An old book I found, History of Columbia County, New York by Captain Franklin Ellis and published in 1878 talks about organized "regiment of foot" companies that were formed just prior to the War. It does not claim to know what services each one performed, but does claim to have seen the Rolls of officers and privates.
One person listed as a private in the Company of Captain James Spencer is Ludlow Owen. Now Ludlow, according to all family records was born in 1700. Could he have been in such a company at 75 or 76? In his favor, I must say that he lived until 1802 and died after a fall from the roof of his house that occured when he was repairing it. So, I have to suspect he would have been in good health in his seventies.
What age would have been realistic for a citizen to be enrolled in a local militia? And does anyone know if such lists still exist?
Any information would be appreciated,
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