Submitted by Ronald S. Sims.

     Williams David Ross was born 28 Jan 1836 in Lisbon, Ohio, the son of Michael Williams Ross and Elizabeth Weaver. He was married to Nancy Elizabeth Silverthorn on 12 Sep 1865 and she collected a widows pension of $40 a month until her death on March 2, 1930.

Death Notice

Freeport Journal, Freeport, PA. - W. D. Ross died at his home on Buffalo St., Tuesday morning May 25 (1897) of Cancer. Mr. Ross went to the West Penn Hospital last winter and had an operation performed but the result was fatal. He came home in April, and gradually grew worse until his death. He was a member of Co. L 1st W.VA. Cavalry. He was not a member of the Grand Army Organization but at the request of the family Post 32 buried him with honors of war. He was a member of the M.E. Church and died in the faith.

Declaration For Invalid Pension
ACT OF JUNE, 27, 1890

To be executed before a Court of Record or some Officer therof having custody of its Seal, or a Notary Public, or a Justice of the Peace, Whose Official Signature shall be verified by his own Official Seal, if he has one, or by the proper Clerk, under Seal.

State of Pennsylvania,
County of Armstrong, ss:
     On this 18th day of July, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid WILLIAM D. ROSS, aged 54 years, a resident of the Boro of FREEPORT, county of ARMSTRONG, State of PENNA, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical WILLIAM D. ROSS who was enrolled on the 19th day of February, 1864 in Co “L” 1st Regiment West Virginia Cavalry in the service of the United States in the War of the Rebellion, and served at least ninety days, and was honorably discharged at Wheeling West Va., on the 8th day of July, 18 65.
That he is Partially unable to earn a support by manual labor by reason of Neomia and gravel in urinary affection of the bladder
That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits, and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent.
That he has not applied for pension under application No. : that he is a pensioner under Certificate No.
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being place on the pension-roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890.

     He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, J.C. Burke of Freeport Penna State of ---, his True and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim, and to receive therefor a fee of ten dollars: that his post-office address is Freeport county of Armstrong, State of Penna

Williams D. Ross
Claimant’s signature

Attest M.B. Gibson
L.W. Reuputh

Record and Pension Office

Respectfully returned to the
Commissioner of Pensions.

William D. Ross
Co. L 1 Reg’t West Va. Cav
was enrolled Feb, 19, 1864
and M.O.July 8, 1865
No Co. L 1st W. Va, Cavalry

From Feb, 19, 1864 to July 8, 1865 he held the rank of private.

and during that period the rolls show him present
except as follow April 30, 65 absent
Remount Camp

The medical records show him treated as follows
As W. D. Ross Pri. Co
L 1st W.Va. Cav. June
16, 65. Diarrhea.
Nothing additional found

By authority of the Secretary of War

F. C.Arisworth
Colonel, U.S. Army, Chief of Office

Washington, D.C. Jul 13, 1897
(Commissioner of Pensions.)

The Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of U.S. Vols. for the 1 Reg't West Virginia Cav. Roll dated Wheeling W.Va., Feb. 22, 1864

AGE 27 y'rs
WHEN ENLISTED Feb. 19, 1864
EYES brown
HAIR black
HEIGHT 5 ft 5 in
REMARKS $13 first months pay paid

Oct 1864 Absent with leave Dismounted Camp
Dec 1864 Absent, Div. Teamster
Jan 1865 Absent driving Post Teams, Martinsburg, W.Va
Mar. & Apr. Absent, Dismounted Camp, Md.