|Posted By:||John Preston|
|Subject:||Re: General Questions-Compiled Service Records|
|Post Date:||February 12, 2012 at 03:27:31|
|Forum:||American Revolution Forum|
Thanks for the very complete answer.
I have worked on local history for a long time and one of our early settlers(1798) was a man by the name of Stephen Otis Johnson. By family tradition and by some supporting original material I found (this research goes back to several years ago) it's relatively certain that he did indeed serve in the Revolution.
It is unlikely at best that that he can be proven to have served but perhaps not impossible given a dedicated researcher. That is not a project I am willing to take on but I would like to be able to provide encouragement to others. From what I found, that includes an 1853 letter I was able to get from The Rhode Island Archives, he likely served in the 2nd Rhode Island.
I would think that an index of 80,000 cards would represent the total existing records-but I don't know.
Of that 80,000 less than 100 are for a Stephen Johnson. One of the things I have found is that the combination of that first and that last name is relatively uncommon (true from early census records, Civil War records, and even down to today's Social Security Death Index).
Of the 100 cards for a Stephen Johnson almost half are for a Stephen Johnson (s) that served in the 2nd RI. Even given he may have served for the entire war do you think a single man could have 40+ records?