Amanuensis Monday: Mansfield Anderson’s Declaration of Service in the War of 1812, 13 December 1850

This document is part of Mansfield and Harriet (Black) Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant applications file (No. 11127), based on Mansfield’s service in the War of 1812. The original file is held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). I accessed the file through fold3.

This file holds a great deal of information about Mansfield in particular, but also about Harriet, two of their children, and the family’s standing within their community in Macon Co., NC. It also contains information about the family’s movement from Tennessee to Mississippi and then back east. I hope to transcribe interesting documents from the file and place them online over the next few weeks.

Today’s document is an affidavit made by Mansfield attesting to his War of 1812 service in order to apply for a bounty land warrant. A good overview of bounty land warrants is available at About.com Genealogy (written by Kimberly Powell). NARA has a PDF with a brief background explaining where to find these records.

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