Governor Chris Christie • Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs
New Jersey State Archives
225 West State Street-Level 2
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

Contact Information

Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us

Department of Defense - Colonial Wars and Revolutionary War


See the Bureau of Archives & History Manuscript Collection (referenced below), Box 4-1, for Revolutionary War documents.

Consult the National Archives page linked below for further information on researching federal military service and pension records.

Consult the Reference Services page for information about research services available by mail through the State Archives.


See also: Department of Defense - New Jersey Militia and New Jersey Rifle Corps
Department of the Treasury - Pre-1850 Records (including Revolutionary War Pay)
Legislature - Colonial and Revolutionary War Periods

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office
Manuscripts and Correspondence Relating to Colonial Wars, 1639-1903
Control #:
SDEA0001
Format:
2 c.f. (4 boxes); 1 reel (35-mm)
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Numbered Manuscripts, 1770s-1890s
Control #:
SDEA1001
Format:
54 c.f. (107 boxes); 30 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Numerical

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Miscellaneous Bound Books, ca. 1776-ca. 1783
Control #:
SDEA1002
Format:
11.5 c.f. (19 boxes); 27 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Grouped by record type/subject
Notes:
Boxes 1-8 have been processed and cataloged separately. Includes transcribed and compiled materials, as well as typescript indexes.
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Abstracts of Federal Pension Claims, 1810s-1840s
Control #:
SDEA1003
Format:
15.5 c.f. (31 boxes); 12 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by soldier's name
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Copies of Miscellaneous Records, 1774-1837
Control #:
SDEA1004
Format:
0.75 c.f. (2 boxes)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Copies of Correspondence, 1777-1782
Control #:
SDEA1005
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Records of Commissioners of Forfeited Estates, 1777-1795
Control #:
SDEA1006
Format:
5 c.f. (7 boxes, 1 map drawer)
Arrangement:
By county, then document type
Notes:
See also the series: Salem County/ Court of Common Pleas/ Writs of Execution to Sell Real Estate of Loyalists.
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Research Files, 1776-1899
Control #:
SDEA1007
Format:
1.25 c.f. (3 boxes)
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Abstracts of Service Records [Slips], ca. 1776-ca. 1783
Control #:
SDEA1008
Format:
47.5 c.f. (95 boxes); 119 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by soldier
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Loyalist Manuscripts, 1776-1783
Control #:
SDEA1009
Format:
1.5 c.f. (3 boxes, 2 card file boxes); 0.3 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
By manuscript number
Notes:
Partially indexed by card file in Manuscript Reading Room.
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Service Abstracts [Cards], ca. 1776-1783
Control #:
SDEA1010
Format:
22 c.f. (44 boxes); 31 reels (35-mm)
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Loyalist Muster Rolls, ca. 1777-1783
Control #:
SDEA1011
Format:
5.5 c.f. (4 vols. and 6 card-file drawers); 7 reels (35-mm)
Notes:
1906 transcription of muster rolls.
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Miscellaneous Pension Records, 1818-1857
Control #:
SDEA1012
Format:
0.5 c.f. (2 boxes)
Arrangement:
By subject/claimant
Notes:
Includes files on rejected claims of Zebulon Brown, James Hunt, Sarah K. Jenks, James S. & Catharine Sutphen, and Catharine Zeller.
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Book of Signatures of Revolutionary War Officers and Officials, ca. 1775-1809
Control #:
SDEA1013
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 booklet & 7 loose signatures)
Arrangement:
Roughly alphabetical
Restrictions:
Access permitted for comparison of signatures only
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Quartermaster and Commissary Generals' Records, United States Continental Army, 1777-1780
Control #:
SDEA1014
Format:
2.5 c.f. (3 boxes); 0.3 reel (35-mm)
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Card Index: Loyalists in the King's Army, 1775-1778
Control #:
SDEA1015
Format:
0.5 c.f. (3 card index boxes); 2 reels (35-mm)
Notes:
Includes summaries of Loyalist service, with notations by Carlos Godfrey; sources unknown. Poss. produced by Public Record Office.
Finding Aid:
Click here!


Related records:


Series:
Cumberland County
Court of Common Pleas
Affidavits and Estate Inventories of Revolutionary War Pension Applicants, 1820-1829
Control #:
CCUCP005
Format:
0.2 c.f. (20 files); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by applicant
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Gloucester County
Clerk's Office
Revolutionary War Records, 1778-1823
Control #:
CGLCL011
Format:
1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
By record type, then by year
Notes:
Includes appointments, enlistments, indictments, inquisitions, pensions, transfers and wounded.

Series:
Hunterdon County
Court of Common Pleas
Affidavits and Estate Inventories of Revolutionary War Pension Applicants, 1820-1828
Control #:
CHNCP004
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 box); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by claimant
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Somerset County
Court of Common Pleas
Affidavits and Estate Inventories of Revolutionary War Pension Applicants, 1820-1831
Control #:
CSOCP007
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 box); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by applicant
Finding Aid:
Click here!

Series:
Work Projects Administration (WPA)
New Jersey Writers' Project
Card Files on Historical Research and Events, 1930s-1940s
Control #:
FWPNW013
Format:
4.75 c.f. (12 boxes)
Arrangement:
Various
Notes:
Includes cards from Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties, Revolutionary War Activities and Place Name Origins.

Series:
Gertrude B. Moore
Card Index of New Jersey Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Ohio, 1780s-1840s
Control #:
PMOOR001
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 box)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical within volume [1 & 2]
Notes:
Information extracted from publication on "Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Ohio."

Series:
Adjutant General William S. Stryker (1838-1900)
Revolutionary War Manuscript Collection [Transcripts], 1776-1787
Control #:
PSTRY001
Format:
1.5 c.f. (3 boxes)
Arrangement:
Documents are numbered
Notes:
Includes materials relating to battles of Trenton and Monmouth, and related Hessian papers. Name/subject/county/date indexes in Box 3.

Series:
Department of Education
New Jersey State Library
Bureau of Archives and History
Manuscript Collection, 1680s-1970s
Control #:
SEDSL006
Format:
41.25 c.f. (66 boxes and 12 map folders); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological within record type
Notes:
Includes early records for: governors, legislature, courts, Hunterdon County, local elections, Revolutionary War, etc.

Series:
New Jersey State Archives
Card File on Revolutionary War Battles and Skirmishes in New Jersey, ca. 1976
Control #:
SNJSA018
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)
Arrangement:
By locality name
Notes:
Includes references to historical documents not held by the State.


~ The collections listed on this page represent 219.55 c.f. of paper records and 234.6 reels of microfilm ~



To contact the New Jersey State Archives about research, reference services, records transfers or donations, please email us at njarchives@sos.state.nj.us


For additional and/or more recent records relating to this topic, contact:


National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001, tel. 866-272-6272, website: www.archives.gov


This page last updated 07/07/2008