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DAVID MAGERS, Company "A"

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Marriage Record

     "By Authority of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

     This is to certify, that on the TWENTY-SECOND day of JUNE in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty TWO, before me, the subscriber, one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the County of Washington, and State of Pennsylvania, DAVID MAJORS -- of the town -- County of MARSHALL, and State of WEST VIRGINIA and MISS AMANDA WILLIAMS of the COUNTY OF BROOKE and the State of WEST VIRGINIA were joined in Marriage; they declaring themselves clear of all engagements, or other lawful impediments, and taking each other for Husband and Wife, according to law.
     In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at West Alexander, the day and year above written.

J. FINLEY MAYES, Justice of the Peace. (Seal)


Pension Affidavit, 6 Sep 1882

State of West Virginia
County of Ohio

On this 6th day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty two personally appeared before me S. B. McColloch a clerk of the circuit court the same being a court of record in and for the county and state aforesaid David Magers who after being dully sworn according to law says that he was a late private in Captain Wm Burley's Company A 12th Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. That he was enrolled on the 11th day of August 1862 and was discharged on the 7th day of June 1865. That he believes himself entitled to a pension for the following reasons to wit. That about the 1st of Nov. 1863 he the said Magers was prostrated by an affliction of the liver and was sent to the U. S. Hospital in Martinsburg WVa where he was compelled to remain for about two months at the end of which period he returned to his regiment at Harpers Ferry Md where he remained some 2 or 3 weeks unable for any duty. Then moved with his regiment at Harpers Ferry Md where he remained some 2 or 3 weeks unable for any duty. Then moved with his regiment to Cumberland Md still doing no duty from which place he was removed to the U.S. Hospital in the city of Cumberland Md prostrated and afflicted by intermittant fever and liver disease soon after he was transferred to the U. S. Hospital in Clainesville(?) Md where in adission to the aforesaid complaints or afflictions he contracted what is yellow jaundice from said hospital he transfered to the U. S. Hospital in the city of Wheeling, WVa from which he was discharged on June 7th 1865 intirely unable for any part or parcel of manual labor and so continues down to the present day. That June 13th 1863 he the said Magers was captured by the rebels at Winchester Va and held a prisoner at Libby, Bells Island and Cassel Thunder, for about two months. That the severe service rendered while in the army and the inhumane torture starvation and filth met with in rebel prison pens has left the said Magers a shadow of a once stout harty and able bodied man. That Drs. Lewis, Skilens(?), Houlden, Kirkir and others unknown treated him in the hospitals. That the medicines consisted of mostly internal application of Blue Mas, Murchery, Quinine, Codliver oil and other remedies names unknown while Fly blister and strengthening plasters were applied externally. And that his Postoffice address is Sherrard Marshall Co WVa.

Mark of David Magers
Witnessed by Thomas B. Edwards & John W. Fox

     Also personally appeared before me on day and date first above written Thomas B. Edwards of Wheeling County of Ohio State of West Virginia and John W. Fox of Marshall County of State of West Virginia who certify that they were there and saw David Magers sign the ongoing affidavit and that he is the person that he represents himself to be and that they believe him to be a person of truth and veracity. That they have no interest in this claim.

Signed Thomas Edwards & John W. Fox
Subscribed & sworn before me this 6 day of September 1882. I am not interested,
Signed Samuel B. McColloch, Clerk.


State of West Virginia
County of Ohio

On this 5th day of March A.D. 1883
Personally appeared before me John Walton a Notary Public in and for the county and state aforesaid DAVID MAGERS who after being duly sworn by me says that in answer to paragraph No. 3 He the said Magers says that he has been neither in the military or naval service of the U.S. since the 7th day of June A.D. 1865 or in other words he has not been in the military or naval service of the U.S. since his discharge from said service thereof; and that he has furnished all the testimony demanded by the Pension Dpt. And that the No. of his claim is 459.372 company A 12th Reg WVa Vol. Infantry. And that his P.O. is Sherrard Marshall Co WVa.

Mark of David Magers

Sworn to and subscribed before me on day and date first above written and that I have no interest in this claim.

Signed by John Walton, Notary Public, Ohio County, W.Va.


War Department
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, July 24, 1883

     Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions
DAVID MAGERS, a PRIVATE of Company "A", 12 Regiment W.Va. Volunteers, was enrolled on the 13 day of AUG., 1862, at MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. 3 YRS. and is reported: FROM ENROLLMENT TO APRIL 30/63 PRESENT. ROLL FOR MAY and JUNE/63. MISSING IN ACTION AT WINCHESTER SINCE JUNE 15/63 - CO. WAS IN ACTION AT PLACE AND DATE NAMED. - SO BORNE TO AUG 31/63. ROLL FOR SEPT and OCT/63 PRESENT - JANY and FEB/64. ABSENT SICK SINCE FEBY 1"/64 and SO BORNE TO APRIL 30/65.
PRISONER OF WAR RECORDS SHOW HIM CAPTURED AT WINCHESTER VA JUNE 15.63.
CONFINED AT RICHMOND VA JUNE 23/24.63.
PAROLED AT CITY POINT VA JULY 2.63.
REPORTED AT COLLEGE GREEN BARRACKS MD JULY 3.63 AND SENT TO CAMP PAROLE MD JULY 5.63 WHERE HE ARRIVED SAME DAY.
NO FURTHER INFORMATION ON SAID RECORDER.
NATURE OF SICKNESS 63 AND 64 NOT STATED
COMPANY AND REGIMENTAL BOOKS ON FILE FURNISH NO EVIDENCE OF DISABILITIES AS ALLEGED. REGTL HOSP RECORDS ARE NOT ON FILE.

Signed by Adjutant General - (Illegible)


Pension Office

Wheeling, WVa
Febry. 1st 1884

Hon. W. W. Dudley
Dr. Sir
     In answer to this letter of yours I would say that my disability is chronic. That I believe my injury was contracted in the rebel prisons the filth and starvation the inhuman food what I did get and the horable treatment that I got while there has distroied my entire system. My stomach and bowels is all out of order from the effects of the Chronic Diarrhea. There is also something that most Drs. call a ruptur in the pit of the stomach which is very painful and efects my entire system. This was contracted on a march near Winchester Va in June 1863. My liver is seriously effected by the poison which I received while in prison which also distroied the functions of my stomach and bowels. I had a very serious attack of yellow jaundice in June or July 1864 while confined in the Claryville Hospital being sent to the Hospital on account of cold contracted in camp resulted in fever. The yellow jaundice didnot run its proper course but left my system in a delapidated condition. My liver is torbed and inactive and has been ever since the war as well as the aforementioned symptoms. The (the rest is missing).


General Affidavit

State of PENNSYLVANIA, County of WASHINGTON ss:
     In the matter of PENSION CLAIM NO. 459.372 OF DAVID MAGERS LATE PRIVATE OF CO. A 12th REGT. WEST VA. VOL. INFTY.
     On this 26" day of DEC A.D. 1890, personally appeared before me A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths G. W. McDAID aged 52 years, a resident of WEST FINLEY in the County of WASHINGTON and State of PENNA 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 HAVE KNOWN THE ABOVE CLAIMANT DAVID MAGERS FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, HAVE SEEN HIM ON AN AVERAGE ONCE A MONTH IN THAT TIME AND KNOW FROM PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE HE IS AFFLICTED WITH A WEAK BACK AND A GENERAL LETTING DOWN ALL OVER WHICH WAS NOT CAUSED BY VICIOUS HABITS AND HE IS NOW NOT ABLE TO MAKE MORE THAN 1/4 OF A HAND AT HARD LABOR. HE HAS NO OTHER MEANS OF SUPPORT -- HIS LABOR AND HAS NO VICIOUS HABITS.

His Post-Office address is "WEST FINLEY" WASHINGTON CO. PA.
I further declare that I HAVE no interest in said case and AM not concerned in its prosecution.

Signed by G. W. McDaid.


General Affidavit

State of PENNSYLVANIA, County of WASHINGTON ss:
     In the matter of PENSION CLAIM NO. 459.372 OF DAVID MAGERS LATE PRIVATE OF CO. A 12th REGT. WEST VA. VOL. INFTY.
     On this 26" day of DEC A.D. 1890, personally appeared before me A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths G. M. FIELDS aged 35 years, a resident of WEST FINLEY in the County of WASHINGTON and State of PENNA 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 HAVE KNOWN THE ABOVE CLAIMANT DAVID MAGERS FOR THE PAST FOR YEARS, HAVE SEEN HIM ON AN AVERAGE ONCE A MONTH IN THAT TIME AND KNOW FROM PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE HE IS AFFLICTED WITH A WEAK BACK AND A GENERAL LETTING DOWN ALL OVER WHICH WAS NOT CAUSED BY VICIOUS HABITS AND HE IS NOW NOT ABLE TO MAKE MORE THAN 1/4 OF A HAND AT HARD LABOR. HE HAS NO OTHER MEANS OF SUPPORT AND HAS NO VICIOUS HABITS.

His Post-Office address is "WEST FINLEY" WASHINGTON CO. PA.
I further declare that I HAVE no interest in said case and AM not concerned in its prosecution.

Signed by G. M. Fields.


Claimant's Affidavit

State of PENNSYLVANIA, County of WASHINGTON ss:
     In the matter of Pension Claim No. 459.372 of DAVID MAGERS LATE A PRIVATE IN CP A 12th REGT. WEST VA. VOL. INFANTRY.
     On this 25th day of JUNE A.D. 1891, personally appeared before me A JUSTIC OF THE PEACE in and for the said aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths DAVID MAGERS aged 50 years, a resident of MAJORSVILLE in the County of MARSHALL and State of WEST VA. 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 HAE NOT SERVED IN THE MILITARY OR NAVAL SERVICE SINCE I WAS DISCHARGED ON THE 7th DAY OF JUNE 1865. I SERVED IN THE COMPANY..


Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C. January 15, 1898.

Sir:
     In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.
Very respectfully, (signed by Commissioner)

MAJORSVILLE
MARSHALL CO.
W.VA.

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. YESSIR - MANDY MELVINA MAGERS MANDY WILLIAMS.

Second. When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer. JUNE 22 - 1865 WEST ALEXANDRIA WASHINGTON CO. PA SQUIRE MAYS.

Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. (No answer)

Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer. MANDY MAGERS STILL LIVING AND NO DIVORCE.

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their births.
Answer. YESSIR MARY ELIZABETH MAGERS BORN APRIL-20-1866.
HARRIETT CELESTA MAGERS BORN SEPT-5-1867.
SARAH ELZINA MAGERS BORN JUNE-5-1869. DIED 1891.
JE--S NEWTON MAGERS BORN MARCH-29-1871.

Date of reply, March 22, 1898.

NOTE: Contained in the pension file is a sheet of paper with the following:
William Oscar Magers Born May-14-1873.
Stella Sevinia Magers Born May-21-1875.
Martha Virginia Magers Born June-5-1877.
Noah Doras Magers Born April-6-1879.
Arthur American Magers Born April-20-1882.
James Blaine Magers Born March-27-1886(Twins)
Daisy Logan Magers Born March-27-1886.


Declaration for Increase of Pension

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall

     On this 13 day of Jan., A.D. one thousand nine hundred and six personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, DAVID MAGERS who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that is 66 years of age and a resident of MAJORSVILLE County of MARSHALL, State of WEST VIRGINIA, that he served as a PRIVATE in A 12 W.VA., and that he is a pensioner of the United States under the Act of June 27, 1890, enrolled at the --- Pension Agency at the rate of 10 dollars per month by reason of partial inability to earn a support by manual labor, his pension certificate being numbered 617.336. That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of the following-named disabilities, to wit: DIGESTIVE ORGANS.

That he was born on the 9 day of FEBRUARY, in the year 1840, in MARSHALL CO W.VA. and that his personal description is as follows: Height, 5 FEET 9 INCHES: complexion, FAIR; hair, LIGHT; eyes, BLUE; weight, 150.

That he has NOT been employed in the military or naval service since 1865.

That his post-office address is MAJORSVILLE County of MARSHALL, State of WEST VIRGINIA.

That he appoitns R. W. Shoppel, of Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim.

Mark of David Magers
Witnessed by S. T. Alley and R. M. Atkinson.


Department of the Interior.
Bureau of Pensions
Cert. No. 617336
David Magers
Washington, D.C., Jany 5, 1912

Sir:
Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.
Very respectfully,
H. G. Ellis, Commissioner

No. 1. Are you a married man? If so please state your wife's full name, and her maiden name. Answer: Yes, Mandy M. Magers, Mandy M. Willaims.

No. 2. When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer: June 22, 1865 at West Alexander Pa. by Squire Mayes.

No. 3. What record of marriage exists? Answer: Certificate of marriage.

No. 4. Were you previously married?.... Answer: No.

No. 5. Have you any children living? If so please state names and the dates of their birth. Answer: Mary E. Fry b. 20 of April 1866. Noah Magers born Apr. 1882. Arthur Magers born April 20 1884. James and Logan Magers twins b. March 27, 1887.

Please state the Company and Regiment you served in? Cp. A 12th WVa.

Please state whether you served in the Confederate Army? No.

Date of reply, Jan. 8, 1912.

Mark of David Magers.


Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Cert. No. 617336
David Magers
Washington, D.C., Jany 5, 1912

     Sir: To aid this Bureau in preventing anyone falsely personating you, or otherwise comitting fraud in your name, or on account of your service, you are required to answer fully the questions enumerated below

     You will please return this circular under cover of the inclosed envelope which requires no postage.

Very respectfully,
H. G. Ellis, Commissioner

1. Where were you born? Answer. Marshall Co W.Va.
2. Where did you enlist? Answer. Moundsville, W.Va.
3. Where had you lived before you enlisted? Answer. Marshall Co W.Va.
4. What was your occupation? Answer. Farmer.
5. Were you a slave? Answer. No.
6. Where were you discharged? Answer. Wheeling, W.Va.
7. Where have you lived since discharge? Answer. Marshall Co W.Va. until 1881. Moved to Greene Co Pa where I now live.
8. What is your present occupation? Answer. Invalid.
9. What is your height? 5 feet, 10 inches. The color of your skin? Fair. Are there any permanent marks or scars on your person? Scar on left leg 4 in above knee.
10. Were you in the military or naval service under a name different from that by which you are now known. No.
11. Have you ever been known by any names other than that given in your application for pension? If so, state them in full. No.
12. By what name are you now known? David Magers.
13. What is your actual residence at the present time, and what is the nearest post office? Answer. I reside in Greene Co Pa. My address is Majorsville, W.Va.

Witnessed by R. M. Atkinson & Leota Steele.
Jan. 8, 1912.


Declaration for Widow's Pension

(Most blanks are not filled out on this form.)

Amanda Magers who, being duly sworn by me according to law, declares she is 84 years of age... That she was the widow of David Magers, who enlisted August 11, 1862... under the name of David Magers, as a Private in A - 12 - Inf... and was honorably discharged June 7, 1865... That she was married to said soldier June 22, 1865 under the name of Amanda Williams at West Alexander by J. Finley Magers; that she had not been previously been married; that he had not been previously married...

That the said soldier died Dec 29, 1924 at Dallas RD1 WVa; that she was not divorced from him; and that she has not remarried since his death.

That she has not heretofore applied for a pension.... the number of his pension certificate being 617336.

Mark of Amanda Magers
Witnessed by W. M. Harsh, Dallas RFD 1, W.Va.
Ne--- Clutter, Dallas RFD 1, W.Va.
18th day of February 1925

J. C. White, Notary Public


General Affidavit

     State of West Virginia, County of BROOKE, ss:

     In the matter of Amanda Magers widow of David Magers A-12-Inf.

     On this 9th day of March, A.D. 1925, personally appeared before me in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths M. C. Carmichael ages 79 years in the County of Brooke and State of West Virginia whose post-office address is Wellsburg, WVa 424 High St. and who being duly sworn declares he has no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim and also declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
     I saw them just after marriage when visiting Amanda Magers parents about sisty years ago just at close of Civil War. I remember it by the war closing and have knowledge of David Magers and Amanda Magers living together as man and wife ever since by visiting them and correspondence and know they never were separated and that they had never been previously married.

     Signature of M. C. Carmichael

Note: Another affidavit, with the same date, identical to this was signed with the mark of J. D. Williams and was witnessed by M. C. Carmichael and J. C. White.


General Affidavit

State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, ss:
     In the matter of Amanda Magers widow of David Magers A-12- Inf.

     On this 13th day of March, A.D. 1925, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths Mrs. J. D. White, aged 25 (28?) years in the County of Marshall and State of W.Va. whose post-office address is Cameron RD3 W.Va. and who being duly sworn declares she has no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim and also declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

     That I am a registrar of births and deaths and keep a record of births and deaths in this district and that I did issue a burial permit for David magers who had died on Dec 29- 1924 aged 84 yrs 10 mo and 20 days, the certificate of death being signed by J. T. McCombs Cor. of Marshall Co W.Va. there being no physician in attendance and the undertaker being W. W. Knowles Claysville Pa. interment at Salem M. E. Majorsville W.Va on Dec 31- 1924
Reg. dist. No 2691


State of W.Va.
County of Marshall
Dallas W.Va.
March 20-1925

     This day appeared before me in said County and State Amanda Magers who being duly sworn disposes and says that she is 84 years old and the widow of David Magers and that she was married to said David Magers and that she was married to said David Magers on June 22, 1865 in West Alexander by a jsutice of the peace and cannot remember his name therefore does not know if he is living or dead but remembers two ladies being present but does not or did not know their names there is no record of marriage that she knows of that were performed at that time and could not therefore furnish any. After marriage went to David Mager's home for two weeks the folks who were there are now all dead then next to her hime as per testimony of M. C. Carmichael and J. D. Williams the appended certificate - was handed her by the justice performing the ceremony.

Mark of Amanda Magers
Witnessed by Jas. White, Cameron WVa
James Majors, Dallas WVa

J. C. White, Notary Public


General Affidavit

     In the matter of Amanda Magers widow of David Magers A-12-W.Va Inf.

     On this 1st day of April, A.D. 1925 personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths JOHN HARSH aged 53 in the County of Marshall and State of W.Va. whose psot-office address is Dallas. RD 1 W.Va. and who being duly sworn declares he has no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim and also declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

     That he has been acquainted with David Magers and Amanda Magers for 40 years and they have always been known as man and wife and have never been divorced and that he attended the funeral of David Magers lived as neighbors to David Magers and Amanda Magers during that 40 years.

(Another affidavit, with this content, was given by Amanda Harsh at the same time and place.)


General Affidavit

State of W.Va.
County of Marshall

     In the matter of Amanda Magers widow of David Magers A-12 WVa Inf on this 1st day of April 1925 personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid Coutny duly authorized to administer oaths Mrs. Etta Alley aged 57 yrs of Dallas RD 1 WVa who being duly sworn disposes and says that she has no interest direct or indirect in the above claim and also declares that she did call the registrar of marriages in Washington Co Pa the county in which Mrs. Amanda Magers and David Magers were married or which county said marriage should be recorded and said Registrar informed her that no record prior to 1885 were kept.

Signed by Etta Alley, JP


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