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Monday, July 25, 2011

Louisiana Man Applies for Confederate Pension

This Louisiana resident applied for a Confederate pension in 1911.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Native of Snowball, Arkansas

This Snowball, Arkansas, native (born in 1933) registered for Selective Service in St. Joe, Arkansas, in the 1950s.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Doctor Doctor Sign My Form

This doctor signed an affidavit in a 1914 Arkansas Confederate Pension application.

Friday, July 22, 2011

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Witnessing an 1811 Will

This signature appears as a witness on an 1811 will from Davidson County, Tennessee.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Confederate Veteran Gets Arkansas Pension

This Confederate veteran applied for a pension from the state of Arkansas in 1913. Can you read the signature?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

An Autograph for My Passport

This California resident was working as a painter in 1920 when he applied for a passport.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Arkansas Native Registers in Oklahoma

This Arkansas native registered for the World War II "Old Men's Draft" in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, in 1942.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Setting Up My Husband's Affairs

What is the widow's name on this inventory from Davidson County, Tennessee in the early 1800s? She made her mark as the administratrix of her husband's estate.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Name, Age, Description, and Signature Only in 1950

The Louisiana native registered in 1950 for Selective Service in Gonzales, Louisiana. He was born in 1932 and listed no employment or "person who will know your address."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Working for Living in Louisiana in 1948

This 21-year old registered for Selective Service in Louisiana in 1948. He was married, living with his wife, and working as a common laborer.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Working With the Couches

Born in 1926, this Arkansas native was working for the McCoy Couch Furniture Company when he registered in 1948.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

An Arkansas Student Registers

This University of Arkansas student registered for selective service in January of 1953.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Arkansas Draft--Here Is a Doozy

This registration signature comes from an Arkansas United States draft registration card from 1953. This image is unaltered. Click on the image to see it unobstructed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Absalom Hooper Will Signature and More

Here's more of the Absalom Hooper will signature that was difficult to read. This comes from Davidson County, Tennessee and was located on the Familysearch website. The will was recorded in August of 1813. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The witnesses are T. Tanner*, Isaac Lucas and Susannah (her mark) Lucas.
What are those words after the Lucas' signatures?

If anyone's really interested, I do have a digital copy of the entire will.

*-MJN note-My initial post went "live" before I reviewed it. This really should have been S. Shannon.

Getting My Maryland Patent

This name comes from a mid-18th century land patent in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm the County Official and the Widow Tells the Truth

This county official signed an affidavit for a Revolutionary War widow in Middlesex County, New Jersey, in the early 1800s.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Signing My Will in Davidson County, Tennessee

This man signed his will in Davidson County, Tennessee, in the early part of the 18th century. It is the only part of the document in his hand.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Releasing My Mother

This 1890 signature comes a guardianship case in 1890s Iowa, USA, where the child releases her mother as her guardian.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Date Is That?

What is the date for the third entry in this image? This also comes from the poor farm ledger that has been the topic of several recent posts. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Why Were They Admitted?

This is part of a ledger of poor farm admissions in Mercer County, Illinois in the 1870s. The entry of interest is the one with the November date. The words in front of the date are the reasons for admission. What are they for this entry?

Click on the image to view it in a larger window if necessary.

The 4th Reason Is?

This comes from a poor farm ledger in Illinois in the 1870s. What is the fourth reason listed for admission?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Entry 82

This baptismal entry comes from St. Mary's in Carlisle, England, in 1840. The desired entry is number 82 (click on the image for a larger rendering). The columns are:

  • When Baptized
  • Child's Christian Name
  • Parents' Christian Names
  • Parents' Surname
  • Abode
  • Quality, Trade, or Profession
  • By Whom the Ceremony Was Performed

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Getting My Share

This comes from a plat map in a Kentucky estate settlement of a man who died in 1814.

Friday, July 1, 2011

White County Justice of the Peace

This gentleman was a Justice of the Peace in White County, Indiana, when he signed off on this statement in a War of 1812 Bounty Land Application.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Getting a Patent From His Warrant

This lawyer signed to get a land patent for a warrant he purchased from a War of 1812 veteran.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Working for a Living

What is the signature on this employment card from the Pullman Car Company?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Entry from 26 Feb 1779

This parish record comes again from Castle Carrock in England in 1779. The entry that is the subject of this post is the one for Jane.

Castle Carrock 1760 Entry

There were a few questions about the 1760 entry from the Castle Carrock Church in England on an earlier post. To help, I'm posting the entire page in this post. I'll wait a few days and post a followup. Click on the image for a larger view--I'm just leaving the smaller one here so that it does not overwhelm the page.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Getting my War of 1812 Bounty Land

This individual served in a New York regiment in the War of 1812. These signatures come from his Bounty Land application in the 1850s.

Sunday, June 26, 2011