This document, signed by W. G. Froman is from his Union Civil War Pension File #824237. My ancestor served in Company D of the 3rd Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia. William, by his signature at the bottom of the form asserts that:
- His wife is Louise M. Higgins now Froman (her maiden name!)
- Their marriage took place in Grayson, Missouri, with E. J. Armstrong officiating.
- Their marriage is recorded in the Recorder's office of Clinton County.
- He was previously married to Mary Sherard, and her death or divorce took place 1873 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
- That he has living children -- L J Froman born July 1862, William Froman born April [cut off], Elmer Froman born June 1866, and Eugene Froman [illegible].
Yesterday's research at the National Archives in Washington, DC didn't unearth such a document. While three of my ancestral Union Civil War soldier's pension files did have such a genealogically significant signed form, two of the three files I've worked through this past week did not contain such a form - Lewis L Terry and George Rice. (urrgh!)
The hope was that the file indicated by the following index card for Louis [Lewis] L. Terry would have his pension application and such a family listing form. The NARA staff explained that when looking for this file under the certificate #805453, there was a note referring the staff to the widow's pension file #340821.
Usually, when a widow makes an application under her husband's name, his file is interfiled with hers.
But, Ol' Myrt here had already searched this widow's pension file. America J. Terry's file didn't have a single document signed by the soldier. There were several documents in support of widow's benefits referring to the soldier's original application for pension, using the number 614593. There was a original signed physician's examination form supporting the soldier's original application. However, this widow's file seemed devoid of any of the other usual soldier's pension application and approval forms.
For this reason it is especially important to find additional evidence of the soldier's family. But then yesterday, I DID say it pays to be thorough, didn't I? Good thing I thrive on the hunt.
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