Early 1800's Amos Gere Muster Roll and Letter to Nephew
This is a set of two documents from or about Amos Gere. He was from Groton, CT and the first document is a September 10, 1808 Muster Roll of Company G of the 8th Regiment in the CT militia. Amos Gere is listed as the captain of the company with the entire roll of names easy to read. Some of the names are crossed out possibly because they did not show up for that day's muster and a few names have an 'x' beside them possibly because they are no longer in that company.
The second document is an 1824 letter to his nephew and son of his brother Robert Gere. In it Amos discusses his brother's life and some of his history that includes falling from the rigging of the Frigate Chesapeake in the 'last war' which was the War of 1812. According to this letter, Robert finally recovered from his injuries and moved to Brooklyn, NY where he married and became the Master of a vessel out of NY and made many voyages to South America. This information plus the fact that he had many children (possibly 9) cannot easily be found on genealogy websites or other forms of genealogial repositories.
Both documents are about Amos Geer, Jr with the information about Amos's family confirmed with the names of his children that are listed in this letter and can be found in genealogical searches.
That is why documents and letters like these are are sometimes the only information available to us about life during the 18th and early 19th centuries. We can learn where people lived, their status in life, and the names of their wives and children. Many times a child or wife's name will appear in these documents that have been omitted from the genealogical records of our ancestors. To find the true story of your ancestors, letters, land deeds and other contemporaneous documents are the most important documents to use.
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