Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1835-1838 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index of soldier land grant applications. There are images in this collection.
Bounty Land Applications were applications for land grants in return for military service to the country. “Applications for state bounty land from the Maine land office acquired from the Maine State Archives in Augusta for service in the Revolutionary War. Maine was part of Massachusetts during the war. The collection is arranged alphabetically.”
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What Can I Learn from Maine Bounty Land Applications?
These bounty land applications may contain:
- Name of veteran
- Residence, town, and county
- Date of application
- Description of military service
How Can Land Records Help Me Find Other Records?
With information from these records you can:
- Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date from the date of the application
- Use the soldier’s age and residence to find his family in census, church, and land records
- Use the military service information to obtain a copy of history service and pension file
- Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
- Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
- If your ancestor used multiple names throughout their life, look for all their names
- Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur