List of Pensioners - January 1, 1883
...as called for by Resolution of December 8, 1882, Vol. 5, 47th Congress,
2d Session Senate Executive Document 84, Part 5 United States Pension Bureau
Washington, D. C., 1883


Newberry County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails
Transcribed by Dena Thomason-Whitesell

Name of Pensioner

Post office

Cause

Rate

Date

Cert. #

Dewalt, Rebecca

Newberry

widow 1812

$8.00

Nov. 1878

11,257

Duckett, Dinah

white

widow 1812

$8.00

Nov. 1880

30,837

Gilliam, Lucy

Newberry

widow 1812

$8.00

June 1881

31,873

Hargrove, Lucy

Whitmire's

widow 1812

$8.00

May 1881

31,765

Hatton, Rebecca K.

Newberry

widow 1812

$8.00

Jan. 1880

28,358

Keller, Elizabeth M.

Newberry

widow 1812

$8.00

Aug. 1879

26,388

Maynard, Mary Saluda

Saluda

widow 1812

$8.00

Sept. 1878

9,099

Wilson, Nancy

Newberry

widow 1812

$8.00

Sept. 1879

27,091


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.


1883 Pensions were distributed for service in  War of 1812, Mexican and Union Civil War, BUT does not include Confederate Service Pensions. Order Pension Records here... 

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