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DAVID B. FLEMING, First Lieutenant & Q. M., Company "D"

National Archives Pension File
Transcribed by Laurie Dean

Declaration for Original Pension of an Invalid

State of Iowa, County of Keokuk, ss:
     On this 29th day of October, 1889, personally appeared before me the clerk of the Dist. Court a duly authorized officer of a Court of Record in and for the County and State aforesaid D. B. Fleming who being duly sworn according to law, delcares that he is the identical David B. Fleming who enlisted under the name of David B. Fleming in the military service of the United States, at West Liberty, W. Va. on the 14th day of August in the year of 1862 as private in company "D" in the 12th regiment W. Va. Infty. volunteers: I did not serve in any other Reg't. in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged on the 16th day of June in the year 1865 that his personal description is as follows:
Age 49; height 5 ft. 8 1/2 in.; complexion fair; hair gray; eyes, gray that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he received the following:

In July 1864 was sick of camp diarrhea brought on by the scarcity of proper food while on Hunter Road. Have not been a well man for a whole year at a time since discharge. Am suffering now severly with catarrh which came on very soon after was discharged & have been growing worse ever since.

and that he was: not in hospital while in service except two days with mumps.

That he has performed no military or naval service prior to, or since the termination of that above stated, and his occupation since discharged has been minister of gospel.

That he has never received or applied for a pension; and that his post office address is Martinsburg, Keokuk Co., Iowa.

David B. Fleming
(Claimant's Signature.)

Additional Evidence

State of Pennsylvania, County of Washington, ss:
     In the matter of the application for penson of David B. Fleming.

     On this second day of August, one thousand eight hundred and ninety four, personally appeared before me, a notary public in and for the aforesaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mrs. Martha Craighead, aged 52 years, a resident of Washington in the County of Washington and State of Pennsylvania whose Post office address is Washington, Pa. and James T. Craighead, aged 53 years, a resident of Washington in the County of Washington and State of Pennsylvania whose Post office address is Washington, Pa. well known to me to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: That they have been well and personally acquainted with claimant for 28 and 4 years, respectively.

Mrs. Martha Craighead says that the claimant was her brother. That prior to his enlisting in the army his health was good; his health after coming home from the war was down to the time of his death was poor. He having suffered much from stomach trouble and chronic diarrhea. Owing to these complaints he seemed to become weaker and more feeble each year. He was wholly incapacitated during the latter years of his life, from earning a living by manual labor in consequence of diarrhea and stomach trouble. Deponent saw claimant frequently during these years and has personal knowlege of these facts to which she has testified.

James T. Craighead deposes and says: That he first met claimant in 1867 and from that time to 1871 was intimately acquainted with him and saw him frequently. Although a young man at that time he was wholly incapacitated for obtaining substances by manual labor in consequences of chronic diarrhea from which he was a great sufferer. From 1871 until about 4 years ago deponent did not see claimant. In 1890 claimant paid him a visit and claimant was still a suffering from diaarhea and had become exceedingly weak and feeble, having the appearance of a man 75 years old rather than the appearance of a man of 50.

And we, the said Martha and James T. Craighead, further certify that the foregoing statements by us made were written by J. C. Ewing in our presence and only from oral statements made to him on the 2nd day of August 1894 at his office in Washington, Pennsylvania and in making the above statements we did not use and were not aided or prompted by any written or printed statement..........

Martha Craighead
James T. Craighead


State of Nebraska
Lancaster County
     I, I. W. Lansing County Judge in and for Lancaster County, State of Nebraska, do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true, full, and correct copy of the Marriage Certificate of D. B. Fleming and Miss H. V. Noble as shown by Marriage Record No. 2, page 161, which record is in my possession duly certified and of which I am the legal custodian, and that I have compared the same.

February 3, 1894

State of Nebraska
Lancaster County
     Be it remembered that a Lincoln in said County of Lancaster, on the 19th day of December A. D. 1872, Mr. D. B. Fleming and Miss H. V. Noble named in the foregoing license, were legally united in marriage by me in the presence of Dr. M. W. Wilcox residing in the County of Lancaster and State of Nebraska and Mrs. M. W. Wilcox residing in the County of Lancaster and State of Nebraska.
     Witness my hand this 18th day of December, A. D. 1872
H. P. Peck,

The State of Nebraska
Lancaster County
The People of the State of Nebraska

To any person legally authorized to solemnize marriages, Greetings:
     You are authorized to join in the holy bonds of matrimony, and to celebrate within said County the rites and ceremonies of marriage between D. B. Fleming and Miss H. V. Noble.
     The fathers name of the said D. B. Fleming is James Fleming and the maiden name of his mother is Catherine B. Poch, and the father's name of the said H. V. Noble is James D. Noble and the maiden name of her mother is Sarah Titus. The said D. B. Fleming resides in the County of Filmore and State of Nebraska is aged 32 years, was born in West Virginia and is a white person. The said H. V. Noble resides in the County of Filmore and State of Nebraska is aged 26 years, was bor in New York and is also a white person.
     And these presents shall be your good and sufficient warrant and you are required to return this license to me within three months from the celebration of such marriage, with a certificate of the same appended thereto, signed by you, under the penalty of five hundred dollars.
     In testimony wereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the probate Court of said County of Lancaster this 17th day of December A. D. 1872.
A. L. Palmer,

State of Iowa
Fremont County, ss:

     Permission is hereby given to Mrs. Helen V. Fleming for the burial at Tabor, Iowa, of the body of Rev. David B. Fleming who died at Tabor, Iowa (give place of residence) on the 27th day of Jan. 1894 aged 53 years 6 months 5 days.

County Judge

     In reference to Application for Widow's Pension under application #403048 of Helen V. Peck formerly widow of David B. Fleming, Company D, 12th W. Va. Infantry.

State of Pennsylvania
County of Philadelphia
     Before me, the subscriber a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, residing in the City and County of Philadelphia, personally appeared Helen V. Peck, who being duly sworn according to law doth depose and say that her original maiden name was Helen V. Noble but after her marriage to Arthur C. Peck she often used the initial F. in signing her name. I hereby certify that Helen V. Peck is my correct given name.
     Sworn and subscribed to this sixteenth day of April, 1917.
Helen V. Peck

Certificate of Death

County of Philadelphia
City of Philadelphia

Date of Death: May 10, 1916
Place of Burial: Iry Hill Cem.; date of burial: May 12, 1916
Undertaker: Kirk & Nice
Arthur C. Peck, Male, white, married
Age: 70
Occupation: Clergyman, retired
Birthplace: Conn.
Name of Father: Nelson, Birthplace of Father: Conn.
Maiden Name of Mother: Polly Cole Birthplace of Mother: Conn.
Informant: Mrs. Jones of Geo. Nugent Home, 22 Ward.