Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners
Amelia Co. Revolutionary Public Claims
transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 107 pages, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
As Continental forces and Virginia militia units were engaged in winning independence, American quartermasters and
provisioners struggled to provide these units with all the necessities of life, from meals and guns to meat, fodder for
horses, the horses themselves, firewood, and every other type of material. Much of this was requisitioned from the
civilian population and certificates were issued payable in either continental or state funds, depending on the units
supplied, upon presentation to court authorities. Thousands of these certificates issued to Virginians were duly entered
by the courts, and they provide a fascinating insight into the period of the Revolution.
This publication contains interesting and useful information about the contributions of ordinary people to the
Revolutionary War. It provides some details of people's service in the militia or as guards for prisoners of war; they
indicate where some bodies of troops were at particular times; and they identify providers of horses, wagons, cattle,
grain, or other supplies. Much of the information in this publication cannot be found anywhere else, which makes the
surviving records particularly valuable. Also remarkable is the fact that records survived from virtually every county in
the state at that time with the exception of the newly formed Kentucky counties. This makes the collection even
more valuable in covering areas which heretofore in this time period have suffered from a lack of personal data.
In addition to a faithful transcription by Janice Luck Abercrombie and the late Richard Slatten, a complete index is
provided. ... An extremely important genealogical tool for searchers in Revolutionary-era materials.
For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims and a listing of available counties, see:
Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series
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