United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Military Pension Application FIles
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration
Collection years 1887-1926
Microfilm Publication T1196. Selected Pension Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-1848. 21 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 2812527 Approved Files Mexican and Civil Wars
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes records from 1846-1923.

The index corresponds to the approximately 370 pension applications relating to the Mormon Battalion. The records are arranged by the name of the veteran, but are also searchable by the claimant’s name. The application files are NARA microfilm publication T1196, Selected Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion,Mexican War,1846-1848 and are part of Record Group 15, Records of the Veterans Administration.

In July 1846, over five hundred Mormon men gathered at Council Bluffs, Iowa to join the U.S. Army in the Mexican American War. Most of the soldiers’ enlistments ended after one year, but several continued on for another eight months. Pensions were sought by the veterans themselves and by widows or other dependents.

This index is based on pension applications for service performed during 1846-1848. It was created to provide easier access to the Mormon Battalion pension applications. The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that it still may contain alternate spellings or misinterpretations.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Indexed information is limited. When searching the index, click on the camera icon to see the actual image. Information found on the images may include:

  • Veteran's name and age
  • Veteran's rank, company and state from which served
  • Mustered-in date and place
  • Length of service
  • Claimant’s full name
  • Footnote and NARA reference identifications
  • Names of relatives
  • Critical dates (birth, marriage, death)
  • Residences and addresses

Collection Content

Sample of indexed information:

John G Smith United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applications
Name John G Smith
Event Type Pension
Pensioner's Name Susannah Smith

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The soldier's name
  • The age of the soldier
  • The rank of the solider
  • The names of other family members and their relationships

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the pension file to determine where other records for ancestor existed
  • Search for your ancestor in census records
  • Search for your ancestor in vital records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

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Collection Citation
"United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Selected Pension Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-1848." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1196. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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