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12 April 2012

Did You Assume They Were Close?

An affidavit in a Civil War pension file was made by two men with the same last name. No relationship was stated, but I concluded two things immediately:


  • the two men were somehow related
  • the men lived near each other
After all, it was a joint affidavit signed by both of them. They even lived in the same state.

Turns out that they lived 300 miles from each other. Thanks to my Casefile Clues proofreader for catching my rather glaring error.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes it can be a relation though. When I was looking for my great-grandmother's father, I saw a man with her maiden name listed on the 1890 veteran's schedule in a nearby town. I sent for his pension record. He turned out the be her father.

    Lori Terwilliger
    Bowling Green Ohio
    bgjc1995@yahoo.com

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