Today, I began posting to AccessGenealogy a database of the 1840 Pensioner Index. The information included within this database includes the applicants name, age, town, county, and state, as well as the head of household with which the individual was enumerated in. The data itself comes from the 1840 census, which asked for the names and ages of “Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services, Included in the Foregoing” Household. Pensioners included both veterans and widows. This clue should lead the researcher to Revolutionary War military service and pension records. The pension files, which are especially useful, have been reproduced online.
- 1840 Pensioner List – Index
- Publication M804: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files