1883 Pensioners, Woodford County, Illinois


On 8 Dec 1882, the US Senate passed a resolution to enumerate, by town, county, and state, all individuals receiving a pension. This list is taken from that document. It is used today as a major genealogical source for Civil War and the War of 1812 pensioners. Pensioners in this transcribed version of the original document are listed by county, post office and alphabetically by name.

Source: List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883, Vol III, pg 646-47 - Washington Government Printing Office 1883

Last Name

First

Post Office Address

Cause

Monthly rate

Date of org. allowance

Cert. #

Adams John W.

Eureka

minors of

12

Sept. 1882

192,192

Allison James A.

Eureka

ch. rheum

4

Dec. 1882

222,002

Andrews Courtland

Cazenovia

wd. r. arm

4

Sept 1879

162,486

Armstrong Milton

Minonk

dep. father

8

Mar 1880

 
Armstrong Barbara J.

Roanoke

widow

8

Dec 1867

 
Arnold James

Roanoke

surv. 1812

8

Jul 1878

 
Ball Samuel E.

Low Point

dis. lungs

18

Nov 1879

 
Barnes Lumuel

Metamora

lis. lung and rheum

4

Sept 1880

 
Bonney Maria L

El Paso

widow

8

July 1865

52,119

Brown Mary J.

Eureka

widow 1812

8

Jan. 1879

14,351

Bulkeley Rowland T

Minonk

paral. & c. l. leg

2

   
Bullock Wingfield M.

Eureka

wd. l. thigh

20

Mar 1880

163,838

Burger Geo. W.

Secor

wd. r. arm

4

May 1878

 
Calvert Monor

Washburn

asthma

6

Nov 1881

 
Cansey Thos. A

Metamora

rheum. and heart dis

4

Mar. 1881

 
Cluer John T

Washburn

dis. eyes

8

Sept 1879

 
Clutter Mary A

Cruger

dep. mother

8

July 1879

184,908

Corbin Madison

Washburn

inj. to abd. and g. s. w. r. leg

10

...

 
Davidson Dan'l W

Minonk

injury to abdomen

6

   
Davidson James F.

Eureka

dis. of abdominal viscera

5

...

134,695

Davis Henry W.

Eureka

sunstroke & nerv. pros

4

July 1882

215,231

Davison Helen Jane

Minonk

widow

14

Apr 1879

 
Deiker John G.

Eureka

wd. r. thigh

2

...

147,831

Dixon Jame

El Paso

dep. mother

8

May 1864

23,121

Dunham Chas. E.

Minonk

dis. eyes & var. veins r. leg

12

Apr 1879

 
Emser Frank

Spring Bay

frac. l. leg

15

Dec 1881

 
Eyman Martha D.

Eureka

widow

20

...

6,666

Filger David

Minonk

wd. r. arm

4

   
Furni Peter C.

Eureka

wd. r. leg

10

...

44,378

Furrow David

Washburn

injury to abdomen

2

...

 
Glimpse Wm. M.

Kappa

ch. diarr. dis. of abdominal viscera and dis. back.

6

Aug. 1882

216,493

Grater Geo. M.

Metamora

inj. hip

8

...

 
Griswold John

Benson

rheum & dis. r. leg

$12.00

Sept. 1878

155,439

Harkness Porter

Minonk

wd. l. arm

6

...

 
Haxamer Eliz'th

Kappa

dep. mother

8

Sept 1868

 
Hayward Stephen K.

El Paso

sunstoke malar. poison ch diarr. dis. lungs & dis. heart

8

May 1882

208,846

Heinecke Henry

Secor

g. s. w. rt. arm

6

...

 
Henry Rachel L.

Eureka

widow

8

...

25,257

Hicks Martha

Washburn

dep. mother

8

Sept 1866

 
Hogan Edward

Kappa

wd. 1 side

2

Oct 1879

163,039

Huckins Samuel S.

Metamora

rheum. and g. a. w. hd

6

Nov 1880

 
January John W

Minonk

loss eyes

72

...

 
Kellogg Price F.

Metamora

dis. lungs

4

May 1882

 
Kieswetter Peter

Metamora

dis. lung and ch. diarr

12

July 1881

 
Kingdom Eliz'th

El Paso

widow

18

...

28,366

Kirchner Geo.

Metamora

dis. and var. veins l leg

6

June 1881

 
Kizer John C.

Spring Bay

g. a. w. l. knee

4

Dec. 1881

 
Lay Martha

Washburn

dep. mother

8

Dec 1864

 
Leddy Michael

Secor

anch. l. knee

16

Apr 1880

 
Leighton Sylvestor

Eureka

dis. eyes & aff. spine

4

May 1879

159,804

Leonard Geo

Roanoke

surv. 1812

8

Jan 1872

 
Livingston Philip F.

Mononk

wd. l. hip and back

4

...

 
Longfellow Wm. J.

Eureka

rheum

4

Mar. 1880

165,703

Lyons Eliza

Metamora

dep. mother

8

June 1882

 
Lyons John

Metamora

inj. r. ankle

4

Nov 1881

 
Mader Gotfried

Spring Bay

wd. r. knee

6

...

 
McClure Ellen

Washburn

widow 1812

8

Mar 1881

 
McCoy John P

Minonk

loss r. eye & par loss l. eye

12

...

 
McGuire John L

Metamora

g. s. w. l. side

4

June 1880

 
McVey James

Roanoke

dis. lungs

4

June 1881

 
Mehlhorn Fred'k

Minonk

minors of

10

...

 
Messinger Moses A

Washburn

var. veins r. leg

8

...

 
Moiller Ann

Metamora

dep. mother

8

Apr 1865

 
Moliter Charles

Metamora

dis. eyes and rheum

6

Nov 1881

 
Morris Richard

Minonk

g. s. wds. r. thigh & leg

4

June 1882

 
Norris Richard N.

Washburn

wd. r. thigh and gr.

4

June 1879

 
Ore Benjamin K.

Kappa

injury to abdomen

4

145,512

Page Samuel T.

Metamora

rheum

2

Aug 1882

 
Pangburn John

Eureka

surv. 1812

8

July 1878

23,454

Perrine David R.

Cruger

g. s. w. l. forefinger

3

...

134,980

Peterson Barthol

Washburn

wd. l. thigh

1

June 1879

 
Pierce Elijah

Eureka

dis. eyes

18

...

120,412

Potter Eliza

Eureka

widow

8

...

6,233

Pringzinger Bernhard

Washburn

dis. lungs

8

...

 
Reeves Jesse

Eureka

dis. eyes & part deaf

6

Apr 1882

206,402

Reiter Joseph

Roanoke

rheum

2

Dec. 1882

 
Rickard Sarah

El Paso

dep. mother

8

...

171,753

Robeson John E.

Secor

loss l. index fing

3

...

 
Robinson Daniel Z

Roanoke

dis. lungs ch. diarr. and dis. of abdominal viscera

12

June 1880

 
Rogers Sam'l. T.

El Paso

wd. l. leg

1275

...

110,186

Rogers Alma

Minonk

wd. hd. and loss eye

8

...

 
Ropp David

Kappa

dep. father

8

Jan 1871

 
Rufin Andrew

Benson

wd. r. knee

2

Mar 1880

165,636

Rush Mary F.

Eureka

widow

8

Nov. 1869

136,553

Sands Charles

Minonk

ch. diarr

15

Mar 1881

 
Sanfaus Jacob

Metamora

dis. eyes

2

June 1882

 
Settle Dorothy

Minonk

dep. mother

8

Dec 1869

 
Shepherd Obediah

Secor

wd. l. hip 2.00  

Oct 1879

 
Simpson James A

Minonk

inflam. liver and pancreas

6

...

 
Smalley Olive W.

Eureka

dep. mother

8

Nov. 1870

146,268

Smilie Weldon R.

Benson

diarr. & dis. of abd. viscera

4

...

123.227

Smith John J.

Secor

wd. l. thigh

6

...

 
Smith David P

Washburn

g. a. w. r. thigh

4

Feb 1881

 
Smythe Henry

Minonk

wd. l. sh'r

6

...

 
Sneed David F.

El Paso

ch. diarr. & dis. liver

4

Jan. 1881

180,661

Spellman Wm

Spring Bay

rheum. back

4

Nov. 1882

 
States Susan E.

Eureka

widow

8

...

44,137

Stewart Wm. H.

Eureka

dis. heart

8

...

135,932

Stivers Wm. K.

Cruger

wd. l. thigh

4

Jan 1879

157,434

Sutton Sarah M.

Minonk

dep. mother

8

Nov 1868

 
Swallow Presely

El Paso

wound scapula

18

...

56,036

Swan Simon

Minonk

g. s. w. l. forearm

2

Mar 1882

 
Taylor Ambrose

Kappa

frac. inf. maxill. bone

...

...

102,604

Thomas Charles W.

Washburn

ch. diarr

4

Aug 1881

 
Thompson Nancy

Metamora

dep. mother

8

Aug 1865

 
Tucker Thomas

Eureka

inj. spine

4

Mar 1880

166,262

Waldon Theron D.

Metamora

wd. l. arm

8

...

 
Warner John

Eureka

wd. r. arm

6

...

83,716

Watson John H.

Cruger

wd. sacrum

6

...

77,673

Weiler George

Minonk

g. s. w. l. leg

2

Oct 1881

 
Wiggins Andrew

Eureka

dis. eyes

2

Mar. 1880

165,606

Will Joseph M.

Roanoke

wd. l. arm

6

...

 
Williams Mahlon

Secor

g. s. w. r. thigh

2

Oct. 1882

 
Wilson Mary

Cruger

widow

8

...

48,787

Wilson Hollis N.

Metamora

dis. eyes

4

Mar. 1882

 
Wilson Benjamin jr

Minonk

inflammation eyes

6

...

 
Wineteers Thos S

Washburn

shell wd. r. arm

2

May 1878

 
Wissel David

Metamora

wd. l. leg and dis. eyes

18

...

 
Wolf Leannire

Metamora

dep. mother

8

July 1867

 
Wright John H

Eureka

ch. diarr

10

Sept. 1881

195,875

Wylie Joseph H.

Minonk

wd. l. hand

3.75

...

 
Zinser Solomon L.

Minonk

wd. abdomen

4.25

...

 

Where to Go From Here

Most soldiers or their widows or minor children applied for a pension. In some cases, a dependent father or mother applied. The pension files are indexed by the National Archives microfilm publication T288, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (544 rolls) which is also available online at Ancestry.com (for a fee).

The pension file will often contain more information about what the soldier did during the war than the Compiled Military Service Records, and it may contain much medical information if he lived for a number of years afterwards. For example, in his pension file, Seth Combs of Company C, 2d Ohio Cavalry, reported: "...my left eye was injured while tearing down a building...and in pulling off a board a splinter or piece struck my eye and injured it badly...it was hurt while in the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, Va. about Christmas 1864--a comrade who stood by me name Jim Beach is dead." In another affidavit, Seth said he "also got the Rheumatism while on duty as a dispatch bearer on detached duty."

To obtain a widow's pension, the widow had to provide proof of marriage, such as a copy of the record kept by county officials, or by affidavit from the minister or some other person. Applications on behalf of the soldier's minor children had to supply both proof of the soldier's marriage and proof of the children's birth.

For more information on obtaining military pension records, visit the
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