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From: "Linda Merle" <>
Subject: Re: [Sc-Ir] Militia districts/batallion districts... rev. war
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 08:40:30 -0700
>Do anyof you know if other states did this too? My >folks were in VA and SC at the time.
Well yeh, they all had so organize to defend
against the British and the Indians. At first of
course the federal government had very little
power so much was done on colony or state (after
the Revolution) level.
Each state/colony is somewhat unique. A reference
book like "The Source" is really key. It covers
the ground for both the federal and the state
So for VA, fer example, after you check the
federal records. There is a separate index for
Virginia, as I recall. It's a 'special case'
since it provided more men then any other colony
for the Revolution. Men from other colonies also
served in that state -- refugees from other
southern colonies, for example. Also it is a
special case because it awarded land to men who
served in the Continental Line as well so there
are more bounty records. ALL that land was in
what is now Kentucky and Ohio -- none in VA. So
if your ancestor was dropped off by the UFOs
in OH or KY -- check VA service records. Also
so many people squatted in KY that the VA state
legistature "gave up". They passed a law in
I think 1781 saying if you had farmed the land
by that year or the previous you could 'claim it'.
So then everyone showed up at the court and was
granted their lands. Those court records are in
Anyhow then you check VA service records which
are abstracted and published. Or you can visit
a NARA office. However the books that contain
them are probably on LOAN at NEHGS (New England
Historic Genealogical Society). Most of their
membership is not in New England so their
book loaning service is wonderful.
To find out what resources exist for each state,
you check "The Source" which lists them in the
Military chapter by state. I think The Source
is on line at www.ancestry.com but whether it
is only for subscribers there or not, I don't
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 09:00:12 EDT
>In a message dated 9/8/2003 7:30:11 PM Central Daylight Time,
>The PA militia organized each county into batallion districts that were each
>to supply the requisite number of men for service.
>Do anyof you know if other states did this too? My folks were in VA and SC at
>the time. Betty.
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