Below is a transcription of Mansfield’s original discharge of service for the War of 1812, an item he carried with him from Fayetteville, Tennessee, where he served from October 1813 to January 1814, to Mississippi where the family later lived, back to eastern Tennessee, and finally to Macon Co., NC, where the family settled several decades after the war’s end. Even in the digital image of this document, you can see the wear marks and holes worn into the paper from its long journey.
Fayetteville Janry 13th1814
This is to Certify that Mansfielde Anderson
A musitian in my Company west Tennessee
Militia part of the 1st Reghment of this State
Commanded by Colonl John K Wynn
Did on the 4th Day of Octobr 1813 Join
the army and Continued in Service from the
above Date until the 4th January 1814 and
acted with all Credit and Respect of the
Department & is hereby Hounarably Discharged
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.