Texas Confederate Pensions

Confederate veterans and their widows were dependent upon the generosity of the already impoverished former Confederate states for any postwar pension benefits. In awarding pensions for Confederate service, Texas, like most other southern states, confined its relief payments to veterans or their widows resident in Texas since 1880 who were disabled or indigent. Therefore, the index of applicants for Confederate pensions in no way represents a complete roster of Texas residents who fought for the Confederacy.

The Index to Confederate Pension Applications provides the names, counties of residence, and pension numbers of 54,634 approved, rejected, and home pensions issued by the Texas government between 1899 and 1975.

The Confederate Pension Applications were transferred to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) from the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts between 1934 and 1980. Even at the time of transfer, some application files were identified as missing. Although the names and associated file numbers are known, the records themselves are no longer available. There is value, however, in knowing the applications actually existed, along with the limited information found in the index. The entries are clearly recognizable by the word Missing which appears next to the application numbers. Patrons should not request photocopies of these non-existent records.

The application forms and any supporting documentation or correspondence are on file in Texas State Library and Archives Commission's Archives and Information Services Division. You may request copies of the files by telephone, mail, or e-mail. To obtain an approved pension, give the applicant's name and pension number. If the pension application number is shown as Rejected or Home, be sure to give the applicant's full name as it appears in the index, provide the county, and specify rejected or home.

http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/pensions/index.php

This interactive search form provides access to an index of names, counties of residence, and pension numbers of some 54,634 approved, rejected, and home pensions issued by the Texas government between 1899 and 1975.  Listed below are those pension files listed for Kendall County.

A total of 37 records were found for County: Kendall

 

Applicant Name

App #

County

Husband

Husband's App #

Beall, O. B.

42745

Kendall

 

 

Berger, Anton Louis

02407

Kendall

 

 

Berry, John

10670

Kendall

 

 

Bieschwale, Betsy

23312

Kendall

Bieschwale, Henry

 

Crews, Cora

17984

Kendall

Crews, Thomas C.

 

Crews, T. A.

07884

Kendall

 

 

Dart, Nathalie Beatrice

47863

Kendall

Dart, Christopher

 

Davis, T. A.

Rejected

Kendall

 

 

Fuchs, Caroline Julia

Rejected

Kendall

Fuchs, Herman Theodor

 

Gass, Friedrick

33715

Kendall

 

 

Hamlin, Vincent B.

17116

Kendall

 

 

Johns, Kate Rice

37785

Kendall

Johns, Joseph Dupuy

 

Kaiser, John Alexander

19078

Kendall

 

 

Kaiser, Wilhemina

51556

Kendall

Kaiser, John Alexander

19078

Kuehne, Mary

39102

Kendall

Kuehne, August

Rej

Lex, Carolina

47675

Kendall

Lex, Peter

 

Mills, Nannie Riley

35318

Kendall

Mills, William Alexander

11789

Moffitt, Joseph Francis

40413

Kendall

 

 

Newman, Lemuel

20853

Kendall

 

 

Norris, Alice C.

34843

Kendall

Norris, Eugene Samuel

 

Pankratz, Gertrude

02409

Kendall

Pankratz, John

 

Patton, C. A.

02408

Kendall

 

 

Pfeiffer, Agnes

42949

Kendall

Pfeiffer, William

 

Phillips, Julius Paul

39496

Kendall

 

 

Schwarz, Frank

19756

Kendall

 

 

Schwarz, Friedericka

37346

Kendall

Schwarz, Frank

19756

Smith, Andrew Jackson

36827

Kendall

 

 

Spencer, T. F.

30123

Kendall

 

 

Spring, John Victor

41861

Kendall

 

 

Spring, Mary W.

46148

Kendall

John Victor, Dr.

 

Toepperwein, Charlotte

50811

Kendall

Toepperwein, Gustav Adolph

 

Toepperwein, Kathinka

45904

Kendall

Toepperwein, Paul

36790

Toepperwein, Paul

36790

Kendall

 

 

Weaver, John

Rejected Missing

Kendall

 

 

Werner, John

Rejected

Kendall

 

 

Whittbold, Minna

37585

Kendall

Whittbold, Henry

 

Wilson, Lavinia

07273

Kendall

Wilson, Robert B.

 

 

Files may vary in content and total number of pages. Staff will copy all items in each file requested. For more information on requesting copies, visit http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/archmail.html .  Photocopies are invoiced at $.10 per page for letter- and legal-sized copies, plus postage. Ledger-sized paper is $.50 per page, plus postage. There is a $1.00 minimum charge and an invoice will be sent with your copies.

Examples of the preferred citations for Confederate Pension Applications:

     #37541, William Andrew Adams, Confederate pension applications, Texas Comptroller's Office claims records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

     Baker, Martha Ann Johnson (Cherokee County), Rejected Confederate pension applications, Texas Comptroller's Office claims records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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The above information was extracted from the TSLAC website and summarized by Harry Dell on 29 March 2008.  Researchers should be aware that TSLAC's building is being renovated!  They are able to stay open throughout most of the renovation; however, many of the collections have moved offsite and will be unavailable for viewing, circulating, and interlibrary loan. If you wish to use official state records, please visit http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/renovation for information about accessing these records.