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This Arkansan served in Company F, 1st U.S. Colored Cavalry. He had additional service in Company D, 3d U.S. Colored Cavalry.

 

Minor — 991,527 / —–, Emmaline Davis

 

Sworn Affidavit, Alexander Lightfoot and Solomon Bissie, 6 July 1912
[Lightfoot] 69 years old; residence and post-office address, Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas
[Bissie] 68 years old; residence and post-office address, Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas
“We and each of us well acquainted with Emmaline Davis and have known her all her life. We also lived together before the war. We no [sic] Jerry Wilson and her mother name [sic] Susan Wilson and know them live together as man & wife. She had 5 children from him and they all living today, named as follows, Emmaline Davis, age 58; and Ed Wilson, age 50; Jim Wilson, age 48; Virginia Wilson, 46 years; Jerry Wilson, 44 years. Jerry WIlson, the old soldier, went to war and came back in January to his wife and lived with her up to his death the 15th day of March 1866. He died at Macon, Lakevillage [sic], Ark. He told us that he joined 3d USC Cav in F or D and came home with soldier’s clothing on. He died with short time after he came home, had heart trouble and rheumatism

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This officer enlisted as a Private in Syracuse, New York and completed his service as a Second Lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Colored Cavalry. He died in South Dakota and was buried in New York.

 

Invalid — 858,093 / —–
Widow — 500, 667 / 379,131, Olive A. Brown

 

General Affidavit, Eunice C. Gardner and E.T. Talbot, 12 February 1891
[Gardner] 49 years old; residence, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
[Talbot] 61 years old; residence, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
“That they have known Olive A. Brown and her husband Oscar J. Brown for 24 years last past and that they were present at their marriage and that said marriage was performed by the Rev. A.J. Phelps on the 9th day of January 1867 at Syracuse, NY; deponents further swear that the said A.J. Phelps has since died and that there is no other proof of marriage than by witnesses

“They further swear that the said Oscar J. Brown died in Salem, South Dakota Jan 25, 1891, and was eventually brought to Syracuse, NY and was buried in Woodlawn Cem. near said City, that they saw the body …”

 

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Olive A. Brown, 12 February 1891
“She was married under the name of Olive C. Comfort [sp?] to said Oscar J. Brown on the 9 day of Jan 1867 by A.J. Phelps (now dead) at Syracuse … 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: Oscar J. Jr., born Jan 29, 1884; Curtis M., born Oct 4, 1885 … Also, personally appeared Elias T. Talbot residing at Syracuse and Eunice C. Gardner residing at Syracuse [they’ve been acquainted with her] 35 years and 45 years respectively …”

 

Declarations for Widow’s Pension, Olive A. Brown, 26 April 1891 
48 years old; residence, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York; post-office address, 109 Raynor Ave., Syracuse, Onondaga, New York … widow of the man who enlisted at Watertown, NY, on the 21st day of February A.D. 1864 in the 10th N.Y. A … Also, personally appeared Allie C. Merrifield, residing in Syracuse, New York, and William A. Beach, residing in Syracuse, New York … [they’ve been acquainted with her] twenty years and fifteen years respectively …”

 

General Affidavit, John Van Dyer, 15 [or 17] December 1892
“That he is a physician and surgeon and has been in the practice of in said City and State for more than twenty years last That he was well acquainted with Oscar J. Brown in his lifetime … That he attended said Olive A. Brown in childbirth on January 29, 1884 when she was delivered of a son who was afterwards named Curtis A. Brown … [he and his brother Oscar Brown, Jr.] are living in the city of Syracuse … with their mother Olive A. Brown”

 

General Affidavit, Eunice C. Gardner and Elias T. Talbot, 27 December 1892
[Gardner] 51 years old; residence, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York;
[Talbot] 63 years old; residence, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
“[Oscar and Olive were married by] Rev. A.J. Phelps a Methodist minister who has since died  …”

 

General Affidavit, Eunice C. Gardner, 27 December 1892
51 years old; residence, Syracuse, New York; post-office address, Jervis House, cor Fayette & Mulberry
“That there was an insurance on the life of said Oscar J. Brown which had been kept up by her friend & which she finally received and invested in a little home valued now at two thousand dollars but which brings no income. Her income being about one dollar & twenty five cents per week.
“Oscar J. Brown served as 2d Lieutenant of Captain Francis A. Morrison, Company A 41 Regiment of U.S.C. Troops Volunteers enlisting the 21st day of September 1865 & after being discharged re-enlisted as a Lieutenant, Company K, 1st Regiment of U.S.. Cavalry Volunteers on January 19th 1866 to serve 3 years & was discharged on the 4th day of February 1866 at Brazos Santiago, Texas.”

 

General Affidavit, Elias T. Talbot, 3 January 1893
63 years old; residence, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York; post-office address, Empire House, Syracuse, New York
“[I’m intimately acquainted with Oscar J. Brown] from the time he was twelve years of age until his death. I know he was in the army. I have seen his discharge papers. … He visited me in Syracuse on Dec 30th & Dec 31st 1865 immediately after his discharge from the army and on the 17th of March following he came to my house to board and our business and social relations were afterward continuous until his death. My knowledge of the facts herein stated is from memory refreshed as to dates by reference to my private diary & books of office.”

 

Sworn Statement,  William A. Beach and Eunice C. Gardner, 6 May 1893
[They have known Olive A. Brown for] fifteen years. That her husband Oscar J. Brown died in the year 1891 leaving his said women and four children, but left no property. … three of said children now live with their mother … two of whom are dependent upon her for support”

 

Letter from Olive A. Brown to Commissioner of Pensions, 21 November 1896
“I was married to him Jan 9, 1867. I am 72 years of age, having been born Jan 9, 1844, at Preble, Cortland Co., NY … post-office address, 113 McAllister Ave., Syracuse, NY”
Note: The soldier’s service was reported at the top of the widow’s handwritten letter: Private, Company A 10th Regiment; Company F, 6th Regiment, New York Volunteers Heavy Artillery; 2nd Lieutenant, Company K, 1st Regiment, U.S.V. Colored Cavalry

 

Certificate and Record of Death, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, O.J. Brown,  6 August 1897
Cause of death: Heart disease
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery
Date of death: 25 January 1891
Age: 45 years old
Place of death: Salem, North Dakota [sic]
[Note: Salem is in South Dakota; West Salem is in North Dakota — Leslie]

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This soldier’s pension application index card reported that he also served in Company G, 124th U.S. Colored Troops.

 

Widow — 235,575 / 194,701, Harriett Tiffy

 

Sworn Statement, Harriett Tiffy, 28 May 1881
“State of Kentucky, County of Bourbon — The affiant Harriett Tiffy states that when she made an application for Pension in 1878 she aimed to give the births of her children in general way, as near as she could and with no desire to claim pension for those that were dead which her subsequent affidavit showed, and that she had no data to guide her except such as was furnished here by B.F. Moore and S.E. Moore, her former master and mistress. She further states that she stated the fact of their death when she made the application to her attorney H.E. Hastings, who omitted to state it in drawing up the application, she states that she can only give the year her children were born in as she kept no family record, and that this data is furnished by B.F. Moore her former master. The name and birth of her children [sic] is as follows.

Violet 1829
Sarah 1832
Samuel 1834
William 1835
Harry [or Fanny?] 1836
Rossann 1837
Solomon 1839
John 1840
Elizabeth 1842
Kate 1844
Pusley 1845
Milly 1846
Lutitia 1848
Nathaniel May 15, 1851
one born dead 1853
Esau & Ephraim (twins) 1855

“She further states that Esau died in June 1855, and that Ephraim died in July of the same year, and that she stated in her [former] affidavit when Nathan died which she thinks is correct. She further states that Pusley, John, Sally, & Lutitia are also dead but does not remember the year they died in, and has stated as near as she can the facts in regard to her children. She further states that she has been paid bounty and back pay as the widow of Samuel Tiffy nearly two years ago and hopes and prays that she may get something before she dies.”

 

Form 3-321, Harriett Tiffy widow of Samuel Tiffy, 9 March 1882
” … Additional sum of $2 per Month for each of the following children, until arriving at the age of 16 years, commencing July-25-1866. Nathaniel -April-14-1867 …”

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Beware of poor penmanship and human error. Compare and corroborate your sources. According to his pension application card, Charles Schwartz of Louisville, Kentucky was assigned to Company A, 1st U.S. Colored Cavalry. However, his Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR), shows that he joined Company F, 1st U.S. Colored Cavalry as a Captain.
— Compiled military service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served with the United States Colored Troops [microform]: 1st through 5th United States Colored Cavalry, 5th Massachusetts Cavalry (Colored), 6th United States Colored Cavalry (1997). Reel 0012 – 1st United States Colored Cavalry:
Sample, Abraham (Abram) – Smith, Ives (online at http://www.archive.org/details/compiledmili0012akesunit). Schwartz’s CMSR can be viewed at
n228-n262.

Note: For consistency’s sake, I’ve entered Schwartz’s company assignment as it appears on the pension card — Leslie


Mother — 500,181 / —–, Johana Schwartz

 

Sworn Statement, Rev. Francis Gabler, Rector, per Rev. A.J. Thorne, Asst., Louisville, Kentucky, 21 December 1890
“This is to certify that Mr. Charles Schwarz died in the month July 1878 and was buried from St. Martin’s Church, Louisville, Ky. being 44 years of age at the time of his death.”

 

War Department, Record and Pension Division, 11 April 1891 [stamped]
“Charles Schwartz, Co F, 1 Reg’t USC Cav was enlisted Dec 8, 1863 and M.O. [mustered out] with Co. Feby 4, 1866
“The name Charles Swartz has not been found on rolls of Co. A 1 USC Cav …”

 

Sworn Statement, Rev. Daniel Weile, S.J. [?], undated
“Testimonium — This is to certify that Nicolas Schwarz died December 27th 1871 and was buried from St. Boniface’s Church in Louisville, Ky.”

 

Declaration for Dependent Pension of a Mother or Father, Johana Schwartz, 29 December 1890
77 years old; residence & post-office address, 628 E. Green Street, Louisville, Ky. ” … mother of Charles Schwartz who enlisted under the name of Charles Schwartz on the 8th day of Dec A.D. 1863 as Capt. Co.  1st U.S.C. Cav in the war of the rebellion, who died at Louisville, Ky. on the 4th day of July 1878 … [he] left neither widow nor child under sixteen years of age survive; that the said declarant was married to the father of said son at Cincinnati, Ohio on the 22 day of Feb, A.D. 1832 by Bishop Rese, that she is now wholy [sic] dependent upon others not legally bound for her support; that the father of said son died at Louisville, Ky. on the 27th day of Dec, A.D. 1871 …A lso personally appeared John Strasell, residing at No. 803 E. Madison Street, in Louisville, Ky., and Mary Taylor, residing at No. 413 in Jackson Street, in Louisville, Ky. … “

 

Questionnaire (Form 3-060), Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions,10 April 1891
“It is alleged that Charles Swartz enlisted Dec 8, 1863 and served as a Capt. in Co. A, 1 Reg’t U.S.C. Cav … It is also alleged … died in 1878 … and was treated in hospitals of which the names, locations, and dates of treatment are as follows: not stated.”

 

Notes from Charles Schwartz’s Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR)
n256-n257: Remarks
“Original entry as Private in the 6th Independent Ohio Vol. at Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 13th 1861, promoted Sergt Nov. 13th 1861. The Company consolidated. With the 3d New York V. Cavalry, becoming Company “L” promoted 1st Sergt. Nov. 28th 1862. Discharged to accept appointment Dec. 7th 1863. Mustered in as Captain 1st US Colored Cavalry Dec. 8th 1863 …. “

n262: Letter from H.M. Brown, Major, 1st USCC, to  Headquarters, 1st USCC, Fort Lincoln, Va.
The letter asked that “Charles Schwartz, Squadron F, 1st USCC, Supt.,  Hard Labor Prison, Norfolk, Virginia be relieved and ordered to report to me.”

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The brothers enlisted (and served together) in Company L, 3rd New York Cavalry until George W. Bitner was “promoted to a Second Lieutenancy and assigned to Co I 1st US Colored Volenteer [sic] Cavalry.” At war’s end, he returned to Indiana, married and had a family.
— Compiled military service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served with the United States Colored Troops [microform]: 1st through 5th United States Colored Cavalry, 5th Massachusetts Cavalry (Colored), 6th United States Colored Cavalry (1997). Reel 0001 – 1st United States Colored Cavalry: Ackiss, Alexander – Born, John H. ( online at https://archive.org/details/compiledmili0001akesunit/page/n5 ). Bitner’s Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR) can be viewed at n1509-n1557.  

Invalid — 954,462 / 737,794
Widow –729,370 / 509,352, Inez C. Bitner

General Affidavit, Charles I. Barbour,  20 February 1891
56 years old; residence, Warsaw, Indiana … “That he has been intimately acquainted with said George W. Bitner for more than fifteen years”

Sworn Statement, Wilbur N. Funk, 24 February 1891
33 years old; residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana … “That he has been very well acquainted with [George W. Bitner] for about twelve years … that he gets the knowledge of the foregoing facts [i.e. Bitner’s afflictions] from personal observation, he having seen him almost every day during said time”

Sworn Statement, James W. Comstock, 23 January 1894
47 years old; residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana … “personally acquainted with [George W. Bitner] for the last 28 years. That I have lived as his neighbor worked with him, visited [?] him almost daily during all this time. … [he has been] unable to perform more than the 1/4  manual labor that he formerly did …”

Sworn Statement, Andrew G. Wood, 23 January 1894
32 years old; residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana … “personally acquainted with [George W. Bitner] for the last 15 years. That I live neighbor to him and have seen him almost daily and for most of this time on an average I would meet him at least once a day, have conversed with him frequently.”

Sworn Statement, William D. Alleman [sp?], 23 January 1894
32 years old; residence, Warsaw, Indiana … “personally acquainted with [George W. Bitner] for the last 15 years; that I live neighbor to him and have seen him almost daily and for most of that time on an average I would meet him at least once a day, have conversed with him frequently.”

Sworn Statement, C.W. Burkett, M.D., 23 January 1894
55 years old; residence, Warsaw, Indiana … “now and has been a practicing physician in said city for over 25 years; that he is personally acquainted with [George W. Bitner] for over 25 years …”

Sworn Statement, Andrew G. Wood, 23 January 1894
59 years old; residence, Warsaw, Indiana … “personally acquainted with [George W. Bitner] for about 28 years; He for a number of years lived next door neighbor to me. I have met him almost daily during this entire time …”

Sworn Statement, Amos Woolley, M.D., 23 January 1894
residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana … “”That he now and has been for 32 years last past a regular practicing physician and surgeon; that he has been intimately acquainted with [George W. Bitner] since the spring of 1868 and is now so intimately acquainted with him that he has been his family physician continuously since the aforesaid date that he now suffers and has been suffering for a long period of time from the effects of a sunstroke which he got while in the service during the late war of the rebellion. This matter affects him in this way. He cannot stand it to work or exercise in the sun when it is warm or the heat makes him dizzy and causes pain in his head and causes general prostration of his whole body and he cannot stand exposure in the cold or such exposure in being out of doors in cold weather gives him pain in the head and his head has the sensation of feeling cold all through the head when he has been out only a bit and he is obliged at once to seek a warm room and for a long period of time he has been suffering and is now suffering with general disability and he is totally disabled to perform hard manual labor all the time that he gets the aforesaid information from his long personal observation and acquainted with the said Geo. W. Bitner.”

Questionnaire (Form 3-402), George W. Bitner, 4 May 1898
[married] Yes, Inez Clara Bitner; Inez Clara Upson
[where, when, by whom] Nov 7th 1866; Warsaw, Indiana; G.W. Wilson
[record] pastor did not furnish any
[previously married] was not previously married
[living children] Yes, 4 living children: Gertrude, Oct 15, 1867; Luise, Feb 25, 1870; Charles, Mch 13, 1876; Harrie Porter B., June 15, 1880

Sworn Statement, George W. Bitner, 21 May 1898
“65 years old … duly enrolled at the Indianapolis Pension Agency at the rate of $8.00 per month by reason of disability resulting from “cataracts and general debility” rendering him partially unable to gain a support by manual labor … Also personally appeared Benj. W. Carr and Nicholas P. Cook residing at Warsaw, Indiana persons who I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit … they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him … that they know his disability is in no way the result of vicious habits for he has none.”

Mortgage, Inez C. Bitner & George W. Bitner to Charles H. Bitner, 4 May 1899
“This indenture witnesseth, that Inez C. Bitner and George W. Bitner, her husband of Kosciusko County, in the state of Indiana, mortgage and warrant to Charles H. Bitner of Kosciusko County, in the state of Indiana the following real estate, situate in Kosciusko County, in the state of Indiana, to-wit the south half (1/2) of lot #285 in original plat of the town, now city, of Warsaw in said county and state to secure the payment, when the same shall become due, of one certain promissory note of said date herein calling for six hundred dollars with six percent interest from date, interest due on or before six years after date signed by Inez C. Bitner and payable to Charles H. Bitner. It is understood and agreed that one hundred dollars or more may be paid or said note at the end of any year that the whole of the money gotten on said note has been used and is to be used in improving the separate real estate of the said Inez C. Bitner and for other purposes.
Inez C. Bitner
George W. Bitner”

General Affidavit, James W. Cook & Charles O. Davis, 28 December 1900
[Cook] 54 years old; residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana …
[Davis] 37 years old; residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana …
“That the claimant Inez C. Bitner lived with the soldier George W. Bitner to the date of this death as his wife; that the claimant has not remarried since the death of the soldier. The claimant owns the south half of lot number 285 in the original plat of the town — now city — of Warsaw, in Kosciusko County, in the state of Indiana. That the above property with the house thereon is worth in our judgment twelve hundred dollars, and that the same is occupied by a claimant as a residence. That claimant has no other property either real, personal or mixed. That her income per month since November 3d 1900, has been really nothing. That since the death of her husband she has been supported by contributions from her children. That no person is legally bound for her support. Affiant John W. Cook says for himself separately that he has been well and familiarly acquainted with claimant and her husband since 1880. And the affiant Charles O. Davis for himself says that he has been intimately acquainted with claimant and her said husband since 1894.”

General Affidavit, Inez C. Bitner, 28 December 1900
“Neither I nor my said husband George W. Bitner had been married previously to our marriage to each other on November 7th 1866 … of us has been married to     That I have not sold any real estate … that I own in fee the south half of lot 285 in the now city of Warsaw in Kosciusko County in the state of Indiana worth about $1200, and household goods worth about $125 … My income per month since November 1900 from all sources  has been nothing.”
[Note: There’s a line or crease in the area that describes the lot; it obscures what appears to be a partial date of “3rd 1900.” — Leslie]

Sworn Statement, Melvin A. Wilcox, 5 January 1901 [date stamped as received by Pension Bureau]
“[F]or the year 1900 … And there is borne on the records of said county in the name of Inez C. Bitner the south half of Lot number 285 in the original plat of the town — now city of Warsaw in said county; That said lot is assessed for taxation at $865.00; That in my opinion said assessed valuation is about three-fourths of the real value of said property; And there is borne on the records of said county, in the name of said Inez C. Bitner personal property of the assessed value of $none; That there is borne on said records in the name of George W. Bitner for 1900, personal property of the assessed valuation of $70.00; That in my opinion said valuation is about two-thirds of the real value of said property
Melvin A. Wilcox
Auditor — Kosciusko County”

General Affidavit, Samuel Bitner, 2 January 1901
62 years old; “I am a brother of the deceased soldier … He was about six years older than I and I always lived with him in the family and near to him until his death except while he was absent in the army. I have lived in the same town with him ever since his marriage to Inez C. Bitner in November 1866 …”

General Affidavit, William A. Bitner, 11 January 1901
63 years old; residence, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois; post-office, 5603 Aberdeen St., … “I am a brother of the deceased soldier George W. Bitner. I knew him intimately and well from our childhood all the years up to September 18th, 1861 when he and I enlisted in Co. L 3rd New York Cavalry in which I served with him until in November 1863 when he was promoted to Second Lieutenancy and assigned to Company I 1st US Colored Volunteer Cavalry. That I knew him intimately after his discharge until his marriage in November 1866 to Inez C. Upson at Warsaw, Indiana. and I know from my personal knowledge and my intimate acquaintance with him that he had never been married until his said marriage to Inez C. Upson. I further declare that I have no interest in said case and that I am not concerned in its prosecution.”

General Affidavit, Joseph S. Baker, 14 January 1901
62 years old; residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana; post-office address, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana … “That I first became acquainted with Inez C. Upson in 1853. She was then a child about five or six years old. I have known her intimately each year and all the time since. She was married to George W. Bitner in November 1866.”

General Affidavit, Silas W. Chipman, 14 January 1901
74 years old; residence, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana; post-office address, Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Indiana
“That I have known the claimant Inez C. Bitner each and every year since her birth. She was married in November 1866 to George W. Bitner and she and said soldier lived together as husband and wife until his death in the fall of the year 1900 … Her maiden name was Inez C. Upson… “

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