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Revolutionary War Ancestors
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When one thinks of the American Revolution, Massachusetts often comes to mind before Michigan. However, some scholarly research places Michigan more prominently in this conflict because of the Great Lakes. This shift in geographical emphasis is more apparent if the French and Indian War is viewed as a precursor to the Revolution, an argument sustained by the contributors to The Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814 (Michigan F 551 .S53 2001), which focuses on Michigan and the struggle for control of the region.
Beyond the forts at the Straits of Mackinac and Detroit, Fort Pitt, a hub of activity during the Revolution, was well linked to Detroit. After the western Pennsylvania-based Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, many Pittsburg residents migrated west and can be found in Detroit records and documents. Where the military dwelled, American families soon followed. Regardless of origin, many Michiganians may be able to trace their family back to the Revolution.
From New England to the South to the Great Lakes states, the Library of Michigan has a number of resources on the Revolutionary War, its soldiers and its records. To search these holdings, use ANSWER, www.answercat.org, the Library's online catalog. Below are sample searches that will return worthwhile materials:
Harding, Margery Heberling. George Rogers Clark and His Men: Military Records, 1778-1784. Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Historical Society, 1981.
House, Charles J. Names of Soldiers of the American Revolution Who Applied for State Bounty Under Resolves of March 17, 1835, March 24, 1836, and March 20, 1836, as Appears of Record in Land Office. 1893. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967.
Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1966.
Jackson, Ronald Vern, ed. U.S. Pensioners 1818, Revolutionary War. North Salt Lake, UT: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1988.
Lu, Helen M. Revolutionary War Period: Bible Family & Marriage Records Gleaned from Pension Applications. Dallas: Lu, 1980-1981.
Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company: 1996.
National Genealogical Society. Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 1987.
Saffell, William Thomas Roberts. Records of the Revolutionary War: Containing the Military and Financial Correspondence of Distinguished Officers; Names of the Officers and Privates of Regiments, Companies and Corps, with the Dates of Their Commissions and Enlistments; General Orders of Washington, Lee and Greene at Germantown and Valley Forge; with a List of Distinguished Prisoners of War; the Time of Their Capture, Exchange, etc.. Baltimore: C.C. Saffell, 1894.
United States. National Archives and Records Service. General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers. 58 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1972.
---. Record of Invalid Pension Payments to Veterans of the Revolutionary War and the Regular Army and Navy, March 1801-September 1815. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1993.
---. Selected Records from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files. 898 reels. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1969.
United States War Department. Letter from the Secretary of War, Transmitting a Report of the Names, Rank and Line of Every Person Placed on the Pension List in Pursuance of the Act of 18th March 1818. Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1955.
---. Pension Roll of 1835. 4 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968.
---. Revolutionary Pensioners: A Transcript of the Pension List of the United States for 1813. 1813. Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1953.
Wehmann, Howard H. A Guide to Pre-Federal Records in the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1989.
White, Virgil D., transcriber. Index to Revolutionary War Service Records. 4 vols. National Historical Publishing Company, 1995.
Curry, John Carlyle. Michigan Revolutionary War Pension Payments. Washington, D.C.: [s.n.], 1959.
Silliman, Sue Imogene. Michigan Military Records; The D.A.R. of Michigan Historical Collections: Records of the Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Michigan, the Pensioners of Territorial Michigan and the Soldiers of Michigan Awarded the "Medal Of Honor". Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission, 1920.
Linn, John Blair. Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, Battalions and Line, 1775-1783. 2 vols. Harrisburg, PA: L.S. Hart State Printer, 1880.
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Guide to the Published Archives of Pennsylvania Covering the 138 Volumes of Colonial Records and Pennsylvania Archives, Series I-IX. Harrisburg, PA: 1949.
Abercrombie, Janice L. Virginia Revolutionary Publick Claims. Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Company, 1992.
Hopkins, William Lindsay. Virginia Revolutionary War Land Grant Claims, 1783-1850. Richmond, VA: W.L. Hopkins, 1988.
Sons of the American Revolution. Kentucky Society. Year Book of the Society, Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1894-1913 and Catalogue of Military Land Warrants Granted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution. Lexington, KY: The Society, 1913.
Taylor, George Ann Franklin. Revolutionary War Pensioners Living in Kentucky in 1840. Thomasville, GA: 1966.
Latham, Allen. A Roll of the Officers in the Virginia Line of the Revolutionary Army Who Have Received Land Bounty in the States of Ohio and Kentucky. Anchorage, KY: Borderland Books, 1962.
Slocum, Charles. Ohio Country Between the Years 1873 and 1815. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1910.
Cartwright, Betty Goff. North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791. Memphis, TN: [s.n.], 1958.
North Carolina Division of Archives and History. Name Index to Tennessee Land Warrants. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State Archives, 199-.
Darlington, Jane Eaglesfield. Surname Index to Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana. 2 vols. Fort Wayne, IN: Fort Wayne Public Library, 1976.
Wolfe, Barbara Schull. Index to Revolutionary Soldiers of Indiana and Other Patriots. Indianapolis: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1983.
Dexter, Darrel. Revolutionary War Pioneers: Pension and Service Papers of Veterans of the American Revolution Who Settled in Southern Illinois in the Counties of Alexander, Johnson, Pope, Pulaski, Union, Hardin, and a List of Officers and Soldiers of the Illinois Regiment. Carterville, IL: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, 1992.
Illinois State Genealogical Society. Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Illinois. Springfield, IL: The Society, 1976.
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