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JOHN W. CROW, Company "C"

     John W. Crow died 25 Sep 1931, age 88 ys. 7mo. 23 days (Vol 2, page 242, Marshall County Courthouse records provided by Rae Baker.) He is buried at Mt. Rose Cemetery, Moundsville, W.Va. His tombstone says, "J W Crow - "VA Co A 12th Vol" - 1839 - 1931." (Note: He was not in Company "A.")

National Archives Pension File

Transcribed by Linda Cunningham Fluharty

Declaration for Original Invalid Pension

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall
(Dated 10 April 1888)

     On the date hereinafter mentioned, personally appeared before me clerk of the County Court, a court of record, within and for the County and State aforesaid JOHN W. CROW resident of the town of PLEASANT VALLEY, County of Marshall State of W.Va. who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical JOHN W. CROW who was enrolled on the 15 day of August 1862 and served in Company "C" of the 12th Regiment of W.Va. Inf. commanded by Capt. Bartlett and was discharged at Wheeling, W.Va. on the 16" day of June 1865; that his personal description is as follows:
Age 45 years; height 5 feet 8 inches; complexion DARK; hair DARK; eyes DARK. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty, at Andersonville Prison in the State of Ga., on or about the summer 1864, he contracted the chronic diarrhea while in the above prison. He was captured at Stony Creek in Shenandoah Valley, Va. on May 14/64 and was sent to Andersonville where he staid about six months & was from there sent to Florence. He has suffered with the diarrhea to the present time, which has also caused piles. His debilitated condition by reason of the diarrhea has also caused some disease of his head rendering him unable to work in the sun because of pain in his head & ringing in his ears. Was in hospital at Annapolis, Md.
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in West Va.
That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound physical health, being, when enrolled, a farmer. That he is now 3/4 disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual laborby reason of injury or disability, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.

He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution, MILO B. STEVENS & CO., of ---, their successors or legal representatives, his true ahd lawful Attorneys to prosecute his claim. That he has not received nor applied for pension. That his Postoffice Address is PLEASANT VALLEY County of MARSHALL, State of W.Va.

Claimant's signature: JOHN W. CROW

Attest: G. S. McFadden & J. T. Francis.

(Note: Supporting affidavits were given by William C. Gamble/Gambel & J. T. Francis.)

War Department
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, July 20, 1888

     Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
JOHN W. CROW, a PRIVATE of Company C, 12th Regiment Va. (Subs W.Va.) Volunteers, was enrolled on the 15th day of August, 1862, at Wheeling, W.Va. for 3 years and is reported: Present Rolls to Dec 31/63. Jany & Feby/64 Absent. Orderly at Brig. Hdqrs March & April/64 present. Subsequent Rolls to April 30/65, Absent. Taken prisoner at Edinburgh Va May 14/64. (Regt in action at New Market Va May 15/64.
     Individual Muster Out Roll in file reports. Captured by the Enemy May 14/64. Paroled March 1/65. Mustered out to date June 16/65. Regtl Hospital Records not on file.
Morning(?) Reports of Co. for May 14th/64 reports him: Captured while straggling.
(Dated Wheeling W.Va. June 29/65.)

R. C. Drum, Adjutant General.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D. C., January 15, 1898. Certificate No. 795006
Name, Jno. W. Crow.

     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,
H. Clay Evans, Commissioner.

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes, Jane A. Conner(?).

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. Dec 26th 1867, Marshall Co. Ephraim Wayman.

Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. Marshall Co

Fourth. Were you previously married? ....
Answer. No.

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. Newton W. Dec 27 1868. Halzie T. July 12th 1875. Orla F. Aug 24, 1878. John W. Feb 1st 1883.

(Signature.) JOHN W. CROW
Date of reply, July 4th, 1898.

General Affidavit, John W. Crow
State of West Va., County of Marshall.
     In the matter of the application for pension Cert. No. 795.006 JOHN W. CROW Private Co 12 W.Va. Vols. On this 17th day of May A.D. 1913 personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County and duly authorized to administer oaths.
     John W. Crow ages 70 yers a resident of Moundsville West Va. in the County of marshall and state of West Va and whose Post Office is Moundsville West Va well known to me to be refutable and entitled to credit who being duly sworn declaresin answer to your enquiry (contained in enclosed enquiry) as follows:
First. That so far as he knows there is no public or church records of his birth.
2nd. The records of his birth as found in his own Family record and which was copied from his Father's Family Bible record which he has seen hundreds of times and knows that the copy is correct as found in and was taken from his father's Family Bible and which record gives the date of his Birth as occuring on the Fourth day of March 1843. He cannot say what year said Bible was printed as it is not stated therein but can say the entries are clear from any erasures or alterations and as to where his fathers old Family Bible now is he cannot say.


State of West Va. County of Marshall
Sworn to and subscribed before me on this day of May by the above named affiant JOHN W. CROW and I certify that I acquainted him with the contents before he executed the same and that I am in no way interested in the prosecuting the case.

Thomas J. McCleary.
Notary Public

General Affidavit, John W. Crow
State of West Va., County of Marshall.
     In the matter of the application for pension of JOHN W. CROW Civil War division Inv Ctf 795.006 Co C 12th West Va Inft.
     On this 23 day of July, A.D. 1913, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths came JOHN W. CROW aged 70 years, a resident of MOUNDSVILLE in the county of MARSHALL and State of West Va whose Psot office address is MOUNDSVILLE, WEST VA.

In answer to yours of June 4th 1919

Gentleman of the department of the interior of Pensions in regard to the date of the birth of the applicant as found in his Father's Family records now says and acknowledges that after so many years having elapsed since his marriage 47 years ago and after which he was but little in his father's home will account for his conception that his father's Family records was in his Family Bible. And not as he now finds to be the true facts in the case... after much thought and research he has found in a Brothers possession in the State of Pennsylvania an ancient scroll or Family register of Births and deaths to be framed and hung upon wall as the custom was in those days and where he saw it many times and from which he took the date of his Birth and placed it in his own Family Bible and from which scroll or Family Record which is now laying before him again he says to you that the applicant JOHN W CROW was born MARCH the 4th 1843 and is in his 70th year.

Signed by JOHN W. CROW
Thomas J. McCleary, Notary Public

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington DC, January 2, 1915

John W. Crow
Moundsville, W. Va.

     Sir: Please 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 widow or children. Use the enclosed envelope, which requires no stamp.

No. 1. Date and place of birth?
Answer. March 4th 1843, Pleasant Valley, W.Va.
Answer. Co C 12th W.Va. Inft.

No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment?
Answer. Pleasant Valley, Marshall County, W.Va.

No. 3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Jane Ann Crow. Jane Ann Conner.

No. 4. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. Dec 26, 1866, Pleasant Valley W.Va. by Rev E. Wayman

No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage?
Answer. Yes. Office Clerk County Court, Moundsville, W.Va.

No. 6. Were you previously married?
Answer. NO.

No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation?
Answer. Living with my wife. There has been no separation.

No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead.
Newton W. Crow born Dec 28, 1867
Adda B. Crow born May 2, 1869
Halzie T. Crow born July 12, 1875
Arla F. Crow born Aug 24, 1878
John W. P. Crow born Feb 1, 1883

Date: March 24, 1915
Signature John W. Crow.

Affidavit of Attendant
State of West Virginia, County of Ohio, ss:
     In the matter of Pension of John W. Crow Co C 12" West Va Infantry Vols.
     On this 26" day of May, A. D. 1925, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County and State, duly authorized to administer oaths GRACE L. CONNER, aged 33 years whose Post Office address 1108 - 2nd Street Moundsville, W.Va. well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: The applicant John W. Crow is my Uncle, his wife is dead. He lives with me, has no other home, he has not been able to work for many years. He has many ailments. He is very badly ruptured, on both sides, not able to labor from this cause, also Rheumatism, Lumbago, Bad feet. Legs which are swolen almost all of the time, along with age 82 years, complains of other ailments and dizzy spells. I have helped him to dress and in many other ways that he can not help himself since December 1924. In fact he is so old and broken down, he by reason of age 82 years physically disabled so much so as to require the regular personal aid and attendance of another person every day, more or less, I know what I say to be true from observation and from caring for him. He was a double truss, I have seen it in his room, stays about our house, Seldom goes out, on account of his nearly helpless condition.

And that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim any further than a Niece would have.

(William W. Rogers, Notary Public)

Drop Report - Pensioner
Moundsville, W.Va.

Accounting Division

Nov 17, 1931
The above-described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $100 per month to Oct 4 1831 has this day been dropped from the roll because of death 10/27/31

Wm H. Holmes, Chief Accounting Division.