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This 1776 Company Roster of Captain Thomas Kean lists the soldier’s height, complexion, birthplace, and place of enlistment

Delawareans for Independence

The company roster for Captain Thomas Kean in 1776 notes not only when and where the person enlisted, but a description of the soldier from height to complexion. The complexions went from fair to dark and fresh, which meant that you had no pock marks on your skin from small pox. Many of the men were not from Delaware, but from Ireland. When Thomas Kean died in 1802, he was a Colonel and had items that may have been left from the days he spent in the war: these included one pair of pistols, a sword, a gun and a "spye glass."
The Delaware Military Archives is an artificial collection of records of Delaware military activities from 1744 to 1827. This collection includes muster in and out rolls, correspondence, clothing issued, troop recruitment, payroll and pension information.