Revolutionary War Pension Applications Index

Revolutionary War Pension Applications Index

Asa Dutton Pension ApplicationIn the early decades of the 19th century many aging Revolutionary War veterans lived in poverty. Congress, in an attempt to provide for those who had served their country, passed a landmark act granting pensions to impoverished veterans of the Revolutionary War in 1818. The act was significant in that it granted fixed lifetime pensions not just to officers, but to enlisted men as well. The result was a surge of over 20,000 applications.

There were so many applications that Congress passed an amendment to the pension act in 1820 that required applicants to submit schedules of their property to prove need. The amended act also allowed the Secretary of War to strike those from the pension list that he determined did not qualify. Over 5,000 names were dropped from the rolls.

Connecticut veterans whose pensions were revoked could, through their local county or superior courts, challenge the ruling of the Secretary of War by submitting assessments of their property by a disinterested third party and sworn testimony. The collection of pension applications in the Connecticut State Archives is almost entirely this kind of document.Revolutionary War Pension Application

These applications usually contain a service record for the veteran in question, as well as information about his property, debts, occupation, and dependent family. The listing of family, which often included the names and ages of the veteran’s wife and children, is especially valuable for genealogical research.
Revolutionary War Pension Application
There are about 500 entries in this index, which covers pension applications made from 1820 to the 1850s. Enter the information you have for each field below, or search by keyword. The name of the court and the box number for the original document is listed for researchers who want to examine it.

People may request a copy of a file by contacting the staff of the History & Genealogy Unit by telephone (860) 757-6580 or email.  When requesting a copy of a record, please include the name of the individual, date, and the specific court.  Please understand that some files are extremely fragile and may not be able to be reproduced and/or read with ease.

For more information about the judicial records stored at the Connecticut State Library, please see the on-line guide to Connecticut State Archives Record Group 003, Judicial Records.

Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Id Surname Given Name Residence Age Occupation Petition date Wife Wife age Notes Court Box
wdt_ID Id Surname Given Name Residence Age Occupation Petition date Wife Wife age Notes Court Box
499 1 Aborn Samuel 6/1820 "Eras'd." "On docket but no files" Tolland County 164
500 2 Adam Ebenezer Brooklyn 70 farmer 6/20/1820 Molly 60 Windham County 533
501 3 Adkins David Plymouth d. November 21, 1844. Children: Muason, David, Daniel, John C., Maietta, and Livinia Adkins.
502 4 Adkins David Plymouth d. November 21, 1844. Children: Muason, David, Daniel, John C., Maietta, and Livinia Adkins. Plymouth Probate 973.3 P74p
503 5 Alcott Isaac 11/1832 File missing. "Approved" Hartford County Drawer 554
504 6 Allen Abel Bristol Phebe Died 8/24/1832. Widow Phebe, petitioner. "Approved" Hartford County Drawer 554
505 7 Allen Daniel Ashford? 77 6/21/1820 "Captain." Previous to pension supported by brother Timothy Allen of Ashford Windham County 533
506 8 Allen Daniel Ashford 81 8/21/1823 unnamed 65 "Captain" Windham County 533
507 9 Allen David Ashford 78 12/15/1820 unnamed "Captain." Rejected for pension in June. Windham County 533
508 10 Amos Robinson Bozrah 71 6/29/1820 New London County 85