Mississippi, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1863 to 1974.

This collection includes applications for state pensions filed by Confederate veterans and by widows of Confederate veterans living in Mississippi.

In 1889 Mississippi began granting pensions to Confederate veterans. their widows and dependents. In most states the pension system began with providing pensions to injured veterans and then later expanded to include veteran’s widows or other dependents. In addition to Mississippi, Confederate pensions were also granted in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

For an alphabetical list of names currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Pension applications were created to provide a way for veterans or their widows to obtain financial assistance after serving in the military.

Censuses were created to keep track of veteran's (or their families) receiving compensation for their service.

The information in these records is generally reliable.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Chancery Courts. Mississippi Confederate pension application records. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The information will vary depending upon the record and may include any of the following:

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  • Name of soldier, widow, or dependents
  • Date and place of birth
  • Dates and places of enlistment and discharge
  • Company in which served and its captain
  • Length of service
  • Name of regiment and its commander
  • Details on wounds received
  • Sworn statements on proof of service by comrades
  • War Department service abstracts
  • Place and length of residency in the state
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Date and place of the veteran's death

How to Use the Record

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Beginning name - Ending name" category which takes you to the images


Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Soldier's name
  • Widow's or dependent's names
  • Approximate birth date or other identifying information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

The pieces of information in the record may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

For example:

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.

You may also find these search tips helpful:

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been seeking the pension.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • When searching for an application keep in mind that in some cases the applications were filed under the name of the widow or other dependent who submitted the application.
  • Applications were sent to and processed by the state where the veteran or family member lived at the time, which was not always the state in which the soldier had served.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Mississippi Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1900-1974," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearach.org: accessed 21 August 2012), Mississippi Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension, 1900-1974 > Ball-Barlow > Image 1 of 593; Applications entry for Amanda June Ball, application filed 2 September 1912; citing Mississippi Confederate Records, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson Mississippi, United States, FHL digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.