The act of Congress of 6 May, 1812 set aside tracts of land in several territories as bounty lands to be awarded to volunteers for their service in the war of 1812 against the British. The "bounty warrants" were turned in for government land grants. The Illinois tract included about 3.5 million acres of land in western central Illinois. There were also large tracts in Missouri and Arkansas. Many soldiers never moved to their land, rather they sold the claims to speculators.
Isaac Oaks was b. ~ 1783 in New Jersey. He was 5'6 1/2" tall with dark eyes, dark complexion, and black hair. He was a farmer. He enlisted 17 Feb 1814 at Easton, PA. He served in Capt Barker's Co. 2nd Artillery. He was ill and hospitalized a couple of times during his service, and was discharged at Philadelphia, PA 9 June 1815 at the end of his service.
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