My 4th great grandfather Joseph Billin(g) lived from 1776 to 1839 and was a Tailor, Mercer & Draper at Helston, Cornwall, England, where he was baptised, married and buried.

Today I found in Ancestry.com's "Cornwall, England, Militia and Sea Fencibles Index, 1780 - 1831" that he also served in the military:

Name    Joseph (x) Billin
Birth Place Helston area
Military Year   1801
Military Place  Cornwall, England
Unit or Occupation  1st Helston Volunteers

The record comes from "Cornwall Record Office; Truro, Cornwall, England; Cornwall Militia; Class Number: AD/1865/22".

I have not been able to find any mention of the "1st Helston Volunteers" anywhere else so far but would the record above most likely come from the set below?

Reference:  WO 13/4235
Cornwall Helston
Date:   1799 - 1802
Held by:    The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:   Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Context of this record 
All departments
WO - Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies
Records of other administrative departments of the War Office
WO 13 - War Office and predecessors: Militia and Volunteers Muster Books and Pay Lists
VOLUNTEERS 1797 - 1814
WO 13/4235 - Volunteers
WO 13/4235 - Cornwall Helston

Has anyone come across any records of the 1st Helston Volunteers around 1801 that I could examine to try and learn more about Joseph Billin's service in it?


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.