Thursday, November 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Isaac Seaver's Civil War Pension File: Widow's First Declaration

For Treasure Chest Thursday, I am presenting and transcribing papers from the Civil War P:ension File of my Second Great-Grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).  I presented Isaac's Declaration for Invalid Pension last week

This week, I'm presenting the first Declaration for a Widow's Pension, filed by Isaac's widow, Alvina M. (Bradley) (Lewis) Seaver.  I scanned this paper in two parts at the October Scanfest, and stitched the two parts together to make one image (however imperfect!).

The transcription of this document is (handwritten information in italics and underlined):

ACTS OF JUNE 27, 1890, AND MAY 8, 1900
State of Massachusetts, County of Worcester, SS;
On this 22 day of March, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and
one, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, within and for the
County and State aforesaid, Alvina M. Seaver, aged 67 years, a
resident of Leominster County of Worcester, State of
Massachusetts who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of
Isaac Seaver 3d, on the ____ day of _____, A.D.
1864, as a Member in Company H, in the 4th Regiment of
Mass. Hvy Art'y Volunteers, and served at least ninety days in the late War
of the Rebellion, in the service of the United States, who was HONORABLY DISCHARGED June 17,
1865, and died March 12, 1901.  That he was never employed in
the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above ______________
That he was never employed in the military or naval service of the United States after the 17th
day of June, 1865.  That she was married under the name of
Alvina M. Lewis to said Isaac Seaver, on
the 15th day of September A.D. 1888, by Rev. J.P. Dunham
in St. Regis Falls, N.Y. there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that she had not
been previously married; that her said husband had not been previously married. (4) Her former husband
died June 5, 1882 at Worcester, Mass. Soldier's wife died Mar. 24, 1884 at Leominster.
That she has not remarried since the death of the said Isaac Seaver.
That she is without other means of support than her daily labor and an actual net income not exceeding $250 per
year.  That the names and dates of birth of all the children of the soldier, now living, and under sixteen years
of age, are as follows:
There are no children under sixteen years of age
to claim pension for.
That no prior application for pension has been filed by herself or the soldier a
pension under Act of June 27, 1890 by Certf. No 850,736
and claim form was pending on a ?????? of being over 73 years of age.
That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States, under
provisions of the acts of June 27, 1890, and May 9, 1900.  She hereby appoints, with full power of subst-
itution and revocation, i.e.
Charles W. Kendall of Fitchburg, Mass.
her true and lawful attorney to procesute her claim, the fee to be TEN DOLLARS, payable as prescribed by law.
That her POST OFFICE ADDRESS is #7 Cedar Street Leominster, County of
Worcester, State of Massachusetts
Geo. S. Lewis  .................... Alvina M. Seaver
Eva T. Gray.
Alvina wasted no time in filing for her Widow's pension.  Isaac died 12 March 1901 and she filed on 22 March 1901. 

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