22 November 2010

Military Monday - Georgia Clay - Confederate Widow Pension (1907)

Confederate widow pension papers for Georgia Clay widow of Adam (ca1907)

Above a good reason you should search out pension records for either or both the soldier & his widow/spouse. If the soldier was living he might have filed the pension papers in his name.  Once his death has taken place the widow, with proper documentation, can file and receive the benefits. 

Keep in mind that the widow will have to reapply each year to keep the benefits.  Some of these pension applications contain marriage certificates, death records, handwritten bible records and other items. The information varies depending on the amount of proof that is available.

The lower one, which is an affidavit, is a very good example of what can be found.  If you look closely you'll see information on the widow herself, stating when she came to Baldwin County.  Also of note is the military service information on her deceased husband, the key to locating military unit history which may or may not contain more information on the battles his unit participated in.

Of major interest to most researchers would be his full date of death and the location.

Georgia Clay nee Robinson was born 7 Jan 1836 in Georgia and died 7 Jun 1909 in Baldwin County, Georgia.  She is buried in Black Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Baldwin County, Georgia.  Her parents are unknown to the compiler at this time.  He is Adam Clay, bca 1836 in Georgia, dies 28 JUN 1862 in Richmond, Virginia.  They were the parents of at least two daughters, Roxanna b ca 1858 & Ada E. b ca 1859, both in Georgia.  Adam is the son of William M. Clay & Mary Hardin Clay. 

At this time no further information is known regarding this couple or their descendants.

Happy Researching!

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