Thursday, December 9, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Isaac Seaver's Civil War Pension File: General Affidavit #2

For Treasure Chest Thursday, I am presenting and transcribing papers from the Civil War Pension File of my Second Great-Grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901). I presented Treasure Chest Thursday - Isaac Seaver's Pension Declaration, Treasure Chest Thursday - Isaac Seaver's Civil War Pension File: Widow's First Declaration, and Treasure Chest Thursday - Isaac Seaver's Civil War Pension File: General Affidavit #1 in past weeks.

Another General Affidavit was filed on 29 April 1901 by two women who knew Isaac Seaver for 58 years and knew the name of Isaac's first wife.



The transcription is (handwritten words underlined and in italics):

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
State of Massachusetts, County of Worcester, SS:
In the matter of widow's original pension claim No. 738,086 Alvina M. Seaver
widow of Isaac Seaver 3d, Co. H 4th Regt Mass Vol H.A.
on this 29 day of April, A.D. 1901, personally
appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the afore-
said County, duly authorized to administer oaths Lucinda C. Tisdale,

aged 74 years, a resident of Leominster, in the County
of Worcester, and State of Massachusetts
whose Post-office address is #175 Union Street, Leominster, Mass.
Lucy A. Tisdale, aged 67 years, a resident of Leominster
_________________, in the County of Worcester
and State of Massachusetts, whose Post-office address is ________
#15 Main Street, Leominster, Mass.
well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid
case as follows:  that we were well and personally
acquainted with the above named Isaac
Seaver, 3d, having known him more than
fifty-eight years.  We have know that he was
never married but three times and the
first time was when he married with
Juliett Glazier.  The above are facts de-
rived from our long personal acquain-
tance with said Isaac Seaver 3d.
 
[blank lines]
 
"Soldier married three times" [written diagonally and underlined, probably by a pension official]
 
We further declare that we have no interest in said case and are
not concerned in its prosecution.
 
Lucy A. Tisdale
Lucinda E. Tisdale
(Signatures of Affiants)
 
There is a U.S. Pension Office stamp dated May 3, 1901.
 
One interpretation of this affidavit is that the widow Alvina Seaver needed someone to vouch for the name of his first wife.  Alvina gave Juliett's name, and her death date, in her General Affidavit filed on 20 April 1901.
 
This is the first notice I've taken of Lucinda C. Tisdale and Lucy A. Tisdale.  These are two different women with essentially the same name.  They claim to have known Isaac Seaver for 58 years - that would make their first acquaintance in 1843, when Isaac was age 20, Lucinda was age 16, and Lucy was age 9.  Were they relatives, neighbors, or childhood friends?  If so, are they single, married or widowed?  Interesting puzzle.  Maybe I'll check it out this next week.
 
 

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