WILLIAM COFFIELT (COFFIELD), CORPORAL, Company "B"
National Archives Pension File
Transcribed by Carol Lanza.
National Archives Pension File
Transcribed by Carol Lanza.
State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, SS: on this 10th day of March A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven personally appeared before me a Clerk of the County Court a Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid William M. Coffielt aged 47 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical William M. Coffielt who was ENROLLED on the 15th day of August, 1862, in Company "B" of the 12th regiment of W.Va. Infantry Vols. commanded by Captain Martin P. Bonar and was honorably DISCHARGED at Richmond, Va. on the 16th day of June, 1865; that his personal description is as follows: Age 22 years; height 5 feet 9 inches; complexion fair; hair light; eyes blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Cumberland in the State of Maryland on or about the winter or and spring of, 1864, he from the affects of cold and exposure, contracted rheumatism in his back and lower limbs and general rheumatic condition of the body and limbs, which was aggravated and made worse by marching from Cumberland in the State of Maryland, to Webster in the State of West Virginia, in the spring of 1864: that his said rheumatism has caused slight-deformity of the hands, enlargement of the finger joints and affection of the heart. That he claims pension for rheumatism and it's affects.
That he was treated in hospitals as follows: At Grafton in the State of West Virginia in April and May 1864.
That he has NOT been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above.
That he has not been in the military or naval service of the United States since the 16th day of June 1865. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the States of Illinois and Ohio & in the state of West Virginia, and that his occupation has been that of a Carpenter. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a Carpenter. That he is now "very much" disabled from obtaining his substance by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation.
William Gray of Palatine, Marion County, West Virginia, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has never received nor applied for a pension; that his residence is No. ------ St. -------Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia and that his post office address is Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia.
William M. Coffielt
(Signature of Claimant)
William M. Coffielt
(two witnesses who can write sign here)
J. M. Finner
Bureau of Pensions
No. 601. 897
Wm. M. Coffielt
"B" 12. W.Va. Inf. Vols. July 29. 1887
I have the honor to request that you will furnish from the records of the War Department, a full Report as to the service, disability, and hospital treatment of William M. Coffielt, who, it is claimed, enlisted August 15th, 1862, and served as a private in Co. "B", 12th Regt. W.Va. Infty. Vols; Capt. Martin P. Bonar and was discharged at Richmond, Va., June 16, 1865.
While serving in Co. and Reg't, aforesaid he was disabled by contracting rheumatism in his back and limbs, and a general rheumatic condition of the body and limbs, at Cumberland, Md. in the winter and spring of 1864, resulting in slight deformity of the hands and affection of the heart and was treated in hospitals of which the names and location, and dates of treatment are as follows: "At Grafton, W.Va. April and May 1864."
Please search regimental hospital records.
No further data.
John C. Black
The Adjutant General, U.S. Army.
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, Sept. 27, 1887
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
William M. Coffielt, a private of Company B, 12 th Regiment, VA sub. W.Va Volunteers, was enrolled on the 15th day of August, 1862, at Wheeling, Va for 3 yrs., and is reported: On roll from enrollment to Oct. 31-62 present, same to Apr. 30-63: May & June-63 Corporal, present, same to Feb. 29-64: March & Apr.-64, absent, in Grafton, Va hospital since Apr. 5-64, same to June 30-64: July & Aug.-64 present, same to Apr. 30-65. Muster-out Roll of Company dated Richmond, Va June 16-65 shows him mustered out with Company that date and place. He is not reported absent on Regtl. Returns from Nov. 30-64 to May 31-65.
Regtl. Hospital Records are not on file. The records of this office furnish no evidence of disability.
Widow's Declaration for Pension or Increase of Pension
This must be Executed before a Court of Record or some Officer thereof having Custody of the Seal
State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, SS: on this 25th day of May A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight personally appeared before me A Clerk of the County Court, a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid Sarah H. Coffielt aged 43 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the Pension provided by Acts of Congress granting pension to widows: That she is the widow of William M. Coffielt, who enlisted under the name of William M. Coffielt at Moundsville, W.Va., on the 15th day of August A.D., 1862, in Company "B", 12th Reg. of W. Va. Infantry Volunteers in the war of the Rebellion who while in the aforesaid service and line of his duty contracted disease and disability from which he never recovered; but which, disease and disability causes his death, near Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia on the 7th day of May, A.D. 1888; who bore at the time of his discharge the rank of Corporal in the service aforesaid that she was married under the name of Sarah H. Keyser to said William M. Coffielt on the 27th day of January A.D. 1870 by Rev. James Alexander in Marshall Co. W.Va. there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither she nor her husband had been previously married to any other person, or persons, that she has to present date remained his widow; that the following are the names and dates of birth of all his legitimate children yet surviving who were under sixteen years of age at father's death, viz:
Ross W. Coffielt of soldier by Sarah H. Coffielt, born May 5th 1872,
Minnie A. Coffielt of soldier by Sarah H. Coffielt, born April 30th 1875,
Paul F. Coffielt of soldier by Sarah H. Coffielt, born September 1st 1879
That she has not abandoned the support of any of her children, but that they are still under her care or maintenance.
That her said husband was discharged at Richmond, Va. on the 16th day of June 1865, by reason of muster out of his Regiment; that she has not in any manner engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; that a prior application has been filed by William M. Collielt, her deceased husband which was pending at his death; that Power of Attorney to complete said claim is herewith filed that she hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation,
William Gray, of Palatine, Marion Co., West Va. her attorney to prosecute the above claim: that her residence is Near Limestone, in Marshall County, West Virginia and her Post Office address is Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia
Sarah H. Coffielt
(Signature of Claimant.)
(Two witnesses who can write must sign here)
John H. Jefferson
Office of Marshall County Clerk, Thos. Finn, Clerk,
Moundsville, W.Va. May 25th 1888
"I Thomas Finn, Clerk of the County Court of the County and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that the records of marriage of this office of which I am the legal custodian show that on the 27th day of January 1870 W.M. Coffielt and Sarah H. Keyer were united in marriage in Marshall County by the Rev. James Alexander, a regularly licensed Minister of the Gospel according to the laws of this state, and duration thereof made to this office (Illegible). In (Illegible) whereof I have hereunto (Illegible) my hand & affixed the seal of said County Court at my office in Moundsville this 28th day of May A.D. 1888."
State of Ohio, County of Guersey.
In the matter of Widow's Pension, Claim No. 373,402 of Sarah H. Coffielt, widow of William M. Coffielt late of Company "B", 12th Reg. of W.Va. Infantry Vols.
On this 10 day of September A.D. 1888, personally appeared before me, a (Illegible) in and for the aforesaid County, duly, authorized to administer oaths, Eliza T. Moore aged 60 years, a resident of Middletown in the County of Guersey and State of Ohio, whose Post Office address, Middletown in the County of Guersey 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 was well and intimately acquainted with William M. Coffielt and Sarah H. Coffielt his wife during their residence in Guersey County in the State of Ohio from the early part of 1873 to the fall of 1878. I was present at the home of the aforesaid William M. Coffielt in the aforesaid county and state when the said Sarah H. Coffielt was confirmed on the 30th day of April 1875 and gave birth to a female child which was subsequently named by it's parents Minnie A. Coffielt. That I was present at the aforesaid birth in the capacity of an attendant to the Mother and am able to fix the precise date of said birth from the facts and circumstances."
Marriage Record of Widow of William M. Coffielt
State of West Virginia
County of Marshall
J.E.M. Lewis, Clerk of the County Court of said Marshall County and as such the legal custodian of the marriage records of said county, hereby certify that Joshua Ruble (single) and Sarah H. Coffielt (widow) were united in marriage near Limestone, W.Va., July 30, 1891, by Jacob Ruble a licensed Minister of the Gospel and due return thereof made to this office as required by law.
Given under my hand
and the seal of said
Court at Moundsville
this 25 day of July, 1895
Signed: E.M. Lewis
State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, SS:
On this 25th day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety-five personally appeared before me Clerk of the County Court a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid W.C. Woodruff, guardian of Paul F. Coffielt (minor child of William M. Coffielt deceased and Sarah H. Coffielt residents of Limestone, County of Marshall, state of West Virginia aged 41 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Act of Congress for children under sixteen years of age. That he is the guardian of the above-named child of William M. Coffielt who enlisted under the name of William M. Coffielt at Moundsville, W.Va., on the 15th day of August A.D. 1862, in Company "B" 12th Regiment of W.Va. Infantry Volunteers in the war of the rebellion, who while in the aforesaid military service and line of duty contracted disease and disability from which he never recovered, but which disease and disability caused his death on the 7th day of May A.D. 1888; and who bore at the time of his discharge the rank of Corporal, in the aforesaid company; that he left a widow surviving him named Sarah H. Coffielt, who was remarried to Joshua Ruble, at Limestone, Marshall County, W.Va. July 30th 1891; that the above-named is the only surviving child of William M. Coffielt who is under sixteen years of age at the time of the widow's remarriage; that said Sarah H. Coffielt drew pension for herself and children to May 7th, 1888, that said child was the issue of soldier, as follows, the dates of their birth being as hereinafter stated:
Paul F. Coffielt, of soldier by Sarah H. Coffielt, born September 1st 1879.
That the mother was married under the name of Sarah H. Keyser, January 27, 1870, to William M. Coffielt, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that the said child has not aided or abetted the rebellion; and that a prior application has been filed by the soldier and a certificate No. 421,093 issued in his favor, and by the mother and certificate No. 251,302 issued; that declarant hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation, William Gray, of Palatine, Marion Co. West Va. his attorney to prosecute the above claim; that his post office address is Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia. That special reference is hereby made to claim for original invalid pension certificate No. 421,093 of William M. Coffielt, the aforesaid soldier and to the claim of Sarah H. Coffielt, certificate No. 251,302 for widow's pension and all the proofs filed with each and both of said claims, and that said proofs be applied so far as applicable to sustain this claim and establish the allegations herein contained.
T. J. Parsons
(two persons who can write sign here)
W.H. Woodruff, Guardian of
Paul F. Coffielt
United States of America, State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, ss:
I, E.M. Lewis, Clerk of the County Court of said county, do hereby certify that W.H. Woodruff was on the 25 day of February A.D., 1895, appointed by the Clerk of the County Court of Marshall County, W.Va., Guardian of Paul F. Coffielt, minor child of William M. Coffielt, deceased, and duly qualified as such by taking the oath and giving approved bond, in the sum of $800, as required by law.
Now therefore be it known that full faith and credit are due all the acts of the said W.H. Woodruff as such guardian.
Given under my hand and the seal of said County
Court at my office, in Moundsville, in said county,
this 25 day of February A.D. 1895
Clerk County Court, Marshall Co.,W.Va.
Bureau of Pensions,
William M. Coffielt
Co. B, 12 Reg. W.Va. Vol. Inf.
To further aide this Bureau in the adjustication of the above entitled claim for pension in which you have testified that William M. Coffielt became disabled while in the U.S. service, please furnish a statement in your own handwriting.
"In addition to my former affidavit I knew but little about William M. Coffielt disability he being a member of the same company as I was. I knew him to go to the Grafton Hospital about the first of April 1864 with Rheumatism don't remember how he was affected or what parts of him was affected. Knew him to get behind when on marching time or two after that he said he could not keep up on the account of the Rheumatism and have seen him since the war and he still complained of having Rheumatism he is now dead.
My post office address is Moundsville, Marshall Co. W.Va.
Samuel W. Peters
Original Pension of Minor Children 609.570.
Paul F. Coffielt child of William M. Coffielt, Rank Corporal Company "B" Regiment, 12 W.Va. V.Inf.
Guardian, William H. Woodruff, Residence of guardian, Marshall County, and State of W.Va., Post Office, Limestone, Marshall Co. W.Va., Rate, $ 12 per month, commencing July 31, 1891 and two dollars a month additional for each child, as follows:
Paul F., Born Sept. 1, 1879
Payments on all former certificates covering any portion of same time to be deducted.
All pension to terminate -------, 18--, date of -----\
Name, William Gray, Fee, $ 10, Agent -- to
Post-office, Palatine, W.Va. Articles Filed -----
Submited for Ad. Aug. 28, 1896, W.F. Woods, Examiner.
Approved for admission, origin of rrheumatism accepted, widow was a (Illegible) and has remarried. Pension payable to guardian as above mentioned.
Sept. (Illegible) Hanna, Re-Reviewer
Dates Shown by Papers.
Enlistment, Aug. 15, 1862 .
Muster into rank, ------ .
Discharge, June 16, 1865 .
Death, May 7, 1888
Invalid app. filed, March 14, 1887
Invalid pension paid to May 7, 1888
Widow's app. filed, May 29, 1888 .
Widow paid to July 30, 1891.
Minor's app. filed, March 2, 1895.
Guardian appointed, Feb. 25, 1895.
Claim completed, June 27, 1896.
Former marriage, -----.
Death of former wife ------.
Last Marriage, June 27, 1870.
Remarriage of widow, July 30, 1891.