Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
New York Militia Account Book, 1802-1814

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, December 2010

Summary Information
Title: New York Militia account book
Creator: New York (N.Y.). Militia
Inclusive dates: 1802-1814
Extent: 1 volume
The New York Militia account book is a volume of financial and personnel records for a voluntary militia based in New York City between 1802 and 1814. Abraham Varick, the record keeper, documented the militia members and their payments for subscriptions and other expenses.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1970. M-1504.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

New York Militia Account Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The New York Militia account book is comprised of financial records for a volunteer militia based in New York City. The book spans the years 1802 to 1814, though, since it contains legacy records from an "Old Account Book," the militia was likely established earlier than 1802. In the early 19th century, each state maintained compulsory and voluntary militias to protect against foreign attack and to uphold domestic order. The volunteer militias were often called "uniformed militias" since they purchased their own, often elaborate, uniforms. After the War of 1812, most local militias were replaced by the national United States Army.

For a list of militia members see additional descriptive data below.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The New York Militia account book (129 pages) is a volume of financial and personnel records for a volunteer militia based in New York City between 1802 and 1814. The accounts were recorded by Abraham Varick. The first two pages provide an index of the members and their accounts. On pages 1-3 is an overview of "cash" (contributions for refreshments, room hire, cloth, drum sticks, etc.) and "contra" (expenses for militia needs). Pages 5-119 contain accounts for the members with a ledger entry labeled "entered" for subscription payments, and "contra" for payouts of cash or balances. During the War of 1812, the militia experienced an increase in membership. The accounts for this period (1812-1814) include additional accounts for subsistence rations (pages 87-119). Page 127 lists the company's funds.

For a list of militia members see additional descriptive data.

Subject Terms

    • New York (State) Militia.
    • New York (N.Y.)--History--War of 1812.
    • United States--History--War of 1812.
    • Varick, Abraham.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    • Muster rolls.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    New York Militia account book,  1802-1814 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Militia Members:

    • Adams, John
    • Adams, Samuel
    • Brinkerhoff, Abraham
    • Benson, Robert
    • Bolton, Thomas
    • Bradhurst, John M.
    • Bell, Isaac
    • Burrows, Joshua
    • Bradford, William
    • Bradhurst, J.M.
    • Bronson, Oliver
    • Codwise, David
    • Cunningham, David A.
    • Cumming, William
    • Clark, Andrew
    • Close, Eliphalet W.
    • Craig, Samuel D.
    • Carpenter, Thomas, Dr.
    • Crosby, William B.
    • Cox, John F.
    • Dudley, Charles E.
    • Delafield, John
    • Elting, William P.
    • Evans, Thomas M.
    • Farquhar, Charles, W.
    • Fisher, David T.
    • Fitch, Samuel
    • Fort, John A.
    • Fish, Abraham K.
    • Foster, James
    • Gibbs, George
    • Garr, Andrew S.
    • Gray, John
    • Garner, Frederick
    • Halsey, Anthony P.
    • Hone, Philip
    • Hoffman, Anthony N.
    • Howland, Joseph
    • Jephson, William
    • Keese, John D.
    • Keese, William
    • Kimberly, Anson
    • Lefferts, John
    • Lawrence, Thomas
    • Loomis, Luther
    • Lawrence, John T.
    • Lawrence, Abraham R.
    • Lawrence, J.J.
    • Laverty, Henry
    • Ludlum, James
    • Ludlow, Alfred
    • Morris, John C.
    • Moore, Townshend
    • Mesier, Abraham
    • McNeill, William
    • McNeill, Neill
    • Merrell, Robert
    • Manning, William
    • Nathan, Seixas
    • Ogden, Andrew
    • Pierce, James
    • Phipps, David
    • Parkhurst, Nehemiah
    • Readel, Joseph
    • Rhind, Charles
    • Rapelye, Daniel
    • Rapelye, George B.
    • Robins, John
    • Robertson, Robert .S.
    • Riker, Samuel, Dr.
    • Reid, John
    • Schermerhorn, Abraham
    • Smith, William
    • Suydam, John F.
    • Schinck, Peter H.
    • Smith, Benjamin
    • Skinner, Henry
    • Smedes, Abraham K.
    • Sharp, John
    • Thome, Richard V.W.
    • Thome, William
    • Thome, John
    • Thome, Daniel
    • Tallman, John H.
    • Titus, John H.
    • Titus, William D. Sergeant
    • Van Blarcom, John
    • Van Schaick, Myndert
    • Varick, John V.B.
    • Varick, Abraham
    • Walsh, James
    • Wycoft, Albert
    • Whitney, Stephen
    • Wilson, John
    • Woodruff, Aaron
    • Wilkings, Marshall R.
    • Wittson, John
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library also has a Massachusetts Militia orderly book from the same time period.