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Re: Confederate Pension Records a resource?

Hi Selma,
Your statement, "These were not voluntary" was a strong one and one for additional thought.

My great-great-grandfather's nephew (sister's son) applied for a Confederate pension. In fact, it was his pension record that verified something I had been telling his descendants all along. He verified that he was taken into service by his enslaver, who he identified in that record and whose surname he did not take. The family had believed that the last slave-owner was a man with the same surname their ancestor carried and was their ancestor's father as well. So, the pension record really helped to prove my findings.

Anyway....when William Barr took Edmond Beckley to War with him, you think enslaved Edmond could say, "Masser, I don't wanna go and I simply refuse to go." What would have happened if he said that?? Hmmm.....


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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