Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (3)

Ryan, Patrick Union Pension File (3)
Patrick Ryan, Disability Affidavit, 19 Nov. 1892 (invalid’s pension, South Division, #1107789).

And now to that missing eye: though I have not spelled this out, it has probably become obvious to you if you’ve read the first two installments in this series that it is, in part, an extended essay about the importance of family stories in genealogical research. It’s a foray into understanding how family stories should be handled. Continue reading “Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (3)”

Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (2)

Ryan, Patrick Union Service Record
Patrick Ryan Civil War Service record, NARA, Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas, RG 94, M399: Compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the State of Arkansas

“So how did Pat Ryan lose that eye in the Civil War?” you ask. Well, I’ll tell you. Continue reading “Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (2)”

Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (1)

Ryan, Patrick Death, 19 Oct 1893, Pine Bluff Daily Graphic, p. 1, col. 3
Pine Bluff [Arkansas] Daily Graphic, 19 Oct. 1893, p. 1, col. 3.

I’ve just shared postings tracing all I’ve been able to discover about an elusive Ulster Scots ancestor, David Dinsmore, who came from Ireland to South Carolina with his wife Margaret not long before the Revolution, took the British side during that war, and found himself exiled to Nova Scotia, leaving his wife and children behind in South Carolina. The backstory to those postings is that, for many years, my FGS for this family had neatly written, in the slot next to David’s date and place of death, the statement, “Prob. died young.” Continue reading “Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (1)”