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Pennsylvania History- 1775-1790, Revolutionary Period (109 collections)

  • Account of the United States to the State of Pennsylvania (PA) 1775-1788

    A record of money paid by Pennsylvania to various men in the Commonwealth's military units for their service to the state, or purchases they made on more

  • Admission of Attorneys Dockets, 1742-1935, 1970-1977

    Images of lists of attorneys granted permission to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In order to practice at this level, attorneys were required to more

  • Alphabetical (Old) Index to Continental Ledgers Nos. 1 and 2 (PA) 1775-1785

    These images are the index for the Continental Ledgers, 1775-1785 which are also digitized. Information includes the names of sundry persons and the ranks which some more

  • Alphabetical List of Accounts (PA)

    This volume contains a list of the people, county governments, militia units, and state agencies for which the Comptroller General held accounts. Account numbers are listed more

  • Appearance and Continuance Dockets, 1740-1795

    Images of records of cases brought before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the Eastern District. An Appearance Docket generally documents the initial proceedings of a more

  • Appointment and Commission Books for Civil Officers, 1790-1973

    Images of appointments and commissions issued for civil officers. Information given is name of appointee, name of Governor or commission making the appointment, the position to more

  • Appointments File for Civil Officers, 1790-2009

    Images of gubernatorial appointments and commissions. Information usually provided is name of appointee, name of Governor or Commission making the appointment, the title of the position more

  • Autograph File, 1683, 1767-1815

    The documents within this series were extracted from their original series files in 1925 due to their unique historical value. They contain valuable autographs of national more

  • Basic Documents of Pennsylvania Including Proprietary Charters and Deeds, Indian Deeds, and State Constitutions, 1681-1873

    Images of the earliest surviving records of the Commonwealth including William Penn's charter from King Charles II, the earliest frames of government for the province, the more

  • Bundles of Miscellaneous Court Papers with Index, 1790-1883

    Images of various documents filed with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, including petitions, transcripts, maps of streets and land tracts, copies of opinions, affidavits, wills, charges more

  • Claims Docket, 1778-1779

    Images of cases heard and adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania against citizens accused of high treason. The cases involve claims made against the real more

  • Clothing and State Store Journal (PA) 1776-1777

    Recordings of transactions made at the Pennsylvania State Store, usually on a daily basis. Information provided includes the date, types and quantities of the goods involved more

  • Commissary Accounts (PA) 1775-1792

    This collection contains collection of commissary accounts organized by individual commissioners for clothing, magazine and military stores, and issues. Images are arranged in chronological order and more

  • Commissioners of Purchases Accounts (PA) 1780-1783

    This collection begins with a list of general purchases made by the army which shows the supplies purchased, their quantity, the purchaser, the merchant, the county more

  • Constitutional Convention of 1776 (PA) Minute Book

    This collection contains a minute book, arranged chronologically by date of entry, describing the daily activities of the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia that ran from more

  • Continental and State Money Account Book (PA) 1783-1784

    This collection contains a ledger of monetary transactions conducted by the state. The ledger contains a record of how some of the 500,000 pounds approved by more

  • Continental Day and Waste Book (PA) 1775-1783

    This collection contains a record of monetary transactions kept on a daily basis. Although the entries are dated from 1775-1783, the actual book was probably compiled more

  • Continental Journals (PA) 1775-1785

    This collection contains a record of State monetary transactions kept on a daily basis. Although the payments recorded date from 1775-1785, the journals themselves were probably more

  • Continental Ledgers (PA) 1775-1785

    A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Types of transactions recorded more

  • Coroners’ Inquisition Papers, 1751, 1768-1796

    Images of reports of inquisitions conducted by a County Coroner and a twelve man panel who had viewed a body attesting to the cause of death. more

  • Council of Censors (PA) Journals 1783-1784

    The journals, arranged chronologically by date of entry, contain daily minutes of the proceedings of the Council of Censors as transmitted to Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia more

  • County Election Returns for Federal, State and Local Offices, 1790-1850

    Images of certified returns for election of candidates to federal, state, and local offices. Information given is date of election, name of each candidate, the total more

  • County Officers’ Accounts (PA) 1782-1809

    This collection contains account records of payments authorized by the Comptroller General's office for services rendered by such county officers as sheriffs, prothonotaries, and clerks of more

  • County Tax Accounts (PA) 1781-1808

    A record of county tax accounts. Information about each county includes detailed quotas of taxes owed by each county, listing of effective supplies and the amount more

  • Court of Admiralty Accounts (PA) 1779-1786

    This collection series contains account sheets filed with the Comptroller General, which record fees received by the Court of Admiralty in Philadelphia. Included in these records more

  • Day book of General Benedict Arnold (PA) 1777-1779

    A day book kept by General Benedict Arnold for expenditures incurred during several of his campaigns. Entries provide the names of officers who spent money, to more

  • Delaware River Fortification Accounts (PA) 1775-1798

    This series contains information about the following Delaware River fortifications: Fort Mifflin, Billingsport and Redbank, and Mud Island. Information about each fortification includes an account of more

  • Depreciation Certificate Accounts (PA) 1781-1792

    Contained within the accounts files are dated Depreciation Interest Certificates, 1782-1787, which normally list the name and rank of the soldier, the military organization to which more

  • Divorce Papers, 1786-1815

    Images of case files for divorce cases brought before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the Eastern District. Documents filed may include petitions (libels) for divorce, more

  • Execution Dockets, 1786-1873

    Images of records of Supreme Court cases in which the execution of the Court's judgment was carried out to enforce payment of debts. Information provided by more

  • Executive Correspondence, 1790-1969

    Images of executive correspondence of the governors of Pennsylvania maintained by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Subject matter is wide ranging and covers all aspects of more

  • Forfeited Estate Accounts (PA) 1777-1809

    A record of persons whose estates were seized because of their allegiance to the British crown during the Revolutionary War, and for other sundry reasons. Data more

  • General Assembly Committee Book, 1785

    Committee record book for the first session of the Tenth General Assembly. Information provided is name of committee, committee number, names of those serving on the more

  • General Assembly Minute Books, 1779-1781, 1783-1784, 1788

    Minute books of the sessions of the original unicameral General Assembly. Information provided is date of session, description of bills introduced and voted upon, motions made, more

  • General Assembly Petitions and Miscellaneous Records, 1776-1790

    Petitions submitted to the first unicameral General Assembly by citizens of the Commonwealth. Many of these are requests for monetary compensation for voluntary military service along more

  • General Correspondence (PA) 1776-1809

    This series includes letters, reports, notes, drafts of letters and accounts, and copies of taxation acts dating from 1776-1809. The majority of the correspondence comes from more

  • General Motions and Divorce Docket, 1750-1837 (Divorces 1800-1805 only)

    This docket contains images of two separate sections, one being a record of rules, resolves and orders of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and the other, more

  • Index to Ledger AA, 1777-1788

    Images of this volume give the names of account holders in Ledger AA. Page numbers on which their account information is given in Ledger AA is more

  • Indian Commissioners’ Account (PA) 1784-1785

    This collection contains a handwritten ledger (labeled "Miscellaneous - 1784" on the cover) concerning the trade goods handed over to Indians at Fort Stanwix and other more

  • Indian Commissioners’ Accounts (PA) 1784-1792

    This collection contains an inventory of goods delivered to various Indian nations in the Commonwealth, as well as promissory notes to these nations for the purchase more

  • Internal Improvements File (PA) 1777-1809

    This series includes account ledgers and receipt books of supplies bought for the various internal improvements. The names of the commissioners presiding over the building projects more

  • Internal Improvements File, 1790-1902

    Images of records relating to the construction of bridges, canals, river improvements, roads and turnpikes, public buildings and their grounds. Records cover the following date spans more

  • Journals A-AAA (PA) 1775-1790

    This collection contains a record relating to the payment and settlement of public money kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Although more

  • Judgment Dockets, 1756-1896

    Images of twelve volumes of indices containing the following information for each judgment: case title, court term when judgment was rendered, page number, and sometimes additional more

  • Ledgers A-AA (PA) 1775-1788

    A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. Although the ledgers record more

  • Letter Book, Accounts, and Related Records of the Auditors of Accounts (PA) 1777-1784

    This series contains auditors accounts for the various state departments. Information in these files includes tax lists, receipts, vouchers, and accounts of money owed Pennsylvania by more

  • Letter Books and Indexes, 1782-1803

    Images of outgoing letters of the Comptroller General. Information in the letters might relate to matters regarding the settlement of accounts, collection of taxes and financial more

  • Letter Books and Rough Copies, 1790-1861

    Images of letter books and rough copies of executive correspondence sent either by the Governor or his Secretary. Information given is date of correspondence, name of more

  • List of Printed Accounts (PA) in the Comptroller General’s Office, 1777-1789

    A listing of the names of treasurers, tax collectors, lieutenants, and sub-lieutenants of various counties, and the counties which they served. Although it is unknown when more

  • List of Those Receiving State Money For Whom No Account Was Raised (PA) c.1790

    An Alphabetical List of Those Who Received Money of the State and For Whom No Account was Raised, Taken from the Books of J. (John) N. more

  • Militia Absentee Return Record for Philadelphia City, 1777-1791

    A record of fines paid by militiamen. Typical information that might be entered includes the name, rank and regiment of the militia member; the fines extracted; more

  • Militia Fine Exoneration Records (PA) 1777-1793

    Statements filed by Pennsylvania residents to demonstrate that they or their kin should be exempt from fines being imposed for not serving militia duty. The data more

  • Militia Loan Accounts, 1781-1792

    These images are grouped into the following subseries: Certificate Counterparts, 1784-1792; Certificate Books, 1784-1792; Distribution Vouchers, 1784-1785; Distribution Ledgers, 1784-1785; Interest Paid Receipt Books, 1785-1792; Pay more

  • Miscellaneous Accounts Including Records of Transactions Involving the Commonwealth and the United States, 1782-1809

    Images are organized into the following subseries: Abstracts of Continental Certificates, 1791-1797; Assumed Debt, 1791-1793; Certificates for Horses and Provisions, 1780; Day Books, 1789-1810l; General Accounts, more

  • Miscellaneous Ledgers (PA) 1763-1883

    Miscellaneous ledgers documenting various accounts and taxes. Data provided about each transaction includes name of account, the date of the transaction, to or from whom cash more

  • Mortgage Books (PA), 1774-1788

    This collection contains formal mortgage indentures signed prior to 1790, handled by the Board of Trustees of the General Loan Office. Information provided includes detailed terms more

  • Mortgages and Related Valuations (PA), 1773-1793

    This collection contains collection of documents concerning land valuations, mortgages, and estates. Each county folder holds a small variety of documents and includes both formal and more

  • New Loan Accounts, 1776-1795

    Images are organized into the following subseries: Addition of Principal and Interest Unpaid on Cancelled Certificates, 1784-1795; Amount of Principal and Interest Unpaid on Cancelled Certificates, more

  • Officers Claim Book for Arrears in Clothing (PA) 1778-1791

    A detailed listing of clothing articles, food, and miscellaneous items delivered to Pennsylvania regiments during the Revolution. Typical information in these registers might include the name more

  • Philadelphia City General Muster Roll Books (PA) 1777-1784

    In these volumes, only the names of the officers and militiamen are given who enlisted in the Philadelphia city militia. They are listed according to the more

  • Philadelphia City Lieutenants Office General Return Book (PA) 1777-1782

    This volume is a roll book of men who enlisted with the Philadelphia city Lieutenants office during the Revolutionary War. Information provided by each entry in more

  • Pierce’s Certificate Accounts, circa 1784-1793

    Images of certificates signed by John Pierce who was Paymaster General and Commissioner of Accounts for the United States Continental Army. Certificates were issued to the more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Accounts and Receipts of the Tonnage Office, 1783-1789

    Collection of receipts of duties collected by the Tonnage Office and moneys paid to the State Treasury. Account records of tonnage duties collected are also included. more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Accounts Current of the Collector’s Office, 1784-1789

    Records of the account between the Collector's office and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each report is a general summary of the annual transactions between the two. more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Bonds and Papers Relating to Duties on Negro and Mulatto Slaves, 1720-1788

    These records document the duties that were paid on slaves to the City of Philadelphia. Information provided within these records includes the name of the owner(s) more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Cargo Manifests, Inventories, and Bills of Lading, 1773-1833

    Manifests of various ships which delivered goods to the port of Philadelphia. Entries include the names of the exporters, the importers, the quantity of goods shipped, more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Drawbacks and Vouchers Paid by the Collector of Duties, 1784-1789

    Accounts and vouchers for drawbacks (duties refunded) as assessed by the Collector's office. Entries might include the following: the name of the merchant receiving the drawback, more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Expenditures and Receipts of the Collector’s Office, 1784-1789

    Collection of pages from an expenditure account book from the Collector's office. Also included are receipts which correspond with these account records. Information provided might include more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Lists of Bonds Cancelled, 1774-1775

    Images of three volumes of bond cancellation books which contain records of canceled bonds for vessels calling at the port of Philadelphia. The cancellation dates range more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Lists of Bonds, 1774-1775

    Images for three volumes of records for bonds which were issued between July 6, 1774 and April 5, 1775 for vessels calling at the port of more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Miscellaneous Records, 1782-1834

    Images from a volume of various items relating to the port of Philadelphia including an insurance policy for the cargo ship Alliance, cargo certificates, an account more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Record Books of Bonds Due the Custom House, 1785-1788

    Images from two volumes containing the names of those persons whose bonds were due to the Custom House. Entries show the amount of the bond and more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Records of the Health Office, 1783-1798

    This collection documents transactions between the Marine Hospital and the Health Office. Entries include ship's names, date of entry into port, the number of sick passengers, more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Records of the Wardens of the Port, 1776-1809

    Accounts of the Wardens in charge of the port of Philadelphia including balance sheets detailing expenditures. The balance sheets were from officials under the wardens and more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Register of Drawbacks on Goods Exported, 1785-1786

    A record of goods exported from the port of Philadelphia and of drawbacks (duties refunded). The Register lists each vessel's name and type; the names of more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Registers of Duties Paid on Imported Goods, 1781-1787

    Recorded at the port of Philadelphia, an entry usually gives the name of the vessel's master, the port of origin, the value of the goods imported, more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Registers of Tonnage Duties, 1775-1776, 1784-1789

    These images from volumes contain a registry of tonnage duties on vessels which entered the port of Philadelphia. Entries provide the date on which each ship more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Registry Statements of Cargo Contents Duties Paid and Drawbacks, 1782-1785, 1788

    Receipts, cargo manifests, duty statements, and drawbacks are contained in this series. These records provide such information as the name of the ship, the value of more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Reports of Imposts Due, 1783-1788

    Images from this volume are accounts of impost duties owed by various persons and the corresponding penalty fees. Entries show the name of the person who more

  • Port of Philadelphia Records: Vessel Registry Vouchers, 1781-1782

    Images from this volume contain several vouchers for the registry of ships in the port of Philadelphia. Information on these vouchers includes the date of registration, more

  • Precepts of the Court of Admiralty, 1781-1788

    Images of writs issued to the Sheriff of Philadelphia by Court of Admiralty Justices ordering him to bring before the Court all prisoners in his jail more

  • Register of Executive Accounts (PA) 1784-1791

    Four volumes of registers documenting the expenditures of the Supreme Executive Council. These registers were maintained in order to keep balance accounts with the Comptroller General. more

  • Report Book of the State Treasurer (PA) 1783

    This volume contains reports of all the general accounts held by the Comptroller General from the commencement of the Revolution until October 1782. The purpose was more

  • Reports of Committee of the Assembly on State of Public Accounts (PA) 1778-1780

    A record of orders (working contracts) granted to sundry individuals for work to be done on the Assembly meeting room. Typical information included might be the more

  • Return Book of Officers and Soldiers to Whom Patents Were Not Issued, undated

    Images in this collection include the name of the individual, the lot number, and the number of acres drawn. The rank of the soldier is sporadically more

  • Return Book of the Pennsylvania Line Entitled to Donation Lands, undated

    Images of entries record the name, rank and corps of the soldier and the number of acres drawn. Remarks concerning whether the person was killed in more

  • Revolutionary War Accounts and Miscellaneous Records (Associators Accounts), 1775-1777

    Images of receipts, accounts, returns, payrolls and muster rolls for associators in Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Cumberland, Lancaster, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Westmoreland, and York counties. While the more

  • Revolutionary War Accounts and Miscellaneous Records (Line Accounts), 1775-1809

    Pay and muster rolls that may show the name, rank, regiment, company and pay rate of each soldier; the name of his commanding officer; and the more

  • Revolutionary War Accounts, Militia 1777-1794

    Images of militia receipts, returns, operations documents, and lists of white males between ages eighteen and fifty-three for Allegheny, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, more

  • Revolutionary War Accounts, Militia 1793-1809

    Images of militia receipts, returns, operations documents, and lists of white males between ages eighteen and fifty-three for Allegheny, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, more

  • Revolutionary War Accounts, Navy, 1775-1794

    Images of muster and pay rolls that usually give the name, rank, station and pay rate of the sailor; the time of his service; and the more

  • Revolutionary War Pension Files and Related Accounts, 1785-1809

    Images of records that pertain to various militia men or their widows petitioning for pensions from the Commonwealth. Generally, the service men petitioning for pensions had more

  • Ships Lists of German Passengers, 1727-1808

    Images of official records of the arrival of foreign passengers at the port of Philadelphia that were required to be kept by captains of ships importing more

  • Specie Day Book and Waste Books (PA) 1775-1790

    A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept by Comptroller General John Nicholson for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth more

  • Specie Journals (PA) 1775-1790

    A record of state monetary transactions kept on a daily basis relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept by Comptroller General John Nicholson more

  • Specie Ledger (PA) 1775-1790

    A record relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept by Comptroller General John Nicholson for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth more

  • Specie Ledger’s Balance Books (PA) 1775-1790

    This volume gives the balance of the accounts of the names listed. Page numbers on the left correspond to the account's location in RG 4/55- Specie more

  • State Departmental Accounts, 1782-1809

    "A record of accounts for the following state departments: the Council of Censors, the General Assembly, the Master of the Rolls, the Adjutant General, the Comptroller more

  • State of Finances of the Commonwealth of PA by John Nicholson (PA) 1787

    A detailed report by Comptroller General John Nicholson of the finances of the commonwealth. It contains a description of the accounts between Pennsylvania and the United more

  • State Treasurer’s Reports (PA) 1790-1798, 1800-1809

    Monthly state treasurer's reports which include records of expenditures and receipts, however there are some accounts pertaining to the value of stock certificates of the United more

  • Statement of Public Accounts Book (PA) 1790-1791

    This series contains several lengthy public account statements. The monetary value in these records is based upon Bills of Credit which were issued during the following more

  • Unidentified Indexes (PA) Day Books, and New Loan Accounts, 1780-1809

    Identified indexes include indices for Day Books, New Loan Accounts, and Revolutionary War transactions. Other indexes which are not labeled give names and page number, certificate more

  • United States Lottery Stub Book (PA) 1776

    This collection includes the stubs from lottery vouchers given by the United States for the numbers 26,669 through 26,9959 inclusive. No other information is given, and more

  • Warrant Registers and Index (PA) 1782-1807

    This series contains several warrant registers which list information about warrants that the state issued in lieu of money which it may have owed to government more

  • Warrants (PA) 1778-1809

    This series contains warrants which were issued by the Comptroller General in lieu of money owed to various persons by the state. Information on each warrant more

  • Waste Book Indexes (PA) 1776-1792

    Images of two index volumes documenting the names mentioned in Waste Books, 1776-1792, which is also digitized. In one volume, the folio number of where the more

  • Waste Books (PA) 1776-1792

    A record of state monetary transactions relating to the payment and settlement of public money, kept for the purpose of auditing, liquidating and adjusting Commonwealth accounts. more

  • Writs of Habeas Corpus and Petitions, circa 1771-1863

    The petitions were originally made to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, requesting that he issue a writ of habeas corpus which would then allow more

  • Writs of Habeas Corpus for Black Slaves and Indentured Servants, 1784-1787

    This series was separated out from (RG-033-A-118) Writs of Habeas Corpus and Petitions, 1771-1863. The documents were filed with the Supreme Court, Eastern District, and contain more