List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883

 Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Which Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, and the Date of Original Allowance, United States Pension Bureau Senate

Volume IV, Washington. Government Printing Office, 1883

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.

This document, digitally scanned by Google, can be found on Google Books.

Pension List
Benton County, Oregon

of pensioner
Post Office
Cause for which pensioned Monthly
rate (USD $)
Date of
where resided
26044 Bennett, Sarah Alsea widow 1812 8 Jul 1879 Benton
95168 Applegate, Sylvanus Corvallis injury to abdomen 3 Jan 1869 Benton
147106 Chapman, E.A. Corvallis gun shot wound, right thigh 2 Jul 1877 Benton
160994 Dunning, Harlan P. Corvallis gun shot wound, right thigh 2 Jun 1879 Benton
185969 Fawcett, George W. Corvallis gun shot wound, right thigh, right breast 8 Mar 1881 Benton
6715 Grimsley, John Corvallis survivor, 1812 8 Oct 1871 Benton
91990 Lakin, James W. Corvallis gun shot wound, left ankle 2.66 Apr 1870 Benton
208428 Newman, William Corvallis gun shot wound, abdomen 2 May 1882 Benton
143378 Norris, James H. Corvallis gun shot wound, left cheek, left arm 6 Jun 1877 Benton
214484 Paul, William E. Corvallis injury to abdomen 4 Jun 1882 Benton
207511 Stilson, Nathan Corvallis diseased lungs, heart 8 Apr 1882 Benton
42399 Buckingham, Ruth Monroe widow 8 Jun 1865 Benton
3451 Coffee, George Monroe wound, both legs, c.o.r. knee 5 May 1848 Benton
70429 Horton, Samuel H. Monroe wound, right arm 18 Mar 1867 Benton
151054 Siralf, Casper Monroe apnea, chronic bronchitis 12 Feb 1878 Benton
28502 Stark, Deborah Monroe widow 1812 8 Jan 1880 Benton
210419 West, John I. Monroe scurvy 8 Jun 1882 Benton
210788 Burch, Richard M. Newport gun shot wound, right thigh 4 Jun 1882 Benton
64566 Case, Alonzo Newport loss sight right eye, part other 15 Benton
168435 Jordan, Richard T. Newton injury left breast, collar bone 6 May 1880 Benton
182285 Bunneil, George Philomath diseased lungs, chronic rheumatism 18 Feb 1881 Benton
102393 Hamilton, Edward D. Philomath gun shot wound, left leg, right arm 6 Mar 1876 Benton
43299 Herron, Leonard Philomath gun shot wound, right hand 8 May 1865 Benton
115109 Read, Thomas G.G. Philomath gun shot wound, breast 4 Jan 1872 Benton
98067 Taylor, William B. Philomath gun shot wound, right side 8 Jun 1860 Benton
40211 Hertsig, Fred K. Summit wound, right side 4 Jul 1867 Benton
192941 Howard, Harry Yaquina gun shot wound, left forearm 2 Jul 1881 Benton


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 (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: " 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 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 United States National Archives.


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Extracted & Contributed  by Robyn Greenlund

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