In my last post, I explained how I discovered that my 5th great-grandfather Thomas Hilyard served during the Revolutionary War in the Pennsylvania militia. Today, I'm going to give all the details and documents I have to support this. (Hint: this one might be a bit dry. Try pretending you're on Genealogy Roadshow.)
|Mary Hilyard seeks pension, above book page 40|
And the petition itself:
We already had all of the text of this document, but it was neat to handle the real thing.
|Page 1 of Petition|
|Page 2 of Petition|
|Outside of Petition|
Next, we wanted to see the originals of the ledgers recording what Mary Hilyard received as her pension. Those were located on microfilm on these two rolls:
|Mary Hilyard pension ledger microfilm side view|
|Mary Hilyard pension ledger microfilm top view|
And the ledger images themselves:
|Ledger entry for "Mary Hilard" from 1839-1845, screenshot of microfilmed image|
There are two other entries:
|Ledger entry for "Mary Hillard" from October 1839|
|Ledger entry for "Mary Hilard" for 1846-1847, the year she died|
Again, no new info for us here, but we just had to see it for ourselves.
Finally, on to the uncharted territory. We had the index card showing "Thomas Hillert" served in the Revolutionary War:
|Index cards for Pennsylvania soldiers available free online|
Using the information on this card, the excellent librarians at the Pennsylvania Archives helped us navigate finding aids. Battalion numbers changed over time, adding to the confusion. This card indicates "N.D." which means the list he is found on is undated. It is found on a roll containing the years 1777-1780.
|Microfilm box source information for next two images|
|Full page of Pennsylvania 8th Batallion Captain Frederick Ziegler's Company, 1st Class, including "Thomas Hillert"|
|Close-up of Thomas Hillert's name|
The next film:
|Microfilm box source for next five images|
This is the "Return of Jacob Brands Company, Militia Captain of the Lower part of Manor Township, in the County of Lancaster, and State of Pensylvania, May the first 1781 with names and sirnames as follows:"
|Militia roll Lower Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1 May 1781|
4th Battalion 2nd Company 1st Class
|Close-up of previous image showing Thomas Hilliart|
The roll for the following year, 1782: "A True and exact List of the names of each and every Male white person, Inhabiting or Residing, within my District, in the Second Company, of the fourth Battalion of Lancaster County, Militia, between the Age of Eighteen, and Fifty-three Years. Taken for the Year 1782."
|Militia roll Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1782|
4th Battalion 2nd Company 1st Class
|Right-hand edge of the above image|
|Close-up of First Class showing Thomas Hyliard|
This seems to be the last year (1782) that Thomas served on the Lancaster County militia. The following documents show him listed as not attending from 1783-1785.
"A Return of the none attendents of the Seventh Company and Ninth Battalion of Lancaster County Millitia commanded by Col. Fredrick Zigler for the Year 1783". Note that Md stands for Muster Day and Fd stands for Field Day.
|Roll of "none attendents" of 7th Company 9th Battalion Lancaster County, Pennsylvania militia 1783|
|Close-up of previous image showing Thomas Hillgert|
Next we have "A True and Exact List of the Names of Each and Every male white person inhabiting within my District in the Seventh Company of the Ninth Battalion of Lancaster County, Millitians, who refused to attent the Mustering place, and being being between the Age of Eighteen and fifty three years, Taken for the year 1784"
|Roll of men who refused to attend mustering Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia 1784|
|Close-up of previous image showing Thomas Hylliard|
The final list appears to have been made in the Spring of 1784, the same year as the previous one, but it was attested the following year on 12 May 1785. It is "A Return of the none Attendens of the Seventh Company in the Ninth Battalion of Lancaster County Millitia Commanded by Colonel Frederick Ziegler in order of Sevarel of Classes as follows."
|Roll of none attendants Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1784-1785|
|Close-up of previous image showing Thomas Hyliard|
These are all of the documents I have been able to find regarding the Revolutionary War service of Thomas Hilyard, who served in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia. In my next post I hope to share some of the activities of this militia.