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YEA, the records have arrived! How exciting but was it my John W. Rowan or someone else’s records that I ordered? I downloaded the file of 81 pages and waited impatiently and with trepidation for the file to open…
I began scrolling slowly and there was a title page, … there was an Examining Surgeons Certificate (that states how, where and when John was injured, his height, weight, complexion and respiration), … some additional Surgeons Certificates and documents… and then on page 8… I see the following:
and I instantly know that this is the right record! This is the record of my paternal great-great grandfather John W. Rowan because Mrs. Sadie King is my great grandmother and John’s daughter! YEA!!! HAPPY DANCE!!!
Here is one of Sadie’s letter to the Veteran’s Administration in 1940:
I’m writing to you to find out about my Father’s pension, He was getting a pension for his service in the Civil War up to his death which was February 22nd 1897. I have just found out that there was money coming to me. I was 17 years old when we lost him and as he told me before, I would receive the Pension money until I was 18 years old. He collected his last pension in December 1896-There is 3 months coming to him which should have been paid to me. His pension Number 128489. His name was John W. Rowan. He was a private of Co-H. I think because of pension paper being so old, was of the 150th Regiment New York Vols. This pension being for gunshot wound in right shoulder. The time of my fathers death my brother being the oldest took everything over & as we have just lost my brother I have just found about the papers.
Hoping I will hear from you in regards to this I remain
Respectfully, Mrs. Sadie King
653-53rd St, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Maiden name was Sadie Rowan
At time of my fathers death was living at No-10-43rd St-Brooklyn, N.Y.
Enjoy the journey,