Notes from the past…

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An update on Isaac Turner's Pension File

Beginning on 19 Sep 1890 and finalized on 4 Dec 1893, Sarah S Turner’s application and supporting documents required to file for and receive her husband Isaac Turner’s Union Civil War Pension totals 57 pages:

  • Department of the Interior, United States Bureau of Pensions- 23 pages
  • Depositions- 24 pages from 5 people, including 8 pages mostly hand-written from Sarah
  • Office of Tax Assessor, Hill County, Texas- 2 pages
  • James A Matthews Letter- 2 pages written by Sarah’s son-in-law
  • Power of Attorney- 2 pages, allowing N W Wills & Co of Washington, DC to represent Sarah’s interests before the Bureau of Pensions
  • Proof of Death- 2 pages
  • Proof of Marriage- 2 pages

The outcome? Sarah’s pension application was denied, rejected apparently because she owned too much property (200 acres, value assessed at $2070 in 1892) and her income was too high (appox $500 in 1892) and because she was unable to prove the birth of daughter Zora Belle Turner (no eye-witnesses to the birth).


“Rejection on the ground that the special examination fails to show the claimant dependent as contemplated by the Act of June 27 1890.”

Had Sarah’s petition been approved, she would have received $8 per month…

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Need a dentist?

J L Bell from Boston 1775 posted this interesting item from The Massachusetts Historical Society’s site.

Josiah Flagg was a “Surgeon Dentist” in 1796 Boston:

Josiah Flagg, Surgeon Dentist

This advertisement assures Bostonians that Dr Flagg:

“Traisplants [sic] both live and dead Teeth with greater conveniency, and gives less pain than heretofore practiced in Europe or America:—Sews up Hare Lips;—Cures Ulcers;—Extracts Teeth and stumps or roots with ease;—Reinstates Teeth and Gums, that are much depreciated by nature, carelessness, acids, or corroding medicine;—Fastens those Teeth that are loose; (unless wasted at the roots) regulates Teeth from their first cutting to prevent feavers and pain in Children;—Assists nature in the extension of the jaws, for the beautiful arrangement of the second Sett and preserves them in their natural whiteness entirely free from all scorbutic complaints. . . .”

Read Boston 1775‘s posts and very soon you will feel like you are living in Boston during the American Revolution! J L Bell maintains an excellent site filled with all things Boston and the Colonies during this very turbulent and exciting birth of our nation.