Maine & Massachusetts War of 1812
Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Applications

Search for Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications


This search interface provides access to "War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files," a digitized collection of documents held at the National Archives.

From the Archives:

This series consists of approximately 180,000 pension and bounty land warrant application files relating to claims based on service betwen 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 records document the veteran's name, age, place of residence, and service data including dates, places of enlistment and discharge, organization, and rank. In addition, the pension and bounty land warrant application files may include reports verifying the military or naval service of the veteran, submitted by the officials in the Adjutant General Office and the 3rd and 4th Auditors of the Treasury Department, and letters from a pension agency regarding pension payments. Similar information about a veteran is included if the application was submitted by his widow or survivors. In addition, a widow's application files generally shows the widow's age and maiden name, the date and place of marriage, and date and place of the veteran's death. Some bounty land warrant application files, have been consolidated with the pension files.

Source: War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives and Records Administration.