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Bounty Land Warrant Extracts.

The following extracts of military service information was gleaned from searches of land patent records on the the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office website. Undoubtedly there are more bounty land warrants waiting to be discovered on the website; in the limited time I could spare I concentrated on states where I knew bounty lands had been awarded and, searched on only "Slav%" and "Slev%" (the % is a wilcard) so misspellings like "Slovin" would have been missed. Anyone doing further prospecting on the website and sharing the information would be greatly appreciated!

Bounty lands were often awarded in states other than where the applicant lived. Veterans or their survivors also did not have to move to these new lands-- in fact, nearly all of the warrants listed below were assigned to other, likely unrelated, persons who actually received the patent to the land.

The format of the extracts below is name of veteran, rank and unit, land office, acreage, date of land patent, the warrant number, and the assignee, if I recognized the name as having a connection to the family. (Veterans often sold their warrants to neighbors, friends, or even complete strangers; the Slevin brothers, James and John of Cincinnati, were quite the land speculators in the late 1850's and 1860's.) For more information on the land patent, such as the legal desciption of the land or the name of the person to whom the veteran had assigned the bounty warrant, search the BLM GLO website for the state where the land office was located.

For more information on bounty land warrants, try this site, or Google the term. Out of curiosity I sent to the NARA for the first John and Elizabeth Slavens warrant under the War of 1812 below. I received a disc with scans of the file in under two weeks, and that report can be found here.

Revolutionary War.

John Slaven, a private for three years in the Virginia Line, for bounty lands lying northwest of the Ohio River, between the Little Miami and Scioto rivers. 100 acres, warrant assigned to Thomas Galford, who assigned 25 and 40 acres to John Kore. Warrant 5391.

War of 1812.

Elizabeth Slavens, widow of John Slavens, private, Captain Tubb's Company, Tennessee Militia - Fort Dodge, Iowa - 80 acres - April 10, 1860 - warrant 36296

Elizabeth Slavins, widow of John Slavins, private, Captain Tubb's Company, Tennessee Militia - Shawneetown, Illinois - 80 acres - January 2, 1854 - warrant 38980 - assigned to Abner Calvin Slavins.

Samuel Slaven, private, Captain Connor and Yeakey's(?) Companies of Indiana Militia - Fort Des Moines, Iowa - 120 acres - Feb 29, 1857 - warrant 1222 - (Note: The "Yeakey" reference is likely to Captain Henry Yakey's Company, Third Regiment, Kentucky Detached Milita. See Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812: With an Added Index, Kentucky Adjutant-General's Office, 1891.)

Samuel Slaven, private, Captain Connor's Company, Indiana Militia - Stillwater, Minnesota - 40 acres - April 10, 1857 - warrant 79223

John Slavens, sergeant, Captain McClenney's Company, Kentucky Volunteers - Warsaw, Missouri - 80 acres - Dec 10, 1859 - warrant 14157

John Slavens, first sergeant, Captain McClenney's Company, Kentucky Volunteers - Edwardsville, Illinois - 80 acres - July 1, 1854 - warrant 10831

Thomas Slavens, private, Captain McClenney's Company, 13th Regiment, Kentucky Militia - Palmyra, Missouri - 80 acres - Nov. 10, 1853 - warrant 42870

Thomas Slavens, private, Captain McClenney's Company, Kentucky Militia - Plattsburg, Missouri - 80 acres - Dec 1, 1858 - warrant 28086

Duncan Spear (Dennis Slaven), private, Captain Watson's Company, Ohio Militia - Danville, Illinois - 40 acres - March 1, 1855 - warrant 90357

Duncan Spear (Dennis Slaven), private, Captain Watson's Company, Ohio Militia - Traverse City, Michigan - 144 acres - August 1, 1859 - warrant 58210

Black Hawk War.

Jane M. Slavens, widow of Henry Slavens, private, Captain Orr's Company, Indiana Militia - St. Peters, Minnesota - 120 acres - April 10, 1860 - warrant 45331 - assigned to her brother? nephew? George P. Magill

Henry Slavens, Lieutenant, Captain Orr's Company, Indiana Mounted Volunteer Rangers - LeCompton, Kansas - October 1, 1860 - warrant 93509

Michael Slavin, private, Captain Hamilton's Company, Wisconsin Volunteers - Mineral Point, Wisconsin - 40 acres - August 10, 1851 - warrant 6291

Michael Slavin, private, Captain Hamilton's Company, Wisconsin Volunteers - Mineral Point, Wisconsin - 120 acres - August 10, 1858 - warrant 45610

John Slavens, private, Captain Brown's Company, Illinois Militia - Warsaw, Missouri - 120 acres - April 1, 1859 - warrant 56823

John Slavens, private, Captain Brown's Company, Illinois Militia - Clinton, Missouri - 40 acres - October 2, 1854 - warrant 53227 - assigned to George W. Slavens

Mexican War.

Christopher Slaven, sergeant, Captain Macy's Company D, Fifth Regiment, United States Infantry - Dixon, Illinois land office - 160 acres - January 3, 1854 - warrant 75237

Abner Calvin Slavins, private, Captain M.C(?). Lawler's Company, 5th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers - Shawneetown, Illinois land office - 160 acres - Sept. 1, 1848 - warrant 13082

John Slavin, sergeant, Captain Robert McClay's Recruiting Party, United States Army - Vandalia, Illinois - 160 acres - Nov 10, 1851 - warrant 73366

John Slaven, father, heir at law of Lewis Slaven, deceased, private, Captain Hunter's Company, 1st Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry - Camden, Arkansas - 172 acres - March 10, 1884 - warrant 10708. Captain Hunter's Company was formed by men from Sevier County.

Owen Slevin, private, Captain John's Company, 3rd Regiment United States Infantry - Dubuque, Iowa - 155 acres - September 5, 1850 - warrant 48748

Charles L(?). Slavens, private, Captain Daggett's Company, 1st Regiment, Texas Volunteer Cavalry - Green Bay, Wisconsin - 160 acres - March 1, 1850 - warrant 18190

Patrick S. Slevin, an unattached private of the 2nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers - Green Bay, Wisconsin - 150 acres - April 1, 1850 - warrant 20002

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