War Pension File
Granby - Fulton,
Here is some info for the Military
Page that might help someone. It would be cool if someone from Elijah
Briggs or Mary Wright's family would be looking for them and find this.
Thanks! You can put my e-mail address as a source. Theresa
Please also check out the Obituary
of Peter R. Stewart and Biography of the Stewart Family, Granby
- Fulton, NY for more information on the family.
This is from the Civil War pension file of Harrison Stewart, son
of Peter Riply Stewart and wife Joanna Briggs Stewart. To
claim Harrison's pension, Joanna had to have affidavits from the neighbors
stating that Peter was ill and unable to work and that their son Harrison
had provided for the family until he had went off to war and died.
Also, (this is the Oswego Co. part) there were two affidavits from a brother
and sister of Joanna to prove that she was indeed the mother of Harrison
"I am the brother of Joannah Stewart above named and have been acquainted
with her all my life. The said Joanna is the wife of Peter R. Stewart
above named. Said Joannah and Peter R. Stewart were married in the year
1844 or 1845 in Oswego County, State of New York. Said parties are now
husband and wife and reside together in the town of Mapleton, Grand Travis(sic)
County, Michigan. There was one son, the issue of said marriage named
Harrison C. Stewart. I left the Western(?) states in the year 1858
and have never been back there since. I learned from letters received
from my sister Joannah Stewart above named that said Harrison C. Stewart
was killed in battle during the rebellion and I believe such to be a fact."
Post office address: Stockton, San
Jouquin Co.,California. Dated Dec. 12, 1881 Elijah Briggs listed
as age 53.
Elijah can be found on the 1850 US
Census, NY, Oswego Co., Palmero, ancestry image 30, p.39, 578/580 and then
on the 1880 US Census, CA, San Joaquin Co., O'Neal, p.133B, ancestry image
Second, there is an affidavit
from a sister living in Fulton, Oswego Co. NY:Affidavit, Oswego Co., NY
dated Jan 21, 1882.
"Mary Wright of Fulton, County and State aforesaid being duly sworn
says; I am the sister of Joanna Stewart who resides at "Grand Traverse"
Michigan: said Joanna Stewart was married to one Peter Stewart in or near
Fulton Oswego County N.Y. in the year 1844 and the month of September of
that year said Peter & Joanna Stewart moved to the state of Michigan
in or about the year 1854. Deponent further says that of said marriage
(three) 3 children were born to them before they went to the state of Michigan
as aforesaid & 3 more since their residence there: that one son "Harrison
Cassius Stewart" was one of the aforesaid three children which were
born to said Peter and Joanna before they removed to the State of Michigan
as aforesaid; that said "Harrison Cassius Stewart" was born in Granby Oswego
Co. NY in 1845 July 6."
Deponent further says that she verily believes that said "Harrison
Cassius Stewart" went into the army of the United States of America
in the year 1863; that he came to his death while fighting for the Union
& his body never was found, he having been seen soon previous to his
entering the engagement; this having been told her by friends and relatives
of the said "Harrison Cassius Stewart" who were with him in the service.
Deponent further says that during the year 1863 & deponent thinks a
part of 1864 she had letters from one "Harrison Cassius Stewart" which
came from the Army according to their envelopes and post marks the names
of which & places deponent has now forgotten;that the name signed to
these several letters was "H.C. Stewart"; that deponent further says that
she was acquainted with and knew the hand writing of "Harrison Cassius
Stewart" son of Joanna Stewart aforesaid; and that the letter she received
from the army signed "H.C. Stewart" was the same and she verily believes
it to be in the hand writing of the said "Harrison Cassius Stewart" son
of Joanna Stewart aforesaid." signed by Mary Wright.
Possibly this may be the Mary Wright
on the 1880 US Census, NY, Oswego Co., Volney, ancestry ED 273 image25,
p.255A, 215/222, age 52 with husband Joel Wrightage 55? The 1870
census shows that Volney has a Fulton P.O. and the affidavit shows that
Mary was from Fulton.
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