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

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Collection Time Period

This index is based on pension applications for service performed during 1846-1848.

Record Description

This 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.

Record Content

Helpful genealogical facts included in the index are:

  • Veterans full name
  • Claimant’s full name
  • Footnote and NARA reference identifications

How to Use the Record

Use the index to find the pension files of persons who served in the Mormon Battalion. Search for any alternate names your ancestor might have used, such as a nickname or alias. The index includes names of the veterans and the names of those applying for the pension. If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, try searching for names of other dependents or relatives who may have been the seeking the pension. Pension files can often provide information about relationships, places of residence, and important events in the veteran’s life that can lead to additional records.

Record History

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.

Why this Record Was Created

This index was created to provide easier access to the Mormon Battalion pension applications.

Record Reliability

The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that it still may contain alternate spellings or misinterpretations.

Related Web Sites

Mormon Battalion Association
For a brief history of the Battalion written by Brigham Young University professor, Susan Easton Black, visit: http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/m/MORMONBATTALION.html

Related Wiki Articles

Utah Military Records

Known Issues With This Collection

Some records are duplicated. The number of entries corresponds to number of pages in the original NARA report.

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Sources of Information for This Collection

“Mormon Battalion Pension Applications,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org); from National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. “Selected Pension Application Files Relation to the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-1848,” NARA T1196. Digital copies from Footnote.com, FHL microfilm, 21 rolls, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applicatons, 1846-1923." index and images, FamilySearch;  (https//www.familysearch.org: accessed April 8, 2011). entry for Elijah Thomas; citing Pension Appilcations, NARA publication number T1196, roll number 19; National Archives and Records Aministration, Washington, D.C.