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Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783
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Location of Massachusetts
Record Description
Record Type Revolutionary War
Collection years 1775-1783
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Massachusetts Archives Division

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Index card abstracts of accounts, muster and pay rolls, descriptive lists and accounts, etc. of soldiers who served in Massachusetts companies and regiments during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. The records were acquired from the Massachusetts State Archives in Boston. During the Revolutionary War Maine was a part of Massachusetts and was known as the Province of Maine. It consisted of Cumberland, Lincoln and York Counties. In 1780 the province became the District of Maine.

The collection consists of card abstracts from original records of muster and pay rolls, accounts, warrants, descriptive lists, Continental Army Pay Accounts, Lexington Alarm Rolls, etc. with volume number and page references to the collections that were abstracted.

Examples of Card Abstract Types

  • An Account -Mass. Archives Depreciation Rolls
  • Company Return - Coat Rolls Eight Months Service
  • Continental Army Pay Accounts - Continental Army Books
  • A Descriptive List - Mass. Muster and Pay Rolls
  • Lexington Alarm Roll - Lexington Alarms
  • List of Men Mustered - Mass. Muster and Pay Rolls
  • List of Men Raised to Serve in the Continental Army
  • Muster and Pay Roll
  • Muster
  • Order for Bounty Coat - Coat Rolls Eight Months Service Order
  • Order - Mass. Muster And Pay Rolls
  • Pay Abstract - Mass. Muster and Pay Rolls
  • Pay Roll
  • Receipt for Bounty - Mass. Muster and Pay Rolls
  • A Return
  • Statement of Continental Balances

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records

Muster and Pay Roll

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Company Commander
  • Regimental Commander
  • Length of Service
  • Residence
  • Remarks

Descriptive List

  • Name
  • Age
  • Stature
  • Complexion

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Your Ancestor’s Name
  • Your Ancestor's Residence
  • Your Ancestor's Military Unit
  • Your Ancestor's Age

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
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I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • An ancestor could also have enlisted multiple times serving in more than one military unit
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