#27 Colonel Philip Greenawalt

(52 Ancestors #27 – Independent)

For the theme of “Independent,” I thought I would highlight an ancestor that fought in the American Revolution. Philip Lorenz Grünenwald/Greenawalt was born in Haßloch, BayernGermany on 10 June 1825. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1749. He married a widow in 1753, but she died the same year. He married Maria Margaret Foeser in April 1754. They lived in Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania. Their son John (1760-1823) was my 5x great-grandfather. Philip died in 1802 at the age of 77 and is buried in Lebanon. Below is a quote about Philip during his time in the revolution from William Henry Egle’s Pennsylvania Genealogies, page 303.

“Upon the organization of the associated battalions, he was commissioned colonel of the first battalion of Lancaster County. He was with Washington, during the Jersey campaign of 1776, at Trenton and Princeton. His battalion was at Brandywine and Germantown, and the conduct of Colonel Greenawalt during the former engagement received the commendation of the commander-in-chief for efficiency and gallantry, especially in the protection of the Continental supplies.”