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Re: Allen D Morris died 22 Oct 1897 in New Orleans
Posted by: Richard Lake (ID *****8414) Date: June 18, 2009 at 06:53:59
In Reply to: Allen D Morris died 22 Oct 1897 in New Orleans by Jan LaMotte of 746

Jan: Since you mention "Federal Pension" then am I correct in assuming this fellow was a Union veteran of the War Between the States? You don't say whether he was a native with family in the city or a long-time resident or just spent his last years in NO or just happened to be in the city when he died, it might make a difference. If he were a visitor or fairly new to the city then it's quite possible his body was returned to a place where he had connections. Just because he died in New Orleans doesn't mean that he is buried here.

I did not find anything in NOPL's Obituary/Biographical Index which is far from complete nor is he indexed in 1896, 1897 or 1898 death records for New Orleans. That only means that the State Archives don't have a death record.

If you haven't done so already, try the database "Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans 1879-1903". Unfortunately, I don't subscribe to Ancestry anymore but I'm sure that if you post a query to the "Record Lookups" forum, someone will check for you. This might be your best bet.

Have you checked the 1890 Civil War Veterans and Widows Schedule? If he shows up then maybe something in it will give a useful clue. Also, NOPL has a pretty complete collection of city directories and will do lookups for a very modest fee. Again, it won't tell you where he is buried but it might furnish a small bit of additional information.

Have you visited the website for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War? They have on online database of Union burials. I can find a link if you need it. I did check the DVA's National Grave Locator database - nothing. That only means he isn't likely buried in a national cemetery. Out of curiousity I also checked burials in Chalmette National Cemetery since a lot of Union soldiers are buried there but again nothing.

There are other avenues such as hospital death records for New Orleans, primarily Charity. However, I don't think they are online. I would have to double check to be sure.

Not the answer to your question but maybe something in all of this might help. Rick

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