War of 1812 Pension Application Files



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US National Archives

War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, compiled ca. 1871 - ca. 1900, documenting the period 1812 - ca. 1900. ARC Identifier 564415 / MLR Number A1, Entry 3more info

When Jackson had the fight at New Orleans, La. in January 1815, my Husband [William Graves], his Father Stephen Graves and his Brother Adam Graves all belonged to the same company…all from Blount County, East Tennessee…

Mary Graves, widow of William Graves, 1886

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What Can I Find?

This series consists of approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on service between 1812 and 1815. The files generally contain documentation submitted in support of a claim, such as the original application form, affidavits, and statements from witnesses.

The following information will be captured with the images and available to researchers when it exists in the file.

  • Veteran's name
  • Age
  • Place of residence
  • Widow name
  • Service data & dates
  • Organization & rank
  • Widow’s maiden name
  • Acres Granted
  • Marriage date
  • Soldier death date
  • Widow death date
  • Year of BLM act
  • Warrant number
  • Additional names


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