Lester W Rosecrants

was the child of Mary Mahaly Handy.

Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; NAI Title: General Index to Civil War and Later Pension Files, ca. 1949 – ca. 1949; NAI Number: 563268; Record Group Title: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 – 2007; Record Group Number: 15; Series Title: U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; Series Number: T288; Roll: 404

Lester’s widow filed for his pension on January 3, 1881.  He had to have died prior to that time.  Lester is not listed on the 1880 census (taken June 4/5) with the family and his wife is indicated as ‘Widow’.

Citing this Record “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHSX-VJJ : 9 September 2017), Nellie Rosacrantz in household of Milly Rosacrantz, Fremont, Steuben, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 8, sheet 352D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0312; FHL microfilm 1,254,312.

This thank you notice was published in the Steuben Republican July 30, 1879.   Is this a clue to when Lester died?

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