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Transcribed by Linda Fluharty.

Application for Widow's Army Pension
State of West Virginia
County of Marshall

     On this 13th day of October, A.D. 1864, personally appeared before me HOUSAN RIGGS clerk of the Circuit Court, in and for the County and State aforesaid, MARGARET JANE MOSLANDER, a resident of WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, in the County of MARSHALL, and State of WEST VIRGINIA, aged 24 years, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act of Congress approved July 14th, 1862, granting Pensions: That she is the widow of WILLIAM MOSLANDER, who was a PRIVATE SOLDIER in Company A, commanded by Captain H. Tomlinson, in the 12th West Virginia Volunteers, mustered into the service of the United States from the State of WEST VIRGINIA, in the war of 1861, and who died at HIS HOUSE IN MARSHALL COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA ON THE 7th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1863, FROM CONSUMPTION CONTRACTED IN THE ARMY.
     She further declares that she was lawfully married to the said WILLIAM MOSLANDER at ESQUIRE VANATTAS, in the State of PENNSYLVANIA IN SAID STATE by SAMUEL VANATTA, a Justice of the Peace, on the TWENTY-THIRD of SEPTEMBER 1855; that her husband, the aforesaid WILLIAM MOSLANDER, died on the day above mentioned, as she verily believes, and she remained his faithful wife until his decease. She further declares that she is now and has remained a widow ever since the death of her said husband as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. The personal description of the said WILLIAM MOSLANDER, her deceased husband, is as follows: Age, about 29 years; height, 5 feet 10 inches; dark eyes; dark complexion; dark hair; occupation at time of enlistment, a COOPER. She further declares, that she had, by said deceased husband, TWO children, now living with her, and under the age of sixteen years, named and aged as follows: 1st MARY MALVINA, aged FOUR YEARS and 2nd WILLIAM, 1 YEAR OLD APRIL 1st 1864 and that she has not, in any manner, been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States, and that her maiden name was MARGARET JANE BUSH.

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Marriage of Margaret Bush & William Moslander sworn to by John & Mary McWhorter, present at the marriage.

Letter by Son of Soldier

Jan 23, 1936
316 Somerset Ave
Bellflower, Cal

To the Pension Department at Washington DC

Dear Sirs My Father was in the Late Sivil War and Died Before it Closed and My Mother and My Self and sister Drawed a Pension until we was 16 years Of age I was Born on April 24, 1863 and I need a Certified statement from your Department of My age so I can get a Pension Here if you will Be Kind Enough to send it I sure will appreciate it very Mutch My Fathers Name was William P. Moslander and Mine is the same William Moslander My sister was Vina and My Mothers Was Marguerett Moslander. I can't Get a Pension Here unless I Have Evinence to Prove My age I was Born in WVa and I think My Father Enlisted in WVa amd Died just before I was Born I am in need as I lost everything in this Panick so if you will Pleas Let Me Hear from you soon
Yours Truly
316 Sumerset Ave
Bellflower California
William Moslander

Reply to Letter by Son of Soldier

February 5, 1936
Mr. William Moslander
316 Somerset Avenue
Bellflower, California

M. C. 149,537

Dear Sir:
     This is in reply to your letter of January 23, 1936, relative to this pension case.

     You are informed that the records of this Service show that one William Moslander served as a Private in Company A, 12th West Virginia Infantry, having enlisted August 13, 1862, and died in service on February 7, 1863, also that he was married to Margaret Jane Bush on September 23, 1855, who survived him and was remarried to John A. Trenton on April 9, 1868.

     The records also show that death pension was paid to a guardian on account of two minor children of the veteran to the sixteenth birthday of each. The names and dates of births of these children are shown as follows: Mary M., born August 16, 1861, and William, born April 24, 1863.

     The date of birth of Mary M. was established by the sworn statement of the attending physician and the date of birth of William was established by the sworn statements of two persons present at the birth.

     All communications relative to this case should bear the veteran's name and refer to the number M. C. 149,537.

Widow's and Dependents
Claims Service