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1883 Pensioners Roll

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
Union County, Oregon

of pensioner
Post Office
Cause for which pensioned Monthly
rate (USD $)
Date of
where resided
unreadable McCrary, Malinda Alder widow 8 Oct 1865 Union
unreadable Morris, Levi Cove gun shot wound, right arm 2 Jun 1882 Union
unreadable Breshears, Henry H. Elk Flat disease of eyes 12 Aug 1876 Union
unreadable Elton, Angeline F. Island City widow 8 Aug 1867 Union
unreadable Erwin, Robert Keating wound, right arm 18 Union
unreadable Connally, Jabez G. La Grande gun shot wound, left shoulder 4 Aug 1875 Union
unreadable Hardenbrook, Thomas La Grande gun shot wound, left hand 5.33 Dec 1867 Union
unreadable Lehu, Josiah La Grande gun shot wound, forearm 3 Aug 1878 Union
unreadable Long, Nathaniel C. La Grande gun shot wound, left hand 2 Jul 1871 Union
unreadable McDowell, Cyrus D. Lostine inflammatory rheumatism 3.5 Jun 1871 Union
176655 Pancake, Issac Pine Valley gun shot wound, left arm 3 unreadable Union
210395 Vermillion, Milton Prairie Creek disease eye 4 unreadable Union
175246 Willey, Elan L. Prairie Creek partial anchylosis, right elbow 4 unreadable Union
152842 Tlick, Michael Summerville disease liver 8 unreadable Union
212035 York, Wesley Summerville chronic diarrhea 6 unreadable Union
190586 Clark, Hannah T. Union widow 8 unreadable Union
148748 Gutbrod, Albert Union gun shot wound, back, left shoulder 8 unreadable Union


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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