Paymaster Bonds and Appointments 1814-1869

RECORD GROUP: County Clerk
SERIES: Paymaster Bonds and Appointments
DATES: 1814-1869
VOLUME: 22 records

Paymaster for webpage

$500 Bond for William and Silas Crane, May 24, 1824


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The twenty-two Paymaster appointments are available as digitized originals and as transcripts.
The appointments are for:
Allen, Edward
Andrews, James W.
Arrowsmith, Simon
Bartholf, John
Bergen, Peter C.
Boggs, William
Coward, Aaron
Crane, William H.
Forman, John S.(2)
Heyer, John W.
Hopping, Samuel
Moore, David
Newell, William
Osborn, Ezra
Parker, Anthony
Patterson, John C.
Randolph, Joseph F.
Schenck, DeLafayette
Suydam, John
Warner, William
Woodhull, John T.

On June 16, 1775, Continental Congress at Philadelphia legislated that there be one Paymaster General. They elected James Warren as the first Paymaster. Congress later resolved that there be a regimental paymaster for each regiment, given the rank of First Lieutenant. Regimental paymasters were chosen by the regiment officer and appointed by the Commander-in-chief.

A Paymaster was a soldier in charge of money disbursements for the unit. Paymasters were required to post a bond with one or more sureties and take an oath for the faithful discharge of the duties of their office. Paymasters were to take charge and distribute clothing for the troops, make payments and keep regular books.

Each of the nine paymasters appointed in this collection posted $500 bonds by two or three sureties. The records include their regiment and battalion, and names of the sureties. All are part of the Monmouth Militia.

This collection is open to researchers.

Paymaster records are available as scanned originals and as transcribed searchable pdfs.  For preservation reasons, originals will only be retrieved under exceptional circumstances.

Paymaster Bonds are arranged chronologically.

Monmouth County Archives
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Phone: 732-308-3771

This collection was transferred to the Monmouth County Archives by County Clerk Jane G. Clayton before 1994.

The original documents have been microfilmed and digitized and transcribed. An Access database and finding aid were created by George Joynson in October 2015. Archives volunteer Lee Moffitt transcribed the paymaster records.