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06 October 2014

Is There a Letter from A Great-Grandchild in the Pension File?

Pension files for American Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans frequently contain letters from descendants looking for information on their military ancestor. While the content of these letters can vary and may be inaccurate, they can provide some sketchy information on grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the veteran, including their name, address and relationship to the veteran.

And some were trying to get bounty land that their ancestor didn't claim. Those attempts usually failed.

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