03 March 2014

Amanuensis Monday: General Affidavit by Charles E Klineline

The Civil War Pension file for William James Townsend has a lot of affidavits to attest to the situation of William's widow Mary (Clabaugh) Townsend. The next of which was provided by Charles E Klineline.

General Affidavit by Charles E Klineline
General Affidavit provided by Charles E Klineline
for Mary Townsend, widow of William James Townsend.

State of Ohio
County of Franklin, SS


In the matter of Pension Claim No. 422.500 of Mary, widow of Wm J Townsend late of Co. “K”, 133rd Reg't, Ohio Inft Vol.
Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for said County and State, Charles F Kleinline aged 19 years


Citizen of the town of Edwards Station County of Franklin State of Ohio well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows: I have been acquainted with claimant ever since I can remember. I know that she owns a house and lot: that is worth perhaps three hundred dollars: and that she owns a small amount of household goods: has no income of any kind except what she earns by hard work: She does washing and house cleaning: and whatever she can get to do. I also know that she has not remarried since her Husbands death which occurred some eighteen month ago. I also know that she has four children who are under sixteen years of age.


And I further say that my knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following sources, viz: as state above.


Singed Sharer K (or R) Kleineline

KNOWLEDGE:
  • 19 year old Charles Kleinline is from Edwards Station
  • Being much younger than Mary, he's known her all of his life
  • He places the value of her home at $300 and says Mary has a small assortment of household goods.
  • Charles attests to Mary's work for income of laundry and house cleaning.
QUESTIONS:
  • Who is Charles Kleinline? How close does he live to Mary Townsend in Edwards Station?
  • Why would someone so young be signing an affidavit for someone much older?

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