highly he was esteemed. He left a wife Martha, who died in Paxtang, November 11, 1813, aged ninety years.


Transcribed by: Lynne Ranieri

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