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Ask a Genealogist: Muster rolls of the King Philip's War.

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Question:

A published genealogy mentions my ancestor was killed during the King Philip's War in 1676. Can you recommend a good source for a muster roll of veterans?

Answer:

First you will want to examine the volume by George Madison Bodge, Soldiers in King Philip's War : being a critical account of that war, with a concise history of the Indian wars of New England from 1620-1677, official lists of the soldiers of Massachusetts colony serving in Philip's War, and sketches of the principal officers, copies of ancient documents and records relating to the war, also lists of the Narraganset grantees of the united colonies, Massachusetts, Plymouth and Connecticut. This was first issued in the NEHGS Register in vols. 37-45; and originally published separately in 1892. This book by Bodge was published in 1896, and republished in 1906. And is available at NEHGS [Call # E83.67/B662/1896 or E83.67/B662/1906]. The muster rolls used to compile these volumes are available from the Massachusetts State Archives.
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