Val's father Jasper was part of the 9th New Jersey Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, he fought in the Battle of Saratoga. His hand was shot off and he returned home - his son Val went to take his place. Valentine was almost 13 at the time and served as a drummer. He spent 6 years with the Army ... by then the 9th Army had been been combined into the New Jersey 3rd Regiment, known as the 'Jersey Blues'. He fought in the Battle of Saratoga, Battle of Bemis Heights, Brandywine, Battle of Freeman's Farm - New York Campaign. He attained the rank of Corporal. Eventually Jacob Valentine Ross moved from New Jersey and set up a home and family in Pennsylvania. He married Mary Alice van Horn and they had 6 children. Betsy Ross was his sister-in-law.