What kind of followup information is available from a pension request.

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I am starting with some background, feel free to skip to the last line for the actual question.

I am researching this family because I believe he is related to a my grandfather's first wife, hence my cousin. The first wife is a dead end, but the DNA evidence points to the family of this man as the point of divergence for all of the other DNA test takers.  The wife of this man, has a father named Ira Allen.

I have only found one Census record for George, a state census in 1855 that seems to indicate he has 4 sons, two of which have been identified.

There is a Cramblett family living in Oregon about the time I am looking for. The name is Ira Cramblett.  It think this may be one of the unidentifed sons.


Also, this hint led me to research some other Ira Cramblets and I came upon a John Cramblett ,father of an Ira Cramblett, that looks to be a son of this George. Researching more, I found a Pension record.  It shows that indeed there once was a George Cramblett that had a son named John.   

My question is, what kind of followup can I do and what benefit can I gain from this mystery record?
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in Genealogy Help by Lance Martin G2G6 Pilot (100k points)
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I have copies of a relative pension form and it had what the disability was and what caused and when they had to have doctors they had seen verified the disability and why they can't work anymore. Also it had listed the immediate family and other relatives also. Plus it had military record and information on it. What their military experience was and record and their rank also.
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
selected by Lance Martin
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I can only answer based on what I saw in my Great Great Grandfather's pension file.  But I caution you, that not all pension files have the same details in them.  

Most of his was a lawsuit concerning a judge and an attorney who were fraudulently certifying Civil War Veterans for disability.  This affected veterans who really did have disabilities.   After I waded through all of that there was a medical description of my Great Grandfather and wounds he suffered during the Civil War.  There was also a death certificate since he died in a Civil War Pension Home that had next of kin listed and their address.  It did not contain every place he was sent as part of his service.. for that I had to go to the military archives.  

Hope this helps.
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (659k points)

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