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Gertrude Janeway (July 3, 1909 - January 17, 2003) was the last known widow of a Union Civil War veteran. She married John Janeway, an officer in the 14th Illinois cavalry, in 1927 when she was 18 and he 81. They lived together in a log cabin in Blaine, Tennessee until John Janeway's death in 1937[1]. Gertrude continued to live in the cabin for nearly 70 years after her husband's death. She received a $70 pension check for veterans' benefits from the government every two months until her death in 2003.

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  • Maudie Hopkins - last known Confederate war widow, died August 2008
  • Alberta Martin - one of last known Confederate war widows, died 2004

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