Civil War Nurse

Medical Dept., U. S. Volunteers, Wheeling, W. Va.

     Nancy Jane Brand Cunningham received a government pension for her work as a nurse during the Civil War. At the time of her service, she was known as Nancy Brand. She later married William Cunningham (See his service history), a veteran, who lost a foot while serving in Company "H" of the 1st West Virginia Infantry. The maiden name of Nancy Jane is not known. She stated in her pension application that her first husband, Robert Brand, "died in the asylum in 1861."

     Nancy and William Cunningham had the following children: Alexander, March 18th 1867; Elizabeth, Aug. 7th 1869; Stephen, June 28th 1871; William H., Sept. 20th 1875; Benjamin F., April 16th 1898; Eva, Oct. 28th 1880.


Declaration for Nurse's Pension

State of Ohio
County of Belmont

     On the 26th day of March, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety 5 personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, NANCY JANE CUNNINGHAM, a resident of Bridgeport, State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, states that she was born in the year 1840 and is 55 years of age.

That she is the identical person who was employed by MRS. LIDIA HOLLIDAY as Nurse, and that she served under the name of NANCY JANE BRAND from the summer of 1861 to March 1862, when she was honorably released at WHEELING SPRIGG HOUSE HOSPITAL, WHEELING, W. VA. where she was employed at least 6 months during the War of the Rebellion. That she is unable to earn a support by reason of age and infirmaties.

That said disabilities are to the best of her knowledge and belief of a permanent character. That claimant has not applied for or received a pension as NURSE under the general law or by special act of Congress her husband WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM Co H 1st W. Va. Infantry Cert #12699 paid at the Columbus Ohio Agency.

That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of August 5, 1892.

(Attorney J. T. Harris of Martins Ferry)

That her post-office address is Bridgeport, County of Belmont, State of Ohio.

Nancy Jane (her X mark) Cunningham
(Claimant's signature)

Attest: Asa Jackman & John Feetterer

General Affidavit

State of Ohio, County of Belmont, ss:

     In the matter of Army Nurse Claim #1.165.582 Nancy J. Cunningham, formerly Brand.

     On this 16th day of March, A.D. 1896, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths Nancy J. Cunningham, aged 56 years, a resident of Bridgeport, in the County of Belmont, and State of Ohio, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case, as follows:

     I commenced nursing at the Sprigg House Hospital in Wheeling about Nov. 1st 1861. - I continued there until I received my fifth pay. Which I received from Dr. Swan (Swain?) - The Hospital was then removed to North Wheeling and known as the general hospital when I was employed. - The hospital was again changed to what was known as the old Athaneneum, when I continued nursing until the close of the war in 1865 - I left in October 1865 - I was known as Nancy J. Brand. Afterward marrying Wm. Cunningham - the foregoing was dictated by me and written in my presence by Geo. G. Sedgwick, at his office in Martins Ferry, O at the time above given - and I was not aided or prompted by any written or --- statement prepared by any other person.

Her post-office address is Bridgeport Ohio... further declare that I have interest in said case and am concerned in its prosecution.

Nancy J. (her X mark) Cunningham

Geo. G. Sedgwick
H. K. Sedgwick


Declaration of a Widow for Accrued Pension.
State of Ohio
County of Belmont
     On this 4th day of April, A. D. one thousand nine hundred and seven personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, NANCY J. CUNNINGHAM, aged 66 years, a resident of PEASE TOWNSHIP, County of BELMONT State of OHIO, who being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension which had accrued to her husband, named below, at the time of his death.

     That she is the widow of WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM who served as a Private in Co "H" 1st Regt Virginia Vol. Inf. and who was a pensioner of the United States by Certificate No. 12699, on the roll of the Pension Agency at Columbus, Ohio; that the last payment of his pension was made to the 4th day of Dec, 1906; that he died on the 19th day of Jany, 1907.

     That she was married under the name of NANCY J. BRAND to said pensioner at Washington, Penn., on the 25th day of October, 1865; that there was no legal barrier to the marriage; that she had been previously married; that the soldier had not been previously married. MY FIRST HUSBAND ROBERT BRAND DIED IN THE ASSYLUM IN 1861

     That her post-office address is Bridgeport County of Belmont, State of Ohio

Nancy J. (her X mark) Cunningham

Attest: T. B. Smith & Nannie L. Smith

Pensioner Dropped
Department of the Interior
United States Pension Agency
Columbus, Ohio
Feb 13 1912
Certificate No. 923.174
The Commissioner of Pensions.
Sir: I have the honor to report that the above-named pensioner who was last paid at $12 to Sep 4, 1911 has been dropped because of information that pensioner DIED SEP 23, 1911.

(illegible), United States Pension Agent