Not everyone was not the fortunate eldest son who traditionally inherited the family-seated plantation. Thus, it was left to younger sons to find respectable occupations. When war came, most young men elected to fight. At first, everybody signed up for three-month intervals in order to be able to be home during planting and harvest times. The pension records reflect that this 3-month interval was repeated time and time again by the same people. The longer periods of time in service meant land grants. After the war, their commanding officer testified to service given and the bounty lands were granted. By the time of the Revolutionary War, land in Virginia was pretty well depleted from tobacco crops. Thus, it benefited everyone for veterans to take up new land. Many Virginia accepted land grants in Georgia along the eastern coast. Thomas Preston of Bedford County served, and as a Major during the War of 1812. Afterwards, he received bounty lands in Jasper County, Georgia. Another soldier from Bedford County was William Pullen who served in the 14th Regiment of the Continental Line, serving seven years in all. Pullen slew a British officer in hand-to-hand combat. Afterwards, he also took up bounty grants in Georgia.
County and Probate Records to Help you Find your Virginia Ancestors