Sometimes there are little 'extras' in the widow's pension files. A welcomed insert was a copy of the soldier's original Pension Questionaire with signature.
Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C., January 15, 1898
In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.
First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes. Martha Green - Maiden name Alias Martha Watkins
Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. 1850. Thib., La by minister E. Smith
Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. And I remarried my same wife in 1864 under the U.S. Law at N.O. [New Orleans]
Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer. My wife is living
Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. Yes. Three. 1st R.D. Watkins born Sept 16, 1854.
Sylvester Watkins born Nov 10th 1856.
Gabriel G. Watkins born Dec 2nd 1898 (sic).
[signs his name]
Date of reply, Aug 4th 1898.