My ancestor, John Cusey, deserted from the British army during the American Revolution and joined the colonists, even being wounded in battle. My problem is that we believe, when he deserted, to avoid punishment, he changed his name, using his initials Q and C to form Cusey.
How would I be able to verify a deserter with those initials?
John’s daughter-in-law told her grandchildren that her husband’s father had changed his name (from a letter to her granddaughter). The only thing I know about him was he was wounded in his lungs. I do know he married (Eleanor McDonald) and had two children near Ellicott City, Maryland, Job and Elizabeth (or Sarah Elizabeth). John died perhaps around 1797 (found this in The Good Old Times of McLean County, IL), possibly in Maryland, although there is a John Cusey (d 1797) buried in England. I believe the children were raised by his messmate Ezekiel Weeks, who married Eleanor’s sister.