18 August 2014
Archibald Kile Testifies that "The Pensioner is My Brother"
This affidavit from the Civil War pension file of William Kile makes two good points. One is that relationships can be stated in these documents. This is the only contemporary document where one of the Kile brothers explicitly states the relationship.
The items underlined in red and blue make the point that transcription of documents sometimes is really about context. I might have a difficult time transcribing them as "Prvt" and "Vols." but their positioning in the document makes their meaning rather clear.
Pension affidavits frequently contain unexpected surprises.