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

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.

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