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Martin Jenson Martin Jenson

posted on April 2, 2013

My Great grandfather, Thomas Surguy, served in the Indian Home Guard during the civil war. Incase you’ve never heard of The Indian Home Guard, it was union regiments formed in Kansas, made up of warriors (soldiers) from the Five Civilized Tribes. Most had sided with the south, but some fled to Kansas, and were organized to fight in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The rosters are full of great names, it’s a great research tool, and easy to find on google. My Great grandfather and his brother, John Surguy, both served in the IHG, and show up on the pension roles, with their wives, Ellen M. (Bost) and Frances K. (Bost), sisters from Arkansas. 1870 census shows them at the Choctaw Nation.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on April 2, 2013

those pension records have significant genealogical information. the pension records were commonly prepared by attorneys. ancestry.com lists:

U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 about Thomas Surguy
Name: Thomas Surguy
State Filed: Indiana Territory and Texas
Widow: Ellen M Surguy
Roll Number: T288_459

23 Jul 1890 invalid, application 844263, certificate 597075
19 Apr 1920 widow, application 1156271, certificate 891884

U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 about John Surguy
Name: John Surguy
State Filed: Indiana Territory and New Mexico
Widow: Frances K Surguy
Roll Number: T288_459

23 jul 1890 invalid, application 827970, certificate 580320
21 jun 1923 widow, application 1,206,992, certificate 940,456

Photocopies of case file contents can be requested by submitting NATF Form 85 to the National Archives and Records Administration, Attn: NWCTB, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20408-0001. You can request NATF Form 85 by submitting your name and postal address, the form number (NATF Form 85), and the number of forms you require (limit 6 per request) to inquire@nara.gov. Pension case files can now be ordered online as well. Visit the National Archives’ website for details.

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