It is always really nice when you find a document that confirms key vital facts. The “Arrears of Widow’s Pension” used to determine the payment provides birthdates and a confirmation date indicating the date one day before the individual’s 16th birthday. Great confirmation of the information to assure I’m not reading a birthdate incorrectly.
ARREARS OF WIDOW’S PENSION
ACT OF JUNE 7, 1888
Pensioner: Patience A Roberts -Soldier: Asa Roberts
P.O. Benton – Rank Pvt Co. “I.”
County Franklin, State Ills – Regiment 31st Ills, Vol. Inf.
Allow arrears of pensions at the rate of $12- per munch from Oct 9, 1889, and ending Oct 30, 1887….
and two dollars a month additional for each child, as follows:
Charles W Born Jul 5, 1873, Sixteen July 4, 1889
Rosa D. Born May 26, 1875, Sixteen, May 25, 1891
Florence E Born Jan 21, 1880, Sixteen, Jan 20, 1896
Hugh E Born July 2, 1884, Sixteen, Jul 1, 1900
Was pensioned May 29, 1899, at $12 per month from Oct 31, 1887, and $2 for each child stated above.
Submitted for Allowance Nov. 12, 1888
W L. White
Approved Nov 15, 1888, Approved Nov. 17, 1888
Asa was a private in Company I, 31st Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Patrice A. Roberts was living in Benton, Franklin County, Illinois in November 1888.
Charles W. [Roberts] was born on July 5, 1873, and was living in November 1888.
Rosa D. [Roberts] was born on May 26, 1875, and was living in November 1888.
Florence E. [Roberts] was born on Jan 21, 1880, and was living in November 1888.
Hugh E [Roberts] was born on July 2, 1884, and was living in November 1888.
I PATIENCE A. ROBERTS (, OF SESSER, FRANKLIN COUNTY STATE OF ILLINOIS BEING DULY SWORN DOTH DEPOSE AND SAY, THAT THE FAMILY RECORD PRESENTED IS A RECORD OF MY OWN BIRTH AS KEPT BY MY FAMILY IN THE FAMILY BIBLE. AND FURTHER THIS DEPONENT SAYETH NOT.
PatienceA + Roberts
WITNESS TO MARK
F. P. Scott
Subscribed and sworn to before me the 12th day of July 1917.
James M. McColson
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
This is to certify that the above mentioned Patience A. Roberts appeared before me this day in person and testified to the above affidavit and presented the family record, and I do hereby certify that such record appeared clear and without blemishes, erasures or alterations whatever and the date of birth given as follows: Patience Marchel (Patience A. Roberts) was born in Jefferson County, Illinois December 30th. 1845.
James M. McCollson
Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 13th day of July 1917.
J. L. Cross J P
I find it interesting that this document uses a spelling of Marshall that I haven’t used in my searches before (Marchel).
I ran into a great site as part of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives at Department of Confederate Pensions (1912 – 1946). More than just the application for pension, it also contains supporting documentation. In the case of an ancestor that I was looking at, not only did the site have his application, it had confirmation regarding his muster dates, that he was wounded twice during the war. It also included his death certificate and some follow-up documentation (handwritten letters) about where to send his final payment – to a daughter who was going by a first name I hadn’t know beforehand.
Kentucky didn’t pass the Confederate Pension act until 1912, so the veteran had to live 47 years after the war (into the individual’s late 60’s or older) and needed to have remained in Kentucky.
A great feature is that you can search and display applications by county, so I could look at all of the applications from folks in Morgan county at once.