Thank you, Brian. The Militia Ballot List I'm speaking of is not the same
as the list of men who served in the militia. The ballot lists were created
prior to and in order to select the men of the parish who would serve in the
militia. Not all men were selected from the ballot lists for militia duty -
some had disabilities, some were serving in the navy, some had other reasons
for not serving, etc. So the Militia Ballot List would include all men in
the parish between the ages of 18-45, not just those issued uniforms.
Perhaps the ballot lists for Pembrokeshire are no longer extant? Any one
Lynne in balmy Tucson (temps in the 80 degrees today).
From: brian swann [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:36 AM
To: 'Lynne Ingalls'; 'Dyfed'
Subject: RE: [Dyfed] Militia Ballots Lists
I am up in London at present at Who Do You Think You Are, Live - so do
not have much time to reply.
I don't think any early militia ballot lists survive. The book to get
hold of is:
A history of the Pembrokeshire Militia is in the book by Bryn Owen, The
History of the Welsh Militia and Volunteer Corps, 1757-1908, Volume 4
Part 2, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire, Bridge Books,
Wrexham, Clwyd, 1989. The Pembrokeshire Militia was set up following
the 1757 Militia Act. On 29 July 1758 Sir William Owen, Lord Lieutenant
for the County of Pembrokeshire advertised in the London Gazette
requesting that gentlemen of the County who were suitably qualified
should offer themselves for service in the Pembrokeshire Regiment of
Militia. Those so inclined were requested to assemble at the Angel Inn,
Haverfordwest, on 15 August 1758. In pursuance of the requirements of
the Militia Act the ballot was enforced to raise the statutory quota of
160 private men required from the County. On 11 December 1759 the men
assembled at Haverfordwest, Pembroke and Narberth, where they were
issued with uniform dress, arms and equipment, prior to commencing a
short period of training [Bryn Owen, History of the Welsh Militia &
Volunteer Corps, 1757-1908, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and
Cardiganshire, Part I, Bridge Books, Wrexham, 1995, p. 20 and pp.
69-79]. Unfortunately no Muster Roll of the troops has yet been found
for this time-period of 1758-1763.
The earliest Muster Roll that I know that survives is from about 1781 in
Class WO 13/1729 at the TNA.
Brian Picton Swann
ISOGG Regional Co-ordinator, England & Wales
From: dyfed-bounces(a)rootsweb.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of Lynne Ingalls
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:22 AM
Subject: [Dyfed] Militia Ballots Lists
Hello - Does anyone know if militia ballot lists (a quasi-census of men
aged 18-45/50 living in each parish from 1757-1815) are extant for
Pembrokeshire or Haverfordwest? If so, does anyone know for which
parishes and where the records are held? Any information would be
greatly appreciated as I am at that proverbial brick wall in my
Lynne in Tucson
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