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Revolutionary Pensions, Part 2

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cover from volume 3 of that 1835 pensions

Last week, I talked about Revolutionary War pensions, not including the pensions of 1835. This week, I want to talk about a source in our library for the 1835 pensions.

Between June 1834 and March 1835, the U.S. Senate passed 3 resolutions calling for a detailed list of all pensioners that have been placed on the federal pension rolls for all states. These were originally published in 3 volumes in Senate Document 514, Serial Numbers 249-251. It was rearranged and reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1968 in 4 volumes as Pension Records of 1835  and then for a third time with an index this time by Genealogical Publishing Company in 1992 and then finally reprinted in 2002. 

Each volume in the series covers states in different sections.

  • Volume 1: the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Volume 2: the Mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • Volume 3: the Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.,
  • Volume 4: the Mid-Western states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

Here is an example from volume 3, page 454 so you can see yourself the type of information you can obtain:

Heading: “A statement, &c. of the county of Surry, North Carolina

James Anthony Allowan: 80 00; Sums received: 240 00; Rank: Private;  Description of service: North Carolina cont’l; When placed on pension roll: June 6, 1833; Commencement of pension: March 5, 1831; age: 77; notes: [blank]

Generally, the notes section includes date of death if they died while still receiving a pension, if the pension is to the widow, if they were removed from the rolls.

There is some variation between states and counties. For example, those on the roll for Spartanburgh District, SC do not have a final notes field; rather, the final entry is given as the date the pension ended.

Come check out the Pension Roll of 1835 at GHL in genealogical services.

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