July 18th, 2010


Search for a soldier!

This searchable database is adapted from “Muster Rolls of the Participating Companies of American Militia and Minute-Men in The Battle of April 19, 1775” compiled from the Massachusetts State Archives by historian Frank Warren Coburn in 1912.

You can search by name, town, or, if you know it, by company (unit commander’s name). Be aware that these muster rolls are incomplete. First of all, these muster rolls are for only those units/towns that saw combat on April 19, 1775. It has been estimated that nearly 4,000 minute and militia-men took part in the fighting that day. However approximately 20,000 soldiers were mobilized over the next few days – an event known as the “Lexington Alarm.”

For example, if you believe your ancestor from Barnstable fought at Lexington and Concord, chances are he “marched in response to the Lexington Alarm” but did not actually see combat on April 19th. Also, some militia companies did not submit muster rolls of those who served with them on that historic day.

Please consider this database as a work in progress, to aid in historic and genealogic research. We will add to this database as time and future research allows. Other sources you may consider are your town library or historical society, Massachusetts State Archives, or “Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolutionary War” which can be found in the “special collections” of many local libraries.