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North Carolina, 
United States
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Location of North Carolina
Record Description
Record Type Revolutionary War
Collection years 1779-1782
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection includes images of State Treasurer Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers issued in lieu of cash for military service or supplies furnished. The records are arranged alphabetically covering the years 1779-1782 and was acquired from the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. Vouchers that were redeemed have holes punched through the center of the document. Most vouchers include name, certificate number and amount due. It may also include the date and place it was issued. The collection is part of the Office of State Comptroller and Office of State Treasurer Military Papers - Revolutionary War Army Accounts, 1780-1795. MARS id 13.30(Series)

From the years 1776 to 1783, approximately 36,000 men from North Carolina served in the American Revolution. Men between the ages of 16 and 60 may have served during the war in either the Continental Army, State Line Troops, or local militia mustered to help the Continental Troops.

Vouchers rather than cash payments were issued to soldiers for military service performed. Soldiers then presented vouchers for payment received in either cash, food or other goods. Payment was made only after an auditor had validated the claim and an oath was created to verify the claim.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers,1779-1782.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Revolutionary Pay Voucher

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Event Type
  • Date of voucher
  • Date of oath
  • State, town and/or county where voucher redeemed
  • Value of voucher or goods received
  • Digital folder number
  • Image number
  • Voucher number and surname range

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The names of other family members
  • The county of residence

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Voucher Number and Surname Range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s revolutionary pay voucher, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the voucher location to find family in census, church, and land records
  • Use the information found to search for additional military records
  • Use the information found to search for the family in additional state and county records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality
  • Consult the North Carolina Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of North Carolina.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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