Between 1777 and 1785, the Virginia General Assembly passed several laws authorizing pensions for disabled soldiers and for widows of soldiers who died while on active duty. This collection of 646 pension files provides digital images of the documents submitted for pension claims. The documents usually provide proof of service, records of payments, medical evaluations, and statements of disability from the local court. Details about military service and the applicant's family may also be included. Most of the claims are for Revolutionary War service, but there are a few claims for service in the French and Indian War (1754–1763) and Dunmore's War (1774).
Only state pension records are in this collection. It doesn't include records of Virginia's “half-pay” pensions provided to the state's military and naval officers who served until the end of the war. It also doesn't include records of military pensions issued by the Federal government, which are held by the National Archives.
Revised February 2021