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Revolutionary War Service

 
 

   

 

This page is part of the free tutorial "Researching Your Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestor."  All of the sites below are FREE Almost all of the resources for Revolutionary War service are listed in the NSDAR pamphlet Is That Service Right?.

 

General

   
  Revolutionary War Service Records   (Free Transcript)
 

 

  Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution
 

Use the resource to locate the service of officers in the Continental Army.  NOTE:  The title page is blurry, but most of the text is clear.

   
  A Report of the Names, Rank and Line of Every Person Placed on the Pension List In Pursuance of the Act of the 18th March, 1818
   
  Transcript of the Pension List of the United States  (1813)
   
  Rejected or Suspended Applications for Pensions 
   
  Pierce's Register   (see pages 149 - 712)
   
  Digested Summary and Alphabetical List of Private Claims Presented to the House of Representatives from the First to the Thirty-First Congress.   
        Vol1 A - G    Vol2 H - O    Vol3 P - Z 
 

Volumes 1 & 3 are only available on Ancestry.com.  After finding a name of interest in one of the 3 volumes above, write down the person's name, Congress number (e.g., 3rd, 8th, 15th, etc.), session number (1, 2, or 3), and journal page number.  Next, search the House Journals for the item of interest.

   
  American State Papers:  Claims Volume  (check index at end)
    Public Lands  Vol1   Vol2   Vol3   Vol4   Vol5 
                            Vol6   Vol7   Vol8
 

The 8 volumes concerning Public Lands and the single volume concerning Claims in the American State Papers can also be searched here.

   
  American Prisoners of the Revolution
   
  The Medical Men of the Revolution
   
  Naval Records of the American Revolution, 1775-1788
   
  The Navy of the American Revolution
   
  Papers of the Continental Congress (1775 - 1789)
 

The Papers of the Continental Congress are available for FREE at Fold3.  Use the "Search within: Revolutionary War >> Continental Congress - Papers" search box to find a person of interest.

   
 

Connecticut

The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service During the War of the Revolution  
Lists and Returns of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, Vol. 12
Rolls & Lists of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, Vol. 8
Connecticut Non-Military Service in the Revolutionary War  (Civil Service & Patriotic Service)
The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, Vol. 15 May 1775 - June 1776
The Public Records of the State of Connecticut, October 1776 - February 1778
The Public Records of the State of Connecticut, May 1778 - April 1780
The Public Records of the State of Connecticut, January 1782 - December 1782

Delaware

Delaware Archives   Volume 1   Volume 2   Volume 3
Delaware Signers of the Oath of Allegiance

Georgia

Authentic List of All Land Lottery Grants Made to Veterans of the Revolutionary War by the State of Georgia 
Land Lottery of Georgia in 1827
Revolutionary Soldiers' Receipts for Georgia Bounty Grants 

The index is at the beginning of the volume.

The Revolutionary Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. 1
The Revolutionary Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. 2
The Revolutionary Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. 3

See the pamphlet "Is That Service Right?" page 24 for a discussion of these books.

Louisiana

Robert Churchill's Spanish Records, Lists of Men Under General Don Bernardo de Galvez in His Campaign Against the British
Scroll down on the page to access the manuscript in 6 parts.  A General Index to Names is in Part 1.
The Spanish Regime in Missouri   Volume 1   Volume 2

Maryland

Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety.  Vol. 11, Vol. 12, Vol. 16, Vol. 21, Vol. 43, Vol. 45, Vol. 47, Vol. 48

Use the search box in the upper right corner of the page or click the link to the index.

Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops 1775-1783, Vol. 18.  

Use the search box in the upper right corner of the page to search this resource for Maryland military service.  Click here for an index to the records.

Maryland 1783 Tax Assessment

A portion of the 1783 tax assessment in Maryland went to support the war effort.  Thus, if an ancestor is found on the 1783 Maryland tax assessment list, he or she qualifies for patriotic service.  Images of the actual records are available at this link courtesy of the Maryland Society SAR.  In addition, these records have been transcribed, and the transcriptions are available at this linkNOTE:  When reviewing the transcriptions be sure to scroll through the ENTIRE list or use your browser's "Find" feature as the lists are not completely alphabetized.

Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, & Church V. 1
Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, & Church V. 2

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Aacher - Bert)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Bese - Byxbe)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Caal - Cory)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Cose - Dryer)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Duarell - Foys)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Fracer - Gypson)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Haagg - Hixson)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Hoadley - Jypson)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Kain - Lreebee)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Luaas - Mopsy)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Mor - Pazel)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Peabadey - Razey)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Rea - Seymr)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Sha - Sthenfield)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Stibbens - Tozer)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Tracey - Wheylon)  
Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War (Surnames Whicher - Zyranius)  
Massachusetts Town Officials 1775 - 1783  (Civil Service)
Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston Containing Selectmen's Minutes from 1776 through 1786
Names of Soldiers of the American Revolution who Applied for State Bounty under Resolves of May 17, 1835, March 24, 1836, and March 20, 1836
Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 14
Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 15
Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 16
Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 17
Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 18
Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 19
Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 20

New Hampshire

Miscellaneous Revolutionary War Documents of New Hampshire, Vol. 30  
Documents and Records Relating to the State of New Hampshire, Vol. 8  
Documents Relating to Towns in New Hampshire (See Vols. 9, 11-13)  
Documents Relating to the Rolls of Soldiers in the Revolutionary War (See Vols. 14-17)  

New Jersey

Official Register of the Officers & Men of New Jersey in the Rev. War   (search an online transcription)
Official Register of the Officers & Men of New Jersey in the Rev. War   (download a copy of the book)
Inventories of Damages by the British and Americans in New Jersey 1776 - 1782  

A claim of damages caused by the British can qualify as patriotic service. 

Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Extracts From American Newspapers, Vol. 1, 1776-1777
Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Extracts From American Newspapers, Vol. 2, 1778
Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Extracts From American Newspapers, Vol. 3, 1779
Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Extracts From American Newspapers, Vol. 4, 1779-1780
Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Newspaper Extracts, Vol. 5, 1780-1782
Minutes of the Provincial Congress and the Council of Safety of the State of New Jersey

New York

New York in the Revolution, Vol. 15  
Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut  
New York in the Revolution as Colony & State 1897 
Peter Force's American Archives:  Containing a Documentary History of English Colonies in North American from the King's Message to Parliament, of March 7, 1774 to the Declaration of Independence by the United States 

This resource contains lists of Officers, Militia, Signers of the Association listed by County, and other items. Covers 1774-1776 only.  Later information has not been published.

Calendar of Historical Manuscripts Relating the War of the Revolution in the Office of the Secretary of State, Vol. 1
Calendar of Historical Manuscripts Relating the War of the Revolution in the Office of the Secretary of State, Vol. 2
Minutes of the Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies in the State of New York, Vol. 1, 1778-1779
Minutes of the Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies in the State of New York, Vol. 2, 1780-1781
Minutes of the Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies in the State of New York, Vol. 3, Analytical Index
Public Papers of George Clinton, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, Vol. 7, Vol. 8, Analytical Index A-F, Analytical Index G-Z
Minutes of the Albany Committee of Correspondence 1775-1778, Vol. 2

North Carolina

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Vol 1 - 25

To browse the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina by military records, click here.  To review the index, click here.

Historical Sketches of North Carolina
The Annals of Tennessee

See pages 134-138 for a list of the signers of the Watauga Association petition.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Archives   

The Pennsylvania Archives are available for FREE at Fold3.  Use the "Search within: Revolutionary War >> Pennsylvania Archives" search box to find a person of interest.

Pennsylvania Revolutionary War Abstract Card Indexes  

This database contains transcriptions of data extracted from original records in the custody of the State Archives concerning Revolutionary War service in the Pennsylvania Militia, Pennsylvania Line, and the Navy.

Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution: Battalions and Line 1775-1783, Vol. 1
Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution: Battalions and Line 1775-1783, Vol. 2
Names of Persons Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to Pennsylvania, 1777-1789

Rhode Island

Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850 v. 12
New Index to the Civil and Military Lists of Rhode Island, 1647-1800
Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, Vol. 7
Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, Vol. 8
Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, Vol. 9
Revolutionary Defences (sic) in Rhode Island
Irish Rhode Islanders in the American Revolution
Rhode Island in the Continental Congress 1765-1790

South Carolina

Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution, Book I
Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution, Books L - N   
Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution, Books O - Q
Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution, Books R - T
Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution, Books U - W
Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution Book X - Part II
Documents Relating to the History of South Carolina During the Revolutionary War
The History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-80
The History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1780-83
Journal of the Commissioners of the Navy of South Carolina October 9, 1776 - March 1, 1779 and July 22, 1779 - March 23, 1780
South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 1 & 2, Vol. 3 & 4

The content for the book "South Carolina Provincial Troops Named in Papers of the First Council of Safety of the Revolutionary Party in South Carolina, June-November 1775" published in 1977 was excerpted from the sources above.  

Vermont

Vermont Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783  
State Papers of Vermont: Journals and Proceedings of the General Assembly, Vol. 1
State Papers of Vermont: Journals and Proceedings of the General Assembly, Vol. 2
State Papers of Vermont: Journals and Proceedings of the General Assembly, Vol. 3
Records of the Council of Safety and Governor and Council of the State of Vermont, Vol. 1
Records of the Council of Safety and Governor and Council of the State of Vermont, Vol. 2
Records of the Council of Safety and Governor and Council of the State of Vermont, Vol. 3

Virginia

Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War
List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Virginia
Virginia Revolutionary War State Pensions   

This database provides an index and scanned images of records that veterans and their widows presented to the county courts to certify their eligibility for pension.

Virginia Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants  

This site offers an index and scanned images of documents used to verify dates and length of service of officers, soldiers, and sailors in a Virginia or Continental unit during the Revolutionary War.

Virginia Revolutionary War Rejected Claims 

View an index and images of the documents for applicants who had insufficient military service to qualify for the requested bounty land.

Virginia 1783 Personal Property Tax and 1783 Land Tax 

A portion of the 1783 Virginia personal property tax and land tax went to support the war effort.  Thus, if an ancestor is listed as having paid the personal property tax or land tax in Virginia in 1783, he or she qualifies for patriotic service.  Microfilms of the Virginia personal property tax lists and Virginia land tax lists for most counties/cities in Virginia can be ordered from the Library of Virginia through interlibrary loan at no charge.  Alternatively, you can purchase a subscription to the "Virginia Tax List Club" at Binns Genealogy which offers online access to images of the 1783 personal property tax lists for most counties/cities in Virginia.  A list of what is available through a "Virginia Tax List Club" subscription is posted here.

Virginia Revolutionary War Public Service Claims  

In May 1780, the Virginia General Assembly passed an act authorizing the governor to impress supplies needed by the American army. The governor appointed commissioners in each locality to carry out the terms of the act. When the commissioner impressed property, he gave the owner a certificate describing what was taken. Between 1781 and 1783 county courts held special sessions at which certificates were presented and authenticated.  This database is an index to documents relating to Virginia citizens' claims for compensation.

Virginia Revolutionary War Warrants  

View images of 4748 Revolutionary War Warrants issued to Virginia veterans or their assigns prior to 1792. 

 

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