Pension Application Records: Original Records

Pension Application records can contain a great deal of genealogical information.  To apply for a pension (or bounty land), the veteran needed to submit documentation, such as records of service or enlistment, birth certificate, and other information.

The claimant (person who filed the application) could have been the veteran or widow or a minor child.

At this time, the Revolutionary War pensions are the only pension application records that have been filmed. Original records can be requested from the National Archives. See Identifying & Ordering Records from National Archives.

Selected Records from Revolutionary Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. M805

  • National Archives
  • Family History Library
  • Heritage Quest
  • Footnote.com $

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900. M804

  • National Archives
  • Family History Library
  • Heritage Quest *
  • Footnote.com $

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, 1818-1872. T718

  • National Archives microfilm
  • Ancestry Library Edition. Go to Search> Military Records> U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872

* Description of Heritage Quest’s Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land… file says: “Heritage Quest images are limited to 10 pages per file.  Compilers selected what they felt were the most significant 10 pages of the file.”  See  Revolutionary War Pension Records and Bounty Land Warrants FamilySearch

Other Sources

Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. By Virgil D. White. Waynesboro, Tenn.: National Historical Pub. Co., 1990.
Not at University of Delaware Library

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