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Success. William Musgrave.


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I went to Kew today and was looking through muster rolls for the 63rd foot from 1803 backwards as I thought that was when William Musgrave left the Army according to the National Archives website but I think he had to appear before an official concerning his discharge.

The muster rolls for the 63rd start in 1771 and list William Musgrave as a Private until 1775, corporal until 1780 then discharged 14 April 1785. And he was in America from 1775 to 1782 as the six monthly muster rolls list the regiment in Boston, Brunswick, State Island then Charlestown in Carolina and list William as a corporal later sergeant.

So I can confirm I have another direct rellie who was in the US.

He married on 13 May 1786 in Croft, Yorkshire. So a year after he left the army then he had a few children including my ancestor in 1794.

William Musgrave was a cordwainer by trade. In 1803 he had to appear at some office in Darlington.
The 63rd foot regiment sailed from Cork Ireland on 6 April 1775 and arrived at Boston in early June 1775 so my 5xgreat grandad spent 2 months at sea. They were back in England at the start of 1784.
Well pleased. He was discharged on 14 April 1785 and married on 13 May 1786 in Croft. The muster rolls only go back to 1771 but he was in there then so must have joined in about 1766ish. He was born in 1747.