15 August 2011

She Died Where?-Civil War Pension File-Military Monday

I wonder how long it would have taken me to find Adaline L. (Dyer) Glover's death if I hadn't ordered her husband's, Samuel S. Glover, Jr., civil war pension file.  She would have been another one of my ancestors whom I would have kept looking for.  Luckily, I did order the pension file and guess what?  I could check quite a few items off my check list for Adaline, notably her death date and place.

The letter below is from the adjutant at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home.  He lists pensioners and one widow who died in the home.  He included their death date and pension certificate number.

Source:  Glover, Jr., Samuel Stillman; Pension File No. 28715, Civil War Pension File, (Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration).

The following deaths were listed:
  • Burlin, George W.     Nov. 16th, 1917 
  • Brainard, Anson M.   Nov. 20th, 1917      
  • Dunbar, Martin V.     Nov. 23rd, 1917     
  • Haney, James R         Nov. 23rd, 1917
  • Lewis, Charles O.      Nov.   9th, 1917
  • Locke, William H.     Nov. 16th, 1917
  • Mohr, John (Johan)    Oct. 25th, 1917   AND
  • Glover, Adda              Dec 19th, 1917
Samuel's pension file has been very helpful in filling in some of the blanks I have had about his family.  So, don't overlook the pension files to discover genealogical gems.


  1. Brenda, good piece of advice. I'm wondering why so many died in the same month and year. Do you know?

  2. Barbara, I noticed that too. It would be interesting to research the month further. Have to put it on my to do list in my lovely green book.

  3. A great and lucky find! I wonder how many individuals lived at the home? If there were a lot of people than 7 deaths in a month might not be unusual. Wasn't there also a flu epidemic around that time?

  4. Heather, I don't know how many people were at the home. Something I will have to look into. Thanks for the suggestion. I thought a flu or other epidemic might be an answer too.