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Re: EADES-GANN Pension File
In Response To: Re: EADES-GANN Pension File ()

I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that I decided to peruse these older messages today! It's very timely for me.

Bennie, we have exchanged e-mails before in my attempt to locate information on my USCT great-greatgrandfather. For years, I was unsuccessesful. Only recently did I come to find out that he used two different surnames, as well.

My grandmother always asserted that her grandfather served in the Civil War. His name was Oliver Saunders, and he was born in October, 1848. Within the last year, I determined that his brother, Franklin, served with him.

What was particularly interesting was that on Oliver's (Civil War) pension index card, He is listed as "Saunders, Oliver" and on the second line, "Hendricks, Oliver (alias)". Your explanation makes perfect sense, especially since both brothers served out of KY. Oliver served as a Pvt. with the 121 U.S. Col'd. Infantry, and subsequently with the 13 U.S. Col'd. Heavy Artillery. I also found that both brothers' names are listed at the African American Civil War Memorial.

They are also both listed on the Adjutant General's Report on Kentucky Volunteers. (Of interest is the fact that there are two other HENDRICKS serving with them. One mustered in the same day at the same location -- Greenup, KY -- and I surmise that one or both of them may be related to mine, possibly even brothers.)

Having finally made these discoveries only recently, I just this morning printed up the form to have my father request Oliver's service record, though I don't know how to go about obtaining the pension record. I think it might be a valuable resource for genealogical research, as well. Perhaps you will offer me a route through which to pursue it.

Were photos taken of the soldiers in those units I mentioned? We have no photos of Oliver or Franklin. If there were pictures even of their units, it's possible that we might be able to scan their photos from the group. Neither of them is buried at Camp Nelson. They were buried not far from where they were born--at Gilead, in Bethel (Bath Co.), KY.

On another note, I just recently found the materials on the Camp Nelson event, this September. I was just in KY, in fact, I was in Lexington about four weeks ago, after my family reunion in Ohio. It's a little soon for me to go back, as much as I would love to, but I would love to attend in the future. I have already related the info to my cousins in the area. Hopefully, they will be able to turn out.

I can't wait to hear your response to this.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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