Well, some good did come out of my disappointing correspondence with the FGS yesterday concerning the War of 1812 Pension files. I was so vexed that I scoured the internet for other War of 1812 pension sources. And I found one that had some relevant information about John Vincent! This time I'm sure it's the right guy, there are several John Vincent's in the 1812 pension indexes that are online in various places. The indexes contain very little information and it's not always easy to tell if you have your man or not. In fact I wasn't one hundred percent certain that John or his widow ever drew a pension, which is why I never ordered a copy from NARA, which if any of the John Vincent files was the right one?
This time I'm positive it's him. The database is at the Family Search site and is titled United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers 1818-1872. I know what you're thinking, different wars, but the description notes that a few 1812 pensions did sneak in. Somehow, the file I sought was one of these. I typed in John's name and waited. Only two hits came up, the first for John Vincent from Indiana and the second for John Vincent no location. The second hit did include a wife's name, Mary H*. I wasn't sure what that could be, my John did have a wife named Mary but I'd never seen the initial H used for her -- I clicked it anyway.
The page that came up was dark and hard to read, all I could see was the name John Vincent, Private, a dollar amount and--hold on a minute! Someone had written Canandaigua on the same line.
|Hard to read, but the last word is Canandaigua|
Admittedly, I don't know much more now than I did before I found the ledger, but I did learn that John was a Private in the service and most importantly that a pension file does indeed exist for my direct ancestor John Vincent. Now if they will only put it online...