John R. Wilt, Company "C"


Submitted by Porter Stiles; transcribed by Linda Fluharty.

Washington, D.C.
Sept. 18th, 1868

     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 161.630, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
     It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office that JOHN R. WILT was enrolled in the 30th day of AUG, 1861, at WIRT CO VA in Co "C", 1st Regiment of W.Va. Cav Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a PVT. on the 30th day of AUG 1861, at PARKERSBURG, in Co. "C", 1st Regiment of W.VA. CAV. Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "C" of that Regiment, for the months of JAN & FEB 1862, he is reported "SHOT DEAD JANY 7th 1862 by PVT. BENJ SHEETS AT CLARKSBURG." RECORDS OF COMPANY SHOW NO FURTHER PARTICULARS.


     Before me a Notary Public, in and for said County and State, personally appeared DANIEL KILLINGSWORTH and DRURY BADGELY, citizens of Wood County, West Va. persons which I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn according to law, say they knew John R. Wilt, deceased, who was a private in Company C. of the 1st Regiment West Virginia Cavalry, who was accidentally killed at Clarksburg W.Va. on the 7th day of January 1862 under the following circumstances, viz: these deponents, were present when an altercative took place between one C. W. BROWN, Private Co. C. 1 W.Va. Cavy. and BENJAMIN F. SHEETS, Private of Co. E 1st W.Va. Cavalry and after some words and quarrelling between them, Sheets drew a herse(?) pistol, such as was then furnished the regiment, and was preparing to point it towards C. W. BROWN, and someone who was near SHEETS, caught at the pistol with a view of preventing the shot, when it went off accidentally and shot JOHN R. WILT, Pri. Co. E. 1 W.Va. Cavalry, wounding him mortally, and from which wound he expired in a very short time. Said Wilt was not in the fracas, was standing some 20 feet away from where the parties were quarrelling, and was not saying or doing anything or taking any part in the affray whatever - and was killed through no fault of his own.
     We were both privates in Co. E. 1st W.Va. Cavy, were present at the time the above accident occurred, and make the foregoing statement from a personal knowledge of the facts: There was no commissioned officer present at the time and the accident occurred at the outskirts of our camp. And we further say that we have no interest whatever in the prosecution of Barbara Wilt's claim for Pension as mother of John R. Wilt.

Signed by Drury Ridgley & Daniel Killingsworth.
Theodore L. Maurice, Notary Public; Edward M. Hoit(?), Recorder

Miscellaneous Information From Pension File

BARBARY WILT, mother of John R. Wilt, was married to JOHN WILT on the 25th day of January A.D. 1826, at Barbour County, Virginia by Rev. Cornelius Huff, a Minister of the Gospel.

John Wilt, husband of Barbary & father of John R. Wilt, died 17 Dec 1857.

Barbara Wilt received $8 per month commencing 6 Oct 1869.