1883 Pension Roll

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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. Only a small number of individuals or their widows are mentioned regarding the Mexican War. Confederate pensions are not included in this resource.

Content of the Records:

  • Certificate number
  • Name of each pensioner
  • Cause for pension
  • Post office address
  • Rate of pension per month
  • Date of original allowance
Note: The "Search in this book" feature on Google Books and the search feature on Ancestry.com do not always work. It may be necessary to search for a name by paging through the book.


  • Volume I (Google Books) - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, District of Columbia,
  • Volume 2 (Google Books) - New York, Pennsylvania
  • Volume 3 (Google Books) - Ohio, Illinois, Iowa.
  • Volume 4 (Google Books) - Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, California, Oregon, Nevada, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), Dakota Territory (North and South Dakota), New Mexico Territory, Montana Territory, Washington Territory, Idaho Territory, Utah Territory, Arizona Territory, Alaska Territory, Wyoming Territory.
  • Volume 5 (Google Books) - Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and foreign countries.



  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.