U.S. Revolutionary War Pension Applications, ca. 1800 to 1900
The Revolutionary War Pension Applications Index contains 711 records of Revolutionary War veterans who applied for pension benefits in Maine. These records were gathered from the Maine State Archives. To get more information on the Revolutionary War Pension Applications Index, visit the website for the Maine State Archives .
Information Available In This Collection
Records in the Revolutionary War Pension Applications Index display the soldier's first and last name, the war fought in, location where the application was filed, and a description of the specific record.
About the Maine State Archives
The source records for the Revolutionary War Pension Applications Index is maintained by the Maine State Archives. Individuals who wish to learn more information and obtain copies of pension applications should contact the Maine State Archives using the information below.
Maine State Archives
84 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
The Maine State Archives collected lists of Revolutionary War pension applicants from Lincoln County, Hancock County and York County courts. These lists are alphabetical and include the soldier's full name, residence and where the application originated. Many of these pension applications were preserved, and the Maine State Archives will help individuals obtain copies if the application still resides with the original county court. Requests for pensions applications can be made in person or by mail.
The Revolutionary War was fought between 1775 and 1783 against the British. In 1818, the federal government officially granted pensions to veterans in need. Later, between 1835 and 1838, Maine began to dole out pensions to veterans and veterans' widows in the form of land grants. Initially, 200 acres of land was handed out only to soldiers and non-commissioned officers who had served three or more years. In February 1836, pension land grants were extended to widows and heirs. The last pensions were handed out in 1838 when 600 more acres of land was set aside for commissioned officers and their widows.
The Land Office, which was responsible for handing out land grants to pensioners and qualifying claims for benefits, often had to rely on personal diaries, sworn witness accounts and family letters in order to establish that the soldier in question did serve during the Revolutionary War. Many veterans never received proper paperwork or had lost it, so these types of supporting evidence were required and often preserved. This makes many pension applications a treasure trove for researchers.
The Maine State Archives is also home to vital records, including birth and death certificates and marriage licenses for the state that start in 1892 and continue through 1922. These are all stored here, as well as various military records, judicial records and town history records. All of these are considered public record and can be viewed at the Archives Reading Room.
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