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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Enlist in 1812, March Here, March There, Get Free Government Land!

Reading pension files for the Americans who volunteered for the War of 1812 can be rather boring.  That is, if they can even be found.

While looking for any pension of the "St Clair Boys" who enlisted in October 1812 in the Pittsburgh area, I find myself scratching my head.  I have found four records of pensions for these men who served under Captain James Torbett.

I only found two of them that can be searched at Fold3.  Those two are David JEWELL and Thomas M HENRY.  JEWELL's file has nothing to say, other than he was there.

Thomas M HENRY's file only gave a couple of clues to follow, but the real eye opening, mouth dropping moment was the description he gave of the service.

"Marched to Meadville, PA.  was put into Brig Gen Tunnehill's Brigade at that place. remained there for some three or four weeks and then marched to Black Rock remained there until about 18th of December 1812 when we were disbanded and returned to Pittsburgh PA. where I received my discharge in April 1813. received two Land Warrants under Act granting land of Soldiers of 1812."

Ahh, genealogy.  March a little.  Sing a little.  Get free land.  Why did only four men of the 33 listed in the roster apply?  Perhaps they didn't think marching was really soldiering?  I am wordless.

United State War of 1812, Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910.
Pension of Thomas M Henry,

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