Friday, September 23, 2016

A Death Date for Mary (Smith) Row (1750-1843)

I noticed the updated United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872 record collection on FamilySearch today, and decided to put some of my pensioners in and see what the collection had.

I'm glad I did!  Here is the page for Mary Row, the widow of my Revolutionary War Soldier Philip Row (1752-1817) of New Jersey, who received a pension after her husband died:

There are names down the left-hand side, and years across the top of the page.  When the pensioner died, there is usually a note about the death date and how long the pension was paid.

The line with Mary Row on it is:

The extracted data for this record is:

*  Name:  Mary Row - widow of Philip 
*  Rank:  Private 
*  Half-year allowance: 10.00 
*  Commencement:  4th Mar 1831
*  Note:  Died 9 October 1843, Paid 1st Q^r 1850

The source citation for this record is:

"United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872," digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 September 2016), 16-vol O Widow pensions, page 126, Philip Row in entry for Mary Row, 04 Mar 1831; citing New Jersey, United States, NARA microfilm publication T718 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1962), roll 16; FHL microfilm 1,319,396.

So now I have a death date for a widow of one of my Revolutionary War soldier.  I never thought I would get an exact date.  It looks like the family kept receiving the pension until 1850!

Mary (Smith) Row lived to be almost 93 years old.  I wish I could have sat at her knee and listened to the stories of her life.  I might even have found out the name of her parents!  She was one of my 4th great-grandmothers.

Now I need to look for records for my other Revolutionary War pensioners.

Do you have Revolutionary War pensioners for whom you do not have a death date?  Here's an opportunity to find one!  For free, too.


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Geolover said...

Not free, but these ledgers are indexed with links-to-image on

Joanne Parkes said...

Thanks for the heads up on this new source at Family Search! There is one minor glitch at Family Search - when you link the source to a person Family Search adds Military Service 1831 - that can be corrected to a correct date of service (for the husband) with a note that the source is reflecting a pension payment on that date.