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Re: See this account
Posted by: John Burleson (ID *****5515) Date: June 11, 2012 at 23:09:14
In Reply to: See this account by c of 18087

Thanks for the info. I was looking for a pattern. I know that there were many North Carolina independent militia companies that was constantly in the field after Gates Defeat in August 1780 until South Carolina and Georgia were retaken from the Tories in late 1782. The Counties usually called up individuals by class for a 3 month period unless there was an emergency. Some of the County draft was for minutemen for service less than 3 months, often for 2 weeks. Pensions of the soldiers verify this fact.
The example in your attachment did list the service or item that the amount was paid for, but 99% of the rest does not. The Archives states "If any of this information is missing from a particular voucher or certificate, there is no way for the absent details to be supplied, unless there happens to be an entry in one of the Revolutionary Army Account volumes which gives a further explanation. Most vouchers and certificates give no reason for the promised payment except to satisfy an undesignated claim."
I am still hoping that an researcher somewhere has worked with the NC Revolutionary War Army Accounts enough that they can pick up on a amount that is often repeated thru out the accounts. I understand that the pay/reimbursement for a rifle, a horse or any other item will vary because of the market value of the item at the time, but the wages of enlistment was not changed during the war. There should be a pattern to a 2 week, 3 month or other period of enlistment for a private, a sergeant or officer.
The NC Revolutionary War Army Accounts that I was working with was vol. IX book no. 4, part VII. On pages 931/2 Thomas Crawford Entry Taker for Richmond Co. NC listed 89 men. There was no service, clothing or any other reason given for the amount paid. Of these 89 men, 20 were paid 20; 5; . One of my ancestors was on this list of 20 men, also on the same list of 20 was a John Dabbs. I obtained a copy of his pension that he applied for in 1832 and he swore that he had only two periods of service (Militia). They were both for 3 month service each either draft or volunteer, after Aug. 1780 (Gates Defeat) I must believe therefore that the rate of pay for a private in the Militia from NC serving a 3 month tour, was 20 pounds and 5 shillings. Can anyone add to this.
John H. Burleson

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