Following in his brothers’ footsteps, Philip Hupp became a frontiersman and an adventurer. This brave man served in the Revolutionary War and fought to keep family and neighbors safe in frontier homes they forged in the wilderness of Viriginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Although information about his birth location varies, most researchers believe my 4x great grandfather Philip Hupp was born on September 9, 1756 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to Philip Casper Hupp and Elizabeth Hesson. His father was a German immigrant who died in 1761 when Philip was about five years old. His mother was from Pennsylvania, and she remarried Mathias Ault; he also came from Germany.
About 1769, the Hupp and Ault family moved to land that was claimed both by Pennsylvania and Virginia. Their lands were located near the Ohio River on frontier land in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Many of his older siblings also had land nearby. In 1774, an older brother John moved to Dutch Fork, which was once considered Virginia land in Ohio County, but now has been named Washington County in Pennsylvania. Several family members moved with John, and they were his brothers, George and Philip; his sister, Elizabeth, and his mother and stepfather, Elizabeth and Mathias Ault. His brother, Francis, moved to Middle Wheeling Creek, but he still lived close to his family.
During the American Revolutionary War, Philip served for a number of years with the 13th Virginia Continental Army under the leadership of Captain James Sullivan from Fort Pitt. For some campaigns, he served under George Roger Clark in the Illinois Regiment. My grandfather and his older brother Everhart also fought in the Sandusky Campaign with Colonel William Crawford.
In late 1777, behind closed doors, a secret session of the Commerce Committee of the Continental Congress transpired. This meeting planned a raid to garner supplies from Tories who were British Loyalists. In 1778, twenty-eight Continental Marines from the 13th Virginia Continental Army left Fort Pitt on January 11 and set sail down the Ohio River on the USS Rattletrap. Under the leadership of Captain James Willing, these volunteers, including my grandfather, freed slaves and plundered Tory homes and plantations along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The British tried to have these men arrested as pirates. Captain Willing was held captive, but most of the men, including Philip Hupp, returned to Fort Pitt and military service.
At the same time, life on the frontier was often dangerous. In September 1781, Shawnee Indians attacked and killed his brother, Francis Hupp, and a friend Jacob Fisher as they searched for lost horses. They were buried near the Middle Wheeling Creek.
Six months later on March 31, 1782, Philip lost another brother, John who was also killed by the Shawnee. John, his wife, and children, his parents, and neighbors took refuge in a blockhouse because a raiding party had been spotted in the area. The owner of the blockhouse, Jacob Miller lost horses, so he and John searched for them. Shortly after leaving the small fortress, the two were attacked and killed. John’s widow, Ann Rowe Hupp, bravely defended the blockhouse until help arrived. The next day, three men returned home and helped secure Miller’s Blockhouse. Philip was one of the men.
And even while protecting his country and his family, Philip found time to marry and raise a family of his own.. On July 25, 1782, Philip married Mary Buzzard in Hampshire County, Virginia. Over the years, the couple had nine children. My grandfather and his family lived near Fort Henry on Wheeling Creek until about 1800; then they moved to Ohio to Bethel Township in Monroe County, which was later named Noble County. On November 9, 1831, Phillip Hupp died in Caldwell, Noble, Ohio and was buried in the Hessen Family Cemetery. His wife lived until May 20, 1852 and was buried next to her husband. What an exciting life this grandfather lived.
Hesson Family Cemetery, Noble County, Ohio
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
U.S., Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783
Final Pay Statement – 109 pounds, 17 shillings, 4 pennies
Philip Hupp (1756-1831)
Emmanuel Hupp (1790-1840)
Sarah Hupp (1822-1914)
Henry Allen (1853-1942)
Tom Allen (1896-1975)
Dorothy Allen (1932-2006)
Annie Bryant (1961-
Painting by Charles H. Waterhouse, Willing’s Marine Expedition, February 1778
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