Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Does Emma Provide Primary or Secondary Information?

Emma Sargent's deposition in her Civil War Pension Application case was made when she was nearly eighty years old. It includes statements about:
  • her parents
  • her siblings
  • her date and place of birth
  • her marriages
  • her divorces
  • her children
  • her residences
Of the many things to consider with her statement is whether or not she can provide primary or secondary information in these cases. A side issue is that if she is providing primary information, how accurate it is? How good is her memory at the time?

These are just some of the issues we'll be looking at when we analyze her testimony in her pension case. It turns out that some of the information she provides has been consistent with information that has been located from sources separate from Emma.

Except for the fact that her father was a "gad-about." That's going to be hard to prove.

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