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.

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Pension List
Douglas County, Oregon

Certificate
Number
Name
of pensioner
Post Office
address
Cause for which pensioned Monthly
rate (USD $)
Date of
original
allowance
County
where resided
186677 McNeil, Philitus W. Elkton injury to abdomen 8 Apr 1881 Douglas
72665 Damon, Major S. Gardiner gun shot wound, left hand, injury to abdomen 6 Oct 1856 Douglas
212523 Spencer, Francis M. Gardiner gun shot wound, right leg 4 Jun 1882 Douglas
118300 Belcher, Albert M. Gardiner gun shot wound, right thigh 4 Aug 1872 Douglas
25506 Waters, James Lookingglass surivor 1812 8 Aug 1880 Douglas
186849 Fitzgerald, John Lookingglass chronic rheumatism 4 Apr 1881 Douglas
172615 Pickett, James N. Canyonville disease, left arm, eyes, back 4 Aug 1880 Douglas
205483 Leeper, James M. Oakland loss, right index finger 3 Mar 1882 Douglas
104361 Wiggin, Lafayette Oakland gun shot wound, left thigh 4 Jul 1870 Douglas
159605 May, William J. Oakland gun shot wound, left thigh 5 May 1879 Douglas
6869 Gilmore, Mary Roseburgh* widow 1812 8 Mar 1877 Douglas
51612 Welch, Edward F. Roseburgh loss left arm at elbow joint 24 Oct 1865 Douglas
10006 Day, Adam Roseburgh survivor 1812 8 Jan 1872 Douglas
59155 Hursh, Gustavus E. Roseburgh loss, left arm above elbow 24 Aug 1874 Douglas
65054 Ohck, Omega Roseburgh nephritis 18 Jun 1866 Douglas
83836 Langenburg, Henry Roseburgh palpitation of heart 8 Jul 1867 Douglas
53730 Andrews, Asa Scottsburgh* wound, right ankle 6 Nov 1865 Douglas
66156 Hart, Albert W. Scottsburgh loss, right leg 18 Aug 1872 Douglas
80540 Jordon, William E. Umpqua Ferry gun shot wound, left hand 6 Apr 1867 Douglas
82821 Darr, Irick T. Yoncalla gun shot wound, right leg 6 Jul 1867 Douglas
11027 Stoley, Isabella Yoncalla widow 1812 8 Nov 1878 Douglas

* Roseburg and Scottsburg are listed using the spelling used in the original file.

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 Ancestry.com (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: "...my 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 badly...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.

Extracted & Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

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