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Re: Missing Pension 21st US Inf.
Posted by: Peggy Reeves (ID *****5798) Date: April 24, 2013 at 20:39:16
In Reply to: Missing Pension 21st US Inf. by Brooke Harlowe of 6349

What is the pension case number listed on the enlistment record? Sometimes it says "pension", but the number is actually a bounty land warrant number. If there was a widow, then she certainly should have received pension if her husband died in service.

If you looked for the pension card at the subscription sites, keep in mind that their index is not complete. Even though it is the NARA microfilm that they scanned, there is no proofreading or auditing that is done, and many cards are missing from the online images. Also, often the name is also typed incorrectly on the indexes.

You can go to the BLM website, click on "land patents", and put in the soldier's name. Set the search engine for "any state", and uncheck the box that says "search patentees". If he got a land warrant, the number you saw on the enlistment record might appear as the "document number" at the BLM site. In any case, if you find him at that site, you can click on the image of the patent certificate and it will have the soldier's name and regiment on the document.

Any transaction listed at the BLM website will have a small file of documents at NARA.

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