Mailing List:2006-09-27 25, Re: WHITNEY pension issues, by Kenneth Whitney

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From: "Ken Whitney" <ken.whitney -at- comcast.net> Subject: Re: [WHITNEY] WHITNEY pension issues Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 20:56:13 -0400 References: <BAY115-DAV69EB58FD412ED764636F8D4250@phx.gbl> <003201c6e1cb$c218be50$6500a8c0@Whitneycomp><006401c6e1ec$307e41b0$2602a8c0@DJ9XS171><8C8B06610BD6278-C10-4C4B@mblk-r39.sysops.aol.com> Diana, Thank you for your support. Ken Whitney ----- Original Message ----- From: <jmintonra -at- aol.com> To: <whitney -at- rootsweb.com>; <ken.whitney -at- comcast.net> Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 12:06 PM Subject: Re: [WHITNEY] WHITNEY pension issues > Ken and Greg, > > Nice interaction. I see the truth in both views. The family myth in one > of my family lines was that the government still owed the family for > services during the Revolution!!!! > > There is nothing but honor in serving our nation. There are those who > will request whatever they think they are "entitled" to from all of us. I > guess I don't care. They were there and they served. My family has many > military folks throughout including a cousin, retired Air force Col. from > Pentagon. Poverty is in the eye of the beholder, so to speak, and I have > known a number of folks in my time that never thought they were poor. > Just didn't have a lot of money. > > Keep up the good works! > > Thank you, > > Diana W. Minton > > > -----Original Message----- > From: gjnickels -at- comcast.net > To: ken.whitney -at- comcast.net > Cc: whitney -at- rootsweb.com > Sent: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 12:19 AM > Subject: Re: [WHITNEY] WHITNEY pension issues > > > Ken -- > > I hope you continue to share the pension files, they helped me to learn > more > about my great great grandfather, Col. Nathan Whitney and his brother, > Otis, > each of whom applied for pensions (long after the War of 1812) and each of > whom > lived very long lives (100 and 99 respectively). Without social security, > they > no doubt outlived their savings and 401K's and the $8/month came in handy! > > As Mayor of Seattle, I can tell you that even today veterans of our wars > pay a > big price for their service. More than one in four of the chronically > homeless > in America is a veteran. It is a national scandal and has nothing to do > with > DNA. It has to do with doing and seeing things no human should experience. > > Best wishes -- > Greg Nickels > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Ken Whitney > To: whitney -at- rootsweb.com > Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 5:27 PM > Subject: Re: [WHITNEY] WHITNEY Civil War afflictions > > > Whit, > > Your conclusion is not really one that I had thought of. I guess that > I > didn't realize that poverty is genetic in origin. I will have to give > that > some thought. I hoped through the presentation of these pension file > abstracts that people would be able to connect with their roots. I also > hoped that people would realize that we owe a great debt of gratitude to > our > forefathers, who sacrificed a chance to better themselves in order to > fight > for their country. I also realize that they were not all atruistic. They > needed the money. Those were tough times, especially for the folks in > Maine. > Sort of like today, only worse. My family spent over 250 years in Maine > before we went "away". My family has never had a lot of money, but we > have > fought in every war in which this country has become engaged. I guess my > branch must be genetically thawed, but I hope that some of my ancestors > were > altruistic, and did the right thing. I'll give it a bit of thought. > > I realized long ago that every one of these soldiers who applied for > a > pension was suffering in the depths of poverty. Everyone who has gained > knowledge from the contents of these applications of their connection to > the > family, and I will tell you that there are quite a few, has probably > considered themselves lucky that their ancestor made application. My hope > is > that they also realize the poverty in which they lived, and are grateful > for > their own circumstances today. > > I have a number of pension files left to be abstacted, and there are > more to be obtained. If I have offended anyone, I apologise, and will > cease > and desist. I will leave it up to my fellow list members. Please let me > know > whether I should continue or desist. I guess I could just collect pension > files and publish the results for a profit. I guess that's what it is to > be > an American today. > > Ken Whitney > Silver Spring, MD > > > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > WHITNEY-request -at- rootsweb.com > with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body > of > the message > ________________________________________________________________________ > Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security > tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, > free AOL Mail and more. > > ------------------------------- > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to > WHITNEY-request -at- rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' without the > quotes in the subject and the body of the message >


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