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“Union cavalry and mounted artillery soldiers were issued greatcoats to be worn over their uniforms during the winter months.”

See the complete entry for “Union Mounted Greatcoat” at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, accessed 3 May 2021.

It was somewhat easier for white officers and their families to have their pension applications approved. Family Bible entries for births, marriages, and deaths could be corroborated with other sources to prove relationships.

Invalid – 495, 059 / 979,556
Widow – 1,083,100 / 826,058, Clara J. Howard

General Affidavit, Charles M. Howard, 29 December 1898
50 years old; post-office address, 59 Quimby Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Have known O.L. Howard for years having been in business with him …”
[Note: Another individual’s name “Charles [illegible], aged 20 years …” and signature were struck through — Leslie]

General Affidavit, George W. Morris, 30 December 1898
60 years old; post-office address, 43 Close Place [???], Detroit, Michigan
“I have known Orville L. Howard for the past thirty years. I know that he was in the Mt. Clemens [???] Mich in 1892 suffering from rheumatism and taking baths for treatment of the same. I know this for I visited him there two or three times.


General Affidavit, Orville L. Howard, 1 July 1914
69 years old; post-office address, 142 Wallach Ave., Buffalo, NY
” … there is no public or church record of his birth and no way to prove same other than a leaf [of paper] from the family Bible … This leaf was taken from the family Bible by this soldier some years ago and he does not known where the family Bible is now. [He recalls seeing his name in the Bible] giving his date of birth as July 26, 1844. o

General Affidavit, William H. Smith, 6 September 1912
40 years old; residence, Warsaw, Wyoming Co., NY; occupation, Pastor of the First M.E. Church, Warsaw, NY
“Have examined the church records here and find the following record
O.L. Howard — Farmer — Brockport, NY
Clara J. Morris Warsaw, NY
Married Dec 22nd, 1866 by H.H. Lyman, Pastor”

General Affidavit, Orville L. Howard, 1 July 1914
69 years old; post-office address, 142 Wallach Ave., Buffalo, NY
” … there is no public or church record of his birth and no way to prove same other than a leaf [of paper] from the family Bible … This leaf was taken from the family Bible by this soldier some years ago and he does not known where the family Bible is now. [He recalls seeing his name in the Bible] giving his date of birth as July 26, 1844. o

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Clara J. Howard, 26 October 1916
“77 years of age … born November 23rd, 1839 at Warsaw, Wyoming Co., NY
“That she is the widow of Orville L. Howard who enlisted August 9, 1862, at Brockport, NY… as 1st Sgt & Cptn. in Company M, 3rd NY Cavalry and was honorably discharged November 22, 1864 …
“That she was married to said soldier December 22, 1866 under the name of Clara J. Morris, at Warsaw, NY by Rev. H.H. Lyman, that she had not been previously married, that he had not been previously married …
“That said soldier died October 20, 1916, at Buffalo, NY …”

The soldier who was found frozen to death left behind one widow — maybe two. He was survived by several children.

Invalid — 786,287 / 987,248
Widow — 748,448 / 547,985, Matilda Cherry

Marriage License [copy] Alexander Cherry and Matilda Butler, 8 September 1869
Marriage took place 9 September 1869 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Husband was 23 years old; wife was 25 years old. Both were single. Husband was born in Norfolk County; wife was born in Southampton County. Both resided in Norfolk County. Husband’s parents were Isaac and Louisa Cherry. Wife’s parents were Eli and Lucy Butler. Husband’s occupation was laborer. Officiant, Rev. Thomas Washington.

Neighbor’s Affidavit, Kindred Edwards and Peter Dozier 2 February 1891
[Edwards] 30 years old; residence, Portsmouth, Norfolk County, Va.; post-office address, Portsmouth, Virginia
[Dozier] 26 years old; residence, Portsmouth, Norfolk County, Va.; post-office address, Portsmouth, Virginia
“That they have been well and personally acquainted with Alexander Cherry for 16 years, and 21 years, respectively … being near neighbors to the said Cherry and seeing and conversing with him nearly every day.”


Disability Affidavit, Alexander Cherry, 24 May 1894
47 years old; residence, Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Va.; post-office address, 709 County Street, Portsmouth, Va.
“For 16 years immediately preceding my enlistment … I resided in the following named places, Norfolk County, Va. within four miles of Portsmouth City from the time of birth till enlistment and my occupation was that of a laborer.
“Since my discharge … I have resided in Portsmouth City, Virginia continuously to the present time and my occupation has been that of a laborer.
“I further state that the disability for which I claim a pension arises from exposure in service which was contracted … during the summer of 1865 at Brazos Santiago, Texas for a cause by having to sleep on damp ground … about two years after my discharge was treated by … Dr. G.W.A. Maupin of Portsmouth now deceased and also about the same time by Dr. E.M. Watts of Portsmouth also now dead.”

Questionnaire (Form illegible), Alexander Cherry, 11 November 1897
[married] yes, Cora Cherry was Cora Lee Fidgett
[when, where, by whom] Feb 15, 1879; by Thomas Washington in Portsmouth, Va.
[record] “I am satisfied that I has such good record only I am feeble now.”
[previous marriage] “Cora Cherry is my only wife. I never had any other wife.”
[living children] Oscar Cherry, Harrison Cherry, John H. Cherry, Lenwood Cherry, 4 children is all that I have living.”

General Affidavit, W.F. Bell, 29 October 1901
45 years old; c/o Gaskins Store, Glasgow Street Extended, Portsmouth, Va.
“That as an Overseer of the Poor for Western Branch District, Norfolk County, Virginia, I buried the body of Alexander Cherry in said district on the 21st day of January 1901, he having died on January 19, 1901.
“That I knew the said Cherry in his lifetime and identified the body as his.”

Claimant’s Affidavit, Matilda Cherry, 11 November 1901
post-office address, c/o Willis Hall, Portsmouth, Va.
“That I own no property of any kind, real or personal, and have no income from any source except what I can earn with my own hands.
“That I did keep a record of the death of my husband … and that my statement that he died on January 20, 1901 was made from calculation which might have been a day or so from the exact date as I cannot count very well.
“In addition to this [my husband] was alone at the time of his death. He was alive on Friday night and was found dead the next morning and it was not possible to say exactly on what day his death should be stated to have occurred.
“I am informed by a lawyer that no record of death is now kept in any County of the State by the Health Board or otherwise so that a certificate from death record cannot be furnished.”

General Affidavit, Geo. W. Cherry, 11 November 1901
73 years old; post-office address, Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Va.
“That he was well acquainted with … Alexander Cherry having known him from his birth to his death. He was my nephew, being my brother’s son.
“That said Alexander Cherry was never married previous to his marriage to Matilda Butler .. and could not have been married without her knowledge.”

General Affidavit, Julia Wright, 11 November 1901
70 years old; residence, Portsmouth, Norfolk County, Virginia; post-office address, King St Extended, Portsmouth, Va.
“That she knew Alexander Cherry … from his birth to his death, being the sister of his father, Isaac Cherry, now dead.
“That said Alexander Cherry was never married prior to his marriage to the claimant Matilda Cherry and could not have been married without my knowledge.”

General Affidavit, Thomas Jones and Jacob Parker, 11 November 1901
[Jones] about 60 years old; residence, Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Va.; post-office address, the same
[Parker] 74 years old; residence, Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Va.; post-office address, the same
“That they have known Matilda Cherry all her life having been residents of the neighborhood in which she was born at the time of her birth and for many years thereafter and knew her intimately from that time to the present.

“That for a number of years prior to this death … he and the said Matilda, his wife, had not lived together.”
“That they knew the said Alexander Cherry from the time of his marriage to the said Matilda to the time of his death.

Claimant’s Affidavit, Matilda Cherry, 25 November 1901
post-office address, c/o Willis Hall, Portsmouth, Va.
“Before my marriage to Alexander Cherry, I had always gone by the name of Matilda Butler, after my father whose name was Eli Butler … friends may have called me ‘Tildie’ for short name.”

Letter from Chief of Law Division to Chief of the Special Examination Division, Bureau of Pension, Department of the Interior, 15 August 1902
“soldier was found frozen to death and that he had not lived with his reputed wife for about twenty-five years before his death … determine whether this claimant is his legal wife. … If Cora Lee is living and believes that she and soldier were legally married why have she and her children not applied for pension?
“The papers in this alleged widow’s claim were prepared and executed before William M. Reid, a colored notary public of Portsmouth …”

Letter from Matilda Cherry, General Delivery, Portsmouth, Va. to Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, DC 19 June 1917
“I am 73 years of age, having been born in April 1844, in Nansemond County, Virginia.”
[Note: Typed on stationery of Hubard & Hubard, Attorneys-at-Law, 145 Bank Street, Norfolk, Virginia — Leslie]

“First Monday” features an extra sketch or sidebar.
Today’s posts include Alexander Cherry, Company I; Orville Howard, Company I; and “Union Mounted Greatcoat.”

The Soldier in Our Civil War includes hundreds of drawings that were published in Frank Leslie’s Weekly Magazine as single-page illustrations and double-page spreads. Images that appeared alongside “Govrnt Blacksmiths’ Shop” included “Building Roads,” “In the Trenches,” “Scouts,” “On Picket,” “Battle of Milliken’s Bend,” “Teamster of the Army, “Cooking in Camp,” “Unloading Govt. Stores,” “Driving Govt Cattle,” and “Washing in Camp.” Artists under contract to Frank Leslie’s (and other magazines of the period) drew African American troops at camp and in battle, male and female workers engaged in various occupations, life on the home front, country sides and cityscapes, maps, and military action on land and sea.

During his service, the soldier assisted the regimental blacksmith by removing old shoes from the horses, paring their feet, and putting on new shoes.

Invalid – 723, 609 / 531,384
Widow – 974,229 / 735,329, Hannah Nelson

Deposition, Arthur Nelson, 17 May 1893
“fifty odd years … occupation, laborer when able to work”; post-office address, Lamberts’ Point Road, Norfolk, Va.
“Q: Do you know W.R. Drury?
A: Yes. he is the man that filed my new law claim. Soon after the new law claim I went to the office of Mr. Drury with London Hurdle and Alfred Felton as identifying witnesses to make my application under the new law. … Drury swore me by having me kiss the Book, at least I am not certain that I did so. W.R. Drury swore me by my holding up my hand. I do not remember that Drury swore Hurdle and Felton.
” Q: Do you know B.A. Richardson, Jr.?
A: I do not know him and never heard of him before. … I don’t know how Richardson’s name happens to be on my application.”

Deposition, Ephraim Jeder, 12 April 1894
about 73 years old; occupation, laborer; post-office address, 138 Queen St., Norfolk, Va.
“I have known Arthur Nelson … for the past 20 years. .. Some time in the latter part of June 1893 Mrs. Belva A. Lockwood asked me to be a witness for Arthur Nelson on an applicaiton for pension she had just written up and I signed that application by mark as I cannot write my name, and I then went to the office of R. Bagnall, Jr., N.P., on Church St the city. ….”
“Q: Do you know Jno. T. Wilson?
A: Yes, sir. He is a white man. He was in Mrs. Lockwood’s office when I signed that paper. And he was sitting by Mrs. Lockwood at the table on which she was writing and he was signing his name to a great number of papers but I cannot say whether or not he signed his name to Arthur Nelson’s application….”
“Q: Have you another name beside that of Ephraim Jeter?
A: Yes, sir. I am sometimes called Lasker…”

Deposition, Dempsey E. Ferebee, 16 April 1894
60 years old; occupation, minister of the gospel; residence and post-office address, 22 Lincoln St., Norfolk, Va.
I have known Arthur Nelson “well for the past 30 years. … I was a witness for him about a year ago on his application for pension executed before R. Bagnall, Jr. N.P. in his office on Church St. in this city. …”

Deposition, David A. Brown, 18 April 1894
39 years old; occupation, shoemaker; post-office address, 339 Church St., Norfolk, Va.
“Q: Do you know a colored man by the name of Arthur Nelson?
A: No, sir.
Q: Do you know one Dempsey E. Ferebee?
A: No, sir…”

Deposition, Humphrey McCoy, 20 April 1894
34 years old; occupation, porter; post-office address, 70 Willoughby St., Norfolk, Va.
“Q: Do you know Arthur Nelson the claimant?
A: No, sir….I am employed just across the street from where R. Bagnall Jr. office was at that time and he called me over to his office to attest the signature of someone and I wrote my name as it appears on [Nelson’s] papers.”

Deposition, John T. Wilson, 28 April 1894
50 years old; occupation, “collector”; post-office address and residence, 92 Clay Ave., Norfolk, Va.
“Q. Do you know a colored man named Arthur Nelson?
A: Yes, sir. I do.
[Wilson says that he remembers Nelson coming in to Lockwood’s office] “and I think I signed his applicaiton probably as a witness to his identity.”

Deposition, London Hurdle, 4 June 1896
65 years old; occupation, laborer; post-office address, Lamberts Point, Norfolk, Va.
“I have known [the claimant] since October 1862. I came inside the Union lines in October 1862 and I found the claimant at work in the Quartermaster Dept at Norfolk, Va. and we worked together in said Dept from said date until he (the clt) enlisted in Co. F, 1st USCC. He preceded me in service about a week.”
“In 1867 clt went to work for Geo. W. Jennings on his farm near Lamberts Pt., Va. and I went to work at the same place in 1868 and we worked there together for the following 20 years when Mr. Jennings died.”

Deposition, Beverly West, 4 June 1896
63 years old; occupation, brickmason; post-office address, 9 Hampton Court, Norfolk, Va.
“I was the Orderly Sergeant of Co. F, 1st USCC from its organiztation in December 1863 until its muster out of service Feby 4th 1866.”

Deposition, John Parsons, 4 June 1896
50 years old; occupation, laborer; post-office address, cor Maltby Ave & Princess Ann Road (Norfolk, Va.)
“I have known [the claimant] since in Dec 1863. I think we enlisted about the same time in Co. F 1st USCC in December 1863…. I have not known much of him since our discharge from service.
“I was with my company all the time during service …. I was not intimately associated with claimant during service — only knew him in a casual way as a member of the company.”

Deposition, Joshua Brickhouse, 6 June 1896
about 59 years old; occupation, blacksmith; post-office address, 4 [or 9?] Rhea’s Lane, Norfolk, Va.
“I knew Arthur Nelson, the claimant, who served with me … I did not know him prior to enlistment and I have not associated with him much since service.”

Deposition, Henry Fentress, 11 June 1896
52 years old; occupation, laborer; post-office address, Berkley, Norfolk Co., Va.
“I knew Arthur Nelson during his service in said company. I knew him well for seven or eight years before the late war but I have only seen him a time or two since our muster out of service with the company Feby 4, 1866.”

Deposition, William Fuller, 11 June 1896
62; no occupation; post-office address, Soldiers Home, Elizabeth City County, Va.
“I first met [claimant] after joining the company. I knew him well during service but have not seen much of him since our discharge from service.”

Deposition, Arthur Nelson, 13 June 1896
about 58 years old; occupation, laborer; post-office, Lamberts Point, Norfolk, Va.
“If Lieut. Garrett can be found he may remember that he took my house from me while we were still at Fort Monroe, Va. in the spring of 1864.
Q: Why did Lieut. Garrett take the house?
A: I can’t say. I was detached from the company to assist the regimental blacksmith, who was a white man. Don’t know his name. I was detailed to assist him in shoeing horses and I staid [sic] with him as his assistant until in the spring of 1865 when we got ready to go to Texas. Then I was put in charge of Major Sykes horses on the trip from City Pt., Va. to Brazos Santiago Texas and I attended to his horses after arriving in Texas while I was detailed to help London Hurdle in the Commissary Dept. in which I continued until I was muster [sic] out service.
Q: What duty did you do when assisting the regimental blacksmith?
A: I was employed in removing old shoes from the horses first in paring their feet and putting new shoes on their feet.”

Questionnaire (Form 3-402), Arthur Nelson, 12 March 1898
[married] yes, Hannah Nelson, Hannah Old
[where, when, by whom] 1859? Princess Anne Co., Va., married by consent of owners
[record] “no license granted in those days”
[previous marriage] no
[living children] Alex; Georgianna; Elizabeth; Sanderson [????]; Arthur; Cornelius … all over 22 yrs

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Hannah Nelson, 30 October 1911
68 years old … she was married under the name of Hannah Old to said soldier at Princess Anne County, Va. … Also personally appeared London Hurdle residing at Norfolk, Va. … Alfred Felton residing at Norfolk, Va..”

General Affidavit, Hannah Nelson, 30 October 1911
68 years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va.; post-office address, Lamberts Point Road, Norfolk, Va.
“… they were married with the consent of their owners in 1859 … she was sixteen years of age at the time of their marriage and had not been previously married … that all of their children are over the age of sixteen years … “

General Affidavit, London Hurdle and Alfred Felton, 31 Occtober 1911
[Hurdle] 81 years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va.; post-office address, 9 Star Street, Norfolk, Va.
[Felton] 82 years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va; post-office address, 40 Avenue A, Norfolk, Va.
“That they were both well acquainted with the claimant and and her late husband Arthur Nelson since 1862…. that they know that he was married to the claimant prior to the war….that they have both lived near to the claimant and her husband ever since they came back from Texas at the close of the war.”

Deposition, Hannah Nelson, 16 December 1911
about 68 years old; occupation, washing and housework; post-office address, Lamberts Point Road, Norfolk, Va.

county seal“A film by Pamela D’Angelo on the history of African-American entrepreneurship in rural Northumberland County, in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Commissioned by the Northern Neck Planning District Commission and funded from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Building Collaborative Communities Program.”

Historical African-American Entrepreneurship in Northumberland County, Virginia” (14:47) YouTube, 19 November 2018

Four unrelated men with the same surname served in Company B. Distinguishing identifiers were birthplace and parents’ names: Ashley Lewis, Company B (Edgecombe County, North Carolina), Isaac Lewis (Norfolk County, Virginia), Madison Lewis (Spotsylvania County, Virginia), and Peter Lewis (Northumberland County, Virginia).

Invalid — 957,838 / 931,444
Widow — 846, 222 / —– , Virginia Lewis

Neighbor’s Affidavit, Spriggs Montague and Henry Claughton, 29 December 1891
[Montague] over 50 years old; residence, near Avalon, Northumberland County, Virginia; post-office address, Avalon, Northumberland County, Virginia
[Claughton] about 60 years old; residence, near Avalon, Northumberland County, Virginia; post-office address, Avalon, Northumberland County, Virginia
“We have been well and personally acquainted with Peter Lewis for 16 years, and 30 years, respectively, and that we are both engaged in farming, and that the claimant is also engaged in farming and that we live about one mile & one half of a mile respectively from the claimant and see him nearly every week and sometimes oftener, and that we on a few occasions worked with him … the claimant’s disabilities are not due to vicious habits.”

Marriage License [copy], Peter Lewis and Ginnie Williams, 20 June 1897
Marriage took place at Macedonia Cold Baptist Church in Northumberland County, Va. Husband’s age, 65 years old; wife’s age, 48 years old. Both widowed. Both born in Northumberland Co., Va. Both resided in Northumberland Co., Va. Husband’s parents were John Lewis and Winny. Wife’s parents were Jack Dameron and Margaret Ball. Husband’s occupation, farmer.

Questionnaire (Form 3-402), Peter Lewis, 4 June 1898
[married] yes, Jinnie Lewis, Jennie Ball
[when, where, by whom] 1897, in Northd Co., Va., Rev. John Walker
[record] Northd Co., Va.
[previous marriage] yes, Frances Lewis about 1893
[living children]
Theodrick Lewis, 1858
Rose Lewis, don’t remember
Isaiah Lewis, about 1873
George Lewis, about 1871

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Virginia Lewis, 2 April 1906
55 years old; residence, Avalon, Northumberland Co., Va. … “That she was married under the name of Virginia WIlliams to said soldier at Macedonia Church on the 20th day of January, 1897 by Rev. John Walker … That she had been previously married to Henry Williams, who died near Silear [sp?] in Northumberland Co., State of Va.; that the soldier had been previously married to Francis Lewis, who died near Avalon in said county & state on Aug 12, 1905. That the said soldier died March 1, 1896 at Avalon, Va.”
“Also personally appeared Wm. A. Smith, residing at Avalon, Va. and Rufus T. Smith, residing at Avalon, Va. … their acquaintance with her of ten years and ten years, respectively…”

Sworn Statement, A.M. Brent, M.D., 10 August 1906
“To Whom It May Concern,
This is to certify that I attended the late Peter Lewis during his last sickness & that he departed this life at his home, near Avalon, Va. on Thursday, the 1st day of March, 1906.”

Affidavit, William A. Smith and R.T. Smith, 11 August 1906
[WIlliam A. Smith] 68 years old
[R.T. Smith] 31 years old
Both resided in Avalon, Northumberland Co., Virginia. Both had post-office addresses at Avalon, Va.
“That they are well and personally acquainted with Virginia Lewis for 8 years, and 8 years, respectively …. We have known [Peter Lewis] for 40 & 20 years, respectively. The said Peter Lewis had been previously married to Frances Dameron who died some 10 years ago. Virginia Lewis has also been previously married & the death of her former husband so proven by affidavit of two witnesses filed herewith.”

McClellan Saddle

“In 1859, the U.S. War Department adopted the McClellan Saddle. They remained the standard issue throughout the history of the horse cavalry. The saddle was simple and less expensive than most. It was light enough not to weigh down the horse, yet it was sturdy and gave good support to the rider and his gear.”

See the complete entry at “McClellan Saddle,” at Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, accessed 11 April 2021.

Saddlers made, repaired, and restored saddles, bridles, harnesses and other leather goods. Some had experience with leatherwork before joining the military; others became cobblers after their service.

Four unrelated men with the same surname served in Company B. Distinguishing identifiers were birthplace and parents’ names: Ashley Lewis, Company B (Edgecombe County, North Carolina), Isaac Lewis (Norfolk County, Virginia), Madison Lewis (Spotsylvania County, Virginia), and Peter Lewis (Northumberland County, Virginia).

Invalid — 1,026,463 / 1,103,600
Other Numbers — C-2503,575 / —-

Deposition, Madison Lewis, 12 June 1893
55 years old; occupation, minister of the Gospel; residence and post-office address, 80 North St., Norfolk, Va.
Q. When did you first apply for a pension?
A. Soon after the new law came out — about a year after I went to W.R. Drury to make an application for pension: James Langley and Isaac Kellum of my company had promised to be present as identifying witnesses for me but they were not there that day at all. There were several colored men in Mr. Drury’s office but none that I knew. W.R. Drury was the only white man in the office while I was there. Mr. Drury wrote out the application and I signed it by writing my name.”
Q. Do you know B.A. Richardson, Jr., a notary public? Did he ever swear you?
A. No, sir. I have no knowledge of him whatever. No man of that name ever swore me.
Q. Do you know W.R. Drury and S. Cherry and were they present that day?
A. I don’t know those men at all…”

Deposition, Isaac Kellum, 14 June 1893
69 years old; occupation, laborer; residence and post-office address, 83 Newton St., Norfolk, Va.
“I was never a witness for [Madison Lewis] in his pension case and I was never in Drury’s office with him …
Q. Do you know James Langley and were you a witness in any case with him?
A. Yes, I know him. He was in my company and we have been witnesses together in several cases but I was never a witness for Madison Lewis with Langley.
Q. Do you know B.A. Richardson, Jr. and did he swear you?
A. Yes, I know him but he never swore me in my life.”

Deposition, James Langley, 17 June 1893
55 years old; occupation, laborer; residence, Chickazola Ave., Huntersville, Norfolk, Va. … I have known Madison Lewis ever since we were together in the army but I was never a witness for him in his pension case. … I know Isaac Kellum well and was a witness for with him twice, once for a woman named Ford & once for a woman named Biddle. Those are the only two times I have been a witness with Kellum.
“I don’t know B.A. Richardson at all … I don’t know W.T. Drury and T. Cherry and they never witnessed my mark in any matter.
“I cannot tell how my name and mark came to be on Lewis’ paper as I never put it there or told anyone to put my mark or use my name in that case.”

Questionnaire (Form 3-389), Madison Lewis, 24 January 1905
[married] Matilda Janefield
[when, where, by whom] “25 day of December 1861; Died. Jan 1885”
[record] “the record of Masie Word [?] took place on about 27 of August 1887″
[previous marriage] divorced by Judge Gunner, pled desertion; married again to Ledora Henry from King William Co., Va.”
[living children] 5 children “Lewis born 12 of Oct 1864. James Lewis, June 30, 186? … Elman Lewis, 1842 … Uppermaure Lewis, 1875; Ida Lewis Aug 22nd 1879

Questionnaire (Form 3-493), Madison Lewis, 25 January 1905
[birthplace] Spotsylvania Co., Va.
[enlistment] Old Point
[residence before enlistment] Fortress Monroe, Va.
[occupation] sadler
[former owner(s) if enslaved] Joseph H. Jordann, near Mt. Pleasant, Va.
[discharged] City Point, Va.
[residence since discharge] Hampton, Washington, DC and Norfolk
[present occupation] pastor, Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk
[height / skin color / scars] 5′ 6″ / dark brown / no
[known by another name] no
[current name/ known by] Rev. Dr. Madison Lewis
[current residence] “the nearest sub-post office 3 or 4 blocks away”

[Note: According to a church history, First Baptist Church, Berkley, and claimant’s questionnaire, Cavalry Baptist Church, in Norfolk, Virginia were pastored by “Madison Lewis.” Was this the same person or two people? — Leslie]

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