National Archives Pension File

Transcribed by Carol Lanza.

War Department,
Adutant General's Office,
Washington, June 20, 1883.

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
Joseph Beaver, a Private of Company A 1st Regiment W.Va. Cav. Volunteers, was enrolled on the 8 day of Aug., 1861, at Clarksburg, W.Va. for 3 years, and is reported: on Roll for Nov & Dec. 1861(first on file) present; Jan & Feb. March & April not on file; May & June, Corp. present; July & Aug, same report. Sept & Oct, not on file; Return for Oct., does not report him absent; Roll, Nov & Dec, private present, Jan & Feb, absent with leave, March & April, Not on file.
Special Roll April 10, 1863, Absent in Charleston Hospital since Feb. 1863; May & June, present; July & Aug, same report; Sept & Oct, Absent, Detached service at Div. Hd. 2 wks, from Sept 24, 1863; Nov & Dec present; Jan & Feb, same report; March & April, May & June, not on file; July & Aug, Absent at Wheeling, W.Va, awaiting muster out.
Mustered out with Non Absence at Wheeling, W.Va. Sept. 12, 1864.
Co. A, is not accounted for on Ret. for Nov. 1862.
The records of this office furnish no evidence of alleged injury.
Co. Reports July 8, 63 left for hospital; Aug. 19, 63, returned to Company. Cause for which absent in Charleston Hospital, and cause and extent of furlough not stated. No Regimental Hospital Records prior to 65, Co Reports prior to 63, no Medical Certificate on file.

Department of the Interior,
Joseph Beaver
Co. A, 1st Reg't, WVa Vol. Inf. Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C. Aug. 8, 1898.

Will you kindly 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 family.
Signed: by the commissioner. HC Evans Sr.
Joseph Beaver

No. 1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer: Yes. Mary Beaver. Mary Levering

No. 2. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer: 1872. at Nelsonville O Esquire Mintou

No. 3. What record of marriage exists?
Answer: Hocking Co. record at Logau O.

No. 4. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of death or divorce.
Answer: Yes. Illegible Polen. died 1871. Logau Hocking Co. Ohio.

No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and dates of their birth.
Answer: Yes, Harvey Beaver, born Nov. 11, 1866 Emma Beaver, born March 17, 1868. Lydia Beaver, born Feb. 19, 1871

Date of reply, August 23, 1898

Signed: Joseph Beaver

Act of February 6, 1907.
Declaration for Pension

State of OHIO.
County of Hocking

On this 21 day of July, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and ten, personally appeared before me, a Major, within and for the Village and state aforesaid, Joseph Beaver, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 71 years of age, and a resident of Murray, county of Hocking, state of OHIO; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Clarksburg, West Virginia, under the name of Joseph Beaver, on the _____day of Spring, 1861 as a Private, in Co. A., First Virginia Cav. Caption. West, in the service of the United States, in the Civil war, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at Wheeling, West Virginia, on the ____day of Summer, 1864.
That he also served "I drove team 3 months, Previous to my enlistment"
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 6 inches; complexion, Dark; color of eyes, Dark; color of hair, Dark; that his occupation was Furnace Man; that he was born April the 20, 1839, at Germany.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Logan, Nelsonville, Murray.
That he is ____a pensioner. That he has ____heretofore applied for pension, Pension No. 544738.
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 Murray, county of Hocking, State of Ohio.

Signed: Joseph Beaver

Attest: (1) W.W. Edwards
Also personally appeared Clemant Swarengen, residing in Murray, and W.M. Kinkade, residing in Orbiston, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Joseph Beaver, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 25 years and 37 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Signed: Clement Swarengen
Signed: Wm. Kinkade

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 21st day of July, A.D. 1910, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words_______, erased, and the words ______, added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Signed: Charles Higgins