Well, today I received 3 pounds of pension transcripts of my ggrandmother, Carrie M. Wallin Brown, and it seems your John T. may be her long lost brother.
She gave testimony, August 6th, 1897, that she lived in Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan as a child with the VanOstrand family and when she was 16 or so ((1863), her brother, John T/P Wallin, came from the war and per her testimony: "took me home with him to Port Byron, NY, to live with my sister, Mary Chrisitian".
"The war was still on and his militia was in Iowa and when he was discharged, he would be back."
"I have not seen him since 1876."
"He was then at Sac City, Iowa, keeping a restaurant and I do not know his address or whether he is living."
This is in 1897, was he in CA then?
Is there a Sac City or did she mean, Sioux City, Iowa?
After 1876 she lost track of him or he her, per her testimony.She had moved from NY to MI in 1878 to live with Mary Christian (as the Christian's had moved from NY to MI) and then she married in 1879 and moved to Indiana and in 1883 to Doland, South Dakota (where she and her husband had a restaurant/Hotel).Her husband died in 1894 & she returned to Steuben County, Indiana.
So, does this seem likely to you?Carrie M. Wallin is her name, parents b. in England.Her capital T's & P's are very similar.
I can send you a copy of the transcript.
Where is Sac City, Iowa?
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