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New Naval Records on Fold3

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We have added another group of naval records to our collection! These records cover several military conflicts and cover a time span of about 150 years!

Navy Court Martial Records, 1799-1867:
This collection has records of Naval Court Martials beginning in 1799. The records are arranged by volumes and case numbers (1-4721) and are also in chronological order. There is an alphabetized, partially completed index that covers trials from 1861-1867. A second index covers the entire collection. Information contained in this collection may include the name of sailor charged; his rating, ship or station; the alleged offense; place and date of trial; and the sentence.

Area File of Naval Records Collection, 1775-1910:
This collection contains documents accumulated from naval officers while in command of squadrons or single vessels. It is divided into geographical areas with each area in chronological order. The collection covers several conflicts including the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the Civil War.

Miscellaneous Records of the Navy Department:
This collection is organized by vessel name or station and then by date. It contains miscellaneous letters, muster rolls, pay rolls, war diaries, naval record acceptances, and resignations. The documents cover a broad time span.

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  1. One of my ancestors was Solomon Coleman. He and other members of the family were expelled from the Quaker Society of Nantucket for serving IN
    THE American Revolutionary Navy during the war. Any chance of finding records that far back?

    How do we know this? We have the photocopies of the Minutes of the Quakers where this expulsion is written.

    • There’s a MASS record for Solomon Coleman at:

    • Bruce Hal Miner says:

      Again thank you for helping us. The Coleman family played a big role, primarily in Nantucket, Mass from 1635 until the late 1800ds, by which time most of them had moved to other states of the USA. In particular, my ancestry includes both Solomon Coleman Sr & Jr. mostly from the early to mid 18th century and, in one case, into the 19th century but only within the 1st couple of decades.
      Does this answer your question or do I need to answer with more details other than those specifics that you gave me to check on in your 1st or 2nd messages

    • Try It is a free site. Someone in your family may have it or it will be able to be found. Good luck. Oh also they could have it in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints archives. See if you can find one in your area. They have the largest collections of Family History, books, etc. They can help you search for this. If you are close you can go to Salt Lake City and get all the help you need. All of this is free.

    • Thank you Robert but you have previously sent this confirmation of my previous note. My question that I just sent you wasn’t related to that – did you receive the one about my ancestors on the 1635 ship the James from England to Mass. Bay Colony?
      How about my other question as well?

    • I am sorry if I sent you this info twice. I was just trying to help you with your questions. Good luck on your searching. I wish you the best. Oh if you add an ‘a’ to the end of my first name you will see I am Roberta, not Robert. ; ) I think it is wonderful how many people help each other on here.

    • FIRST= RobertA, my sincere apologies. No doubt you are prettier than many men whom I’ve known (Roberts) and also more intelligent than many of those guys as well!
      Second, I should let you know that I know that I still owe you photos of the Quaker minutes that confirm that my many of my Quaker ancestors were expelled from the Friendship due to their military service in our Revolutionary War – in the small but mighty navy. I will get to that soon,

    • You are so sweet. Thank you. I don’t think you owe me the copy of the minutes from the quakers meeting. Maybe it is someone else unless I forgot what I was working on. That is easy to do for me. I do family history in spurts. Then I forget what I have been doing.

    • I don’t recall to whom I made that promise but I suspect that your organization would like that info anyway — unless you already have that from the Nantucket Quaker Society. (At that time, Nantucket was very involved in the whaling industry – thus, natural seafaring folks.

    • It does get confusing, doesn’t it. Good luck with everything.

  2. Bill Barker says:

    Yes, of course. Do you know what unit he was enlisted in? It might be noted in his expulsion papers. What are the dates? If he was expelled in 1780 for example, did he enlist in 1779-1780? It will help to have an approximate year. With that basic info, then you can begin to search FOLD3 for possible hits.

    • FIRST – thank you so much for the very quick follow-up, I do know that I have to dig into my files and answer as many of your points as possible. I’ll get to that within the next 2 ot 3 days and get back to you
      Again, thank you. I think I was lazy with my first request because I didn’t think that you could get back to me quickly and comprehensively, as you did! YOU ARE GREAT!

  3. Susan Lassy says:

    I’m searching for Carroll Ray Mitchell who served in the Navy in 1920 and 1921. I can’t find him anywhere!

    • Bruce Hal Miner says:

      Only this – Am I missing something or isn’t this information a duplicate of what I already have received?

  4. Joycee Holland Davis says:

    I’m looking for Albert Gregg Holland. He was on the USS Roi. He was a welder on that air craft carrier. He came home in1944 or 1945. He came back home to Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  5. Douglas Leitch says:

    My ancestor, Frederick Colbourne Curtis, born 1818, after serving in the British army1840-1860 deserted his family, went to the States and was reported in the English newspapers as having joined the Confederacy and as having risen to the ranks of General. A family legend has him dying at Bull Run. I could find no trace in Fold. I would greatly appreciate it if any one could help me find any evidence of his time in the USA.

    • Nancy LeMieux says:

      Try using the National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS), using variations of the name.

  6. Barbara Grossman says:

    Hello, Douglas.

    There is a rare books site that has sold a handwritten list of soldiers killed at Bull Run. I have no idea how complete it is, but you can save the image and see how legible it is when enlarged:

    Also, I did search to see whether anyone with that or similar name shows up as dying anywhere in the US. All I could find was a Frederick C Curtis, born circa 1820, who dies in WI in 1902—father cited as Harvey and mother as Francis [sic]. Your ancestors name, in the only two UK citations I’ve found so far (1839 marriage and birth of daughter, Georgiana Margaret Curtis), is shown spelled without the “u.”

    • Barbara Grossman says:

      UPDATING: That Frederick C. Curtis who dies in WI in 1902—

      His middle name appears to be Churchill. Two places of birth are cited (Massachusetts and NYC), but he is living in WI in the 1860 Census, curiously with a wife also named Elizabeth.

  7. Charlotte Reiter says:

    Are there records of Merchant Seamen during WWII? My father was in the Phlippines after Gen MacArthur

    • Lori says:

      You are referring to the merchant marines. Try this website. About 10-15 yrs ago they decided to give veterans honors to MMs. I got a burial flag and grave marker for my father posthumously. Also a wealth of info on in the immigration section as they have records every time they departed and reentered the US. Good luck.

  8. Jeanne Montana says:

    Daniel Bowen, Born: Bet. 1764 – 1774 in Cumberland Co., New Jersey, prob. in Hopewell Twp., Bowentown. Died: Bet. 1810 – 1819 in At sea on a trip to the West Indies. Was he in the War of 1812? His parents were Jonathan Bowen, Jr. (1737-1804) and Sarah Smith (1736-1821) and his wife was Phebe Irelan(d), (1779-1838).

  9. Tom McCready says:

    You people are good. I appreciate your service.. When I gather up a small
    batch of question; I’ll machine-gun em to you… Just a small burst…

  10. Mary says:

    I would like to know how a person became ahead of a Train Band in CT 1630+ Did they come over from England with that career? He (Philip Leeke) was part of the Puritains of New Haven CT.

    • I’m not sure what a “train-band” is. My first ancestor to the Colonies (Mass. Bay),
      Thomas Coleman, came over from S.central England in 1635 on the ship the
      James. Don’t know if that had any value for this member or not.

  11. Nellie Fedee says:

    I’m looking for information on James Llewellyn Pollard. He’s my mother’s father – shown on her birth certificate. She was born October, 1936. He was either in the Navy or the Marines and was stationed for a time in St Thomas, USVI.

    Thank you for any information you can provide.

  12. John W Scott, Sr. says:

    I have an uncle, Robert Love, who was on the Cruiser Houston or some other large USN ship when it was lost about the same time in the pacific.

    He survived that. I don’t know his rank or grade on discharge but can you help me find more information on him. I’m pretty sure he is now deceased. Thanks

  13. Kliff Shinn says:

    Mellem Feder,

    Check out the website for Navy records. Here is an excerpt from their page.

    If you are a veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, you may now use to order a copy of your military records. For all others, your request is best made using a Standard Form 180. It includes complete instructions for preparing and submitting requests. Please Note: All requests must be in writing, signed and mailed to us at the address shown below.