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Google has failed me and knowledge of the US Revolution is abysmal (the "it's-not-my-fault-I-went-to-public-school-and-we-learned-social-studies" excuse only gets me so far. I need to re-educate myself.)


My 5th great grandfather, William Tennis, fought with the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment in the Revolutionary War (pause... soak in the coolness of that ... resume).


I found this form on ancestry.com (I hope this link works!)


What is this form for? What does it mean? I'm especially confounded by "None Attendance of Fines 1777" (I also found a form that lists him as sick in the hospital from 1 March to 1 May, 1777, in case that's relevant.)


Most importantly: How can I found out? There are so many little details like that that leave me thinking, "Interesting, but what does it mean?" Is there a site that explains all of this? Like I said, google has failed me, but maybe I just used the wrong search terms.


Last question: I'm interested in one or two great books on the US Revolution that are thorough, engaging and readable. Any suggestions?

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because I always find a reason to edit - a typo here, unclear thought there - it's just what I do :)
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I have not much idea. I googled Office of Comptroller General and found this: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/rg4.htm. It looks likes a transcription from something from one of those sites -- maybe the militia absentee. I'd guess it's related to him being in the hospital maybe. But doesn't look like he OWED money. Also, seems incomplete. Maybe the original's handwriting was unreadable.


Cool find!

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There is a place called American Memory on the Library of Congress site. You might want to try searching the archives there. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html


Another idea is to contact your local genealogy society and ask if someone can help decode it for you.


Penn State library also has online a PDF of a book from 1944 that might prove useful. http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/digitalbks2/id/18373


and also see this one for contact/queries:


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