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Re: Civ. War Pension records Dennis WEAVER, VA

Hey Denise,


Enjoy that pension packet and be thankful for those rejection notices. . . I have a similar package with lots of appeals for a pension or an increase and on EVERY one there is an address for that year where he lived and the names of two witnesses:

1. Now I know where he lived every year from the end of the war until he died in 1913.

2. I listed the witnesses and cross checked them against names I'm researching and found out he used his father in law and brother in law, among others, as witnesses. That's how I found out my great great grandmother's maiden name.

After the war there were 2 new laws about reporting information, so there should be a pre-printed form that asks the veteran to tell who their wives and children were, who the minister at their wedding was, where they lived etc. There should also be a letter in there providing their exact date of birth; the pension law changed and if they were over a certain age they got more money. My relative had several letters back and forth talking about how old he really was.

I took my packet to the African American Civil War Museum here in Washington, DC and the nice person in charge went over it with me and explained the significance of the various forms and letters. He told me that veterans who were more savy about the system would file a pension appeal EVERY year to guarantee that they got all the money coming to them. My realtive started out getting about $6.00/month and when he died in 1913 he was in the $20.00/month range. The gentleman at the museum said that was a fantastic pension. I need to get a calculator of the web to see what $20.00/month would be in today's dollars.

Finally, my realtive hired a lawyer too and it ended in scandal! It seems the lawyer filed false statements with the federal government; forged witnesses' signatures and sent in documents without my ancestor's knowledge, so there was a trial and the lawyer got disbarred and my ancestor got a new lawyer. . .along with lots more lovely documents to establish what the truth was so a descendant all these years later could have it all :)

Have a good time,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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