A fourth source for Revolutionary War records is HeritageQuest which is available for free through many local libraries. When I search for William Reid in
, I quickly find twenty pages from the pension file from Record Group M805, Roll 681, Image 723, W 5676. The difference is the film used by HeritageQuest is the 20 most important pages rather than the entire file which for the Reed soldiers and widows pensions is 53 pages. Since I am still trying to find Mary’s parents, I wanted the entire file, not just the highlights. If you find your ancestor’s pension on HeritageQuest, you can then decide if it is worth a subscription to Footnote. Pennsylvania
The second way to think about the question, “Did your ancestor serve in the Revolutionary War?” is to consider those who were too old to physically fight, but supported the troops by providing food, wagons and clothing. I have another ancestor, Joseph Chamberlin, who was Commissioner of Clothing for
, 1777-1778. He was approximately 45 years old at the time. The records show the certificates Joseph Chamberlin provided relatives and neighbors for supplying blankets and clothing during the war. I am fortunate that his records and those for other commissioners in Hunterdon and Hunterdon County, New Jersey counties have been transcribed by Dorothy Agans Stratford and Thomas B. Wilson, in Certificates of Receipt of Revolutionary New Jersey, Hunterdon House, Somerset , 1996. Most county histories report the local militia lists and sometimes the efforts of individuals in the community who supported the Revolutionary War. Many county histories are available through HeritageQuest. Fortunately I can access HeritageQuest online through my local Herrick District Library. Lambertville, New Jersey
So as you wait for the 4th of July fireworks, you might want to do some online research and see which of your ancestors served.
Transcription of the marriage certificate found in the Revolutionary War Pension file of Mary Reed at the National Archives or at http://www.footnote.com
I certify by this ? that William Reed entereth in the hand of matrimony with Mary Brannen, both single persons living in Greenwood Township, Cumberland County, in the State of Pennsylvania on the fourteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred eighty-three,
Minister of St. Michaels
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Margaret Reed William Reed and
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