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August 19, 2006



Great information you have here on your family...with such detail!


Pensions were very modest. Things might have improved a bit in the 1920s, but I believe my Gr-gr-great Grandmother would likely have seen something on the order of 10 or 20 dollars a month at best. Then again, that would be the equivalent of hundreds of dollars relative to the purchasing power of the dollar today. Her husband would have received $13 a month while in the cavalry, and in the Lincoln cavalry he had to provide his own horse as well as have his uniforms deducted from his base salary!

I do have, by any reasonable measure, a tremendous amount of material on my ancestors. I have always had the interest, and did lots of research on my own before inheriting the family archive with all its primary documents and marvelous bits and pieces of ephemera. The fun is in following the clues, fleshing out the lives and personalities associated with them, and placing them in context with their place and time. It makes history, already a vital interest for me, that much more engaging. There are alos just as many broken branches of the tree as long, sweeping bows, and I work hard at grafting on extensions where they can be found. My father's tribe has a maddening break between supposed ancesters and proven ones, and I have very nearly confirmed the link. The Livingston branch has a bigger gap and will take longer.


The amount of info you have on your ancestors is just amazing, Tim.

I wonder what amount of pension she might have been entitled to, had she been able to prove her claim.


Thank you very much, Kevin. It is a fairly broad mix, but then the fun for me is trying to weave together seemingly unrelated themes into a richer fabric. It's a safe bet that land, people, place and past will comingle, here, with forays into the family archives from time to time and the American Civil War being of particular interest.


Discovered your blog through the latest History Carnival. I've really enjoyed reading your most recent posts as it contains a nice mix.

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