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JOSEPH CALDWELL, 2nd Lieut., Companies "A" & "C"


MEDAL

Medal issued to Joseph Caldwell by the State of West Virginia
Owned by Linda Fluharty.


In Honor of Joseph C. Caldwell:

BOOK

The J. C. Caldwell Post No. 22, G. A. R.
Moundsville, W. Va.
(Originally called Post #21)

Booklet owned by Linda Fluahrty.

OFFICERS
Commander - L. B. Purdy
S. V. C. - A. O. Baker
J. V. C. - Thos. McCormick
Surgeon - E. C. Thomas
Chaplain - C. S. Allemong
Q. M. - Arthur Pierce
Adjutant - J. E. Hooten
Off'r Guard - H. H. Cox
Sergt. Majt - A. B. Wayt
Q. M. Sergt. - C. H. Senseney

LIST OF CHARTER MEMBERS
James E. Hooten
Albert B. Wayt
H. W. Hunter
A. O. Baker
Thos. Finn
C. C. Mathews
J. B. Hicks
W. L. Edwards
A. Weidebusch
E. C. Thomas
J. C. Roberts
Jas. H. Fountain
Peter B. Catlett
W. J. Burley
J. T. Francis
Isaac S. Rice
Moses B. Price
Lewis B. Purdy
Wm. H. Rav
Wm. McGill
Oscar Wright
A. R. Davis
Jas. H. McGill
C. H. Senseney
John Logston
Phillip Velton
W. W. Echols
J. B. McPeek
Abraham Bryson
      Geo. Bane
Elijah Hubbs
J. H. Lockwood
John Davis
Thos. Lowe
T. W. Manning
Geo. K. Steele
Joseph Wyrick
Adolph Weidebusch
H. H. Cox
W. H. Carothers
Jos. Tomlinson
Wm. Tomlinson
Thos. McCormick
Wm. L. Connor
W. W. Smith
C. S. Allmong
Wm. Hammond
John Allen
A. D. Pierce
Geo. W. Hammond
Joseph Wallace
Thomas Parsons
R. W. Hall
J. W. Criswell
Thos. G. Hammond
Wm. Rodocker
John W. Marsh
J. W. Bonar


The Family of Joseph Caldwell

Grave of Lt. Joseph Caldwell
Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg National Battlefield.


From the History of the 12th W. Va. Infantry - Chapter 12 - The Capture of Fort Gregg

(577) "When within 50 yards of the fort Sergt. Emanuel M. Adams of Company D, color-bearer, fell wounded. The colors were picked up and bravely carried forward by Private Joseph Logsden of Company C, as the brigade charged on over the dead and wounded of the First Division. After our men had got into the ditch surrounding the fort, they remained there perhaps twenty minutes before they made an entrance. In the meantime the Rebels were throwing dirt, stories and various kinds of missiles upon them. At length as a movement toward entering the fort, the gallant Logsden undertook to plant the flag of the Twelfth upon the parapet, and was killed, falling back into the ditch. The colors were then seized by Lieut. Joseph Caldwell of Company A, who leaped upon the parapet, and in attempting to plant the colors there was killed, falling also into the ditch. The flag fell inside of the fort. Then the brave boys of the Twelfth rushed to the parapet to recover their flag. They were joined by comrades of the rest of the brigade. Pouring a volley into the Rebels, the boys of the Twelfth leaped into the fort and planted their flag on the parapet - the first colors on the Rebel works. The fort and its brave defenders were soon ours, all the troops present joining in their capture. But the reduction of the fort was at fearful cost to the Union troops, the loss being in killed and wounded 715, as will be seen in Col. Caldwell's address at Huntington, herein given."

From the LOYAL WEST VIRGINIA by Theodore Lang, The Deutch Publishing Co., 1895.

     The assault on the 2d of April, upon Forts Whitworth and Gregg, and two or three smaller works, were performed under the immediate observation of General Grant, who in his official report makes mention of the troops engaged. The Third Brigade (Colonel Curtis) captured Fort Whitworth and one or two smaller works, taking a large number of prisoners, whilst the 12th West Virginia Regiment, operating in this brigade, aided in taking Fort Gregg, and distinguished itself for gallantry in the desperate hand-to-hand conflict which the attack on that fort involved. The colors of the 12th West Virginia were the first planted on the works. The gallant color-bearer, Private J. R. Logsdon, of Co. C, was shot dead upon planting the colors there. Several other of the regiment were killed inside the fort, among whom were the gallant Lieut. Joseph Caldwell, of Co. C; Lieut. Josiah M. Curtis, Corporal Andrew Apple, and Private Joseph McCausland, of this regiment; each won from the Government a mark of distinction for their gallantry in this desperate conflict.


Widow & Minors' Pension File, National Archives

MARRIAGE RECORD
Date of Marriage: Oct 23rd 1856
Place of Marriage: Wood Hill
Name of Husband: Joseph Caldwell
Name of Wife: Rebecca Jones
Age of Husband 19 - Age of Wife 20
Condition of Husband Single - Condition of Wife Single
Place of Husband's Birth: Little Grave Creek
Place of Wife's Birth: Wood Hill
Place of Husband's Residence: Little Grave Creek
Place of Wife's Residence: Wood Hill
Names of Husband's Parents: John and Jane C.
Names of Wife's Parents: Philip & Jane Jones
Occupation of Husband: Farmer
Name of Person Performing Marriage Ceremony: Moses Tichnell Returned Oct(?) 6, 1856

The State of West Virginia
Marshall County
Recorder's Office - Walter Evans
Recorder in and for said do hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the marriage certificate of the parties above named as appears of record in my office.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal of office at the county seat of said this 8th day of June 1865.

Walter Evans, Recorder


ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE
Washington, D.C.
July 13th, 1865

Sir:
     I have the honor to acknowledge to receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 99.787, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
     It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that JOSEPH CALDWELL was enrolled on the 7th day of Feb'y, 1865, at CHAPIN'S FARM VA in Co. C, 12th Regiment of W.Va. Volunteers, to serve the unexpired term of the Reg't unless sooner discharged, and mustered into service as a 2nd Lieut. to date the 7th day of Feb'y 1865, at CHAPIN'S FARM VA, in Co. C, 12th Regiment of W.Va. Volunteers, to serve the unexpired term of the Reg't unless sooner discharged. On the Muster Roll of Co. C of that Regiment, for the months of March and April 1865, he is reported "KILLED IN ACTION at Fort Gregg Va., April 2d 1865."

I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
?? Breck
Assistant Adjutant General


LETTER FROM 12th WVI HEADQUARTERS

Head Qrs 12th W.V.V.I.
Richmond, Virginia
May 7th 1865

     I certify on honor that 2d Lieut Joseph Caldwell was assigned to duty in my Company at the date of his muster where he discharged his duties faithfully until the 2d day of April 1865 when he was killed in action at Fort Gregg Va. He has never been paid on my Company Rolls.

E. G. Bartlett
Capt. 12th Regt. West va. Inft Vols
Comdg Co "C"

S. P. Hildreth, Notary Pub


WIDOW'S CLAIM FOR PENSION

The State of WEST VIRGINIA, County of OHIO, ss.

     On this 27TH day of MAY, A.D., 1865, personally appeared before JACOB BURKLE Clk Circuit Court a Court of Record within and for said county, REBECCA CALDWELL aged 29 years, a resident of LIMESTONE, in the county of MARSHALL, and State of WEST VIRGINIA, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress approved July 14, 1862:... That she is the widow of JOSEPH CALDWELL who was a 2d LIEUT in Company "C", commanded by Captain E.G. BARTLETT, in the 12th Regiment of W.VA. INF, commanded by COL. WM B. CURTIS in the war of 1861. That her said husband died at FORT GREGG, in the State of VIRGINIA, on the 2d day of APRIL A.D. 1865 KILLED IN STORMING FORT GREGG BY BEING BAYONETED BY THE ENEMY while in the line of duty in the service of the United States.

     She further declares that she was married to the said JOSEPH CALDWELL at LIMESTONE ON WOOD HILL, on the 23rd day of OCTOBER A.D., 1856, by one MOSES TICHNELL, a MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL; that her name before marriage was REBECCA JONES, and that ever since the death of her said husband, she has remained a widow: as will more fully appear by reference to the proof annexed. CERTIFICATE OF WALTER EVANS RECORDER MARSHALL CO WEST VA OF RECORD OF MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE.

That during the existence of the aforesaid marriage there were born to her and her said husband the following named children, who are now under the age of sixteen years, viz: GEORGE HANSON, born the 27th day of JULY, 1857; MARY JANE Born the 8th day of OCTOBER 1858; LYDIA ANN Born the 27th day of MARCH 1860; EMMA CAROLINE Born the 12th day of JULY 1861 all of whom are still living, and reside in LIMESTONE MARSHALL CO WEST VA.

     She also declares that she has in no manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the Rebellion in the United States.

She further says her Post Office address is LIMESTONE MARSHALL CO. WEST VA.

Signature of REBECCA CALDWELL

     Also personally appeared B. F. CALDWELL and WILLIAM CONNER, residents of LIMESTONE & WHEELING in the County of MARSHALL & OHIO. and State of WEST VIRGINIA, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and heard the contents of the foregoing declaration read to the said REBECCA CALDWELL and saw her sign her name thereto. They further swear that they were acquainted with the said JOSEPH CALDWELL, deceased, in his life-time, and know that he and the said REBECCA CALDWELL, lived and cohabited together as man and wife, up to the time when he entered the service, and that they were generally recognized as such by their acquaintances and neighbors, and their marriage was never questioned. That during the continuance of said marriage there were born to them the following named children, all of whom are now under the age of sixteen years, viz: GEORGE HANSON, MARY JANE, LYDIA ANN & ANNA (should be EMMA)CAROLINE

     That since the death of her said husband, the said REBECCA CALDWELL has not married, but is still a widow; and that she is the identical person she represents herself to be. All of the foregoing statements they make from their own personal knowledge; and they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Signatures of B. F. CALDWELL & WILLIAM CONNER
27 May 1865


GUARDIANSHIP OF MINORS

The State of West Virginia Circuit Court of Marshall County June 8" 1865

     On motion of REBECCA CALDWELL the court doth appoint her GUARDIAN of GEORGE H. CALDWELL, MARY J. CALDWELL, LYDIA ANN CALDWELL and EMMA C. CALDWELL infants of JOSEPH CALDWELL decd. and thereupon the said REBECCA CALDWELL with PHILLIP JONES her security and the Court being satisfied as to his sufficiency entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Two hundred dollars conditioned and payable according to law.

The State of West Virginia
Marshall County

     I Walter Evans Clerk of the Circuit Court of Marshall County in the State of West Virginia hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy from the records of said court.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed the seal of our said court this - day of August 1870.

Walter Evans, Clerk

(Note: Another document with same content is dated 11 Oct 1870 and signed by Walter Evans, Clerk.


RE-MARRIAGE OF REBECCA JONES CALDWELL

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall

     On this 11th day of October AD 1870 personally appeared before me Walter Evans Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the County and State aforesaid BASIL T. BOWERS, who being first duly sworn deposed and says that REBECCA CALDWELL, Mother and Guardian of the children of JOSEPH CALDWELL was married to WALTER H. EVANS on the 16th day of July 1870 in Green County Pennsylvania as he is informed and from intimate acquaintance with all the parties verily believes(?).

Signature of Basil T. Bowers
Walter Evans, Clerk


CLAIM OF GUARDIAN OF ORPHAN CHILDREN FOR PENSION.

The State of WEST VIRGINIA, County of MARSHALL, ss.
     On this FIRST day of SEPT, A.D., 1870, before WALTER EVANS Clerk of the Circuit Court a Court of Record in and for the County and State above named, personally appeared REBECCA CALDWELL, NOW REBECCA EVANS, a resident of ROSBY ROCK, in the County of MARSHALL, and STATE of WEST VIRGINIA, aged 33 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on oath make the following declaration as guardian of the minor children of JOSEPH CALDWELL, deceased, in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act of Congress approved July 14, 1862, granting pensions to minor children under sixteen years of age of deceased officers and soldiers:
     That she is the guardian of GEORGE H. CALDWELL aged 13, MARY JANE CALDWELL aged 12, LYDIA A. CALDWELL aged 10 and EMMA C. CALDWELL aged 9 years whose father was a 2nd LIEUTENANT in Co "C" commanded by Captain E. Bartlette, in the TWELFTH Regiment of WEST VIRGINIA Volunteers, in the war of 1861, and that the said JOSEPH CALDWELL was KILLED IN ACTION on or about the SECOND day of APRIL, 1865.

     That the mother of the aforesaid children has remarried on the 16th day of July AD 1870 and she herewith surrenders her Pension Certificate heretofore issued to her.

     That the date of birth of said wards are as follows: GEORGE H. CALDWELL born July 27th 1857, MARY JANE CALDWELL born Oct 8th AD 1858, LYDIA A. CALDWELL born March 27th 1860, EMMA C. CALDWELL born July 12th 1861

She further declares that the parents of his said ward were married at LIMESTONE MARSHALL CO WVA, on the TWENTY-THIRD day of OCTOBER, 1856, by MOSES TICHNELL Minister of the Gospel; and she also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted the Rebellion in the United States.

     She hereby constitutes and appoints BASIL T. BOWERS Esq of Moundsville Marshall County W.Va her Attorney to prosecute this claim for a Pension and procure a Certificate, and revokes and countermands all former authority that may have been given for the above specified purpose.

Signature of Rebecca Caldwell (written below is "Changed by marriage July 16th 1870 to Rebecca Evans.")

     Sworn to, subscribed and acknowledged before me the day and year first above written, and on the same day personally appeared PHILIP JONES, a resident of MARSHALL CO WVA, and WALTER H. EVANS a resident of ROSBY ROCK, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, who being duly sworn according to law, declare that the children named in the foregoing declaration are the only children under sixteen years of age of JOSEPH CALDWELL who died or was killed in the service of the United States as stated in the said declaration which has been made and signed in their presence, that the mother of said children HAS REMARRIED July 16th 1870 and that they believe that the date and place of marriage of the parents of said child, and the dates of birth, are correctly stated in said declaration. That their knowledge of the marriage of the said parents of the date of birth of said children and of the mother is derived from PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAMILY and they further testify that they are disinterested in this claim for a Pension.

Signatures of PHILIP JONES & WALTER H. EVANS
     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 1st day of SEPT, 1871; and I certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 1st day of SEPT, 1871; and I certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
     In the Testimony Whereof, I ahve hereunto signed my name and affixed my official seal.

Walter Evans, Clerk

Know all Men by these Presents, That I, REBECCA CALDWELL of ROSBY ROCK, in the County of MARSHALL, and State of WEST VIRGINIA, do hereby constitute and appoint BASIL T. BOWEN my true and lawful Agent or Attorney, for me, and in my name, to prosecute the claim presented by me for a Pension for my wards GEORGE H., MARY JANE, LYDIA A. and EMMA C. CALDWELL minor children of JOSEPH CALDWELL deceased; and I do hereby authorize said Attorney to examine the papers, documents and records relating to my said claim, which may be found in any Department or Office of the Government; to appoint one or more persons to assist him in the business aforesaid; to file additional evidence or arguments when necessary; to receive the certificate which may issue in my name upon said claim; and to do any and all lawful acts necessary in affecting the object of his said appointment.

     In Testimony whereof, I hereto set my hand and seal, this FIRST day of SEPT, AD, 1870.

Signature of REBECCA CALDWELL, Guardian of Geo H., Mary J., Lydia A., and Emma C. Caldwell

Witness, PHILIP JONES

The State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, ss.
     On this first day of September, AD 1970, before the undersigned authority within and for said County, personally came REBECCA CALDWELL EVANS, and acknowledged the signing and sealing of the foregoing Power of Attorney, for the purposes therein expressed.

     Witness my hand the day and year aforesaid.
Walter Evans, Clerk Clerk, Walter Evans


AFFIDAVITS

Supporting the names/birthdates of children of Joseph Caldwell:

MRS. JANE CALDWELL - dated 26 Sept 1870
MRS. JANE JONES, age 74 - dated 29 Oct 1870
PHILIP & GEORGE Mc. JONES - dated 18 Jan 1871

Present at the marriage of Rebecca Jones Caldwell & Walter H. Evans

JOHN P. ECKLES & DANIEL JONES - dated 17 Jan 1871


AFFIDAVIT

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall

     On this 14th day of November AD 1870 personally appeared before the undersigned authority WALTER H. EVANS and REBECCA EVANS who being by me first duly sworn depose and say that they were united together as husband and wife on the 16th day of July AD 1870 by A. J. HINDERMAN a Justice of the Peace in Greene Co Penna.

Signatures of Walter H. Evans & Rebecca Evans

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall


ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT

     Whereas, I, REBECCA EVANS, late CALDWELL widow and Guardian of the minor children of Joseph Caldwell decd 2nd Lieut in Company "A" of the 12th Regiment of West Virginia Infantry Volunteers, war of 1861, having made application for Pension under the laws of the United States:
     Now this agreement witnesseth, That for and in consideration of services done and to be done in the premises, I hereby agree to allow my Attorney, asil T. Bowers, of Moundsville W.Va the fee of TWENTY dollars, or such sum as the Commissioner of Pensions may direct, --- dollars, which shall include all amounts to be paid for any service in furtherance of said claim; and said fee shall not be demanded by or payable to my said Attorneys, or others, in whole or in part, except in case of the granting of my pension by the Commissioner of Pensions, and then the same shall be paid to them in accordance with the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 8, 1870.

Signed by REBECCA EVANS, P.O. Address ROSBY ROCK, W.Va.

(Witnessed by EZEKIEL GORBY & AUSTA M. PORTER.)

William O'Neil, Justice of the Peace


INCREASE IN MINOR CHILDRENS' PENSION

No. 147.757
Department of the Interior

Minor Children With Two Dollars Per Month Additional

     I Certify, That, under the act of July 14, 1862, and subsequent acts, the minor children, herein named, of JOSEPH CALDWELL, who was a PRIVATE CO. "C" 12th REGT. WEST VIRGINIA Vols., in the service of the United States, are entitled to receive pension at the rate of Eight Dollars per month, commencing on the SEVENTEENTH day of JULY, 1870, and terminating on the ELEVENTH day of JULY, 1877.
     Also, there shall be paid an additional sum of Two Dollars per month for each of the following named children while living and under the age of sixteen years, to wit:

GEORGE H. Commencing 17 July 1870 Sixteen, 26 July 1873.
MARY JANE " " Sixteen, 7 Oct. 1874
LYDIA A. " " Sixteen, 26 Mar. 1876
EMMA C. " " Sixteen, 11 July, 1877

     The amount of the original pension of Eight Dollars per month shall be equally divided among all the children while under sixteen years of age, and is payable to their guardian, REBECCA EVANS.

Given at the Department of the Interior, this SIXTH day of FEBRUARY, eighteen hundred and SEVENTY-ONE

W. T. Otto, Secretary of the Interior


LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP

Recorded Printed Bonds and Letters, No. 1 Page 333

The State of Ohio
MONROE County, ss.
To PHILLIP POOL,
of the County and State aforesaid, Greeting:
     Whereas, In the Probate Court, held at the Probate Office in WOODSFIELD within and for said County, on the TWENTY-FIFTH day of JULY Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and SEVENTY SIX, it appearing to JAMES R. MORRIS, Judge thereof, necessary that a Guardian be appointed to take care of the person and property of EMMA CALDWELL, of said Monroe County, aged about fifteen years minor child of JOSEPH CALDWELL, deceased late of WEST VIRGINIA. And said Judge having the fullest confidence in your prudence, fidelity, and circumspect conduct, have, and by these Presents do constitute and appoint you, the said PHILLIP POOL Guardian for the aforesaid minor; and you are therefore, hereby authorized and required to perform the duties of Guardian to your said ward in all respects, in conformity to the laws and statutes in such cases made and provided.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto affixed the seal of said Court, at WOODSFIELD, in said County, this 25th day of JULY A.D. 1876.

Signature of Probate Judge is illegible.


GUARDIANSHIP OF MINORS

State of West Virginia
County of WETZEL

     On this 4th day of September A.D. 1876, personally appeared before me JOHN C. McELDOWNEY a duly authorized officer of a Court of Record in and for the county and State aforesaid.

     PHILIP POOL, who being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the only guardian of EMMA C. CALDWELL a minor child of JOSEPH CALDWELL who was Second lieutenant of company "C" 12th Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, War of 1861, and was killed whilst gallantly leading his command at the assault and capture of Fort Gregg.
     That he makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension paid to the minors of a Second Lieutenant by the amended pension laws:
     That the pension certificate numbered (blank), and bearing date (blank) is herewth returned.
     That the claimant hereby appoints JOHN W. P. REID of Moundsville Marshall County West Virginia, his attorney to prosecute this claim; That his residence is Sardis, Monroe County, Ohio; but post office address for this application is PHILLIP POOL, MOUNDSVILLE MARSHALL COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA.

Signature of Phillip Pool.

(Witnesses were JOHN W. GOODWIN and BENJAMIN HARDMAN.)

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall

     On this 6th day of SEPT A.D. 1876 personally appeared before me THOMAS FINN, a duly authorized officer of a Court of Record in and for the County and State aforesaid JOHN W. CONNER who being by me duly sworn according to law, declares that he was until recently the only guardian of all the Minor children of JOSEPH CALDWELL, to wit: GEORGE H., MARY JANE, LYDIA A., and EMMA C. CALDWELL, that he is now the only guardian of three first named to wit: George H.; Mary Jane; and Lydia A. Caldwell. PHILLIP POOL of Sardis Ohio being the legal guardian of EMMA C. CALDWELL.
     That Josep Caldwell died at the time he was killed in the assault and Capture of Fort Gregg Va was a Second Lieutenant of Company C 12th Regiment West Virginia Vol Infantry, War of 1861, but that said Minor children have only drawn the amount of pension which they would have drawn had their said father JOSEPH CALDWELL been a private at the time of his death, and this application for increase is made for the purpose of obtaining the difference between a private's childrens' pension and that of a Second Lieutenant's children; that the pension certificate numbered (blank) is herewith returned.
     That claimant hereby appoints to JOHN W. P. REID of Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, his attorney to prosecute this claim that his residence is Franklin District, Marshall County West Virginia and has psot office address for this application is JOHN W. CONNER, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.

Signature of John W. Conner.

(Witnesses were L. B. PURDY & W. L. DAVIS.)


CLAIM OF HEIRS FOR ARREARS OF PENSION
Due a Deceased Pensioner

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall

     On this 17th day of May A. D. 1880; personally appeared before me Clerk of the County Courtin and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths WESLEY C. RIGGS aged 34 years, a resident of Moundsville P.O. in the county of MARSHALL and State of WEST VIRGINIA who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the GUARDIAN and the legal representative of GEORGE H. & MARY JANE & LYDIA A. CALDWELL who are minors of Lt. Joseph Caldwell of Co. C 12th Reg WVa Infty and REBECCA his wife who was formerly a pensioner of the United States under Certificate Number (blank) and whose name was enrolled on the Rolls of the Wheeling West Virginia Pension Agency, and who DIED AT ROSBYS ROCK MARSHALL CO WVA AND WHO REMARRIED TO (blank) EVANS on the (blank).

     That he makes this declaration in order to obtain the arrears due said pensioners under the act of Congress approved, January 25, 1879, which provides "that all pensions which have been granted under the general laws regulating pensions, or may hereafter be granted, in consequence of death from a cause which originated in the United States service during the continuance of the late war of the rebellion, shall commence from the date of the death or discharge from said service of the person on whose account the claim has been or shall hereafter be granted, or from the termination of the right of the party having prior title to such pension." ..."That the Commissioner of Pensions is hereby authorized and directed to adopt such rules and regulations for the payment of the arrears of pension hereby granted as will be necessary to cause to be paid to such pensioners, or if the pensioner shall have died, to the person or persons entitled to the same, all such arrears of pension as the pensioner may be or would have been, entitled to under this act."

     That he appoints JOHN W. P. REID of Moundsville Marshall County, West Va his true and lawful attorney to prosecute this claim: that his residence is Moundsville, county of MARSHALL and State of West Virginia and his Post Office address is Wesley C. Riggs Box 116 Moundsville Marshall County West Virginia.

Signed W. C. Riggs

(Witnesses were J. B. HICKS & W. W. EVANS)


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