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Civil War Pension Papers
Seward Brooks

submitted by Vernon C. Aldrich

     Last December I receive 63 pages of documents in connection with my great-grandmother's claim for a Widow's pension and Minor Child pension based on her first husband, Seward Brooks, who died in the Civil War.
     Although this primarily pertains to Schoharie County, my great-grandmother, the claimant, was born, as far as I can tell from censuses, in Clinton County, NY.  Her second husband, Andrew Aldrich, was from Greene County and they lived in Lexington and raised six sons in addition to her daughter, Lydia Brooks.
     She later married an unknown Stillwell and lived in Walton.
     Lydia married William Miller and they lived and raised a family in Delaware County. My grandfather and at least two of his brothers also later lived in Delaware County and raised families there.
                                                                                            Vernon C. Aldrich

Name Index to these papers

Full Pension file from NARA received 12/21/2006.  Page numbers are for my reference to the pages copied.

 

[Page 1 – Form 85A Full Pension File – Research Ticket]

 

[Page 2 – Disclaimer to Patron]

 

[Page 3 – Cover Sheet]

 

Box 33449

Cert 150936

Lydia – Minor of Seward Brooks

 

[Page 4 – Pension App. Cover for Minor]

 

No.  150936

 

New York

 

Lydia 19 Dec 1875

 

Minor of

 

Seward Brooks

 

Rank: Priv Co. G

Regt 44 NY Vol

Rate per month, $ 8

Commencing 13 June 1869 [has “92” written above it]

Ending 19 Dec 1875

Additonal $2 per month for each of the above named children until arriving at the age of 16 years commencing 25 day of July 1866 [note] former payments to be deducted

 

Certificated dated December 10, 1873 and sent [December] 15, 18[73]

Payable at Albany Agency

Attorney

Act July 14, 1862

Book 6, Vol 10, Page 113, Wallgreen, clerk

 

[Page 5 – handwritten note]

 

94 Atty W. W. Dudley

al – no further pension on acct of this soldier inside EJB

 

[Page 6 – Pension App. Cover for Minor]

 

No.  150936

 

New York

 

Lydia Brooks

 

Minor of

 

Seward Brooks

 

Rank: Pri

Company ”G”

Regt 44 NY Vols

Albany N.Y. Agency.

Rate per month, $ 8

Commencing 13 June 1862

Ending 19 Dec 1875

 

Certificated dated 5 June ’71  and sent to Pen Agent Wm F. Bascom, Atty

Sent 7 June ‘71

Act 14th July 1862

Book 6, Vol 10, Page 75, Redway, clerk

 

[Page 7 – Widow Pension Cover]

 

3—218.

 

Brunson Ex’r

 

Wid orig No. 11.550

 

Acts of July 14, 1862, and March 3, 1873.

 

Louise Stillwell

Walton, Delaware Co. NY

Widow

Seward Brooks

Pvt G 44 N.Y. Inf

Died at Washn D.C.

May 1862

Other claim.

 

See Min. ctf 150936

Sept. 28, 1891 E. Clerk

 

Application filed: Sept. 12, 1891]

Attorney: James Tanner

P.O. Washn D.C.

 

[Page 8 – handwritten note]

 

Oct. 12/19 Atty Tanner infd that Client was pensioned as guardian of the minor during the entire period or her widowhood & now not entitled to further pension.

Feby 27/94 Atty Dudley infd as above.  E.J.B.

 

[Page 9]

 

No. 115094

 

150.936

ACT OF JULY 14, 1862

Louisa Aldrich

Green Co. N.Y. Guardian

Seward Brooks Minor Child

Pri. Co. “G”, 44th N.Y. Vols

Died Near Harrison’s Landing

 

Died at

   1863 wounds

 

[unreadable]

 

Received Nov 13th, 1865

 

Claimant Lexington NY [crossed out]

 

W. H. Bascom Attorney Present

 

[Page 10 – short handwritten note – not enough readable to make much sense]

 

[Page 11 – request for evidence of service and death]

 

No. 115094

 

ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.

 

Louisa Aldrich

Greene Co., N.Y. Guardian minor child of Seward Brooks.

Pri. Co. G. 44 N.Y. Vols.

Died near Harrison’s Landing

June 1863, Wounds

 

Pension Office

 

Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.

 

Joseph H. Barrett, commissioner.

 

John Alney, Coxsackie

 

Received, Nov. 13, 1865

 

Claimant, Lexington, N.Y.

 

 

[Page 12 – handwritten notes.  One name, J. B. Judson, M.D. date April 10, 1869]

 

[Page 13 – request for evidence of service and death]

 

No. 11,550

 

ACT OF JULY 14, 1862

 

Louisa Brooks. wid of

Seward Brooks. Priv in Co g. 44 New York.Vols.

Died at Hanover C. H. may 27, 1862 of wounds.

 

Pension Office

January 31, 1863

 

Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.

 

Jos. H. Barrett

 

No pension issued.

 

Received, Jan 29, 1863.

Ezekiel P. More, Prattsville

S.G. 8.2.13 N.Y. Attorney

 May 9th [illegible]

 

[Page 14 – handwritten note – no name]

 

[Page 15 – no name]

 

[Page 16 – Surgeon General’s Reply]

 

Surgeon General’s Office

Record and Pension Division,

Washington April 20, 1869

 

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

 

The death-records of this Office furnish no information in this case  - no records of the Regt. or of the 6th A.C., for 1862, on file nor of Hanover C. H., Va.

 

By order of the Surgeon General:

 

J J Woodward

 

Bvt. Lt. Col. And Asst. Surgeon, U.S.A.

 

[Page 17 – portion of a document giving death date of Seward Brooks as 12 June 1862]

 

[Page 18 – Surgeon General’s Reply]

 

Surgeon General’s Office

Record and Pension Division,

Washington Mch 19, 1870

 

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

 

The death-records of this Office furnish no information in this case  - Hospl records fo 6th Army Corps and of the Regt previous to Jany 1863, and respect of Regt for June, 1862, not on file.

 

By order of the Surgeon General:

 

J J Woodward

 

Bvt. Lt. Col. And Asst. Surgeon, U.S.A.

 

[Page 19 – Date of marriages and Reverend of first marriage are incorrect]

 

WIDOW’S DECLARATION FOR PENSION OR INCREASE IN PENSION.

 

This may be Executed before any person authorized to administer an oath.

 

State of ………. , County of ……….., ss: ON THIS 9th day of Sept A.D. one thousand eight hundred and 91 personally appeared before me  ……………. of the …………………… a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid Louisa Stillwell aged 49 years, who, being duly sworn according tolaw, makes the following declareation in order to obtain the Pension provided by Acts of Congress granting pension to widows: That she is the widow of Seward Brooks, who enlisted under the name of Seward Brooks at N.Y. on the at the day of Commencement of the  A.D. 1861, in the Co. G, 44th Regt New York Vols. In the war of Rebellion who received a gunshot wound and died of same in hospital at Washington on or about the first day of May, A. D. 1862, who bore at the time of his death the rank of private in Co. G 44 Regt. NY vols that she was married under the name of Louisa Mallet to said Seward Brooks on the 12th day of Sept A.D. 1860, by Rev. Frasier at Conesville N.Y. there being no legal barrier tosuch marriage; that neither she nor her husband had been previously married claimant remarried Sept. 1866 . . . that she hereby appoints, with full power ofsubstitution and revocation , James Tanner, of Washington, D.C., her attorney toprosecute the above claim; that . . . her PostOffice address is Walton, New York.

 

Witnesses: Lydia L. Miller      Amelia Churchill

 

[Page 20 – page 2 of previous document]

 

Also personally appeared Lydia L. Miller, residing at Sou[??] . . . Amelia Churchill residing at Stamford, Del Co. N.Y., persons whom I [portion missing] respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being byme duly sworn, say that they were present and Louisa Stillwell Make her Mark, the claimant, sign her name (make her mark) . . .

 

Mrs. Lydia L. Miller

Amelia ChurchillSworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Sept A.D. 1891 . . ..

 

A. L. Churchill (Official Signature)  Justice of the Peace (Official Character)

 

******************** [separate section]

 

WIDOW.

CLAIM FOR PENSION.

Louisa Stillwell Applicant.

Widow of Seward Brooks Pri Co. G 44 Reg’t N.Y. Inf vols.

 

Filed by

James Tanner,

Washington, D. C.

 

[Page 21 – the “S” of Samuel C. Brown does not match the “S” of Sam. Preck – not sure what else it can be for the first – could be Fanwel?]

 

Adjutant General’s Office

 

Washington, D.C.

 

March 26, 1867

 

Sir,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 115.094, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

 

There is no evidence on file in this Officethat Samuel C. Brown was enrolled and mustered into service in Co. “G”, 44 Regiment of N. York Volunteers.  But on the Muster out Roll of Co. “G” of that Regiment, dated October 11, 1864, there is the following evidence of service: He is reported Private – Mustered out of serviceiwth his Co. and honorably discharged.

 

I am, Sir, very respectfully,

   Your obedient servant,

        Sam. Preck

                Assistant Adjutant General

 

[Page 22]

 

WAR OF THE REBELLION.  Act of July 14, 1862

 

Approved at fifteen dollars

 

PENSION OF MINOR CHILDREN

(BY LAST MARRIAGE)

 

Lydia Brooks                 150.936

 

Seward Brooks     Rank, Private

                             Company, “G”

                             Regiment, 44 NY Vols

 

Residence of guardian, Greene county, and Ste of New York

Post Office, Lexington, Green Co. N.Y.

Attorney, Wm. F. Bascom Present

Fees $15 for contracts filed.

Rate of pension, $ 8 per month, commencing June 13th, 1862, the date of Soldiers death

 

Lydia  Born, Dec 20, 1859    Sixteen, Dec. 19, 1875

 

 

Payable to Louisa Aldrich, Guardian

 

Payments on all former certificates covering any portion of the same time to be deducted.

 

Admitted, May 11, 1871. Geo. W. Livingston, Examiner

Approved, June 1, 1871. [unclear initials] , Reviewer

 

No Duplicate

 

DATES SHOWN BY PAPERS

 

Enlistment, Sept. 25, 1861        Minors’ app. filed, Nov 13, 1865

Muster into rank, Sept 25, 1861.  Guardian appointed, Nov. 8, 1865

Discharge, none, 18  .  Claim completed, Mar 6, 1871

Death, June 12, 1862.  Marriage of parents, Sept 5, 1858

Invalid app. filed, none 18  .  Death, or re-marriage of widow, Sept 29, 1864

Invalid pension paid to none, 18  .  Widow No[??] pensioner

 

Widow: claim filed Jan 29, 1863

 

Place of Death, Near Harrison Landing

 

[Page 23]

 

INCIDENTAL MATTER

 

ALLEGATIONS OF GUARDIAN

 

Loyalty. Averred

Other minors. None

 

CHARACTER OF PROOF.

 

Other Minors None shown by affidavit of Henry Tibbits & Gilbert Chichester

Re-marriage of widow.  With Andrew Aldrich – shown by affidavit of the Officiating Majistrate.

 

Marriage of Parents shown by the affidavit of the daughter of the Officiating minister who was [dead] giving the date of same from the fathers records.  The officiating clergyman is dead.

 

Guardianship.  Letter is due from issue to Louisa Aldrich

Dates of birth. Affidavit of attending physician

 

Service. The Adjutant General U.S.A. reports name on rolls as Seward Brooks and the rank, company, and regiment, and the dates of Enlistment and Muster in as stated on preceding page.  He also reports

 

Death. The Adjutant General reports him as Wounded at Hanover May 27.

. . .

The affidavit of Samuel C. Brown, pri. aforesaid Regt. Co. “G.” shows that the soldier was wounded in the Side & Arm while engaged in battle at or near Hanover court House while in the line ofhis duty.

. . .

The affidavit of Theo. Weed shows that the soldier died on or about June 12, 1862.]

The A.G. report shows Brown new name on the rolls as stated.

 

[Page 24]

 

(H.)

Claim No. 115.094

Soldier Seward Brooks

Geo. W. Linvingston

Rm. 13

 

[Page 25 – handwritten affidavit and difficult to read]

 

State of New York

County of Greene

 

On this Eighth day of November A.D. 1865 [??] appeared before me E. P. Bushnell Clerk of said Court of Record and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, being a Court of Record in & for the County State aforesaid Louisa Aldrich [?] resides at Lexington in the County of Greene aforesaid.

. . .

doth make the following declaration as mother and guardian of the minor child of [???] and Seward Brooks, deceased.

[signed] Martha J. Wood

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Eight day of November A.D. 1865.

 

E. P. Bushnell Clerk of Greene County also Clerk of the Supreme Court of same County being a court of Record.

 

[Page 27 – name of surrogate illegible.}

 

I [unreadable name] Surrogate of the County of Green . . . Certify, that I have compared theannexed copy of Letters of [Guardia]nship of the present & [???] of Lydia Brooks a . . . of Lexington Greene co. N.Y. with the [covered text] thereof.

. . . this 8th day of November A. d. 1865

[unreadable name] Surrogate

 

[Page 28]

 

LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP

 

The People of the State of New York, to Louisa Aldrich of the town of Lexington County of Green and State of New York, send greeting:

 

Whereas, an application, in due form of law, has been made to our County Judge of the County of Greene, acting as Surrogate, to have you, the said Louisa Aldrich appointed the guardian of the persons and estate of Lydia Brooks a minor residing in the town of Lexington in the County of Greene, and State of New York, under the age of fourteen years: And whereas the said Louisa has agreed and consented to become such guardian, and has duly executed and delivered a bond pursuant to law, for the faithful discharge of his duty as such guardian, and we being satisfied of the sufficiency of said bond, and that said Louisa Aldrich is a good and reputable person, and is in every respect competent to have the custody of the person and estate of said minor during her minority & until another Guardian shall be appointed . . .

 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, we have caused the Seal of the Surrogate’s Court of our said County to be hereunto affixed.

 

Witness, J. A. Griswald County Judge of said County, at the town of Catskill the 8th day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty five

 

J. A. Griswald, County Judge of Greene County

 

[Page 29]

 

WAR OF THE REBELLION    Acts of July 25, 1866, and subsequent acts.

 

INCREASE OF Minor’s PENSION

 

ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE, No. 150.936, issued 5th June, 1871.

 

Albany

 

Lydia Brooks Child of

Seward Brooks

Rank. Private

Company. G

Regiment. 44. N.Y. Vols

 

Present Guardian. Louisa Aldrich

Residence,  Green County, and State of New York

Post Office, West Kill P. O. Green Co. N. Y.

 

Attorney, None

. . .

 

By last marriage

 

Lydia   Born Dec. 20, 1859

            Sixteen, Dec. 19, 1875 Commencing July 25th, 1866

. . .

 

Admitted, Nov. 4th, 1873. Geo. D. Livingston, Examiner.

Approved Nov. 25th, 1873. L. C. W. Reviewer

 

Increase application filed, July 18, 1873.  Marriage of soldier to 1st wife, Sept. 5th, 1858.

Death of soldier, June 12, 1862.

Wid. Not a pensioner.   Remarriage of widow, Sept. 29, 1864

Minor pd to June 4, 1873, No objection

Certificate surrendered.

 

[Page 30]

 

INCIDENTAL MATTER

 

SUMMARY OF PROOF

DATES OF BIRTH OF CHILDREN

Attending physician

 

No DATES OF DEATH OF CHILDREN

No CUSTODY OF CHILDREN BY FORMER MARRIAGE

 

REMARRIAGE OF WIDOW

Officiating Magistrate

 

[Page 31]

 

INCREASE BRIEF

 

Certificate No. 150.936

Soldier, Seward Brooks

Geo. D. Linvingston, Ex’r

Room 52

 

[Page 32 – letter dated Feb. 24, 1863, from Adjutant General’s Office (Washington, D.C.) concerning service of Seward Brooks and his being wounded on May 27 of 1862.  Signature of Assistant Adjutant General appears to be Sam’l Preck]

 

. . .

Name of applicant, Louisa Brooks

Address, Conesville Schoharie Co., N.Y.

 

[Page 33 – letter dated Aug. 12, 1870, from Adjutant General’s Office (Washington, D.C.) concerning service of Samuel C. Brown.  Signature of Assistant Adjutant General appears to be J. R. Martin]

 

 

In the case of Samuel C. Brown there is no original Enlistment of Muster-in Roll showing him to have been enrolled or mustered into the service of the United States as an enlisted man in Company “G”, of the 44” Regiment of New York Volunteers, on file in this office up to date.

 

The Muster Rolls of Company “G”, of that Regiment, contain the following evidence of service: it is stated on roll for Sept. and Oct. 1861 that he was enrolled Sept. 30/61 at Albany N.Y. to serve 3 yrs.  Muster out roll of Co. dated Oct. 11 “1864.” Muster in roll of Co. not on file.

 

I am, sir, very respectfully,

            Your obedient servant,

                        J R Martin

                        Assistant Adjutant General

 

To the Commissioner of Pension.

            Washington, D.C.

 

 

[Page 34 – letter dated Aug. 12, 1870, from Adjutant General’s Office (Washington, D.C.) concerning service of Theo. Weed.  Signature of Assistant Adjutant General appears to be J. R. Martin]

 

 

In the case of Samuel C. Brown there is no original Enlistment of Muster-in Roll showing him to have been enrolled or mustered into the service of the United States as an enlisted man in Company “G”, of the 44” Regiment of New York Volunteers, on file in this office up to date.

 

The Muster Rolls of Company “G”, of that Regiment, contain the following evidence of service: it is stated on roll for Sept. and Oct. 1861 that he was enrolled Sept. 20/61 at Albany  to serve 3 yrs.  Roll for July and August 1862 reports him.  “Discharged July 16” 1862. order of Genl. Dia.”  Theo. Weed does not appear. Muster in roll of Co. not on file.

 

I am, sir, very respectfully,

            Your obedient servant,

                        J R Martin

                        Assistant Adjutant General

 

To the Commissioner of Pension.

            Washington, D.C.

 

[Page 35]

 

Town of Gilboa

Schoharie County

 

Peter C. Hogadone of Broome in said County being duly sworn deposes & says that he was personally acquainted with Seward Brooks previous to his enlisting in the Federal Army; that he lived in the town of Broome Schoharie County, that he was a married man; or japed(?) as such that his wife’s name was Louisa.  That they kept house & lived together.  I further certify that they have & Heir (daughter) and that I have no interest in any back pay, bounty or pension which may be due his widow or his minor child.

 

        his

Peter X C. Hogadone

        mark

 

Mr. William Follet

subscribed & sworn

before me Dec 23/65

   Harvey Yeomans { Justice of the Peace

 

[Page 36]

 

State of New York

Schoharie County

 

Maria Southwick (Widow of Calvin Southwick deceased) being duly sworn deposes and saith that her husband was a minister of the Gospel .  That on the 5th of September AD 1858 she was present  and see Seward Brooks Married to Miss Louisa Mallet; by her said husband and further says that she has no interest in the claim of said Brooks widow or her minor Child for back pay, Bounty or Pension due from the Government for the service rendered in the Federal Army of the United States by the said Seward Brooks

sworn & subscribed                  {

before me Dec 26th 1865          {     Maria Southwick

Harvey Yeomans, Justice of the Peace

 

[Page 37 – “Affidavit of Maria Southwick Dec 26th 1865]

 

[Page 38]

 

New York

Schoharie County

 

Charles Gardner of the Town of Conesville in sd County being duly sworn deposes & says that he was personally acquainted with Seward Brooks & his wife Loisa during the life time of the sd Seward Brooks that they lived in the town of Broome Schoharie County and that his (Brooks) wife told him depoment (?) her husband had Enlisted in the army of the United States that he had correspondence with said Brooks while in service according to his (Brooks) letters he belonged to the 44th Regt N. Y. S.V company G; & Further says that he has no interest in any claim that the widow of said Brooks or his minor Child may have for back Pay Bounty or Pension & further saith that(?)

subscribed & sworn                             Charles Gardner

before me Dec 27/65

and I certify that I have no interest in the above matter

 

Harvey Yeomans { Justice of the Peace

 

[Page 39]

 

State of New York

Schoharie County

 

Maria C. Southwick (Daughter of Calvin Southwick deceased) having duly sworn deposes and says that her Father was a minister of theGospel that whe was present and at the wedding of Seward Brooks & Loisa Mallet that her Father married them.  That it was in the Fall of 1858 and from her Father’s records of marriages it was on the 5th of Sept 1858 and further says that she has no interest in any claim which the widow of said Brooks or her minor childe may have against the Government for back pay Bounty or Pension

 

                                                                                    Mariah C. Southwick

 

subscribed & sworn

before me Dec 26th 1865

 

Harvey Yeomans { Justice of the Peace

 

[Page 40]

 

I, HENRY [KINGSLEY], CLERK OF ALL THE JUDICIAL COURTS OF RECORD IN

Said county, certify that Harvey Yeomans, Esq., was, at the date of this Certificate, and acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county, . . .

 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court and County, this 9th day of March 1867.

                                                Henry Kingsley Clerk.

 

 

[Pages 41-42]

 

State of New York

County of Schoharie

 

John B. Judson being duly sworn deposes & says that he is a practicing Physician & Surgeon and . . . resides in the town of Broome in the County & State aforesaid, that he was well acquainted with Seward Brooks in his life time . . . who is now deceased; that deforment is well acquainted with Louisa Brooks; that he new her before her marriage to said Brooks was Louisa Mallet; that there was born to the said Louisa Brooks and her said husband Seward Brooks decd during their said marriage one child only who is now living & resides in the town of Lexington, Greene Co., N.Y. whose name is Lydia Brooks.  Deforment says that the said Lydia Brooks was born on the 20th day of December 1859 . . . and was present at the birth of said Lydia Brooks . . ..

                                    John B.Judson, M.d.

 

Sworn & subscribed before me this 2nd day of January A.D. 1867 by the above [??] John B. Judson . . ..

 

John H. Mattice

 

[insert copied with above]

 

STATE OF NEW YORK,

SCHOHARIE COUNTY,

I, HENRY [KINGSLEY], CLERK OF ALL THE JUDICIAL COURTS OF RECORD IN

Said county, certify that John H. Mattice, Esq., was, at the date of this Certificate, and acting Justice of the Peace in and for said county, . . .

 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court and County, this 6th day of March 1867.

                                                Henry Kingsley Clerk.

 

 

[Pages 43-45 Affidavit of Louisa Aldrich correcting information previously presented]

 

State of New York

County of Greene

 

On this 12th day of March AD 1867 personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in & for the County of Greene aforesaid Louisa Aldrich a resident of Lexington in the County of Greene aforesaid & she being by me duly sworn deposes & says she is the identical Louisa Aldrich who is the mother & guardian of Lydia Brooks the only child of [declarant] and Seward Brooks who was a private . . .

 

She hereby constitutes and appoints John Olney of Coxsackie, Greene County, N. Y. her attorney . . .

 

             her

Lousia   X   Aldrich

            Mark

 

J.D. Newton

O. L. Newton

 

Magistrate   Adam Montrof Justice of the Peace

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

Greene County Clerk’s Office

 

I, Elijah P. Bushnell, Clerk of said County, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, (being a Court of Record) in and for said County, do hereby certify that Adam Montrof before whom the affixed affidavit was made, was at the date of thereof a Justice of the Peace . . .

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Seal of said County and Court, this 15th day of March 1867

                                    E. P. Bushnell Clerk.

 

[Pages 46-47]

 

State of New York

County of Greene

 

Adam Montrof being duly sworn deposes a& says that on the 27th day of September A.S. 1864 he joined in marriage according to the laws of the state of New York Andrew Aldrich and Louisa Brooks, widow of Seward Brooks deceased who was a private in Co. G . . ..

 

Deforment further says at the time of the aforesaid marriage he was and still is a Justice of the Peace in & for the County of Greene aforesaid residing in the town of Lexington . . .

 

                                                Adam Montrof

 

Sworn & subscribed fefore me by the above [??] Adam Montrof this 22d day if February 1867 . . .

 

W. H. Marsh Justice of the Peace

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

Greene County Clerk’s Office

 

I, Elijah P. Bushnell, Clerk of said County, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, (being a Court of Record) in and for said County, do hereby certify that Wm. H. Marsh before whom the affixed affidavit was made, was at the date of thereof a Justice of the Peace . . .

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Seal of said County and Court, this 1st day of March 1867

                                    E. P. Bushnell Clerk.

 

 

[Pages 48-49]

 

State of New York

County of Greene

 

Samuel C. Brown of the town of Catskill in the County of Greene aforesaid being duly sworn deposes & says that he was a private in co. G. 44th Regiment New York State Volunteers (Called People’s Ellsworths Regiment) Commanded by Col. Stricker in the service of the United States in the late Rebellion.  That he was acquainted with Seward Brooks who was a member of Co. G. of the same Regiment; that said Brooks was wounded in his arm and side while engaged in the Battle at or near Hanover Court house while in the line of his duty; that said Brooks was taken after being wounded to Regimental Hospital, and from thence to Division Hospital; that he had his arm amputated near his shoulder in consequence said wound and afterward died from the effects of said wound and amputation; that said Brooks was wounded on or about the 27th day of May 1862; that deforment saw said Brooks the next morning after he died, and he assisted in burying said Brooks; that deferment has no interest in this claim for a pension.

                                                                                    Samuel C. Brown

 

Sworn and subscribed

before me this 11th

day of September

1866

. . .

 

Edgar Rupell

Justice of the Peace

 

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

Greene County Clerk’s Office

 

I, Elijah P. Bushnell, Clerk of said County, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, (being a Court of Record) in and for said County, do hereby certify that Edgar Rupell before whom the affixed affidavit was made, was at the date of thereof a Justice of the Peace . . .

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Seal of said County and Court, this 1st day of March 1867

                                    E. P. Bushnell Clerk.

 

 

[Page 50 – apparently Theodore Weed’s handwriting]

 

Town of Lexington

Greene County: S.S.

 

I Theodore Weed of Cairo Greene County New York do hereby Certify that I was a Private in co. G. 44 Regt N.Y.S.V And was personally acquainted with Seward Brooks ofCo. G. same Regt. And that the said Seward Brooks was wounded at the Engagement at Hanover CourtHouse onor about the 26th dayof May 1862. Said Brooks was wounded in his left arm.  And said Brooks was conveyed to the Division Hospittal [sic] of the Sixth army corps of Gaines Mills.  I was an inmate of said Hospittal at the time of the death of Private Brooks on oor about the 12th June 1862

 

Subscribed and sworn to

before me the 15th

day of Jan 1870

Adam Montrof [or Montrop?]

 

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

Greene County Clerk’s Office

 

I, Horatio L. Day, Clerk of said County, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, (being a Court of Record) in and for said County, do hereby certify that Adam Montrof, Esq. before whom the affixed affidavit was made, was at the date of thereof a Justice of the Peace . . .

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Seal of said County and Court, this 1st day of March 1867

                                    Horatio L. Day Clerk.

 

 

[Page 51]

 

Adjutant General’s Office,

            Washington D.C.

                        January 19’ 1866.

 

Sir:

            I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office ofapplication for Pension No. 115094, and to return it herewith, with such information s is furnished by the files of this Office.

            There is no evidence on file in this Office that Seward Brooks was enrolled and mustered into service in Co. G., 44 Regiment of New York Volunteers.  But on the Regturn of that Regiment, for the month of January 1863, there is the following evidence service: He is reported “Died of disease Hall’s Hill, June ---“, Date not stated on army Records on file

 

I am Sir, very respectfully,

            Your obedient servant,

                        Sam. Preck

                                    Assistant Adjutant General

 

[Page 52]

 

GENERAL HEAD-QUARTERS—STATE OF NEW YORK

            Adjutant-General’s Office

           

            Albany, April 21st 1866

 

I certify, that the name of Private Seward Brooks appears on the Muster in roll of Co. “G”, 44th Reg’t, N.Y.S. Vol. Infty as having been enlisted at Albany N.Y. on the 25th day of Sept. 1861 by Capt. Van Derlif and was mustered into the U. S. service by Capt. Reveiz on the 25th day of Sept. 1861 at Albany N.Y.

No record of death on file in this Office.

 

A Baker

Acting Assistant Adjutant General

 

[Pages 53-54]

 

State of New York SS

County of Greene

In matter of claim for pension for minor Child of Seward Brooks who was a soldier in the war of 1861 and a private of Company G 44th Regt New York State Vols Personally came before me a Justice of the Peace of aforesaid  County and state Louisa Aldrich aged 26 years a Citizen of the County of Greene Westkill P.O. State of New York Reputable and entitled tocredit and being duly sworn declares in relation to aforesaid claim as follows that she is the mother and guardian of the minor child of Seward Brooks deceased in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the eleventh section of the act of Congress approved June sixth 1866 granting pensions to minor Children under sixteen years of age of deceased Officers soldiers and seamen who have left a widow still surviving she further declares that she is the guardian of her Child or ward whose father was a private of Co. G 44th Regt NYSV in the war of 1861 and that the said Seward Brooks died at the division hospital of the sixth army Corps at Gains Mill on or about the 12th day ofJune 1862 from a wound in his left arm received at the engagement at Hanover Court house and that the date of birth of her Child or ward was Dec. 20th 1859 as the M.D. had it in his affidavit and that she had made the mistake in the date of birth and the name of the Child or ward is Lydia and that they have her Marriage certificate [at the] pension office at Washington Louisa X (her mark) Aldrich.  Also personally appeared Dewitt Dunham and James Vanvalkenburg residents of the Town of Lexington Greene County and State of New York persons whom I Certify to be respectable and entitled to credit and who being by me duly sworn say that they were present and see her make her mark to the forgoing declaration and furtherswear that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her that she is the identical person she represents herself to be they further declare that they have no interest in said claim and am not concerned in its prosecutin.

 

                                                Signature of Affiants

 

Attest: Isnin Dunham                 |   Dewitt Dunham

            A. Montrof                   |   James X (his mark) Vanvalkenburg

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day February AD 1870 and I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim . . .

 

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

Greene County Clerk’s Office

 

I, Horatio L. Day, Clerk of said County, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, (being a Court of Record) in and for said County, do hereby certify that Adam Montrof, Esq. before whom the affixed affidavit was made, was at the date of thereof a Justice of the Peace . . .

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Seal of said County and Court, this 8th day of February 1870

                                    Horatio L. Day Clerk.

 

 

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(PENSIONER DROPPED.)

 

U. S. Pension Agency,

 

 

Hon. J. A. Bentley

            Commissioner of Pensions

 

Sir:

 

I hereby report that the name of Minor of Seward Brooks who was a pensioner on the rolls ofthis Agency, under Certificate No. 150.936, and who was last kpaid at $10, do 4 Dec , 1875, has been dropped because of Statute limitiation

 

Very Respectfully,

 

T. S. Poole

    Pension Agent

 

[Page 56]

 

150936

Minor of Seward Brooks

 

[Page 57]

 

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

Greene County Clerk’s Office

 

I, Elijah P. Bushnell, Clerk of said County, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, (being a Court of Record) in and for said County, do hereby certify that William H. Jackson before whom the affixed affidavit was made, was at the date of thereof a Justice of the Peace . . .

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the Seal of said County and Court, this 23rd day of January 1863

                                    E. P. Bushnell Clerk.

 

 

[Page 58 – Widows Army Pension cover page]

 

Widow’s Army Pension

in case of

Louisa Brooks wid.

of Seward Brooks

 

E. P. More Attorney.

Prattsville P. Office.

Greene County.

New York State.

 

Louisa Brooks Claimant.

Conesville P. Office.

Schoharie County.

New York State.

 

[Page 59 – copy of Act of Congress approved July 14th, 1862.]

 

[Page 60]

 

State of New York

County Greene             ss

 

On this 22nd day of January A. D. 1863, personally appeared before me a Justice of the peace of the County aforesaid Louisa Brooks a resident of Conesville in the County of Schoharie and State of New York aged 20 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oathmake the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, approved July 14th, 1862, and under the act of the 21st day of July, 1861, that she is the widow of Seward Brooks who was a private in Company “G” commanded by (not Known) in the forty fourth (44) Regiment of Volunteers N.Y. (Elsworth) in the War of 1861, who was wounded at Hanover C. H. on the 27th of May 1862 and died in a few days thereafter from said wounds.  That she has one child during marriage name Lydia E. Brooks aged three years, now living.

She further declares that shewas married to the said Seward Brooks on the 5th day of September in the year 1858 thather husband the aforesaid Seward Brooks died on the day above mentioned and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  She also declares that she has not, in any manner, been engaged in, or aided or abetted the rebellion in the UNITED STATES.

 

Also, personally appeared Charles Gardner and Hannah Gardner residents of Conesville Schoharie Co. N.Y. 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 Louisa Brooks sign her name to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant, and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim. And know that the said Louisa Brooks is now a widow and has not been married since the decease of said Seward Brooks and has one child as above represented.

                                                                                                            Charles Gardner           |

                                                                                                            Hannah Gardner           |  Witness

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 22nd day of January A. D. 1863 and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

 

                                                                                    W. H. Jackson        Justice of the peace

 

            I hereby Authorize Ezekiel P. More of Prattsville Greene County N.Y. my Agent and Attorney in fact, to present the foregoing claim, and to receive and receipt for, in my name and stead, the money, certificatie, or warrant payable under it.

 

M. G. Marsh    |                                              Louisa X (her mark) Brooks

W. H. Jackson  | Witness

 

State of New York

County of Greene

 

Personally appeared Louisa  Brooks whose name is signed to the foregoing Power of Attorney; and acknowledged the same to be her free and voluntary act, for the purposes therein named.

 

                                                            W. H. Jackson        Justice of the peace

 

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THIS CERTIFIES THAT

The RITE of

Holy Matrimony

WAS CELEBRATED BETWEEN

 

Mr. Seward Brooks fo the Town of Gilboa Sch. And Miss Loisa Mallat of Gilboa Schoharie Co. on Sept. 5 A 1858 at my housein Gilb. By Rev. C. Southwick Pastor the Gilboa Christian Church

 

Witness  N. E. Southwick         Witness F. E. Southwick

 

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