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=== Pension Records  ===
 
=== 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.  
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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. 
  
 
'''To locate War of 1812 pension records'''  
 
'''To locate War of 1812 pension records'''  
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'''To access the actual pension file'''  
 
'''To access the actual pension file'''  
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The documents included in each file shown in the index have not been microfilmed. In order to obtain the original pension files you must write the National Archives.
  
 
:    1. Go to [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#247%7Ch5iT6dgqR 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 [http://www.fold3.com/title_761/war_of_1812_pension_files current digitization progress] can be checked on the Fold3 website.   
 
:    1. Go to [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#247%7Ch5iT6dgqR 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 [http://www.fold3.com/title_761/war_of_1812_pension_files current digitization progress] can be checked on the Fold3 website.   
 
:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2. Go to [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov National Archives] for Pension files not currently available in digital form.<br>
 
:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2. Go to [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov National Archives] for Pension files not currently available in digital form.<br>
  
'''To Order Copies from National Archives'''  
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<br> '''To order copies from National Archives'''  
  
National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be [http://www.archives.gov/forms/pdf/natf-85.pdf ordered by mail]&nbsp; (NATF&nbsp;Form 85) or [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov ordered online].  
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In order to obtain the original pension files you must write the National Archives.&nbsp;National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be [http://www.archives.gov/forms/pdf/natf-85.pdf ordered by mail]&nbsp; (NATF&nbsp;Form 85) or [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov ordered online].<br> The files may contain any of the following information:<br>
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*Personal account of war experiences
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*Reasons why an individual joined the war effort
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*Company, rank, duties
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*Dates served
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*Companions with whom served
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*Officers under whom served
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*Depositions from neighbors and friends authenticating the&nbsp;testimony of an individual or affirming his character
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*Age at time of enlistment or time of filing application
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*Residence(s) since the war
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*Date of marriage (especially if widow filed for pension)
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*Dates of birth and names of children
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*Pertinent medical information and/or physicians' statements<br>
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Examples of the documents are found on the following pages:
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''Categories of War of 1812 pension files available using NATF Form 85:''  
 
''Categories of War of 1812 pension files available using NATF Form 85:''  
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*A <u>partial</u> 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.<br>
 
*A <u>partial</u> 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.<br>
  
=== 1883 Pension Roll ===
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=== Other Indexes to War of 1812 Pension Records ===
  
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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*''Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files'' . Searcheable Family History Library films {{FHL|46482|title-id|disp=840431–500}}. This lists the soldier's name and often the name of his wife. Also locatable at {{FHL|46482|title-id|disp=847501–32}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21416671 Worldcat] <br>
  
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*United States Veterans Administration. ''Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files''. (Washington, DC: National Archives, 1960). This index may have name of soldier, dates of enlistment and discharge, pension and bounty land numbers, residence of soldier or widow, maiden name of widow, date and place of marriage, date and death place of soldier, date of death of widow. National Archives Microfilm Publication M313. On 102 FHL films beginning with {{FHL|46482|item|disp=FHL film 840431}}<br>
  
=== Other Related Records  ===
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*White, Virgil D., transcriber. ''Index to War of 1812 Pension Files''. Two volumes.(Waynesboro, Tennessee, National Historical Publishing Company, 1992). This index is arranged alphabetically. Applications are based on service between 1812 and 1815. Also listed in the index are the Bounty Land Warrants for which no pension application was made. There is a cross-reference to the wives, widows and other family members. Transcribed from the National Archives microfilms. {{FHL|392040|item|disp=FHL book 973 M22i 1992}} <br>
  
*The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Indiana. [http://lineage.gradeless.com/1812PensionApplications.htm War of 1812 Pension Application Index]. (Free). The index consists of links to alphabetical groupings of surnames (which includes all states but is not sorted by state) that connect to digital images of Pension Cards at&nbsp; [http://archive.org/details/indextowarof0001unit Internet Archives]. (Free). Further indexing by name of soldier is in progress.&nbsp; Individual 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. (Accessed 10 June 2012).<br>
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*White, Virgil D., transcriber. ''Index to Old Wars Pension Files, 1815-1926''. (Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, c1993). {{FHL|627915|item|disp=FHL book 973 M22wh}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18822091 Worldcat]. <br>
  
*[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/mil/usa/1812/data_widows.shtml List of Widows receiving pensions], War of 1812
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*Bell, Annie W. B. ''Major index to pension list of the War of 1812''. ({{FHL|285601|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 M24}}); ([http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21078040 Worldcat])
  
*Fold3, [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#247%7Ch5iT6dgqR War of 1812 Pension Files] ($)
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=== Pension Records  ===
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*[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/mil/usa/1812/data_widows.shtml List of Widows receiving pensions], War of 1812 <br>
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*Fold3, [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#247%7Ch5iT6dgqR War of 1812 Pension Files] ($) Alphabetical by surname. Shows entire pension file for those digitized. Incomplete as of 1 June 2012.<br>
  
 
*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''] Includes Revolutionary War pensioners and invalid pensioners of War of 1812 under act of 1818.<br>
 
*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''] Includes Revolutionary War pensioners and invalid pensioners of War of 1812 under act of 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>
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*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.
  
*Cyndi's List,&nbsp;[http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1840-census-of-pensioners.htm 1840 Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services<br>June 1, 1840], 1840 Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary and Military Service as returned under the act for taking the sixth census.<br>
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=== 1840 Census of Pensioners ===
  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/war-of-1812/1812-discharge-certificates/soldiers-by-name.html War of 1812 Discharge Certificates] by name <br>
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*Cyndi's List, [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1840-census-of-pensioners.htm 1840 Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services<br>June 1, 1840], 1840 Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary and Military Service as returned under the act for taking the sixth census.<br>
  
Index to War of 1812 Pension Records on film or in print:  
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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.
  
*''[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+application+files&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= 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.
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=== Discharge Certificates  ===
  
*United States. ''War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files''. Available online at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri.3Dhttp:.2F.2Fhr-search-api:8080.2Fsearchapi.2Fsearch.2Fcollection.2F1834325 FamilySearch.]<br>
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/war-of-1812/1812-discharge-certificates/soldiers-by-name.html War of 1812 Discharge Certificates] by name.
  
*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>
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=== Society Records  ===
  
*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>
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*The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Indiana. [http://lineage.gradeless.com/1812PensionApplications.htm War of 1812 Pension Application Index]. (Free). The index consists of links to alphabetical groupings of surnames (which includes all states but is not sorted by state) that connect to digital images of Pension Cards at [http://archive.org/details/indextowarof0001unit Internet Archives]. (Free). Further indexing by name of soldier is in progress. Individual 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. (Accessed 10 June 2012).
  
=== Additional Information ===
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=== Online Classes ===
  
"Major index to pension list of the War of 1812" by Annie W. B. Bell ({{FHL|285601|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 M24}}) ([http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21078040 Worldcat])  
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*[https://fch.ldschurch.org/WWSupport/Courses/FamilyHistoryLibraryExport/U.S._Military_Records__Pre-WWI_Pension_Application/Player.html Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications ](16 minute online video) <br>
  
*[https://fch.ldschurch.org/WWSupport/Courses/FamilyHistoryLibraryExport/U.S._Military_Records__Pre-WWI_Pension_Application/Player.html Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications ](16 minute online video)
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=subjects%3A%22Military%2F%22 FamilySearch Military Records Research Classes Online]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html 2 FamilySearch Research Classes Online], 2010
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=== See also  ===
 
=== See also  ===

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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 War of 1812 pension records

United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910. and Description of database.FamilySearch (Free).  Digital images of 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.  Also available through Indiana Society of War of 1812 (Free) and at Ancestry.com ($).

To access the actual pension file

The documents included in each file shown in the index have not been microfilmed. In order to obtain the original pension files you must write the National Archives.

    1. 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. 
    2. Go to National Archives for Pension files not currently available in digital form.


To order copies from National Archives

In order to obtain the original pension files you must write the National Archives. National Archives' copies of military pension application files based on Federal (not State) service between 1775 and 1903 (before World War I) can be ordered by mail  (NATF Form 85) or ordered online.
The files may contain any of the following information:

  • Personal account of war experiences
  • Reasons why an individual joined the war effort
  • Company, rank, duties
  • Dates served
  • Companions with whom served
  • Officers under whom served
  • Depositions from neighbors and friends authenticating the testimony of an individual or affirming his character
  • Age at time of enlistment or time of filing application
  • Residence(s) since the war
  • Date of marriage (especially if widow filed for pension)
  • Dates of birth and names of children
  • Pertinent medical information and/or physicians' statements

Examples of the documents are found on the following pages:


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 partial 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.

Other Indexes to War of 1812 Pension Records

  • Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files . Searcheable Family History Library films 840431–500. This lists the soldier's name and often the name of his wife. Also locatable at 847501–32; Worldcat
  • United States Veterans Administration. Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files. (Washington, DC: National Archives, 1960). This index may have name of soldier, dates of enlistment and discharge, pension and bounty land numbers, residence of soldier or widow, maiden name of widow, date and place of marriage, date and death place of soldier, date of death of widow. National Archives Microfilm Publication M313. On 102 FHL films beginning with FHL film 840431
  • White, Virgil D., transcriber. Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. Two volumes.(Waynesboro, Tennessee, National Historical Publishing Company, 1992). This index is arranged alphabetically. Applications are based on service between 1812 and 1815. Also listed in the index are the Bounty Land Warrants for which no pension application was made. There is a cross-reference to the wives, widows and other family members. Transcribed from the National Archives microfilms. FHL book 973 M22i 1992
  • White, Virgil D., transcriber. Index to Old Wars Pension Files, 1815-1926. (Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, c1993). FHL book 973 M22wh; Worldcat.

Pension Records

  • Fold3, War of 1812 Pension Files ($) Alphabetical by surname. Shows entire pension file for those digitized. Incomplete as of 1 June 2012.

1840 Census of Pensioners

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.

Discharge Certificates

Society Records

  • The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Indiana. War of 1812 Pension Application Index. (Free). The index consists of links to alphabetical groupings of surnames (which includes all states but is not sorted by state) that connect to digital images of Pension Cards at Internet Archives. (Free). Further indexing by name of soldier is in progress. Individual 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. (Accessed 10 June 2012).

Online Classes

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.

 

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