James Larkins

James Larkins (abt. 1758 - 1828)

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Sgt. James Larkins
Born about [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Lancaster Co. PAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Harrison Co, Ohio, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jun 2011
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Categories: Continental Army, American Revolution | Pennsylvania, American Revolution | NSDAR Patriot Ancestors | Tailors | Wounded in Action, United States of America, American Revolution.


Sgt. James Larkins served Pennsylvania during the American Revolution
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Sgt. James Larkins was Wounded in Action during American Revolution.

Belonged to Moylan's Regiment, 4th Continental Light Dragoons, attached to the Pennsylvania Line.

Mustered in around Monocacy, MD 1777, age 19

Mustered out Lancaster Barracks, 1783

married Lancaster, PA 1783. original held by daughter Betsy Cook, and copied into her pension app: "These are to certify that James Larkins and Catharine Gerlinger (sic Guilinger), widow, both of Lancaster, were lawfully joined in Matrimony the Third Day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Three...Witness my hand (Signed) Henry Mechlenberg, V.D.M." (sic Muhlenberg)

known to have lived Emmittsburg MD, Rockbridge Co VA, Hampshire Co VA, Somerset Co PA, Harrison Co OH.

Documented children: James, Seth, Elizabeth Undocumented but likely children: William E., Thomas Calvin, John, and perhaps Catherine

Was a tailor by trade. Based on the fact that the local Presbyterian church in Harrison Co. is mentioned in his pension application, James is usually considered Presbyterian. His wife Catherine was Lutheran.

The 4th Dragoons was the only cavalry regiment kept at Valley Forge that winter.

James' regiment was present at the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth Courthouse and Yorktown; after Yorktown it was sent south to retake SC and GA; James was wounded severely in SC.


Note: In 2017 a proven descendant of Sgt James submitted his YDNA to the Larkin DNA Project. His closest match is to County Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He had no connection to the Connecticut, Maryland or Massachusetts colonial Larkin families. However, the DNA match does reassure us that he really was born a Larkins.

In spite of many published Trees, there is no information known on the origins of Sgt James Larkins. The only information so far found is from his own pension application in which he divulged no private information whatsoever. It is so obvious it could even be deliberate. If he was 19 when he joined the Army, he was too young to leave home without permission. If he was a tailor, then he went through an apprenticeship which would probably not have ended before age 21.

Further, years later he submitted a claim for payment for making those infamous uniform jackets for the 4th Dragoons. If, as an apprentice tailor, he did have a connection to those uniform jackets, then he probably has a connection to pre-War Philadelphia. Moylan, the rich Irishman who raised the regiment and ordered the jackets, had recently settled in Philadelphia, and the jackets were probably made in a tailor shop there.

An alternative here could be that Moylan ordered the jackets from Britain and they arrived made of Red Coat Red because the tailor assumed they were intended for a British regiment. Either way, young James Larkins evidently arrived with the jackets and stayed to enlist, whether he was free to do so or not. Moylan's papers would have to be consulted.

Students of the Regiment say it was considered an Irish regiment. The Larkin/Larkins DNA Project feels all Larkins came out of Ireland originally, although many had moved to Britain for work during the Industrial Revolution.


Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (#A066779 http://www.dar.org/ : accessed February 26 2017), "Record of James Larkin", Ancestor # DAR #A066779.

DAR Ancestor number is A066779. The record contains inaccuracies; the name is rendered "Larkin" for the convenience of indexing, the birth date is wrong

Pension app # R-6167, Soldier of the Revolution

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with James:

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Uniform of 4th Continental Light Dragoons
Uniform of 4th Continental Light Dragoons


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