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National Archives Pension File

Transcribed by Laurie Dean

Claim for Widow's Pension, With Minor Children

Brief in the case of Barbara Sears, widow of Stephen Sears, Private Co. K, 12 W. Va. Vols.

Resident of Washington County, and State of Pennsylvania
Post office address: West Middletown, Washington Co, Penna.

Proof Exhibited.

Service. Adjutant General reports enrollment Aug 22, 1862, and muster into service August 30, 1862. On muster out roll dated June 16, 1865, soldier is reported "died of epeliepsy at Point of Rock, Va. January 11, 1865"

Death. Surgeon General reports him as having "died January 11, 1865 at Post Hosp'l. Point of Rocks, Va. of Epelepsy" Admitted to Hosp'l. Jan 7, 1865 with chills & diarrhea. The affiants of Regt'l Surgeon & 1st Serg't of his Co show that soldier was taken with epelepsy & sent to hosp'l where he died as stated - that soldier was in good health (up to then) - that disease was contracted in the service &c.

Marriage. Stephen Sears & Barbara Hardy October 21, 1858 shown by affidavit of the officiating minister.

Names and dates of birth of children: William E., born May 23rd, 1864, who will be 16 years old May 22nd, 1880
Proof: Shown by affidavits of credible witnesses present at the birth.


State of Pennsylvania
County of Mercer, ss:

     On the 29th day of July 1865, personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State, Rev. J. S. Albertson, to me well known as a respectable and credible person, who being duly sworn says that on the 21st day of October 1848, Stephen Sears and Barbara Hardy, at Washington Co., Penna, were by him joined in lawful marriage; of which marriage there is no public or church record evidence; that he has no interest in this application.

State of Pennsylvania
County of Washington, ss:

On the tenth day of April 1867, personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace, Mrs. Elizabeth Hardy and Sina Asberry whom I certify to be persons respectable and entitled to credit who being duly sworn that on the 23" day of May 1864, at Independence Township, Washington Co., Pa. they were present with and attended uon Barbara Sears, wife of Stephen Sears, dec'd late private Co. K 12" Reg W. Va. Vols. who then and there was delivered of a male child who as they believe was afterward called William Sears and they have no interest in this claim.

Elizabeth Hardy
Sinah Asberry