Michigan Territory in the War of 1812

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Michigan in the War of 1812
William Hull (1753-1825), 1st Governor of Michigan Territory 1805-1813 and a U.S. General in 1812


Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, the Michigan Territory supplied 534 infantry men and 22 cavalry men for a total of 556 men.[1]

Thousands of veterans settled in Michigan. Genealogical and biographical data is in published militia rolls, pension papers, and gravestone records.

State Records[edit | edit source]

  • Fleet, James Alvin, .Old and New Mackinac: with Copious Extracts from Marquette, Hennepin, La Hontan, Alexander Henry, and Others Digitized at the FHL. Also atArchive.org
  • Miller, Alice Turner. Soldiers of the War of 1812, Who Died in Michigan. The FHL has a digitizaed version that starts on the third item in the roll, digital image 375 out of 700.

Service Records[edit | edit source]

Pension Records[edit | edit source]

A soldier may have been recorded in state records (see below) or in federal records (see US War of 1812 Pension Records).

Bounty Land[edit | edit source]

Veterans were offered a total of 6 million acres of bounty land in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, and later, Missouri. Starting in 1852 bounty land warrants were also awarded outside these assigned districts. Warrants for the acts of 1812, 1814, and 1842 (excluding the general bounty land acts of 1850, 1852, and 1855) are reproduced here.

  • Land Warrants U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858, can be found on Ancestry.com ($). This data base contains bounty land warrants issued to veterans of the War of 1812, between 1815-1858.The records usually contain the veteran’s name, rank, company, and regiment; the date the warrant was issued; and the date the warrant was exchanged for a specific parcel of land. The warrants are arranged numerically by warrant number and then chronologically.

For more information on Bounty Land from the War of 1812, visit US War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrants.

Important National and International Sources[edit | edit source]

  • United States in the War of 1812 has lists of records, books, etc. for the United States, not just one state. The federal records are listed here rather than on each state page. Two of the most important are:
  • War of 1812, 1812 to 1815 has lists of general books and documentaries, as well as a list battles with links to web sites about the battles, and other information not tied to one country.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wesley Potter Kremer. 100 Great Battles of the Rebellion;...Also, All the Battles of the Revolution, War of 1812-5, Mexican War, Indian Battles, American-Spanish War, and Naval Battles. (Hoboken, N.J.: s.n., 1906), p. 326. Internet Archive.