The database hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution has provided some keystone information–that set of facts which helps to confirm the identity of ancestors. With that information I have gone back to another favorite site, footnote.com, and reassessed some saved items for a certain Israel Sayles, great-grandfather to Ira Sayles, who was great-grandfather to my father.
The soldiers of the Revolution did not serve in one year tours; in many instances regular army, the privates of the units, were called up for a few weeks or months at a time. The Genealogy Research System indicated that Israel Sayles had served under at least two different captains, which would indicate at least two different tours of duty. My Footnote search of their digitized National Archives had yielded several items, Military rolls and roster cards for an Israel Sayles from a Lippet’s Rhode Island Regiment and a Burlingame Rhode Island regiment. The DAR data lends credibility to my conclusion that this is one and the same Israel Sayles of Glocester, Rhode Island.
So another branch of my family served in the Revolution!