Jordan N. PETERS’ War of 1812 Pension File is Online!

In 1977 – let that sink in – over 40 years ago – Paula Kelley Ward obtained Jordan N. PETERS’ complete War of 1812 file from the National Archives and Records Administration. She transcribed and typed all the documents in the file. The complete transcription and the full story contained in the records came to nearly 50 typewritten pages. With information gleaned from his War of 1812 records, Paula wrote “Jordan’s Story” which can be found online.1

Over four years ago I wrote 52 Ancestors: #24 Jordan N. PETERS 1796-1890  — War of 1812 Pensioner. Paula, who is my fourth cousin through Jordan and my fourth cousin once removed through his father Zachariah (she also descends through Jordan’s brother Willis) kindly allowed me to use documents and excerpts of “Jordan’s Story” in my post.

War of 1812 Contributor

Ever since I read Paula’s version of my 3rd great-grandfather Jordan N. PETERS’ story, I wanted to see the pension file. I’ve waited and waited for the pension file to be scanned and made available online. I even made a small donation to the project in hopes of speeding it up. Today I checked Fold3 and found Jordan’s file is finally ready to view. All 218 pages! It took me an hour and a half to download the images. If there is a way to download the entire package in one go, I could not find it.

Many of my cousins who descend from Jordan N. PETERS have been waiting for the file to be made available and I didn’t want to hold this back. Of course, Paula was the first person I got in touch and she is as excited as I am.

If you are waiting for your ancestor’s file, they are still working on the P surnames. For the state of Virginia, they are up to the surname Phillips. Keep checking back as new records are added.

© 2018, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.


  1.  Paula Kelley Ward, “Jordan’s Story”, Wherever We Wander pgs. 24-29; compiled, designed, and edited by Carolyn Hale Bruce; cover designed by Charles Randolph Bruce. All stories in this book are copyrighted, 2005, by their authors and may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the author(s), except for brief quotes in reviews or for publicity purposes.
    [Source: Floyd County, Virginia Mailing List Web Site maintained by Rena Worthen; online http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~barbs/]
    Jordan’s Story – page 24
    Jordan’s Story – page 25
    Jordan’s Story – page 26
    Jordan’s Story – page 27
    Jordan’s Story – page 28
    Jordan’s Story – page 29 

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

9 thoughts on “Jordan N. PETERS’ War of 1812 Pension File is Online!”

    1. She doesn’t have time until next week to look at the file. But she did say, “They did the whole file.” There were originally some records misfiled in another veteran or widow’s file. I think it is pretty complete. War of 1812! Amazing for sure, Amy.

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  1. Cathy, Congrats to and your cousins for finally being able to see something you’ve waited so long for. It’s rewarding to be able to place your ancestors in the historic events that they participated in. I’ve definitely been there. Brian

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  2. Thank you, Cathy! Still haven’t had time to download Jordan’s file – I am up the wazoo with stuff to do. I am anxious to see if they really did scan the entire file. You said it’s 218 pages, and I don’t think i received that many photocopies in 1977. I remember that the person who did all the copying wrote a little note to me: “You should come to the National Archives!” My 50 pages of typed transcription took me two weeks, with a magnifying glass. There were scraps of paper in all different sizes from the file. Thanks so much for keeping an eye out for the finished scanned documents!

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    1. Hello Cathy & Paula …. we always scan the entire, complete file. If misfiled documents are identified after imaging, they will be imaged and added. Enjoy!

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