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Subject: Re: [ONTARIO] Sher: How might a Rev War vet have come to live inNorthumberland Co., Ontario?
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 19:23:47 -0400
I think you're right about that. I often saw on pension apps where people were befuddled and confused about things because they happened so "long ago". Papers were lost, people died, etc. And I'm pretty sure you're right about the government hoping they'd just go away and die someplace quietly and not ask for any money...
From: Sher Leetooze <>
Sent: Tue, May 4, 2010 9:51 am
Subject: Re: [ONTARIO] How might a Rev War vet have come to live in Northumberland Co., Ontario?
Hello Joyce and all:
I have a feeling, from the various families I've found who were receiving
that pension here in Ontario, that the US authorities of the day didn't put
up a pension offer until just about that time. Much like our own
government didn't put up a pension or bounty offer to our boys for the
Fenian Raids until well into the 1900's - our own Henry Branton was so old
by then he likely never saw his land which was located up near Powasson
somewhere, and he had a hard time finding the two witnessess he needed to
sign his affadavit saying he actually served - they were all dead by
then!!! Governments know these things, and that's why they leave it so
late - have less to pay out that way!!
At 11:48 PM 03/05/2010 -0400, you wrote:
>It would be interesting to learn why he waited so long to apply for his
>pension. It might have been he had a young wife and would have liked to
>leave something for her after his death.
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