Saturday, May 19, 2012

Why aren't these Civil War pension index cards the same?

DearREADERS,
Seems Ol' Myrt here may have a fourth Union soldier to honor with a Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 supplemental, if my research pans out. But the focus of this post is to direct your attention to several carded indexes to pension files for a man named Lewis (Louis?) Terry, who served in Company F, 43rd Missouri Infantry. As you'll note each of these card references a person or persons by that name, but some include widow's info and some do not. I'll pull these files next Friday at NARA I to see what's cooking for sure. (Yes, I know soldier's files are interfiled with the widow's file if she made an application, but I digress.) 

Maybe there were indeed two men,
Lewis L. Terry
and a
Louis L. Terry,
who served in Company F, 43rd Missouri Infantry?

Other records from Missouri will prove useful: tax, census, court and land records come to mind at this point. But I can readily determine if any of these index cards represent my known Lewis L. Terry, when I look at the pension files, comparing my family names with those the soldier listed as his wife and children.

This index card was discovered through a "shakey leaf" hint on my Ancestry Member Tree. This index card references a widow's pension application and certificate number, but the name "America J. Terry" is unknown to me. Is this a subsequent wife, since our known wife, Cynthia Terry died 28 Nov 1878 and is buried in McClary Cemetery, Washington Township, Daviess, Missouri?



ABOVE: Lewis L. Terry, soldier, America J. Terry, widow. SOURCE: National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls. The image is found here at Ancestry.com.

The second pension index card located was found while searching outside the confines of my Ancestry Member Tree at Ancestry.com. I had broadened my search to include the alternate spelling of Lewis to Louis. and discovered this entry for someone in the same Company F 43rd Missouri Infantry, with a surprisingly similar name.


ABOVE:  Louis L. Terry pension card index. National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls. The image is found here at Ancestry.com. From the NARA website we find the following description "The pension applications to which this index applies relate chiefly to Army, Navy, and Marine Corps service performed between 1861 and 1916. Most of the records relate to Civil War service; some relate to earlier service by Civil War veterans; others relate to service in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, and the Regular Establishment."

The third pension index card located was found while searching at Fold3. Again, I've broadened my search to include the alternate spelling of Lewis to Louis. and discovered this entry for someone in the same Company F 43rd Missouri Infantry, with a similar name.


ABOVE: Louis L. Terry, soldier, and unnamed widow, but when compared to the first example above, note the same date of soldier's filing June 30, 1887. The application and certificate numbers for the widow are the same as in the first example. SOURCE: National Archives and Records Administration.  Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. This is the card group microfilmed by the Veterans Administration in the 1940s, arranged by state, then unit in which the service was rendered (cavalry, artillery or infantry) and then alpha by veteran's name, archived by NARA in record group 15, microfilm T289, not T288 as listed in the first two examples. Actual image is found here at Fold3.

As you can see, DearREADERS, I cannot jump to conclusions based on an index card. I'll need to review each file for other identifying information that may indicate a match to my Lewis L. Terry before making the determination that he did serve in this unit during the Civil War.

Fortunately Mr. Myrt and I still have his place in Alexandria, Virginia, just an hour's metro ride to NARA where I can order up the files and view them in person, saving time and $$$ over having them reproduced by NARA sub-contractors. (By the way, an hour is considered a usual commute around here.)

FOR FURTHER READING
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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