30 December 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Declaration for Widow's Pension

With the passing of my great+ grandfather William Townsend on 13 November 1889, Mary was left a widow with several children to finish raising. Here is the Declaration for Widow's Army Pension.

Declration for Widow's Army Pension Mary Claybaugh Townsend
Declaration for Widow's Army Pension for Mary Townsend

State of Ohio, County of Franklin, ss:


On the 21st day of November A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine personally appeared before me, Cornelius Black Jr a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, Mary Townsend, a resident of Edward in the County of Franklin, State of Ohio aged 44 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress, approved July 14, 1862. That she is the widow of William J Townson (written over to Townsend) who enlisted in the service of the United States at Groveport in the State of Ohio on the 2nd day of May 1864, as a Private in Company “K” commanded by Capt Thomas Libby in the 133rd Regiment of Ohio Inft Vols in the war of 1861; who, while in the service aforesaid, in the line of his duty __________ (left blank) at Edwards in the State of Ohio on the 13th day of November A.D. 1889. She further declares that she was married to the said William J Townsend in the County of Franklin and State of Ohio on the 10th day of November in the year 1864 that her name before said marriage was Mary Clabaugh that her husband, the aforesaid William J Townsend died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She further swears that she has the following named children of her deceased husband and herself, under sixteen years of age, who are now living, the dates of whose births were given below, to-wit:


Harry Augustus born on the 25th day of February 1878
Emma Virginia born on the 15th day of January 1880
Samuel Leroy born on the 8th day of July 1884
Ethel May born on the 8th day of of Sept 1887


And that the above named children are the only legitimate children of herself and her said husband, now living, who are under sixteen years of age. She further declares that she has not remarried since the death of her said husband, nor has she abandoned the support of any one of the children above named, nor permitted any one of the same to be adopted by any other person or persons, as his, her or their child.


And further, that her said husband has left no minor child by a former marriage. That neither herself nor her husband had ever been married previous to their marriage to each other.


She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States. She hereby appoints A H Addington of Columbus State of Ohio her true and lawful Attorney, with full power of substitution to prosecute this claim for pension, and to receive the certificate that may be issued therefor.


She requests that her pension be paid at Columbus State of Ohio. Her Post Office address is Edwards County of Franklin State of Ohio.


Signature of Claimant Mary Townsend


Signature of Witnesses: James A Kile, C R Clement


Declaration for Widow's Army Pension for Mary Townsend
Declaration for Widow's Army Pension for Mary Townsend


Also personally appeared before me, at the time and place aforesaid James A Kile a resident of Groveport, Franklin County State of Ohio and C R Clement a resident of Groveport, Franklin County, State of Ohio persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn according to law, declares each for himself, that they well know Mary Townsend who signed the foregoing affidavit in their presence; and that she is the identical person she represents herself to be in said averment; and that the name – ages-- and residence of her and her said husband's children as represented by her foregoing averment is true, as they verily believe, and also that said children are the only legitimate children of said Mary Townsend under sixteen years of age. And that she has not abandoned the support of any said children, nor permitted any one of the same to be adopted by any person or persons as his, her or their child; and that her said husband, William J Townsend has left no child by a former marriage.

They further declare that she has remained a widow ever since her husband's decease.


They further swear that they or either of them, have no interest in this claim, either present or prospective; and that they are not concerned, directly or indirectly, in its prosecution, and are not near relatives of the claimant.


Signature of Identifying Witnesses: James A Kile, C R Clement


Sworn to, acknowledged, and subscribed before me, this 21st day of November 1889, and I hereby certify that the contents of the foregoing declarations of claimant and affidavit of witnesses were made known to each of them before administering the oath, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.


Official Signature: Cornelius Black Jr
Notary Public
Franklin Co, Ohio

KNOWLEDGE GAINED
  • William was a private in Co K, 133rd
  • The unit's captain was Thomas Libby
  • Mary was 44 years old when she filed for this Pension on 21November 1889 (a week after William's death)
  • Mary was a resident of Edward, Franklin, Ohio.
  • William and Mary were married 10 November 1864 (after William served in the military and became blind)
  • Mary's last name was Clabaugh
  • Her children under the age of 16 were Harry Augustus (11), Emma Virginia (9), Samuel Leroy (5), and Ethel May (2).
  • Mary and William were not married prior to their marriage.
  • Her witnesses were Jame A Kile and C R Clement. C R Clement was William's doctor. 
QUESTIONS:
  • What was the actual process for a widow to obtain a Widow's Pension?
  • Where is Edward, Franklin, Ohio?
  • Who is James A Kile?

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