1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 3, 2021 2:02 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking information about bounty lands of a veteran of the Mexican American War

    Tamie Dehler Wayfarer

      Martin D. Leatherman/Letherman enlisted on August 5, 1846, from Bedford (Trimble County), Kentucky, to serve in Rifle Co. D.  He served in the Mexican American War and was discharged at the Jefferson Barracks in Missouri on August 26, 1848.  He was age 23 at the time of enlistment, born in Shelby County, Kentucky.  This enlistment information was on Ancestry.com.


      He returned to Kentucky and married Sarah E. Whitaker in Carroll County, Kentucky, on Feb. 3, 1850.


      That is the last I can find of either Martin or Sarah on any document.


      I looked in Fold 3 and found that a bounty land application was filed based on his service.  The information simply said Martin D. Leatherman, private, 1846, Mexican American War, US Mounted Riflemen, Captain Jones, warrant # 47-160-51052.


      I'm wanting to know who filed the application, when was it filed, was it approved, and where were the bounty lands located?


      Thanks for your help.

        • Re: Seeking information about bounty lands of a veteran of the Mexican American War
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Dehler,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, ca. 1790 - ca. 1900 in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) that may includes application files based on the service of Martin D. Leatherman. The majority of the claims are based on service in the War of 1812, Indian wars, and the Mexican War. While some records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog, the file for Martin D. Leatherman is not available online. For more information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1.


          We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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