Horses and Mt. Jefferson from BIA 3
                on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. (Photo No.
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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.

Counties: Baker - Benton - Clackamas - Clatsop - Columbia - Coos - Curry - Douglas - Grant - Jackson - Josephine - Lake -
Lane - Linn - Marion - Multnomah - Polk - Tillamook  - Umatilla - Union - Wasco - Washington - Yamhill - Entire State

Pension List
Wasco County, Oregon

of pensioner
Post Office
Cause for which pensioned Monthly
rate (USD $)
Date of
where resided
163128 Mason, David Alkali gun shot wound, right groin 6 unreadable Wasco
89922 Blake, Willard L. Antelope gun shot wound, left hip 4 unreadable Wasco
21231 Engert, Sarah Cascade Locks widow 1812 8 unreadable Wasco
139742 Schermickan, August Cross Hallows gun shot wound, left thigh 16 unreadable Wasco
43902 Cartwright, Thomas J. Fossil gun shot wound, left shoulder 8 unreadable Wasco
32562 Hock, Claus Hood River injury to abdomen 12 unreadable Wasco
74266 Wingate, Henry B. Lost Valley injury right knee 4 Wasco
18075 Carroll, Stephen Mitchell survivor 1812 8 Jul 1872 Wasco
142007 Denneman, Clemeus A. Olex gun shot wound, right leg 7.5 Oct 1874 Wasco
17274 Fausel, Christian Olex gun shot wound, left arm 18 Wasco
96402 Avery, Adeline N. The Dalles dependant mother 8 Jun 1867 Wasco
20173 Chapman, George D. The Dalles gun shot wound, left thigh 4 Mar 1863 Wasco
183819 Cilhansen, William H. The Dalles chronic diarrhea 8 Nmar 1881 Wasco
197661 Clark, Thomas J. The Dalles gun shot wound, left breast, diseased heart 8 Nov 1881 Wasco
17497 Matteson, Adelbert The Dalles gun shot wound, left arm 6 Oct 1871 Wasco
204853 Miller, Adam The Dalles chronic diarrhea, enlarged liver 4 Mar 1882 Wasco
169126 Omeg, Peter The Dalles injury to abdomen 8 Jun 1880 Wasco
179852 Rogan, John The Dalles cancer, right side; diseased right lung 12 Dec 1880 Wasco
10849 Young, Joseph J. The Dalles wound, right lung 18 Jun 1867 Wasco
26613 Corum, Mary B. Tygh Valley widow 1812 8 Aug 1879 Wasco
105737 Wilson, David A. Tygh Valley gun shot wound, left hand 8 Mar 1874 Wasco
113761 Robinson, John C. Villard gun shot wound, right arm 5 Jan 1882 Wasco


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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Transcribed by Robyn Greenlund

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