2 Replies Latest reply on May 10, 2021 11:19 AM by Elliot Schneider

    Seeking records of my ancestor who was a Revolutionary War vet

    Phyllis Fleming Newbie

      My 3rd great grandfather was a Rev War veteran. He enlisted in the Army in 1776 and mustered out in 1781. He then moved to Albermerle, Virginia, where he married in 1790. Then moved near Straunton by Ft. Defiance, He was a landowner so I assume he was given land for his service. I can not find ANYTHING (online) but the marriage license. No documents, land records or probate. Did they get burned during the Civil War? He died in 1842 and is buried in the Old Stone Church at Ft. Defiance.

       

      Any help is much appreciated..

      Phyllis

      Las Cruces, NM

        • Re: Seeking records of my ancestor who was a Revolutionary War vet
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Fleming,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records (Record Group 93) that include a service record of your ancestor. Many of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.  These records were not created during the Revolutionary War, but were created by the Department of War starting in the 1890s from extant records among its files in an attempt to create substitutes for records destroyed by fires in 1800 and 1814. Because the Department was not able to reconstruct every record, a soldier may have fought in a Continental Army unit during the war, but there may not be a compiled military service record for him. We also located the series Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) that may include a case file for your ancestor. Many of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.

           

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

           

          These records are available on Fold3 at Revolutionary War Service Records and Revolutionary War Pensions. There may be a fee for this service. Instead, you may wish to check with your local public or university library as these institutions often provide free access to Ancestry.com.

           

          For more information about state and county records such as probate records, please contact the Library of Virginia as well as the circuit court for the counties were he lived or otherwise had property.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

          • Re: Seeking records of my ancestor who was a Revolutionary War vet
            Elliot Schneider Ranger

            Phyllis,

             

            To help in my search could you provide a name of the individual and DOB if known?