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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

United States Veterans Administration–Pension Payment Cards for the Gorrell Bros, Amos & Joseph W.

 

Michael John Neill posted on his blog, Roots Dig, about the updated database “United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933” on FamilySearch.org.

I knew that the two Gorrell brothers, Amos and Joseph W. served in the Civil War and may have received a pension. I decided to search for them.  These payment cards in the database were issued between 1907 and 1933 so I checked to make sure both Amos and Joseph W were alive in that time period.  Their wives, Catherine and Eliza A. were also alive, so perhaps there were cards for them as well.

I found Amos Gorrell’s card first. It had the correct regiment, so I’m on the right track. I downloaded the card and then selected the next page to work my way toward the Catherine or Eliza A Gorrell. What did I find on the next page, but the back of the card for Amos! Two for the price of one.  It is always a good idea to move forward a few pages and backward a few pages if you arrived at the page via an index.

There are actually two cards on the image, but Amos’ card is the top one.[1]

1907-1920 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -FS- Amos Gorrell 11104441907-1920 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -FS- Amos Gorrell 1110444-back

There was another set of cards with dates of 1920 through 1928 which were found just before the cards above.

1926-1928 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -FS- Amos Gorrell 1110444 -1926-1928 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -FS- Amos Gorrell 1110444 - back

This card shows Amos died 31 Mar 1928. Because his wife, Catherine pre-deceased him, there is no card for her. Amos’ brother, Joseph W. Gorrell also has a card [2].

1907-1913 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -fs- Joseph W Gorrell1907-1913 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -fs- Joseph W Gorrell-back

And after Joseph W. died in 1914, his wife Eliza A. received pension payments until her death in 1915 [3]:

1914-1914 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -fs- Eliza A Gorrell1914-1914 US Veterans Adm Payment Cards 1907-1933 -fs- Eliza A Gorrell-back

The cards are very interesting and give another source for the death. The soldier received different amounts thoughout the years and that would be interesting to find out how the payment amount was determined. Was it based on age, or type of disability, or did everyone receive the same amount? Time to research the pension law.

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[1] "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933" index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 18 Sep 2013), Amos Gorrell, certificate no 1110444, citing NARA microfilm publication M850, RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration, GS Film number: 001634901.

[2] "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933" index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 18 Sep 2013), Joseph W. Gorrell, certificate no 815724, citing NARA microfilm publication M850, RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration, GS Film number: 001634901.

[3] "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933" index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 18 Sep 2013), Eliza A. Gorrell, certificate no 815724, citing NARA microfilm publication M850, RG 15 Records of the Veterans Administration, GS Film number: 001634901.

2 comments:

  1. Lisa,
    Talk about hitting paydirt...it would be interesting to know how they figured how pension money would be alloted.
    I like your blog. Keep up the good work.
    Arlene

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