When a Revolutionary War veteran died, the heirs were eligible to claim the pension's last payment. In order to do so, they generally had to provide support of the veteran's date of death and their connection to him. This could come from statements from the local probate court, civil registration, and more. Because the final… Continue reading New resource goes online: Fold3 has begun digitizing the final pension payment vouchers
When we talk about someone having "military" and "patriotic" service in the American Revolution, we generally mean that the individual provided support for the American cause by supporting the American Army. But that wasn't the only option. Shoreline communities, such as Saybrook in Connecticut Colony, supported the cause by building ships. The Oliver Cromwell was… Continue reading The Oliver Cromwell – A Connecticut Revolutionary War Source of Service
Do you need to document service for an ancestor from New Hampshire to complete a Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution application? Deb Duay's "Sources of Revolutionary War Service", as always needs to be your first stop. She has sources listed covering military, patriotic, and civil service. Not finding your… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary War service for ancestors from New Hampshire?
Deb Duay's made it really easy for you! Begin with her "Sources of Revolutionary War Service." The Vermont section is excellent and includes direct links to many of the military and civil service sources. If you're looking for patriotic service, be sure to review the available archival collections. The Vermont Historical Society or the Vermont… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary War service from Vermont?
Are you working on your Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) application while in quarantine and looking to document service for a Massachusetts ancestor? As always, Deb Duay's "Sources of Revolutionary War Service" is a great place to start. If you think your ancestor might have had civil service, don't forget to check the Massachusetts… Continue reading How do you document Revolutionary era service in Massachusetts?
Are you looking to document Revolutionary War era service for a DAR or SAR patriot from New York? First all, realize it might be a challenge. New York City and Long Island were both occupied during the War. As a result, New Yorkers were supported the American cause were sometimes forced to swear allegiance to… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary era service in New York?
Two societies - the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution - permit applications from prospective members whose ancestors did not live in the (now) United States, provided those ancestors demonstrated support for the American cause. This includes ancestors from Quebec, some of whom sided with the Americans during the… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary War service for an ancestor from Quebec?
Do you need to document service for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of the Cincinnati, or another lineage society covering the Revolutionary War era? If your ancestor was from Maine, there's one important factor you need to consider: Maine was not its own colony! Maine was a part of Massachusetts until becoming a… Continue reading How do I document Revolutionary era service for ancestors from Maine?