It's Thursday and after a short visit to the doctor for some tests the
rest of my day is free.I prefer to schedule the appointments as early
as possible in the day for just that reason.

I thought I'd revisit to see what databases were new or updated
and found one that was unfamiliar to me, the Final Payment Vouchers Index
for Military Pensions, 1818-1864. These records show the date of the
final payment to a Revolutionary War veteran or his widow and many
have the dates they died. I found cards for the following ancestors:

John Ames
Asa Barrows
Jonathan Barker
Amos Upton

I also found the records for Jonathan Barker's brothers Benjamin and Jesse. I didn't
learn anything I didn't already know but I downloaded the images to each of
the files I have for them.

I also checked again for pension files for a few of the ancestors I hadn't found one for
as yet. One of these is John Griffith (4Jun 1763 Rochester, Plymouth, Ma.-8Feb 1840,
Livermore, Androscoggin, Me.). I knew that he'd served as a matross in an
artillery company under Captain William Treadwell in the 3rd Artillery Regiment
commanded by Col. John Crane. And of course not all veterans applied for pensions.
But this time around I checked under the names of the widows and got a hit. On an
image from the pension file of James Rankin I found a letter concerning the cases
of several widows and on it was the following:

"In the case of Mary Griffith widow of John Griffith you inform me that no papers
can be found-it is stated in her application that her late husband enlisted in
Crane's Regiment of Artillery and served til the end of the war, the foregoing
all the particulars we can furnish you."

The letter's signature is faded but looks like it could be a Levi Bailey. It's addressed
to "J.S. Edwards Commissioner of Pensions, Washington DC" and was written on 16 Apr
1845 from the Bangor Land Office so Mary Boyden Griffith might have been applying
for a land grant. I've found no record online that she succeeded so she may
have failed. She died in Livermore, Oxford, Me in 1846. Her granddaughter Arvilla
Ames is my 3x great-grandmother Arvilla Ames West.

But not bad for an hour's search on, I think!

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Comment by Chris Dunham on May 27, 2010 at 3:08pm
Mary did indeed apply for a land grant. She's listed here:
John Griffith, e at or near Plympton, Mass., d Livermore February 8, 1840, w Mary, Livermore.
You can order a copy of her bounty application from the Maine State Archives. I've found information in these records that I could find nowhere else.
There is a book at the Maine State Library (I believe it's this one) that gives the final disposition of these grants. That's where I learned that my ancestor Moses Dunham sold his grant of 200 acres in Township #2 of the Indian Purchase in eastern Maine for $60 to a guy from Lexington, Mass.
Comment by Bill West on May 27, 2010 at 7:57pm
Thanks, Cousin Chris!


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