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SISTER MARY DE CHANTAL CIVIL WAR NURSE Medical Dept., U. S. Volunteers, Wheeling, W. Va.
(Born Jane Keating)
CIVIL WAR NURSE
Medical Dept., U. S. Volunteers, Wheeling, W. Va.
"Song of the Hills, The Story of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling"
By Sister Rose Anita Kelly
Mount Saint Joseph Pub., 1962
Mother de Chantal Keating (Jane Keating) was born in Tipperary, Ireland, on September 30, 1833. In her youth she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brooklyn. In February, 1864, on the request of Bishop Whelan, she was loaned his fledgling Community as superior and administrator of Wheeling Hospital during the critical Civil War period. Twelve years later when the Wheeling Congregation had grown in strength and numbers, she was recalled to Brooklyn and made superior of St. John's Home for Boys, an office she held until her death in June 1917.
Declaration for Nurse's Pension
State of New York
County of Kings, City of Brooklyn, ss:
On the 7th day of October, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety five personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, Com of Deeds, within and for the county and State aforesaid, JANE KEATING, a resident of BROOKLYN, State of NEW YORK, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she was born in the year 1833, and is 62 years of age. - That she is the identical who was employed by the U.S. Govt. at Wheeling, Va. Gen'l Hospital as Nurse, and that she served under the name of JANE KEATING (SISTER MARY DE CHANTAL) from the 26" day of JULY, 1864, to the 30" day of JUNE, 1865, when she was honorably released at WHEELING, Va. (Now W.Va.) - That her service was rendered in the Wheeling W.Va. Gen'l Hospital, from July 26, 1864 to June 30, 1865 where she served at least over 11 months during the War of the Rebellion. That she is unable to earn a support by reason of Weakness and Deafness. - That said disabilities are to the best of her knowledge and belief of a permanent character. That claimant has never applied for nor received a pension as widow, mother, or nurse, under the general law or by special act of Congress, that she was never married. 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.
Jane Keating (Sister Mary de Chantal
Attest: Mary Lowery (Sister Mary Cyril) & R. Pearl Page
Record and Pension Division
Washington, Sept 17, 1895
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions,
with the information that the medical records, (Muster Rolls of Post and Genl. Hosptl, Wheeling, West Va.) show the following:
Roll for July and Aug. 1864, (Post Hosp'l), - Sister Mary de Chantal, present; attached to Hosp'l, as nurse, July 29, 1864. Employed by authority of Surgeon General, USA.
Roll for Sept and Oct. 1864, (Post Hosp'l) - Sister Mary de Chantal, present; attached to Hosp'l, as Matron, July 29, 1864. Employed as nurse to Sept. 30, 64.
Roll for Nov and Dec 1864, - Sister Mary de Chantal, Nurse, present; attached to Hosp'l, as nurse, July 29, 1864. Employed as matron to the 25th Nov 1864, when she was re-employed as nurse by order of the Surgeon General of the Army.
Roll for Jan and Feb 1865, - Sister Mary de Chantal, nurse, present; attached to Hosp'l, as nurse, July 29, 1864.
Roll for Mar and Apl 1865, - Sister Mary de Chantal, nurse, present; attached to Hosp'l as nurse July 29, 1864.
Roll for May and June 1865, Sister Mary Stanislaus, present; attached to Hosp'l as nurse July 29, 1864. Last paid to Feb 28, 1865. Employed by authority of the Surgeon General of the Army. Date of termination of service not found.
Nothing additional found.
By authority of the Secretary of War:
F. C. Aimsworth, Medical Surgeon, US Army