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A ‘recruiter’ encouraged his brother-in-law who lived in New Jersey to enlist under an alias in New York. A bridesmaid and groomsman from the couple’s 1857 wedding vouched for the widow’s application for pension benefits. Witnesses lived in Camden County, New Jersey and nearby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania located just across the Delaware River.

Invalid — 864, 877 / 616,988
Widow — 575,736 / 402,259, Sarah A. Brown

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Sarah A. Brown, 3 May 1893
residence and post-office address, 1026 So 10th St, Camden, Camden Co., NJ;
“She was married under the name of Sarah Jubilee to said Robert Brown on the 25 day of Nov 1857 by Rev. W.D. W. Schuman, at Camden, NJ … neither of them previously married
“Also personally appeared Sarah L. Gibson, residing at Camden, County of Camden, State of New Jersey, and Mary E. Wright, residing at Camden, County of Camden, State of New Jersey”
[Note: “Jubilee” is a very unusual surname. Oscar Jubilee served in Company I, 1st U.S. Colored Cavalry (posted December 7, 2020) and his brother Samuel C. Jubilee served in Company K, 1st U.S. Colored Cavalry (posted November 30, 2020). Samuel settled in New Jersey but more research is required to determine whether these men had a connection with the widow Sarah (Jubilee) Brown — Leslie]

Deposition, Sarah A. Wright, 15 September 1893
59 years old; post-office address, 1026 So. 10th, Camden, NJ
“I exhibited to you the Discharge he received, but you can see it has been mutilated, the name Robert Brown was erased and the name Isaiah Wright inserted. He must have done that himself.”
“I was married to [the soldier] in this house in 1857 … We had a small wedding party. Wm. Sample, Comfort Pool, Lizzie Mitchfield were present at the marriage and my sister Elizabeth Weeks saw the marriage. I have the original marriage certificate which I exhibit to you.”
“I did not know that he was going to enlist. I was sick and he left me in the morning to go to his work. He did not return that night and I was worried and I did not know for about one week where he was and then Isaac Silvey (dead) my husband’s brother-in-law who was a ‘recruiter’ came and told me that my husband had enlisted in New York. My husband sent me a letter from Harts Island and in that he mentioned that his name was Robert Brown and he instructed me to address him by that name … I have no letters that he sent me … He was a Sergeant. No one around here enlisted with him. I heard him speak of a comrade named Zach Green, and he has been here since the war. I don’t know where he lived but I think in Philad.
“No I do not know Edward Moore, a comrade who was with him when he applied for pension. Isaac Selvy advised him to take the alias Robert Brown so he told me. He got a bounty I think of $600. Selvy gave me $200 and the balance he put in the bank for my husband, but I never got any of the balance nor did my husband, Selvy got it.
“Because he served under an alias he did not join the GAR on that account. The State has erected a tombstone with his name Isaiah Wright … there was a space between [her husband’s] two front teeth … I earn my living by washing and cooking. I just returned from Cape May where I have been working all summer.
“He owned this house. I suppose it’s mine. It is worth probably $1500 but is mortgaged for $600.”

Deposition, Caroline Selvy, 3 July 1894
48 years old; residence, 1126 Ohio Street, Philadelphia, Pennysylvania;
“I am a widow. My maiden name was Caroline Wright. I am a sister of Isaiah Wright, late husband of the claimant, Sarah A. Wright. I had two other brothers, George and William. George went to sea about 20 years ago. During that time I have never heard from him. I do not know whether he is living or dead. William lives at Yorktown, Salem Co., NJ. He works on a farm at that place.
“My brother Isaiah Wright died April 6, 1893 at No. 1026 S. 10 St., Camden, NJ. I was at his funeral. … He was married to the claimant several years before the war. I was not at the marriage but I was present at the ‘reception.’
“While he was at the Army he wrote one letter to me in which he described his army life. I think the letter was dated ‘Hilton Head.’ I remember he signed his name just ‘R.’ His full name was Robert Isaiah Wright. I answered that letter and addressed him at Isaiah Wright.
“After I mailed the letter my husband Isaac Selvey asked me how I addressed him. I told him and he replied that the letter might not reach him because that was not his name, that he enlisted under the name of ‘Robert Brown’ and that he was known by that name in the regiment. The letter was returned to me.
“My husband Isaac Selvy was a ‘recruiting man’ and enlisted my brother at New York … I never heard my brother give any reason for taking an assumed name at his enlistment.”
“He wa a short stout man, black, has a small moustache. I don’t remember that he wore beard on his chin. No special marks. His teeth were very far apart, so far that it would look to some people that he had lost some of them … I have not seen Zach Green since last Fall. I saw him then on a wagon. I do not know if he is still in the city.”

Deposition, John Brinkley, 3 July 1894
52 years old; occupation, laborer; residence, Paschallville, Church ___, Philadelphia, Pa.
“I enlisted in New York in March 1865 in Co L 1 USC Cavy. … I knew two members of the company named Brown — Isaiah Brown and William Brown. Isaiah Brown was from Camden, NJ. I tented with these men and of course was well acquainted with them — with Isaiah especially … I never saw him since our discharge until about four years ago. I met him in Camden, NJ. I hailed him as ‘Brown.’ He then told me that ‘Brown’ was not his name … and that his true and correct name was ‘Wright’ … there was considerable distance between his teeth … I often noticed that he could spit clear through them without parting them.”

General Affidavit, Wm T. Sample and Comfort White, 13 May 1899
[Sample] 62 years old; residence, Camden, Camden Co., NJ; post-office address, 10 S. Chestnut St
[White] 62 years old; residence, Mt. Ephron, Camden Co., NJ; post-office address, Mt. Ephron, Camden Co., NJ
“We was well acquainted with Isiah Wright alias Robert Brown, and with Sarah his wife. We was perseant [sic] at there [sic] marriage at Camden Nov 25th 1857 by Wm. L.W. Schumann and we acted as bridesmade [sic] and groomsman.”

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This widow’s application did not hold up under close review by the Pension Bureau’s Special Examiner. Rejections were issued when a Special Examiner determined that there was insufficient evidence of identity or relationship.

Widow — 680,095 / —–

Declaration for Widow’s Pension, Zilpha Carter, 4 June 1898
48 years old; residence, Windsor Township, Bertie County, North Carolina; post-office address, c/o Lewis Roulhac, Windsor, Bertie County, North Carolina
“died near Windsor, in the State of North Carolina, on or about the 14 day of Aug 1886. That she was married under the name of Zilpha Bond to said Robert Carter on the 9 day of September, 1871, by George W. Downing, at Windsor, NC”

“Also personally appeared Champ Pugh, residing at Windsor, County of Bertie, State of North Carolina, and Lewis Lathem, residing at Windsor, County of Bertie, State of North Carolina.”
[Note: “Lewis Lathem” appeared on the signature line as “Willis Lathem” who signed with his mark — Leslie]

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This soldier was swindled from money paid to his wife for nursing and taking in washing.

Invalid — 1,287,830 / —–

Bureau of Pensions (Form 3-442), 13 November 1902
Please furnish the names and post-office addresses of officers and comrades of Co. L, 1st Reg’t USC Cav

NameRankPresent Post-Office Address
Harvey W. BrownMajorDead
Charles H. Coburn1st Lt. & Q.M.793 Merrimac St., Lowell, Mass.
James E. FullerQ.M. Sgt.168 Queen St., Norfolk, Va.
W.H. GrayAsst. Surg.Dead
Frank B. GarrettAdjt.Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
John T. Hogue1st Lt & R.G.St. Johns, Apache Co., Arizona
London HurdleR.C. Sgt.Lamberts Point Road, Norfolk, Va.
B.S. ManlySurg.Dead
Nathan PondMajor61 E. Main St., Rochester, NY
Adolph C. WarbergLt. Col.Dead
Note: There’s a strikethrough in the line for James E. Fuller. Written above the address is “seen 11 3 -02” — Leslie

Deposition, Randall Lewis alias Johnson, 14 January 1903
about 62 years old; residence and post-office address, Rio Vista, Henrico County, Virginia; occupation, farming
Oscar Johnson, my son, and Joshua Robinson were with me at the time. I was born in Nelson Co., Va. near Howardsville but I can’t give you the date. Was born a slave to Zach Lewis. My father’s name was Reuben Johnson (dead) and my mother’s name was Minnie Johnson (dead). My father and mother belonged to my master. I don’t know whether Zack Lewis’s close relatives are alive or not. I left him at the outbreak of the war and have never since saw any of them nor have I gone back to the old place. His children were all very small when I left. I only had one brother Moses and he separated from me at the outbreak of the war and I have never since seen or heard from him. Have no other relatives except Rachel a sister. Rachel Granger, she is a good deal younger than I am. I don’t where she lives in Richmond. I think it is Gray she is married to but I never saw him and don’t know his first name. When the war broke out I drifted away from Nelson Co., Va. and got up with the Army — the Yankees at Masses Junction in this state. That’s what it was called. White Bridge was about five miles from it”

Deposition, Joshua Robinson, 14 January 1903
23 years old; residence and post-office address, Rio Vista, Henrico County, Virginia; occupation, laboring

Letter from Chief of Law Division, Bureau of Pensions, Department of the Interior to Chief of S.E. Division, 23 January 1903
“It appears that about June 1902, Sidney B. Webb, otherwise known as Sidney Webb, Harrison Webb, S.B.W. Harris, Harrison etc., impostor, who is now in jail at Richmond, Va., … went to Rio Vista, Henrico Co., Va. (the home of the applicant) and had a conversation with him, the substance of which, according to the applicant was that he the applicant had joined the army at Massas (presumably meaning Manassas Junction, Va.), had worn a uniform, carried a gun, and at times had ridden a horse, and had been turned loose by the Yankees after the fall of Richmond … The paper was filed and the report from the War Department disclosed the fact that the applicant did not perform the alleged service. After this paper was filed the applicant was systematically swindled by Sidney W. Webb, who did him out of about $34, causing him among other things to sell his heifer and his turkeys, and to turn over to Webb the money which his wife received for nursing and for taking in washing.”

Deposition, E.E. Clark, 3 February 1903
30 yeas old; post-office address, 312 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
“I am the Chief Clerk of W.H. Wills, a pension claim attorney, whose office is at the above stated address”

Deposition, George E. Chapman, 3 February 1903
45 yeas old; post-office address, 312 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
“I am a clerk in the employ of W.H. Wills, a pension claim attorney, whose office is at the above stated address”

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Five men — including the soldier and his two brothers Harrison Sykes alias Harrison Williams  and Henry Sykes alias Henry Williams — liberated themselves from a Southampton County, Virginia plantation and “joined the Union Army at the same time and place.”

Today’s post includes research notes for documents dated 1898-1900. Last week’s post included research notes for those dated 1891-1898 and next week’s will include research notes for those dated 1900-1928.

Widow — 681,670 / 513,343, Margaret Sykes

General Affidavit, Margaret Williams, 12 December 1898
40 years old; residence, Courtland, Southampton County, Virginia; post-office address, Box 85, Southampton Co., Va.
“I neither own, nor have the use of, or recurring interest in, any property of any kind: real, personal, or mixed, except a small amount of personal property which is not a source of income, and real estate worth about two hundred & fifty ($250). Since the death of my husband no person has been legally bound for my support and I obtain a living solely by my own exertions at farming. My income never exceeds (from all sources four ($4) dollars per month.
“In conformity with the custom of those days my husband was generally known by his master’s name; so when he entered the U.S. Service he enlisted under the name Joseph Williams. After the war he was free & then took his own (father’s name) of Sykes — was married to me under that name. He was however just as well known by the name of Williams as by the name of Sykes & answered to either name. I further testify that there were 3 children left by my late husband … The children are aged as follows:
Virginia Williams or (Sykes) born on 30th of March 1879
Lue Nettie ” ” ” ” 8th April 1883
Cora Bell ” ” ” ” 8th June 1886″

General Affidavit, F.E. Williams, 20 December 1898 [date stamped by Pension Office]
37 [or 57?] years old; “physician or farmer”; residence, Southampton Co., Va.; post-office address, Pope, Va.
“That I have been acquainted with said Jos. Sykes or Williams all of my life and his widow Margaret Sykes since 1874, that Jos. Sykes was a slave of my grandfather Jacob Williams and as was the custom he was known by the name of Jos. Williams, but after the slaves were freed he assumed the name of his father
which was Solomon Sykes.
“He married Margaret Whitehead in 1876 and lived with her until his death in Dec 1897.”

General Affidavit, Abb Barnes and Robbert Harris, 5 March 1900
[Barnes] 48 years old; residence, Southampton Co., Va.; post-office address, Courtland, Southampton Co., Va.
“I was at Joseph Williams house when he died on the 6th of December 1897.”

[Harris] 42 years old; residence, Southampton Co., Va.; post-office address, Courtland, Southampton Co., Va.
“I was at the marriage of Joseph Williams to Margret Whitehead in the year 1876 … she Margret Williams now lives at the place that Joseph Williams died at on the 6th of December 1897.”

General Affidavit, Jane Bynum, 22 May 1900
52 years old; residence, Courtland, Southampton County, Virginia; post-office address, Courtland, Southampton County, Virginia
“That I was present at the marriage of Margaret Williams (who was Margaret Whitehead) on the 14th day of December 1876 to Joseph Williams … they were duly married in Southampton County.”

General Affidavit, James Cloud and Joseph Gregory, 30 May 1900
[Cloud] 43 years old; residence, Southampton Co., Va.; post-office address, Courtland, Southampton Co., Va.
“I know Margaret June Williams and know that she was the lawful widow of Joseph Williams. I have known them as man and wife for 30 years and live in one-half mile of where they lived and know that neither of them had ever been married prior to the time that Joseph and Margaret was married on December the 14th 1876.”

[Gregory] 61 years old; residence, Franklin, Southampton Co., Va.; post-office address, Franklin, Southampton Co., Va.
“I have known Margaret Williams for 30 years. I married Joseph Williams to his wife Margaret Jane on December the 14th 1876. They were both members of the church in my charge at that time and I am satisfied that neither of them had been married prior to that time and am satisfied that they lived together until the death of Joseph Williams.”

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Five men — including the soldier and his two brothers Harrison Sykes alias Harrison Williams  and Henry Sykes alias Henry Williams — liberated themselves from a Southampton County, Virginia plantation and “joined the Union Army at the same time and place.”

Today’s post includes research notes from documents dated 1891-1898. Future posts will include research notes from documents dated 1898-1900 and 1900-1928.

Widow — 681,670 / 513,343, Margaret Sykes

General Affidavit, R.S. Lewis, 14 November 1891
“have been personally acquainted with the aforesaid soldier Jos. Williams for 20 years ever since 1871. I live within half of a mile of him … I know he has been frequently confined to his house from the time I first knew him to this time and not able to labor at all. He has been down with it for a long time this year”

General Affidavit, Nathan Worrell, 14 November 1891
Courtland, Southampton County, Virginia
“I knew the aforesaid soldier before the war and never knew him to complain of rheumatism before he went in the war. I have lived without two miles of him ever since he returned home from the war .. he is often confined to the house and not able to get out because of rheumatism”

General Affidavit, Hugh Darden, 7 December 1891
“I was well quainted [sic] and lived near to Joseph Williams … I never knew him to suffer or complain of rheumatism before he went in the army. I was still at home when the said soldier returned from the army to his home … I have lived near him ever since … I am no relation nor family connected in no way to the said soldier”

General Affidavit, T.H. Cloyd and Hugh Darden, 25 March 1895
[Cloyd] 54 years old
[Darden] 42 years old
Southampton Co., Va.
“We the undersigned have known Joseph Williams for thirty years”

General Affidavit, Joseph Williams, 30 April 1895
54 years old; Southampton County, Virginia
“The rheumatism was contracted in the Army & the first I knew that I had heart disease was about July 15, 1890.”

General Affidavit, Joseph Williams, 2 November 1895
residence and post-office address, Courtland, Southampton County, Virginia
“I write a very bad hand — can scarcely write my name. For that reason, I sometimes sign by mark and occasionally sign my name myself. This is the only reason why my papers are signed sometimes by my own hand and at other times by mark.”

General Affidavit, George W. Cloud, 23 November 1898
65 years old; residence, Southampton County, Virginia; post-office address, Courtland, Southampton Co., Va.
“I knew him from a boy. We were raised joining plantations. His old master was named Jaccobb Williams. His mother was named Louisa Williams, her husband was named Solmon Sykes. Before the Civil War the mother and children all went by the name of Williams and after the war when the people became free they claimed their own names but we were all play children together — eat, played and sleep together. I do not not know what regiment he belonged to but I know the night he left here for the northern army.”

General Affidavit, Henry Charity, 23 November 1898
52 years old; residence, Southampton Co., Va.; post-office address, Boykins, Va.
“That I have been acquainted with Margt. and Jos. Williams since 1862, and I have been acquainted with her every since she was a little girl by the name of Margarett Whitehead. She grew up and married Joseph Sykes who went by the name of Joseph Williams before the war. Her mother was named Martha J. Whitehead & her father was named Calkit [sp?] Whitehead & Joseph Sykes his old master was named Jachob Williams. His mother was named Lucy Williams & father was Solomon Sykes. They all went by the name of their former master until after the surrender of Gen. Lee. They come out of servis [sic] and went by the name of Sykes father. I, Henry Charity, Joseph Williams, Parison [sp?] Williams, we enlisted the year of 1864. … and I have known Joseph Sykes every since he was a boy & all raised in [adjoining] plantations.”

General Affidavit, J.S. Gilliam and J.W. Williams, 9 December 1898
[Gilliam] 54 years old; residence, Southampton County, Virginia
“That I have been acquainted with said parties since 1869 … that as Commissioner of Revenue to District No. 2 of Southampton County do certify that the said Joseph Sykes, in the year 1896, listed personal property amounting to $166.00, that said property is now listed in the name of Margaret _____ Sykes, who is the widow of John Sykes: That I do not know positively that Joseph Sykes and Joseph Williams are one and the same person, yet I believe them to be one and the same person.”
[Williams] 51 years old; residence, Southampton Co., Va.
“That I have known the claimant Margaret Williams or Sykes since 1876 … I have known the soldier Joseph Williams or Sykes since 1865 till the time of his death and I know that Joseph Williams and Joseph Sykes were one and the same person”

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