Casefile Clues

26 January 2012

Do Those Errors Help?

This is a final payment voucher card for the Revolutionary War pension file of Alam Blain who was living in Ohio at the time of his death. The last date of payment and date of death are also contained in his pension file so that's not new information. However, if the file was incomplete or if papers were difficult to read, this would have come in handy.

There is also a crossed out rendering of his first name as well on this card. That name, Adam, gave me a variant to think about that I had not thought to look for before. It is not a phonetic variation as much as a incorrect reading of the handwriting on some of the documents.

These cards are in a series titled Index to Selected Final Payment Vouchers, 1818-1864 and available digitally at Fold3.

The Index to Selected Final Payment Vouchers 1818-1864 is available on Fold3.