02 December 2011

Mexican War Service Records at Fold3

If you are like me, you may know practically nothing at all about the Mexican War.  My kids are Texan by birth and I may know that there was such a war and that about exhausts my familiarity with this particular military conflict.

And, that doesn’t stop me from appreciating that fold3 has a Mexican War Service Records which were the topic of a recent blog post. This collection includes service records for volunteers who served from MS, PA, TN, TX and the Mormon Battalion (for which there are also Pension Files available).

Now I just need to find someone to research who might have served in this war!

Did one of your ancestor’s serve?  If so, please let us know!

Editor’s Note: When dealing with any military conflict and/or an activity where there would have been Federal involvement, I check out the NARA site to see what resources that site might have. As usual, I found some interesting resources at that site and then had to look further!

Are there other great sites about this war?  

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  1. My ancestor, Peter McSweeney, an Irish immigrant, served in the Mexican War. He enlisted at Fort Smith, Arkansas in Company F, 6th Infantry, US Army on 8 January 1846. On December 23 he was left sick at Parras, Mexico, never to be heard from again. His widow Johanna, couldn't prove he died there and wasn't allowed his pension, but she and her destitute children did get a Bounty Land Warrant for land in Sebastian County, Arkansas.

  2. Daniel H. Killey served in Co. F in the Mexican War entered 1848, disc. 1849

    History of Defiance County, p. 223 (Ohio)

    Daniel H. Killey was born in Cayuga County, N. Y., about twelve miles from the city of Auburn, August 24, 1826. His father, Heman Killey, was born in Barnstable County, Mass., and followed the sea for a number of years, in the whaling trade. In 1824, he left the sea and moved to New York. Ruth (Lapham) Killey, the mother of Daniel, was also born in Massachusetts, and was of the old Quaker stock. They had born unto them four sons and two daughters, viz., Daniel H., Benjamin F., Oliver, Adeline, Susan E. and Joseph Killey. Susan E. died at Napoleon, Ohio, December 15, 1856. Joseph died at Battle Creek, Mich., from injuries received in the service in the late rebellion, after having served about one year in the Union army. Daniel's father removed from New York to Seneca County, Ohio, in the spring of 1835, and died in the fall of that year. Daniel H. Killey was married to Matilda Billings in 1848, at Attica, in Seneca County. They have had seven children--George W., Daniel H., Charles, Emma, Lafayette, Edgar E. and William T. Killey. Of this number all are dead except George W., they having died in infancy. The wife of Daniel H. Killey, Matilda A. (Billings) Killey, was born in New York, and was the daughter of Jollier and Aurilla (Ford) Billings. Her parents came from Cayuga County, N. Y., to Seneca County, Ohio, at an early day, her mother's brother, Johnson Ford, also coming with them, and is now a resident of Attica, Seneca Co., Ohio, at ninety years of age. The five brothers of Heman Killey (father of Daniel) were all engaged as seamen, in the whaling business, and were supposed to be lost at sea. Daniel, when about twenty years of age, enlisted in the Mexican war, and served about thirteen months, traveling while in the service about 8,000 miles. On his return home, he was married, and removed to near Bellevue, in Hanover (sic, should be Huron) County, where he remained for almost three years; then came to Putnam County, Ohio, while it was still a wilderness, and abounded in bears and wolves and other wild animals, and located on a land warrant on 160 acres of land about twelve miles from Defiance. They had to cut roads for about four miles. Here he resided for about one year, and then removed with his family to the town of Defiance, and commenced to work in the Defiance Mills, for the firm of Semans & Stevens. In 1864, he enlisted in the Third Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and remained with the regiment till the close of the war, about seven months, being all of this time assigned to the hospital, nursing and caring for the sick. After the war, he came home and purchased a farm in Henry County.

    Note: Oliver Killey/Kelley was my ancestor.

  3. Thanks to Bob Witherspoon for pointing out that the link posted for the LOC guide is a duplicate of the PBS link and for providing a working link! ... the correct info is:

    A Guide to the Mexican War
    Compiled by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist