Thursday, August 12, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - a Veteran's Home Record

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to show and tell a document or artifact from my genealogy research and family history.

Two weeks ago, I posted the 30th wedding anniversary article for Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Knapp in Riverside, California. I wondered what had happened to Mr. and Mrs. Knapp, and I found quite a bit of information online. One of the items I found online on Ancestry.com was this record from the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 collection:




Hiram A. Knapp's entry in this collection is the right-hand side of the image. He was in the Sawtelle Veterans Home, admitted for the first time in 1913. Here is all of the information gleaned from this record:

* Name: Hiram A. Knapp
* MILITARY HISTORY
** Time and Place of Each Enlistment: Apr. 6, 1865, Ft. Snelling, Minn.
** Rank: P[rivate]
** Company and Regiment: F, 1st Minn. Inf.
* Time and Place of Discharge: Julky 14, 1865, Ft. Snelling, Minn.
* Cause of discharge: Mustered out
** Disabilities When Admitted to the Home: Defective hearing. Stye. Castrophic Cardiac Dilatation. Gen On good [own good?]

* DOMESTIC HISTORY
** Where Born: Vermont
** Age: 72
** Height: 5'8"
** Complexion: Light
** Color of eyes: Blue
** Color of Hair: Grey
** Read and Write: yes
** Religion: Prot[estant]
** Occupation: Contractor
** Married or Single: Wid[owed]
** Name and Address of Nearest Relative: Son. E.H.S. Knapp, 341 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, Cal.

* HOME HISTORY
** Rate of Pension: $18 [1913]
** Rate of Pension: $?? [1918]
** Rate of Pension: $50 [1923]
** Rate of Pension: $72 [1925]
** Date of Admission, Re-Admission and Transfer: Adm. Dec 9, '13
** Date of Admission, Re-Admission and Transfer: ReAd. NW. 19-11-'17 [1917]
** Date of Admission, Re-Admission and Transfer: Dis. OR NW. 14-4-'18 [1918]
** Date of Admission, Re-Admission and Transfer: ReAd. OB 8 Mar. 1920 [1920]
** Date of Admission, Re-Admission and Transfer: ReAd OB June 2, 1923 [1923]
** Date of Admission, Re-Admission and Transfer: ReAdm PB June 18 '25
** Condition of Re-Admission: [no entries]
** Date of Discharge and Transfer: June 27, '17 [1917]
** Date of Discharge and Transfer: 26-1-'21 [1921]
** Date of Discharge and Transfer: Nov. 22 '23 [1923]
** Cause of Discharge: O.R. [own request?]
** Cause of Discharge: O.R. [own request?]
** Cause of Discharge: O.R. [own request?]
** Date of Death: Aug 1st 1927
** Cause of Death: Senile, Psychosis, Arterio Sclerosis

* GENERAL REMARKS
** Admission Paper: 1
** Certificate of Service: 1
** Pension Certificate: 1,095,467
** Cash: $6.20
** Personal, Appraised at: .85 ch[ange]
** How Disposed of: To Ellwin H.S. Knapp son, 341 New Magnolia Ave., Riverside, Calif.
** Location of Grave and Remarks: Body removed to Riverside, Calif.

There is a lot of useful information on this Veteran's Home record, isn't there? A death date, a cause of death, a next of kin, a military pension certificate number, military service enlistment and discharge dates and places, a physical description when admitted, etc.

3 comments:

PaperQuilter (aka Liz) said...

Randy -- thanks for the pointer to this collection! I've just found my g-g-uncle's record, when all I had previously was a one-line death notice in the home-town newspaper saying he had died "in the Soldier's Home in California". A great find!
--PaperQuilter

A Eldredge said...

These records are great. Recently found one on my gg-grandpa who I didn't even know served in the Civil War. Genealogy-- gotta love it.

Myrt said...

Thanks for this informative blog entry, Randy. My. Myrt recently found a record in this collection for one of my ancestors.

It is getting mighty darned hard NOT to look at Ancestry.com for scanned images of original documents, particularly for those of us with US ancestry.