US War of 1812 Pension Records

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Pensions were first granted to soldiers who were disabled while in the service and to heirs of soldiers who died during the war. The first pension acts based on service were not passed until 1871 and a second was passed in 1878.  
 
Pensions were first granted to soldiers who were disabled while in the service and to heirs of soldiers who died during the war. The first pension acts based on service were not passed until 1871 and a second was passed in 1878.  
  
To locate pension records for War of 1812 soldiers consult the following  
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To locate pension records for War of 1812 soldiers consult the following:
  
#[http://lineage.gradeless.com/1812PensionApplications.htm <span style="display: none;" id="1340234952803S">&nbsp;</span>War of 1812 Pension Application Index]. (Free national index by the Indiana Society of the War of 1812). This index consists of links to surnames in alphabetical groups (not sorted by state).&nbsp; '''These links&nbsp;connect to the desired roll''' '''of the digital&nbsp;images''' (see step
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#[http://lineage.gradeless.com/1812PensionApplications.htm <span id="1340234952803S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>War of 1812 Pension Application Index]. (Free national index by the Indiana Society of the War of 1812). This index consists of links to surnames in alphabetical groups (not sorted by state).&nbsp; '''These links&nbsp;connect to the desired roll''' '''of the digital&nbsp;images''' (see step
  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2.&nbsp; Digital images of the War of 1812 Pension Cards at Internet Archives. (Free ). These record cards may contain name of soldier and spouse, military unit, enlistment and discharge dates, bounty land warrant number, residency of soldier and widow, marriage date and place, and death of soldier and widow. <br>  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2.&nbsp; Digital images of the War of 1812 Pension Cards at Internet Archives. (Free ). These record cards may contain name of soldier and spouse, military unit, enlistment and discharge dates, bounty land warrant number, residency of soldier and widow, marriage date and place, and death of soldier and widow. <br>  
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3.&nbsp; To access the actual pension file:  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3.&nbsp; To access the actual pension file:  
  
:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a. Go to [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#247%7Ch5iT6dgqR Fold3]. Though this project&nbsp;is not complete, the entire pension file for those digitized is accessible. iArchives and the Federation of Genealogical Societies are&nbsp;responsible for&nbsp;this digitization project. (Free).&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>
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:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a. Go to [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#247%7Ch5iT6dgqR Fold3]. Though this project&nbsp;is not complete, the entire pension file for those digitized is accessible. iArchives and the Federation of Genealogical Societies are&nbsp;responsible for&nbsp;this digitization project. (Free).&nbsp; The [http://www.fold3.com/title_761/war_of_1812_pension_files current digitization progress] can be checked on the Fold3 website.&nbsp;  
 
:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; b. Pension files not available in digital form may be ordered from the [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov National Archives].
 
:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; b. Pension files not available in digital form may be ordered from the [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov National Archives].
  
 
4.&nbsp;[http://www.archives.gov/forms/pdf/natf-85.pdf Form to order by mail]  
 
4.&nbsp;[http://www.archives.gov/forms/pdf/natf-85.pdf Form to order by mail]  
  
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<br>&nbsp; The collection is also available on FamilySearch.
  
The pension files are currently being digitized by iAarchives and the Federation of Genealogical Societies and added to the Footnote.com website ([http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1Ke30H/voice.fgs.org/2011/04/iarchives-announces-collaboration-with.html see announcement]). All images and information from this collection are free. This collection is currently only 2% complete. The [http://www.fold3.com/title_761/war_of_1812_pension_files current digitization progress] can be checked on the Fold3 website. The collection is also available on FamilySearch.
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:*[http://www.fold3.com/title_761/war_of_1812_pension_files War of 1812 Pension Application Files] (Fold3) (Free)
 
:*United States [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F42194 ''Ledgers of payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. pensioners, under Acts of 1818 through 1858, from records of the office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury'']<br>
 
 
:*FamilySearch. {{RecordSearch|1834325|United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910}}. [[United States, Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Description of database]].
 
:*FamilySearch. {{RecordSearch|1834325|United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910}}. [[United States, Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Description of database]].
  
 
:*Cyndi's List, [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1820-pension-list.htm 1820 Pension List for Revolutionary or Military Services January 20, 1820],The 1820 pension list is a report of the names, rank and line of every person placed on the pension list in pursuance of the act of the 18th March, 1818.<br>
 
:*Cyndi's List, [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1820-pension-list.htm 1820 Pension List for Revolutionary or Military Services January 20, 1820],The 1820 pension list is a report of the names, rank and line of every person placed on the pension list in pursuance of the act of the 18th March, 1818.<br>
 
*[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/mil/usa/1812/data_widows.shtml List of Widows receiving pensions], War of 1812
 
  
 
'''Ordering Copies'''  
 
'''Ordering Copies'''  
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Alternatively, National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State or Confederate) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov ordered online], as well as through [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html NATF Form 85].  
 
Alternatively, National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State or Confederate) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov ordered online], as well as through [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html NATF Form 85].  
  
''Categories of pension/bounty land files available using NATF Form 85:''  
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''Categories of War of 1812 pension files available using NATF Form 85:''  
  
*A complete Civil War and later pension application file (up to 100 pages), based on Federal (not State or Confederate) military service during the Civil War or later (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)
 
 
*A complete Federal pre-Civil War military pension application based on Federal military service before 1861 (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)  
 
*A complete Federal pre-Civil War military pension application based on Federal military service before 1861 (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)  
*A pension document packet that contains reproductions of eight documents containing genealogical information about the pension applicant, to the extent these documents are present in the file.  
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*A Pension Document Packet that contains reproductions of eight documents containing genealogical information about the pension applicant, to the extent these documents are present in the file.  
*A complete miltary bounty land application file based on service 1775-1855 (includes only rejected Revolutionary War applications).
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=== 1883 Pension Roll  ===
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The [[1883 Pension Roll|1883 Pension Roll]] is available online. On December 8, 1882, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of Interior to submit a list of pensioners on the roll January 1, 1883. The Secretary of Interior submitted the completed list to the Senate on March 1, 1883.<ref>United States. Pension Bureau. ''[http://books.google.com/books?id=prgqAAAAMAAJ List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: giving the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post-office address, the rate of pension per month, and the date of original allowance, as called for by Senate resolution of December 8, 1882, Volume One]''. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1883.</ref> The 1883 Pension Roll was published that year in five volumes as "List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883...". The majority of pensioners listed were from the Civil War. However, there were pensioners from other wars, including the War of 1812.  
  
'''Additional Indexes'''
 
  
 
Online:  
 
Online:  
  
*[http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=War%20of%201812%20Pension%20Application%20Files%20Index Internet Archive] - original NARA index available freely online  
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*[http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=War%20of%201812%20Pension%20Application%20Files%20Index Internet Archive] - original NARA index available freely online <br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1133 Ancestry.com has an online index] (subscription required)<br>  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1133 Ancestry.com has an online index] (subscription required)<br>  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/war-of-1812/1812-discharge-certificates/soldiers-by-name.html War of 1812 Discharge Certificates] by name
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=== Other Pension Related Records ===
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'''Additional Indexes'''
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*[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/mil/usa/1812/data_widows.shtml List of Widows receiving pensions], War of 1812
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:*United States [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F42194 ''Ledgers of payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. pensioners, under Acts of 1818 through 1858, from records of the office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury'']<br>
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War of 1812 Discharge Certificates by name <br>
  
 
In Print:  
 
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*White, Virgil D., comp. [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Index+to+War+of+1812+pension+files&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Index to War of 1812 Pension Files]. Two Volumes. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, 1992. (FHL book 973 M22i.) Volume 2, pages 1888–2109, contains a cross-reference index to wives, widows, and other family members listed in the main index.<br>  
 
*White, Virgil D., comp. [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Index+to+War+of+1812+pension+files&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Index to War of 1812 Pension Files]. Two Volumes. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, 1992. (FHL book 973 M22i.) Volume 2, pages 1888–2109, contains a cross-reference index to wives, widows, and other family members listed in the main index.<br>  
 
*White, Virgil D., transcriber. [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Index+to+old+wars+pension+files%2C+1815-1926&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Index to Old Wars Pension Files, 1815-1926]. Waynesboro, Tennessee&nbsp;: National Historical Publishing, c1993. (FHL book 973 M22wh.) <br>
 
*White, Virgil D., transcriber. [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Index+to+old+wars+pension+files%2C+1815-1926&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Index to Old Wars Pension Files, 1815-1926]. Waynesboro, Tennessee&nbsp;: National Historical Publishing, c1993. (FHL book 973 M22wh.) <br>
 
=== 1883 Pension Roll  ===
 
 
The [[1883 Pension Roll|1883 Pension Roll]] is available online. On December 8, 1882, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of Interior to submit a list of pensioners on the roll January 1, 1883. The Secretary of Interior submitted the completed list to the Senate on March 1, 1883.<ref>United States. Pension Bureau. ''[http://books.google.com/books?id=prgqAAAAMAAJ List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: giving the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post-office address, the rate of pension per month, and the date of original allowance, as called for by Senate resolution of December 8, 1882, Volume One]''. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1883.</ref> The 1883 Pension Roll was published that year in five volumes as "List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883...". The majority of pensioners listed were from the Civil War. However, there were pensioners from other wars, including the War of 1812.
 
  
 
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=== Additional Information  ===

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Contents

Pension Records

Pensions were first granted to soldiers who were disabled while in the service and to heirs of soldiers who died during the war. The first pension acts based on service were not passed until 1871 and a second was passed in 1878.

To locate pension records for War of 1812 soldiers consult the following:

  1. War of 1812 Pension Application Index. (Free national index by the Indiana Society of the War of 1812). This index consists of links to surnames in alphabetical groups (not sorted by state).  These links connect to the desired roll of the digital images (see step

     2.  Digital images of the War of 1812 Pension Cards at Internet Archives. (Free ). These record cards may contain name of soldier and spouse, military unit, enlistment and discharge dates, bounty land warrant number, residency of soldier and widow, marriage date and place, and death of soldier and widow.

     3.  To access the actual pension file:

    a. Go to Fold3. Though this project is not complete, the entire pension file for those digitized is accessible. iArchives and the Federation of Genealogical Societies are responsible for this digitization project. (Free).  The current digitization progress can be checked on the Fold3 website. 
    b. Pension files not available in digital form may be ordered from the National Archives.

4. Form to order by mail


  The collection is also available on FamilySearch.


Ordering Copies


Alternatively, National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State or Confederate) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be ordered online, as well as through NATF Form 85.

Categories of War of 1812 pension files available using NATF Form 85:

  • A complete Federal pre-Civil War military pension application based on Federal military service before 1861 (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)
  • A Pension Document Packet that contains reproductions of eight documents containing genealogical information about the pension applicant, to the extent these documents are present in the file.

1883 Pension Roll

The 1883 Pension Roll is available online. On December 8, 1882, the U.S. Senate required the Secretary of Interior to submit a list of pensioners on the roll January 1, 1883. The Secretary of Interior submitted the completed list to the Senate on March 1, 1883.[1] The 1883 Pension Roll was published that year in five volumes as "List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883...". The majority of pensioners listed were from the Civil War. However, there were pensioners from other wars, including the War of 1812.


Online:

Other Pension Related Records

Additional Indexes

War of 1812 Discharge Certificates by name

In Print:

  • Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files. National Archives Microfilm Publication M313. (FHL films 0840431–500 and 0847501–32.) This index has the veteran’s name, widow’s name, rank, unit, dates of enlistment and discharge, application and certificate numbers, and bounty land warrant numbers.
  • United States. War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files. Available online at FamilySearch.
  • White, Virgil D., comp. Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. Two Volumes. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, 1992. (FHL book 973 M22i.) Volume 2, pages 1888–2109, contains a cross-reference index to wives, widows, and other family members listed in the main index.
  • White, Virgil D., transcriber. Index to Old Wars Pension Files, 1815-1926. Waynesboro, Tennessee : National Historical Publishing, c1993. (FHL book 973 M22wh.)

Additional Information

"Major index to pension list of the War of 1812" by Annie W. B. Bell (FHL book 973 M24) (Worldcat)

See also

References

  1. United States. Pension Bureau. List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: giving the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post-office address, the rate of pension per month, and the date of original allowance, as called for by Senate resolution of December 8, 1882, Volume One. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1883.