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Sarah F
1374166.  Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:18 pm Reply with quote

A correction to the "Landmarks" episode--the last Civil War widow died 16 December 2020.

 
Jenny
1374171.  Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:23 pm Reply with quote

Hi Sarah and welcome to the forums. We love a good quibble so details please?

 
crissdee
1374176.  Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:37 pm Reply with quote

Seems hard to believe at first sight. The war ended 155 years ago, so even for a boy soldier who had died at an advanced age, after marrying a much younger woman, late in life, it would be a stretch. Unless the veteran was approaching his centenary, when he married a woman barely into her twenties, the maths doesn't seem to add up.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1374182.  Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:55 pm Reply with quote

A simple Google gives this article. https://wgntv.com/news/last-civil-war-widow-dies-after-keeping-marriage-secret-most-of-her-life/

Apparently she was 101 when she died, and was 19 in 1936 when she married a 91 year old veteran who she was taking care of.

 
crissdee
1374193.  Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:14 pm Reply with quote

So my guesstimate above wasn't far off...

 
Jenny
1374240.  Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:09 am Reply with quote

I guess it wasn't a bad bet on her part to get a guaranteed pension for life, and for doing something (taking care of a 91 year old) she was already doing, though I see on the linked article that she never actually drew the pension.

 

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