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Questions of ARW Pension Applications

Act of Congress in 1832 provided pensions to anyone who served three years in the American Revolutionary War. Veterans applying for their pension had to make a sworn declaration of their service.

Pension applicants had to provide responses to seven questions for their application. Although, the questions were designed to certify a person as a legitimate veteran, the pension application questions are a wealth of genealogical information. In many pension applications, the responses were recorded, but seldomn were the questions recorded. The questions are listed below:

  1. Where and in what year were you born?
  2. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
  3. Where were you living when called into service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
  4. How were you called into service, were you drafted, did your volunteer or were you a substitute, and if so for whom?
  5. State the names of some of the regular officers, who were with the troops when you served, such continental and militia regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service.
  6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so, by whom was it given and what has become of it?
  7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your service as a soldier of the Revolution.

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