Here is a War of 1812 pension file for Thomas Helton (KY, IN). There were a lot of papers so I have arranged them as best I could chronologically. Thomas was born approximately 1782-84 and died in KY July 14, 1860.
* Original discharge certificate for Thomas Helton, private, Capt. Robert Paxton's company of infantry, 14th regiment Kentucky detached militia, honorably discharged at Greensburgh, KY, June 24, 1815.
*Claim form dated January 21, 1851. Thomas Helton, age 67, resident of Taylor County, KY, states he served as a private in Capt. Robert Paxton's company in the 14th Regiment of Kentucky Militia commanded by Col. Thomas. He was drafted in Greensburg, KY, around November 1, 1814, for six months and was discharged at Greensburg, KY, on June 24, 1815. Signed with his mark.
* Envelope indicating that warrant 2523 issued January 7, 1852, for 80 acres, sent to A.F. Gundy [Grady?], attorney in Campbellsville, KY.
* Soldier's additional bounty land claim under act of March 3, 1855. Dated April 4, 1855. Thomas Helton, age 73, resident of Taylor County, KY, applies for additional land, having previously received 80 acres under earlier act. Signed with his mark. One of his witnesses is an Arnold Helton (who signs his name), other is David Nelson.
* Form from the Third Auditor's Office, "Suspended Bounty Land Claim Re-Examined" dated December 18, 1855. State "James Helton" served in Capt. Paxton's Co. of the Kentucky Militia from November 20, 1814, to May 20, 1815.
* Soldier's claim form dated February 4, 1856. Thomas Helton of Taylor County, KY, claims he served in Capt. Paxton's Company, Kentucky Militia, and has received a land warrant for 80 acres previously. States he previously submitted application 71665 under the acts of March 1855 but that it did not meet the rules of the department and he makes this as an amended application. Signed with his mark. Witnesses William and Sara Carlile attest to his identity (they are of Lane County, KY).
* Widow's pension declaration form: dated April 3, 1871. Elizabeth Helton, age 85, resident of Campbellsville P.O., Taylor County, KY, is the widow of Thomas Helton, who served in Captain Faxton's [sic] Company from November 1812 and was discharged at New Orleans in February 1813 and that he fought in the Battle of New Orleans. She was married under the name Elizabeth Petter in 1802 [sic] by one Mr. Crowder at Green County, KY and that Thomas Helton died July 14, 1860, in Taylor County, KY. She signs with her mark.
* Small form dated February 9, 1872, indicating Widow's Pension Claim No. 5372, Elizabeth Helton, warrant no. 23.450-80-55: "Above warrant issued to Thomas Helton for his service in Capt. Paxton's Co. KY Mil. 6 mos discharge on file dated June 24, 1815."
* Affadavit of James C. Sympson and Aaron H. Dewitt of Taylor County, KY, dated March 4, 1872, stating they know Elizabeth Helton and that she and Thomas had lived together as man and wife about 60 years up to his death and that she has not remarried. [This affadavit was later rejected because Dewitt signed with a mark but only one person who could sign his name signed to attest his identity, so they had to resubmit.]
* Certified copy dated March 4, 1872, by the clerk of the county court of Green County, KY, of the marriage bond of Thomas Helton and Betsy Pepper. That bond is dated September 30, 1805. Thomas Helton and Garret Davis pledge 50 dollars bond and both sign with their marks.
* Another widow's pension declaration form: dated March 28, 1872. Elizabeth Helton, age 85, same residence as above. Now claims he served in Capt. Paxton's Company in the division commanded by Gen. Jackson from November 1812, was discharged in 1813, and "that he served under General Andrew Jackson and fought in the Battle of New Orleans." She now states she was married as Elizabeth Peppers in October 1805 or 1807, she can't recall, by one Rev. Crowder, at Green County, KY. Same death date and place for Thomas.
* Brief of claim for widow's pension form: Declaration and identification filed in due form April 5, 1872. Notes bounty land was issued to Thomas Helton for his service in Capt. Paxton's Co. KY Militia for 6 months, discharged June 24, 1815. Admitted for widow's pension April 12, 1872, for 8 dollars a month.
* Envelope noting Elizabeth Helton, widow of Thomas Helton, Capt. Paxton's Co., KY Militia, was awarded a pension of 8 dollars per month from February 1871, certificate dated April 17, 1872, Louisville Agency.