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Pension Roll of 1883


These PA county pension lists includes those on the U. S. Civil War pension list in 1883 but are not inclusive of all Civil War pensions granted by the U.S. government.
  • Additional pensions were granted after January 1, 1883
  • Some Civil War pensioners were deceased by this date and thus will not appear on this roll.


The 1883 roll also includes several veterans and widows who were receiving pensions for service during the War of 1812.

Civil War Pensioners on the Roll
This online book gives the name of each Civil War pensioner for all Pennsylvania counties in 1883, the cause for which pensioned (how wounded), the post-office address, the rate of pension per month, and the date of original allowance. Available at Ancestry.com


Pensioners (available on this website) listed by 1882 PA county of residence:
Adams
Berks
Cambria
Delaware
Fayette
Franklin
Greene
Lebanon
Lehigh
Northumberland
Schuylkill
Venango
Washington
York




Civil War pension records at NARA typically have birth dates, addresses of next of kin, medical information, proof of marriage, proof of children's births, a summary of military service, death certificates, and much more.

You can use the information on this list to send away for pension records from the National Archives (NARA); however, the pension certificate numbers may not match the current record numbers at the U.S. archives and should not be used to request pension records.

Individual Pensions Online by County


Adams County



Allegheny County



Blair County




Bradford County




Bucks County




Cambria County




Centre County



Chester County




Clearfield County



Clinton County



Columbia County



Dauphin County



Fayette County



Franklin County



Greene County



Juniata County



Lancaster County



Luzerne County



Lycoming County



Montgomery County



Northumberland County



Perry County



Philadelphia County



Schuylkill County



Somerset County



Washington County



Wyoming County



York County



Unknown County





Abbreviations used in the 1883 pension roll:


  • amp. - amputated
  • atr. - atrophy

  • chr. - chronic

  • diarr. - diarrhea

  • dis. - disease

  • frac. - fracture

  • g.s.w. - gun shot wound

  • inj. - injury

  • l. - left

  • ls. - loss

  • par. - partial

  • paral. - paralysis

  • r. - right

  • rheum. - rheumatism or rheumatic

  • shl., sh. - shell or shrapnel

  • shoul. - shoulder

  • w., wd. - wound


Abbreviated names:


  • Charles - Charles
  • Dan'l - Daniel
  • George - George
  • Jas. - James
  • Jno - John
  • Jos. - Joseph
  • Rob't - Robert
  • Sam'l - Samuel
  • Thos. - Thomas
  • Wm. - William





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