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Record Description

This index corresponds to the approximately 370 pension applications relating to the Mormon Battalion. The records are arranged by the name of the veteran, but are also searchable by the claimant’s name.

In July 1846, over five hundred Mormon men gathered at Council Bluffs, Iowa to join the U.S. Army in the Mexican American War. Most of the soldiers’ enlistments ended after one year, but several continued on for another eight months. Pensions were sought by the veterans themselves and by widows or other dependents.

This index is based on pension applications for service performed during 1846-1848. It was created to provide easier access to the Mormon Battalion pension applications. The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that it still may contain alternate spellings or misinterpretations.

Record Content

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Veteran's name and age
  • Veteran's rank, company and state from which served
  • Mustered-in date and place
  • Length of service
  • Claimant’s full name
  • Footnote and NARA reference identifications

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The soldier's name
  • Identifying information such as his age or rank

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

Use the index to find the pension files of persons who served in the Mormon Battalion. Search for any alternate names your ancestor might have used, such as a nickname or alias. The index includes names of the veterans and the names of those applying for the pension. If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, try searching for names of other dependents or relatives who may have been the seeking the pension. Pension files can often provide information about relationships, places of residence, and important events in the veteran’s life that can lead to additional records.

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

"United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Selected Pension Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-1848." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923.

 

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