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List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883

 Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Which Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, and the Date of Original Allowance, United States Pension Bureau Senate

Volume IV, Washington. Government Printing Office, 1883

On 8 Dec 1882, the US Senate passed a resolution to enumerate, by town, county, and state, all individuals receiving a pension. This list is taken from that document. It is used today as a major genealogical source for Civil War and the War of 1812 pensioners. Pensioners in this transcribed version of the original document are listed by county, post office and alphabetically by name.

This document, digitally scanned by Google, can be found on Google Books (

Counties: Baker - Benton - Clackamas - Clatsop - Columbia - Coos - Curry - Douglas - Grant - Jackson - Josephine - Lake -
Lane - Linn - Marion - Multnomah - Polk - Tillamook  - Umatilla - Union - Wasco - Washington - Yamhill - Entire State


Pension List
Coos County, Oregon

of pensioner
Post Office
Cause for which pensioned Monthly
rate (USD $)
Date of
where resided
132846 Shoemaker, Mary Bandon widow 20 .. Coos
159821 Jaroes, Fred Coos City gun shot wound right hand, wrist 4 May 1879 Coos
158009 Lightner, James R. Coos City gun shot wound, right leg 4 Mar 1879 Coos
2744 Willard, Matilda M. Coquille widow 20 Dec 1880 Coos
153698 Carothers, Wm. H. Coquille chronic diarrhea, dis. abd. vis 24 Jun 1878 Coos
4554 Crance, Michael [Krantz] Dora gun shot wound, right leg 6 Oct 1876 Coos
127447 Tower, Morton Empire City chronic diarrhea 8.5 Mar 1874 Coos
123346 Ray, William Empire City gun shot wound left hip 4 May 1873 Coos
72690 Clinton, James A. Gravel Ford injury right side 5.33 Jan 1869 Coos
135224 Earle, Joseph J. Marshfield gun shot wound, left leg 2 Aug 1875 Coos
60924 Littlefield, Roger S. Marshfield wound left arm 5 Apr 1866 Coos
61602 Morse, Adelbert D. Marshfield gun shot wound, right leg 6 Apr 1866 Coos
12189 Cardiff, Patrick Marshfield wound left leg 6 Jun 1863 Coos
123086 Blood, George F. Marshfield gun shot wound face 4 May 1873 Coos
184711 McNeil, Lusima C. Myrtle Point widow 8 July 1879 Coos
94309 Bennett, Ary S. Myrtle Point widow 8 May 1867 Coos
152231 Corman, Edward Norway dis. lungs 18 Apr 1878 Coos


Where to Go From Here

Most soldiers or their widows or minor children applied for a pension. In some cases, a dependent father or mother applied. The pension files are indexed by the National Archives microfilm publication T288, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (544 rolls) which is also available online at (for a fee).

The pension file will often contain more information about what the soldier did during the war than the Compiled Military Service Records, and it may contain much medical information if he lived for a number of years afterwards. For example, in his pension file, Seth Combs of Company C, 2d Ohio Cavalry, reported: " left eye was injured while tearing down a building...and in pulling off a board a splinter or piece struck my eye and injured it was hurt while in the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, Va. about Christmas 1864--a comrade who stood by me name Jim Beach is dead." In another affidavit, Seth said he "also got the Rheumatism while on duty as a dispatch bearer on detached duty."

To obtain a widow's pension, the widow had to provide proof of marriage, such as a copy of the record kept by county officials, or by affidavit from the minister or some other person. Applications on behalf of the soldier's minor children had to supply both proof of the soldier's marriage and proof of the children's birth.

For more information on obtaining military pension records, visit the United States National Archives.

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