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11 November 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension Affidavit

Civil War Pension File: William Townsend
Affidavit to certify pension claim

State of Ohio, Franklin County SS.

On this the 7th day of April A.D. 1884 personally appeared before me Deputy Clerk of Court in an for the county and state aforesaid William James Townson a resident of said County aforesaid a person whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit and who being by me first duly sworn according to law, does on this oath declare that he is the idenickal(sic) William James Townson who has made application for invaled pension which is No 505.430, and that he was in the hospital at New Creek Station West Virginia that he was treated in said hospital and that is all the hospital that he was in while in the Servs of the U.S.

William James (his mark) Townson
Attest: Marie E Nagle
Callie Orvinges

Sworn to and subscribed before on this the 7th day of April A.D. 1884 and I do hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.

Theo H Beck
Deputy Clerk of Court of Common Pleas of Franklin Co, O.

Knowledge and Questions:
  • Last week's Original Pension application was completed on 1 September 1883. This affidavit seems to certify the person of William James Townsend and was completed on 7 Apr 1884. 
  • Marie E Nagle was a witness on the previous file. Callie Orvinges is a second on this record. I do not know if either are related to William J Townsend or simply worked in the office of William's attorney. 
  • William again signed with a mark, on account of his being blind, though not stated in this file.
  • I would love to know what the steps for Pension application and acceptance were. This could help be better understand why certain people might or might not be in William's file.

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