This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.
Getting your military pension for service in The Revolutionary War
Getting your military pension from The United States government in the 1820s required a document like this one (at left). My family has served in just about every war for The United States, including The Revolutionary War, and they have all lived to draw their pensions. These documents are available from The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. They are not considered historical documents, they are kept on file indefinitely. A military pension is a serious thing!
As you can see, at age 60, John Overstreet made his application. This is just a tiny bit of the paperwork that was required at the time. I have pages of this stuff. And John also served in the War of 1812, so I'm sure that had to be taken under consideration, too. John lived to be 87 years old, so that Revolutionary War pension was paid until 1848.