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Subject: [A-REV] Connecticut State Library
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 09:59:49 -0500
Research Guide to Revolutionary War Sources at the Connecticut State Library
The following sources are suggested for beginning the search for information
on Revolutionary War service. However, the list is not exhaustive, and
researchers interested in more in-depth research should also consult the
library's catalogs and research guides. The library staff does not search
military records, and most materials pertinent to the Revolutionary War are
not available on interlibrary loan. A list of Professional Genealogists
Familiar with Connecticut State Library Collections who will undertake
research for a fee is available.
Barrow, Thomas C. Connecticut Joins the Revolution. Connecticut Bicentennial
Series, no. 1. Chester, CT: Pequot Press, 1973 [CSL call number HistRef
ConnDoc Am35 cb].
Callahan, North. Connecticut's Revolutionary War Leaders. Connecticut
Bicentennial Series, no. 3. Chester, CT: Pequot Press, 1973 [CSL call number
HistRef ConnDoc Am35 cb].
Hinman, Royal Ralph, comp. A Historical Collection, from Official Records,
Files & c. of the Part Sustained by Connecticut During the War of the
Revolution. Hartford: E. Gleason, 1842 [CSL call number SpecColl E 263 .C5
Mather, Frederic G. The Refugees of 1776 From Long Island to Connecticut.
Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1972 [CSL call number E 263
Middlebrook, Louis F. History of Maritime Connecticut During the American
Revolution, 1774-1783. 2 vols. Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1925 [CSL
call number F 99 .M63].
Establishing Military Service
Materials useful when beginning research include:
Cropsey, Joyce Mackenzie, comp. Register of Revolutionary Soldiers and
Patriots Buried in Litchfield County. Canaan, NH: Phoenix Publishing, 1976
[CSL call number F 102 .L6 C76].
DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition. Washington, DC: National Society of
the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1990 [CSL call number HistRef E
255 .D38 1990]. Lists "patriots", gives birth and death dates, name of
spouse, rank, and state from which they served.
Index of the Rolls of Honor (Ancestor's Index) in the Lineage Books of the
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution [CSL call
number HistRef E 202.5 .A15]. This set serves as an index to:
Daughters of the American Revolution, Lineage Book, 1896-1921 [CSL call
number E 202.5 .A15]. This 166 volume set, housed in stack section 1B, lists
DAR members, membership application number, lineage from the patriot
ancestor, and service record of the patriot. Although the information in
this set serves as a clue to establishing a connection to a Revolutionary
War ancestor, it should be remembered that some lines and service claims may
have been subsequently disproved and that DAR membership requirements are
now more stringent than they once were.
Hedden, James Spencer, comp. Roster and Graves of, or Monuments to, Patriots
of 1775-1783 and of Soldiers of Colonial Wars in and Adjacent to New Haven
County. 4 vols. in 3. New Haven, 1931-34 [CSL call number F 102 .N5 S6].
Sons of the American Revolution. Connecticut Society. Year-Book of the
Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution [CSL call number
E 202.3 .C8 A48]. Membership rolls for 1891-1894 include brief biographical
information of members and show the service of the patriot ancestor. Entries
for 1895-1903 also include the members' application numbers, which can be
used to access some of the Photostatic applications, below.
Sons of the American Revolution. Connecticut Society. Applications for
Membership in the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American
Revolution: Certified Photostat Copies, 1889-1925 [CSL call number E 202.3
.C8 .A53 1889a]. This set of Photostatic copies of applications for
membership in the Connecticut Society, SAR, is housed on the oversized
shelves in stack section 1B. Arranged numerically by application file
number, the application forms include the applicant's name, lineage back to
the patriot, and a statement concerning the patriot's service. These volumes
are partially indexed by the Year-Book, above.
Veterans' Deaths Index. A card index prepared by the Veterans' Graves Survey
project is housed in the corridor adjacent to the History and Genealogy
reading room. Although not complete, includes the names of many deceased
veterans from the Revolutionary War.
Rolls and Lists
The following printed sources are suggested; copies may be consulted at the
Connecticut State Library but are not available on interlibrary loan.
Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution. Hartford:
Adjutant-General's Office, 1889 [CSL call number GR D Ad 44 res]. This
important work should be one of the first tools consulted when attempting to
determine whether an individual saw Revolutionary War service from
Connecticut. It is a published compilation of documents taken from many
sources, including the Connecticut Archives and Trumbull Papers (c.f.) as
well as State Comptrollers' accounts, orderly books, miscellaneous letters
and diaries, and other Revolutionary era materials in the possession of the
State Library, the Connecticut Historical Society, and other libraries and
societies. There is an index in the back of the volume and a slip index in
the archives reading area. Unfortunately, in most cases the original sources
from which the payrolls, lists, etc. were taken are not specified.
Index to Compiled Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers who Served
with the American Army in Connecticut Military Organizations, M290.
Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1976 [CSL call number
973.34 C762u No. 7 Mfilm]. Housed in the classified microfilm cabinet
between stack sections 1A and 1B.
Lists and Returns of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1775-1783,
Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Volume 12. Hartford:
Connecticut Historical Society, 1909 [CSL call number HistRef F 91 .C7 v.
Orderly Book and Journals Kept by Connecticut Men While Taking Part in the
American Revolution, 1775-1778, Collections of the Connecticut Historical
Society, Volume 7. Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1899 [CSL call
number HistRef F 91 .C7 v. 7].
Rolls and Lists of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1775-1783, Collections
of the Connecticut Historical Society, Volume 8. Hartford: Connecticut
Historical Society, 1901 [CSL call number HistRef F 91 .C7 v. 8].
Transcripts of documents, citing original sources. Includes index.
Many materials within the State Archives are available for your research at
the State Library. An archives pass is required. See the Rules and
Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections
Materials. See in particular the following record groups:
RG 1, Early General Records.
The Connecticut Archives collection comprises the records of the General
Assembly to approximately 1820 and is grouped into broad topics. The series
pertaining to Revolutionary War military records include:
Militia, Series II, 1747-1786.
Militia, Series III, 1728-1820.
Revolutionary War, Series I, 1763-1789.
Revolutionary War, Series II, 1756-1856.
Revolutionary War, Series III, 1765-1820.
A collection of bound indexes to the Connecticut Archives is available for
use in the History and Genealogy Reading Room. Documents are indexed by
locality, subject and by names of individuals, and the index entries provide
volume, document numbers, and page numbers. Although there is no bound index
volume for Revolutionary War, Series II, researchers may ask the librarians
for the slip index covering this series. Researchers may retrieve microfilm
copies of the documents from a cabinet adjacent to the bound indexes. The
films are arranged alphabetically by series title. The State Library staff
does not search or provide copies from microfilmed records, but most of the
Militia and Revolutionary War series microfilms are available though LDS
Family History Centers or on interlibrary loan from the Connecticut State
Library. A list of Professional Genealogists Familiar with Connecticut State
Library Collections who will make copies of microfilmed records for a fee is
available. The original Connecticut Archives volumes are subject to the
Guidelines on Use of Restricted Original Archival Records and are available
for use only if the microfilm is not legible.
The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut.
The Public Records of the State of Connecticut.
These sets comprise the official record books of the General Court/General
Assembly. The original volumes are housed in the State Archives as part of
Record Group 1, but those through the early nineteenth century have been
published [CSL call number HistRef ConnDoc G25]. Volumes covering the
Revolutionary War period include appointment of officers to militia units;
acceptance of accounts; memorials by citizens who lost property during the
Researchers should also note the following collection which is related to
the Connecticut Archives (c.f.):
Jonathan Trumbull Papers.
This collection of Connecticut colonial and early state official papers ca.
1631-1784, was collected by Governor Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. at the direction
of the General Assembly. The papers were arranged into 30 volumes; volume 19
burned in 1825. An alphabetical index (by subject and surname) is housed in
the Archives Secured Collection Research Area.
For many years this collection was housed at the Massachusetts Historical
Society, which published selected items in its Collections, Fifth Series,
vols. IX and X and Seventh Series, vols. II and III. Those researching the
Revolutionary War who are unable to utilize the original manuscript volumes
may wish to consult the Fifth Series, vol. X and the two Seventh Series
volumes [CSL call number F 97 .T78 1885]. Note that spelling has been
modernized for publication.
Research guides to more recent archival records consist of a series of black
loose-leaf notebooks housed near the History and Genealogy Unit's
information desk. Useful record groups pertaining to the Revolutionary War
RG 7, Records of the State Treasurer.
RG 8, Records of the Comptroller. See especially:
RG 8:10, Audited vouchers. Includes orders to pay for supplies, 1777-1782
and soldiers' pay, 1776-1784.
RG 8:12, Town accounts for supplies for soldiers' families, 1778-1784.
Revolutionary War pension application files frequently contain documents
such as discharge papers, affidavits and depositions of witnesses,
narratives of events during service, pages from family Bibles. Accessing the
files may be facilitated by consulting:
Daughters of the American Revolution. Twenty-first Report of the National
Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, March 1, 1917 to March
1, 1918. 66th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Document No. 83 (Serial Set No.
7601). Appendix "A" includes Mrs. Amos G. Draper's index to the "Pension
Records of the Revolutionary Soldiers From Connecticut," listing
Revolutionary pensioners and pension numbers. This is the "Draper Pen"
referenced in the slip index to Connecticut Archives: Revolutionary War,
Series II. Appendix "A" has been reprinted as:
Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, comp. Connecticut
Revolutionary Pensioners. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987 [CSL
call number E 263 .C5 C69 1982].
Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives.
Washington, DC: National Genealogical Society, 1976 [CSL call number CS 63
.N63 1962]. Similar to the "Draper Pension Index," above, but it lists
patriots from all states along with the state from which they served and
pension file number. This volume also serves as an index to the many
abstracts of pension applications that appeared in the National Genealogical
Society Quarterly [CSL call number CS 42 .N4] beginning with volume XVII
[CSL call number 1920].
The Pension Roll of 1835. Indexed Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 1992 [CSL call number HistRef E 255 .U53 1992]. This is a
reprint, with a new index, of Senate Document 514, Serial Nos. 249-51,
Report From the Secretary of War in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate
of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3rd of March, 1835, in Relation
to the Pension Establishment of the United States. Provides names of
pensioners, rank, annual allowance, sums received, brief description of
service, date of commencement of pension, age, laws under which individual
was entitled to pension, and death date (for those deceased prior to 1835).
White, Virgil D. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files.
Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1990 [CSL call number
HistRef E 255 .W55 1990]. Consists of information extracted from "Selected
Records from the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant
Application Files," National Archives microfilm series M805.
Copies of military records and pension application files can be ordered from
the National Archives. Request NATF Form 80, Order for Copies of Veterans'
Records, in an email addressed to or in a letter address to
the National Archives and Records Administration, Attn: NWCTB, 700
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001. Be sure to provide your
name and postal mailing address, specify the form number, and state the
number of forms you need (limit 6 per order). Additional information on how
to obtain copies is available on the NARA website.
White, David Oliver. Connecticut's Black Soldiers, 1775-1783. Connecticut
Bicentennial Series, Number 4. Chester, CT: Pequot Press, 1973 [CSL call
number HistRef ConnDoc Am35 cb].
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Minority Military
Service, Connecticut, 1775-1783 [CSL call number HistRef E 263 .C5 M56
Barnett, Cleadie and Elizabeth Sewell. Loyalist Families. Federation Branch
of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, 1983 [CSL call number
F 1041.8 .Be7 1983].
Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your Canadian Roots [CSL call number HistRef CS
82 .B39 1989].
Chadwick, Edward M. Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalist
and Other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada. Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon
House, 1983 [CSL call number CS 88.06 .C45 1983].
Coldham, Peter Wilson. American Loyalist Claims Abstracted from the Public
Records Office. Washington, DC: National Genealogical Society, 1980- [CSL
call number E 277 .C65 1980].
Fraser, Alexander. United Empire Loyalists: Enquiry Into the Losses and
Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty; Evidence in the Canadian Claims.
Reprint ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994 [CSL call number CS
88 .06 F7 1905].
Hill, Isabel Louise. Some Loyalists and Others. Fredericton, New Brunswick:
Louise Hill, 1977 [CSL call number E277 .H55 1977].
MacKinnon, Neil. This Unfriendly Soil: The Loyalist Experience in Nova
Scotia. Ottawa: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1986 [CSL call number F
1038 .M15 1986].
Palmer, Gregory, ed. A Bibliography of Loyalist Source Material in the
United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Meckler, 1982 [CSL call number
HistRef Z 1238 .B52 1982 E277].
Peck, Epaphroditus. The Loyalists of Connecticut. Connecticut Tercentenary
Commission, publication no. 31. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934 [CSL
call number ConnDoc T271h p no. 31].
Potter-MacKinnon, Janice. While the Women Only Wept: Loyalist Refugee Women.
Ottawa: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1993 [CSL call number F 1058 .P68
Reeks, Linsay. Ontario Loyalist Ancestors. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1992
[CSL call number CS 90 .B397 1992].
Reid, William D. The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of the
American Loyalists of Upper Canada. Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon House. 1973
[CSL call number F 1058 .R44 1973].
Siebert, Wilbur H. The Refugee Loyalists of Connecticut, Transactions of the
Royal Society of Canada, Series III, volume X, 1916 [CSL call number E 277
Tyler, John W. Connecticut Loyalists: An Analysis of Loyalist Land
Confiscation's in Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk. New Orleans: Polyanthos,
1977 [CSL call number E 277 .T93].
Villers, David H. Loyalism in Connecticut, 1763-1783. Ann Arbor, Mich.:
Xerox University Microfilms, 1976 [CSL call number E 277 .V55 1976 Mfilm].
Ph.D. dissertation, University of Connecticut.
Wright, Esther Clark. The Loyalists of New Brunswick. Fredericton, New
Brunswick: E. C. Wright, 1981 [CSL call number F 1043 .W74 1981].
State Archives Record Group 8:21 includes papers pertaining to disposal of
"confiscated estates" [CSL call number property seized from Loyalists],
Researchers should also check the subject heading American Loyalists on the
library's computerized catalog and the headings "Loyalists" and "Confiscated
Estates" in the indexes to Connecticut Archives: Revolutionary War, Series
I, II, and III. There are sometimes references to the administration of the
estates of Loyalists in probate records; check the statewide probate estate
papers index in the corridor off the H&G reading room. Check land records to
determine succession to title to Loyalists' land. Other sources of
information are Superior Court and County Court records, housed in the State
Non-military Service in the Revolutionary War from Extracts of Connecticut
Town Council Meetings, 1774-1784. 2 vols. Connecticut Daughters of the
American Revolution, 1965 [CSL call number HistRef E 263 .C5 1965].
See also State Archives Record Group 8, Records of the Comptroller, for
vouchers, receipts, and other papers relating to payments for supplies
(blankets, clothing, etc.) and services (packing, transportation, etc.).
Other Useful Sources
The following sources are available for your research at the Connecticut
State Library. An archives pass is required. See the Rules and Procedures
for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections Materials .
RG 72, Vital Records. Includes some lists of veterans buried in Connecticut.
RG 74, Genealogical Materials. Item 44 includes genealogical records copied
from different sources by members of DAR chapters in Connecticut.
RG 123, Records of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Connecticut
Chapters. Includes meeting minutes and early registrars' records of the Ruth
Manuscript materials. There is a wealth of individually cataloged material
dealing with the American Revolution in the State Archives' manuscript
collection, including rolls and lists, letters, diaries, journals,
registers, and regimental histories. Check the Manuscripts and Archives
Catalog under specific subject headings such as:
Armstrong, H. A. (collection of French and Indian and Revolutionary War
Daughters of the American Revolution. Connecticut
U.S. Army, Continental
U.S. History -- Revolution
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