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.
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
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
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.