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Re: Muster Roll Granville Co., NC 1754

Hello all, here is an email addy for the Muster roll of Granville County, NC 1754:

It isn't the same site I saw the other list on, and I notice they spell Michael Goings name with the common spelling of Michael.
An interesting article which mentions this muster roll & others is entitled "The Colonial militia and Negro manpower" by Benjamin Quarles printed in Mississippi Valley Historical Review, vol. 45, no.4, March 1959 which is available online through JSTOR if you have access to JSTOR through a library. It states that through "the law of 1723 Virginia free Negroes, mulattoes, and Indians might be enlisted as drummers or trumpeters. Moreover, in case of invasion, insurrection, or rebellion, these groups could be required to march with the militia and do the duty of pioneers, or such other servile labour as they shall be diected to perform. By subsequent militia acts these Negroes or Indians although eligible to summons, were prohibited from carrying arms. Furthermore, any exempted Negro who presumed to show up at a muster was to be fined one hundred pounds of tobacco, "and shall immediately give security to the commanding officer, for paiment of the same". During the French and Indian War regulations appear to have been relaxed then customary precautions were resumed. By the law of 1768 overseers of slaves were fined if they (they slaves?) appeared at musters. Other musters rolls mentioned besides Colonel William Eaton's roll, were Captain John Glover's, Captain Osborn Jeffrey's & General Edward Braddock.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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