Jane Bowles Shanks as dependent parent of William Sylvester Shanks.
Pension Certificate 184896óJane mother of William S. Shanks Pvt. Co. "D"
6th Cavy. Ky. Vols.
Died at Andersonville GA June 1864 of Flux
Generously transcribed and submitted by Dolores Panzer
State of Kentucky
On this 30 day of March A.D. 1872 personally appears before me John B. Applegate clerk of the Pendleton County Court. A Court of Record in and for the County and State aforesaid Jane Shanks who being by me duly sworn according to law states:
First: That she was married to Robert T. Shanks her husband in Estill County State of Kentucky on the 13th day of August in the year A.D. 1828.
That her husband Robert T. Shanks the father of William S. Shanks died in the Mexican War. That he enlisted in the Army of the United States in the year A.D. 1846 and went with the said Army to Mexico, that since that time she has heard nothing from him, that she supposes him to be dead and that he died in the year A.D. 1846 or 1847. That she has not since remarried
and is now the widow of said Robert T. Shanks.
Second: That she has resided with her married children and her neighbors from house to house ever since her son enlisted in the service of the United States, a period of about ten years
Third: That her son William S. Shanks has contributed to her support ever since he was twelve years old until his enlistment in the said service of the United States about 4 years, that since that time she has had the use of about 36 acres of cleared land and about 24 acres of woodland and has received the rent for same for 4 years, that she has no title to the land, that she has received an average rent from same of $60 per year, that the repairing of said land has amounted to nearly the whole of the rent received. The said land is situated about 3 miles East of Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky and is farm land that it is worth ten dollars per acre, that her personal property consists of one bed and bedding for same, that her other sources of subsistence have been $200 bounty money owing to her son William S. Shanks when he died and $150 wages due him at
the time of his death from the government for service.
Fourth: That the father of William S. Shanks was born in the year A.D. 1799, July 14th and was at the time of his supposed death 52 years old.
Fifth: That her oldest child is named Ann Elizabeth Stitz aged 43 years and resides in Pendleton County, Kentucky and her husband Conrad Stitz owns 77 acres of land worth $20 per acre and $500 worth of personal property. That her second child is named John Shanks, aged 41 years and is a widower with infant children and owns no property. That her third child is named Obadiah Shanks, aged 39 years and resides in Nicholas County, Kentucky, he owns no property. That her fourth child is named James Shanks aged 38 years, resides in Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky, and owns about $1200 worth of real estate, has a family and owns no personal property except necessary household and kitchen furniture, that her fifth child is named David C. Shanks, aged 36 years, resides in Nicholas county Kentucky and owns no property, that her sixth child is named Martha S. Shanks, that she married Sidney Shanks, age 34 years, resides in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky
and they own no property that affiant knows of. That her seventh child is named Sarah Jane Dunstall, that she married
William Dunstall, she is aged 33 years, ?? near Falmouth Pendleton County Kentucky, they own no property. That her eight child is named William S. Shanks aged 20 years when he died in Andersonville prison on or about the 27th day of April A.D. 1864. That is all her children now living have been married, that her son John Shanks is now a widower.
Sixth: That her son William S. Shanks the deceased soldier was sixteen years old when he enlisted and was about 20 years old when he died, that he lived at home from his birth until a short time before he enlisted. That he was some assistance to claimant from the time he was able to labor on a farm till his enlistment, say from 185- until 1862. That for six months before his enlistment he labored in a distillery and earned about $15 per month, that he was employed in a distillery that length of time in Nicholas County Kentucky. That James Shanks now resides in Falmouth Kentucky that he paid no rent, board nor bought no food, fuel, clothing etc. for claimants benefit, that she always had the benefit of his labor on the farm until he engaged to labor in the distillery, that she received no allotment, bounty or other money from him at or subsequent to his enlistment but she received $200 bounty money and $150 wages since his death, that James L. Hudnal of Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky was the attorney who procured the said money for her from the government.
Attest: Conrad Stutz Jane Shanks (her mark) others unreadable
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30 day of March 1872 and I hereby certify that the contents of the foregoing affidavit were fully explained to applicant before swearing, that I have no interest in the prosecution of this claim
Jno B. Applegate Clerk
The following is a synopsis of the assessors books of Pendleton County Kentucky for the years hereinafter indicated of the property assessed by Jane Shanks
Year 1865 62 Acres of land valued at $700.00
Year 1866 62 Acres of land valued at $700.00
Year 1869 61 Acres of land valued at $600.00
Year 1870 61 Acres of land valued at $700.00
Year 1873 60 Acres of land valued at $600.00
State of Kentucky
I, Jno B. Applegate Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid I certify that the foregoing and above statement purporting to be a statement of the property and the valuation thereof, listed by Jane Shanks for the years indicated on the margin are truly copied from the Assessors Books on file in the Office of the Pendleton County Court Clerk, and I do hereby
further certify tht the name of Jane Shanks nor that of ____Shanks her deceased husband appears upon the assessors books for the following years to wit: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1867, 1868, 1871, 1872, 1874, 1875, and 1876 nor for any subsequent year.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal this 1st day of June A.D. 1878
The affiant John S. Rankin after being duly sworn states that he was personally acquainted with Robert Shanks and his wife Jane Shanks, the applicant and knows that he abandoned his family about the year 1846 and never returned
John S. Rankin
Sworn to by John S. Rankin before me this the 22 day of May 1879
The affiant Nicholas A. Rankin after being duly sworn states that he was personally acquainted with Robert Shanks and his wife Jane Shanks his wife the applicant and knows that he abandoned his family about the year 1846 and has never returned
Nicholas A. Rankin
Sworn to by Nicholas A. Rankin before me this the 22 day of May 1879
State of Kentucky
County of Nicholas
I Jno. A. Campbell, Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid certify that Thomas M. Sharp before whom the foregoing affidavits were made was at the date thereof and still is an acting Justice of the Peace within and for said County duly elected commissioned and qualified and that the signature thereto attached purporting to be his is his genuine signature.
Witness my hand and official seal this 22 day of May A.D. 1879
State of KY County of Pendleton in the matter of Jane Shanks who is an applicant for Pension Personally comes the affiant, who being first duly sworn on oath says that he is acquainted with the applicant Mrs. Jane Shanks and knew her husband Robert Shanks and that he knows that claimants husband left his Family about April 1846 and that he has never returned nor
contributed anything toward the support of the claimant or his family since the date of his leaving home to the knowledge of the affiant. The affiant states that he knows the facts from his own Personal Knowledge and that he has no interest direct nor indirect in the prosecution of this claim for Pension and that his Post Office address is Falmouth Pendleton County KY
Attest M.C. Holt Joseph Hampton (His mark)
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of April 1879. I certify I made known the contents of the foregoing affidavit to the said Joseph Hampton before he signed it and have no interest in the prosecution of this claim
M.C. Holt Clerk Pendleton County Court
State of Kentucky County of Pendleton on this 10th day of Aug 1878 before me personally appeared T.J. Oldham sr. to me well known being respectable and entitled to credit who being by me duly sworn according to law says that he is acquainted with the claimant Mrs. Jane Shanks and her son William S. Shanks dec. And says that William S. Shanks dec. worked for him
and that he knows that his earnings went to the use and support of his mother Mrs. Jane Shanks and says that he knows the above facts from his own personal knowledge and that he has no interest direct-nor indirect- in the prosecution of this claim for pension and that his Post Office address is Falmouth Pendleton County KY.
Thomas J. Oldham
Subscribed and sworn to before me by Thos J. Oldham August 10th 1878 and I certify that I am not interested in this claim
Jno. B. Applegate
State of Kentucky
On this 30th day of March A.D. 1872, personally appeared before me John B. Applegate Clerk of the Pendleton County Court, being a court of record in and for the County and State aforesaid.
Conrad Stitz and Nicholas March who being duly sworn according to law and whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, say that they have been acquainted with Mrs. Jane Shanks, the mother of William S. Shanks, deceased, for? years, that they did not know her husband Robert T. Shank's father of William S. Shanks, but that they have always heard that said
Robert T. Shanks died in the Mexican War and was a soldier in the United States Army. That they were acquainted with William Sylvester Shanks, the son of Jane Shanks who has applied for pension on account of her son's death, that said William Sylvester Shanks was an unmarried man when he entered the service of the United State as a soldier in the war of 1861,
and continued an unmarried man until his death, that he has no widow or minor child surviving him, that they have been intimate with the family of Jane Shanks for 16 years, that they knew her son William Sylvester Shanks, that he was of sound bodily health that he labored for the support of his mother from the time he was able to labor until he enlisted in the said service, that his labor was reasonably worth ten dollars per month for four years before he enlisted in the said service of the United State, that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim
Sworn and subscribed to before me this 30 day of March 1872 I hereby certify that the contents of the foregoing