Records have been found regarding waggoners being hired in 1759 to haul forage at the request of Colonel Henry Bouquet for horses being used by British troops in Western Pennsylvania. Bouquet, a Swiss Soldier of Fortune, commanded part of a regiment of Royal Americans that consisted primarily of Pensylvania German recruits. This is of specific interest to May genealogists since one of the records names Leonard May as one of the waggoners who responded to an appeal in a Lancaster, Pennsylvania newspaper by Edward Shippen for "Oats and Spelts to be carried to Fort Bedford for the Use of his Majesty's Horses carrying Provisions from thence to Forts Legonier (sic Ligonier) & Pittsburg." Tax and census records in Lancaster during this period also list Leonard's occupation as "Wagner" or "Waggoner." Fort Bedford is located about 120 miles west of Lancaster and 90 miles east of Pittsburgh and Fort Ligonier is located about halfway between Fort Bedford and Pittsburgh.
Fort Duquense was burned and abandoned by the French in November 1758, soon before the arrival of General Forbes with a large force of about six thousand men. Bouquet was second in command and about fifteen hundred Virginian troops were commanded by Colonels George Washington and William Byrd. Forbes took the liberty of naming the site "Pittsbourgh," in a letter to William Pitt. In very bad health, Forbes returned to Philadelphia, where he died on March 11, 1759. Soon afterwards, Bouquet established his headquarters at Fort Bedford and directed the work of moving troops and supplies. He put men to work constructing a road from Fort Ligonier to Pittsburgh and it was completed by the end of October. As soon as sufficient provisions had been forwarded, reinforcements were sent to Fort Ligonier and Pittsburgh. A fort was ordered to be built at Pittsburgh to maintain "the undisputed possession of the Ohio." Fort Pitt was ready for occupancy in March 1760 and was fully completed in the fall of 1761.
Note that the advertisement by Shippen was written in both English and German, a standard format for the bi-weekly, bilingual paper, "Lancasterishe Zeitung & Lancaster Gazette."
Shippen wrote a report to Bouquet on 15th Sep 1759 regarding the status of a recent shipment of forage amounting to 2386 bushels. He tells of some of the financial arrangements that were made for the purchase of wagonloads of various items.