Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Making A Chronology for Emma Sargent

I have copies of selected documents from the Widow's Civil War Pension Application of Emma Sargent. There are many dates in the series of documents I received, particularly:
  • marriages
  • divorces
  • moves
  • births of children
To say it is confusing is an understatement. I'm going to put every date listed in a table so I can create a master chronology. For every date, I'm also going to include the source within the application file. Not everyone was equally reliable and I'm bound to have conflicting dates before I have completed the chronology.

Part of this will appear in an upcoming Casefile Clues issue. But not all of it--that would require a novel.

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