National Archives Pension File

Transcribed by Laurie Birks Dean, from pension file provided by Linda Fluharty.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C., November 16, 1920.

Patrick Cain,
Co. C, 1 W. Va. Cav.

No. 1: Date and place of birth? Answer. Born in Ireland (another sheet says, 1841 at Clifton, Galway Co., Ireland)
The name and organizations in which you served? Answer. Cavelary (sic)

No. 2: What was your post office at enlistment? Answer. Elisebath, Wirt Co, W. Va. (sic)

No. 3: State your wife's full name and her maiden name. Answer. never was married

No. 4-8: no answer

No. 9: State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer. none. My sister lives with me and takes care of me. She has not received any aid from government whatever. I am not confined to the house but am unable to work on account of my eye sight is bade. Also old age. Grace Mitchell, Volga, age 43

Patrick X Cain

J. T. Markley

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of Nov 1920.
Andrew Stevens, N. P.

State of West Virginia
County of Barbour to wit,
     I, James L. Jennings, do certify thatmy age is now forty-two years. I further certify that I have known Patrick Cain late a private in Co. C, 1st W. Va. Cavalry, since 1862. In September I think 1864, said Cain was shot in the left leg a little below the knee by musket balls, this occurred at Mount Jackson, Va. while engaged with the enemy. Said Cain was also wounded the same day by musketball in the back of the neck while on the skirmish line fighting the enemy. I was a soldier in the same Co. and Regt. and was present at said fight above referred to. I further certify that I have no interest in the prosecution of said claim for pensions. My Post Office address is Bumersville (?), County of Barbour, and State of West Virginia.

J. L. Jennings

Declaration for Pension

State of West Virginia, County of Barbour, ss:
     On this 16 day of Oct. 1920 personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, within and for the county and State aforesaid, Patrick Cain, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 78 years of age, and a resident of Volga, W. Va., R. F. D. No 2, County of Barbour, State of West Virginia; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Elizebeth, Wirt. County W. Va., under the name of Patrick Cain, on the can't give day of Oct. 1861 as a private, in Co. C First W. Va. Cavalry in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was Honorably Discharged at Wheeling, W. Va., on the 1st day of July, 1865.
     That he also served none.
     That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: height 5 feet 7 inches; complexion: fair; color of eyes: blue; color of hair: red; that his occupation was farmer that he was born in Ireland 7/25, 1842 at Gallway Co., Ireland.
     That he requires the regular personal aid and attendance of another person on account of the following disabilities: Partly blind, very bad in one eye, both eyes affected at times can't see but very little at all. Also, old age, unable to work at all. Also wound in service.

     That since leaving the service he has resided at Volga, W. Va., R. F. D. No 2 and his occupation has been farmer. That he is a pensioner under Certificate No. 222.739.

Patrick X Cain
Volga, W. Va. R#2

J. T. Mankley
Volga, W. Va.

Isaac Mitchell
Volga, W. Va.
(witness to mark)

January 15, 1921 (?)

     I have two nephews, William Cain, James Cain, of Clarksburg, W. Va. they are home now with there (sic) mother.
     Two cousins, William McGowan, Bernard MeGowan, of Pittsburg, Pa. also at home with there (sic) friends as far as I know. All four of these were in the World's War. They are the nearest relatives. I receive no compensation from them or anyone else.

Patrick Cain
Volga, R. F. 4

Volga, W. Va.
Route #2
June 5, 1924

Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C.

     My brother, Patrick Cain died May 16, 1924, he was always in hopes that he would get the $72.00 a month but he did not.
     I have always taken care of him & have been with him all my life and I think I ought to get his funeral expenses which was $170.00. I could not bury him cheaper than that for things was awful high. He had nothing to pay his funeral expenses nor neither have I. Therefore, I think you ought to pay it. I hope to hear from you soon.
Yours truly,
Miss Ann Cain