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Ask a Genealogist: The rank of a Matross in the Colonial Army.

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I am relatively new to military terms in my research.  A muster roll for my ancestor's unit listed him with the rank of a "Mattros"?  Can you tell me what this was in the 1760's?


Your ancestor would have been involved with the artillery.  The rank is spelled "Matross" and he would have assisted the gunners.  Specifically he would have helped load, fire and clean the cannons.  This would be both on land and on board a naval vessel.

Posted by David Lambert at 07/25/2013 11:03:35 PM | 

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