Napoleonic-era Naval pension payments for Ratings, 1820s
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I am looking for help regarding naval records/Napoleonic-era Naval pensions when awarded to Ratings.
Can anyone tell me what kinds of documentation was required by the Navy from the widows of Ratings when collecting a final pension payment on the death of their husband – was a marriage certificate or some such required, or could anyone pretend to be someone’s widow and get away with it? The year in question is 1823.
Also: were pensions for rating typically warded for life only during this time (ie would not pass to a widow for her lifetime)?
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