Friday, May 24, 2013

What Does Reared Mean?

In this pension affidavit for Mary Randles, William Foster indicated that he and Mary were "reared by one Samuel Foster." The question is: does the use of the word "rear" mean that they were not children of Samuel Foster?

At this point, I'm not certain. But the statements made in the pension file indicate that Mary Randles was Mary Rampley at her marriage in 1865 in Coshocton County, Ohio, and that she was not married before her marriage to Randles.

We'll have an update in an upcoming issue.

This statement was located in the following pension file:

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