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Case files of disapproved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War and later Navy veterans (Navy Widows Originals), 1861-1910

Navy dependents pension files (Disapproved), 1861-1910|United States. Bureau of Pensions
Manuscript/Manuscript on Fiche
English
[Washington, D.C. : National Archives & Records Administration, 1986?]
7,034 microfiches ; 11 x 15 cm.
National Archives microfilm publications; M1274

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Abbreviated title on each microfiche: Navy dependents pension files (Disapproved), 1861-1910.

The library has an index on microfiche to these disapproved pension applications. This index is listed at the end of this record. More information about this index can be found in the Author/Title catalog under the following entry: United States. Bureau of Pensions. Lists of Navy veterans for whom there are Navy widows' and other dependents disapproved pension files (Navy widow's originals), 1861-1910.

"The pension files are an important source of genealogical information. The pension applications of widows or dependents include names, ages, residences, and dates and places of birth, marriage, and death. Property schedules also often give names and ages of a veteran's wife and children. Family record pages from Bibles and other books submitted by pension applicants also give the dates of births, marriages, and deaths of family members"--Introd.

"In addition, information about naval commands with which the veteran served, details of battles and campaigns, and activities of individuals may be obtained from application statements, from affidavits of witnesses, and from other documents submitted as proof of service. Voyages, visits to foreign ports, and naval operations are sometimes documented in applications, affidavits, and orders found in the files. A few files contain letters written to or by sailors during their periods of service that give firsthand accounts of naval and civil events and conditions in foreign countries. Furloughs, passes, pay receipts, enlistment papers, discharges, and other records are found in some of the files"--Introd.

"Each pension application file has been reproduced on a separate microfiche; in instances of larger files, more than one microfiche was needed"--Introd.

"The records are arranged numerically by application or file number. Each Navy widow's or dependent's original (NWO) application pension file reproduced in this publication consists of a 10 by 15 inch manila envelope on which is copied the veteran's name, any alias by which he was known, and any variation in spelling of these names; the name of the applicant and usually the relationship of the applicant to the veteran; the original 'can' (cannister) and bundle numbers; and the application and other supporting documents. (The "can" and bundle numbers are no longer relevant"--Introd.

"If the name of the veteran written on the file envelope was illegible or was spelled incorrectly, the National Archives staff crossed out the name on the envelope and printed in pencil the correct spelling before filming the file. Since there are large gaps in the application and numbering systems (because of the consolidation of some pension claims into one case file by the Bureau of Pensions), the National Archives staff, without disturbing the original sequence of the application numbers, placed on each file envelope a unique sequential number that corresponds to the microfiche number assigned at the time of filming"--Introd.

"A typical Navy widow's or dependent's disapproved pension application file includes an application; a brief of the case prepared by the Bureau of Pensions; a statement of service supplied by the Navy Department and/or certified copies of the veteran's service record provided by State officials; documentary evidence of service, such as commissions or discharge certificates; affidavits or written declarations made by the widow, dependents, physicians, other veterans, and other persons having knowledge of the facts made before a probate judge or clerk of the court testifying to the service and physical condition of the veteran; depositions (written statements made under oath to be used in court in place of the spoken testimony of a witness) made by individuals in support of the claim; property schedules; papers giving powers of attorney; papers relating to guardianship; letters from attorneys, Members of Congress, pensioners, and other interested persons relating to the progress of the claim; and correspondence with offices of the Department of the Treasury concerning verification of service, dates of discharge or death, and pay"--Introd.

"Also included in some application files are copies of medical records pertaining to the veteran while in the Navy; copies of marriage records prepared by town clerks, clergymen, and justices of the peace; birth and death certificates; and papers relating to burial expense claims. Frequently, pages from family Bibles, photographs, personal letters, and other family memorabilia were submitted by widows as proof of marriage(s) or births. An occasional file may indicate that veteran served both in the Regular Army and in the U.S. Navy. Paper or linen jackets, which formerly held application papers, are included in some files"--Introd.

Arranged by NWO and application numbers.

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