Service records for 1812 soldiers are usually only a couple of payroll or muster cards, usually one copy gets the whole thing, and it tells you practically nothing.In fact, it doesn't even include the soldier's age.
Even if the soldier was not pensioned, he probably was eligible for bounty land...if not immediately after the war, then under later bounty land acts approved by congress in 1850 and 1855.Even if he wasn't still alive at that time, his widow or heirs would have been eligible for it.NARA has the bounty land warrant application files, as well as the surrendered warrants, but they are not indexed.
You can search for 1812 soldiers' bounty land by going to the Bureau of Land Management website at:
Click to search land patents.When the search engine comes up, set it for "any state", uncheck the box that says "patentee", and leave the boxed checked that says "warrantee".Search for the name and when the list comes up, you can click on each image to get a view of the patent certificate which will tell you the name of the regiment and the war, if it was a military bounty land warrant.On the list of names, the soldier will be listed with a "w" beside him for "warrantee" (the one who earned the warrant).A "p" will be next to the name of the person who actually used the warrant certificate to patent land.Sometimes the soldier used his warrant to patent land himself, and sometimes he sold the warrant to someone else who patented land.
Bounty land was a benefit of service, and just about all of them who were eligible for it applied for it, since it could be sold for cash to someone who wanted to move west, even if the soldier or widow had no interest in doing so.If it was a widow applying, they had to not only prove their husband's service, but they also had to prove their legal marriage, giving their maiden name and place of marriage.The bounty land application files are small but can give valuable information.
Any land patent listed at the BLM website will have a small file of documents at NARA, whether it is a military warrant or homestead, or something else.
I can help you with this if you are interested:
"peg" (then the "at" sign) "reevesweb" then dot com.
Or you can contact some other independent on-site researcher.If you order from NARA, they will send you the minimum and charge you the maximum.