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Re: JAMES SHORT 1756-1836 Revolutionary War Veteran
Posted by: J (ID *****8954) Date: January 18, 2012 at 22:06:31
In Reply to: JAMES SHORT 1756-1836 Revolutionary War Veteran by James AnthonyTonyKeltz, Sr. of 18096

Since your man did not apply for a pension, it is likely he did not have 30 days' active duty service.

He would have been considered available for active duty within his local County in the militia (if free, white, able-bodied), which could have included patrolling, guarding prisoners or assisting in escorting supplies bound elsewhere. Most militiamen did not see any active duty, although in the other extreme some were sent far from home with large expeditions.

You'd have to find more evidence as to where your man was from, and hunt up any surviving local muster rolls. These were mostly compiled at the time men reported for regular drill and nose-counting (not considered active duty).

Queries on surname message boards, and locality message boards for where you know he lived, may meet eyes that know something about your man's background.

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