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From: Judith Mason <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Civil War Pensions
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 21:51:08 -0800 (PST)
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I have John Mason & Mary nee Bourke/Burke living at 516 Root St. in Chicago 1900 census. At the same location are Tobias and William Bourke/Burke. Could these be related to you? I believe John and Mary were from Co. Clare Ireland.

Judie Mason

Nan Brennan <> wrote:
Very helpful info, Kelly.
Thank you.

Did you write (where?) for the full file?


On Jan 2, 2007, at 7:39 AM, wrote:

> I have found these pension records to be invaluable - the applicant
> must
> not only list his service information, but also all wives, where they
> were married, children born to the union(s), also affidavits
> bolstering
> any disabilities (which may or may not be true - as in the old saw,
> "all
> the records were burned"), residences. They are passed on to the
> surviving widow until her death. One had a 10-year battle with the
> government to get his pension.
> One more thing, these pension records may include any time they have
> spent in various veteran facilities; and correspondence regarding
> mistreatment suffered. In my case two uncles spent time in the
> Sawtelle,
> California facility. That explained the attraction to California
> for my
> Chicago family to move there in 1900, and other branches of that same
> family through 1920's. Imagine, if you will, the attraction of that
> sunny climate for old French Canadian descended men, born in
> Wisconsin.
> The stories they must have told their family!
> I believe the Civil War pensioners may have received railroad passes -
> either a free ride or reduced rate; which would support the wanderlust
> some had. One Civil War veteran I have even got a passport @1900 to go
> abroad and 'find a wife'.
> My Chicago Irish were Tobias, Timothy, John and Mary BURKE. This
> family
> was affiliated with the DUSHANE/DESCHENES, LEQUE French Canadians from
> Fond du Lac & Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
> Wishing everyone a good genealogy research year,
> Kelly Ward
> Schoolcraft, Michigan
>> 1. Civil War Pensions ()
>> 2. Re: Civil War Pensions (Sharon Kavanagh)
>> 3. Re: Civil War Pensions ()
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>> Listers,
>> I have a question about Civil War Pensions. My wife's great
>> grandfather was a Union soldier and there is a record of him
>> receiving the pension. Does the Civil War Pension stop after he
>> dies? Is it passed onto the survivors like pensions these days?
>> How far down (in descendancy) is it passed on? Just curious?
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