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Land Bounty as a way to find info on soldiers?
Posted by: A Wichern (ID *****3094) Date: May 13, 2009 at 12:57:55
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I've got a land grant document stating a possible direct ancestor of mine was in the military. He was granted land in Missouri. Here's what it says:

James Monroe
President of the United States of America

TO ALL WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETINGS.

Show ye, That in pursuance of the Acts of Congress appropriating and granting Land to the late Army of the United States, passed on and since the sixth day of May, 1812 [my ancestor XYX] having deposited in the General Land-Office a Warrant in [his] favor, numbered [xxxxx] there is granted unto [the said XYX] late a [Private in Riddle's Company 8th reg of in Infantry] a certain Tract of Land, containing [one hundred & sixty acres]

...and so on.

Note the info within brackets [...] was hand written in.

I got the info here:
http://www.glorecords.blm.gov

Now my question is is does this mean he was in the War of 1812 since he was granted land in the way that he was?

If so how do I find more info on him and his company/regiment?

Thanks.


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