My great grandmother's brother Dennis Weaver fought in the Civil War.
He is buried in Loudoun County - his grave has a head stone in Rock Hill cemetery in Loudoun - I wonder if the money was provided by the government?
I'm also curious about the pension paid to him and to his widow - how much was it -and what would it be equivilant to in today's money?
What details would there be in government records about his service other than the division he fought in?
My family says he was wounded in the war and walked with a limp.
Here's what I have so far:
From Loudoun Cemetery Index:
Weaver, Dennis W
Cemetery: Rock Hill
Memo: NO DATES / "C.O.D. / I U.S.O.I."
Would like to know what these initials mean.
From my family bible I know that Dennis was born in 1847, and died June 27th 1911.
From civil war soldiers and sailors site:
1st Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Regiment Name 1 U.S. Col'd Infantry.
Soldier's Rank_In Pvt
Soldier's Rank_Out Pvt
Film Number M589 roll 92
African American Civil War Memorial
Displayed as: Dennis Weaver
Plaque Number: A-3
From pension index:
Dennis W. Weaver
Images Online #: 293 State Filed: Virginia
Widow: Delis Weaver Relative:
(Gr gr Aunt Delia Fields Weaver's name is spelled wrong - but we know she collected his pension)
Dennis W. Weaver
Images Online #: 294 State Filed: Virginia
From "The History of Snickersville":
"On This mountain side, James Fields**, a free negro, already had
bought land . Now It was to become a haven for those negroes who
were just becoming aware of the privilege of home ownership. One of
the first to buy was Benjamin Franklin Young, who bought 17 acres
from Dr. Plaster in 1871. Later that year, Dr. Plaster sold Dennis
Weaver 6 acres. Dennis Weaver built a house on this mountainside,
on the narrow road that bounds the Carrington house, winds past the
old school, and twists up behind the breastworks of the war that
brought freedom. Dennis and his wife Delia cleared the woods for
lawn and garden and from This house went back and forth to the
village - Dennis to help the farmers bring the scorched earth back to productivity and Delia to care for countless of the households and
children. One of these children remembers today her spankings.
Aunt Delia cared for others until about 1923, when she herself
needed care. It was hard to persuade someone to live up in the woods,
so Delia, in return for her services which she had agreed to render me in waiting upon me and nursing me during my last illness I willed
Winifred Scott all her household and kitchen furniture and all her
money, except $100 which she bequeathed to Christopher Scipio.
Aunt Delia was healthier than she anticipated and by 1931 Winifred
Scott felt she could no longer render those final services (probably
got married) and the will was changed to name Glovia Scott as the
nurse. Delia Weaver lived until 1935 and now lies buried beside
Dennis, not on the mountain, but only a few miles away, looking back
to the village in which they lived in slavery and the home which they
built in freedom. "
**Note - James Fields was father of Delia - who married Dennis Weaver.
Dennis willed the land to his nieces and nephews - who signed over the land to all of the nieces - as a sort of dowry - who in turn passed the land down to their daughters. My cousin and I now own this land which is a legacy from Dennis Weaver.