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SIMON HARTZELL

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     Simon Hartzell, born abt 1816 in Somerset County, Pa., died of Dysentery 1 Nov 1864, while a Prisoner of War at Andersonville Confederate Prison. He is buried in Grave No. 12014 at the National Cemetery, Andersonville, Ga.

     Simon married Eva Ann Whipkey in Somerset County, Pa. on 6 Feb 1837. Simon was probably the brother of Jonas Hartzell who lived near him in the 1860 Census in Aleppo, Greene County, Pa. John G. Hartzell of Marshall County, W.Va. was present at the wedding of Simon and perhaps he, too, is a brother.

     Elias, the oldest child of Simon and Eva, also served in Company "D" of the 1st Infantry. He was discharged due to disability.

1850 Census, Aleppo, Greene Co., Pa.
#53/53
Samuel (error) Hartzell, 36, laborer, b Pa
Eve, 30, b Pa
Elias, 16, b Pa
Sarah, 14, b Pa
Mary, 11, b Pa
Elizabeth, 9, b Pa
Jacob, 5, b Pa
William, 2, b Pa

1860 Census, Aleppo, Greene Co., Pa.
#236/231
Simon Hartzell, 45, farm laborer, b Pa
Eva Anne Hartzell, 44, b Pa
Elias, 23, b Pa
Sarah, 21, home domestic, b Pa
Mary, 19, Home domestic, b Pa
Elisabeth, 17, home domestic, b Pa
Jacob, 14, b Pa
William, 12, b Pa
Hannah, 10, b Pa
Mahala, 6, b Pa
Lindsey, 3, b Pa


National Archives Widow's Pension (Selections)

Transcribed by Linda Fluharty

Widow's Claim for Pension
The State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, ss.
     On this SEVENTH day of MARCH, A.D., 1865 personally appeared before me Housan Riggs Clerk of the Circuit Court a Court of Record within and for said county, EVA ANN HARTZELL aged FORTY NINE years, a resident of ALEPPO TOWNSHIP, in the county of GREENE, and State of PENNSYLVANIA, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress approved July 14, 1862.

     That she is the widow of SIMON HARTZELL, who was a PRIVATE in Company "D", commanded by CAPTAIN JAMES McELROY, in the FIRST Regiment of WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY commanded by COL. JOSEPH THOBURN, in the War of 1861.

     That her said husband died at ANDERSONVILLE PRISON, in the State of GEORGIA on or about the FIRST day of NOVEMBER A.D. 1864. My husband was wounded in battle near Staunton, Virginia on the fifth day of June 1864 and was taken a prisoner same day and died as above stated. while in the line of duty in the service of the United States.

     She further declares that she was married to the said SIMON HARTZELL in SUMMERSETT CO. PA, on the SIXTH day of FEBRUARY A.D., 1837, by one HUGH CONNELLY, a Justice of the Peace; that her name before her marriage was EVA ANN WHIPKEY, and that ever since the death of her said husband, she has remained a widow: as will more fully appear by reference to the proof annexed. She further says there is no record either public or private of her said marriage and there are but two living witnesses whose testimony have been taken as well more fully appear by proof annexed.

     That during the existence of the aforesaid marriage there were born to her and her said husband the following named children, who are now under the age of sixteen years, viz:
     Hannah Hartzell, born the 8th day of July 1851; Mahala Hartzell born the 2nd day of January 1855 and Lindsey Hartzell born the 9th day of June 1857 all of whom are still living, and reside in Aleppo Township Greene Co Pa.

     She also declares that she has in no manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the Rebellion in the United States.

Eva Ann (her X mark) Hartzell

Attest: Leonard Strait & Jacob Slonaker


Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
Oct. 6th 1865

Sir:
     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 86298; 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 SIMON HARTZELL was enrolled on the 22nd day of Feby, 1864, at Cameron, W.Va. in Co. D, 1st Regiment of West Va Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on the 25th day of Feby 1864,at Wheeling Va, in Co D, 1st Regiment of West Va Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. D of that Regiment, for the months of July & August 1864, he is reported "Wounded June 5th/64 and left at Staunton. He is reported on Muster Out Roll of said Company dated Novr 26th/64 "a Prisoner. Died at Andersonville, Ga., Novr 15, 1864 by reason of Dysentery."

I am Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant
--- Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.


Affidavits - Sep 1865
     We MOSES KING of Aleppo Township Greene County Pennsylvania and JOHN G. HARTZELL of CAMERON Township MARSHALL County West Virginia on oath do say that we ere present and saw SIMON HARTZELL and EVA ANN WHIPKEY united in marriage on the sixth day of February 1837 by one HUGH CONNELLY a Justice of the Peace in and for TURKEY FOOT Twonship SUMMERSETT County, Pennsylvania, and we further say that we have lived neighbors to them ever since their said marriage and that they lived together as man and wife ever since, until Simon Hartzell entered the armey. And we further swear that we have no interest whatever in the application of Eva Ann Hartzell for a Pension.

Moses King
John G. (His X mark) Hartzell

4th day of November 1865.... John B. Lydick, Justice

Certified by Walter Evans, Rec.


Affidavits - 6 April 1867
     State of West Virginia Marshall County to wit} We Mary Slonaker and Elizabeth Teagarden depose that we reside as aforesaid that we are the neighbors of Eva Anne Hartsell the wife of Simon Hartsell who was a private in Co "D" of the 1st Regiment West Virginia Volunteers that we were present and nursed Eva Anne Hartsell at the time of the birth of MAHALIA HARTSELL which birth took place on the 2nd day of January 1855 and we believe that the said child was the legitimate child of said Simon and Eva Anne Hartzell and that we never heard it being so questioned and that we have no interest in Eva Anne Hartsell's claim for additional pension.

Mary (her X mark) Slonaker
Elizabeth (her X mark) Teagarden

Witnesses: William Lydick & Levi Hewitt

     State of West Virginia Marshall County to wit} We Mary Slonaker and Sarah Anne Ross depose that we reside as aforesaid that we are the neighbors of Eva Anne Hartsell the wife of Simon Hartsell who was a private in Co "D" of the 1st Regiment West Virginia Volunteers that we were present and nursed Eva Anne Hartsell at the time of the birth of LINDSAY HARTSELL which birth took place on the 9th day of June 1857 and we believe that the said Lindsay Hartsell was the legitimate child of said Simon and Eva Anne Hartzell and that we never heard it being so questioned and that we have no interest in Eva Anne Hartsell's claim for additional pension.

Mary (her X mark) Slonaker
Sarah Anne (her X mark) Ross

Witnesses: William Lydick & Levi Hewitt

John H. Dickey, Notary Public

Affidavit - 10 June 1867
     State of West Virginia Marshall County Ss}
We hereby depose that we reside in the above named County & State; and that we have no interest in Eva Ann Hartzell's claim for a pension No. 86,298; that we nursed said Eva Ann Hartzell on the occasion of the birth of her daughter HANNAH; that said child was born on or about the 7th day of July 1851; that we are not positive as to the exact day of the month; that we were present at said birth in person; that said Hannah is the legitimate offspring of said mother and Simon Hartzell deceased, late of Co D, 1st Va. Infty.

Eva Anne (her X mark) Muskey(?)
Sarah Anne (her X mark) Ross

Witnesses: John Chambers & John Bruhn(?)

John H. Dickey, Notary Public


The certificate shows that the minor children received pensions until they were 16 years of age. Hannah until 6 July 1867; Mahala until 1 Jan 1871; Lindsey until 8 June 1873. (Note: These dates are usually the day before the actual 16th birthday. The descrepancies can't be explained with the documents in this file.)

On another page marked DROPPED, it says, "Feb 6, 1901 Death." Presumably, this was when Eva Ann died.

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