Every since finding my great-great-great-great-great-great-great uncle’s Revolutionary War pension file on Footnote.com a few years back, I have been meaning to get a hold of it again and then put it somewhere easily accessible. I don’t mean a hard copy, but a digital one. Unfortunately, the document — a Revolutionary War pension file — apparently is only available page-by-page, rather than one large file, such as a PDF.
His name is William Tidd, brother of my ancestor Martin Tidd, my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather. I have been looking for more details on the Tidd family, but never took the time to read William’s military service files thoroughly — until now.
Today I visited the National Archives on Sandpoint. Among the tasks I completed was saving each image and then creating a PDF file from the more than 200 images. The hours of the place are odd, 7:45 am to 4:15 pm, but being so close to the University of Washington has definite advantages.
I have been browsing the main libraries on campus for material and have added several books, or at least certain chapters, to my backlogged list of reading material.
William Tidd’s file is big, a total of 239 pages. Some of the “pages” don’t contain much information, but most are replete with fascinating details, including how their father was killed and scalped by Indians just prior to the outbreak of the French and Indian War. I have placed a copy, the complete PDF version, on the site Scribd and a backup on Google Docs.
During the American Revolution, William Tidd served in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also served during the French and Indian War.
I don’t have time to read and transcribe more information now. But it is on my to-do list.