02 December 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Affidavits from William Gill & George Mansfield

Here is another installment of the Civil War File for my 3rd great-grandfather William James Townsend of Franklin County, Ohio. This affidavits were from friends of his, William GIll and George Mansfield.

Affidavits regarding William Townsend by William Gill and George Mansfield
Affidavits regarding William Townsend by
William Gill and George Mansfield
State of Ohio
County of Franklin } SS.

On this the 28 day of May AD 1888 personally appeared before me one of the acting Mayor of the village of Groveport in and for the County and State aforesaid William C Gill & George Mansfield. Persons well knowen to me to be Respcetable and entitled to Credit and who was both first duly sworen according to law by me they declare _________________ (illegible) as follows.

That they are well and intimately aquanited with William James Townson late a private of Co. “K” 133rd Regt. O US in the war of 1861 that they know by there own personal knowledge that the Statements that James a Kile swore to in William James Townson invalid pension claim No. 505.430  are true. That they know the above facts by reason of being members of said co & Reg.t. And being presant at the time. That they have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.
Signed W C Gill, G W Mansfield

Sworen to before me on this the 28 day of May 1888 and I do hereby certify that affiants fully understood the contents of the foregoing affidvid before swearing them. And that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.

A Than Mayor of Groveport O


Affidavits regarding William Townsend by William Gill and George Mansfield
Back of previously mentioned affidavit

 Additional eveden in the claim William James Townson late a private Co. K 133 Regt
Ohio Vols infanty in the war of 1861 No 505.430

Received Jun 7 1888

KNOWLEDGE GAINED
  • A Than was mayor of Groveport, Ohio in 1888. 
  • William C Gill and George Mansfield were well and intimately acquainted with my great grandfather. These men were members of Co K, 133rd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War. 
QUESTIONS
  • What more can I gather from this statement?
  • Who else can I learn about William C Gill and George Mansfield of Franklin County, Ohio?
  • Why were they willing to sign an affidavit for William Townsend?
  • Besides serving in the same military unit, how else did they know my grandfather William Townson (or Townsend)?

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