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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Land and Property|U.S. Land and Property]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[US Military Bounty Land Warrants|Bounty Land Warrants]]''
  
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=== Bounty Land Warrants  ===
  
== Arkansas in the Civil War ==
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The federal government provided bounty land for those who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and Indian wars between 1775 and 1855. It was first offered as an incentive to serve in the military and later as a reward for service.
  
This looks great!  I made an Arkansas in the Civil War page and moved all the information to that.  So you don't need to work in this sandbox now, just on the Arkansas in the Civil War page and the regiment pages.  Thank you, Marilyn
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Bounty land could have been claimed by veterans or their heirs. The federal government reserved tracts of land in the public domain for this purpose. <br>
  
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A veteran requested bounty land by filing an application at a local courthouse. The application papers and other supporting documents were placed in bounty land files kept by a federal or state agency. These documents contain information similar to the pension files and include the veteran’s age and place of residence at the time of the application. If the application was approved, the individual was given either a warrant to receive land or scrip which could be exchanged for a warrant. Later laws allowed for the sale or exchange of warrants. Only a few soldiers actually received title to the bounty land or settled on it; most veterans sold or exchanged their warrants.
  
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==== National Archives, Bounty Land Warrant Application Files  ====
  
[[Category:Arkansas_-_Military_-_Civil_War,_1861-1865|Arkansas_-_Military_-_Civil_War,_1861-1865]]
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Bounty land warrant application files relate to claims based on wartime service between 1775 and March 3, 1855. If your ancestor served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, early Indian Wars, or the Mexican War, a search of these records may be worthwhile. Bounty land records often contain documents similar to those in [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/US_Military_Pension_Records pension files], with lots of genealogical information. Many of the bounty land application files relating to Revolutionary War and War of 1812 service have been combined with the pension files.
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Copies of Bounty Land Warrant Applications for Federal military service before 1856 can now be [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov ordered online], as well as through [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html NATF Form 85]. Select "Order Reproductions" and then select "Military Service and Pension Records".
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''Categories of War of 1812 pension/bounty land files available using NATF Form 85:''<br>
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*A complete Federal pre-Civil War military pension application based on Federal military service before 1861 (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)
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*A pension document packet that contains reproductions of eight documents containing genealogical information about the pension applicant, to the extent these documents are present in the file.
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*'''A complete military bounty land application file based on service 1775-1855 (includes only rejected Revolutionary War applications).'''
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==== Other Resources  ====
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Some bounty land warrants for the War of 1812 have been microfilmed. They are available at the Family History Library and are described in this&nbsp;set of Wiki pages&nbsp;for those wars. For more information about bounty land records, the following sources will be helpful:
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/14985969&referer=brief_results Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Rev. ed]''. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record Administration, 1985. (FHL 973 A3usn 1985.) See chapter 8.
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*Hone, E. Wade. ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36074524&referer=brief_results Land and Property Research in the United States]''. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997. (FHL book 973 R27h.) See chapter 9, pages 115–26.
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==== Bounty Land Warrants by Conflict  ====
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*[[US War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrants|War of 1812, 1812 to 1815]]
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=== See also  ===
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*[[US Military Pension Records|Pension Records]]
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<br> ''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Military Records|U.S. Military]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States in the War of 1812|War of 1812]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[US War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrants|Bounty Land Warrants]]''
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=== War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants, 1815-1858  ===
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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 in the following:
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*''War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants, 1815-1858''. (NARA M848) 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.
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'''Online'''
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1165 U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858] (Ancestry) ($) (note: also includes U.S. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Warrants from NARA M829)
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'''On Film''
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*''War of 1812, military bounty land warrants, 1815-1858'' (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.) {{FHL|290307|item|disp=FHL Film 15 Microfilm reels}} <br>
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'''Libraries'''
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*Locate these records at a library using [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22302339 Worldcat].
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*Family History Library {{FHL|0983163|disp=FHL films 0983163–77}}
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=== Additional Records  ===
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*''War of 1812 pensioners living in Arkansas during the 1880's&nbsp;: abstracted from the executive documents'', (Cullman, Alabama, Gregath 198?) pages 33 [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F477061 FHL 976.7 M2]
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*Name index to [http://lva1.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b-clas12&local_base=CLAS12 Pay Rolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty] Under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850 and its supplement, Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. Approximately 40,000 names are indexed.&nbsp;<br>
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The following sources are also helpful:
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*Christensen, Katheren, compiler. ''Arkansas Military Bounty Grants,War of 1812''. Hot Springs, Arkansas: Arkansas Ancestors, 1971. ({{FHL|976.7 R2c|disp=FHL book 976.7 R2c}}) ([http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/145889 Worldcat]) Contains the name of the veteran, date, and warrant number.
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*Dunaway, Maxine, compiler. ''Missouri Military Land Warrants, War of 1812''. Springfield, Missouri: Maxine Dunaway, 1985. ({{FHL|977.8 R2d|disp=FHL book 977.8 R2d}}) ([http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13006459 Worldcat]) Lists the name of purchaser, section, township, range, warrant number, patent date, book, and page.
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*''Military Land Warrants in Missouri, 1819: An Alphabetical Index of Missouri Patentees''. 1858. Reprint, not published, 1988. ({{FHL|977.8 R2ml|disp=FHL book 977.8 R2ml}}) ([http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20378197 Worldcat]) Lists the date, name of patentee, land warrant number, regiment, and land description.
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*Rose, Christine. ''Military Bounty Land 1776 - 1855''. (San Jose, California: Cr Publications, c2011). [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1949572 FHL Book 973 M27] <br>
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*''War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois''. Thomson, Illinois: Heritage House, 1977. ({{FHL|977.3 R2w|disp=FHL book 977.3 R2w; film 1035624 item 7; fiche 6051272}}) A reprint of ''Lands in Illinois to Soldiers of Late War''. (26th Congress, 1st Session, 1840. House Doc. 262.) These records are arranged by date and include number of warrant, name of patentee, rank, description of the tract, and to whom delivered.
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=== Ordering Records from the National Archives  ===
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Copies of [[US Military Bounty Land Warrants#National_Archives.2C_Bounty_Land_Warrant_Application_Files|Bounty Land Warrant Applications]] for Federal military service before 1856 can now be [https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov ordered online], as well as through [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html NATF Form 85].
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=== See also  ===
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*[[US War of 1812 Pension Records|War of 1812 Pension Records]]
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=== References  ===
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{{U.S. War of 1812}}
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[[Category:United_States_Military|Bounty Land]] [[Category:United_States_Land_and_Property]] [[Category:United_States_in_War_of_1812,_1812_to_1815]]

Revision as of 19:09, 19 July 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png U.S. Land and Property Gotoarrow.png U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png Bounty Land Warrants

Bounty Land Warrants

The federal government provided bounty land for those who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and Indian wars between 1775 and 1855. It was first offered as an incentive to serve in the military and later as a reward for service.

Bounty land could have been claimed by veterans or their heirs. The federal government reserved tracts of land in the public domain for this purpose.

A veteran requested bounty land by filing an application at a local courthouse. The application papers and other supporting documents were placed in bounty land files kept by a federal or state agency. These documents contain information similar to the pension files and include the veteran’s age and place of residence at the time of the application. If the application was approved, the individual was given either a warrant to receive land or scrip which could be exchanged for a warrant. Later laws allowed for the sale or exchange of warrants. Only a few soldiers actually received title to the bounty land or settled on it; most veterans sold or exchanged their warrants.

National Archives, Bounty Land Warrant Application Files

Bounty land warrant application files relate to claims based on wartime service between 1775 and March 3, 1855. If your ancestor served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, early Indian Wars, or the Mexican War, a search of these records may be worthwhile. Bounty land records often contain documents similar to those in pension files, with lots of genealogical information. Many of the bounty land application files relating to Revolutionary War and War of 1812 service have been combined with the pension files.

Copies of Bounty Land Warrant Applications for Federal military service before 1856 can now be ordered online, as well as through NATF Form 85. Select "Order Reproductions" and then select "Military Service and Pension Records".

Categories of War of 1812 pension/bounty land files available using NATF Form 85:

  • A complete Federal pre-Civil War military pension application based on Federal military service before 1861 (includes the Pension Documents Packet.)
  • A pension document packet that contains reproductions of eight documents containing genealogical information about the pension applicant, to the extent these documents are present in the file.
  • A complete military bounty land application file based on service 1775-1855 (includes only rejected Revolutionary War applications).

Other Resources

Some bounty land warrants for the War of 1812 have been microfilmed. They are available at the Family History Library and are described in this set of Wiki pages for those wars. For more information about bounty land records, the following sources will be helpful:

Bounty Land Warrants by Conflict

See also




United States Gotoarrow.png U.S. Military Gotoarrow.png War of 1812 Gotoarrow.png Bounty Land Warrants

War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants, 1815-1858

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 in the following:

  • War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants, 1815-1858. (NARA M848) 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.

Online

'On Film

Libraries

Additional Records

  • War of 1812 pensioners living in Arkansas during the 1880's : abstracted from the executive documents, (Cullman, Alabama, Gregath 198?) pages 33 FHL 976.7 M2
  • Name index to Pay Rolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty Under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850 and its supplement, Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. Approximately 40,000 names are indexed. 

The following sources are also helpful:

  • Christensen, Katheren, compiler. Arkansas Military Bounty Grants,War of 1812. Hot Springs, Arkansas: Arkansas Ancestors, 1971. (FHL book 976.7 R2c) (Worldcat) Contains the name of the veteran, date, and warrant number.
  • Dunaway, Maxine, compiler. Missouri Military Land Warrants, War of 1812. Springfield, Missouri: Maxine Dunaway, 1985. (FHL book 977.8 R2d) (Worldcat) Lists the name of purchaser, section, township, range, warrant number, patent date, book, and page.
  • Military Land Warrants in Missouri, 1819: An Alphabetical Index of Missouri Patentees. 1858. Reprint, not published, 1988. (FHL book 977.8 R2ml) (Worldcat) Lists the date, name of patentee, land warrant number, regiment, and land description.
  • Rose, Christine. Military Bounty Land 1776 - 1855. (San Jose, California: Cr Publications, c2011). FHL Book 973 M27
  • War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois. Thomson, Illinois: Heritage House, 1977. (FHL book 977.3 R2w; film 1035624 item 7; fiche 6051272) A reprint of Lands in Illinois to Soldiers of Late War. (26th Congress, 1st Session, 1840. House Doc. 262.) These records are arranged by date and include number of warrant, name of patentee, rank, description of the tract, and to whom delivered.

Ordering Records from the National Archives

Copies of Bounty Land Warrant Applications for Federal military service before 1856 can now be ordered online, as well as through NATF Form 85.

See also

References