Casefile Clues

20 June 2012

Revolutionary War Pensions--Do You Search Them for Everyone?

I've written about the American Revolutionary War pensions on Fold3.com before. I've made several finds in this series of records and not just for veterans. The pensions have a full name index on Fold3. For whom should you search:
  • Anyone who was of an age to have served.
  • Anyone who was of an age to have married a veteran.
  • Anyone who might have had knowledge of a widow's marriage to a veteran.
  • Anyone who might have testified in a veteran's or widow's application.
That includes a great deal of ground. But I've seen neighbors, associates, and children of veterans mentioned in this applications--particularly when the widow was filing a claim.

Of course, keep in mind that the American Revolution was from 1775-1783 and search for people in American Revolutionary War pensions on Fold3.com accordingly. Children who might be named could easily have been born after that time.