U.S. government still paying one Civil War pension to woman in Wilkes Co.

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WILKESBORO, N.C. -- Each month, Wilkesboro's Irene Triplett collects $73.13 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a pension payment for her father's military service -- in the Civil War.

Triplett, 84, is the last living person collecting a pension payment for service in the Civil War.

Pvt. Mose Triplett was born in 1846 and lived to the age of 92. After his first wife's death, he married Elida Hall, nearly 50 years his junior, in 1924.

In 1930, Irene Triplett was born when her father was 84 and her mother was 34.

Now living in skilled-nursing facility in Wilkesboro, Medicaid pays her expenses at the home, supplemented by a pension her father earned her nearly 150 years ago in 1865.


  • curious

    The story doesn’t answer why the daughter is eligible for a pension. I was unaware that these were inheritable. How much of a pension was earned for 2 years of service?

  • Flo

    Makes no sense at all. She was born 65 years after he was in the service, should never been eligible for a pension in the first place, and it certainly should have cut off in 1948 when she turned 18 as she was no longer his dependent.

  • A.E.

    Well you gotta look at it this way.Civil War, last living person receiving a pension for someone serving in the Civil War.Everything was different back then compared to now.It’s only $73.13.

  • ADWarenne

    …back then, the VET pension applied to wife/children. My g-GM drew a KY Confederate pension on her husband who served in the NC infantry till the 1950s.

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