Help for Finding your Revolutionary Ancestor

 

If your ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War, you might want to research Tryon County GenWeb's - Tryon County's Militia Page

 

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For Information:

Third Regiment of Tryon County Militia - present day (off site link)

Contact:
Col. James F. Morrison,
95 Lincoln Street
Gloversville, NY 12078

A Brief History of the Third Battalion -
by James F. Morrison 
(on Tryon County's Militia Page)

For Female Descendants:

D.A.R. Chapter of Fulton County -  their home is located at the James Burk's Inn in Johnstown on William Street, however they do not have a postal address.  They do provide help for completing papers or information on membership -
D. A. R.
  online link for information

 

For Male Descendants:

Stone Arabia S. A. R. Chapter in Fulton County -
Contact Edward D. Lawton, President, 15 Walnut Street, Gloversville, N.Y., 12078
or
Secretary,  James F. Morrison at the above address - 
or S. A. R. - online link for information

 


Submitted & Written by James F. Morrison:

SOURCES FOR TRACING YOUR ANCESTOR THAT SERVED FROM
NEW YORK STATE DURING THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE

One of the best books to use for the early history for the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys was written by Jeptha R. Simms; THE FRONTIERSMEN OF NEW YORK, George C. Riggs, Albany, 1883, 2 vols.  Mr. Simms interviewed many of the surviving soldiers of the War of Independence in the 1840's for his earlier books such as TRAPPERS OF NEW YORK [1845] and BORDER WARS [1850].  Mr. Simms also quotes from several letters and manuscripts that were in his possession during those years.

REVOLUTIONARY PENSION APPLICATIONS AND MILITARY RECORDS, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D. C.
For ordering Ship Passenger Lists and Military forms - send an email request here.

Also on microfilm one can purchase from the National Archives THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROLLS, 1775-1783, SERIES M246 which has the muster rolls ,etc. for the various regiments arranged by state and then by regiment usually listed alphabetically by the commanding officers' last name.  i.e. Fisher, Frederick.

THE GEN. FREDERICK HALDIMAND PAPERS, BRITISH MUSEUM, ENGLAND which are also microfilmed contain information on Americans that were taken prisoners during the war plus military information.  In the 1880'sthese were transcribed and they can also be obtained on microfilm from the NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA, OTTAWA but there are some errors in the transcribed Haldimand Papers.

THE NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY, EMPIRE PLAZA, ALBANY.  There are many genealogical records, county histories, printed diaries and journals [7th floor] and on the 11th floor is where THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND MANUSCRIPT DEPT.  is located.  here are kept many of the original military records such as the AUDITED ACCOUNTS, 2 vols., which contain requests for back pay owed to the soldier or his family, pay receipts, there are some pension applications for Montgomery County, letters, [some diaries etc. are kept in the vault and you have to request them in advance to your visit].

THE NEW YOUR STATE ASSOCIATION LIBRARY, COOPERSTOWN which has several documents, letters, books, etc. [for example they have one kept by Jellis Fonda, a Merchant and a Capt. in the Tryon County Militia].

THE NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC LIBRARY, NYC, has maps and documents related to Tryon County County during the war.

THE NEW YORK STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, NYC, which also has muster rolls that go back to the 1750's, documents, diaries, etc.

A book that can be most useful as a guide to find records in state libraries and archives and at the National Archives is LOCATING YOUR REVOLUTIONARY WAR ANCESTOR - A GUIDE TO MILITARY RECORDS, JAMES C. & LILA L NEAGLES, THE EVERTON PUBLISHERS, INC., P.O. BOX 368, LOGAN, UTAH, 84321, 1983.


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