nancy (newman) rampley civil war pension

Paying $6 for House and Barn Insurance in 1901

In an earlier post, we saw that Nancy Rampley claimed in her 1902 deposition in support of her Civil War widow’s pension that she had $360.50 in farm income. That income was offset by several expenses that were used in support of Nancy’s claim that her farm income was insufficient to support herself and her […]


The Garden Dried Up and No Butter to Speak Of

Depositions in contested Civil War pension applications can provide wonderful insight into a family’s day-to-day life. This is especially true for families who do not leave behind letters or other paper ephemera. Nancy Rampley’s application for a widow’s pension based upon her husband’s service was denied several times. The resident of Walker Township in Hancock […]

Writing My Congressman in 1916 to Get My Pension Increase

In the fall of 1916, seventy year old Nancy (Newman) Rampley was “visiting in Truman, Minnesota” and decided to contact her Congressman and inquire about her pension increase. The West Point, Illinois, resident was almost certainly in Minnesota visiting her daughter. It’s also possible that the daughter was actually the one who initiated the contact with […]