Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933 | Learn | FamilySearch.org
The Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933, are online. You can read the details of the collection at the link above. Near the bottom is an index to the rolls with a link to each roll. Unfortunately you will have to go through the roll to see if the person you are seeking is there. If you chose pdf and wait for it to load [and you will wait] you can save the entire roll to your computer. I found that contributed to faster searching. I used Adobe Acrobat and viewed the pages two up.
The cards only cover 1907-1933. If your veteran and beneficiary died before 1907 you won’t find them here. If you do you will find the veterans service and maybe his disability, often his location and sometimes his cause of death along with the date. If the final payment to the widow it generally states that. Most I checked were handwritten but some were typed.
These veterans would have preferred that their disability not be listed on cards for all to view. It seems many of them suffered from chronic diarrhea.
Not every veteran is a male. Ellen Downing, a nurse, got a pension beginning June 12, 1896. When she died June 19, 1910, her final payment went to Daniel W. Downing of Pittsburgh. It doesn’t state his relationship to Ellen.
One George Downing alias Henry Harris [that’s what it says] began collecting his pension on August 7, 1894. On May 24, 1913, he was dropped from the pension rolls. He didn’t die. They learned he “did not render 90 days of service.” This really sounds like an interesting story. He wasn’t the only person with a totally unrelated name as an alias that I ran across.
A word of warning. Whoever alphabetized these cards was not perfect. Check before and after where you expect to find your ancestor.
Before Logan County was formed it was Sangamon County. Except for land records for information on Logan County between the first settlement in 1819 until 1839 you must look in Sangamon County records. Most Sangamon County records for that period are housed at IRAD including Board of Supervisors’ records and files, various Circuit Court files, election records, marriage records, probate records.
Do not rule out any records. From the election records I found the following list of voters for Union Precinct [a precinct name I was not familiar with] on August 2, 1824:
Oliver W. Kellogg
Joseph W. Center
James W. Estill
John W. Taylor
Jojin Branson, Jr.
William A. Hodge
David L. Taylor
James W. Chapman
James C Stevenson
I don’t know where Union Precinct was but I recognize a lot of Logan County names including ancestors and collaterals who were living along Salt Creek at that time as well as people living in the south end of the county in the Lake Ford area. Presumably at that time polling places were few and far between.