I have an ancestor, Mary Mueller, who was supposedly from Boston. She is either my 4th or 5th great grandmother, or is a great grand aunt in-law, I am not yet sure. I have multiple accounts of her story, but they all agree that she came from a Patriot family of German descent in colonial Boston, and this family was most likely in involved in Sugar/Molasses trade.
The rest of the story says that she eloped with a British or Loyalist soldier named Samuel Cowan, in 1775, and on their way to the Kentucky territory, the wagon broke down in Bedford County, PA. The location is known as Cowan's Gap. I know that I am related to this Samuel Cowan from DNA testing, although I am unsure if I am a direct descendant or through one of his brothers.
Despite talking to genealogists familiar with Loyalist Units and also Sugar Trade experts (who told me quite a bit about the "Red Shanks" and Barbados), I am no closer to resolving my questions about Samuel Cowan than I was two years ago. I'm hoping that perhaps I find more info about Mary Mueller.
Do any of you have suggestions on how to proceed? I've been looking over the New England and Massachusetts Genealogical Society pages. I'm interested in finding about any and all things about the Mueller family. Were the respectable business people or smugglers? What sort of German community was present in colonial Boston? Is it possible to guess what their religious denomination would be? Are there Gazetteers? Tax records, particular shipping merchants?
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.