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Submitted by Nancy Callahan

From pension record of Fredrick Augustus Kupfer:

War of 1861
Brief in the case of Rebecca J. Kupfer widow of Fredrick A. Kupfer a private in Co. “A” 12th Virginia Vols.

Marshall Co., and State of West Virginia
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, Moundsville, W Va
Claim for widow’s Pension #39,319

To the Clerk of the County Court of Marshall County Virgina
     I hereby certify that the following is
a correct statement of a marriage solemnized by me in the County aforesaid
Date of Marriage     December 9th 1856
Place of Marriage     Marshall County
Full names for parties married     Frederick A. Kupfer & Rebecca J. Shook
Age of Husband     Twenty Two years
Age of Wife     Twenty years
Condition of Husband     single
Condition of Wife     single
Place of Husband’s Birth     Germany
Place of Wife’s Birth     Washington Co. Pa
Place of Husband’s Residence     Marshall Co. Va
Place of Wife’s Residence     “ “
Names of Husband’s Parents     Chas & Christina Kupfer
Names of Wife’s Parents     Henry & Jerusha Shook
Occupation of Husband     Farmer
Given under my hand as a minister of the gospel in the M. E. church (legally
authorized to solemnize marriage) this 10th day of December AD 1856

     Charles Helsig

State of West Virginia
Marshall County
     I Walter Evans Recorder of County aforesaid so hereby certify the above is a Correct Copy of the statement of a Marriage as well as the ministers certificate as on file in this office returned to office Dec 12th 1856. And that there appears to have been an error in the record made by the clerk by writing A. in the stead of J. in the name of Rebecca J Shook.

Adjutant General’s Office
     Washington D.C.
     Jan 10th 1865
     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 72,175, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
     There is but one Kupper or Kooffeur borne upon the Rolls of Comp “A” 12th Va Vols. The name Kupfer does not appear upon Rolls of that Co.
     I am Sirs very respectfully
     Your obedient servant
     Saml Breck
     Assistant Adjutant General

State of West Virginia
Marshall County
     On the 6th day of November 1866 before me Housan Riggs Clerk of Circuit Court with afore said County and State personally appeared Rebecca Jane Kupfer aged 30th years and a resident of said County & State who after being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the widow of Frederick Augustus Kupfer who was a private in Co. A commanded by Capt. H. Tomlinson in the 12th West Virginia Infantry Volunteers in the War of 1861 and who was killed in the battle of Berryville in Virginia on the 3rd day of September 1864.
     She further declares that she was married to the said Frederick A. Kupfer on the 9 day of December 1856 at Marshall County W Va by one Charles Helsig a minister of the Gospel and that there is a public record of her said marriage and that she has remained a widow since the death of her said husband.
     And she further declares that there was born to her and her said husband during their said marriage the following children who are now under 16 years of age and who reside with her at her home in said County - to wit George Ameal Kupfer born Oct 5th 1857, Lena Arnetta Kupfer born November 26th 1859, Henrietta Esther Kupfer born August 26th 1861 and Amelia Augusta Kupfer born September 7th 1863.

     Also personally appeared before me William Hammond and Henry Shook, residents of the County & State aforesaid, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duty sworn say that they were present and saw Mrs Rebecca Jane Kupfer sign her name to the foregoing declaration and they further swear that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her that she is the identical person she represents herself to be and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

     Wm Hammond
     Henry Shook
Housan Riggs, clerk

Frederick Augustus Kupfer is buried at Hendrysburg Cemetery, Kirkwood, Belmont County, OH, next to his wife, who never remarried.