Who Made Out Those Affidavits?

Widow’s military pension records often contain affidavits from individuals who knew the widow before she was married, were at her wedding, knew that she and the veteran lived as husband and wife, knew the widow had not married again, etc.

Always ask yourself:

  • How long has this person known my ancestor?
  • Have they lived in more than one place where my ancestor also lived?
  • How did this person come to know this information about my ancestor?

If that person has known your seventy-something year old ancestor since she was married at the age of twenty, that’s someone you want to research in a little more detail.