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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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Little information is given about this veteran but knowing his age, residence and the birth name (and death date) of his deceased wife suggest several sources of information that might be fruitful.

Invalid — 818,387 / 567,139

Questionnaire (Forme 3-402), Ambrose George, April 1898
[wife] widowed, Mary Mason died 19 February 1891
[living children] no children under 16 years of age

Declaration for Invalid Pension, Ambrose George, 14 July 1890
64 years old; residence, Brooklyn, NY; post-office address, 506 Clermont Ave, Brooklyn, NY
“Also personally appeared Robert Green, residing at Brooklyn, NY and Theodore Fergeson, residing at Brooklyn, NY … their acquaintance with [Ambrose George] for 8 years and 28 years, respectively”

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The midwife who delivered the soldier’s children provided proof of birth; the attending physician provided testimony. This evidence was essential in proving the legitimacy and eligibility of minor children to received benefit.

Widow — 447,401 / 375,460, Mary A. Griffin

Proof of Birth, Patience Griffin, 17 January 1891
“I was present in the capacity of midwife at the birth of Sarah Griffin on the 14th day of Dec, 1883, and that said child is the legitimate child of the above named soldier and his wife Mary A. Griffin”

Proof of Birth, Patience Griffin, 17 January 1891
“I was present in the capacity of midwife at the birth of James D. Griffin on the 10th day of Dec, 1879, and that said child is the legitimate child of the above named soldier and his wife Mary A. Griffin”

Proof of Birth, Patience Griffin, 17 January 1891
“I was present in the capacity of midwife at the birth of Susan E. Griffin on the 7th day of Oct, 1876, and that said child is the legitimate child of the above named soldier and his wife Mary A. Griffin”

Proof of Birth, Patience Griffin, 17 January 1891
“I was present in the capacity of midwife at the birth of Margret A. Griffin on the 12th day of Sept, 1874, and that said child is the legitimate child of the above named soldier and his wife Mary A. Griffin”

Affidavit, Dr. W.S. Temple, 17 January 1891
Post-office address, Rosedale
“That he is a Practicing Physician, and as such attended Halloway Griffin … that he died at or near Rosedale, Pasquotank County on the 15 day of January, 1884, and the immediate cause of death was pneumonia.”
Wilson S. Temple, MD

Sworn Statement, A.E. Williams & Isaac Moore, 23 May 1891
[Williams] 89 years old; residence, Rosedale, Pasquotank Co., NC
[Moore] 77 years old; residence, Rosedale, Pasquotank Co., NC
“The claimant has no other means of support than her own daily labor … the said claimant has not owned any property during said period. She has no income per month nor year. Only of her own daily labor.”

Affidavit, Sabra Edge & Isaac Moore, 23 May 1891
[Edge] 41 years old; residence, Rosedale, Pasquotank, North Carolina;
[Moore] 77 years old; residence, Rosedale, Pasquotank, North Carolina
“The claimant had not married prior to her marriage to said soldier Halloway Griffin … I have know her from 1841 to 1891. I lived within a half mile of her. The said soldier Halloway Griffin had never married before prior to his marriage to claimant for I was personally acquainted with him from 1847 to his death 1884.
Sabrah T. Edge … The claimant had not married prior to her marriage to said soldier for I knowed her from 1860 to 1891 and she lived within a 1/4 of a mile of me. The said soldier had never married prior to his marriage to said claimant to my knowledge for I was a cquainted with him from 1860 to his death in 1884.”

Affidavit, Sabra Edge & Isaac Moore, 23 May 1891
[Edge] 41 years old; residence, Rosedale, Pasquotank, North Carolina;
[Moore] 77 years old; residence, Rosedale, Pasquotank, North Carolina
“Claimant was married to said soldier … I was present at their marriage to each other on or about 24 day of May 1867 by Rev. C.E. Hodges at Rosedale, Pasquotank County, North Carolina .
“I was present at claimant Mary A. Griffin’s marriedg [sic] to said soldier on or about 24 day of May 1867 by Rev. C.E. Hodges at Rosedale, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”
[Note — Witnesses gave nearly identical statements in their affidavits — Leslie]

Widow’s Application for Pension, Mary A. Griffin, 23 May 1891
46 years old; residence, Rosedale, NC; post-office address, Rosedale, NC
“Also personally appeared, Elijah Edge, residing Rosedale, and Penelope Archer, residing at Rosedale”

Application for Widow Pension Under New Law, Mary Ann Griffin, July 1891
Residence, Newland Township, Pasq Co.; post-office address, South Mills, North Carolina
“I was married under the name of Mary Ann E. Griffin to my said husband on or about 24 day of May 1867 at Rosedale by Rev. C.E. Hodges … That the following are the names and dates of birth of all his children, under age of 16 when he died:
Margret A. Griffin, born Sept 12, 1874
Susan E. Griffin, born October 7, 1876
James D. Griffin, born December 10, 1879
Juda Griffin, born Jan 8, 1865 }
Sarah A. Griffin, born December 14, 1883 } dead
Juda Griffin died Sept 7, 1887; Sarah A. Griffin died Aug 6, 1886
Also personally appeared A.E. Williams, residing at Rosedale, and Elijah Edge, residing at Rosedale”

Affidavit, S.E. Williams, 25 February 1892
residence, Newland Township, Pasquotank, North Carolina; post-office address, Rosedale
“That I became acquainted with the soldier about 1859 and knew him continuously thereafter until his death on or about the 15 day of January 1884”

Affidavit, C.W. Griffin, 25 February 1892
residence, Newland Township, Pasquotank, North Carolina; post-office address, Rosedale
“That I became acquainted with the soldier about 1853 and knew him continuously thereafter until his death”

Affidavit, Mary Moore and Sariah F. Griffin, 25 February 1892
[Moore] 78 years old; residence, Newland Township, Pasquotank Co., NC; post-office address, Rosedale, Pasquotank Co., NC
[Griffin] 53 years old; residence, Newland Township, Pasquotank Co., NC; post-office address, Rosedale, Pasquotank Co., NC
“Mary Moore says she was at the funeral of Sariah A. Griffin the daughter of Hollway Griffin … on the 7 day of August 1886.
Susan E. Moore is not dead.
Sariah F. Griffin says she was at the funeral of Sariah A. Griffin the daughter of Halloway Griffin.”

Affidavit, Elijah Edge & Acorn Moore, 28 March 1892
[Edge] 50 eyars old; residence and post-office address, Rosedale, Pasquotank, NC
[Moore] 36 years old; residence and post-office address, Rosedale, Pasquotank, NC
“Edge says he has a knowledge of the children of the late deceased soldier … who were under sixteen years of age at the date of his death and are now living, as follows: Margret A. Griffin was born Sept 12, 1874. She is 9 years and 4 months old at his death. Susan E. Griffin was born Oct 7, 1876. She was 7 years and 10 months old at his death. James D. Griffin was born Dec 10, 1879. He was 4 years and 11 months old at his father’s death.
Sarah A. Griffin was born Dec 14, 1883
Sarah A. died August 6, 1886.
[Note: Acorn Moore gave the same statement — Leslie]




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Born in Gates County, North Carolina, this soldier had ties to Buffalo, New York; Hampton, Norfolk, and Phoebus, Virginia; Washington, DC; and Baltimore and Somerset, Maryland. The family lived at a contraband camp for a while. He was accidentally shot and killed “as he was passing by from the stable where he had been to feed his horse.” His daughter (but not his son) filed for pension benefits.

 

Minor —  310,049 / 260,546, Roxana Gadlin

 

Application of Guardian of Minor Children, 31 August 1882
Roxana Allen … resident of Elizabeth City County, Va. … 29 years old … her mother died on the 1st day of June A.D. 1870 and the date of birth of their children … Roxana born 2nd November 1853 … Richard Thomas born 25 March 1859. His whereabout is unknown. It is believed by all of his friends that he is dead. … her parents were married at Gates County, North Carolina on the tenth day of September, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-eight …”

 

Sworn Statement, William Randall, 2 September 1882
“[Randall was] well known to be reputable and entitled to credit … he was well acquainted with [Gadlin alias Dabney]. That some time in March or April 1864 … [Gadlin alias Dabney] was accidentally shot and killed with a pistol in the hand of one Oliver Butts, Private Co. C, 1st Regt, USC Cavalry … said Oliver Butts was cleaning his pistol which accidentally went off and killed [Gadlin alias Dabney] as he was passing by from the stable where he had been to feed his horse …

“[Randall] was present at the time. That he held said soldier in his arms for the Surgeon after he was shot and that he as did the whole company, to wit, Co C, go with [Gadlin alias Dabney] to the grave. And he further says that it was well known in the command that said Richard Gadlin had changed his name from Gadlin to Dabney for the purpose of escaping from his owners.”

 

Sworn Statement, Ross Askie, Richard Everett, & Riddick Barnes, 6 September 1882
[ Askie] 56 years old; [Everett] 55 years old; [Barnes] 49 years old.
“Citizens of Elizabeth City County, State of Virginia … they were well acquainted with Richard Gadlin alias RIchard Dabney … that said [soldier] was a slave person before the late war and was owned as a slave by one Reddick Gadlin deceased in Gates County, in the State of North Carolina … [and the soldier] enlisted under the name of (Dick) Richard Dabney for the following reason — to wit — that he ran away  from his owner to enlist in said service, and that he heard that his owners were coming after him, and that he changed his name to (Dick) Richard Dabney for the purpose of escaping from his owners as did a good many slaves at that time for the same purpose. …
“[T]hey were well acquainted with Mary Jane Gadlin the wife [of the soldier] … [the couple] was married in the County of Gates in the State of North Carolina on the tenth day of September 1858 …”

 

General Affidavit, Robert Gatlin & Lizzie Brightheart, 3 February 1888
[Gadlin] 47 years old;
[Brightheart] 52 years old;
“citizens of the town of Norfolk, County of Norfolk, State of Virginia … declare that Richard Gadlin alias Dabney was married to Mary Jane Goodman during the spring of 1856 on Gadlins Farm in Gates, NC — was present at the time and know that the then slave master gave his consent to the marriage of the two slaves and and that her mother consented and the parties thereupon accepted one another as husband and wife …. Roxana Allen was born of [illegible] said parents about the close of 1856 on Gadlins Farm, Gates Co., NC …”

 

Claimant’s Affidavit, Roxana Allen, 3 February 1888
27 years old; residence, Hampton, Elizabeth City County, Virginia.
“She further avers that her correct name is ‘Roxana Allen’ having married one Cornelius Allen March 11, 1880. The name given her at birth was Roxana Sarah Ann Gadlin but she has since been variously addressed by the names ‘Sarah A. Allen’,  ‘Sarah Allen,’ and ‘Roxana Allen’ which last given name is correct being the true one accepted and used in preference to others by herself. In view of the very peculiar marriages prevalent among slave persons she is unable to furnish [illegible] proof … ”

 

Deposition, James Smith, 1 March 1889
52 years old; occupation, laborer; post-office address, [illegible], Norfolk, Va.
“I was born and reared on the plantation owned by Riddick Gadlin of Gates Co., NC. I remained on said plantation until 1862 when with others I came to Portsmouth, Va. I knew Richard Gadlin and his wife Mary Jane from my early boyhood …”

 

Deposition, Lydia Brightheart, 1 March 1889
about 45 years of age; occupation, housekeeper; residence and post-office, No. 74 Cumberland St., Norfolk, Va.
“I belonged to Ridick Gadlin of Gates Co., NC prior to the late war and was a fellow servant with Richard Gadlin and his wife Mary Jane. I was sold and sent away from home before they were married but I learned … Mary Jane was my sister. I have not seen either of them since before their marriage. They were dead before they came to this part of Virginia.”

 

Deposition, Rachel Johnson, 2 March 1889  
40 years old; occupation, boarding housekeeper; post-office address, No. 10 Campbell’s Wharf, Norfolk, Va.
“I was born and reared on the plantation of Ridick Gadlin of Gates Co., NC and was his family housegirl for several years before 1863 and I knew well Richard Gadlin and is wife Mary Jane who were also the slaves of said Ridick Gadlin. When Richard came to the master’s house to ask his consent to marry Mary Jane I called the master to the door and I heard the Master and Mistress give their consent. This was in the summer of 1858. …
“Since the war I obtained a record of a transcript of the family records of births but it has been destroyed … the child Thomas was born about the last of Sept 1862. I know this last fact from the midwife Lucy Goodwin, my aunt who waited on her at his birth. Lucy Goodwin is dead but Harriet Gordon who lives near Hampton, Va. was also present at his birth and can give details.”

 

Deposition, Martha Johnson, 7 March 1889  
47 years old; occupation, housekeeper; residence & post-office address, No. 244 10th St., SE., Washington, DC
“I belonged in Gates Co., NC before the late war and I am a cousin of Richard Gadlin who was killed at Fort Monroe, Va.. while a soldier ….”

 

Deposition, Rachel Johnson, 19 April 1889  
40 years old; occupation, boarding housekeeper; post-office address, No. 10 Campbell’s Wharf, Norfolk, Va.
“I was raised on the same plantation with Richard and Mary J. Gadlin and I knew their children Roxana and Thomas — all the children they ever had.”

 

Deposition, Thomas Gatlin, 19 April 1889
25 years old; occupation, laborer; post-office address, Fairmount, Somerset, Md.
“I am the only son of Richard Gadlin by his wife Mary Jane Gadlin and am the brother of Roxana Allen, the claimant. I do not know my age nor do I know where I was born but I lived with my mother up to the time she died and owing to my youth I have forgotten and do not know the date of her death.  I have never known or heard of another brother or sister than the claimant now present.”

 

Deposition, Roxana Allen, 19 April 1889
“I do not know my age”; occupation, housekeeper; post-office address, Hampton, Elizabeth City Co., Va.
“Question — Do you recognize the person now present who answers to the name of Thomas Gatlin, to be your brother and the son of Richard & Mary Jane Gatlin?
Answer — Yes, sire, he is my brother and is the reputed son of the abovenamed named persons who were my reputed parents.”

 

Deposition, Ross Askin, 19 June 1889  
60 years old; occupation, farmer; post-office address, Phoebus, Elizabeth City County, Va.
“I have known Roxana Allen the claimant since the year 1864. I lived during that and the following year following on the government farm near Hampton, Va. and she was living with her mother Mary Jane Gatlin who also died on said farm. The house she occupied and the house I occupied was not more than two hundred yards apart. …. After the camp of colored people was broken up in 1866, I remained on the said government farm and Mary Jane Gadlin moved about a half a mile from me and lived there until she died in May 1872. She was buried on the first Sunday of March 1872. ….[The children Roxana and Thomas] now live somewhere in the state of Maryland. The mother of the claimant was buried in Jones graveyard near Hampton, Va. and her coffin was furnished by General Berry, then the Commander of the garrison at Fort Monroe, Va.”

 

Deposition, Elizabeth Lucas, 19 June 1889 
36 years old; occupation, housekeeper; post-office address, Phoebus, Elizabeth City County, Va.
“First made the acquaintance of Roxana Allen and her mother Mary Jane Gadlin while in contraband camp near Hampton, Va. in 1864 & I have lived near the claimant ever since. I also lived near her mother up to the date of her death in May 1862. … I remember that General Berry was in command of the garrison at Fort Monroe, Va. and this woman Mary Jane Gadlin having been a servant in General Berry’s family. He and his wife visited her during her last illness and when she died he attended to having her buried.”

 

Deposition, Annie Gadling, 20 August 1889
“I was 12 years old when Natl War broke out, that was a very long time ago, 80 years I expect. PO address Washington Ave., Huntersville, Norfolk, Va.

“I was a slave of Squire Riddick Gatling in Gates Co., NC. I knew Richard Gadling & his wife Mary Jane. They were all slaves of Squire Gatling, my old master. I knew them from their infancy up to their deaths you may say …. The 2nd year of the war he ran away & enlisted the Union. Then he came back & took his wife & girl baby to Suffolk, Va. … They were married about two years or nearly that when the war broke out. When they went away they had a daughter Roxana Gadling living I hear near Hampton, Va. at this time that daughter was not quite two years old but was near it. …. Mary Jane Gadling was heavy with child & that child was born in Suffolk, Va. It was a boy who they called Thomas…

“I saw Mary Jane Gadling and her daughter Roxana & son Thomas the very year Richmond fell & I was there (Hampton) for five years. That’s the last I ever saw of any of them. Richard Gadling died in the army. Mary Jane died at Fort Monroe, Va. … [When I saw Thomas] he was able to walk alone.”

 

Deposition, Mary Anne Hopkins, 20 August 1889 
48 years old; residence, 121 Princess Anne Ave., Norfolk, Va.
“Question — What relation are you to Richard Gatling?
Answer — He is or was my brother. He died in the army, was killed I always heard. He married Mary Jane Gadling. They were both slaves of Squire Gadling, now dead, Gates Co., NC. …. [Richard Gadlin, Mary Jane & their child Roxana moved to Suffolk, Va.] the summer of 1862. I know this as the war was just begun in 1861 & it was summer next year after war begun…. I staid [sic] at old master’s a month when I went to Suffolk, Va. and lived not over 20 yards from them when the child was born. It was a boy and they named him Thomas. I don’t know where he lives but I remember out of Virginia. It was winter of 1862, very near Christmas that Thomas was born. His father Richard Gadling had not enlisted then but was waiting on Union officers in Suffolk. …. Some five months after Thomas was born was sent out of Suffolk, Va. with others to Craney Island & I never saw them again until I met them all at Hampton, Va. in 1863. Richard Gadling was then in the army. I don’t remember who the midwife was. She was an old woman at Suffolk.”

 

Deposition, Mrs. Sally B. Thorne, 26 September 1889
45 years old; residence and post-office address, 183 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY.
“I am a daughter of the late General Berry. USA.
“I was not living at Fort Monroe in 1872. I left home in 1869. I have no recollection of Mary Jane Gadlin or Dabney as a servant of my father’s family. I have consulted with my sister Miss Libbie Barry who is now ill & confined to her bed & she says she has an instinctual recollection of the name but cannot locate the pensioner or her family.
“My mother is dead. I know she was quite a hand to visit the colored people when they were sick.”

 

Deposition, Roxana Allen, 26 September 1889
“I do not know my age.” occupation, a housekeeper; residence & post-office address, Hampton, Elizabeth City County, Virginia
“I claim pension as the minor child of Richard Dabney …

“Question — Where did your father belong prior to the late war?
Answer — In Gates Co., NC. He belonged to a Mr. Riddick Gadlin, and he was known at home as Richard Gadlin. I do not know the name o the nearest post office or town to where my parents belonged. I do not remember the date we left our master but I remember that we, father, mother & myself, came direct to Suffolk, Va. and we lived there until my father enlisted in the Army. My mother’s name was Mary Jane Gadlin. She and my father were owned by the same owner …. he had only two children by her viz. myself and a boy by the name of Thomas whom I believed to be dead. until recently I have learned that he is living in Baltimore, Md. He is known in Baltimore as Thomas Galdlin. He was born while we were in contraband camp at Suffolk, Va. I remember that fact.

“Question [Who knew your parents in North Carolina?]
Answer  — James Smith, Robert Gadlin, Lydia Brighthart, and Anick Smith, all living somewhere in Norfolk, Va. I do not know whether either of these parties were in contraband camp in Suffolk, Va. Robert Gadlin is my father’s brother and Lydia Brightheart is my mother’s sister.

“Question [Details of your mother’s death?]
Answer — She died at Mill Creek, Va. near Old Pt., Va. about sixteen years ago. General Berry, then in command of Fort Monroe, Va. (Old Point) sent a coffin in which my mother was buried in Jones graveyard. There is no record of her death … Sarah Norris and Eliza Goodman know of her death, they living there at the time. They live near Hampton, Va. I am the wife of Cornelius Allen of Hampton, Va.”

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A female doctor in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina testified that she attended the birth’s of the couple’s children. The widow filed for benefit payments on behalf of a minor child, a daughter. Several other children later filed a claim on their own behalf.

 

Widow — 459,723 / 323,990, Davy Ann Sawyer
Minor — 602,048 / 418,318

 

General Affidavit, J.J. Gregory, 18 July 1891
43 years; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., North Carolina  … “I was present when Ransome Gregory and David Ann Jones was married Sept 19, 1867 by Rev. Mr. Hilliard in the Episcopal Church — also —
“I was present when Ransom Gregory died Feby 11, 1885, helped to dress him & bury him — also.
“I know that she has not remarried since the death of her husband Ransome Gregory & that she has no means of support other than her daily labor.”

 

General Affidavit, E.W. Whidbee, 18 July 1891
38 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C. … “When Ransom Gregory died Feby 11, 1885, I helped to dress him & bury him & further I know that his widow David Ann Gregory has not remarried since his death.”

 

General Affidavit, Hardy Mixon, 18 July 1891
50 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C. … “I was present at the marriage of Ransom Gregory and David Ann Jones, Sept. 19, 1867 at the Episcopal Church in Edenton by Rev. Mr. Hilliard & further —
I know that his widow David Ann Gregory has not remarried since the death of her husband Ransom Gregory”

 

Record Proof of Marriages, Births and Deaths, Mary Felton, 18 July 1891
residence, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C. … she is a female doctor [and stated] “I was present when the following children were born:

Thos. E. Gregory was born April 27, 1869
John H. Gregory was born Oct 19, 1871
Robert E. Gregory was born Mch 20, 1874
Florence A. Gregory was born Apr 17, 1876
Surlena F. Gregory was born Feby 17, 1879

The above dates are taken from the family Bible where the records of births & deaths are kept. I  waited on & attended to this applicant during the time she was sick.”

 

Record Proof of Marriages, Births and Deaths, Florence Cressey, 18 July 1891
residence, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C. … “I was present when the following named children were born

Thos. E. Gregory was born April 27, 1869
J.H. Gregory was born Oct 19, 1871
Robert E. Gregory was born Mch 20, 1874
Florence A. Gregory was born Apr 17, 1876
Surlina F. Gregory was born Feby 17, 1879
Sonia Gregory was born Aug 8, 1881
Sarah F. Gregory was born Apr 8, 1883
Ransom A. Gregory was born July 5, 1885

 

General Affidavit, J.J. Gregory & Hardy Nixon, 22 August 1891
[Gregory] 43 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.;
[Nixon] 50 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.;
“We both knew Ransom Gregory deceased husband of the applicant & Mrs. D.A. Gregory his widow (now applicant) before they were ever married to testify that neither was ever married before — lived in same town with them — J.J. Gregory was at the marriage — don’t live far from her now & know that she has to work daily for a living.”

 

General Affidavit, Martha Skinner & Caroline Wood, 22 August 1891
[Skinner] 40 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.:
[Wood] 33 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.;
“We are well acquainted with Mrs. D.A. Gregory nearly all our lives — live about 200 yards from her & her children. Robert & Sarah F. are living. Sulina, Sonnie, Florance & Ransom are dead.
“We both know that she has no means of support only her daily labor.”

 

Letter of Guardianship, Davy Ann Sawyer, 10 September 1894
“North Carolina, Chowan County … Sarah F. Gregory is a minor orphan without guardian and Davy Ann Sawyer having applied for the guardianship … ”

 

Declaration for Children Under Sixteen Years of Age, Davy Ann Sawyer, 17 September 1894
41 years old; “That she is the legal guardian of Sarah Frances Gregory legitimate child of Ransom Gregory … ”

 

General Affidavit, Florence Creecy & Fannie Bond, 13 November 1894
[Creecy] 42 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.;
[Bond] 38 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.;
“… well and personally acquainted with Ransom Gregory for 20 years before the time of his death Feby 1st 1885, that she has known Davy Ann whom he married & whom he left a widow, for 20 years. That she remembers well when Ransome Gregory was married to Davy Ann & has known both of them to live together up to the time of Ransom’s death. That said Davy Ann (who has since married Jno. Sawyer) is the only one with whom Ransom Gregory has ever lived as his wife & she has never borne any children to anyone except to Ransom Gregory. That on the body of Davy Ann Gregory Ransom begot four children of whom Sarah F. Gregory is the only one under sixteen years, she being now 11 years old. That said Sarah F. Gregory is now living being kept sustained by her mother…”

 

General Affidavit, John Hathaway, 5 November 1895
54 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.
“That he knew Ransom Gregory well intimately before the war 1861-1865 from the time we were boys together having played together many times in their boyhood days & saw him from that time up to the time of the war as often as several times each week during the whole time …”

 

General Affidavit, Florence Creecy & Maria Price, 6 November 1895
[Creecy] 43 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.;
[Price] 24 years old; residence and post-office address, Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C.;
“That they each know Davy Ann Sawyer the mother of Sarah F. Gregory intimately, That she was the lawful wife of Ransom Gregory who died leaving her a widow & said Sarah F. Gregory his only child under 16 years of age.
“That on said May 31st 1874 said Davy Ann Gregory was remarried to John Sawyer in Edenton, N.C. by Elder Hawkins & while they at the same time & place witnessed the said marriage being eyewitnesses thereto.
“That said mother is now living as the wife of Jno. Sawyer …”

 

Declaration for Children Under Sixteen Years of Age, 25 February 1896
“… John H. & Robt. E. Gregory, aged 24 & 21 years, respectively … [Ransom Gregory] left a widow surviving him who remarried on May 31st 1894; That the names and dates of birth of all the surviving children of the soldier under sixteen years of age at time of soldier’s death

Thomas E. Gregory, born April 27th, 1869
John H. Gregory, born October 19th, 1871
Robt. E. Gregory, born March 20th, 1874
Florence A. Gregory, born Apr 12th, 1876
Serlener F. Gregory, born July 17th, 1879
Sonia Gregory, born Aug 8th, 1881
Sarah F. Gregory, born April 8th, 1883
Ransom A. Gregory, born July 8th, 1885

“That the father was married under the name Ransom Gregory to Davy Ann Gregory (née Jones)
“Also personally appeared H.P. Edney, residing at Edenton, N.C. and Wm. Wilder, residing at Edenton, N.C. … their acquaintance with them for 20 years and 20 years, respectively …”

 

Declaration for Pension or for Increase of Pension of Children Under Sixteen Years of Age, Thos. E. Gregory, John H. Gregory and Robert E. Gregory, 30 December 1898
“… resident of Edenton, Chowan Co., N.C. aged 29, 27, 24 years, respectively … that they are the the legitimate children of Ransom Gregory … that the mother was married under the name Davy Ann Jones …
“Also personally appeared William Wilder & Hannibal Badham residing at Edenton, N.C. … “

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