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From Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, by H. H. Hardesty

     THOMAS W. MARPLE - Born Jan. 1, 1840, in Wheeling, W.Va., and was living in Marshall County of the same state, when he enlisted, July 14, 1862, in Co. C, 12th Regt. W.Va. Infantry; he took part in battles of Winchester, New Market, Piedmont, Lynchburg, Hunter's Raid, Monacacy Junction, Snicker's Gap, Opequan, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Fort Gregg, Siege of Petersburg, Farmerville, Appomattox, and in many skirmishes; he had the honor of being detailed as Color Bearer and Color Guard for his regiment during his entire term of service and was never wounded; he was, however, in hospital for Grafton for two months from lung fever. He enjoyed two furloughs, one of twenty and one of ten days, and duly reported back to command at the end of these periods; he was honorably discharged, June 16, 1865, at Richmond, Va., and now draws a pension. In the fall of 1865, Corp. Marple was married, in Wheeling, W.Va., to Edith A. Dobbs, who was born in Washington county, Pa., in 1839, daughter of George and Maria (Kemp) Dobbs, both now deceased. The children of this union are: William S., b. Aug. 25, '66; Albert E., b. April 17, '75; and Charles T., b. March 5, '80. Corp. Marple's father, Morgan H. Marple, was in the war of 1812, and both his grandfathers served in the war of the Revolution; his mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Bohannon, both his parents are deceased. He has been Supervisor, District Register of Voters, and for several years, member of the School Board; he owns 107 acres of land, on French Creek, about four miles from St. Marys, Pleasants county, W.Va., and is a member of Hazen Post, No. 66, Dept. of W.Va., in which he has been P. C. and Adjt.; his postoffice address is at Calcutta, W.Va.


Transcribed by Linda Fluharty.

Declaration for Original Invalid Pension
(date, circa 1888)
State of West Virginia
County of Pleasants
     On the date hereinafter mentioned, personally appeared before me a clerk of the County Court, a court of record, within and for the County and State aforesaid THOS. W. MARPLE resident of ST MARYS County of PLEASANTS State of W.Va. who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical THOS. W. MARPLE who was enrolled on the 14 day of AUG 1862 and served in Company C of the 12" Regiment of W.Va. Vols. commanded by E. G. BARTLETT and was discharged at RICHMOND, VA on the 16" day of JUNE 1865; that his personal description is as follows: Age 48 years; height 5 feet 10 inches; complexion SANDY; hair SANDY; eyes, BLUE. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty, at BEVERLEY in the State of W.Va, on or about OCTOBER 1862, he from Over Heat, and suden cold, by rapid marching, contracted lung fever resulting in catarrh in head, bronchitis and lung disease on which he claimed pension.
That he was treated in hospitals as follows: Beverley W.Va. - Grafton Post Hospl - Winchester Va. - Beryville, Va. - & Jones Hospl.
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in MARSHALL Co, W.Va. and in PLEASANTS Co W.Va. up to present state.
That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound physical health, being, when enrolled, a cooper. That he is now FARMER GREATLY disabled from obtaining his subsistance by manual labor by reason of the 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 Attorneys to prosecute his claim. That he has not received nor applied for pension. That his Postoffice Address is St. MARYS County of PLEASANTS, State of W.VA.
Claimant's Signature: Thomas W. Marple
Attest: Geo. H. Jarvis & (illegible)

Bureau of Pensions
No. 643.837
Thos. W. Marple
C 12 W.Va. Vols
Apl. 23, 1888

     I have the honor to request that you will furnish from the records of the War Department a full Report as to the service, disability, and hospital treatment of THOMAS W. MARPLE, who, it is claimed, enlisted Aug 14, 1862, and served as CORPL. in Co C. 12 Regt W.Va. Vols commanded by E. G. Bartlett and was discharged at Richmond, Va. June 16, 1865.
     While serving in Co. C, 12 Regt W.Va. Vols he was disabled by Over heat, lung fever, resulting in Catarrh of Head, Bronchitis & Disease of Lungs at Beverly W.Va Oct 1862.

Very Respectfully,
John C. Black, Commissioner

War Department
Adjutant General's Office
Washington. May 10, 1888

     Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
THOMAS W. MARPLE, a CORP'L of Company C 12" Regiment Va sub W.Va Infy Volunteers, was enrolled on the 19 day of August, 1862, at Wheeling Va 3 yrs, and is reported: on roll from enrollment to Oct 31/62 Present
Nov & Dec/62 absent sick in Hosp. Grafton
Jany & Feby/63 Present. Same to June 30/64.
July & Augt/64 absent missing in action at Winchester Va July 25/64 (Co was in action said date & place)
Sept & Oct/64 Present. Same to April 30/65.
Co m/o roll dated Richmond Va June 16/63 Present & m/u said date & place.
Regtl Hosp Records not on file.
Prisoner of War Records furnish information
The records of this Office furnish no further evidence of disability.

R. C. Drum, Adjutant General.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C., January 15, 1898.
Certificate No. 445004
Name, Thos. W. Marple
     In forwarding to the p[ension 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
M. Clay Evans, Commissioner

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes, - Edith A. Marple; Edith A. Dobbs.

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. Oct 1865 Wheeling, W.Va., Rev John Moffatt.

Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. Marriage records of Ohio Co W.Va.

Fourth. Were you previously married?
Answer. No.

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and dates of their birth.
Answer. Yes three. William (illegible due to light copy), Aug 25th 1866. Albert E., April 17th 1875, Charles T., Mar 5, 1880.
(There is a note that is too light to read)

Signed by Thomas W. Marple

Declaration For Pension

State of W.Va.
County of Pleasants
     On this 15" day of Dec A.D. one thousand nine hundred and EIGHT personally appeared before me, a NOTARY PUBLIC within and for the county and State aforesaid, THOMAS W. MARPLE, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 68 years of age, and a resident of CALCUTTA, County of PLEASANTS, State of W.Va. under the name of THOMAS W. MARPLE, on the 14" day of AUGUST, 1862 as a CORPORAL, in Co "C" 12th Regiment W.Va. Inft. in the service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, SANDY; color of eyes, BLUE; color of hair, SANDY; that his occupation was COOPER; that he was born JAN 1, 1840, at WHEELING, VA.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Glen Easton, W.Va., to Mar. 1869, Calcutta W.Va. "Pleasants Co."
     That he is now a pensioner. That he has not heretofore applied for pension. The certificate number being 445004.
     That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907.
     That his post-office address is Calcutta, county of Pleasants, State of West Va.

Signed by Thomas W. Marple
Attest: J. W. Knight & James Collins (Acquainted with Marple 35 & 45 yrs respectfully)

Asa W. Fitzwater, Notary Public

Declaration For Widow's Pension

State of W.Va.
County of Pleasants
     On this 30th day of September A.D. one thousand nine hundred and TEN personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, EDITH A. MARPLE, aged 72 years, a resident of Calcutta, county of Pleasants, State of West Va., who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain pension under the provisions of teh Act of Congress Approved April 19, 1908.
     That she is the widow of Thomas W. Marple, who was enrolled under teh name of Thomas W. marple, at Cameron, W.Va., on the 20th day of August, 1862 as a Private in Company "C" 12th W.Va. Vol. Inf, and honorably discharged June 16, 1865, having served ninety days or more during the late civil war.
     That he also served as corporal in Co "C" 12th W.Va. Vol. Inf.
     That he was not in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above.
     That she was married under the name of EDITH A. DOBBS to said soldier at Wheeling, W.Va., on the 25th day of Oct., 1865, by JOHN MOFFATT; that there was no legal barrier to the marriage; that she had not been previously married; that the soldier had not been previously married.
     That the said soldier died Sept 9", 1910, at Calcutta, W.Va.
(No children under 16.)
     That she has not heretofore applied for pension...
     That her post-office is CALCUTTA, county of PLEASANTS, State of WEST VA.

Signature of Edith A. Marple
Attest: E. E. Yergin & J. S. Hendrickson (Acquainted with Marple 15 & 20 years respectfully.)

Register of Marriages.
Ohio County, West Virginia

Date: October 25, 1865
Place: Wheeling, W.Va.
Husband: Thomas W. Marple
Wife: Edith A. Dobbs
Age of Husband: 25 years
Age of Wife: 25 years
(Both Single)
Husband's Place of Birth: Wheeling, W.Va.
Wife's Place of Birth: Unknown
Husband's Residence: Glen Easton, W.Va.
Wife's Residence: Wheeling, W.Va.
Person Performing Ceremony: John Moffat
Remarks: Filed October 27, 1865

Page 51 Line 27 of Ohio County Records.
Given under my hand and seal of office this 22" day of Nov 1910.
John H. Wells, Clerk County Court, Ohio County, West Virginia Occupation of Husband: Cooper