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Some wives suffered spousal abuse and adultery. An attorney who attended the couple’s wedding as a child was among those who corroborated the widow’s allegations.


Invalid —  942,788 / 1,008,185
Widow – 757,880 /
  548,866, Mary King

 

General Affidavit, James Elliott and Jacob Campbell, 16 January 1891
[both] post-office address, Portsmouth, Virginia … “That they have known [the claimant] several years last past …”

 

General Affidavit, Cater King, 14 May 1900
“… no doctor attended him from [May 17, 1897 to July 12,, 1899] as he was unable to pay for the services of a physician; that his house has no number on it but is situated on Stonewall Street (Lincolnville), Portsmouth, Virginia …”

 

Sworn Statement, Mary Ellen Tatem, 11 April 1902
“I lived within less than one hundred yards of [the soldier and Caroline Mason]. I never heard of any marriage ceremony between them and if any such took place it was an unlawful one for the reason that he had a lawful wife living, that is his wife Mary King. I was not present when he and Mary were married but I was acquainted with them and knew all about it.”

 

Affidavit, Mary Ellen Tatem, 11 April 1902
about 65 years old; “I knew Cater King and his wife Mary King who was Mary Pierce before her marriage long before they were married. … I was not present at the marriage but knew all the circumstances of it at the time. It was well known among all of the colored people of their acquaintance in the city. … Neither of them had ever been married before nor has Mary King remarried since the death of her husband Cater King which occurred I think shortly before last Christmas, 1901. …. She lives in one room and works at an oyster house opening oysters for a living. …”

 

Sworn Statement, Mary King, 11 April 1902
“I was married to him in 1853 … About twelve or fourteen years ago he took up with a younger woman than myself, named Caroline Mason, and brought her to the house where we were living as man and wife. I do not know of any marriage between them but he beat me on her account and forced me out of the house. While they were living together they were living together in adultery … I know that they lived together for some time after I was forced out of the house … I have not claimed that I lived continuously with him until the day of his death. I have claimed and stated that I was his lawful wife and his only lawful wife from our marriage in 1853 until his death …”

 

Affidavit, Mary King, 11 April 1902
“I, Mary King, widow of Cater King of the City of Portsmouth … do certify that I was married to the said Cater King in this City in 1853 by Rev. David Owens … That I have no property, real, personal, or mixed of any description except about ten dollars worth of furniture in the room in which I am living; that the only real estate I ever owned was my widow’s interest for life in a small house and lot which my husband owned on Stonewall street in this City. The fee simple value of the entire property was about three hundred and fifty dollars and sold my life interest to my husband’s heirs for $122.65 …. Since the 26th of February 1902 I have been confined to the house with sickness nearly all the time under the care of Dr. Holladay, the City Physician, and have not been able to work. I have not made more than five dollars that whole time. When able to work I make at the oyster house from $1.50 to $4.00 per week according to the quantity of oysters they have on hand to be opened. The amount varies with the supply and we are paid according to the number of gallons we open. There is no work done in the oyster house during the summer and in the summer months I have to pick up job opening crabs and picking the meat, whenever I can. I am too old and weak to do any work that is hard or requires strength.”

 

Questionnaire (Form 3-442), Decator King alias Cater King, 15 May 1902
Please furnish the names and post-office addresses of officers and comrades of Company D, 1st USCC:

 Alexander Ackiss   Pvt.   Oceana, Princess Anne Co., Va.
 {N. Butcher   Pvt.   Rutherglen, Caroline Co., Va.
 {Dempsey Elliott   Sgt.   Suffolk, Nansemond Co., Va.
 Thos. Frost   Cpl.   Nat. Mil. Home, Elizabeth City Co., Va.
 Albert Foreman   Pvt.   90 Newton St., Norfolk, Va.
 Enoch Gordon   Pvt.   263 Cumberland St., Norfolk, Va.
 John Keeling alias Keenan   Pvt.   Harrellsville, Hertford Co., N.C.
 John Pendleton   Pvt.   173 St. Paul St., Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va.
 John Randall alias Randolph   Pvt.   Providence Church in Berkeley, Va.
  716 Queen St., Portsmouth, Va.
 Alexander Roper   Pvt.   Suffolk, Nansemond Co., Va.
 James Sparrow   Pvt.   1440 Glasgow St., Portsmouth, Va.
 Dixon Williams   Pvt.   Suffolk, Nansemond Co., Va.

[Note: A handwritten note above “N. Butcher” reads “Imposter. Real soldier died in Norfolk, Va.” — Leslie]

 

Letter from John W.H. Porter, Attorney-at-Law to J.L. Davenport, Commissioner of Pensions, 7 June 1902
“It seems that about ten or twelve years ago King got tired of his old wife and wanted a younger woman so he took summary steps to carry out his desires …. I am partially able to corroborate the testimony of these two colored women as to the marriage. I was a boy, eleven years old at the time and was a near neighbor of Capt. Buckner. He had a son about my age with whom I was intimate. Martha Sawyer lived on the premises as one of the servants. I remember very well that, about the time fixed by the witnesses, young Buckner told his playmates that there was going to be a slave marriage in the house and we all went to see it.

If you know anything about the South before the war you are aware of the fact that slave marriages were quite notable for the children. The yellow fever broke out here in 1855 and young Buckner was one of the victims. I remember the marriages about that time but am not able to identify the parties. I did not know King or his wife then and have no knowledge of them personally until about thirty years ago.

Mary King’s address in Portsmouth is N.W. corner of Greene and Caledonia Streets. If directed to her there your letter will be delivered by the carrier. I append a little sketch of the locality of my home and that of Captain Buckner in 1853.”

 

Deed, Mary King to Susan Johnson, 14 January 1902
“Mary King widow of Kader Cater of the City of Portsmouth in the State of Virginia party of the first part, and Susan Johnson party of the second part … in consideration of the sum of One hundred and Twenty two dollars and sixty five cents ….  That certain lot, piece or parcel of land the south side of Stonewall Street in the said Portsmouth bounded as follows: Commencing at a point on Stonewall Street two hundred and twenty five (225) feet east from the Hospital Road, Running thence east on said street thirty (30) feet, thence south one hundred (100) feet thence west thirty (30) feet and thence north one hundred (100) feet to the beginning; it being the lot that was conveyed to Kader King by Jas. L. Hatton and wife by deed dated April 5, 1867, and recorded in the office of the Clerk of Norfolk County Court in  Deed Book 93 page 339 …”

 

Affidavit, Martha Sawyer, 11 April 1902
about 67 years old;   “I have known Cater King and Mary King his widow for more than fifty years. I knew them long before they were married. Mary and I were children together. I was at present at their marriage. I do not remember the exact day but it was in the summer of 1853. I am able to remember the year on account of the yellow fever which was prevalent in Portsmouth in 1855. They were married two years before the fever. It was near the time of my own marriage. They were married by Rev. David Owens, colored, a Methodist local preacher. No church record of the marriages of colored people in Virginia. Rev. David Owens is dead and, as far as I can recollect, I am the only person living who was at the marriage. …. Cater King is dead. He died I think, some time in December last, before Christmas …. Mary King has no real estate at all and the only personal property she has is a little household furniture in a single room, consisting of a bed and bedstead, a small pine table, four plain chairs and two kitchen safes, worth in all about ten dollars. Cater King left a small one story house with two rooms and a kitchen and worth between three and four hundred dollars. His widow had the interest in this house and lot that law gives to her on account of being his widow. She sold out her interest to his heirs. The house and lot are on Stonewall Street in the City of Portsmouth. Mary King has no means of support except her daily labor. She works in Captain Flemming’s oyster house and opens oysters and averages about two dollars a week. She has no children or any one whose duty is to take of her.”

 

Deposition, Mary King, 7 January 1903
about 70 years old; post-office address, Gas House Lane, Portsmouth, Va.; occupation, opening oysters … “He died on Stonewall Street, Portsmouth, Va. last December a year ago. I do not know the date of his death. He was seen on a Monday and was found dead on a Wednesday … He was born at Deep Creek, Norfolk Co., Va., was about 70 years old when he died … I knew him from a young man…..His last owner was Jim Richardson (dead) of Portsmouth, Va. He was called Cater Richardson during slavery time but King was his right name. His father was named _____ King, his mother was Lucinda King.

“I was freeborn in Portsmouth, Va., the daughter of Nancy Pierce and Solomon Elsinore [?] or Gaskins. My maiden name was Pierce. I was married to the soldier for two years before the yellow fever (1855). I was married in a gentleman’s house by the name of Mr. _____ Buckner, don’t know the street. … A ‘colored man’ David Owens read the ‘matrimony’  He was a preacher. We stood up before him in the presence of witnesses. Owens was a preacher, was a slave, not a minister, just preached once in a while. We had no license, did not allow license to colored people.

“King had his master’s consent to marry me, told me so. My mother agreed to our marriage …

“He enlisted in Norfolk, Va.; don’t know the year or month. I used to go to the Regt. to carry him things, down to Ft. Monroe, then to Deep Creek where they camped. After he went to Richmond I did not see him. He came back after Richmond fell. Then they laid off Old Point on a ship and then went to Texas. I don’t know the month or year he returned. He came right back to me at Portsmouth, Va. as soon as he was discharged. I was living on Green St. then. He came right there and lived with me as my husband….

“[We lived together] fifteen or twenty years … It’s been fifteen or twenty years since I left him. I had to or get killed. He would have beat me to death, had so many women after he came out of the army,

“He married another woman before he left me, a Mrs. _____ Tarleton in Washington, DC, some 25 years ago. He went there to work he said. I never have seen her. I reckon she lives there now. I don’t know her full name or p.o. address.

“I reckon he also married one Caroline Mason in Norfolk Co. but got in a ‘divorcement’ from her a short time before she died in Portsmouth, Va. She married again, don’t know how long ago nor who she married, but she lives in Norfolk City, cannot state on what street. He tried to kill me about her. After I heard of his death I went to the house and they were shrouding him …. I have had but one child in my life, that was by the soldier, it lived but a short time.

“I have supported myself ever since I left him, working in oyster house and crab house….. I have lived in Lincolnville ever since I left….:

“I have his pension certificate … The only one of those men I know is James Sparrow, have not seen him for years. The soldier did not stay in Wash., DC a year. I heard from men who were with him — strangers to me — that he had married Mrs. Tarleton. I wrote there, had someone to write, and had to leave to keep from getting arrested.”

 

Deposition, Robert Jones, 7 January 1903
26 years old; post-office address,  Effingham St. near Caledonia; occupation, merchant … “I knew Cater King all my life. He died between the 9th and 11th of Dec. 1901 on Stonewall St., Portsmouth, Va. He was at my store on Monday the 9th and was found dead in his home on Wednesday the 11th of Dec. 1901. I saw him alive on Monday and helped to shroud him on Wednesday. I believe that he died on Tuesday the 10th or early on Wednesday as he was found dead about dark on said day. Had not been dead long.

“The claimant Mary King is my aunt. When I was a child she was still living with Cater King as his wife. She left him about fifteen years ago.”

 

Deposition, Martha Sawyer, 7 January 1903
about 65 years old; post-office address, 106 Effingham St. (Lincolnville), Portsmouth, Va. … “I don’t know my age but I was married at the time of the yellow fever (1855). I have known the claimant Mary King since I was a girl. Her mother and my mother were good friends. I have known her well ever since….. I was at her marriage to Cater King. They were married on Dinwiddie St. just below County st. in Portsmouth, Va. in Mr. Buckner’s  basement. I lived in the front basement and she lived in the back basement. We were both free. I do not know the month or year they were married but it was before the yellow fever (1855). I don’t know how long before. I think two or more…

“[The marriage was performed by ‘Brother’ David Owens, a colored preacher, who was a slave, but who had bought his time…. Cater belonged to Mr. Richardson, but he named himself Cater King, that was his right name. After they were married, he went to work in the swamp and when he came out he went home to claimant. I know that he was a soldier as I saw him dressed in a uniform during the war ….

“I moved in the country before the war but not near claimant… I used to call her Mrs. King. I don’t know that her given name was Mary. I would know her now if I was to see her I think but it’s been right smart years since I saw her. …. [He] lived with her after his discharge. I know that as I went to see them in Portsmouth where they lived several times. They had a kind of ‘split-up’ and after that I went no more. That was a year ago. …

“He was treating her bad, that was a long time after the war. They had then parted….. The last woman he lived with, he turned away, she lived near me. After that he was not married to her.

 

Deposition, John Powell, 9 January 1903
over 70 years old; post-office address, Effingham St. corner Carroll St., Portsmouth, Va….. “I have known Mary King since a child. We were raised together. Her maiden name was Mary Pierce….. I saw her married to Cater Pierce in Mr. Buckner’s basement. on Dinwiddie St on this side of County Street, this city…. after he came back [from the war] he lived with the claimant again for ten or more years, then they parted. No, they were never divorced, not that I know of. They lived close to me when they parted. …

“Her character is good, never heard anything against her character, that I ain’t.

“The way I came to see her married was this: my sister Martha Sawyer lived in one end of the basement, and she came and told me that claimant was going to get married and I and my sister Mary went along with Martha and saw them married.”

 

Deposition, Mary Davis, 9 January 1903
over 60 years; wife of Thos. Davis; post-office address, cor Carroll & Effingham Streets, Portsmouth, Va. …”I have known the claimant Mary King all my life … I saw her married to Cater King in Mr. Buckner’s kitchen … David Owens, a colored man, and a deacon of North Street Church married them. I don’t know the date of said marriage but I was a young girl at the time.and ran to seem them married….They separated about 20 years ago, while they were living on Stonewall Street…..She had to leave him on account of his bad treatment of her.  She could not live with him. I know that for a fact. Cater King was found dead but I don’t know the date.”

 

Deposition, Thomas Davis, 9 January 1903
about 67 years; post-office address, cor Carroll & Effingham Streets, Portsmouth, Va; occupation, grocer … “I have known the claimant Mary King for many years. When I first knew her I was single…. She left him [Cater King] on account of trouble between them. She has lived in my immediate neighborhood ever since she left Cater King, at one time lived in a house of mine …. I knew Cater King for some time before he became claimant’s husband … I knew him as Cater King not Decatore King…. I understood that his house was sold after his death and I heard that the claimant got some part of the money

 

Deposition, James Sparrow, 12 January 1903
“in my 73rd year”; post-office address, 1440 Glasgow St., Portsmouth, Va.; occupation, laborer … “We were tentmates. I knew him before enlistment. We both lived in Portsmouth, Va. before and after our discharge from the army. His correct name was Cater King. I never knew him as Decatore King. He had a house and lot in ‘Lincolnville,’ and I heard that he died there…. I have been to his house many times after discharge … I know [King and his wife] separated some years ago and were not together when he died. He was by himself when he died.

“No, I never heard that he married Caroline Mason, I know that she staid [sic] with him. I don’t know where she lived. She was a woman of bad reputation. She told me that she was married years ago in Norfolk, Va. but I did not believe her.”

 

Deposition, Enoch Gordon, 12 January 1903
about 57 years old; post-office address, 236 Cumberland St., Norfolk, Va.; occupation, driving a cart … “I did not know him before enlistment but after discharge I saw him often, worked with him at a coalyard. He was a stevedore and lived in Portsmouth, Va. ‘Lincolnville.’ I was at his house several times. He owned the house. … He had a wife. I got acquainted with her at Old Point. After we enlisted she used to come there to see him, and while we camped in Portsmouth the latter part of 1864 and early of 1865 there and at Deep Creek, she came to see him nearly every day. I forget her name. I used to call her Mrs. King.”

“I went to see them in Portsmouth where they lived several times. They had a kind of “split up” and after that I went no more. I heard he got a divorce from his first wife, don’t know how true it is, and they had him in jail on her account.I heard. . …. I never called him Decatur King. We bunked together.”

 

Deposition, Mary Ellen Tatem, 14 January 1903
about 60 years; post-office address, 21 Carroll St., Portsmouth, Va.; occupation, washing & days work … “I have known the claimant Mary King since I was a young girl. ….She, Mary King, told me she had to leave him, he beat her so bad. He had another woman there afterwards, several of them. One was named Caroline Mason, don’t know the names of the others. I don’t know whether he married Caroline or not. I did not associate with her and do not know where she is. …The claimant, Mary King,  has lived around and about here ever since she left Cater King. … The claimant and Cater King always lived in Norfolk Co., Va.

“Cater King was a soldier. I used to see him with soldier clothes on when he would come home on furlough.”

 

Deposition, Lavinia Powell, 20 January 1903
about 55 years; post-office address, Gas House Lane, Portsmouth, Va.; occupation, servant . … “I became acquainted with Mary King the claimant 30 or more years ago. I then lived on Queen St. and she was then living on the same street a few days away with Cater King as his wife. Soon after that they moved to ‘Lincolnville‘ on Stonewall Street….The y separated years ago, don’t know what year, don’t know the cause. They both continued to live in Lincolnville. The year before last I moved in this house with her, that was before the death of Cater King. We have lived together ever since. The house has but two rooms, upstairs and down and I have to go through her room to get to mine. No one else has lived in the house.”

 

[Note: This pension application folder contains an original payment voucher for Cater King dated August 6, 1900 — Leslie]

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“The horse dropped dead  … fought at the Crater …There is no law authorizing the payment of bounty to those who were enrolled and served as Colored Cooks or under Cooks of African descent …”  This soldier’s struggle took place before, during, and after his military service.

 

Invalid — 635,017 / 424,731

 

Inability Affidavit, David Wilson, 15 March 1888
[no age reported; residence, Berkley, Norfolk Co., Va.; post-office, Berkley, Norfolk Co., Va… “Doctors Ritter and Keeling attended [Kellum but they are dead] … I have known the said Isaac Kellum having been in the same Regiment with him during the war …”

 

Proof of Disability, Joseph Bradley & William Lunden, 4 June 1888
[Bradley] 48 years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va.
[Lunden] 44 years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va.
“They are acquainted with Isaic Kellum … who became disabled in the following manner, viz: by being wounded by a fragment of shell in thick part of thigh at battle of Crater and has been disabled from said wound and has caused him to become disabled … That the facts stated are personally known to the affiant by reason of their being present in same command and know that he was an inmate of Hospital and was attended by Doctor Mallory and Doctor Gray Regimental Surgeons was afterwards treated by Doctor Keeling who is now dead also by Doctor Tebeault also dead is now suffering from said effects from what is supposed to be blood poisoning.
“And deponent further state that they were acquainted with the claimant … for at least thirty years …”

 

Physician’s Affidavit, Alfred Tebeault, M.D., 7 June 1888
residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va. “acquainted with said soldier for about 50 years [and] was before the war the slave of Joshua James, Esq who lived within four miles of the residence of the affiant who practiced physic in the county of Princess Anne, Va., where all the parties now named resided. As family physician of Mr. Joshua James, he the said affiant rendered medical and surgical aid to the slaves of Mr. Joshua James and occasionally when required by occasional sickness to Isaac Kellam with whom he was well acquainted…”
[Note: Chataigne’s Directory of Norfolk and Portsmouth, 1888 lists physician Alfred G. Tebault at 110 Cumberland where his office hours were 8 – 9am, 2 – 4pm, 6 – 8pm, (page 690); Tebault was the Ex-President of Honorable Fellow of the Medical Society of Virginia (page 456).]

 

General Affidavit, James Langley & Major Chapman, 7 September 1888
52 years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va.
[Note: Age and residence were reported for one person but which one? Is it for Langley or Chapman or both? — Leslie]
“That they were in the same company and regiment with Isaac Kellum … and know that he suffered from rheumatism while in service, that he was attended while in Texas by Doctor Mallory and Doctor Gray, that they were the surgeons who were with our regiment, that Isaic Kellum was cook of the company and also did duty as soldier when able to be on duty, the above named doctors attended applicant to the time of discharge have known Isaic Kellum ever since the war and know that he has been disabled so as not able to earn a livelihood for himself. that said Kellim was a good man before the war and could as much work as any man ….he facts stated above is derived from being with him in same company and living neighbors to him since the war up to the present time and have known him personally ever since his disabilities commenced which was during the war and while in the army.

 

General Affidavit, Samuel Wright & James Portlock, 29 January 1889
[Wright] 56 years old; 413 Church St., Norfolk, Va.
[Portlock] 47 years old; cor Smith & Queen, Norfolk, Va.
“That they knew the claimant … on and from the date of his return from Army 1866 and know from long acquaintance since that time to the present [that he was suffering from various ailments and is unable to work.]”

 

Claimant’s Affidavit, Isaac Kellum, 11 January 1893
65 years old; residence, Norfolk, Norfolk Co., Va.  “The injury to top of head was received at or near Chickahominy Swamp, Va. by fall from cart about June, early part of 1864 near Petersburge, Va. Wile he was Driving the Cart With the Company. Cooking victuals, the hourse. Fell dead and he Fell out and his head strick the wheel and his head badly cut.”
[Note: I’ve let the misspellings and punctuation stand as reported on the form — Leslie.]

 

General Affidavit, Cicero Hill, 6 March 1893
55 years old; residence 83 Newton St., Norfolk Co., Va. … “he has known the claimant from boyhood and at present he resides next door to him.”

 

Affidavit for Commissioned Officer or Comrade, Martin Corprew, 24 July 1893
“On or about Spring 1864, at Chickahominy Swamp, in the state of Virginia, Isaac Kellum was driving a horse attached to a cart and during his progress to the Regiment, the horse dropped dead and Kellum fell from the seat of his cart striking his head (top part) against the wheel …”

 

Affidavit for Commissioned Officer or Comrade, John Coy, 24 July 1893
“On or about Spring 1864, at Chickahominy Swamp, in the state of Virginia, Isaac Kellum was driving a horse and cart going to his Regiment, the horse fell dead and Kellum [fell] from the seat of his cart striking himself with his full weight on the top of his head against it the wheel …”

 

Continuance Affidavit, Anthony Pinner, 20 October 1893
[no age reported]; residence, 9 Smith St., Norfolk, Va. “That I have known [the claimant] for Fifteen years (15 years) and during this period I’ve seen him often and on two and three times every week since …”
[Note: I found Anthony Pinner in the Chataigne’s Directory of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Berkley, 1892-93 and his occupation was listed as “letter carrier” (page 250); Robert Pinner, a laborer, lived at the same address — Leslie]

 

Continuance Affidavit, John Alexander, 29 November 1895
[no age reported]; residence, 24 Lincoln St., Norfolk, Va. “He further says that claimant is in destitute circumstances unable to do any kind of work to [illegible] support and is dependent upon charity for support.
“[Alexander’s] knowledge of the above statement [is because] he has known claimant for the past five years and sees him nearly every day.”

 

U.S. Treasury Department Form, Belva A. Lockwood, Washington, DC, 28 July 1898
“He was enrolled Dec 1, 1863. Mustered into the service Dec. 27, 1863 as cook to serve three years and paid as Colored Cook when mustered out Feb. 4, 1866. all the arrears of pay due him.
“There is no law authorizing the payment of bounty to those who were enrolled and served as Colored Cooks or under Cooks of African descent.”

 

Questionnaire (Form 3-173), Isaac Kellum, 20 March 1899
residence, 165 Newton St., Norfolk, Va.
[married] Not married, wife been dead 26 years
[when, where, by whom] Princess Ann [sic] Co., Va.
[record] [blank]
[previous marriage] [blank]
[living children] none living

 

Deposition, Isaac Kellum, 11 January 1902
81 years old; “I am an inmate of the U.S. Home at Hampton, Va. but have been visiting in this city for several days. … I was born in Accomac Co., Va. I was a slave. I belonged to the Kellum estate. My father was Abraham Kellum. I have never gone under any name other than Isaac Kellum.
“I gave up my discharge to John Upshur to get bounty for me but he died and the cert. was lost.
Jeptha Girrard was my Col. but he resigned. His place was taken by Major Brown but he was suspended by Major Seips. Brown resigned in Texas.
McIntyre was my Capt.; Spencer and DeBos were my Lts.
John Yates was my Ord. Sgt. He was the last one but Alfred Lawton was the first. We did not take him to Texas because he was too old. James Langley, ________ Tucker, Ashby Lewis were friends of mine in service. The first two were sgts. The last named was a Corporal. I was first a private soldier but later they made me a cook.
“I was in the following engagement:
Chichihominie [sic] and in front of Petersburg. We lost several men at Petersburg. I cannot recollect names of men. It has been too long.”

“My pension cert. is in the Home. I had a little rheumatism in Texas and have had it ever since….
“Mr. Drury was my atty. He charged paper me seventy-five cents for each paper he wrote for me. That is all I ever gave him.
“Langley and Fed Tucker and Enos Dennis were my witnesses. I paid them nothing. I witnessed for them and they witnessed for me… I have never possessed my pension papers.
“I have only been married once. My wife Mary died here 28 years ago. I have no children.”

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