The uninformed go to the Library of Virginia website at http://lva1.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/F/DTV3KTYQEBGFY H8EM29UN9NDAVGXE534TGI5UGVQTRUUUD35V C-24691?func=file&file_name=find-b- clas12&local_base=CLAS12 To find Virginia 1812 service in the Virginia Muster Rolls and Payrolls found there or they find them in their County library or by doing to Ancestry.com or Genealogy.com Depending on the County the veteran is from it may be incorrect.
Consider this Veteran’s Administration’s gravestone for a soldier buried in Fauquier county that is in error. But he is the only soldier listed in the Virginia Muster and payrolls. Is the 99 th Regiment a Fauquier County Unit?
The 99 th VA Militia Regiment is the County Regiment of Accomack County on the Eastern Shore a long ways from Fauquier. It is necessary then to first visit Stuart Butler’s Book: “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812” Before sending the incorrect source to someone or in your genealogy refer to this book. It is not on line, thus go to library.
Look for this book: Mary Ball Museum Library & other Northern Neck libraries. Stuart has none for sale and hard to get by inter-library loan.
Why was the service incorrect? Answer: All of Fauquier County Militia units were paid by the Federal Government, thus their service records are at the National Archives not at the Adjutant General’s Office in Richmond. Accomack County’s men were paid primarily by the VA Government, thus they are in the VA Muster & Payrolls on the LVA website.
Correct service for George Nelson: He served in the Fauquier County Militia as a Private in either Capt Seth Combs Company or Captain James Payne’s Company during the period 30 July to 19 September 1814. During this period his Company marched to Fredericksburg and joined the 41st VA Militia Regiment from Richmond County under the command of Lt Col Vincent Branham and from there proceeded with this unit to Alexandria which was threatened by the British. His unit may have engaged the British ships returning from Alexandria on the Potomac River at the Little White House now the location of the Fort Belvoir officers club. Source: NARA records roll box, 152 record 17684 & Butler’s Guide pgs 82-3
NARA index card files: NELSON, GEORGE Company: 41 REG'T (BRAMHAM'S) VIRGINIA MILITIA. Rank In: PRIVATERank Out: PRIVATE Roll-Box: 152Roll-Rec: 17684
From page 223 Butler’s Guide Note: 41 st Regiment was from Richmond County These pages in index list Regiment numbers for VA counties
From Butler’s Guide pg 82 Capt Seth Comb’s Co was attached to 41 st Regt Also Capt Diggs but not after 2 Sep 1814
From Butler’s Guide pg 83 Also Capt Payne’s Co Was attached to 41 st Regt
Another probably incorrect Veteran Administration’s gravestone Isaac Butler’s gravestone in Shockoe Hill cemetery in Richmond: It indicates he was assigned to Captain (or Major) Reuben Tankersley’s Company in Caroline County. Certainly a man of this name served in that Company, but was he the one buried in Richmond? More likely he is the man who served in nearby Hanover County in their 74 th Regiment that defended Richmond City.
Again referring to Butler’s Guide for Caroline County:
More likely his service was from nearby Hanover County In this example Virginia’s Muster rolls gives the most likely service for him as a Private in Captain Price’s Co. of Lt Col William Trueheart’s 74 th Militia Regiment from Hanover County. Page 101-2 of Butler’s Guide shows the 74 th Regt assignments.