23 April 2012

Adda L. Dyer's Birthdate Found in Census File-Military Monday

I have found a lot of information in Samuel S. Glover Jr.'s Civil War Pension File, but the information I treasure the most is the pages that his wife, Adda L. Dyer Glover submitted herself. 

The only information I had on Adda L. Dyer, prior to ordering the pension file, was found in her marriage record. I had her maiden surname and date of marriage. Samuel's pension file filled in a few blanks for me.  The letter below is one that Adda L. Glover wrote asking for an increase in her widow's pension.  She gives her date of birth, place of birth and residence in 1916.  This is the only proof I have of Adda's birth, so far.  All great information that led me to other resources on Adda L. Dyer. 

The letter and transcription are below.  (Please click on the letter to get a better view.)  Sadie W. Glover signed for her mother.  Sadie was born Sarah in 1871, she would have been 45 at the time of this letter.
 Source:  Glover, Samuel Stillman; Pension File No. 28715, Civil War Pension File,
  (Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration), p 40.


                                                            Milwaukee, Wisconsin
                                                            September 26, 1916

To the Commissioner of Pensions,
           Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:-
     Regarding the increase in pensions of soldiers' widows
to $20.00 a month, I beg to state that I am a soldier's widow
drawing $12.00 a month.  My pension certificate is No. 576010,
issued to me, Adda L. Glover.  I was born in New York City on the
6th day of March, 1838.  My present address is 167 Lee Street,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
     My husband, Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr., was a private
in Co. H. 1st. Regt. Michigan Vol. Engineers & Mechanics.
     I trust that if this bill has been passed and signed
I may receive the benefits of same.
                                       Very respectfully,
                                                            Adda L. Glover
                                                       By Sadie W. Glover


  1. Brenda, that's a wonderful find, and in her own writing! Did she ever receive the increased amount of the pension and do you know who Sadie is?

  2. Barbara, yes she did get the increase. Sadie is her daughter, who's birth name was Sarah.