The first place to look would be Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, which is a compilation of muster rolls, payrolls, and other records of men serving from Massachusetts and Maine. Volume 17 has the Youngs who appear in these records.
I found an Abraham Young on the DAR Patriot Index. Could this be your's?
YOUNG, ABRAHAM Ancestor #: A129695 Service: MASSACHUSETTS Rank: PRIVATE Birth: 10-16-1756 GRAY YORK CO ME DIST MASSACHUSETTS Death: 2-19-1829 CUMBERLAND CO MAINE Pension Number: *S35163Service Source: *S35163Service Description: 1) CAPT PAUL ELLIS; COL TIMOTHY BIGELOW
You might check the DAR records -- they are now open to non-members. Their records could furnish you the name of the regiment, etc. And you could contact the Chapter nearest you, and speak with their Registrar, she could point you in a direction that would help. Personal Experience: Our Registrar has been extremely helpful to several of us.
I'm afraid I've had no luck with the DAR in locating my ancestor Abraham Winslow. However, I had good results with The National Archives, the state of Maine, and wonderful help from the towns of North Yarmouth and Freeport. I first began my search in 1977, and those town clerks and Nellie Leighton were incredibly patient and helpful. Footnote has also been useful. I have Abraham on a signed muster roll for the 8th Company, 3rd Mass. Regiment, in Oct. 1783. I also have sworn testimony by several people as to his service in the Continental Army (one of them Ammi Dunham). Elizabeth Winslow, his widow received his pension until her death in 1840. I have those records. Still I can't find him listed as a Revolutionary soldier anywhere else. Any suggestions?
Hi, Just came home, and want to respond quickly, and hope it will help! Have you tried Mass. Soldiers & Sailors listing? Also, don't hesitate to contact your local DAR Chapter, and ask the Registrar if she could do a look-up for you -- our Registrars have been so helpful to so many people!
As soon as I level off a bit, I'll have a go at it, too. Stick with it, it's worth the struggle. One of my in-law cousins was able to prove to DAR that her ancestor did serve in the Revolution, and she also proved his son as serving in the War of 1812, so it can be done. Betsy