Hide Advanced Show Advanced

Search

Name

Use default settings
Use default settings

Lived In

Use default settings

Any Event

Use default settings

More

e.g. teacher or "Tower of London"

Get Better Matches

  • Look for word matches in books, stories & newspapers, etc.
  • Use quotation marks around a set of keywords to search for that exact phrase


Source Information

Ancestry.com. Washington D.C., Ex-Slave Pension Correspondence and Case Files, 1892-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data:

Correspondence and Case Files of the Bureau of Pensions Pertaining to the Ex-Slave Pension Movement, 1892-1922. Microfilm M2110, 1 roll. Records of the Veterans Administration, Record Group 15. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

About Washington D.C., Ex-Slave Pension Correspondence and Case Files, 1892-1922

This database contains documents related to the ex-slave pension movement in the United States in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.

Historical Background

The idea of providing pensions to former slaves in the United States took root after the Civil War, inspired in part by the pensions provided for veterans. The first slave pension bill was introduced in Congress in 1890, and numerous groups and organizations took part in and helped make up the movement, such as the Ex-Slave National Pension Club; Ex-Slave Petitioner’s Assembly; Great National Ex-Slave Union; and the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty, and Pension Association of the United States of America.

Some groups solicited funds to support their efforts, and individuals wrote to the government with inquiries about pensions or to make their own case. As the movement grew, suspicion surrounding it grew as well, and the government made efforts to investigate the movement’s efforts and some of its leaders. They infiltrated meetings and exercised power over the mails trying to uncover evidence of fraud.

What’s in the Records

This database contains documents associated with the movement from the Bureau of Pensions, which handled inquiries and investigations. They include correspondence, petitions, advertisements, membership certificates, reports, depositions, case files, and other documents associated with the pension movement and the government’s investigations. Records may include names, dates, residences, and other details about individuals involved in the pension movement.

Help preserve historical records for generations to come. Join the Ancestry World Archives Project, a collaborative effort involving thousands of people around the world keying digital records to make them free for everyone. Anyone can join, and you decide how much time you’ll contribute - as little as 15 minutes helps. Learn more.

  • Visit our other sites:

© 2002-2014 Ancestry.com | Privacy | Cookies | New Terms and Conditions | Operated by Ancestry.com Europe S.à r.l.