I received the complete Civil War Pension File for Isaac Seaver on 3 January - see my post My Christmas Present Came Today - Oh Boy! - and it has 81 pages in the file. Some of them have little or no information on them. I'm going to cherry-pick some pages for this and later Treasure Chest Thursday posts.
Last week, we saw that Isaac's widow, Alvina M. Seaver, was awarded a pension of $12 per month in 1908.
This week is the last two dated documents in the Pension File - an envelope and the Drop Report - Pensioner that the pensioner has died.
The first image is the envelope mailed by the Pension Department to the Pensioner, Alvina M. Seaver:
ALVINA M SEAVER
667027 ACT APR
75 ELIZABERTH ST
The two parts of this card that were filled out read (filled in lines underlined, handwritten items italicized):
May 12 1923
Check No. 8755439 $ 30
dated May 4 1923, Section 2
returned by postmaster with information that the
above-described pensioner died Apr. 20
19 23 has been canceled.
May 18 1923
The name of the above-described pensioner who
was last paid at the rate of $ 30 per month
to April 4, 19 23, has this day
been dropped from the roll because of death.
I'm concerned that the "word" of a postmaster or mail carrier would be taken, apparently without question, that a person has died. I guess those were more innocent times. You would think that the Pension bureau would request and receive a death certificate from the town clerk.
From this "record," we know the death date and last known address of Alvina M. (Bradley) (Lewis) Seaver, widow of Isaac Seaver 3rd (1823-1901). We also know that the monthly payment had risen to $30 per month from $12 per month in 1908, although there are no documents in the pension file about the increase in payment. Was it due to legislation and applied across the board to all pensioners?