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Revolutionary War Pensions, part 1

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Cover of the book "Revolutionary War Pensions"

The Revolutionary War began 1776 and continued until 1783. The state was responsible for raising its own troops and also providing troops to the Continental Line. When it comes to pensions for North Carolina soldiers, there were not many at all. North Carolina did give pensions to veterans who were disabled due to their service in the War or to the widows or orphans if the soldier was killed during war. These pensions were established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1784 and only 97 pensions were granted. In 1800, the General Assembly passed another resolution to continue the pensions. Some of those who received pensions were later transferred to federal pension plans. (more…)

North Carolina Patriots, 1775-1783: In Their Own Words (part 2)

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book covers for the book North Carolina Patriots, 1775-1783: In their own words

Last week, I posted about Volume 1 of this 3 volume series entitled NC Patriots 1775-1783: Their Own Words by J.D. Lewis. This week, I want to talk about the 2nd and 3rd volumes, which is really volume 2, part 1 and volume 2, part 2.  As I discussed last week, volume 1 is about the Continental Line that was raised up in North Carolina, but volume 2, parts 1 and 2, is about the soldiers in the North Carolina Provincial and State Troops (hereafter called “NC Troops”). It is worth noting that there were many more NC Troops than there were in the Continental Troops raised in NC. Because of this, volume 2 is split up. Each chapter takes more room in part 1. Chapters 1-9 in volume 1 average 25 pages in length, but in volume 2, part 1, chapters 1-11 average 75-100 pages each. The index of soldiers is approximately 3 times as long.

Part 1 is set up much like volume 1. Chapters 1-11 are year-by-year summaries of the Revolutionary War, chapter 12 is an overview of the after affects of the war on the soldiers, Appendix A is a list of laws that pertained to the NC Troops, Appendix B talks about the battles and skirmishes that regiments  and companies of the NC Troops were involved in that happened within NC, and Appendix C talks about the battles and skirmishes that regiments and companies of the NC Troops were involved in that happened outside of NC.

As with volume 1, each chapter for chapter 1=11 starts with a list of key events. Within each chapter, there is a chart of the NC Troops as it existed that year, and a list of captains, colonels, majors, and lieutenants in each regiment of the NC Troops during that year. Some chapters have maps of battle fields or other charts. Some chapters have charts of regiments and lists of captains, etc. 2 or 3 times as the regiments changed within a year. There is also so much information for 1781 that it was split up into 3 different chapters totaling 267 pages!

Unlike the soldiers who were with the Continental Line, NC Troops did not receive bounty land; however, there were pensions and Chapter 12 talks about the pension system and the after affects of the War on the NC Troops.

As with volume 1, chapters 1-12 and Appendix A-C, which is a list of laws that affected the NC Troops, are much more historical in nature, but the information helps to understand what soldiers of the NC Troops went through – battles the NC Troops were in, laws that affected the soldiers and how the pension system worked after the war was over as well as the year-by-year summary.

Part 2 contains 1118 pages of soldiers who fought on the NC Troops. Each entry gives the name, the county where from, year/rank/served under/notes, and known battles.

In Volume 2, I do have 1 direct ancestor listed, so I will use him as an example:

Bradford, James  Mecklenburg  1779, Private under Capt. James Barr and Col. George Alexander. 1780, a private under Capt. Stephen Alexander and Col. Caleb Phifer. [this continues for about 3 more lines listing the year and who he served under] Camden (SC).


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North Carolina Patriots, 1775-1783: In Their Own Words (part 1)

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book covers for the book North Carolina Patriots, 1775-1783: In their own words

I recently discovered these books in our collection while browsing the stacks (something I often do). The books in question are the 3 volume set of NC Patriots 1775-1783: Their Own Words by J.D. Lewis. Reading through the 3 volumes, I realized they contained very important information that I am asked about frequently by patrons who contact Genealogical Services via correspondence – email or postal mail. We have other sources on the Revolutionary War soldiers, but these volumes are much more comprehensive, combining information found in multiple sources. More than that, information written in other books is often confusing. Since there are 3 volumes, I’m going to do this review in 2 parts (since the 2nd and 3rd volumes go together as volume 2, part 1, and volume 2, part 2). Volume 1 is important to use when looking for soldiers on the Continental Line from NC. Volume 2, parts 1 and 2, are important when looking for state militia. (more…)

2nd Annual Family History Fair: Full List of Exhibitors

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2nd Annual Family History Fair Exhibitors

Confirmed vendors as of October 22, 2013

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