One of my favorite things to find in a Civil War pension file is this piece of paper.  It can be invaluable when there aren’t other forms of documentation for marriages or births.

Notice it gives his marriage date and place, along with who  married them.  It also gives the names and birth dates for their living children.  And it tells whether or not they were married before.

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This is the family of Ari Austin Agee in 1910.

Lulu, Viva (my great-grandmother), Jess, Nana

Mother Sally (my great-great grandmother Sally Lee Agee), Austin Ari, Charlie, Father Ari Austin

George, John

  • Mariann Regan - July 5, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    A handsome family — but I get stuck trying to fit the names to the people in the photo. There is one more name than person, isn’t there?ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Deen-Darman - May 12, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    John Agee, the young boy in the front row in front of his father, is my grandfather John Agee. The woman in the back you have her name as Lulu…it was actually Lula…..and I met her when I was a little girl. She was very nice and lived in Stockton. My uncles, Harvey Agee and John Agee, lived with her for a while when my grandparents John and Mae Belle split up. My mother Shirley Agee went to live with her mother’s sister-in-law in San Francisco for a while. ReplyCancel

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I’m not sure exactly who Doris was, but I know that she is related to the family of George Sweet & Emily Pewsey. This grave is in Storm Lake, Buena Vista coutny, Iowa.

  • Mariann Regan - July 3, 2013 - 8:02 am

    She lived a long life. I’m glad the name “sweet” is sometimes a surname. And I see the toe of a sneaker . . . a human touch.ReplyCancel

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Matilda Jane Brittain Sanchez-Tereso was my great-great grandmother.
This is an affidavit, written by H.M. and William Brittain, for her widow’s pension.  They were at her wedding in 1857.

Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for aforesaid County and State, H.M. Brittain and William Brittain P.O Town and Citizens of Half Rock County of Mercer State of Missouri well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:

That they were well and intimately acquainted with Fredrick Sanchez Tereso and Matilda J. Brittain and that they were joined in marriage on the 24th day of December AD 1857 as ___________________James Ford a Justice of the Peace in and for said county.

That our Knowledge of the above facts is from being present and an eye witness to the above named marriage ceremony + from personal Knowledge and recollection of the same.

{signed 16 Sep 1882}

  • Mariann Regan - July 1, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Very interesting example of the kinds of documents I’ve seen before: If you could find a “reputable” person to swear for you, then your claim could be believed. Today they say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” In general, though, such official transactions today are much more impersonal.ReplyCancel

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