The following data is extracted from Record of Ancestors and Descendants of Adam Dittemore 1799-1874 and Henry Dittemore 1813-1884.
Tradition has it that our ancestor, John Dittemore or Ditmore was born in Nurnberg, in Southern Germany. The first record we can find of him in America is when he enlisted in the Revolutionary War. The record in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts states : When John Ditmore enlisted in 1779 he gave the following information; age, 47 years, birthplace Germany, residence Boston, stature 5 feet, 6 inches, complexion dark, hair dark, occupation laborer. He died of fever at camp at West Point during the war. The records of the U. S. Adjutant General's office show that John Ditmore served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Captain Robert Allen's Company, Captain Jonas Parker's Company and in a company designated at various times as Captain William Hudson Ballard's and Captain Asa Coburn's Company, 7th Massachusetts Regiment commanded successively by Colonel Ichabod Alden and Lieut. Colonel John Brooks. He enlisted March 7, 1778 for 3 years, and his name is last borne on the company muster roll for April. 1781, dated West Point, May 1, 1781, with the remark: On duty.
Reference to John Ditemore's enlistment is also made in the published record of the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution. No claim was made for pension or for bounty land on the military service of John Ditemore.
We do not know the name of John Ditemore's wife and our record now turns to Michael Dittemore, his son.
Source: Record of Ancestors and Descendants of Adam Dittemore 1799-1874 and Henry Dittemore 1813-1884