Commissioner of Indian War Records Indian War service affidavits
Dates: i 1909-1919.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
In 1909 the legislature passed a law creating a Board of Commissioners of Indian War Records. Their duties were to ascertain the names of the persons who were members of any organization performing military duties during Indian wars or expeditions against the Indians during territorial years. Veterans completed affidavits of service; two witnesses also completed affidavits supporting the facts. The affidavits were then filed in the office of the chairman of the board, the Adjutant General of the State. In 1911, the 1909 law was repealed, leaving the same responsibilities to the Adjutant General alone as the Commissioner of Indian War Records. The primary function of the affidavits was to validate pension claims, first to the federal government, and after the 1917 creation of a state Indian War veteran pension fund, to the state. The bulk of the affidavits date to 1909-1910; a few were filed as late as 1919.
The soldier's affidavit consists of a preprinted form with blanks for the name of the county in which he was making his oath, the individual's name, his residence, length of residence, age, date of enrollment, type of company (infantry, cavalry, etc.), his captain, residence at the time, age at the time, length of service, transfer dates and type of company served in following transfer with its captain's name up to the final organization served with, and date of release. Then there is space for the description of duties and engagements participated in while in each company. The witnesses are named and an oath taken that the information provided was accurate. If the soldier was deceased, the widow or a child could complete a similar affidavit. The accompanying two witness affidavits reiterrated the information with an oath that in the belief of the witnesses, the service rendered by the soldier was "honest and faithful."
Alphabetical by soldier's surname
Territorial militia records from the Department of Administrative Services. Division of Archives and Records Service, Series 2210, contains original service data for many of these same individuals.
Territorial militia service cards from the Department of Administrative Services. Division of Archives and Records Service, Series 6195, contains a listing of many of these same individuals along with basic service data.
This series is available on microfilm.
This series is available online as part of the Utah State Archives Digital Archives.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
This series was processed by A.C. Cone in July 1990. The Genealogical Society of Utah created digital images in April 2007. These images were linked to the existing name index by Rod Swaner in November 2010 and made available online.
Indexes: A name index is available. View index.
- Indians of North America--Wars--George.
- Indians of North America--Utah--Wars.
- Military pensions--Utah.