Posted By:Cynthia
Subject:Soldier Selling a Discharge Paper? 6th MS Mil
Post Date:March 16, 2010 at 12:04:27
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I have a soldier Mathias Chronister who served in the War of 1812 in Capt. Bailey Heard's Co, 6th MS Militia, mustered in 29 Dec 1814 and discharged Washington County MS Territory on 23 March 1815. He served as a substitute for someone else (not named).

On the back of his discharge, there is a statement signed by Mathias, in which he gives up his right and interest in his service "for value received", to someone named Gardenner Holcomb.

My question is, what would Gardner Holcomb have been able to do with the discharge? Could he have used it to apply for bounty land, even though the discharge was in Mathias' name? Is it likely that Gardener Holcomb was the person for whom Mathias served as a substitute?

Was it common practice to sell a discharge paper?

I cannot find a bounty land application for Mathias. Would he have given up the right to claim bounty land when he signed this statement?

Thanks, I hope someone can clear this up for me,