Civil War Nurse

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

     Nancy (Cabel) Furbay received a government pension for her work as a nurse during the Civil War. She served as a nurse at the Sprigg House Hospital in Wheeling, W. Va. Although her pension file has not been obtained, she stated her service in an affidavit in support of the claim of co-worker, Clemency Shelly:

General Affidavit
State of West Virginia, County of Ohio, ss:
     In the matter of pension of CLEMENCY SHELLY Hospital Nurse at Sprigg House Hospital Wheeling West Va.
     On this 15" day of October, A.D. 1892, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths MARGARET CRAMPTON aged 54 years, a resident of WHEELING, in the County of OHIO, and State of WEST VIRGINIA whose Post Office address is #111 East 11th St. Wheeling West Va.

NANCY FURBAY, aged 44 years, a resident of MARTINS FERRY, in the County of BELMONT and State of OHIO, whose Post Office address is Martins Ferry, Belmont Co., Ohio, well known to be a reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case, as follows:

That they are well acquainted with applicant, and she is not able to earn a support by support and has no means and complains of quite a number of diseases, badly afflicted, quite old and infirm, and THEY WERE ALSO EMPLOYED AS NURSES AT SPRIGG HOUSE HOSPITAL at Wheeling, W. Va., with Applicant from about April 1862 and December 1861 up to about October 1862. When said Hospital was abandoned Mrs. Shelly was employed at said Hospital before we were, we can not remember exact dates as to when she commenced or quit work and that we know what we state from personal observation and acquaintance.

We further declare that we have no interest in said case and are not concerned in its prosecution.

Margaret (her X mark) Crampton
Nancy J. (her X mark) Furbay

Witnesses: Rease Furbay & C. C. Crampton