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James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

Posted: 2 Dec 2012 4:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McHugh
Trying to figure out if my ancestor James McHugh served in the Mexican War. He was an Irish Immigrant.

On the Bureau of Land Management, I found some records one dating from 1850 that says James McHugh was in the Louisiana Battalion of Mounted Volunteers and received land in Wisconsin.

He also had a brother Francis McHugh that also settled with him in Sauk County Wisconsin. They might have served together.. but I am not sure.

Whats the best place to look for Mexican War veterans?

Thanks,
Lou Foss

Re: James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

Posted: 4 Dec 2012 7:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McHugh
First, I didn't find a Mexican War Pension listed for either James or Francis McHugh. However, unless they were war related disabled, they would not be able to apply until 1887 and many did not live that long.

Therefore, I suggest you request from the National Archives the compiled military service record of James giving the information you listed here. If they don't find one, you won't be charged. Keep in mind the Mexican War was from 1846 - 1848 and the potato famine in Ireland wasn't unill 1846.

Re: James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

Posted: 4 Dec 2012 7:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks...

I requested the file from the archives.

I guess there isn't a comprehensive list of soldiers that served in the Mexican war

Lou

Re: James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 3:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, there is an index to the compiled service records of Mexican War soldiers. It is on microfilm M616 at the National Archives. In this case, you know that he served in the Mexican War, because the patent certificate that you found at the Bureau of Land Management website is a military warrant, and it names the regiment that he served in. The compiled military service record is not going to tell you anything about this land. Bounty land was a reward for military service, but it was something that the soldier had to apply for. There will be a bounty land application file at NARA (unless he was pensioned, in which case the BLW application will be filed in with the pension papers). There will also be a surrendered warrant.

Your soldier did not get land in Wisconsin. What he received was a bounty land warrant, which was a piece of paper that could be exchanged for a land patent anywhere of his choosing on the public domain. Your soldier sold this piece of paper to a third party who is named on the patent certificate as the "assignee" of your soldier. This is the person who actually chose land in Wisconsin and patented land there. At the BLM site, the "w" next to the name is the "warrantee", in other words, the soldier who received the warrant. The "p" next to a name is the "patentee", the person who actually patented land with the warrant. The patentee might be the soldier himself or somebody else. In your case, it is somebody else who got the land in Wisconsin. The surrendered warrant file at NARA would contain the actual warrant certificate, showing the sale of same on the reverse side of the document, similar to how we might sell our car by signing the back of the title over to someone who has purchased it.

The most information you will find on this soldier would be in his pension file if he was a pensioner. The pension index is also at NARA, but I believe there are printed versions of it. I can't tell you where to find those, since I always look at the microfilm indexes in person at NARA. If there is no pension, he definitely has a bounty land application file, as well as a surrendered warrant file. His compiled military service record would not give you any personal information about him, only his military record of enlistment, discharge, pay, any promotions or disciplinary actions, and whether he was present, absent, sick, or AWOL.

I don't know how old your soldier was, but sometimes young soldiers of the Mexican War went on to become older officers in the Civil War. You might want to check the soldiers' and sailors' website at: www.itd.nps.gov/cwss and see if you find your soldier in the Civil War. If he was in Louisiana during the Mexican War, you might find him in a Confederate regiment.

Re: James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 12:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have his compiled military service record which as you say doesn't give much specifics except his age, which is a match.

How does one order the surrendered warrant file?

Thanks,
Lou

Re: James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 6:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Lou, if he wasn't pensioned then the bounty land warrant application file is what you want. You might also want to order the surrendered warrant file. Both are at NARA D.C. I don't know how much they are charging for it at this point. I am an independent paid researcher and may or may not be cheaper than ordering from NARA. NARA's website is: www.nara.gov or you can contact me privately at peg (and the at sign) reevesweb.com

Re: James McHugh B1820 Sauk County Wisconsin

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 6:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Peg,

Thanks... I just checked and it looks like its $30 and can be ordered electronically from the NARA site

I'll check it out

Lou
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