Woman believed to be last Civil War widow dies

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Woman believed to be last Civil War widow dies

Helen Viola Jackson was believed to be the last surviving widow of a Civil War soldier when she died Dec. 16 in Marshfield, Mo. She was 101. In 1936, she was 17 when she married 93-year-old former Union soldier James Bolin. She had been his caregiver, and he wanted to marry her so she would receive his soldier’s pension. But after he died in 1939, Jackson never applied for the pension.

Woman believed to be last Civil War widow dies

Helen Viola Jackson was believed to be the last surviving widow of a Civil War soldier when she died Dec. 16 in Marshfield, Mo. She was 101. In 1936, she was 17 when she married 93-year-old former Union soldier James Bolin. She had been his caregiver, and he wanted to marry her so she would receive his soldier’s pension. But after he died in 1939, Jackson never applied for the pension.
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