|Detail Pension Index for Nelson Strader|
Note Widow Application Number
You will want to understand the various series of pension files. I have summarized the early designation of the various pension series - Civil War, until the 1900’s. The goal is to locate one of the certificates below:
- SO = survivor’s originals. These pension applications used by soldiers’ to claim wounds and illnesses, required further review. They were often rejected, and did not result in “certificates of pension” but if the soldier was deemed an invalid or eligible for a pension, the original SO number became void and the file was moved to the SC=Soldier’s Certificate series. The SC series was an active file for the life of the soldier.
- WO= widows original. If a soldier died, the SC file was no longer valid. However, dependents to include the widow, minor children or indigent parents could apply for a continuance of benefits (WO). Again this designation was for the reviewing period and once the benefits were approved, the file was reassigned to the WC= Widow’s Certificates series and the file was issued a new number. These files were consolidated with the soldier’s certificate files. If the extension of benefits was rejected no “certificates of pension” was realized.
- C=Certificates. The renumbering and reassigning of pension files became obsolete at the beginning of the 20th century. The SC files discussed above were reassigned to C files: C=Certificates. This designation replaced the Soldier’s Certificates and new pension applications of soldiers.
- XC= Certificates replaced the WC series used by widows, minor children and indigent parents.
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