One thing that digital records often do a poor job of reproducing is serendipity. On more than one occasion, I’ve run across records purely by chance when going through books and written records, one time most memorably when I went looking for an American Revolutionary War lineage in a volume of such and my eye was caught on a facing page of the lineage of another unrelated ancestor. In that instance, it was pure chance, but a greatly helpful one.
When searching records of the Revolutionary War on Fold3, I decided to look at the records of Avery Mustain, the brother of my ancestor Jesse Mustain, who’s listed in several DAR lineages as the father of John Mustain of McDonough County, Illinois. In the records, a helpful clerk had added a note regarding John Mustain’s service during the War of 1812.
Unfortunately, I was unable to track down any reference to land bounty #8889 belonging to John Mustain. I was able to find a record of service of John Mustain in the pay roll of Captain Tunstall Shelton’s Company of the Second Corps D’Elite (Excel | PDF). Also among those enumerated are Richard Shelton, Dudley Shelton, Thomas Mustain, Vincent Shelton, Peter Shelton, Charles Shelton, Littleberry Shelton, another Richard Shelton, Coleman Glenn, Terry Glenn, David Glenn, Haley Mustain, Abram Shelton, Washington Shelton, another Littleberry Shelton, Lewis Shelton, Gabriel Shelton, and Daniel Shelton. A David Glenn is among those who relocated to McDonough County with John Mustain. His pension papers filed from Blandinsville in McDonough County include an application letter witnessed by John Mustain.
I haven’t been able to track down any records or documents from McDonough County that reference John Mustain’s military service, but David Glenn’s obituary in the Macomb Journal newspaper of 1883 specifically mentions that he was a War of 1812 veteran.
Both John Mustain and David Glenn moved to McDonough County in 1832 and it’s entirely possible that the area they settled in was part of the Illnois lands in the Military Tract of 1812. In the absence of actual records and no clear warrant for lands granted shown in the Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, it’s hard to confirm the additional details for John Mustain, though there is a military land grant for a David B. Glenn in McDonough County. At the very least, it opens up additional research options including the elusive land warrant referenced in Avery Mustain’s Revolutionary War pension.