National Archives Pension File

Transcribed by Carol Taylor Lanza.


State of West Virginia, County of Taylor.
On this 14th day of February, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty five, personally appeared before me John S.S. Heri, Circuit Court Clerk; the same being a Court of Record of the County and State aforesaid Thomas B. McGlumphy a resident of Aster, County of Taylor, State of W.Va. who being by me sworn according to law, on his solemn oath deposes as follows, to wit:
"I am the identical Thomas B. McGlumphy who was enrolled on the 6th day of August, 1861, in Company B, of the 1st Reg't of W.Va. Cav. Volunteers, commanded by Captain Harvey Farribee and I was honorably discharged at New Corck, W.Va. on the 31 day of Dec., 1863, and my age is now 41 years. While in the service aforesaid, and in the line of my duty at, Culpepper in the State of Va. on or about the _______day of _____, 18____. During a charge I was thrown on the pommel of my saddle receiving injury to my privates, Was attacked by measles producing diarrhea which caused piles. Also contracted disease of Liver and heart, and rheumatism. Claim pension on Disease of Liver, Heart, Rheumatism and Piles, and on injury to privates."

I have_____been employed in the Military service of the United States otherwise than set forth above Re-enlisted and was discharged July 8, 1865.
Since leaving the service, I have resided in Taylor Co., W.Va. and my occupation has been Cabinet Maker before my entry into the service aforesaid, I was of good, sound physical health, being at enrollment a Cabinet Maker am now Greatly disabled from obtaining my subsistence by manual labor by reason of my disabilities above stated, received in the service of the United States, and I make this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the Invalid Pension Roll of the United States. I hereby appoint and empower, with full power of substitution, J.W. Flenner, of Washington City, D.C., my true and lawful attorney to prosecute my claim. My post office address is Astor, County of Taylor, State of W.Va.

Signed: Thomas B. McGlumphy

Attest Two Witnesses:
Charles H. Recton
Virginia P. Chapin


STATE OF West Virginia

In the Matter of the Original INVALID Pension Claim NO.
of Thomas B. McGlumphy
ON THIS 25th day of March A.D., 1885, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. McGlumphy, aged 44 years, a resident of Astor in the County of Taylor, and State of West Virginia, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to his claim for pension as follows: My Post Office address is Astor, Taylor County, West Virginia.
For 18 years immediately preceding my enlistment into the service of the United States on the 6th or 7th day of August, 1861, I resided in the following-named places: Jacksonville, Green County, Pennsylvania.
and my occupation was that of a Cabinet Maker. Since my discharge from said service on the ____day of July, 1865, I have resided in ___ (paper was folded in such a way as to make this sentence in illegible ___, until the year 1876, Astor, West Virginia. and my occupation has been that of a Cabinet Maker.
I further state that the disability for which I claim a pension arises from "Cold and Measles and Fever" which was contracted "at Romney, Virginia was in Post Hospital at Romney eight or nine days, from there to Cumberland Hospital where I stayed two or three weeks, was then put on duty and after a three days _______was thrown into a fever. I laid sick from four to six weeks and was treated by the post doctor, was then sent home for sick furlough, on getting home I took the Rheumatism, was tended by Dr. David Gray who is now died. Was sick home ___weeks at home & still sick ongoing to my (illegible)."

From my said discharge to the present time, I have received the following medical treatment for said disease "Dr. Gardner, Regimental Surgeon, Post Office,
Dr. M.A. White, Assistant Surgeon (Dead) (unknown address)
Dr. David Gray (dead) Dr. Angy Gardner (Dead)
Dr. L.M. Thompson Round Ridge, Green Co. PA
Dr. Callumbus Curry Flemington, W.Va."

Since the origin of the disability for which pension is claimed, I have suffered with the following acute diseases:
"Chronic Liver Disease, Heart Disease, Rheumatism, In addition I suffer from an injury to my privates which I received while on duty at Culpepper, Virginia" for which I was treated by Dr. "Callumbus Curry, Flemington, W.VA.


I hereby certify that I am claimant for Pension No. ___________. I was late a member of Company B 1st Regiment of West Virginia Calvary Volunteers, and the following is a full, true, and correct statement received by me while in the service of the United States, to the best of my recollection:

(handwritten) "Clarksburg, West Va. post hospital in 1861 in Romney, W.Va. post hospital in 1862. I was treated for the measles and from Romney to Ninecreek and from Ninecreek to Cumberland, MD and (illegible) from two to three weeks and returned to the Regiment for duty and in about four or days after that I went (illegible) me in to the fever and (illegible) in the tent for some four to six weeks and then the Dr. sent me on a furlough to go home and after I got home I (illegible) with the rheumatism and laid there some five weeks than three weeks that I had to be turned over with the sheet. Was treated by Dr. D. M. Grey while at home and when returned to our regiment by Doctor Calhart regimental surgeon and then I took the chronic diarrhea and the Doctor (illegible) and I took a spell of the diarrhea for month after short furlough not to go to any hospital and if you went to about my condition in feeling very discouraging (next two sentences illegible and very small)

Given this 25 day of March 1885, and I further state that my Post Office address is Astor County of Taylor State of West Virginia.

(claimant's signature)
Thomas B. McGlumphy
This statement must be signed by claimant himself and need not be sworn to.


State of West Virginia, County of Marion,

In the matter of Invalid Pension Claim No. 534,881, of Thomas B. McGlumphy ----Sergeant late of Company "B", 1st Reg. W. Va. Cavalry Volunteers

On the 10th day of September A.D., 1888, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for the foresaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Vanata aged 48 years, a resident of PALATINE, in the County of MARION, and State of WEST VIRGINIA, whose Post Office address is PALATINE in the County of MARION and State of WEST VIRGINIA, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

" My occupation is that of a saddler. I have known and been acquainted with Thomas B. McGlumphy, the claimant, ever since he was small boy, was well and intimately acquainted with him up to time of his enlistment, saw him almost daily when in the army, as my regiment (the 18th PA, Cavalry) and the claimants regiment were brigaded together, met him after he came home to Greene County, Pennsylvania, on the morning of the 16th day of July 1865, and lived in the same town with him up to about January 1876. I saw him almost every day from the time he came home from the army until January 1876. At the time of his enlistment and prior to that time the claimant was a sound, healthy boy and man and I never knew or heard that he had any disease or disability prior to his enlistment, my acquaintance with him was such that I would have known it. So we did not belong to the same company or regiment in the army, I was not in position to be familiar with him and learn his exact physical condition; but do know, while at or near Brandy Station, Virginia, that said claimant was suffering with chronic diarrhea and piles, and his piles were so bad that he had to shorten up his stirrups as to keep him off the saddle while riding. This occurred on or about the 12th of October 1863. I remember this by reason of being Saddler Sergeant of this Brigade, and being well acquainted with the claimant, shortened his stirrups for him. He frequently complained to me of this suffering with the chronic diarrhea and piles up to within a few days of claimant's discharge. When I met him after he came home from the army July 16th 1865, he was still complaining of both the chronic diarrhea and piles, and he was (illegible) of flesh and pale and sickly looking, and was not able to work for several months; and when he did go to work, for one David, one-half disabled up to January 1876, when he removed from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. While we resided in Wind Ridge, Greene County, PA, from July 1865 to January 1876, the said claimant was treated for chronic diarrhea and piles by Dr. D.W. Gray, Dr. J. A. White, and Dr. A. Garner. The said claimant about the year 1872- I cannot give the exact date-removed his clothing and exhibited his piles to me on his naked person. I remember that the rectum was protruding forming a tumor half as large as a hens egg, was bleeding, and according to the best of my recollection several pile tumors or (illegible) around on the anus. All of the above mentioned physicians are now dead."

And further declare that "I have" no interest in said case "and am" not concerned in its prosecution.

Signature of Affiant
"Thomas B. Vanata
State of WEST VIRGINIA, County of MARION,
Sworn to and subscribed before me this day by the above named affiant, and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiant, including the words "there" erased, and the words "there were" added, and acquainted "him" with it's contents before "he" executed the same. I further certify that I am in nowise interested in said case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution; and that said affiant "is" personally known to me, and that "he is a" credible person. "A certificate of my official character is on file in the Pension Office.

Official Signature
"D. S. Helinick
Justice of the Peace


Take notice--If this declaration is executed before a Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public, the certificate of the CLERK OF THE COURT, as to the official character and genuineness of the signature of such officer, must be attached. Neglect to comply with this requirement will cause trouble and DELAY.

State of West Virginia, County of Taylor, on this 17th day of February, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety personally appeared before me, a Clerk of Circuit Court within and for County and State aforesaid, "Thomas B. McGlumphy" aged 49 years, a resident of Astor, County of Taylor State of West Virginia, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Washington, D.C. Pension Agency at the rate of sixteen dollars per month, Certificate No. 450,533; by reason of disability from "injury to right testicle, with reoccurring by (illegible), chronic diarrhea, with resulting disease of liver, and rheumatism, with resulting disease of heart" incurred in the Military service of the United States, while serving as a "Corporal of Company B, 1st Regiment of West Virginia, Vol. Cavalry; That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of increase in the disability for the diseases for which already pensioned.

R.A. BURTON, of Washington, D.C.,
his true and lawful attorney, to prosecuted his claim.
His Post Office address is Astor, Taylor Co. W. Va.

J.M. Allen
H.J. Burhard
Thomas B. McGlumphy

Certificate No. 450533
Name, Tho. B. McGlumphy

Washington, D.C., January 15, 1898.

In forwarding to the pension 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,
H. Clay Evans

First: Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer: "yes Sarah E. McGlumphy her name Sarah E. Leonard"

Second: When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer: "Jacksonville, Green County, PA Rev. William G. Williams Married March 2nd 1864"

Third: What record of marriage exists?
Answer: "Bible record is all that I know"

Fourth: Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer: " No Sir"

Fifth: Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer: "yes Florence B. McGlumphy born July 29, 1867, Mary R. McGlumphy born Dec. 12, 1868, Louie E. McGlumphy born June 11, 1870, Charles W. McGlumphy born June 26, 1872, Lizzie M. McGlumphy born May 8, 1874, Thomas T. McGlumphy born June 22, 1877, Chester A. McGlumphy born Nov. 7, 1880, Bennie M. Bailey McGlumphy born May 9, 1882, John B. Cain McGlumphy born August 2, 1884.

Thomas B. McGlumphy
Date of replay June 4, 1898