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Powhatan County (Va.) Declarations for Revolutionary War Pensions

Powhatan County (Va.) Declarations for Revolutionary War Pensions, 1820-1833
Powhatan County (Va.) Declarations for Revolutionary War Pensions
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  • Powhatan County (Va.) Declarations for Revolutionary War Pensions, 1820-1833, record the declarations of individuals seeking to obtain Revolutionary War pensions under an acts of Congress passed 1818 March 18, 1820 May 1, and 1832 June 7. The applicants present detailed testimony of their time of service during the Revolutionary War. Information found in the Declarations include date and location applicants entered into service, names of military companies they served in, names of military commanders they served under, names of fellow soldiers they served with, length of service, their age, and their place of birth. The predominant portion of the declarations are narratives of their tours of duty during the Revolutionary War with emphasis on battles they fought. The declarations also include affidavits from witnesses who could verify information provided by applicants
  • One applicant, Robert Bird or Byrd, was African American
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  • On 1832 June 7, Congress enacted pension legislation extending benefits more universally than under any previous legislation. This act provided for full pay for life for all officers and enlisted men who served at least 2 years in the Continental Line, the state troops or militia, the navy or marines. Men who served less than 2 years but at least 6 months were granted pensions of less than full pay. Benefits were payable effective March 4, 1831, without regard to financial need or disability and widows or children of Revolutionary War veterans were entitled to collect any unpaid benefits due from the last payment to a veteran until his death.
  • Powhatan County was named for the paramount chief of the Powhatan Indians in the tidewater of Virginia in the late sixteenth and early years of the seventeenth century. It was formed from Cumberland County in 1777, and part of Chesterfield County was added in 1850. The county seat is Powhatan.
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Additional Powhatan County records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
Powhatan County (Va.) Declarations for Revolutionary War Pensions
These items came in a transfer of court papers from Powhatan County
Alphabetical by surname of pension applicant within each year.
  • The Library of Virginia
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Powhatan County Circuit Court
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