Monday, October 31, 2011

Volunteer Soldier Home Records

This is the "Home History" section of the entry for Claude Sartorius in the United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers register for the Danville, Illinois facility. This record was recently used to determine why Claude was in Danville when his mother died in Quincy, Illinois, in the 1920s. The petition to probate her will in Adams County, Illinois, was discussed in a recent issue of Casefile Clues.

Claude's military career was not germane to the issue being discussed. His residence in the home (along with another reason) made it seem unlikely that he was the opponent to his mother's will.

The entry for Claude indicates that he was a volunteer in the 28th United States Infantry from 1906 through 1909. We will have to see what records can be located of his service. His brother served in the Philippines in the 1890s as well--another military record I haven't researched completely.

The name on the register is listed as Claude Sartoris--but the nearest relative being a sister, Vola Price, of Loraine, Illinois, makes it clear I have the right person.

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