By Maureen Taylor in The Last Muster.

Finding images of the widows of Revolutionary War soldiers has been a challenge. Perhaps you’re descended from one of these women?

Nancy Weatherman

She called Lineback, Tennessee home in 1898. She was 88.

Nancy Jones

In 1898 she resided in Jonesboro, Tennessee and was 84.

Mary Snead

In 1898, this 82 year old was living in Parksley, Virginia

Rebecca Mayo

In 1904 a photograph of  Rebecca Mayo and her Virginia home appeared in the Boston Globe. At this time she was one of two surviving widows of the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Mayo had the “most notable pension granted by the last session of Congress” given to her. The sponsor of this pension was Col Campbell Slemp, who was the only Virginian republican congressman. Mrs. Mayo’s pension increased from $8 per month to $25. Her husband was Stephen Mayo who fought from 1776 to 1781. She lived in Newberne, Pulaski County, Virginia, and was over 90 years old, helpless, paralyzed and almost entirely deaf. She required the constant help given to her by her daughter, also widowed.

Patty Richardson

She married a pensioner of East Bethel, Vt. In 1895, she was 93 years of age.

Ellen Leigh

As of 1895 she was living in West Creek, New Jersey.

 


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