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
Washington County, Oregon

of pensioner
Post Office
Cause for which pensioned Monthly
rate (USD $)
Date of
where resided
191364Jones, NathanielBeavertondiseased lungs4Jun 1881Washington
217823Ayres, Columbus L.Dilleygun shot wound, face under right eye2Sep 1882Washington
78575Keene, DavidForest Groverheumatic left knee18Jan 1874Washington
119941Rose, SpencerForest Grovegun shot wound, right side 2Nov 1872Washington
122534Best, EdwardGastoninjury to abdomen, varicous veins, left leg10Apr 1873Washington
20318Chamberlain, Manard A.Gastondiseased eyes4Nov 1863Washington
105404Kelly, George W.Glencoewound, left leg8Jul 1878Washington
27184Hollister, ThomasGreenvillewound, right arm8Apr 1864Washington
14636Peyton, WilkesGreenvillesurvivor 18128Mar 1872Washington
25245Shuck, ChristopherGreenvillesurvivor 18128Aug 1879Washington
65156Coad, WilliamHillsboroughchronic diarrhea6Jun 1866Washington
23876Pettingill, WillardHillsboroughgeneral nervous pros18Washington
69387Ward, HarveyHillsboroughwound, left foot6Aug 1866Washington


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.


Back to Washington County Military Page

Extracted by Robyn Greenlund Copyright 2007