Fields died in explosion in Pensacola May 8, 1781

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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
in Genealogy Help by Linda Fields G2G Crew (300 points)
edited by Dorothy Barry

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