Transcribed by Patricia Sexton.

Original Pension Claim No. 1163101
Henry W. Tomlinson, Private
Company A + G W.Va. Cav
April 10, 1895

I hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant who states that he is suffering from the following disability incurred in the service, viz: Rheumatism.
He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for original
I am afflicted with rheumatism in left hip and leg which comes on by spells from ---or change of weather. It affects my heart + I can't lay on left side and frequently have shortness of breath also have pain over the region of the heart at times.
Upon examination I find the following objective conditions: Pulse rate, 60, respiration, 20; temperature, 98 1/2; height, 8 (?) feet 8 3/4 inches; weight, 185 pounds; age, 56 years. Occupation farmer Considerable soreness and tenderness over left hip joint and down the leg over the region Sciatic nerve also varicose veins.
The internal ------ with tendency to rupture and ulcerate. Varicose veins extends from two inches below knee joint to the ankle joint varying from 1/2 inch to one inch in circumference. There is no stiffness or limitation of motion in any of the joints. Heart action very weak. Apex beat can not be located on account of feebleness of hearts action. System well nourished and all other organs normal except as above.
In my opinion the applicant is not capable of performing more than 1/2 measure labor on account of Rheumatism, Varicose veins and Heart trouble.

Nov 14 18-8

Hon. H. Clay Evans
Commissioner of Pension
Washington D. C.

Dear Sir

I have a claim for Pension No.1163101 awaiting your decision as my papers show what service of course you might think it not worth attention and therefore I wish to reherse my service to you. I lived near the center of Va when the war broke out I was opposed to secession and refused to serve in the Confederate Army- at the first opportunity July the 8 1861 I reported to Gen McClellen in camp near Rich Mountain W.Va. My residence being east of the mountains and my acquaintance with the roads + passes over the mountains made me of use to him + I was employed or pressed to act as guide + as such I accompanied his army around-----on the 11th of July at the battle of that place + to -----where the Rebs Surrendered. I was then turned over to Gen Rosecrans + was with him at the defeat of Lee at Elk Mountain. I was then turned over to Gen Reynolds + camped for the winter on Cheat Mountain + accompanied Gen Milroy on the 3 of Oct to Greenbrier River and participated in the battle at that front then again to the top of Alleghany on Dec 12 again in that battle against Gen Ed. Johnson. I then accompanied Milroy's brigade east and was with it on the 8th of May at the battle of McDowell. I was then sent with other scouts down the south branch of the Potomac to guide Gen Freemont's forces back to the B+O Railroad. I was then sent with 8 others to Beverly W. Va. and ordered to report to Col Harris of the 10th W.Va. Reg. I served under different commanders in the Cheat and Alleghany + accompanied Gen A---ll on two raids and was with him at the battle of Droop Mountain. I then when the Reb lines was far to the east I enlisted in Company G, 1st W. Va. Cav but was soon detailed + sent to my old station Beverly, W.Va + attached to the Station of Col. Hoburg of the 8th Penn Reg at which place I was detained until late in July 65 before I was Mustered out. Now this is the nature of my claim I am now 60 years old broken down with rheumatism which I contracted wading through deep snows + cold Mountain streams in support of the union Cause. Am now poor + unable to work and if in your judgement you think I deserve anything it will be thankfully Received

H. M. Tomlinson
Fay. O.K.

Inv. Orig No. 1163101
Henry W. Tomlinson
Co. G 1 Reg't W.Va.V.Cav.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C., Apr. 28, 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.

Very respectfully,
H. Okey Evans, Commissioner

Mr. Henry W. Tomlinson
Blaine Co. Okla.

No. 1 Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife's full name, and her maiden name
Ans: Yes, Priscilla Estelline Gum now Tomlinson
No. 2 When, where, and by whom were you married?
Ans: May 9th 1866 Rev John W. Cauter-M.E.Church South Highland County, Va
No. 3 What record of marriage exists?
Ans: Officiating Minister Certificate on the back of Marriage license recorded in Clk office Highland Co.
No. 4 Were you previously married?
Ans: No
No. 5 Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth
Ans: Six
H. Clay Tomlinson -February 25, 1867
Sallie E. Tomlinson-April 6, 1869
Flora (?) E. Tomlinson-April 25 1871
Mary K. Tomlinson-August 26, 1873
Sidney R. Tomlinson-August 18, 1875
Lucy S. Tomlinson-April 16, 1879

Date of reply, May 6th 1898
Henry W. Tomlinson (signed)

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington D.C. May 12, 1897

Respectfully referred to the Chief of the Record and Pension Office, War Department requesting a full military and medical history of the soldier
Attention invited to the claimants letter enclosed requesting information as to whether he was an enlisted man or civilian employee during the period he claims to have been connected with the army. Also claimants age at enlistment requested.
No other report on file
Orig No. 1163101
Name, Henry W. Tomlinson
Co. G Reg't W.Va.Vol. Cav.


Record and Pension Office
War Department
Washington, May 16, 1900

Respectfully returned toThe Commissioner of Pensions, through the Quartermaster General of the Army.

It does not appear from the inclosed statement that the soldier alleges any service as an enlisted man prior to his enlistment in Company G, 1st West Virginia Cavalry, and a search of the records to ascertain whether he did render such service is impracticable.
No evidence of this man's employment as a civilian has been found on the records of this office. The record shows that Henry M. Tomlinson, Company G, 1st West Virginia Cavalry, was 24 years of age at time of enlistment.
By authority of the Secretary of War:

Chief of Office.

3rd Indorsement- War Department
Quartermaster General's Office,
Washington, May 19, 1900

Respectfully returned, by direction of the Quartermaster General, to the Commissioner of Pensions. The reports on file in this Office of Capt. J.G. Chandler, A.Q.M., Department of West Virginia, for 1861 embrace a large number of Scouts, which reports are approved by Genl. Rosecrans. The name of Henry W. Tomlinson does not appear on the reports.
If the name of the Quartermaster who paid him is given, a further search for his record will be made.

W. J. Pattin (signed)
Quartermaster, U.S. Army

General Affidavit
State of Oklahoma, County of Custer

In the matter of the Pension claim of Henry M. Tomlinson Deer Creek Township, Custer Co, O.K.

On this 31st day of May 1900, A.D., personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths Henry M. Tomlinson aged 61 years, whose Post Office address is Fay, Blaine Co, O.K. who is well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: In January 1865 Confederate Gen. Rossen raided the U.S. troops stationed at Beverly W. Va. I was with my Co at Buckhannon W.Va 28 miles west of Beverly. We received orders to go at once to the rescue of the Beverly troops which we obeyed and three nights and two days was spent in driving the enemy back across the Cheat Mountain through deep snow + swolen streams. The Tycoat Valley River we swam twice. Suffering severely from cold two. I took cramp in left leg + froze a small spot on inside of leg just below the knee. Caused by the Buckle on saddle strap pressing my frozen pants leg against the hide. On return to Buckhannon I showed my leg to Dr. D.S. Parnell Surgeon at Post + he said the vein was ruptured + gave me a Rubber bandage. Since that time it has given me much trouble on the slitest exertion . Swells + cramps follow until it now has the appearance of a line chain from the instep to near the knee + all the small veins in the lower left leg is affected + when exposure to cold or wet or fatigued the foot swells + pains through stagnant circulation. This is written by my own hand and without the aid of Counsil or dictation of any one + I further certify that I am the same H. M. Tomlinson that enlisted in Co "G" 1st W.Va Cavalry on the 25 day of August 1864 + was honorably discharged on the eighth day of July 1865 at Wheeling W.Va and that previous to said enlistment I served the U.S. Troops as Scout and guide at Vairious Times + places in W.Va + without compensation from the U.S. Govt.

Henry M. Tomlinson (signed)

General Affidavit
State of Oklahoma, County of Dewey

In the matter of the Pension Claim of Henry M. Tomlinson late of G, 1 W. Va.

On this 4th day of August A.D. 1904 personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, Henry M. Tomlinson aged 65 years, whose Post office address is Fay, Okla. well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn declared in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: According to the best of his knowledge and belief he was born in Bath Co now Highland Co. Va on the 4th day of Jan 1839 also according to all family records that he has ever seen this is the true date of his birth as to further information from other parties he has none at hand.

Henry M. Tomlinson (signed)

Declaration for Pension
State of Oklahoma
County of Dewey

On January 4, 1909, Henry M. Tomlinson declared before a Notary Public that he was aged seventy and a resident of Oklahoma, county of Custer and that he was the identical person who enrolled at Wheeling, W.Va under the name of Henry M. Tomlinson on the 25 of August 1864 as a Private in Company "G" 1st W.Va Reg't Vol. Cavalry in the Civil war, and was honorably discharged at Wheeling W. Va on the eighth day of July 1865. He gave his personal description as complexion, Florid; color of eyes, Grey; color of hair, Dark; that his occupation was Farmer; that he was born Highland county Va, 1839 at Dinwidie Farm January 4, 1839. He gave his several places of residence since leaving the service as Mill Gap Va, Conway, Kan. + Fay, Oklahoma. He stated that he was at that time a pensioner holding certificate No. 1052813. He gave his post office address as Fay, county of Dewey, state of Oklahoma.

Henry M. Tomlinson (signed)

Also personally appeared J. H. Woldrige of Fay and Oliver Meeker of Fay who swore that they were present and saw Henry M. Tomlinson sign his name to the forgoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 24 years and 15 years, respectively, that he was the identical person he represented himelf to be .

J H. Woldridge (signed)
Oliver Meeker (signed)

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of January A.D. 1909.

J.M. Smith
Notary Public

Declaration for Widow's Pension
State of Oklahoma
County of Dewey

On this 16th day of August, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and nine personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the ocunty and State aforesaid, Priscilla E. Tomlinson, aged 61 years, a resident of Custer, county of Custer, State of Oklahoma, who being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain pension under the provisions of the Act of Congress Approved April 19, 1908.
That she is the widow of Henry M. Tomlinson who was enrolled under the name of Henry M. Tomlinson, at West Va., on the 25th day of August, 1864 as a private in Company G First Reg. West Va. Vol. Cavalry, and honorably discharged July 8th 1865, having served ninety days or more during the late civil war. That he also served no other place.
That she was married under the name of Priscilla E. Gum to said soldier at Highland County, Va, on the 9th day of May 1848 by John W. Cauter that there was no legal barrier to the marriage; that she had never been previously married; that the soldier had never been previously married.
That the said soldier died July 24th 1909 at Custer County Oklahoma that she was not divorced from him, and that she has not remarried since his death.
That the said soldier left no children under sixteen years of age. That she has never heretofore applied for pension. That her post office address is Fay, county of Dewey, State of Okla.

Priscilla E. Tomlinson (signed)

G.W. Boyce (signed)
J. M. Smith (signed)

Also personally appeared E. A. Spain, residing in Custer County, Okla, and John Sober, residing in Fay, Dewey County, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Priscilla E. Tomlinson the claimant, sign her name to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her of 15 years and 14 years, respectively, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

E. A. Spain (signed)
John Sober (signed)

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 16th day of August A.D. 1909.
J.M. Smith
Notary Public

General Affidavit

State of Virginia
County of Highland

Personally came before a D. O. Bird a justice in and for aforesaid County and State Wm. Wilson Aged 70-72 years Residing at Mill Gap, County of Highland State of Virginia who being duly sworn declares that we have known Henry M. Tomlinson of Co A. G. 1 W. Va. Cav from the time that he reached Marriagable age and know that he was not Married untill he married Priscilla Estatine Gum. And we know that she was not Married until She Married H. M. Tomlinson. And we also certify that we was present and witnessed the Marriage of H. M. Tomlinson + Priscilla Estatine Gum. and that they have lived together continually from the date of their Marriage to The present time without Divorce.

F. M. Bird (signed)
Wm. W. Gum (signed)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 2nd day of Oct. 1909. And I hereby certify that the contents of the foregoing affidavits were fully made known and explained to the affiants before swearing thereto; that the affiants are to me well known and are credible.

D. O. Bird (signed)
Justice of the Peace