Last known living widow of Civil War veteran dies at 101

By , NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

Helen Viola Jackson, who was believed to be the last living widow of a Civil War veteran, has died. The Missouri native was 101.

Her husband was James Bolin, who served in the 14th Missouri Cavalry and died in 1939. He and Jackson were secretly, but legally, married at his Niangua, Mo., home on September 4, 1936. He was 93-years-old and she was just 17.

News of Jackson's death was shared by the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival last month. The organization in southern Missouri enshrined her in their Missouri Walk of Fame in 2018, recognizing her as the last living Civil War widow.