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From: "Marilyn Shanahan" <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Civil War Pensions
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 11:09:51 -0600
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Thank you, Kathleen, I will try to contact the NARA to receive copies of my
ggrandfather, who fought in the Confederate Army and my other ggrandfather,
who fought in the Union Army - documents of their records, and pension
files. Is there a particular form you can use to vacilitate this procedure?
Glad to hear that you had that experience, it must have been awesome.
Marilyn Shanahan
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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Civil War Pensions

>I was at the NARA in Washington DC several years ago and actually viewed
> entire pension file for my g-g-grandfather John Wesley McKee from Iroquois
> County here in Illinois who was a Private in Company H of the 76th IL
> Infantry
> Volunteers. I handled and copied all of the original documents! An
> awesome
> experience. The records showed John had applied for disability pension.
> There
> were written testimonials from his commanding officer and others in his
> company
> to verify the circumstances of his disability. John received the pension
> and
> when he died in 1908, his wife Jane applied as his widow to receive the
> pension. Jane remarried in 1914, and did not qualify for the pension any
> longer.
> When her second husband Thomas died in 1923, Jane applied for
> reinstatement of
> the pension and it was awarded to her again. Thomas' death certificate
> was
> in the file as were other written documents. I encourage anyone to get
> copies
> of your ancestor's pension file, no matter the cost -- give up buying food
> if
> you have to!! The wealth of information in those pension files is worth
> its
> weight in gold.
> Kathleen Richmond
> Oak Forest IL
> researching FitzGibbon, Ryan
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