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Associators were members of a Military Association, more commonly known as a militia.


  • Philadelphia Associators 1
  • Loyalist Associators 2
  • Further reading 3
  • References 4

Philadelphia Associators


  1. ^ Newland, Samuel J. The Pennsylvania Militia:Defending the Commonwealth and the nation, 1669-1870 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs (2002)pp36-45
  2. ^ The Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, Volume 26. Retrieved Feb 27, 2010. 


  • Seymour, Joseph. The Pennsylvania Associators, 1747-1777. Westholme Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978-1594161605.

Further reading

These units were sometimes commissioned by the commander in chief, but could also be commissioned by the commander of a garrison or even a governor.

  • Uzal Ward's Company of Refugees
  • Sharp's Refugee Marines
  • Royal North British Volunteers
  • Robins' Company of Partisans
  • Pepperell's Corps
  • Maryland Royal Retaliators
  • Loyal Refugee Volunteers
  • Loyal Newport Associators
  • Loyal Irish Volunteers
  • Loyal Associated Refugees
  • Loyal American Association
  • King’s Militia Volunteers
  • James Stewart's Company of Refugees
  • Hatfield's Company of Partisans
  • Brant's Volunteers (Technically a Mohawk company, but actually composed of 80% white Loyalists)
  • Associated Loyalists

Associator units included:

Perhaps the most famous Associator was Colonel Tye; the first (depending on your definition) black officer in North American military history.

Loyalist Associators often served in mixed-race units, composed of whites, escaped slaves, and even American Indians.

Loyalist irregulars who fought with the British in the American Revolutionary War were also known as Associators. They received no pay, and often no uniforms; they were usually issued provisions, but relied on labor or looting to earn money.

Loyalist Associators

and they were again started as revolutionary groups in 1776 before being renamed the Pennsylvania Militia in the following year. [2]'s Defeat Braddock traces their lineage to these Associators. In 1755 these groups were re-established in response to 111th Infantry Regiment (United States) The [1]

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