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What does "engaged for the town" mean in Revolutionary war soldier profiles?

What does "engaged for the town" mean in Revolutionary war soldier profiles?

Posted: 20 Mar 2013 12:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
In "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution" Samuel Johnson of Balltown is "engaged for town of Braintree." What does the term "engaged for" mean?

WDR

Re: What does "engaged for the town" mean in Revolutionary war soldier profiles?

Posted: 20 Mar 2013 2:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
each town needed to supply men to fight - like a quota - so even though he may have lived between towns [my 5th G Grand did] they fought for a particular town...

Re: What does "engaged for the town" mean in Revolutionary war soldier profiles?

Posted: 20 Mar 2013 12:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks. Do you know how that town was chosen? Braintree is a long way from Maine.

WDR

Re: What does "engaged for the town" mean in Revolutionary war soldier profiles?

Posted: 20 Mar 2013 12:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
at the time there was no Maine- it was part of Mass.

I would think that perhaps he had family there? or some other connection to that area. Not a lot of people living in Maine all year long during that time. My relatives were in both places conducting business...perhaps he was too?
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