This week I'm posting the official death certificate for Wilson L Starkey. Wilson L Starkey died during the Civil War and his mother Mary Ridgway Starkey Lewis applied for and received a mother's pension based on Wilson's Military Service.
The official death certificate states Wilson died on the 27th of July 1862. Throughout the pension packet you will find the death date listed as 26 July 1862. All that I can figure is he died during the night and the person reporting his death to Wilson's family assumed he died before midnight and the doctor filling out the certificate assumed he died after midnight. Below is a statement of death from his company, which lists the death date as 26 July 1862.