Monday, July 20, 2015

Military Service: Jacob Ott II, Revolutionary War Soldier

Seven of my 5th great grandfathers served during the Revolutionary War. Several of their brothers, sons and cousins also helped to obtain our freedom and to establish our new country.

Jacob Ott II, 14 Aug 1755 SC – 1816
Captain, SC Militia, 
Orangeburg District Regiment 1781 - 1782

Jacob Ott lived & served in the Orangeburg District in SC. He served in General Marion’s Brigade in the Militia. He also furnished supplies for the troops.[1],[2]

The information on Jacob’s service was brief so I decided to search for more about General Marion and quickly discovered he was the famous “Swamp Fox”. Suddenly my family was excited about this ancestor & his service. We all remembered learning about the Swamp Fox & watching his tale being told on the ‘Wonderful World of Disney’ when we were children.

General Francis Marion was also known as “The Swamp Fox”. He eluded capture by the British as he & his band navigated the Carolina swamps. He had a troop of men called “Marion’s Brigade”. Their knowledge of the swamps allowed them to harass the British. This famous group helped to defend the city of Charleston and took part in the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.

Song of Marion’s Men
By William Cullen Bryant

Our band is few but true and tried.
Our leader frank and bold;
The British soldier trembles
When Marion’s name is told.

[1] DAR website
[2] ‘Revolutionary War Soldiers for North and South Carolina’ website


  1. I find it so fascinating that some of our ancestors were THAT close to someone who made it to the history books. I remember reading about the Swamp Fox too.

    1. Wendy, we have so many connections that there must be a marriage that unites us somewhere. ha!

  2. I loved this post. I didn't learn about Swamp Fox but now I want to know more about the Robin Hood of the American Revolution! I loved this post so much, I shared it on my blog. Hope you don't mind.

    1. Devon Lee, thanks for stopping by. No, I don't mind; I am flattered!


  3. How many Revolutionary War veterans have you identified in your heritage?


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