John Helton was born in Hawkins County, TN, August 15, 1798, and died in IN, dates variously reported in April 1840, 1841, or 1842 (see below).Here are the documents from his War of 1812 pension file:
* Cover sheet, file numbers Wid. Orig. No. 31319, Wid. Cert. No. 23214, Bounty land warrants 35.099-80-50 and 20.427-80-55. Service dates of veteran given as October 2, 1812 to February 8, 1814.
* Certified copy dated August 30, 1878, of marriage certificate of John Hilton and Nancy Robison, Monroe County, IN. License dated March 27, 1827. Statement by Rev. Robert Hicks that he married the couple on March 28, 1827.
* Widow's bounty land claim: dated March 25, 1851. Nancy Helton, aged 43, resident of Lawrence County, IN. She is the widow of John Helton, who was a private or non-commissioned officer in Capt. Joel [sic] Gillenwater's company, Tennessee Militia, commanded by Gen. Jackson in the War of 1812. He entered the service in Hawkins County, TN, in the summer or fall of 1813 for nine months and he served for nine months and 25 days and was honorably discharged at Hawkins County, TN some time in the spring she thinks of 1814. She married John Helton in Monroe County, IN, on March 28, 1826, and prior to marriage was Nancy Robinson [sic]. Her husband died in Brown County, IN, on April 14, 1842, and she has not remarried. She does not know further details of his service but presents a copy of a family record regarding their marriage and births. She further thinks that her husband was in the Battle of the Horseshoe and other battles the names of which she cannot recollect.She signs with her mark. Witnesses James and Sarah Sterns of Jefferson County, KY, attest to her identity and her husband's service and other details of her statement. They have known John for the last 40 years and have known Nancy well since their marriage - John and Nancy lived together as husband and wife and raised a family of 7 children before his death.Further the form sets forth information from a family record presented by Nancy: namely that John Helton was born in Hawkins County, TN, August 15, 1798, and departed this life at his residence in Brown County, IN, April 14, 1842. Nancy Robison was born in Randolph County, NC, September 20, 1807, and married John Helton in Monroe County, IN, March 28, 1827
* Statement by Nancy Helton dated December 10, 1851. Her husband never received previous bounty land. Also, his discharge certificate was destroyed by a "house burning."
* Widow's affadavit: dated May 8, 1855. Claim for more bounty land. Says John served in Capt. Joel Gillenwater's company of the Tennessee Militia "in the war with the Creek and Cherokee Indians." Restates marriage details and that John Helton died April 17, 1840 [sic]. Notes she received a previous warrant for 80 acres under the act of 1850 but has legally disposed of it. Signs with her mark. Witnesses are Joseph Lane and Amzi [?] Browning.
* Widow's pension claim: dated April 8, 1878. Nancy Helton, age 71, resident of Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, IN. States her late husband John Helton served in the company of Capt. John Starnes [sic] and was drafted in Hawkins County, TN. In the space asking for her husband's description at time of service, she notes that she "never saw or knew the said John Helton til the year 1822 or 1823. His occupation was farming. Think he was born in Tenn." Notes her marriage to John in Monroe County, IN, March 28, 1827, and that "her said husband had been previously married and his first wife died she thinks in the year 1820." John died at Jackson County, IN, April 17, 1841 [sic]. "As she remembers, her husband stated that he lived in Hawkins County, Tenn., til about 1820 or 21 when he removed to Lawrence County, Ind., and resided near there til time of his death." Notes she has received warrants on account of John's services for 80 acres each, the last in 1855 or 56.
* Widow's Brief form: dated April 14, 1879. Nancy Helton is admitted to a pension of 8 dollars per month as of March 9, 1878.
* Little note "Respectfully referred to Chief Finance Division case of Nancy Helton #23214 (1812) for his consideration, pensioner having died subsequent to March 1, 1889." Note dated November 20, 1889.