For Use of Widows of Soldiers Who Are In Indigent
=================================================================================== THE STATE OF TEXAS
County of __Collins______
I, Mrs. __Emily F. Gay________
do hereby make application to the Commissioner of Pensions for a
pension, to be granted me under the Act passed by the Thirty-first
Legislature of the State of Texas, and approved April 7, A. D. 1913, on
the following grounds:
I am the widow of John W. Gay
, deceased, who departed this life on the 28 day of July, A. D. 1909 , in the county of Collin
, in the State of
I have not remarried since the death of my said
husband, and I do solemnly swear that I was never divorced from my said
husband, and that I never voluntarily abandoned him during his life,
but remained his true, faithful and lawful wife up to the date of his
death. I was married to him on the 6
day September A. D. , in
Collin in the State
My husband, the said John W.
Gay , enlisted and served in the military service of the
Confederate States during the war between the States of the United
States, and that he did not desert the Confederate Service. I have been
a resident of the State of Texas since prior to January 1, A. D. 1900,
and have been continuously since a citizen of the State of Texas. I do
further state that I do not receive from any source whatever money or
other means of support amounting in value to the sum of $300.00 per
annum, nor do I own in my own right, nor does anyone hold in trust for
my benefit or use, estate or property, either real, personal or mixed,
either in fee or for life, of the value of one thousand dollars,
exclusive of the home of the value of not over $1,000.00; nor do I
receive any aid or pension from any other State, or from the United
States, or from any other source, and I do further state that the
answers given to the following questions are true:
1. What is your age?
66 years old
2. Where were you born
? Marshall Mississippi
3. How long have you resided in
the State of Texas 20 Years
4. How long have you resided in
the county of yonr present residence? And what is
your postoffice address? about 20 years - McKenney Rt. No\ 5 -
5. What was your husband's full
name? John Wiley Gay
6. What was the date of his
death? July 28 - 1909
7. In what State was your
husband’s command originally organized Mississippi
8. How long did your husband
serve? If known to you, give date of enlistment and discharge
Second year of war - and served three years -
9. What was the name or letter of
the company, or name or number of the battalion, regiment or battery of
artillery in which your husband served? If he was transferred from one
branch of service to another, give time of transfer, description
of command and time of service Co. "I," 9th
10. Name branch of service in
which your husband served, whether infantry, cavalry, artillery or the
navy, or if commissioned as an officer by the President his rank and
line of duty, or if detailed for special service, under the law of
conscription, the nature of such service, and time of service
11. Have you transferred to other any
property of any kind for the purpose of becoming a beneficiary under
Wherefore your petitioner parays that
her application for a pension be approved and such other proceedings be
had in the premisses as are required by law.
(Signature of Applicant) Emily F.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this
26 day of
August A.D. 1913
There are several other pages in the file (no. 23807) and will be
Jack Sportsman and H.E. Morgan were witnesses.
L.T. Gay, County Assessor signed that she had no property in her name.
In the deposition of R.R. Stone of Lamar, Marshall Co., Miss.
R.F.D. No. 1 taken by C.H. Wright, Clerk of the Chancery Court,
Marshall Co., Miss. Mr. Stone states that he is 71 yeas old and knew
John W. Gay all his life. We were raised together. I knew him in Early
Grove, Marshall Co., Miss. and were school boys from early boyhood. He
states that he was as good a soldier as ever toted a musket. He was a
member of Co. I, 9th Miss. Infty., he enlisted in 1862, Holly Springs,
Miss., and he served about 3 years. He was a private. He was not
detailed on any special field, but stayed with his Co. and regiment.
The reason I know that John W. Gay enlisted in the above Co. and
regiment was because we were together, and enlisted together and
belonged to the same company and regiment, and he was the only John W.
Gay in that Co. and regiment. I never knew any other J.W. Gay, except
the one now applying for pension. He did not desert his command nor did
he ever abandon his post of duty.
In the deposition of W.H. Walker before C.H. Wright, Mr. Wright
states he is 71 years of age and resides in Holly Springs, Marshall
Co., Miss. R.F.D. No. 5. I first knew him in Holly Springs, Miss., on
or about the 18th day of May, 1862. He was in Co. I Ninth Miss. Infty
Regiment, on or about May 18, day of May, 1862. and served about three
years in the Army of Tennessee, which were in the campaigns in the
states of Miss., KY, NC., SC., and VA. He was a high private and as
good one as ever carried a gun. He was a soldier in the ranks all the
time and did not have a furlough during the war. I was with him in the
same Co. during the war. He states that John W. Gay served up to the
time he was wounded at Nashville, Tenn. which was in or about the
latter part of Dec. 1864, and was still wounded at the surrender, but
am under the impression that he was paroled in Memphis, Tenn. in 1865.
When asked if he ever deserted his command he said No sir, he did not,
there was no such a thing in his makeup.
W.E. Gay, her son applied for Mortuary Warrant when Emily F. Gay died
Dec. 24, 1920 near Emory, Rains Co., TX. She died at the home of C.N.
Harbin, her son in law. There is a certificate of Undertaker, S.H. Hood
of Rains, Co. Tx. He states the body was buried by him Dec. 26, 1920 in
Altoga Cemetery in Collins, Co.
Certificate of Physician L.T. Waller states she died of Chronic
Bronchitis and old age.
Mortuary Warrant Account to W.E. Gay, Emory TX Rt. 3 dated Jan. 15th
1921. 1 Casket $75.00, $45.00 paid by W.E. Gay 12/29/1920, balance dure
and unpaid $30.00. Mortuary Warrant issued for Thirty Dollars maximum.