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There may be information about your ancestor’s marriage in records related to his military service, particularly in records related to his military pension. The National Archives in Washington, D.C. - Textual Reference (RDT1) has pension applications and records of pension payments for veterans, their widows, and other heirs. Pension application files usually provide the most genealogical information. These files often contain supporting documents such as: narratives of events during service, marriage certificates, birth records, death certificates, pages from family Bibles, family letters, depositions of witnesses, affidavits, discharge papers and other supporting papers. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series
Case Files of Pension Applications Based on Service Completed in the Years 1817 to Approximately 1903 and the series Case Files of Pension Applications Based on Death or Disability Incurred in Service between 1783 and 1861 ("Old Wars") in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15) that may contain a pension file for your relative. Part of these series have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For information about the non-digitized records, please contact RDT1 at email@example.com. Please include as much information in your request as possible (e.g. full name and specific dates of interest).
If he was an officer, we located the series Letters Received, 1863 - 1917 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that include a file for your ancestor. This series consists of letters, reports, and papers relating to the military service of officers of the Regular Army, officers of Volunteers in the Staff Corps commissioned by the President, and officers commissioned by brevet appointment in the Regular Army and Volunteer organizations. The series also contains documentation of appointments and the retirement of enlisted men. These records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
We also located the series Enlistment Papers, 1798 - October 31, 1912 and Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798 - 1914 (M233) in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that include military service files of the Regular Army which may contain information about his wife. For more information, please contact RDT1.
M233 has been digitized and is available on Fold3 as Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; on Ancestry as U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; and on FamilySearch as United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
More information about Genealogy Research in Military Records is available on the National Archives website.
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.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!