I have read several threads on the Aroostook War so I am sure someone out there can point me in the right direction for my research.
How do I acquire the military roster and pay roll records for 1840 1842? I am trying to solve a family mystery and would appreciate any help folks can provide.
My gggrandfather Thomas Milan was born in 1840 in Hancock County. His death certificate states that his father was Patrick Milan who was "foreign born". Another document I have states Patrick was from Northern Ireland.
My grandfather (Frank Milan) told me that his grandfather (Thomas) explained to him that Patrick had fought in the Aroostook War and had died in Houlton while he was in his twenties. I can find no record of Patrick ever serving in the war but have found a William Milan who died at Hancock Barracks in 1842 just after the treaty was signed. I have found no record of a "William Milan" ever existing in Hancock County at all. I have found the Enlistment Roster identifing William, but no other documents to support this information as factual.
I believe that William and Patrick are one and the same person so I need some help proving/disproving this theory. I found a Patrick Milan who was baptised in Ireland in 1818 and I believe that my ggggrandfather was born between 1815-1818. I believe that he immigrated to present day Maine in the mid to late 1830's as he (Patrick) married my ggggrandmother in 1839. Thomas was born in 1840 and my ggggrandmother remarried in 1845. I am thinking that Patrick arrived after the 1830 census and because of his enlistment in 1840, he isn't listed anywhere in the 1840 census. Since he died in 1842, he was never identified in any US Census.
I am in hopes that payroll and muster records will provide useful information that can solve my mystery.