Thursday, September 13, 2007


A few months after obtaining the Revolutionary Pension Files of
my ancestors Asa Barrows and John Ames from
during a free trial membership, I took out a monthly subscription
and started searching for files of other ancestors and their

One of the first I found was the file of Asa’s brother, Moses. And
there again I encountered Mrs. Jessie H. Tuttle. Notice that the
correspondence took place some years before her inquiry on

“4650 Fremont Ave So.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Sept.4th 1915

Commissioner of Pensions
Dear Sir:-
Will you kindly give me the date of the death of Elizabeth Colby
Barrows who was pensioned as the widow of Moses Barrows

who enlisted in the Rev. from Plympton, Mass. She probably
died in Irasburg, Vt.

Will you also please tell if it plainly states in Moses Barrows
pension record that he died Jan 10, 1823.? If we prove this date
to be wrong, can it be changed in the records?”

I noticed that Jessie didn’t sign her note.

So did the official who sent her a reply:

“Name Unknown,
4650 Fremont Ave, So.
Minneapolis, Minn.

In response to your unsigned letter dated the 4th instant, you
are advised that in her declaration for pension, signed and
sworn before the Judge of the Court of Orleans County,
Vermont, October 20th, 1838, Elizabeth Barrows testified that
her husband died ‘on the tenth day of January A.D. 1823' and
that this Bureau has no authority to change it.

For the date and place of the widow’s death and the name of
the person to whom the arrears of her pension were paid,
application should be made to the Auditor for the Interior
Department, U.S. Treasury Department, giving him all of the
following data:

“Elizabeth Barrows widow of Moses Barrows, Certificate No.
1513, issued August 26, 1848, for $80. per annum from March
4, 1848 under the Act of February 2, 1848, at the Poultney,
Vermont Agency”.

Very Respectfully,
G.M. Saltzgaber

If this was not the first encounter between Mr. Saltzgaber and
Mrs, Tuttle, then it was certainly one among many.
And she wasn’t done with Moses Barrows yet.

1 comment:

Evelyn Reymond said...

Jessie Hale Tuttle was my great grandmother. After her husband died, she worked as a genealogist. So some of her requests for information were probably on behalf of her clients.

I have a sampler her grandmother, Susan Jackson Barrows, made in 1812.