Treasurer and Comptroller: Revolutionary War State Pensions to Invalids and Widows


In 1784, the General Assembly of North Carolina passed "An Act for the relief of such persons as have been disabled by wounds, or rendered incapable of procuring for themselves and families subsistence in the militia service of this State, and providing for the widows and orphans of such as have died." The Treasurer and Comptroller's State Pensions to Invalids and Widows consist of records relating to the pensions or pension applications of 97 applicants who sustained wounds during the American Revolution. In 1808, the federal government assumed responsibility of nearly half of these pensioners, and records pertaining to those pensions are housed in the National Archives.

For more information about the State Pensions to Invalids and Widows and the list of names of soldiers represented in the collection, see the guide to the Treasurer and Comptroller's Papers or the War of the Revolution Finding Aid.