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New Jersey Muster Rolls

New Jersey Muster Rolls

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 5:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am intersted in finding out about my ancestor's war service.

He was Rev. Nichoas Cox and wa enlisted as Chaplain in the First Regiment,Second Establishment, New Jersey Continental Line on November 29th 1776 and received his Q.M.G. Department certificate on February 2, 1780 for his service during the War. He lived in Sussex County (later became Warren County), New Jersey at the time.

He is listed in Stryker's book once, but I wasn't sure if there were some other records out there that may show him.

His son John Cox who was born in 1765 was a private of the Sussex County, New Jersey militia according to DAR records, though there is no source for this info. Not sure if there would be anything out there regarding who was in the militia. John later obtained the title of Captain, but I'm not sure when that occured.

I don't have access to Ancestry, so not sure if there is anything on there that would help. I have info on what & where the 1st NJ was during the war, but nothing stating specifically if Nicholas was at these events.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks

Jeff

Re: New Jersey Muster Rolls

Posted: 12 Dec 2008 9:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
The rolls for the 1st NJ Regiment (Continental) are on National Archives microfilm Micropublication 246 ("Revolutionary War Rolls"), rolls 55, 56 and 57.

You can ask your local library to borrow these by inter-library loan. Many libraries subscribe to Ancestry, which has the images from these in its site, but using the microfilm is much much faster because you don't have to wait for pages to load.

All free white able-bodied males aged roughly 16 to 60 (varies by time and place) were supposed to be available for County militia duty, which would include showing up at regular drills. Sometimes there are surviving muster rolls, sometimes not. For Warren/Sussex, I think not.

There is a large ledger with non-obviously arranged militia lists (not identified as such, and with no specific date-ranges) in the NJ Archives in Trenton, but to tell what pages of lists go with what place you have to have done a lot of neighborhood research. Since the ledger is a non-contemporaneous copy there are bound to be errors and omissions.

There may be County Court items regarding militia activities, but unless there were extensive claims for reimbursement for active-duty service or for property losses, there are unlikely to be lists. Militiamen seldom saw active duty since they were supposed to serve within the County (there are some major exceptions, but I don't happen to know of any for Sussex Co.). But especially in 1778 and 1779 there would have been patrols along the Delaware River, especially the Mine Road.

Good hunting,
Jade

Re: New Jersey Muster Rolls

Posted: 12 Dec 2008 10:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks!

Re: New Jersey Muster Rolls

Posted: 28 Jan 2009 2:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
The DAR Index has this;
COX, NICHOLAS Ancestor #: A027063
Service: NEW JERSEY Rank: CHAPLAIN
Birth: 24 Mar 1742 NEW CASTLE DELAWARE
Death: (ANTE) 7 Apr 1826 SUSSEX CO NEW JERSEY
Service Description: 1) 1ST BATT. 2ND ESTABLISHMENT

Residence 1) NEW JERSEY
SpouseNumber Name 1)REBECCA POTTS
You can purchase a copy of a woman's approved application via http://www.dar.org

Re: New Jersey Muster Rolls

Posted: 28 Jan 2009 10:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the info. I actually already have all the DAR & SAR applications for him, but your reply is appreciated.

Jeff
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