The Olde Bucks Resource Pages

Militia & Associated Companies
of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Militia & Associated Companies page!  Here you will find a rather extensive collection information related to the military organization in Bucks county Pennsylvania from the period just prior to the French & Indian War through the Revolutionary War.  It includes muster rolls, returns of officer elections, background information on specific officers and units, and much more...

The Early Period

Officer Rolls

Officers Commissioned, 1747

Officers Commissioned, 1748

French & Indian War Era

Officer Rolls

Officers Commissioned, 1756
Roll of officers and company strengths. 

Officers & Units

Captain Joseph Insley's Company
Background information on the unit, including correspondence with the governor.

Captain James McLaughlin's Company
Background information on the unit, including the oath to which members subscribed.

Captain Jacob Ordnt's Company
Background information on both the captain and his company.

Revolutionary War Era

Articles of Association of Pennsylvania
The oath and regulations subscribed to by members of Pennsylvania's associated companies. 

Muster & Officer Rolls Election Returns

1st Battalion Bucks County Associators, 1775
Muster rolls, by company, of officers and men of the 1st Battalion.

2nd Battalion Bucks County Associators, 1775
Muster rolls, by company, of officers and men of the 2nd Battalion.

Officers Appointed by the Committee of Safety, 1776

Officers of the Flying Camp, 1776

Stations of Bucks County Companies, 1777
Names of company commanders along with stations and strengths.

Officers & Units

Captain Jacob Bennet's Light Dragoons
Muster roll of officers & men.

Captain Christian Binkley's Company
Muster roll of officers and men of the company.

Captain Henry Darrah's Company
Background information, as well as muster rolls of officers and men.

Brigadier General John Lacey, Jr.
Background information and related correspondence.

Colonel Robert McGraw's Regiment
Listing of Bucks county men serving with the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment who were killed or captured at Fort Washington.

Captain Henry Van Horn's Company
Muster roll of officers and men of the company.

Returns of Officer Elections

Return of Officers, 1777
Return of officer elections, by company.

Return of Officers, 1779
Returns of changes in officers for various units.

Return of Officers, 1781
Returns of changes in officers for various units.

Non-Associators

Non-Associators, 1775
Listing, by township, of the county's non-associators.

Related Documents

Pennsylvania Committee of Safety, December 10, 1776
Resolution to order colonels of Bucks County Militia to march units to General Washington's headquarters.

Gen. Washington to Col. Kirkbride, December 19, 1776
Orders for Bucks militia to muster and march to Philadelphia.

Gen. Washington to Col. Kirkbride, January 14, 1777
Orders for Bucks militia to march to Morristown, New Jersey.

Supreme Executive Council, September 11, 1777
Orders to mobilize all able bodied men in Bucks county to support General Washington; orders to send militia troops to artillery stations along the Schuylkill.

Supreme Executive Council, September 12, 1777
Orders for militia to guard & conduct British prisoners to Reading.

Supreme Executive Council, October 23, 1777
Call-up of sixth & seventh classes of militia.

Gen. Washington to Col. Kirkbride, June 22, 1778
Request for Bucks militia to harass British in New Jersey.

Supreme Executive Council, November 26, 1778
On General Washington's request for militia as guard to conduct prisoner through the state, and call-up of first class of militia for said duty.

Supreme Executive Council, December 4, 1778
Additional call-up of third & fourth classes of militia to support first class as called-up on November 26, 1778.

The Battle at Crooked Billet Tavern
On May 1, 1778,  Brigadier General John Lacey found his command, including of elements of the Bucks county militia, surrounded by a combined force of Loyalists volunteers and British regulars.

The Vansant Robberies
The Vansant robberies provide an interesting side note to the history of colonial Bucks county. Set to the backdrop of the Revolutionary War, these  cross-border crimes were committed by New Jersey militiamen against, as it turns out, the family of a Pennsylvania militiaman.

Additional Revolutionary War Links

The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps & Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789

Bibliographies of the War of American Independence

David Library of the American Revolution

Index to Uniforms of the American Revolution

Ten Crucial Days: Washington's Crossing of the Delaware

Valley Forge National Historic Park

Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution

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