Chauncey "Chance" Miner (Minerd), the son of Henry & Mary Minerd, was born 31 Mar 1839 in Pennsylvania. He married Martha Jane Jones in Marion County, Illinois, 10 Feb 1867.

1850 Census, Somerset County, PA.
Henry Minerd, 35-M, Farmer, PA
Mary Minerd, 31-F, PA
John Minerd, 18-M, PA
Ephraim Minerd, 12-M, PA
Chauncey Minerd, 10-M, PA
Harrison Minerd, 8-M, PA
Susan Minerd, 6-F, PA
Andrew Minerd, 6-F, PA
Nancy Minerd, 2-F, PA
Catherine A. Minerd, 1-F, PA
Sarah A. Minerd, 1 mo., PA

1860 Census, Marshall County, W.Va.
MINOR (1482)
Henry, 50-wm, farmer, PA
Mary, 45-wf, PA
Henry, 21-wm, (I), PA
Chancey, 20-wm, farm laborer, PA
Susan, 16-wf, PA
Andrew, 14-wm, PA
Nancy, 12-wf, PA
Catharine, 10-wf, PA
Elias, 7-wm, VA

1880 Census, Omega, Marion County, Illinois
Chaucey Miner, 36-M, Farmer, PA PA PA
Martha Miner, 30-F, Wife, IL TN TN
Dora H. Miner, Dau, 11-F, IL
John F. Miner, Son, 8-M, IL
Carra M. Miner, Dau, 5-F, IL

National Archives Pension File

Certificate of Record of Marriage

State of Illinois
Marion County

     I, Robert J. Branson, Clerk of the County Court of said County, and Keeper of the Records and Files pertaining to Marriages, do hereby certify that MR. CHANCE MINER was married to MISS MARTHA J. JONES in said County on the 10th day of February, A.D. 1867 by Joel Lewis a Justice of the Peace duly authorized to solemnize marriages by the Statute of the State of Illinois, as appears by his return and certificate of marriage attached to the license granted therefor by the Clerk of this Court and now on file in my office.

Signed by Robt J. Branson, County Clerk.
14 Jan 1913.

Letter Regarding Pension

April 8, 1910
Hon. M. D. Foster,
House of Representatives.

My dear Mr. Foster:
     Relative to the claim for renewal and increase of pension under the general law, Certificate Number 495,033, of Chance Miner, Company B, 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, whose address is Xenia, Illinois, the status of which was given you February 18, 1910, I have the honor to inform you that it has been allowed at the rate of $12 per month from March 9, 1910, but a certificate will not issue unless claimant shall so elect, for the reason that this allowance confers no benefit.
     The law prohibits the payment of two pensions to one person covering the same period of time. Pension has heretofore been allowed under the Act of June 27, 1890, at the rate of $12 per month from July 14, 1890, and if a certificate should now issue under the general law no payment could be made thereon for any period covered by payments under the Act of June 27, 1890. The actual date of commencement of pension under the general law would be the date to which payment was last made under the Act of June 27, 1890.

     The claimant has this day been fully informed of such action.

Very respectfully,
(Signature cut off)

Letter Regarding Pension

February 17, 1912
Hon. S. M. Cullom,
United States Senator
My dear Senator:
     In response to your inquiry of the 16th instant, received the 17th, relative to the pension case, certificate number 495,033, of Chance Miner, who served in Co. B., 1st West Virginia Vol. Cavalry, and whose postoffice address you give as R. F. D. No 4, Xenia, Illinois, I have the honor to advise you that he is pensioned under the act of February 6, 1907, at the rate of $15 per month, certificate for which was issued April 29, 1910.
     He was formerly pensioned under the general law for (illegible) diarrhea and resulting disease of the rectum, and in 1910, his claim for renewal and increase of pension was rejected on the ground that the rate in excess of $12 per month was not warrented by the degree of disability from pensioned cause.

Very respectfully,
Commissioner (name cut off)

Declaration of a Widow for Original Pension

State of Illinois
County of Clay
     On this 23 day of January, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and THIRTEEN personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, MARTHA J. MINER aged 67 years, a resident of SONGER TOWNSHIP, County of CLAY, State of ILLINOIS, who being duly sowrn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain pension under the acts of Congress granting pension to the widows of soldiers and sailors who have died by reason of wound or injury received, or disease contracted, in the service of the United States and in the line of duty:
     That she is the widow of CHANCE MINER, who was enrolled under the name of CHANCE MINER on the 6th day of AUGUST, 1881, as a private in Co. B. First West Virginia Cavalry and was discharged on the 22 day of September, 1864, and who DIED AT CLAY COUNTY ILLINOIS on the 3rd day of JANUARY, 1913, of LA GRIPP due to BRIGHT DISEASE incurred in the above-named service. That the said soldier was NOT in the military or naval service of the United States as stated above....
     That the said soldier was born 31 day of March, 1839, at GREENE COUNTY, Penn.; that his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5/8"; complexion, DARK; color of eyes, BLUE; color of hair, FAIR; permanent marks or scars, ... ; that his occupation was A FARMER
     That she was married under the name of MARTHA J. JONES to said soldier at MARION COUNTY ILLINOIS on the 10th day of February, 1862, by Joel Lewis, Justice of the Peace; that there was no legal barrier to the marriage; that she had not been previously married; that the soldier had not been previously married.

(No children under 16.)

     That she has not heretofore applied for pension.
     That her post-office address is R.R. No. 4, Xenia, County of Clay, State of Illinois.

(X mark) of Martha J. Miner

Attest: Chester Miner and Francis E. Oehler