US Mexican War Pension Records

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Pensions were first granted to widows and minor children whose husbands or fathers had died in the service and to veterans who were disabled. Pensions based on 60 days of service were first granted to veterans or unremarried widows in 1887.

Pension Records

Selected Application Files of the Morman Battalion

The only pension records that have been microfilmed are:

  • Selected Pension Application Files for Members of the Morman Battalion, Mexican War, 1846–48. (NARA T1196)

Pension Records for Other Soldiers

Pension records for other soldiers have not been microfilmed.The Mexican War pension files for all soldiers, except those serving in the Mormon Battalion, are only available at the National Archives. After locating a soldier in the index, it will be necessary to write to the National Archives to obtain a copy of
the pension record (N.A. film group T515). Pension Records may contain:

  • Personal account of war experiences
  • Reasons why an individual joined the war effort
  • Company, rank, duties
  • Dates served
  • Companions with whom served
  • Officers with whom served
  • Depositions from neighbors and friends authenticating the testimony of an individual or affirming his character
  • Age at time of enlistment or time of filing application
  • Residence(s) since the war
  • Date of marriage (especially if widow filed for pension)
  • Dates of birth and names of children
  • Pertinent medical informatio nand/or physicians' statements

A small number of individuals are mentioned in the 1883 Pension Roll.


Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926

  • Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1887–1926.(NARA T317). (FHL films 0537000–13) Alphabetically arranged and includes the veteran’s name, rank, and unit; names of dependents; date of filing and application; certificate numbers; act filed under; and state from which application was made.
Published versions of the above index are listed below:
  • Troxel, Navena Hembree, and Susan Merrill Warner. Mexican War Index to Pension Files, 1886–1926. 13 Volumes. Plano, Texas: N. H. Troxel and S. M. Warner, 1983–92. (FHL book 973 M2mw) Entries list either the name of the veteran or widow’s application number or both, state or country, unit served, date of application, and residence at the time of application.
  • White, Virgil D. Index to Mexican War Pension Files. Waynesboro, Tennessee: National Historical Publishing, 1989. (FHL book 973 M22mw) Entries include the name of the veteran and widow, certificate number, date of application, and unit served.
  • Wolfe, Barbara Schull. An Index to Mexican War Pension Applications. Indianapolis, Indiana: Heritage House, 1985. (FHL book 973 M22w) Entries include the name, state where the veteran was living at the time of application, date of application, and application or certificate number.
Microfilm versions of the pension index are available at the Family History Library. This index is an alphabetical list of the names of the soldiers who received pensions during the years 1887-1926 for their service in the Mexian War. The index may contain:
  • Name
  • Name and class of dependent (widow, orphans,etc.)
  • Rank
  • State from which he served
  • Date of pension application
Film Number First Name on Film Last Name on Film
537,000 Aaron Anderson, A.
537,001 Anderson, C Brooks, James H.
537,002 Brooks, James M. Cooley, E.
537,003 Cooley, H. Elmore, S.
537,004 Elmore, S. Griffin, William
537,005 Griffin, William D. Howard, Joshua
537,006 Howard, Josiah Lazenby, Robert
537,008 Lea, Adolphe Memorank, F.
537,007 Mendenhall, William Ott, William H.
537,009 Otten, Henrich Robeson, Robert
537,010 Robey, Thomas Smith, John
537,011 Smith, John Usher, John P.
537,012 Usrey, William, J. Wright, John P.
537,013 Wright, John T. Zevick, William

Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926

  • The "Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815-1926" (NARA T316) also includes pensioners of the Mexican War. The records are available online. They relate mainly to pensions based on death or disability incurred in service and cover regular army, navy and volunteer soldiers.