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Can someone please point me in the right direction where to find records for British soldiers that served in the American Revolution? The soldier I am researching deflected and joined the Continentals, supposedly changing his surname.  I am hoping there is an online resource with British soldier names listed? Or maybe a deflector list?
The only other information I have is the area he deflected.
Thanks in advance for your help and time.

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Re: Military Records for British Soldier Deflected in American Revolutionary War
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 19:11 GMT (UK) »
No one has any idea?

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Re: Military Records for British Soldier Deflected in American Revolutionary War
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 19:50 GMT (UK) »
I do recall that several years ago I came across an article about a database that was being compiled of all the soldiers who participated in the Battle of Saratoga and that it would include British soldiers as well as American.  I'll see if I can find it.  Other than that, I've never seen any list of British enlisted men; the officers are pretty well known.  A defector who changed his name is going to be a real challenge.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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Re: Military Records for British Soldier Deflected in American Revolutionary War
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 20:16 GMT (UK) »
What was the name of your man? And which regiment did he defect (no L in defect  :)) from? Date?


There are letters generated during the American Revolution aka War of Independence all over the place.
If he defected it is likely he was mentioned in something. 

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/. Has the papers of Guy Carlton  (I had to pay someone to look at them for me, they are bound in about 14 books I seem to remember)
The army records will be there too.

https://www.archives.gov/

https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-20-02-0151


Different US universities seem to have collected papers belonging to different generals
Eg Sir Henry Clintonís are here

https://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/clementsead/umich-wcl-M-42cli?view=text

Side tracked to a friendís very interesting Norfolk families. MORGAN, PRATT, HORNOR, SUCKLING, GLEANE etc. And in London DOWNES, du CROZ, MORGAN (same MORGANs as the Norwich lot)


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Re: Military Records for British Soldier Deflected in American Revolutionary War
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 14 January 20 20:17 GMT (UK) »
Might find something useful here

https://www.hathitrust.org/

Might be mention in US newspapers too.
Side tracked to a friendís very interesting Norfolk families. MORGAN, PRATT, HORNOR, SUCKLING, GLEANE etc. And in London DOWNES, du CROZ, MORGAN (same MORGANs as the Norwich lot)

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Re: Military Records for British Soldier Deflected in American Revolutionary War
« Reply #5 on: Friday 17 January 20 19:02 GMT (UK) »
I was really hoping for an online site with a compiled list of British Soldiers who fought on American soil. It is shocking there is not such a list.
I did speak to the National Archives, who suggested I hire a private researcher.

Erato - that would great. Thanks! Let me know if you can locate it.

Mckha489 - thanks for the correction. I am normally hesitant to utilize these forums because of my dyslexia, which always brings me embarrassment.

Mckha489 - Thanks! I will take a look at this site.

Early American newspapers are a rarity, especially in the location I am looking at.

Thanks all for your help. I have reached out to a researcher as directed by the National Archives.

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Re: Military Records for British Soldier Deflected in American Revolutionary War
« Reply #6 on: Friday 17 January 20 19:05 GMT (UK) »
Thanks..... ;D

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Re: Military Records for British Soldier Deflected in American Revolutionary War
« Reply #7 on: Friday 17 January 20 21:08 GMT (UK) »
This is probably the article I am recalling.  I have never tried out the database because as best as I have been able to tell, none of my ancestors were at Saratoga.

https://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2010/10/new-database-participants-at-the-battles-of-saratoga/
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis