|Photo by Patrick Jones. Copy found at US National Archives. 29 Jun 2015.|
Thomas died on 10 June 1909, and Leah began to receive a widow's pension after her application was approved.
The file contained a handwritten note from Leah to the Bureau of Pensions, asking that the monthly payments be increased in line with a Widow's Pension bill approved by Congress. This increased her monthly payment from $30 to $40.
The monthly widow's pension was later increased to $50.
Leah and Thomas never had children. After his death, Leah worked in the homes of her nieces and nephews, assisting them with raising their children. Leah Hart Thornhill passed away on 21 February 1932 in Jefferson County.