If your military veteran ancestor (or their spouse) received a pension, was there someone who helped them obtain it? There were attorneys who specialized in military pensions–particularly for Civil War veterans. Those attorneys may have had no connection directly with your ancestor as they advertised and made veterans aware of their services in a variety of ways.

It wasn’t just out-of-town lawyers who helped people get pensions. A local attorney may have helped your ancestor get their pension a Justice of the Peace may have been involved, or even (as in the case of my aunt) the cashier at the small-town bank.



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  1. Or, it may have been a lawyer who preyed on illiterate women, charged them exorbitant fees, and claimed pensions for women who were not legal spouses of the veteran! (as in the case of a gg uncle’s “widow.”)

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