Field or Fields died 1781 Pensacola, munitions explosion.

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My 5x grandfather was killed in the munitions explosion on may 8, 1781. When the British occupied Florida. He was a private, married, had 1son named George. His wife shortly after married a Sgt Greer from the same regiment in order to have rations for her and the son. I am unable to find his name and the name of his wife, or any other info. George migrated back to Maine.

I have sent copies of the documents below. I also have copies of a letter from his son George nameing Col Chalmers as his regiment commander.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maryland Loyalists Battalion
Active 1777–1783
Allegiance Britain
Type Infantry
Engagements American Revolutionary War
commanders Lt. Col. James Chalmers

The First Battalion of Maryland Loyalists (as they were commissioned by the British army and referred to in Capt. Caleb Jones' Orderly Book) was a provincial regiment made up of colonial Americans, who remained loyal to Britain during the American Revolutionary War.

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While the problems of the officers' widows were basically that of financial freedom, those of the other ranks was as severe as not knowing where the next meal was coming from. As only wives of soldiers could receive rations, no provision was made for the widows and children.

When the magazine at Pensacola blew up during the siege in 1781, it took a great many men of the Pennsylvania Loyalists with it, among whom was Sergeant FIELD. His widow quickly married Sergeant William GREER of the same unit, thereby continuing her and her child's rations.41/3 Taken from

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This Limus Field served on the frigate Deane and died in 1781.  The ship traveled to the West Indies, but doesn't appear to be in/near FL at the time of his death.

Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War: A compilation from the archives, prepared and published by the Secretary of the Commonwealth in accordance with chapter 100, resolves of 1891, Volume 5, Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State, Wright and Potter Printing Co., State Printers, 1899   P. 652

FIELD LIMAS: Seaman,  frigate Deane commanded by Capt Samuel Nicholson engaged May 1 1781 service 8 mos engagement 12 mos reported a servant to Capt Nicholson also reported died Dec 1781

Officers and Men of the Frigate Deane (11/1781-5/31/1782)

''In early December 1780, the Continental frigates Confederacy, Deane and Saratoga depart Philadelphia for a cruise in the West Indies that would last until early spring 1781. While the Deane returned yet again to Boston on 17 April 1781 after a twenty-five day transit from Cape Francois, the Confederacy was taken by the British three days earlier and the Saratoga was forever lost without a trace. The frigate lay idle again at Boston as the British troops at Yorktown surrendered on 19 October 1781. It wasn’t until the vessel starting crewing again when this roll of officers and men was first initiated. The annotations suggest the Deane’s roll was commenced in early November 1781 and completed with the discharge of her crew on 31 May 1782.''


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (897k points)
My ancestor was Robert Field, he was a Pennsylvania Loyalist, he died on may 8, 1781, leaving behind 1son-George. His wife soon after married a Sgt William Greer or Greir of the same company in order to receive rations. I cannot find record of her name nor can I find where Robert was laid to rest.
Above it states that he is a Maryland Loyalist, but I have heard that it was mistaken.
. The eventually moved north to New Brunswick.  So the first answer is not correct. Can anyone help?

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