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.

 


Pension List
Polk County, Oregon

Certificate
Number
Name
of pensioner
Post Office
address
Cause for which pensioned Monthly
rate (USD $)
Date of
original
allowance
County
where resided
unreadable Shurtleff, Oscar G. Bethel gun shot wound, of head 8 Jun 1881 Polk
unreadable White, Ashley Crowley gun shot wound, right leg 8 Nov 1863 Polk
unreadable Livermore, William Dallas chronic diarrhea 4 Oct 1882 Polk
unreadable Allenbaugh, Stephen A. Independence gun shot wound, left leg 6 Aug 1882 Polk
unreadable Hosler, Jacob W. Independence gun shot wound, left thigh 6 May 1877 Polk
unreadable McCallum, Russel Independence injury, left arm 4 Apr 1882 Polk
unreadable Rogers, George Independence gun shot wound, left heel 6 Oct 1874 Polk
unreadable Dye. Peter H. Lincoln gun shot wound, right leg 4 Sep 1872 Polk
unreadable DeCamp, Samuel Monmouth wound, right arm 4 Apr 1864 Polk
unreadable Moss, Rufus H. Monmouth loss of right eye, eye disease 72 Apr 1870 Polk
unreadable Scrafford, James B. Monmouth injury, right breast 4 Jun 1881 Polk
unreadable Greenbalgh, James Suver wound, lower jaw 6 Mar 1864 Polk
unreadable Harris, Wyall Zena chronic diarrhea 28 Oct 1877 Polk

 

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.

 

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Extracted & Contributed by Robyn Greenlund

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