Issue 17 of Casefile Clues discussed a guardianship order that was contained in a Union veteran Civil War pension file for the child of the veteran. The guardianship was for the child of the veteran, but also included another heir of the child's apparent grandfather.
The father of the other heir is not listed as deceased on the order appointing the guardian.
Census records indicate that the other father was not deceased at the time of the order in the late 1860s and probably lived another thirty years.
Some answers to this might be in the estate records of the apparent grandfather--which we are working on obtaining.
There's another family dynamic here as well that we'll discuss when appropriate.
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