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Ask a Genealogist: What happened to my Rev. War soldier and his pension?

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Question:

My ancestor served two years during the Revolutionary War, and took part in many battles.  However he died in 1795 and I can not find a pension or bounty land for him.  I know Congress authorized pensions, is there a reason it is not there?

Answer:

The Pension Act of 1818 provided pensions for soldiers who did not have a disability from the service.  This Act of 1818 saw the largest influx of new applications for pensions.  Before that time it was typically disability or officer status was necessary to qualify for a pension.   You may wish to check for pensions and bounty land awarded by the state your ancestor served from.
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