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Record Description

This collection consists of digital images of pension applications filed by Confederate veterans and their widows. The records cover the years 1891 to 1965. Tennessee began granting pensions to resident Confederate veterans in 1891 and to their widows in 1905.

An index to the records is available on the website of Tennessee State Library and Archives.

For a list of records by category currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.


Record Content

The information will vary depending upon the record and may include any of the following:

  • Name of soldier, widow, or dependents
  • Date and place of birth
  • Unit dates and places of enlistment and discharge
  • Brief description of service
  • Wounds received
  • Sworn statements on proof of service by comrades
  • War Department service abstracts
  • Place and length of residency in the state
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Date and place of the veteran's death

How to Use the Record

Before you use these records it is helpful to search the index available online from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It is helpful to know the following:

  • Soldier's name
  • Widow's or dependent's names
  • Approximate birth date or other identifying information

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "File Category"
⇒Select the "Beginning Application Letter and Number" category which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

The pieces of information in the record may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records. For example:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • When searching for an application keep in mind that in some cases the applications were filed under the name of the widow or other dependent who submitted the application.
  • Applications were sent to and processed by the state where the veteran or family member lived at the time, which was not always the state in which the soldier had served.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.


Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Board of Pension Examiners. State Library and Archives, Nashville.

 

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