New Jersey in the War of 1812
During the War of 1812, New Jersey supplied 5,668 infantry men, 135 cavalry men, and 209 artillery men for a total of 6,012 men.
Explanation of the Major Record Types
- Pearson, Thomas A., comp. Genealogical Records of the War of 1812: an Introduction and Selected Bibliography of Materials in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, July 2004).
- New Jersey. Adjutant General's Office. Record of officers and men of New Jersey in Wars, 1791-1815. (Trenton: State Gazette Publishing Company, 1909) includes Officers and men in the war with Great Britain, 1812-1815 and name index. Free digital images at Internet Archives.
- General Society of the War of 1812. The Constitution and Register of Membership of the General Society of the War of 1812 to October 1, 1899], Philadelphia, Dewey & Eakens, Makers 1899). Family Search. FHL Digital Book contains registers for eight states and District of Columbia. Descendant Members of the New Jersey Society identifies veteran ancestor by name, his rank, unit in which he served, dates of service, etc., page 215.
- Ancestry. War of 1812 Service Records. ($). This database gives name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of men mustered into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825.(Accessed 11 May 2012).
- New Jersey State Library (Trenton). New Jersey in the War of 1812; books 1-52. (Films of originals at the State Library of Archives and History). Includes index. These are the original adjutant general pension records. They give each soldier's name, rank, unit, and enrollment and discharge dates. The records often include marriage dates and places, information about widows, and the nature of disabilities. (On 16 Family History Library films 573337-51; index on Family History Library film 573337.)
- Records of Officers and Men of New Jersey in Wars, 1791-1815. 1909. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1970. This book lists the full name, rank, and dates of enrollment and discharge of over 10,000 soldiers in the War of 1812 and other minor conflicts. Family History Library book 974.9 M25no; film 874048 item 3; fiche 6045829.
- An index to this book is:
- Jackson, Ronald Vern, et al. Index to Military Men of New Jersey, 1775-1815. Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1977. (Family History Library book 974.9 M22j.)
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of service and pension indexes and bounty land warrants found at the National Archives.
A soldier may have been recorded in state records (see below) or in federal records (see US War of 1812 Pension Records).
- Fold3. New Jersey War of 1812 Pension Files. Alphabetical by surname. Shows entire pension file for those digitized. Incomplete as of 1 June 2012.
- New Jersey State Library (Trenton). New Jersey in the War of 1812; books 1-52. (Films of originals at the State Library of Archives and History). Pension records on FHL film 578154
Important National and International Sources
- United States in the War of 1812 has lists of records, books, etc. for the United States, not just one state. The federal records are listed here rather than on each state page. Two of the most important are:
- FamilySearch Historical Records Collection On line Database: United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910
- FamilySearch Historical Records Collection On line Database: United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815
- War of 1812, 1812 to 1815 has lists of general books and documentaries, as well as a list battles with links to web sites about the battles, and other information not tied to one country.
- Wesley Potter Kremer. 100 Great Battles of the Rebellion;...Also, All the Battles of the Revolution, War of 1812-5, Mexican War, Indian Battles, American-Spanish War, and Naval Battles. (Hoboken, N.J.: s.n., 1906), p. 326. Internet Archive.