Researching a Fauquier County Revolutionary War Soldier

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Veterans Day has passed, but Fauquier County Public  Library honors veterans during the entire month of November through a visual tribute of photos posted at all library locations.

If you have family members who served our country, you may be interested in researching their service. Start by asking these questions:

  • Which war did they serve in?
  • When did they serve?
  • What branch of the military did they serve in (Army, Navy, Marines, etc.)?
  • What was their rank?

The library has a wide range of tools to assist you in your genealogy research. Here is a sampling of print resources that will aid you in your research on veterans of the American Revolution.

Revolutionary War Research Tools

Fauquier County in the Revolution by T. Triplett Russell and John K. Gott. This book is an interesting study of Fauquier County during the time of the Revolution. It contains a list of men known to have served in the war, with dates and company information included.

Military Records, Patriotic Service, & Public Service Claims from The Fauquier County Virginia Court Minute Books 1759-1784 compiled by Joan W. Peters. The county’s Minute (Court) Books include many military records, such as appointments to Fauquier County Militia, allotments (food or cash) to wives and children of soldiers, discharges, and pension warrants. This book abstracts a number of these records.

Index to Revolutionary War Service Records transcribed by Virgil D. White. This four-volume set indexes the service records found at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and includes soldiers from all states, not just Virginia.

Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data From Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records compiled by Patrick G. Wardell. This six-volume set abstracts information found at the National Archives on bounty lands received by soldiers after the war.

Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims for Fauquier County compiled and abstracted by Richard Slatten and Janice L. Abercrombie. This book contains lists of not soldiers, but Fauquier County citizens who aided the war effort by supplying (voluntarily or not) materials such as beef, flour, wagons, horses, brandy and other items.

Stay tuned for tips and tools about researching other wars in a future edition of our genealogy blog or stop by library location and ask a reference librarian. We are happy to help!

∼ Vicky, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library

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