I was adding some sources to some peripheral relations of mine, when I found this abstracted will. It is brief but profound evidence of the impact of the Revolutionary War on one North Carolina family.
From the will of Michael Miller of Lincoln co., NC, dated December 25 1795: a portion is left to "Son John Miller who deserted with the British in the American Revolution if he appears within 10 years."
Michael must've been holding out some hope that, even after all those years, John might still return home some day, at least enough hope to leave a provision for him in his will. What happened to John? Did he live out his life in England or maybe Canada?
At least one of Michael's sons-in-law, my ancestral uncle John KEENER, found for the American side in the North Carolina militia, so he may well have fought against his own brother-in-law in that war.