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Selected Documents from Civil War Pension File WC 432 - 878

National Archives File Number WC 432 - 878
1st Sgt. Mordecai S. Lawson


DECLARATION FOR ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION
This must be Executed before a COURT OF RECORD or some Officer
thereof having Custody of the Seal
State of Arkansas, County of Benton
    ON THIS 31st day of March A.D., on thousand eight hundred and eighty three
personally appeared before me a clerk of the Circuit Court a Court of Record
within and for the County and State aforesaid M. S. Lawson, aged 41 years,
who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical
M. S. Lawson who was ENROLLED  on the 21 day of Sept., 1862 in Company F of
the 6 Regiment of Tenn. Cav. commanded by D. I. Dickinson and was honorably
DISCHARGED at Pulaski, Tenn. on the 26 day of July 1865: that his personal
description is as follows: Age 41 years; height 5 feet 11 inches; complexion
dark, hair dark, eyes blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid,
in the service and in the line of his duty at Bolivar in the State of Tenn.
on or about the 15 day of Feb., 1863, he contracted measles, resulting in
disease of lungs, with which he still suffers, and which disables him from 
work most of the time.
    He claims a pension on account of disease of lungs.
    That he was treated in hospitals as follows: Regt. Hospt. Bolivar Tenn.
about 30 days.
    That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the States
of Tenn. Tex. & Ark., and his occupation has been that of a farmer. That
prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound,
physical health.... That he is now partially disabled from obtaining his
subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described,
received in the service of the United States; and he therefore make this
declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of
the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and
revocation W. W. Willis & Co. of Washington D.C. his true and lawful attorney
to prosecute his claim. That he has not received nor applied for a pension:
that his Post Office Address is Siloam Springs, Benton Co. Ark.
     R. F Duckworth	                                Mordecai S. Lawson
     Josiah Souther                                	(Signature of Claimant)
Two witnesses who can write, sign here.
GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
Indian Territory, Creek Nation
    In the matter of the Pension Claim of Carrie Lawson, widow of Mordecai S.
Lawson, late of Co. F, 6th Regt Tenn Cav Vols, C'tf No 421241.
    Personally came before me, a Notary Public, in and for aforesaid Nation
and Territory, Robt L deCamp, aged        years, citizen of the town of
Muscogee, Creek Nation, and Indian Territory, well known to me to be reputable
and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to
aforesaid case, as follows:
    That he was well acquainted for about two years with Mordecai S. Lawson,
late husband of the claimant. That he visited him frequently during his last
illness which lasted about six months, that he heard of his death on Sunday,
June 23, 1895, went at once to his late residence and saw his dead body lying
ready for burial. That he attended his funeral, on the following day, June
24th, 1895 and saw him buried. This affidavit was all written by me on the 8th
day of July 1895, at Muscogee, Creek Nation, Indian Territory, and I was not
aided or prompted by any written or printed statement or recital prepared or
dictated by any other person and not attached hereto as an exhibit.
    Affiant further declares that he has no interest in said case, and is not
concerned in its prosecution.
                                                   Robt L. deCamp.
                                                   Signature of Affiant
Act of June 27, 1890
DECLARATION FOR WIDOW'S PENSION
Indian Territory
Creek Nation
    On this second day of July, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety
five, personally appeared before me a Notary Public of the Northern Judicial
Division of the Indian Territory within and for the nation and Territory
aforesaid Carrie Lawson, aged 50 years, a resident of the town of Muscogee,
Creek Nation, Indian Territory, who, being duly sworn according to law,
declares that she is the widow of Mordecai S. Lawson, who enlisted under the
name of Mordecai S. Lawson, on the 21st day of September A. D. 1862, in 1st
Ser'gt Co F. 6th Reg't Tenn Cav Vols. and served at least ninety days in the
late War of the Rebellion, in the service of the United States; who was
HONORABLY DISCHARGED July 26th 1865, and died June 23rd 1895.
    That she was married under the name of Carrie Turman, to said Mordecai S.
Lawson, on the 16th day of September 1867, by A. J. Philips, J. P., at
Waynesboro, Wayne Co., Tennessee, there being no legal barrier to said
marriage.
    That she has not remarried since the death of the said Mordecai S. Lawson.
    That she is without other means of support than her daily labor. That
names and dates of birth of all the children now living under sixteen years
of age of the soldier are as follows:
                                    Dependent daughter,
  Lola B.  , born January 22, 1880  Willie Josephine   , born October 31, 1844
  Ollie D. , born March 23, 1882
  Della    , born August 27, 1884
    She hereby appoints Robt L deCamp, of Muscogee, Indian Territory, her
true and lawful attorney to prosecute her claim and receive a fee of $10.00.
That her post office address is Muscogee, Creek Nation, Indian Territory.
                                                   	Carrie Lawson
Attest:    (1) Carrie A. Miller	                    (Claimant's signature)
              (2) Tennie Dyer
Lawson Family Bible Records

Certified copy of Family Bible record of births of all of soldier's children
who were under sixteen years of age when Carrie Lawson, widow of Mordecai S.
Lawson, late of Co. F. 6th Reg't Tenn Cav Vols, filed her claim for Pension,
together with date of birth of dependent daughter,
   Lola B. Lawson was born January 22nd 1880
   Olie D. Lawson was born March 23rd 1882
   Della Lawson was born August 27th 1884
   Willie Josepheane Lawson Dependent daughter was born October the 31st1874
Having carefully compared the above with the Family Bible record of Mordecai
S. Lawson, deceased and Carrie Lawson, I find it to be a true and correct
copy of the record of births of all of all of  soldier's children who
were under sixteen years of age when Carrie Lawson made her Declaration for
Pension, July 2 1895, together with date of birth of dependent daughter
Willie Josepheane Lawson, in the Family Bible of said Mordecai S. Lawson
deceased and Carrie Lawson and so certify.
        	Given under my hand and seal at Muscogee,
        	Creek Nation, Indian Territory, this 26th day of
        	July, A. D. 1895.
                                                    John G. Lieber
My Com. Expires Dec. 18, '98                          Notary Public

Certified copy of Family Bible Record of marriage of Carrie Turman to Mordecai
S. Lawson late of 6th Regt. Tenn Cav. Vols. on the 26th day of September 1867
at Waynesboro in the state of Tennessee
Certificate

This certifies that the rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between Mordecai
S. Lawson of Wayne Co. Tennessee and Carrie Turman of Wayne Co. Tennessee on
the 26 of September 1867 at her fathers Home by A. P. Phillips, J. P.

Having carefully compared the above with the family bible record of Mordecai
S. Lawson, deceased and Carrie Lawson, I find it to be a true and correct copy
of the record of marriage of Carrie Turman to Mordecai S. Lawson, as appears
in the Family Bible of Mordecai S. Lawson, deceased, and Carrie Lawson, and I
do hereby so certify.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at Muscogee, Creek
Nation, Indian Territory this 31st day of July A.D. 1895
                                                  John G. Lieber
My Com. Expires Dec. 18, '98	                       Notary Public


Territory of Oklahoma
Pottawatomie County

In the pension Claim No. 612208 of Mrs Carrie Lawson, widow of Mordecai S.
Lawson deceased I Silas R. Miller Clerk of the County Court in and for said
County and Territory do make the following Statement from the Family Bible
belonging to said Mrs Carrie Lawson as I find them recorded therein
1st   I find no date as to when the said family Bible was published but find
it was entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1885 in the office of
the Librarian of Congress at Washington D.C.
2nd   I find on the front page the following "Presented to___________________
By____________________188__"  Showing said book to have been published in the
Eighties
3rd   I find on the page marked "Births", the following
              Lola B Lawson was born Jan 22nd 1880
              Ollie D Lawson was born Mar. 23rd 1882
              Della Lawson was born Aug. 27th 1884
And from an inspection of the hand writing color of ink and general appearance
I believe all of said entries to have been made at the same time and by the
same person but evidently made from 10 to 12 years ago

Witness my hand and seal of Office in Tecumseh Pottawatomie County Oklahoma
Territory This 17th day of October AD 1896
	                                            S. R. Miller
	                                            County Clerk



                               PENSIONER DROPPED
                                    -------
                          DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
                              BUREAU OF PENSIONS

                                                          DEC 3 1914
    Certificate No.                                               432878
    Class                                          ACT APRIL 19th, 1908.
    Pensioner                                              Carrie Lawson
    Soldier                                          Mordecai S.    "   
    Service                                       F. 6 - Tenn. Vol. Cav.
                                   --------
    The Commissioner of Pensions.
         Sir:
         I have the honor to report that the name of the above-described
    pensioner who was last paid at $12, to 4 Aug, 1914 has this day been
    dropped from the roll because of death Oct. 26 - 1914.
         Very respectfully,
                                                 Chief, Finance Division


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Selected Documents from Civil War Pension File WC 760 - 022

National Archives File Number WC 760 - 022
Pvt. William C. Morey


DECLARATION FOR ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION

State of Kansas
County of Sedgwick

On this 6th day of June, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and Eighty Nine
personally appeared before me The Clerk, of the District Court, a court of
record within and for the county and State aforesaid, William C. Morey, aged
49 years, a resident of the City of Wichita, county of Sedgwick State of
Kansas, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the
identical William C. Morey, who was ENROLLED on the 17th day of Sept., 1861,
in company F of the 5th regiment of New York Cavy. commanded by William D.
Lucas, and was honorably DISCHARGED at New York City on the 17th day of
October, 1864, that his personal description is as follows: Age, 24 years;
height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, Light; hair, Light; eyes, Blue. That
while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service, and in the line
of his duty at Annapolis, in the State of Maryland on or about Dec., 1861, he
contracted a severe cold on march from Baltimore, Maryland to Annapolis,
Maryland. And said cold resulted in pleursy and heart trouble. That he was
treated in hospitals as follows: at Annapolis, Md, winter of 1861-2. That he
has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as
stated above. That he has not been in the Naval or Military service of the
U.S. since Oct. 17, 1864. That since leaving the service this applicant has
resided in the State of N.Y., Michigan, Kansas, and his occupation has been
that of a Farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named, he
was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a Farmer. That
he is now materially disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor
by reason of his injuries above described, received in the service of the
United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of
being placed on the invalid pension-roll of the United States.

He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, J. R. H.
King, of Wichita, State of Kansas, his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute
his claim. That he has not recieved nor applied for a pension. That his POST
OFFICE ADDRESS is Wichita, county of Sedwick, State of Kansas.

                               Claimant's signature: /s/ Wm. C. Morey
DECLARATION FOR PENSION

State of Texas, County of Bexar

On this 9th day of March, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and ten, personally
appeared by me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid,
WIlliam C. Morey, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is
70 years of age, and a resident of San Antonio county of Bexar, State of
Texeas; and that he is the identical person who was ENROLLED at Freedom, N.Y.
under the name of William C. Morey, on the 17 day of September, 1861 as a
Private, in Co. F 5th New York Vol. Cavalry in the service of the United
States, in the Civil war, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at New York City, N.Y.,
on the 17 day of October, 1864. That he was not employed in the military or
naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his
personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet, 10 inches;
complexion, Light; color of eyes, Blue; color of haird, Light; that his
occuaption was Farmer; that he was born January 12th, 1840 at Elton, N.Y.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as
follows: Freedom, N.Y. 1864; Johnsonsburg, N.Y. to 1866; Alpine, Mich. to
1872; Big Rapids, Mich. to 1882; at Kiowa, Kans. 1883; Wichita, Kans. to 1891;
Ft. Worth, Tex. to 1909; at San Antonia, Tex. since June 1909.
That he is a pensioner. Cert. 568.806
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension
roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907.
That his post-office addredd is R.R. 1, Box 25, San Antonio, county of Bexar,
State of Texas.

                                              /s/ William C. Morey
                                              Claimant's signature in full
Attest: (1) Flavius J. Cornett
        (2) Charles Melville

Also personally appeared Flavius J. Cornett, residing in San Antonio, Texas
and Charles Melville, residing in San Antonio, Texas, persons whom I certify
to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn,
say that they were present and say William C. Morey, the claimant, sign his
name to the foregoing declarations; that they have every reason to believe,
from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 6 years
and 1/2 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents
himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

                                               /s/ Flavius J. Cornett
                                               /s/ Charles Melville

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9 day of March, A.D. 1910, and I hereby
certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc. were fully made known
and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, and that I have
no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

                                              /s/ John H. Bottne
                                              Notary Public, Bexar Co., Texas
DECLARATION FOR WIDOW'S PENSION

State of Texas, County of Tarrant

On this 11th day of December, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and twelve
personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and
state aforesaid Malvina E. Morey aged 69 years, whose Post Office address is
1708 Camilia St., Fort Worth, Texas, who, being duly sworn according to law,
declares that she is the widow of William C. Morey who enlisted under the name
of William C. Morey, at Cateraugus Co., New York on the 17th day of September,
A.D. 1861, in Co. F 5th Regiment, New York Cavalry Vols. and served at least
ninety days in the late War of the Rebellion, in the service of the United
States, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED 17th October 1864 and died 2nd Dec. 1912.
That she was married under the name of Malvina E. Andrew to said William C.
Morey on the 12 day of March, 1865 by M. B. Gregg, Preacher, at Johnsonsburg,
New York, there being no legal barrier to said marriage. That said soldier or
sailor had not been previously married. That applican had not been previously
married. That she has not remarried since the death of the said William C.
Morey. That she is without other means of support than her daily labor, and
an actual net income not exceeding $250 per year. That he husband has not been
employed in the Military or Naval service or otherwise than as stated above.
That she has not heretofore applied for pension. That she makes this declar-
ation for the purpose of being placed on the pension-roll of the United States
under the provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890, and Acts amendatory thereof.
She hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, Herself
of State of Texas, her true and lawful attorney to prosecute her claim. That
her P. O. address is 1708 Camila Street, Fort Worth, County of Tarrant, State
of Texas.

                                               /s/ Malvina E. Morey
Attest:
 1 /s/ Jessie Gifford
 2 /s/ Ada May Hogan
APPLICATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT

State of Texas
County of Tarrant

On this 8th day of February, A.D. 1926, before me, the undersigned, personally
appeared Mrs. Kittie Bessie Cornett, aged 42 years, a resident of Fort Worth,
County of Tarrant, State of Texas, who makes the following declaration as an
application for, and claim is hereby made for, reimbursement from the accrued
pension for expenses paid in the last sickness and burial of Mrs. Malvina E.
Morey, who was a pensioner of the United States, and who DIED January 2nd,
1926, at Fort Worth, Texas and was buried at Fort Worth, Texas.
That the answers to questions propounded below are full, complete, and truthful
to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief....

 1. What was the full name of the deceased pensioner?  Malvina E. Morey
 2. In what capacity was decedent pensioned?  Widow.
 4. Did pensioner leave a child under 16 years of age?  No.
 7. Was there insurance (life, accident, or health) in force on life of
    pensioner at time of death?  No.
13. Is there an executor or administrator, or will application be made for
    appointment of any person as administrator?  No.
14. Did the deceased pensioner leave any money, real estate, or personal
    property?  No.
18. Did pensioner leave an unindorsed pension check?  Yes.
19. What was your relation to the deceased pensioner?  Daughter.
20  Are you married?  Yes.
21. What was the cause of pensioner's death?  Senility.
22. When did the pensioner's last sickness begin?  About September 1925.
23. From what date did the pensioner become so ill as to require the regular
    and daily attendance of another person constantly until death?
    December 15th, 1925.
24. Give the name and post office address of each physician who attended the
    pensioner during last sickness. Preston L. Hooper.
25. State the names of the persons by whom the pensioner was nursed during
    the last sickness. Mrs. A. W. Zabel, and myself.
26. Where did the pensioner live during last sickness?  1708 East Tucker St.

The following is a complete statement of all the expenses of the last sickness
and burial of said deceased pensioner:
                                                     STATE WHETHER
NAMES                   NATURE OF EXPENSES           PAID OR UNPAID   AMOUNT
Preston L. Hooper       Physician                      Paid           $20.00
Glenwood Drug Store     Medicine                       Paid             8.35
                        Nursing and care             No charge made   205.00
Robertson and Mueller   Undertaker
                        Livery - Included above.
Buried on my own lot    Cemetery
                        Other expenses and their nature:
                          Flowers
                                                        Total        $233.35

That of the above-mentioned expenses this claimant has paied, or guaranteed
the payment of, the following items:  All.  Total.

                                             /s/ Kittie Bessie Cornett
                                             1708 East Tucker
                                             Fort Worth, Texas


Also appeared Mrs. Lucille Zabel and L. P. Robertson who, being duly sworn,
make the following statement, each for himself, that they know the claimant
herein and that their answeres to the following questions are true:

1. Did pensioner leave a minor child under age of sixteen years surviving?  No.
2. When did the pensioner die?  January 2nd, 1926.
3. Did pensioner leave any property?  No.
4. Our means of knowledge of the above statements made by us are: We knew the
   deceased pensioner for several years and were personally acquainted.

   /s/ Mrs. Lucile Zabel                            /s/ L. P. Robertson
   910 Loney Avenue                                 312 West 10th St.

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 8th day of February A.D. 1926; and I
certify that the contents of the foregoing application were fully made known
and explained to the claimant and witnesses before swearing, that I have no
interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim, and I further
certify that the reputation for credibility of the witnesses whose signatures
appear above is most excellent.

                               /s/ E. C. Harper
                               Notary Public in and for Tarrant County, Texas.
                               312 West 10th Street.
STATEMENT OF ATTENDING PHYSICIANS

Give pensioner's name in full  Melvina E. Moray
Give date of commencement of pensioner's last sickness  about Dec. 15, 1925
Give date of pensioner's death  Jan 2nd 1926
From what date did the pensioner require the regular and daily attendance of
     another person constantly until death? Dec. 15 1925
During what period did you attend the pensioner?  Dec 15 '25 to Jan 2 '26
State nature of disease from which pensioner died  Influenza & Senility
Give name of any other physician who attened the pensioner in last sickness
     None
Does your bill include a charge for all medicine furnished the pensioner
     during last sickness?  Yes.
Has your bill been paid?  Yes.
Give the name of each person who acted as nurse: Mrs. Kittie Bessie Cornett
     & Mrs. Lucile Zabel

I certify that the foregoing statement is correct
Fort Worth, Tex. Febr. 9, 1926                    /s/ Preston L. Hooper  M.D.


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