1756-French & Indian War-Journal/Diaries/1st hand accounts

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Could anyone help me with 1st hand sources of MA soldiers who enlisted in the 1756 Campaign against Crown Point under Maj. Gen. John Winslow? Specifically looking for diaries/journals/orderlies of men who served in this campaign to learn more about my ancestor who was at Ft. Edward on July 24, 1756 and presumabluy dies later that year during the campaign.

Specifically, I am looking for information regarding my ancestor Samuel Church of Hardwick, Worcester, MA.

My Samuel Church served in Capt. Samuel Robinson's Company, BTW.

In stark contrast to the 1756 campaign. In my research for Gen. Jeffery Amherst's Ft. Carillon and Crown Point campaign I have the following 12 first hand account resources:

  1. Capt. Salah Barnard’s journal

  2. Gen. Jeffery Amherst Journal

  3. Maj. Robert Rogers Journal

  4. Commissary Wilson’s Orderly

  5. Lemuel Wood’s

  6. Constantine Hardy’s

  7. Lt. William Henshaw’s Journal

  8. Maj. John Hawks’s Journal

  9. William Amherst’s Journal

  10. John Wood’s Journal

  11. Samuel Morris Journal

  12. Engineer- Col. James Montresor’s Journal

Any help on this original research would be greatly appreciated


WikiTree profile: Samuel Church
in Genealogy Help by Nathan Pyles G2G3 (3.8k points)
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2 Answers

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You might try contacting the New England Historic Genealogical  Society in Boston. Are there an universities in Massachusetts that have collections focused on the French and Indian War? This may be a good resource. The Library of Congress and the National Archives should not be overlooked.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (681k points)
Hi George, yes I have been in contact with NEHGS and they have so far been very helpful. Cheers, Nate
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Search ArchiveGrid https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/ to find archival items such as diaries, letters, etc  You can search by keyword and by a collection.

"... with over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies."

by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (443k points)
Thank you Michelle, this is a great tool! I appreciate you showing me this database!
I came here trying to help answer a question but can't figure out how to "paste" a longer citation. That said, I stumbled upon your comment and wanted to say thank you for sharing this resource! Now if I could just figure out the other- maybe it can't be done when using a cell phone...

 Cheers! Becky Elizabeth

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