Because the newly formed government rarely had gold to back the issues of the paper money, the public was very skeptical of its value. In order to pay for the war, a system of PAY VOUCHERS AND CERTIFICATES was used. Soldiers or anyone providing food/services were issued a written "promise" to be paid in the future...usually several years later with interest.
This type of "money" was conveniently used by the army passing through a location as the commander could complete forms or even write out in longhand.
In 1780, realizing that the system had been poorly organized, the General Assembly appointed auditors in each district who called in the vouchers, recorded them, and reissued new certificate stubs.
They frequently exchanged hands, so you may find a series of "endorsements" as the owners use it to buy lands or pay a debt.
Many of these vouchers survive and are stored in the Archives, filed in alphabetical order by the name of the payee...about 200 boxes resulting in nearly 40,000 vouchers.
There is an index for the first 12 volumes only. The Archives can make "certified copies" if you locate your ancestor's name.The Militia of North Carolina for Sundries allowed by the Auditors of New Bern District. Randolph McDonald Breeches Absalom Rogers Horse hire George Williams Shoes
For more complete information, see the Archives Publication "North Carolina's Revolutionary War Pay Records" by C.F.W. Coker and Donald R. Lennon.
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