Indent Stub File Record of Abraham Mayfield
Background Information By Phil Norfleet
Perhaps the most valuable
Revolutionary War service records in the South Carolina Archives in Columbia are
the Audited Accounts and the Indent Files. The Audited Account contains the
dates of service and the officer under whom the participant served. The Indent
(so called because of the irregular way it was cut from the stub to prevent
forgery), an interest bearing promissory certificate, states the amount that the
state paid the participant for a given period of service and gives the name of
the person who collected the money if it were someone other than the
participant. The names that appear in the Audited Accounts and Indents include
not only those who served in the military forces, but also those who
sold/provided supplies to the State Militia for military use.
When a claim was audited, an account was made out, called the "account audited;" it was passed upon by the Auditor General. Then the audited account, together with the claim as filed, and all other papers pertaining thereto, such as supporting affidavits, passed to a legislative committee for final approval. Very few claims were rejected or deferred, but it sometimes requires study to determine whether a name followed by several return numbers has reference to one person or several persons of the same name, since a name was entered in the index book only one time.
After approval by the legislative committee, an “INDENT” was made
out for payment of the claim, with notations on the indent stub showing the
amount, to whom payable, and for what service the claim was filed. These are
referred to as the “stub entries” When an Indent was paid, it was then placed
back in the file with the other papers, and kept in the archives. Sometimes
these Indents were paid by installments; and frequently they were assigned to
others, being negotiable.
Unfortunately, in the case of Abraham Mayfield, the only part of
his Indent File to have survived is a single Stub Entry, dated 06 April 1785, for service
as a private, sergeant and quartermaster during the years 1781 and
Unfortunately, in the case of Abraham Mayfield, the only part of his Indent File to have survived is a single Stub Entry, dated 06 April 1785, for service as a private, sergeant and quartermaster during the years 1781 and 1782.
The following image was made from a printed copy of Abraham Mayfield's Stub Entry to Indents for Revolutionary Claims, Book "O," Number 182. It is interesting to note that the prior stub entry in the sequence (Number 181) is issued to Lieutenant John Mayfield, the probable brother of Abraham Mayfield. The original Stub Entry Books are located in the SC State Archives in Columbia and I have personally verified the below cited information by reviewing the original Stub Entry Book "O" at the Archives.