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Chester County, Pennsylvania
Veterans Burial Records, (1885-1979)
Published: March 21, 2020
Total records: 5,250 (approx)
Compiled by: Chester County Department of Archives & Records
From 1885 until 1915 county-financed burials were provided for honorably discharged soldiers, sailors, and marines who had served during wartime but “died without sufficient means to defray the necessary burial expenses.” In 1915 the death benefit was extended to the indigent widows of honorably discharged veterans as well as to indigent men who had served in the state militia during the Civil War. In 1935 the benefit was further extended to include women who had served in the enlisted nurse corps or in other capacities in the military. Moreover, the death benefit was no longer just for those who had died in poverty, but was granted without regard to economic status. The 1935 law stated that county assistance was only available if the funeral cost no more than 4 hundred dollars.
The PDF linked below was acquied from the Chester County Department of Archives & Records on March 21, 2020. There are approximately 5,250 veterans burials records indexed in these documents...