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JAMES N. McHENRY, Private, Company "B"

The Descendants of James N. McHenry

National Archives Pension Record # 59382

Submitted by B. Carlisle Bowling

District of Columbia,
County of Washington

     On this 2 day of June, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, personally appeared before me, a Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court of the District aforesaid, James N. McHenry, aged 27 years, a resident of Woodland, in the State of W. Va., who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical James N. McHenry who enlisted in the service of the United States at Wheeling, Va., on the 20 day of Aug in the year 1862 as a Private in Company B, commanded by Capt. Roberts, in the 12 Regiment of VA Vols in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged on the 1 day of June, in the year 1865; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he was wounded in battle Kernstown, Va July 24, 1864 by a musket ball in left hand rendering middle, ring, and little fingers stiff and hand of but little use was treated in Hospital at (U?)eesville, Md and discharged at Mt. Pleasant Hospital, Washington, D. C.

     The applicant's post office address is as follows: Woodland, Marshall Co., West Va--James N. McHenry

     Also personally appeared Samuel C. Potter and Welcome J. Potter residents of Taylor, NY, persons whom I believe to be respectable and entitled to credit, who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw James N. McHenry sign his 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 him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and they further state that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

          s:/ Samuel C. Potter
          s:/ Welcome J. Potter

     Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2 day of June A. D. 1865; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
          s:/ D. K. Barrett
          Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court
          of the District of Columbia

Document dated June 4, 1898

This document states: "Am not married but was (another document states the wife was Martha Ann WILLIAMS) in the Spring of 1856, Greene County, Pa, by Rev. Fletcher. No record exists. (Married only the one time.) Living children and dates of birth: L. M. McHenry, Oct. 14, 1857. Delie McHenry Feby 24, 1858. Calvin C. McHenry, Apr. 7, 1861. Ida McHenry Aug. 4, 1864, Viola McHenry July 7, 1867. Lidonia McHenry Aug. 2, 1868, Effie McHenry, Mar. 16, 1870. Roy McHenry Dec. 23, 1873, Aldin McHenry Mar 22, 1879."

Document dated June 16, 1919

This document states that James N. McHenry died on June 1, 1919 in Lost Creek, Harrison County, West Virginia, as a boarder under the care of Katie Whitman and that he was treated by Dr. J. A. Kemper for asthma and paralitic stroke from February 1919. It also states that he was buried by the COUNTY in Lost Creek, Harrison County, WV.

Document dated May 20, 1912

Among other things, this document states that James N. McHenry was 5' 8", fair complexion, grey eyes, light hair and that he was a farmer, born August 8, 1837 in Marshall County, West Virginia, and that his current post office address was Proctor, Wetzel County, West Virginia and that he had also lived two years in Ohio at some time since his discharge from service.

Document dated July 2, 1918

This document states: "Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the name of James N. McHenry, late of Company B, Twelfth Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and pay him a pension at the rate of $36 per month in lieu of that he is now receiving."