|National Archives Center -Perris, Riverside County, California|
Although this Archives has original records relating to the area, such as California Indian records and Pacific Immigration, I was interested in the Revolutionary War records. They have the same microfilm, evidently, that Washington DC has for that, plus the free access to those records on Ancestry.com and Footnote.com. Plus you can print any of the images of these records for free. Since I have an Ancestry.com subscription, I decided to look up my six Revolutionary war veterans on http://www.footnote.com/ . I wasn't disappointed!
For each veteran, I searched three databases: the Revolutionary Pension Records, the Muster Rolls, and the Service Records. I found hefty pension applications for two of my "guys" - Daniel Squier of CT and Amasa Grout of NH. And I found various muster rolls, and/or pay records, for all of them.. The other veterans were Moses Comstock Eells of CT; Elisha Cheney of Newton MA; and Benjamin Eddy of the 5th MA Regiment. I didn't find anything on Ebenezer Blanding of the MA Militia, but I didn't have long to search. They close at 4:30 pm and I used every minute of the few hours I was there.
|Muster Roll of Capt Phineas Stearns Company in the Detacment Commanded by Maj. Procter |
This shows Elisha Cheney on the right column (top) as a Drummer .
He was from Newton MA, and in later life lived in Royalston, MA