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SYLVESTER COOTS

 
                               DECLARATION FOR ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION

State of Kentucky
County of Leslie
    On this 22nd day of February, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine personally
appeared before me, Clerk, of Leslie County Court, a court of record within and for the County
and State aforesaid, SYLVESTER COOTS, aged 50 years, a resident of Leslie County, State of
Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical SYLVESTER
COOTS who was ENROLLED  the  7th day of October 1864, in Company D of the Three
Forks Battalion of Kentucky commanded by Captain Shade Combs and was honorably
DISCHARGED at Irvine, Kentucky, on the 17th day of July 1865, that his personal description
is as follows: age 50 years; height 5 feet 6 inches; complexion dark; hair dark; eyes blue. That
while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Irvine, in
the State of Kentucky, on or about the day of May, 1865, he was taken down sick and had fits
which was caused by exposure while in the army.
That he has never been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the Counties of Perry and Leslie in the
State of Kentucky and his occupation has been that of a farmer. That prior to his entry into the
service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a
farmer. That he is now three fourths disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by
reason of his injuries above described, received in the service of the United States; he therefore
makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United
States.
               He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation.
                                 William Fitch & Co.
Of Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim, That he has never
received nor applied for a pension, That his post office address is Manchester, County of Clay
State of Kentucky
 
Witnesses:                                                                                             
R G Potter                                                                                  Sylvester X Coots
Levi Pennington                                                                                        mark
 
 
   Also personally appeared Levi Pennington, residing at Leslie County, Kentucky, and James
Coots, residing at Leslie County, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled
to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Sylvester Coots the
claimant make his mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from
the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he
represents himself to be; and they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
 
Attest                                                                                      Levi Pennington
R G Potter                                                                              John X Coots
Levi Pennington                                                                             mark
 
 
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22nd day of February A.D. 1879, and I hereby certify
that the contents of the above declaration, were fully made known and explained to the applicant
and witnesses before swearing; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of
this claim
 
                                                                                       John S. Melton, Clerk
 
 
 
                                   
 
                                                   WAR DEPARTMENT 
                                                        ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE,
                                                  Washington, D.C, March 12, 1880
 Sir,
 I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your office of application for pension no.
286268, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
 There are no Records “Three Forks” Battalion Kentucky State Troops are not on file in this
office
 
                                             I am, sir, very respectfully,
                                                Your obedient servant,
                                                              Assistant Adjutant General
 
The Commissioner of Pensions
 Washington, D.C.
 
 
 
 
                       HEADQUARTERS KENTUCKY VOLUNTEERS,
                               ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE
                                             Frankfort, August 5th, 1880
 
         
   I hereby certify, That it appears from the Official Muster-Out Rolls on file in this office, that
SYLVESTER COOTS was enrolled on the 7th day of October, 1864, and mustered into service
on the 7th day of October, 1864, a Private in Company “D” Three Forks Battalion Volunteers, to
serve Six Months. It further appears from said Rolls that he was Mustered-Out July 17, 1865 at
Irvine, Kentucky
 
                               In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official
seal, this 5th day of August, 1880
 
                                                                     J.P Knuckles
                                                                   Adjutant General of Kentucky
 
 
 
 
                                     DECLARATION FOR ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION
 
  State of Kentucky
  County of Leslie
 
     On this 19th day of February, A.D. 1890, personally appeared before me J.M. Baker a
Justice of the Peace and a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid,
SYLVESTER COOTZ, aged 62 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he
is the identical SYLVESTER COOTZ who was ENROLLED as Private on the 7 day of
October, 1864, in Company “D” of the 43rd regiment of Kentucky Infantry, commanded by
Captain Shade Combs and was honorably DISCHARGED at Irvin, Kentucky, on the 17th day
of July, 1865, that his personal description is as follows: age, 62 years: height, 5 feet 6 inches;
complexion, dark; hair, black; eyes, blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in
the service and in the line of his duty at Irvine, in the State of Kentucky, on or about the _ day of
April, 1865, he contracted diseases of fits and hurting in right side and lameness and hurting in my
limbs that my right leg and arm
 That he was treated in hospitals as follows: there was no hospital and I was just treated in the
camps from April until discharged
 That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above
That he has not been in the military or naval service of the United States since 17 day of July day
of July, 1865.That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the Counties of Perry and
Leslie in the State of Kentucky and that his occupation has been that of a farmer,
 That he is now half disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his
injuries above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this
declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.
                  He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation.
                                       William Fitch & Co.
Of Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim,
That he has never received nor applied for a pension. That his Post-Office address is Cutshin,
County of Leslie, State of Kentucky
                                                                                           Sylvester X Cootz
Witnesses:                                                                                      mark
L G Baker
John M. Baker
 
 
 
   Also personally appeared L G Baker, residing at Cutshin in the County of Leslie, and John M.
Baker, residing at Cutshin Leslie County, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable
and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Sylvester
Coots the claimant make his mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to
believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the
identical person he represents himself to be; and they have no interest in the prosecution of this
claim.
 
L G Baker                                                                             Sylvester X Cootz
John M. Baker                                                                                     mark
 
 
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of February A.D. 1890 and I hereby certify
that the contents of the above declaration, were fully made known and explained to the applicant
and witnesses before swearing; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of
this claim
                                                                                              J.M Baker
                                                                                  Justice of the Peace for Leslie County
 
 
 
 
 
                                                    GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
 State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
 In claim No._ of SYLVESTER COOTS of Company D of the 43 Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers, personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within
the said County, SYLVESTER COOTS, aged 62 years, whose P.O. is Cutshin, County of
Leslie, State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows:
 That he was in camp at Irvine Kentucky in the year of 1865 and about April in the latter part of
the month in the year above stated while in the service and while in the line of duty contracted the
disease of fits and injury in the right side and when the first attack of fits I was in camp and in my
tent and after the fits wore off of me I was attacked with a misery in my right side and weakness
in my limbs of the right side.
 
L.G. Baker                                                                      Sylvester X Coots
                                                                                                      Mark
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 18 day of March 1890, and I hereby certify that the
contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest
in this claim or its prosecution.
 
                                                                                      David T. Lewis, D.C.
                                                                          Clerk of Leslie County Court, J.M Howard
 
 
 
 
                                                  ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT
 
      Whereas I SYLVESTER COOTS, Late a Private in Company D, of the 43 Regiment of
Kentucky Volunteers, war of 1861 having made application for pension under the laws of the
United States-
      Now this agreement witnesseth: that for and in consideration of services done and to be done
in the premises, I hereby agree to allow my agents, William Fitch & Co., of Washington, D.C. the
fee of twenty-five dollars, which shall include all amounts to be paid for any services in the
furtherance of said claim, and said fee shall not be demanded by or payable to my said agent in
whole or in part, except in case of the granting of my pension by the Commissioner of Pensions,
and the same shall be paid to him in accordance with the provisions of sections 4768 and 4769 of
the Revised Statutes, US.
   1. L.G. Baker                                                         Sylvester X Coots
   2. John M. Baker                                                                 mark
 
      State of Kentucky, County of Leslie,
   Be it known, that on this 18 day of March A.D. 1890, personally appeared Sylvester Coots the
above named, who, after having had read over to him in the hearing and presence of two attesting
witnesses the contents to the foregoing articles of agreement, voluntarily signed and
acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed.
                                                                     J.M. Baker, 
                                                                 Justice of the Peace for Leslie County, Kentucky
 
   And now, to wit, this 29 day of March A.D. 1890, I accept the provisions contained in the
forgoing articles of agreement and will to the best of my ability, endeavor faithfully to represent the
interest of the claimant in the premises. I hereby certify that I have received from the claimant
above named, the sum of _ dollars, and no more; _ dollars being for fee, and the sum of _ dollars,
being for postage and other expenses. And that these agreements have been executed in duplicate
without additional cost to the claimant as required by law, in excess of the fee above named, the
said agent making no charge thereof.
  Witness my hand the day and year above written.
                                                         William Fitch
                  District of Columbia, City of Washington
 
 
 
 
                                                     GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
 State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
 In claim No._ of SYLVESTER COOTS of Company D of the 43 Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers, personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within
the said County, GREEN PENNINGTON, aged 50 years, whose P.O. is Cutshin, County of
Leslie, State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows:
I was in the army with said soldier at Irvine, Kentucky. He took something like fits and seemed to
be very bad off and which has followed him till now. Which is more violent in him now and is
affected on the right side and lameness in right side, so he can not use them very well I was at
Irvin with him when he took it April about the 20 day 1865 he was a sound man when he was
mustered in but he has been affected ever since the time 
Above referred to and I know these facts by being well acquainted with him before the war and
ever since for I have lived a neighbor to him ever since his discharge in 1865 and was well
acquainted with him before the war.
Affiant further states he has no interest in this claim or its prosecution.
 
                                                                                           Green Pennington
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 7 day of April 1890, and I hereby certify that the
contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest
in this claim or its prosecution.
                                                                             J.M. Howard, Clerk Leslie County Court
                                                                             By David T. Lewis, D.C.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                     GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
 State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
 In claim No.760054 of SYLVESTER COOTS of Company D of the 43 Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers, personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within
the said County, JOHN WILLIAMS, aged 55 years, whose P.O. is Cutshin, County of Leslie,
State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows:
I was in the army with said soldier at Irvine, Kentucky on or about the 20 day of April 1865 said
soldier took something that seemed to be the fits and was bad off and has still taken them and he
is affected in right side and lameness. My means of knowing these facts of this case is by being in
the army and with him and living a neighbor to him before and since his discharge from the army in
1865.
 Affiant further states he has no interest in this claim or its prosecution.
    
                                                                                      John X Williams
  Witness:                                                                                 mark
Anderson Williams
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 7 day of April 1890, and I hereby certify that the
contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest
in this claim or its prosecution.
                                                                             J.M. Howard, Clerk Leslie County Court
                                                                             By David T. Lewis, D.C.
 
 
 
                                                     GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
 State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
 In claim No.760054 of SYLVESTER COOTS of Company D of the 43 Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers, personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within
the said County, ELISHA SHEPHERD, aged 38 years, whose P.O. is Hazard, County of Perry,
State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows:
I have been acquainted with claimant ever since discharge. He has took fits ever since that time till
present time and has nearly lost the use of right side and limbs and he is not able to do more than
one half of manual labor of no consideration
Affiant further states he has no interest in this claim or its prosecution.
 
James Dixon
Green Pennington                                                                        Elisha X Shepherd
                                                                                                             Mark               
                                        
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 6 day of May 1890, and I hereby certify that the
contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest
in this claim or its prosecution.
                                                                             J.M. Howard, Clerk Leslie County Court
                                                                             By David T. Lewis, D.C.
 
 
 
                                                     GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
 State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
 In claim No.760054 of SYLVESTER COOTS of Company D of the 43 Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers, personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within
the said County, JAMES TURNER, aged 65 years, whose P.O. is Pigeon Roost, County of
Clay, State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows:
I treated him in the service at Irvine Kentucky. He was sick and bad off at that time and said he
had had a bad fit the date was about April 1865 and he has never been well since. He has been
taking fits ever since from the best of my knowledge I have of him. He is damaged about one half
manual labor in each year.
Affiant further states he has no interest in this claim or its prosecution.
 
                                                                                      James Turner
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 6 day of May 1890, and I hereby certify that the
contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest
in this claim or its prosecution.
                                                                             J.M. Howard, Clerk Leslie County Court
                                                                             By David T. Lewis, D.C.
 
 
 
                                                     GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
 State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
 In claim No.760054 of SYLVESTER COOTS of Company D of the 43 Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers, personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within
the said County, SOLOMON ADAMS, aged 45 years, whose P.O. is Cutshin, County of
Leslie, State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows:
That I am acquainted with the claimant in this action for 20 years and more I suppose. He has
been taking fits for I saw him take a fit and I thought it would kill him and I hear of him taking
them frequently. He has been complaining of right side and limbs. He seems to not be able to
travel from the effects right side and limbs. His right hand is perishing a way to some extent. I
think he is not able to do more than one half of manual labor.
Affiant further states he has no interest in this claim or its prosecution.
 
                                                                                      Solomon Adams
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 25 day of May 1890, and I hereby certify that the
contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest
in this claim or its prosecution.
                                                                             J.M. Howard, Clerk Leslie County Court
                                                                             By David T. Lewis, D.C.
 
 
 
 
                                                     GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
 
 State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
 In claim No.760054 of SYLVESTER COOTS of Company D of the 43 Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers, personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths within
the said County, SYLVESTER COOTS, aged 62 years, whose P.O. is Cutshin, County of
Leslie, State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows:
I was not treated in the service for fits by a physician but taken medicine from some of my
comrades in the service and I can not find them. I was treated since discharge by Dr. Thomas
Pitts, he then lived in Magoffin County, Kentucky, but I have not heard from him lately. I do not
know whether he is a live or not. I can not get the affidavit of a physician.
                                                                                      Sylvester X Coots
William B. Coots                                                                        mark
Henry M. Coots
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 10 day of June 1890, and I hereby certify that the
contents of this affidavit were fully made known to the affiant before signing and I have no interest
in this claim or its prosecution.
                                                                             J.M. Howard, Clerk Leslie County Court
                                                                             By David T. Lewis, D.C.
 
 
 
 
                                            DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
                                                BUREAU OF PENSIONS
                                             Washington, D.C, December 23, 1890
 
 
Sir:
 
 It is alleged that SYLVESTER COOTS enlisted October 7, 1864 and served as a Private in
Company D, 43 Regiment Kentucky Infantry commanded by Captain Shade Combs and was
discharged at Irvine, Kentucky July 17, 1865
 It is also alleged that while on duty at Irvine, Kentucky on or about April, 1865, he was disabled
by fits and lameness in right leg and arm
 In case of the above named soldier the War Department is requested to furnish and official
statement of the enrollment, discharge, and record of service so far as the same may be applicable
to the foregoing allegation, together with full medical history. Please give the rank he held at the
time he is claimed to have incurred the disability alleged, and if records show that he was not in
the line of duty during that period, let the fact be stated.
 
                                                                       Very respectfully,
                                                                        Green B. Raim
                                                                          Commissioner
 
The Officer in Charge of the
Record and Pension Division,
                       War Department
 
 
 
 
 
                                   DECLARATION FOR INVALID PENSION
 
State of Kentucky
County of Leslie
    On this 30th day of May, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety 1 personally appeared
before me, a J.M. Baker a Justice of the Peace, within and for the County and State aforesaid,
SYLVESTER COOTS, aged 64 years, a resident of the County of Leslie, County of Leslie,
State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical
SYLVESTER COOTS who was ENROLLED  the  7th day of October 1864, in Company D –
43rd Kentucky in the service of the United States in the War of the Rebellion, and served at least
ninety days, and was honorably DISCHARGED at Irvine, Kentucky, on the 17th day of July
1865, that he is 2/3 unable to earn a support by manual labor by reason of Fits, coldness in limbs,
hurting in my right side
 That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits, and are not to the best of his knowledge
and belief permanent; that he has—applied for pension under application No. 760654; that he is a
pensioner under certificate No. ----
 That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the
United States under the provisions of the act of June 27, 1890
               He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation.
                                 William Fitch & Co.
Of Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim, and to receive therefore
a fee of ten dollars, that his post office address is Cutshin, County of Leslie,
State of Kentucky
 
Witnesses:                                                                                             
Levi Lewis                                                                        Sylvester X Coots
James W. Johnson                                                                        mark
 
 
   Also personally appeared Levi Lewis, residing at Cutshin, Kentucky, and James W. Johnson,
residing at Cutshin, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit,
and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Sylvester Coots the claimant
make his mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the
appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he
represents himself to be; and they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
 
                                                                          Levi Lewis
                                                                          James W. Johnson
 
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of May A.D. 1891, and I hereby certify that
the contents of the above declaration, were fully made known and explained to the applicant and
witnesses before swearing; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this
claim
 
                                                                                       James M. Baker
                                                                           Justice of the Peace for Leslie County, KY
 
 
State of Kentucky
County of Leslie
 
                        I J.M. Howard, Clerk of the Leslie County Court in the State of Kentucky do
certify that on the 8th of March 1890, JAMES M. BAKER was a Justice of the Peace of Leslie
County, Kentucky legally commissioned and sworn and that his official acts was then entitled to
faith and credit his term of office expired on the 31st day of May 1891
Given under my hand and seal of Office this 22nd day of December 1891
                                                                                             J.M. Howard
                                                                                            Clerk, Leslie County Court
 
 
 
 
                                                        TREASURY DEPARTMENT
                                                        OFFICE OF THE THIRD AUDITOR
                                                        WASHINGTON, D.C., August 1, 1894
 
 
Hon. Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
 
Sir:
 
   Replying to your inquiry of June 30th, 1894, I have to inform you that the records of this office
show that Sylvester Cootz, late Private Co. D., Three Forks Battalion, Kentucky States Troops,
joined for service October 7, 1864 in Perry County, Kentucky. Mustered into service same date
by G.W. Daniel. Ordered into active service February 17, 1865- continued in active service until
July 17, 1865, when he was discharged. Paid in full by Kentucky for 5 months service as above.
 
           Your letter returned herewith.
                                           Respectfully yours,
 
                                              Samuel Blackwell
                                               Auditor
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                         CLAIMANT’S AFFIDAVIT
 
State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
 
  In the matter of SYLVESTER COOTZ- #760054
Company D- 43rd Kentucky Infantry
  Personally came before me, a Deputy Clerk in and for aforesaid County and State,
SYLVESTER COOTZ, aged 67 years, citizen of the town of Cutshin, County of Leslie, State of
Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn,
declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
 Says I never was employed in the service of the United States previously to October 7, 1864
 
Hiram Cornett
J C Pace                                                                              Sylvester X Cootz
                                                                                                          Mark
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me this day by the above named affiant; and I certify that I read
said affidavit to said affiant, and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same;
and that said affiant is personally known to m; that he is credible person so reputed in the
community in which he resides.
 Witness my hand and official seal this 3 day of September 1894
                                                                                                  J.M. Howard, Clerk
                                                                                           By J.M. Baker, D.C.
 
 
 
 
                           DECALRATION FOR PENSION   
 
 
State of Kentucky }    ss
County of Leslie   }
 
  On this 13h day of March, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and 1907, personally appeared
before me, a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, SILVESTER
COOTS, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 78 years of age, and a
resident of Farler, County of Perry, State of Kentucky; and that he is the identical person who
was ENROLLED at the mouth of Wooton’s Creek, Perry County, Kentucky under the name of
SILVESTER COOTS, on the 7th day of October, 1864, as a private, in Company D, Three
Forks Regiment State Troops under Captain Shadric Combs in the service of the United States,
in the Civil War, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at Camp Irvine, Kentucky, on the
17th day of July, 1865.
  That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as
stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 6 inches;
Complexion, dark; Color of Eyes, Blue; Color of Hair, dark; that his occupation was farmer; that
he was born in Scott County, Virginia, 1828
  That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows:
I lived one year in Harlan County, Kentucky and ever since in Leslie and Perry Counties
  That he is not a pensioner. That he has never heretofore applied for pension under the act of
Congress approved February the 6th 1907
  That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United
States under the provisions of the Act of February 6, 1907.
  That his post-office address is Farler, County of Perry, and State of Kentucky.
 
                                                                                                      
                                                                                              Silvester X Coots
 Attest: (1) Anderson X Fields                                                         mark
       (2)    Elizabeth X Hall
                             Mark
 
 
  Also personally appeared Anderson Fields, residing in Farler, Kentucky and Elizabeth Hall,
residing in Viper, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and
who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Silvester Coots, the claimant,
(make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the
appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 50 years and 25 years,
respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and they have no interest in
the prosecution of this claim.
 
                                                                                             Anderson X Fields
                                                                                             Elizabeth X Hall
                                                                                                            Mark
 
 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 13th day of March, A.D. 1907, and I hereby certify that
the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant
and witnesses before swearing, including the words___________, erased, and the
words____________, added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of
this claim.
 
                                                                                                     P.W. Hall
                                                                                                    Notary Public
                                                       My commission expires January 19th, 1908
                                                                        
 
 
                                                                                        Sassafras, Kentucky
                                                                                        March 14, 1932
 
      Commissioner of Pensions
      Washington, D.C.
 
      Gentlemen:
                 Please send me application blanks for Civil War Veterans who served in the Union
Army. -----------Attached
                                                              Sincerely yours,
                                                                W.G. Combs
 
                                             This man who served in the service
                                             Has a widow who is entitled as I
                                             Understand, please return this
                                              Certificate
 
 
 
 
U.S. Veterans Bureau
 
I sent to your office a letter concerning Sylvester Coots a Union soldier who served in Kentucky
Volunteers Civil War, Three Forks Battalion and enclosed a certificate of his services which I
received from the Adjutant General’s Office at Frankfort, Kentucky
 Your Office has not returned the certificate
                            Please send it to me
 
 
SO 286268                                                          W.G. Combs
D, Three Forks Battalion                                      Box 619
Guards Kentucky Infantry                                    Sassafras, Kentucky
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                            
                                                             CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
                                                                  KENTUCKY VOLUNTEERS
                                                             UNITED STATES ARMY
                                                       ---------------------------------------------
                                                             ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE
                                                        ---------------------------------------------
 
                                                                                          Frankfort, Ky., January 13, 1932
 
           I hereby certify that it appears from the Official Muster in Rolls on file in this office that
SYLVESTER COOTS was enrolled on the 7 day of October, 1864 and mustered into service
on the 7 day of October, 1864, a Private in Company D, Three Forks Battalion Regiment, and
Kentucky Capitol Guards Volunteers, to serve ½ years. It further appears from said Rolls that he
was mustered out of service at Irvine, Kentucky July 17, 1865
 
                                            In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
official seal this 13 day of January 1932
 
                                                                                           Henry H. Den?
                                                                                           The Adjutant General
 
Attest: E.B. Beackwell
         Chief War Pension Office
 
 
 
 
 
                                 
                                                                                                                April 22, 1932
 
                                                                                                 S.O. 286268 Silvester Coots
 
Mr. W.G. Combs,
Sassafras,
Kentucky,
 
Dear Sir:
 
        In response to your inquiry of March 14, 1932, you are informed that the above entitled
claim of Silvester Coots, was rejected June 10, 1907, on the ground that Company D, Three
Forks Battalion, Kentucky Capitol Guards, in which he served, was a State organization and
never mustered into the United States service, therefore he had no title to pension, and his widow
would not be entitled to pension for the same reason.
      The certificate of the Adjutant General of Kentucky showing soldier’s service is herewith
returned as requested.
 
                                                                      Respectfully,
                                                                       E.W. Morgan
                                                                      Director of Pensions
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                April 2, 1934
 
 
Mrs. Elizabeth Coots                                                                             S.O. 286268
Viper,                                                                                                     Silvester Coots
Kentucky,
 
 
Dear Madam:
 
    This is in response to your communication of recent date concerning your claim for pension as
the widow of Silvester Coots.
    If, as you suggest in your letter, such a claim was filed with this Service by Mr. Watson
Combs, it has never reached this office. The records show, however, that under date of April 22,
1932 this office wrote Mr. W.G. Combs at Sassafras, Kentucky, advising him that a claim for
pension filed by Silvester Coots was rejected June 10, 1927, on the ground that Company D,
Three Forks Battalion, Kentucky Capitol Guards, in which it is alleged your husband served, was
a state organization and never mustered into the United States service, therefore, as the soldier
had no title to pension, you would not be entitled for the same reason.
 
                                                  Respectfully,
                                                   E.W. Morgan
                                                   Director
                                                   Widows’ and Dependents’
                                                    Claims Service
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                      October 6, 1934
 
Honorable M.M. Logan                                                                              Coots, Sylvester
United States Senate                                                                                   SO-286268
Washington, D.C.
 
 
My dear Senator Logan,
 
              This is in response to your letter enclosing a copy of the State Certificate of Service of
Sylvester Coots and requesting information as to his widow’s title to pension.
              The records of the case show that Sylvester Coots filed a claim March 8, 1890, based
on service in Company “D”, 43rd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and that the claim was rejected on
the ground that the Organization in which service was alleged was never in the service of the
United States as shown by report from the records of the War Department.
             On March 25, 1907, a claim as filed alleging service in Company “D”, Three Forks
Battalion, Kentucky Infantry from October 7, 1864, to July 17, 1865, this claim was rejected
June 10, 1907, on the ground that the Organization was never mustered into the service of the
United States as shown by a report from the records of the War Department.
             There is on file a report from the Auditor, Treasury Department, under date August 1,
1894, relative to the service of Sylvester Coots as Private, Company “D”, Three Forks Battalion,
Kentucky State Troops, from October 7, 1864, to February 17, 1865, and that he was paid in
full by the State of Kentucky for five months service.
             As it appears that the only service rendered by the veteran was State service, his widow
apparently would have no title to pension under existing laws.
 
                                                                 Respectfully,
 
                                                                 E.L. Bailey
                                                                 Director
                                                                 Widow and Dependents Claims Service


 

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