On the marriage record (from Pallot's Marriage Index via Ancestry.com) of my 4th great grandparents Jane Courtenay and William Hobbs at Truro St Mary, Cornwall, England in 1798, William is recorded as being a "soldier Somersetshire Militia".
Is it likely that I will be able to uncover any records of the Somersetshire Militia related to William Hobbs' service in it?
I suspect the records below may be my best bet but they do not appear to be online and some links at http://apps.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/searches/subjectView.asp?ID=O40492 appear to be moving/broken.
Scope: 1758-1866: 1st Somerset Regiment of Militia records
Repository: Somerset Heritage Centre
Record Reference: G279 link to online catalogue (broken)
NRA catalogue reference: NRA 4320 Somerset RO misc
I am also interested in learning about any campaigns that the Somersetshire Militia may have been engaged in around that time.
As an update I have found an internet source titled The Family History of Alan & Trisha THATCHER that says:
Pay and Muster Rolls for 1798 - first regiment of Somerset Militia. Colonel Earl Poulett's regiment. Major Philip Staples' company. Company at Helston in April 1798. William describes as a Private in stationary quarters 30, earning 1/- per day. John Hobbs in same company.
Some background that may or may not be relevant:
It appears Jane was christened in St Austell, Cornwall on 23 Jan 1774:
"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NJYQ-C92 : accessed 23 Sep 2014), Jane Courtenay, 23 Jan 1774; citing St. Austell, Cornwall, England, reference yr 1767-1812 p 20; FHL microfilm 246829.
I am not yet confident that I have the correct christening for William. I have a current leaning towards the one below on which his mother's name is given as Betty Hobbs (no father mentioned), and William and Jane named their second daughter Betty.
"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J9PK-Z8C : accessed 23 Sep 2014), William ... Hobbs, 12 Mar 1762; citing Ditcheat, Somerset, England, reference Item 21; FHL microfilm 1526603.
William and Jane's wedding is also recorded as "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NV96-NBS : accessed 23 Sep 2014), William Hobbs and Jane Courtenay Or Courtney, 23 Apr 1798; citing Truro,Cornwall,England, reference ; FHL microfilm 236528.