JOHN PORTER, Private, Company "A"
Submitted by Phyllis Dye Slater.
Submitted by Phyllis Dye Slater.
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE
July 22, 1865
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your office of application for pension no. 100368, 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 JOHN PORTER was enrolled on the 11 day of Aug. 1862 at Moundsville, Va. in Co. A, 12 Regiment of Va. volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Pvt. on the 16 day of Aug. 1862, at Wheeling, Va, in Co. A, 12 Regiment of Va. volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the muster roll of Co. A of that Regiment, dated June 16, 1865, he is reported, Died May 3, 1865 of inflammation of brain, gunshot wound in abdomen rec'd in action April 2/65. This is the only Porter whose name appears upon rolls of --------------(cannot read)
Your obedient servant Sam Breck
Assistant adjutant general.
The commissioner of Pensions
Mother's Claim for Pension
The State of West Virginia, County of Marshall. On this 27th day of June, A.D., 1865 personally appeared before me Housan Riggs, clerk of Circuit court, a court of record within and for said county, Eliza Porter, aged 63 years, a resident of Moundsville, 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 benefits of the provisions made by the act of Congress approved July 14, 1862; That she is mother of John T. Porter, deceased, who was a Private , in company A, commanded by Capt. Hager Tomlinson, in the 12th regiment of West Va. infantry, commanded by Col. Wm. B. Curtis in the war of 1861, who died at Hampton W.S. Hospital on or about the 3rd day of May 1865 in the line of duty in the service of the United States. She further declares, that her said son, upon whom she was wholey dependent for support, having left no widow or minor child under sixteen years of age surviving, declarant makes this application for a pension under the above-mentioned act, and refers to the evidence filed herewith, and that in the proper department to establish her claim.
She also declares, that she has not, in any way, been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the Rebellion in the United States; that she is not in receipt of a pension under the second section of the act above-mentioned, or under any other act, nor has she again married since the death of her son, the said John T. Porter.
Signed: Eliza Porter
Also personally appeared Hager Tomlinson and Robert Tomlinson, residents of Moundsville in the county of Marshall, and state of West Virginia persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Eliza Porter sign her name to the forgoing declaration.
They further say, that the said John T. Porter who served and died as stated in the foregoing declaration, left neither widow nor child, surviving him; that he was the son of Garrett Porter and Eliza Porter born to them during the continuance of their aforesaid marriage; that the said John T. Porter died on the 3rd day of May, A.D. 1865k that the said, Eliza Porter was wholey dependent up the said John T. Porter for support at the time of his death; and she is the identical person she represents herself to be. All the forgoing statements they make from their own personal knowledge; and they have no interest in the prosecution of this action.
signed; Hager Tomlinson
(Mrs. Eliza Porter did receive her pension August 1, 1866.....$ 8.00 per month.)
Surgeon General's Office
Record and Pension Bureau,
Washington, D.C. Febry 28,1866
I have the honor to return herewith application for pension No. 110368 with such information as is furnished by the records of this office, Priv, John T. Porter, Co. A. 12th Regiment West Va. Vols. is reported to this office by dist. Surgeon E. McClellan as having died May 3rd, 1865 at Genl Hosp. Fort. Monroe, Va.
Infection of brain resulting from G.S.W. rec'd in action.
Your obedient servant,
By order of the surgeon general;
J. Woodward, U.S. Army
The commissioner of pensions, Washington, D.C.
The State of West Virginia, County of Marshall
Personally appeared before me the undersigned a clerk of the circuit court within and or the county and state aforesaid, Col. Wm. Alexander, and made oath that he received of John T. Porter private Co., A. 12th W.Va. vol. inf. money for his mother Eliza Porter five different times which he delivered to her in person as follows to wit. twenty two dollars about July 26, 1863. Thirty two dollars August 1863. Eighteen dollars in October 1863. & in 1864 two different times twenty dollars each. Making in all one hundred and twelve dollars. I further declare that I have no interest direct or indirect in the application of Mrs. Eliza Porter for pension.
signed Wm. Alexander
Sworn to and subscribed before this 19th April. A.D. 1866 and I certify that I have no interest whatever in the application of Mrs. Eliza Porter.
witness my hand and official seal the day and year aforesaid.
The State of West Va., County of Marshall
Personally appeared before me, Housan (?) Riggs clerk of the circuit court within and for the county and state aforesaid Mary J. Tomlinson. and made oath that John T. Porter private Co. A. 12th W.Va. vol. inft. on or about the 29th day of August 1862 at Wheeling W.Va. gave to her fifty dollars for his mother Mrs. Eliza Porter which amount she gave to her in person. And she also declares the said John T. Porter for five years previous to his entering the army supported his mother entirely and exclusively himself. These facts she knows from personal observation. And she declares that she has no interest direct or indirect in the application of Mrs. Eliza Porter, for pension.
signed, Mary J. Tomlinson
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of April A.D. 1866, and I certify that I have no interest in the above application
Witness my hand and official seal
The day and year aforesaid.
Note: Mary J. Tomlinson was the wife of Alfred Tomlinson, the sister of John Porter and the daughter of Eliza Porter; Robert Tomlinson was the father of Alfred and father-in-law of Mary J. Porter Tomlinson; Hager Tomlinson was another son of Robert Tomlinson.