Thank you for the information, yes I agree they must be two differnt Thomas Kersey's. I believe that my Thomas V Kersey died either 1899 or there abouts while in thestate home for Soldiers and Sailors-and that Mary then applied for a widows pension benifit. I also think I found two other children but am still checking that out. I went to your site and it is great!!! Will post an update as soon as I confirm the other two children (sons). Again thanks so much for the information. Frances.