|Deposition of George Lancaster in the
Pension of Hester Lancaster
for the Service of Abram Lancaster in the 33rd USCT
October 12, 1908
Case of Hester Lancaster, No. 848.540
On this twelfth day of October, 1908, at Jacksonville, county of Duval State of Florida, before me, J. A. Davis, a Special Examiner of the bureau of
Pensions, personally appeared George Lancaster, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this
special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes And says:
I am 27 years of age. I am a Butcher by occupation. My post office address is No. 1209 Franklin St, Jacksonville, Fla. I am the youngest And the only child
living of Hester And Abram Lancaster. My father had been a soldier And was drawing a pension. I was born in Jacksonville And have always lived here. My
father And mother always lived together, only he lived in St. Augustine. Fla, but he always looked out for us And provided for us, until he got disabled And
then my mother And I looked after him until he died. My mother would go over there And stay with him And he would come here And stay a week at a time.
My mother ? over then And took care of him all during his sickness, until about a week before he died. He died in the Hospital in St. Augustine. My father
left a little place in Lincolntown St. Augustine, Fla. My mother has not had any income from it. It is said to be worth Four hundred dollars. My mother has
been an awful hard working woman And she had to stay in Jacksonville to get work. My father died five years ago. I know my mother has not remarried, I
never have seen a man besides my father in the house in to the present day. I have heard you read this disposition. I have fully understood all your
questions. My answer s have been set down correctly
Sworn to And subscribed before me this 12th day of October, 1908 And I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.
J A Davis
This deposition is for the Civil War pension of Hester Lancaster the 2nd wife of Abram Lancaster veteran of the 33rd USCT. This paper is the only mention
of Abram And Hester having a son. From this deposition there were more children but George is the only living child. The problems that still haven't been
resolved are: 1. Was the first marriage a legal marriage? (Was it affirmed after the War --- with a underlying problem of what was the legal status of a free
black marriage before the War of the Rebellion? 2. If marriage no. 1 was legal, did he get a divorce?