John Lane was born in Baltimore, in 1756. His family moved to the Huntingdon area when he was 9 years old. In 1778 he served at the Lead Mine Fort. He served under Lt. David Lloyd.
In 1779 he enlisted in Cluggage’s rangers and served in the Huntingdon area, protecting the region until the harvest, at which time he was stationed at Fort Roberdeau in Sinking Valley to help protect the lead mines. After his 9 months in service under Cluggage.
He then reenlisted under Captain William Phillips. He served 3 months as what was called a Scout or Wood Ranger. They would scout 4 days of every week, watching for signs of any enemy activity. The most common incursions were those of Native Americans who had taken the side of the British. They were also engaged regularly as escorts between fortified positions. He did this until the unit was disbanded because of the deaths of so many rangers in the region that continuing was not feasible.
In his account, he does not mention the time he was shot, which is mentioned in other’s accounts of the period, including by Jacob Ripley. This does not seem to be uncommon with those wounded while in service.
According to family, after the war he married the daughter of a Quaker family and owned a copper mine in Frederick Md. He is believed to be buried there.