War of 1812 Pension Files

Records: 1,305,010 · Complete: 82%

The first applications were based on disability or death of a soldier. Beginning in 1871, they were based on service. A veteran's pension file typically includes his rank, place of residence, age or date of birth, and time of service. A widow's application usually includes her place of residence, her maiden name, date and place of marriage, circumstances of her husband's death, and the names of children under 16.

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Fold3, War of 1812 Pension Files (/title/761/war-of-1812-pension-files :accessed November 26, 2020), database and images,

Publication Title
War of 1812 Pension Files
Total Records
Records: 1,305,010 · Complete: 82%
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Published on Fold3
April 29, 2011
Last Updated
November 26, 2020
The War of 1812 pension files resulted from a man's service during the war, 1812-1815. They were granted to the veteran, his widow, or his heirs.