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The soldier was enslaved in Talbot County located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. During his service he served as a jail guard in Norfolk. When he returned to the county after his discharge he worked as an oysterman. His daughter who lived in Philadelphia moved to Maryland to take care of her mother after the soldier’s death.

Invalid — 972,146 / 1,059,450
Widow — 1,012,755 / 767,372,
Anna Marie Hinson

General Affidavit, Robt. Hinson, 13 April 1892
48 years old; residence Wittman, Talbot County, Maryland
“I was wounded in the knee from a fall in eighteen hundred and sixty five, the year that Abe Lincoln died, while guarding the jail I contracted rheumatism … I’ve not been able to do any work at all. The jail I guarded was in Norfolk, since 1865”

General Affidavit, Thomas Cooper and Jacob P. Gibson, 7 October 1892
[Cooper] 72 years old; residence, Talbot County, Maryland; post-office address, Witmans [sic]
[Gibson] 36 years old; residence, Talbot County, Maryland; post-office address, Witmans [sic]
“We the undersigned have known Robert Hinson since before the ending of the war, we see him every day, being near neighbor … know him to be a man who would not shirk work, he is an oysterman … we have known him to be attended by a physician a month or two at a time. He is hardly able to perform one quarter of a man’s work”

Neighbor’s Affidavit, Harry D. Nutz [sp?], 15 July 1896
33 years old; residence and post-office address, Wittman, Talbot Co., Maryland
“personally accquainted with Robert Hinson for 20 years … he lives about a quarter of a mile from me. I see him every day. I have never employed him or worked with him.”
“He is also a temperate woman with no vicious habits and a good citizen and I don’t think he is responsible for his afflictions.”
[Note: Beneath Nutz’s signature is the signature of a second affiant — “Oscar S. Hubbard” — but there’s no personal information about Hubbard on the form as for Nutz — Leslie]

Neighbor’s Affidavit, Joseph B. Wrightson, 12 October 1896
37 years old; residence and post-office address, Wittman, Talbot County, Maryland
“I am a merchant, claimant works on a farm and oysters some. Have known him for 30 years, he lives about 1/4 mile from me. I see him nearly every day, have employed him to do little jobs for me at times.”

Questionnaire (Form 3-173), Robert Hinson, 6 January 1899
[living children] Robert, Albert, Cary, May [or Mary?], Sadie, James
[Note: Handwriting is barely legible but is consistent with information reported elsewhere in the application — Leslie]

Sworn Statement, A.B. Glascock, MD, 13 April 1900
“I have been Robt Hinson’s family physician for the past few years”

Sworn Statement, Perry Cooper and Joseph S. Hinson, 26 April 1900
“This is to certify that we have known Robert Hinson all our lives … and that he is a sober and peaceable man”

Affidavit, Perry Cooper and William S. Lowe, 21 October 1902
[Cooper] 42 years old; residence and post-office address, Wittman, Talbot Co., Md
[Lowe] 49 years old; residence and post-office address, McDaniel, Talbot Co., Md.
“Robert Hinson is afflicted … unable to do any laborious work”

Physician’s Affidavit, Joseph B. Seth, MD, 24 October 1902
“Have been acquainted with said soldier about 20 years”

Questionnaire (Form 3-474), Robert Hinson, 6 December 1902
[born] “near Wittman”
[enlisted] Fortress Monroe
[residence before enlistment] Wittman
[occupation] laborer
[enslaved] Mrs. Catherine Love [or Lowe?]
[discharged] Brazos Santiago, Texas
[residence since discharge] Wittman
[present occupation] doing odd jobs
[description] five feet, eight inches … mark on “my right knee where I fell at Norfolk on guard”
[different name in service] “no other name but Robert Hinson”
[different name on pension application] none
[current name] Robert Hinson
[residence] Wittman, Talbot Co., Md.

Declaration for Pension, Robert Hinson, 1 April 1907
65 years old; residence, Wittman, Talbot County, Maryland;
“That he was born January 24th, 1842, at Easton … That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Wittman”
“Also personally appeared Wm. L. Love, residing in McDaniel, Md. and Joseph H. Scott, residing in McDaniel, Md. … their acquaintance with him of 20 years and 40 years, respectively”

Declaration for Pension, Robert Hinson, 20 May 1912
68 years old; resident of Wittman, county of Talbot, State of Maryland
“enrolled at Old Point Comfort, Va., Va. … 15th day of January, 1864 … honorably discharged at Brazos Santiago, Texas, on the 4th day of February, 1866 … occupation was laborer, that he was born January 29th, 1844, at Talbot County, Maryland … That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Wittman, Talbot County, Maryland”

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Anna Maria Hinson, 12 August 1913
“That she was married under the name Anna Maria Foreman [Freeman?] to said soldier at Trappe, Maryland, on the fifth day of August, 1873, by Rev. W.C. MaCoy … had not been previously married … That the said soldier died June 21,1913, at Wittman, Maryland”
“Also personally appeared Allen Cooper, residing in Wittman, Md, and Robert H. Caldwell, residing in Wittman, Md.”

Sworn Statement, Allen Cooper and Wm/ Robert Caldwell, 5 October 1913
“[both residents of Wittman] personally acquainted with Robert Hinson and Anna M. Hinson, his wife … acquainted with them since each attained marriageable age … we know that Robert Hinson died on June 21, 1913 and was burried [sic] on June 23, 1913 and that they attended his funeral and saw his remains burried [sic]”

Sworn Statement, Mrs. Robert Caldwell, 13 October 1913
59 years old; Wittman, Talbot, Maryland
“[knew Robert Hinson] personally for fifty years … [have known] Anna M. Freeman Hinson for fifty years … I also attended the funeral of Robert Hinson and saw the remains interred”

Sworn Statement, Allen Cooper, 13 October 1913
67 years old; Wittman, Talbot, Maryland
“well acquainted with Robert Hinson … knew him personally for sixty years … [have known] Anna M. Freeman Hinson for forty-six years … also saw Robert Hinson burried [sic] and I attended the funeral.”

General Affidavit, Carrie Hinson, 30 April 1930
49 years old; residence and post-office address, Wittman, Talbot County, Maryland
“I have performed the duty as nurse and caretaker, daily and nightly, to Annie M.F. Hinson, Widow, age 86 yrs (my mother). Having performed and am still, the same duty since Feb. 1929. Which is the date of my return to Wittman, Md. from Philadelphia, Pa. after an absence of 22 years. Being the only female in the family, (single), with a living wage position also, I gave up my position with an estimated salary $18.00 per week, to come home imediately [sic] after being notified, to nurse and care for the person herein named (my mother). Six months thereafter I found it utterly impossible to nurse and care for my mother also myself, from the pesnion given her by the government, $40.00 per mo. Therefore I am sincerely fileing [sic] this evidence as proof for my claim to compensation my mother being absolutey unable to do for herself , use of left am gone. unable to be left alone, which demands my personal service, Thereby preventing the claimant absolutely, from earning or providing a living for myself. Willingly and requesting, and inspection of the condition herein mentioned, by the government.”
[Note: Carrie Hinson wrote her statement and signed it. It’s transcribed verbatim — Leslie]

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The war was nearly over when this soldier married another Norfolkian. They were still married more than 30 years later during which time he had become quite feeble and “dependent for support upon the charity of people not legally bound for his support.” Two witnesses, friends since childhood, served in the same regiment as the claimant whose application based on poor health was granted.

Invalid — 753,229 / 967,097
Widow — 696,625 / 478,747, Celia Grimes

Marriage License, Moses Grimes and Celia Langley, 7 April 1865
Took place in Norfolk, Virginia; Husband was 32 years old, wife was 29 years old; both were single; husband and wife born in Norfolk; husband resided “U.S. Army” and wife resided Norfolk; husband’s parents were Hardy & Eliza Grimes, wife’s parents were Toby & Jane Langley; husband’s occupation, soldier, 1st U.S. Col’d Cavy.
“Minister’s Return of Marriage, I certify, that on the 16th day of April 1865 at his residence on Cumberland Street. I united in marriage the above-named and described parties, under authority of the annexed license. Lewis Tucker, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va.”

General Affidavit, Moses Grimes, 11 March 1895
62 years old; post-office address, 82 Smith Street, Norfolk, Va.
“I was with the cavalry on their march from Old Point, Va. and Yorktown, Va. when experienced the effects of above rupture and it was caused to the best of my belief by strains received in the drilling or jumping ditches during the march”

General Affidavit, Andrew Armstrong, 26 June 1896
43 years old; post-office address, 99 St. Paul’s St., Norfolk, Va.
“That he is well acquainted with the claimant … having known him for about four (4) years. Claimant has for the last past four months been confined to his house from sickness. Claimant who appears to be quite an old man is at present feeble … dependent for support upon the charity of people not legally bound for his support”

General Affidavit, John C. Fentress, 26 June 1896
70 years old; post-office address, 271 Queen St., Norfolk, Va.
“That he is well acquainted with the claimant … has known him for at least fifteen (15) years. Claimant has during the period stated been a customer at his grocery store”

General Affidavit, George Jones and Richard Brooks, 21 June 1897
[Jones] 57 [?] years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk County, Va.; post-office address, General Delivery, Norfolk, Va.
[Brooks] 53 years old; residence, 176 Scott, Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia
“he is now in a perfectly helpless condition entirely dependent on the labor of his said wife and friends for support and has no income besides.
“This knowledge is derived from having known said Moses Grimes for many years in fact since the close of war to present time”

General Affidavit, George Jones and Richard Brooks, 21 June 1897
“That they have visited said Moses Grimes at his house 174 St. Paul’s Street and have seen his condition and consider his condition critical … his mind is much troubled knowing his helpless condition. He is almost entirely dependent of the help given him by neighbors and the public not legally bound to support him which if denied he would die of want or become the inmate of poorhouse.”

Questionnaire (Form 3-173), Moses Grimes, 23 September 1897
[married] “I am. Married under slave law. Celia Grimes. Maiden Celia Langley
[where, when, by whom] 1854 married by [illegible] 1863 March, Rev. Mr. Tucker, Norfolk, Va.
[record] Clerk’s office, Norfolk, Va. contains record of marriage
[previous marriage] “never married before and present wife is the only one”
[living children] “Yes, thirteen, three of whom is living in Norfolk, Va. could not give the dates of birth. All are over 16 years except Annie Grimes who is the youngest. October 16th 1882 is the date of her birth. All the rest is away and over 21 years old”

Health Department, City of Norfolk, Va. A Transcript From the Record of Deaths in the City of Norfolk, Moses Grimes, 11 April 1899
[name of deceased / date of death / age] Moses Grimes / April 11, 1899 / 67 years old
[color, sex, social condition, occupation / birthplace / length of residence in City of Norfolk] colored, male, married, laborer / Norfolk, Virginia / 67 years old
[cause of death / place of death / duration of last illness] influenza / 147 St. Paul’s St., Norfolk, Va. / three weeks
[place of burial / medical attendant / undertaker] West Point / P.L. Barber, MD / Jas. N. Jones

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Celia Gimes, 19 April 1899
66 years old; residence, Norfolk, Va.; post-office address, 147 St. Paul’s St., Norfolk, Va.
“[married] 1850 or 1851 by consent of owners at Norfolk County, after by license, April 16, 1865”
“Also personally appeared Lucy Reddick, residing at 23 Nicholson St., and Emma Sheppard, residing at 18 Fourth St. … an acquaintance with her of 40 years and 25 years, respectively”

General Affidavit, Andrew Nimmer and Cyrus Young, 26 April 1899
[Nimmer] 62 years old; residence, Norfolk, Virginia; post-office address, Goff Street
[Young] 69? years old; residence, Norfolk, Virginia; post-office address, 200 Queen Street
“that they both knew Moses Grimes when they were all boys together … that they also knew the claimant before she married Moses Grimes”

Deposition, Celia Grimes, 16 October 1901
about 60 or 70 years old; residence and post-office address, 379 Bank Street, Norfolk, Va.
“I was acquainted with him all his lifetime … He died April 11, 1899 of cancer … before he died Drs. Barber and Corrigan attended him. … He was taken to Saint Vincents Hospital and had his leg amputated. It was his right leg. He died on St. Paul St.
“I was married to soldier during his army service and got married to him under the name of Celia Langley at Newtown near Norfolk, Va. by Rev. Tucker, a Baptist preacher. I can’t give you the year of my marriage … Since soldier’s death I have resided at or near corner of Scott and St. Paul’s St and at this place …. Moses Grimes was born in Norfolk, Va., is 30 years of age”

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This soldier, born in Nova Scotia, enlisted as a Private in a Massachusetts infantry unit and was discharged as a First Lieutenant from the cavalry. He became President of a beverage corporation founded in 1891. That company exists today.

Invalid — 1,397,744 / 1,166,101
C-2, 463,729

Sworn Statement by Thomas J. Morton, Jr., Notary Public, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 16 June 1911
“I personally examined the record of births, marriages and deaths in the family bible of Richard and Rebecca N. North, married August sixth, eighteen hundred and thirty-nine, and there found recorded the birth of James N. North on September tenth, eighteen hundred and forty-one.”

Declaration for Pension, James N. North, 23 June 1911
69 years old; residence Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts; post-office address, 1012 Beacon St., Brookline, Norfolk, Mass
“enrolled at Boston … discharged at Fort Monroe, on the 17 day of June 1863 … residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Boston and suburbs”
“Also personally appeared Thomas J. Morton Jr., residing in Boston and Frank J. Hall, residing in Quincy … their acquaintance with him of 16 years and 20 yeara, respectivly”

Questionnaire, James North, 10 July 1911
[married?] Fanny Rebecca North; Fanny Rebecca Howe
[when, where, by whom] Oct 16, 1873 at Medford by Rev. Henry Clay Delong
[record] “town records of Medford, Mass”
[previously married] “no other marriage”
[children living? names and dates of birth] Elizabeth Rebecca Dunham, Nov 12, 1874; Marion Howe James, Mar 15, 1876; Norman Howe North, Sept 16, 1886

Questionnaire, James North, 10 July 1911
[date of birth] Sept 10, 1841
[place of birth] Winsor or Wilmot, NS
[date of enlistment] Dec 15, 1861
[place of enlistment] Boston, Mass.
[address before enlistment] Chelsea, Mass.
[post-office address at enlistment] Chelsea, Mass.
[occupation at enlistment] clerk
[discharge date] Oct 10, 1865 or Oct 7, 1865
[place of discharge] Richmond, Va.
[residence since discharge] Chelsea, Somerville, Quincy Somerville, Medford, Boston, Brookline, Allen, Mass
[present occupation] President, American Soda Fountain Co.
[physical description] 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall, 144 pounds, blue eyes, gray hair, light complexion, “left eye imperfect – large mole near left armpit”

Declaration for Pension, James N. North, 15 March 1912
70 years old; residence, 1012 Beacon St., Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts; post-office address, 282 Congress St., Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
“enrolled at Boston, Mass. under the name of John Norman North, on the 15 day of December, 1861 as a Private, in Co., B, First Reg Mass [illegible] Infantry … was honorably discharged at Richmond, Va., on the 7 day of October, 1865. That he also served meanwhile from Sept 25, 1863 to Dec 30, 1863as 2d Lieut 35 USC Inft from Dec 1863to Feb 15, 1865 as Lieut 1 USC Cavalry from Feb 15, 1865 to Oct 7, 1865 as Lieut [illegible] 24 Reg Mass Vol Inft … that his occupation was clerk; that he was born September 10, 1841 at Wilmot (or Windsor), N.S.
“That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Chelsea, Somerville, Quincy, Somerville, Medford, Boston and Brookline”
“Also personally appeared Frank J. Hall, residing at Quincy, Mass. and John T. Skinner, residing in Boston, Mass. … acquaintance with him of 21 years and 25 years, respectively”

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The soldier and his wife were married in Princess Anne County, Virginia with consent of their enslavers. An agent of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands (BRFAL) certified their marriage when she applied for widow’s pension. For a time the Bureau’s office and the Freedman’s Bank were in the same building in downtown Norfolk.

Widow — 174,223 / 154,377, Mary Munden

Widow’s Claim for Pension, Mary Mundane, 18 April 1869
post-office address, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Virginia
“That she is the widow of Daniel Mundain … that her maiden mane was Mary Mackie [married] on or about the Nov 1854 in the county of Prince Ann, and State of Virginia by mutual consent … married by consent of master Moses Fentress to Daniel Mundin with the consent of his master Nathan Mundin all of Prince Ann County, Va….. her husband died in the service of the United States as aforesaid at Brazos Santiago, in the state of Texas … of disease contracted in the service & in line of duty … all the children of my deceased husband who were under sixteen years of age at the time of his death George Mundane born Aug 1855, William born 1857, (Luellen born Oct 1859, died in July 1865), Frances born Nov 1861, (Daniel born July 1864 – died Aug 1867)”
“Also personally appeared before me Isaac Kellam and Owen Woodhouse, residents of Norfolk County, and State of Virginia”

Statement from H.C. Percy, Agent, Bur RFAL[illegible], 26 October 1871
“I certify that I have examined the case of Mary Mundeen, widow of Daniel Munden … the claimant and her witnesses appearing before me and from said examination and from several years personal acquaintance with the claimant who has been a frequent visitor at my office & is vouched for by unimpeachable witnesses, and from having two years ago paid to same claimant the bounty & arrears of pay due by reason of said soldier’s service. I am fully satisfied of her identity as the widow of the said soldier, and so is justly entitled to receive a pension from the United States”
[Note: Written on letterhead belonging to the “Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, Branch Office of Claim Division, No. 14 Main Street, — in Freedmen Bank, Norfolk, Va.” — Leslie]

Deposition, Mary Mundin, 3 October 1901
about 75 years old; occupation, housekeeping; residence, Berkley, Va. “but my mail is received in Noarfolk, Va.”
“My husband was born a slave and belonged to the Mundins. The Mundins lived in Princess Anne Co. Randall Ives was name of my husband’s father but he took his name from his owners. I was owned by Mrs. Fentress in Princess Anne Co., Va. My husband and I lived about 12 or 15 miles apart but he came to see me every two or three weeks. We were married several years before the War and I had five children by him when the War commenced. All are dead except my oldest son George who is now totally blind and I support him … [before my husband joined the army] he worked on a farm.”
“My husband joined the army. I think about Norfolk. He ran away and joined before I knew it. My husband’s reg’t was camped awhile after he joined it in Norfolk and I often visited him there. Finally his Reg was ordered to Texas and he went with it and died there. He died very soon after the Regt reached Texas but I do not know what he died of. I have lived right here in this town ever since my husband died…. I have done all kinds of work for a living such as washing and ironing.
Chas. C. Brown was my atty. … My vouchers are executed by Mr. Page.”

Letter from Mary Munder, 22-17th St., Berkley, Norfolk, Va., to Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, DC, 18 September 1916
“I am 92 years of age, having been born September, 1924, in Princess Anne County, Va.”
[Note: The letter was written on letterhead of Hubard & Hubard, Attorneys at Law, Offices 145 Bank St., Norfolk, Va. — Leslie]

Declaration of Widow’s Pension, Mary Mundin, 30 September 1916 [date-stamped by Pension Office]
residence, Norfolk Co., Va.; post-office address, care of Freedman’s Bank, Norfolk, Va.
“July 25, 1865, the date of soldier’s death … his children

GeorgeBorn, Aug 15, 1855
Sixteen, Aug 14, 1871
WilliamBorn, Sep 15, 1857
Sixteen, Sept 14, 1873
FrancesBorn, Nov 15, 1861
Sixteen, Nov 14, 1877
DavidBorn, July 1, 1864
Died, Aug 1, 1867




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Unable to work because of a gunshot wound to the foot, the veteran’s application based on invalid status was approved.

Invalid – 1,028, 945 / 785,758

Claimant’s Affidavit, Anthony Williams, 20 November 1891
56 years old; residence, Cartwrights, Nansemond County, Virginia
“was wounded in the left foot … it was at Chickahominy … unable to earn a living [illegible] by hard labor … Witness: Thomas Holland, Exum White

Letter from Chas. Gary, Cartwrights Wharf, Nansemond County, Virginia to S.L. Wilson, U.S. Pension Agt., Washington, DC, 4 December 1895
“I endorse to you Mr. Anthony Williams pension papers unsigned as he died Oct 8, 1895. Mr. Williams lived with me at time of his death and had been for several years and I write to let you know the facts in the case and on yesterday in looking over his papers I found this one and thought it ought to be returned and do so at once.”

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