I took on a little project the last couple of weeks – something I’d meaning to do for a long time: how are the Gilchrists, Frasiers, Pierces and Rosecrans families all interconnected? I found some surprising answers and many more connections than I expected.
I stumbled across some new information about Benjamin Black’s father, Samuel Black. Samuel was my 4x-great-grandfather. Up until now, the only documentation I had on him (besides family lore) was a record of his marriage to Elinor Howard in 1812.
That was the subject line of an email I got this morning from FamilySearch, the website and genealogy organization operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (otherwise known as LDS or Mormons).
After reading and transcribing the Mexican War pension file for my great-great-great-grandfather Benjamin Black, I can now go back and write a biography for him that’s quite a bit more detailed than what anyone could have written before. But it’s probably not the legacy he would have wanted.
Special Examiner MacBride would have loved to have met Albert Corbin in person, but in the end, he thought Albert’s written letter was sufficient to close the case. He sent his findings to the top guy, William Lochren, the Commission of Pensions in Washington, D.C. MacBride’s conclusion? “Death alone has saved Black from the legal consequences […]