How to source Rev War Pension

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Could someone please list a profile showing how to source a Fold3 Revolutionary War pension application?

I've transcribed an affidavit for my ancestor.  On 12 September 1821, John Payne, a 2nd Lieutenant from Vermont, requested a pension.  The District of Massachusetts indicated "the number of his pension certificate is 17435."  John, a mariner, recorded his residencies in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and in the Magdelen Islands in his application -- this is an important piece of the "puzzle".

Please provide a sample profile; I can take it from there.

Thanks in advance,  Janine
WikiTree profile: John Payne
in Policy and Style by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (180k points)

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I source Fold3 records like Ancestry or Family search, as it's a database. (the TEXT section is due to the fact that it's a paid site, so others know what the record contains)


"Revolutionary War Service Records," database with images, Fold3 (Fold3 $ site : accessed 9 November 2017), entry for Peter Rhodes, Pawtuxet Rangers, Rhode Island; citing Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, compiled 1894 - ca. 1912, documenting the period 1775 - 1784. TEXT: (1st Card) Peter Rhodes, Card # 37133956 (2nd Card) Peter Rhodes, Pawtuxet Rangers, Revolutionary War, dated No Dates.

by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (631k points)
selected by Caryl Ruckert
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On the record at the bottom of the transcribed section there is normally a description like:


NARA M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files.

I add to that sourced via Fold3.
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (673k points)
Thank you so much!  This roving mariner lived an exciting life in two countries; I was glad to discover him AND his pension papers.

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