This index includes the names of men and women excused from paying militia fines, 1847-1863. Each entry includes the date and township of residence. County men were fined if they failed to attend militia drill practice. Men were excused from paying the fine for such reasons as: being in another township or state; physical, mental or psychological inability to practice; sickness or death; poverty; names being incorrectly entered twice; current service in the army or militia; various emergencies; or lack of citizenship.
The lists of men eligible (18-45 years old) to perform militia duty (Militia Rolls) were taken directly from each township's annual tax lists (Transcripts). Men who failed to show up for practice are listed in the Militia Fines. Excused men are listed in the Militia Exonerations.