You need to join the Sons of the American Revolution. Check to see if there is a chapter near you. Most chapters have someone who will help you verify your lineage and help put your application together. It is stringent. Every generation between yourself and the Patriot must be verified. I'm a member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter in Huntsville, AL.
As the conflicts with the French and Indians appeared to be more certain, the ruling council of Pennsylvania realized that they were in trouble. Lancaster County had been settled out to the frontier with Mennonites and Amish and Quakers who would not fight. So they enticed Scotch Irish with promises of cheap land to create a buffer between the frontier and the pacifists in Lancaster County. The bulk of them came between 1720 and 1746. Eastern York County was settled by many Scotch Irish. One was a teamster named Flaharty. It was rumored that he had several wives at various points along the route from York, PA To Bel Air Maryland. It is also reported that he had over 30 children by the time he died.My great x5 grandfather was Willis W McCoy. The son of scottish immigrants who saw the writing on the wall before the Jacobite revolt in the 1740s and booked it to Craven County, NC. He was a member of the home guard there and served in the "troop horse."
His brother was a loyalist and it PO'd Wills so much we changed our last name to Mecoy for a couple of generations.
RB,Two brothers on my mother's side were Hessian soldiers. Stayed, and became farmers after the war. Father's side were from Spotsylvania , Va. (played part in American C W), fought with patriots. One, for sure, fought at Yorktown.
If he was buried in one of the military cemeteries, even if he survived the War, my re-enactment group back in the 1980's most likely fired a salute over him and his Brothers in Arms on Memorial Days in those years. There is also a chance he may have served in the original Confederate Unit we re-enacted in those years, because we had lads from Spotsylvania in our Regiment and Company.I'm not sure, but I think it might be in the family history. I'll check, and let you know.