Friday, April 27, 2007

Union Civil War pension file update

DearREADERS,
Yesterday's column explained the necessity of obtaining a copy of the COMPLETE (not selected) Union Civil War pension file for an ancestor. Today Ol' Myrt spotlights one document (show above in the blog version of this column) that she and her daughters photocopied from William Gist FROMAN's entire pension file while visiting the National Archives in Washington, DC in 1989. This document was the first in the soldier's 2-inch thick folder and proved to be one of the most interesting genealogically. A transciption follows:
Certificate Number: 8221237
Name: Wm G. Froman

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Pensions
Washington DC, Jan 15, 1898

SIR:
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.

Very Respectfully,
M Clay Grant,
Commissioner

[Note, elements of the form will appear here in ALL CAPS, and handwritten responses will be typed in upper/lower case.]

Grayson, May 4th 1898
Clinton County
State of Missouri

FIRST. ARE YOU MARRIED? IF SO, PLEASE STATE YOUR WIFE'S FULL NAME AND HER MAIDEN NAME
ANSWER. Yes. Louise M. Higgins now Froman

SECOND. WHEN, WHERE AND BY WHOM WERE YOU MARRIED?
ANSWER. Grayson, Missouri by C J Armstrong

THIRD. WHAT RECORD OF MARRIAGE EXISTS?
ANSWER. License recorded in Recorders office in Clinton County, Mo.

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. Yes. Mary Sherard 1893 St. Joseph Missouri

FIFTH. HAVE YOU ANY CHILDREN LIVING? IF SO, PLEASE STATE THEIR NAMES AND DATES OF THEIR BIRTH.
ANSWER. Yes. L J Froman July 1862, G William Froman April
1861 Elmer Froman June 1866 Eugene Froman 1873


[signed] W G Froman
4 May 1898

From this you can see that a few items are still missing. My ancestor omitted to state the date of his wedding to my great-grandmother Louise M Higgins. However, the pension file had additional papers to prove the date to Ol' Myrt's satisfaction. More tomorrow.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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