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Confederate Pension Application
George W. Carpenter
&
Confederate Widow's Pension Application
of Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter.

sent by Martha Caswell <Tremorsnewmexico@aol.com>
George W.Carpenter was her Great-Great-Great Uncle
Widow's Application for Pension-28215

Name of Applicant:  Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter
County:  McCulloch
Postoffice:  Brownwood, Texas
Date Filed:  July 10, 1911
Approved:  June 1, 1914
Pension allowed from:  Sept 1, 1914

Form B
For use of Widows of Soldiers who are in Indigent Circumstances.

The State of Texas
County of McCulloch

I, Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter, 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 Sate of Texas, and approved March 26, A.D. 1909, on the following grounds:

I am the widow of George W. Carpenter, deceased, who departed this life on the 6th day of April, A.D. 1909, in the county of Menard, in the State of Texas.

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, bur remained his true, faithful and lawful wife up to the date of his death.  I was married to him on the 4th day of October, A.D. 1875 in the county of Williamson, in the State of Texas.

My husband, the said George W. Carpenter, 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 Sate of Texas since prior to March 1, A.D. 1880, 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 the value to the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars per annum, nor do I own in my own right, nor does any one hold in trust for my benefit or use, estate or property, either read, personal or mixed, either in fee or for life, of the assessed value of over one thousand dollars 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?  54 years old.
2. Where were you born?  Collin County, Texas
3. How long have you resided in the State of Texas?  All of my life.
4. How long have you resided in the county of your present residence?  And what is your post office address?  Off and on for 10 years.  Brady Texas.
5. What was your husband?s full name?  George W. Carpenter.
6. When and where were you married?  October 4th 1875 at Georgetown, Texas.
7. What was the date of his death?  April 6th 1909.
8. In what State was your husband?s command originally organized?  Texas.
9. How long did your husband serve?  If know to you, give date of enlistment and discharge.  During the entire war.  Don?t know dates.
10. 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 of service.  Co. I-11th Texas Calvary.  Capt Reeves, Col. Young commanded the regm?t afterwards he was transferred to Col. James Nails Regm?t was in Co K. Frank Colbert Captain.
11. 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 rang and line of duty, or if detailed for special service, under the law of conscription, the nature of such service, and how long did her serve?  He served in the Calvary.
12. Have you transferred to others any property of any kind for the purpose of becoming a beneficiary under this law?  I have not.

Wherefore your petitioner prays that her application for a pension be approved and such other proceedings be had in the premises as are required by law.

(Signature of Applicant)  Amelia F. Carpenter
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of August, A.D. 1910
Harvey Walker
County Judge, McCulloch County, Texas

Affidavit of Witnesses

[Note-There must be at least two creditable witnesses.]
The State of Texas
County of McCulloch

Before me Harvey Walker, County Judge of McCulloch County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared G. W. Helms, who are personally known to me to be credible citizens, who, being by me duly sword, on the oath state that they personally know that Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter, applicant for pension as the widow of George W. Carpenter deceased, is in truth and fact the widow of George W. Carpenter deceased; that they personally know that she has not remarried since the death of her husband, for whose service in the army she claims a pension, and that they have no interest in this claim.

Signature of Witness:  G. W. Helms
Signature of Witness:  Her X-Amelia Helms
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of August, A.D. 1910
Harvey Walker
County Judge, McCulloch County, Texas

Affidavit of Witnesses

[Note-There must be at least two credible witnesses.]

The State of Texas
County of McCulloch

Before me Harvey Walker, County Judge of McCulloch County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared Amelia Helms, who are personally known to me to be credible citizens, who, being by me duly sword, on the oath state that they personally know the above named applicant for pension, and that they personally know that the said Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter has been a bona fide resident citizen of the State of Texas since prior to March 1, A.D. 1880, and that they have no interest in this claim.

Signature of Witness:  G. W. Helms
Signature of Witness:  Her X-Amelia Helms
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of August, A.D. 1910
Harvey Walker
County Judge, McCulloch County, Texas

Affidavit of Witnesses
(This is the section where there should have been two people who actually served in the war with George W. Carpenter but was left blank).

Certificate of State and County Assessor
I,  J. A. Watkins, State and county Assessor in the County of McCulloch, State of Texas, do hereby certify that Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter, whose name is signed to the foregoing application for a pension, under the Act of the Thirty-first Legislature, approved March 26, A.D. 1909, is changed on the land and personal property rolls of the said county, in her name, or the name of a trustee, with estate, real, personal and mixed, at the assessed value of no dollars.

Given under my hand, this 5 day of July, A.D. 1911
J. A. Watkins
State and County Assessor.


Endorsement Hereon for comptroller?s Use Exclusely.
Form No. 1.-Ammended.
Confederate Pensions Application

Name of Applicant-George W. Carpenter
County-McCulloch
Post Office-Brady, Texas

I have carefully examined the within application for pension, together with the proof in support thereof, and I recommend that the applicationbe Filed this 6th Day of April, A. D. 1900.

H. P. Jordon, Clk Co. Ct.
Mcculloch Co., Texas
By W. W. Jordan Deputy.

Note-The law provides that pensions can begin only on the first day of April and October each year.

Form No. 1.-Amended



Application of Indigent Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy for pension under the Act of may 12, 1899.  Hereafter use no other blank but this.

The State of Texas
County of McCulloch

To the Honorable county Judge of McCulloch county, Texas.
Your petitioner, George W. Carpenter respectfully represents that he is a resident citizen of McCulloch County, in the State of Texas, and that he makes this application for the purpose of obtaining a pension under the act passed by the Twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Texas, and approved May 12, A. D. 1899, the same being an act entitled ?An act to carry into effect the amendment to the Constitution of the State of Texas, providing that aid may be granted to disabled and dependent Confederate soldiers, and their widows under certain conditions, and to make an appropriation therefore,? and I do solemnly swear that the answers I have given to the following questions are true.

NOTE-Applicant must make answer to all of the following questions, and such answers must be written out plainly in ink.

Q.  What is your name?  Answer:  George W. Carpenter.
Q.  What is your age?  Answer:  64 years old.
Q.  In what County do you reside?  Answer:  McCulloch County, Texas
Q.  How long have you resided in said County and what is your post office address?  Answer:  I have resided in McCulloch County Texas about 2 years.  My P.O. address is Brady Texas.
Q.  Have you applied for a pension under the Confederate Pension law heretofore, and been rejected?  If so state when and where.  Answer:  I have never applied for a pension.
Q.  What is our (sic) occupation if able to engage in one?  Answer:  Farming.
Q.  What is your physical condition?  Answer:  Bad.
Q.  If your physical condition is such that you are unable to by your own labor to earn a support, state what caused such disability.  Answer:  Age and heart trouble.
Q.  State in what company and regiment you enlisted in the Confederate army, and the time of your service.  Answer:  1st under Col Young 11th Tex Calvary Co I, Capt Reeves.  I was then transferred to Col James Nails regmt was in Co ?K? Capt Frank Colbert.
Q.  If you served in the Confederate navy state when and where, and the time of your service.  Answer:  I did not serve in the Navy.
Q.  State whether or not you have received any pension or veteran donation land certificate under any previous law, and if you answer in the affirmative state what pension or veteran donation land certificate you have received.  Answer:  I never received any pension or veteran donation land certificate.
Q.  What real and personal property do you now own, and what is the present value of such property?  Give list of such property and value.  Answer:  I own no land whatever.  I own one old horse and small hack.  The hack and horse are worth $20.00.
Q.  What property, and what was the value thereof have you sold or conveyed within two years prior to the date of the application?  Answer:  I have sold no property within two years prior to this application.
Q.  What income, if any, do you receive?  Answer:  None.
Q.  Are you in indigent circumstances; that is, are you in actual want, and destitute of property and means of subsistence?  Answer:  I am indigent in actual want and destitute of property and means of support.
Q.  Are you unable by your labor to earn a support?  Answer:  I am unable.
Q.  Have you transferred to others any property of value of any kind for the purpose of becoming a beneficiary under this law?  Answer:  I have not transferred any property of value for the purpose of obtaining pension.
Q.  Did you ever desert the Confederacy?  Answer:  I never did desert the Confederacy.
Q.  Have you been continuously since the first day of January, 1880, a bona fide resident citizen of this State?  Answer:  I have continuously been in Texas, except during the war since 1859.

Wherefore your petitioner prays that his application for pension be approved and that such other proceedings be had in the premises as are required by law.

(Signature of Applicant)  His X-George W. Carpenter
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 24th day of March A. D. 1905
W. McShan
Notary Public, McCulloch County, Texas.

Affidavit of Witnesses

[Note-There must be at least two credible witnesses]

The State of Texas
County of McCulloch Before me W. McShan A Notary Public of McCulloch County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared Mrs. P. C. Watkins who is personally known to me to be a credible citizen, who being by me duly sworn on oath, state that she personally knows George W. Carpenter enlisted in the services of the Confederacy, and performed the duties of a soldier as claimed, by him in the above and forgoing application; that my source of such knowledge is as follows:  That I knew when the said applicant enlisted, or based upon the following facts, to wit:  I am his sister.  I saw him when he went off in the army.  I saw him when he would come home on furloughs and saw him when he returned from the army at the close of the war.  I and our mother made clothes for him while he was in the service and sent them to him.  I think that he was in Capt Colbert Company.  I know that he was a Confederate soldier and that he served during the entire war.

And that she further knows that he the said applicant, is unable to support himself by labor of any sort.

[Signature of Witness] P. C. Watkins
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 25 day of March A. D. 1905
W. McShan
Notary Public, McCulloch County,  Texas.

Affidavit of Physician

The State of Texas
County of McCulloch
Before me W. McShan a Notary Public of McCulloch County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared J. S. Anderson, who is a reputable practicing physician of this county, who being by me duly sworn on oath, states that he has carefully and thoroughly examined George W. Carpenter applicant for a pension, and finds him laboring under the following disabilities which render him unable to labor at any work or calling sufficient to earn a support for himself:  Minal insufficiency and chronic invision nepritis.

[Signature of Physician] J. S. Anderson M.D.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13th day of April A.D. 1905
W. McShan Notary Public
McCulloch County, State of Texas

Certificate of County Judge
(Not filled out)
 

Certificate of State and County Assessor

I, J. A. Watkins, State and County Assessor in the County of McCulloch, State of Texas, do certify that Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter or his wife, or his trustee, or trustee for his wife, whose name is signed to the forgoing application for a pension, under the Act of the Thirty-third Legislature, approved April 7, 1913 is charged on the tax rolls of said county with a homestead of the value of Nothing and of other property, real or personal, or both, of the value of nothing dollars.
Given under my hand this 29th day of June A.D. 1914.
J. A. Watkins
State and County Assessor.
 

W. McShan
Lawyer and Land Agent
In the land business in Brady over 30 years.

Brady, Texas June 28th A. D. 1914

Hon Geo W. Kyser Pension Commissioner

Dear sir,

Replying to yours of the 20th  I beg to enclose you the application of Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter with the tax assessor?s certificate.  This old woman has never owned any property in this County and besides her own labor is assisted by her son-in-law in getting a living.  She has moved to Brownwood, Texas at which place you will please notify her of your action.  You stated in your letter that you would approve her application upon its return with the Tax Assessor?s Certificate.

Your Truly,
W. McShan


W. McShan
Lawyer and Land Agent
29 Years in the land business at Brady

Brady, McCulloch County, Texas
July 6th 1911

Hon R. A. Buford

Dear Sir,

I enclose you the application of Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter for a pension together with the evidence of Mrs. P. C. Watkins and Mrs. Dicy White.  Early in 1905 I made an effort for her husband Geo W. Carpenter, then living, as shown by the enclosed application of his, for a pension under the old law, and being unable to locate any of his old comrades I have let the case remain in State no until after his death when I received my efforts to find members of his company or regiment for his widow.  As yet I have been unable to do so and am let to the conclusion that they are all dead like himself.  I therefore submit the case to you on the evidence in the old case of Mrs. Watkins and Mrs. White, which is conclusive to my mind as to his being a Confederate Soldier during the entire war.  I was well acquainted with him and often heard him speak of his service during the war.  Besides I am well acquainted with the two witnesses and know them to be good conscientious women.  The applicant is quite old and feeble and is compelled to rely on the assistance of others in a large part for a subsistence.  You will find Mrs. Watkins evidence on the original application of Geo W. Carpenter, and that of Mrs. White in separate depositions taken before the Clerk of Menard County.  The case was never carried through the court under the old law.  Please examine these papers and let me know of your action just as soon as you can and oblige.

Yours truly,
W. McShan


W. McShan
Lawyer and Land Agent
In the land business in Brady over 30 years.

Brady, Texas June 18th A. D. 1914

Hon Geo W. Kyser

Dear Sir,

A good while ago I sent to your office the application of Mrs. Amelia F. Carpenter for a Confederate Pension.  Prior to the death of her husband I had undertook to get up proof of his service, and could find no one who served with him.  However I got the depositions of two of his sisters who saw him go into the army and return home after the war and who spun and wove the cloths that he wore during the war.  This was all of the evidence that I could get and I forwarded it with Mrs. Carpenter?s application to your office.  I knew her husband well and am satisfied that he was a Confederate soldier.  Please investigate Mrs. Carpenter?s claim for a pension and let me know of your action.

Yours truly,
W. McSwan   (Over)

P. S. Mrs. Carpenters husband enlisted in Grayson County, Texas early in Co I under Capt Reeves 11th Cavalry under Col Young.  He was afterwards transferred to Co K under Capt Frank Colbert in Col James Nails Regiment of Cavalry.  I think that his service was partly in the Indian Territory.
 

Deposition in Pension Claims, with Caption and Certificates

Ex Parte
Geo W. Carpenter

In re Applicant for Confederate Pension
Under Act May 12, 1899, pending in County Commissioner?s Court of McCulloch County, Texas, before the Honorable County Judge of said County.

Answers and deposition of (1) Mrs. Dicy White who resides in Menard county, Texas to the accompanying interrogatories (2) and Cross Interrogatories propounded to her in the above enlisted cause taken before (3) me J. R. Head a County Clerk in and for Menard County, Texas in accordance with the accompanying (5) agreement.

To the first interrogatory the said Mrs. Dicy White.  Witness, answers:  My name is Dicy White my age is 53.  I live 5 miles east of Menardville and my post office address is Menardville, Menard County, Texas.

To the second Int she answers:  I am personally acquainted with George W. Carpenter, he is my brother.

To the third Int she answers:  I have known him the 53 years of my life.  He is older than I.

To the fourth Int she answers:  I know that he served as a soldier in the confederate Army and served all thought the war.  I do not know the names of any of the officers or the regiment in which he served.  I can remember that he wrote home from the army and that one time he wrote from Fort Arbuckle and that he came home on furlough several times.

To the Fifth Int she answers:  I can?t remember the name of the company or regiment in which he enlisted but he enlisted from Grayson County about six months after the war broke out and served until the war closed.

To the sixth Int she answers:  I know that he is not able to work, he has heart trouble and all last week was expected to die.

To the first cross Int the witness Dicy White answers:  I kow of no other one of that name who served in the army.

To the second Cross Int she answers:  I know that George W. Carpenter my brother is the one who enlisted in the army in Grayson County but as I have said I do not know in what company or regiment in which he served.

To the Third Cross Int she answers:  I was with him about the last day of February last and have been with him for about two months previous to that time and know that he was very feeble and in bad health and I have heard several doctors who have attended him say that he has hearth trouble.

To the fourth cross Int she answers:  If he did I never did hear anything about it.

Her X-Dicy White.

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 4th day of April 1905
J. R. Head Clk, Co,
Menard Co, Texas

David T. Peel
Funeral Director
520 Taylor Street ?Phones 535-544
Corpus Christi, Texas

Estate of Mrs. A. F. Carpenter

Jan. 14, 1938-Funeral Items Mrs. Carpenter:
Coffin and box                               $55.00
Casket Coach Service                    $15.00
Cash:  Rose Hill Cem. For grave   $30.00
                                                     $100.00

The State of Texas,
County of Nueces
Before me, R. L. Peel, Notary Public in and for Nueces County, Texas, on this day personally appeared David T. Peel known to me, who, being by me duly swarn, states on oath that the forgoing and annexed Account in favor of David T. Peel against Estate Mrs. A. F. Carpenter for the sum of One Hundred and no/100 dollars is within the knowledge of affiant, just and true; that it is due and unpaid, and that all just and lawful offsets, payments and credits have been allowed.

David T. Peel

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 29th day of January A. D. 1938.

R. L. Peel
Notary Public, Nueces County, Texas
 

Application for Mortuary Warrant

The State of Texas
County of Nueces

I, Mrs. G. W. Helms, do hereby certify that I am the person to whom is entrusted the paying of the accounts and indebtedness of the late Mrs. A. F. Carpenter, who was a pensioner of the State of Texas, and whose file number was 28215 and whose original county was McCulloch.

The said pensioner Mrs. A. F. Carpenter died on the 14th Day of January, 1938, in the town of Corpus Christi, County of Nueces, Texas.

The pensioner died in the home of Mrs. G. W. Helms who was related the the pensioner as daughter.

That the warrant, which application is hereby made for, shall be applied to paying all or part of the funeral expenses incurred by the said pensioner Mrs. A. F. Carpenter Payable to David T. Peel funeral director.

I further certify that the warrant for the current month has not been cashed by the pensioner, to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I am related to the pensioner as daughter that my post office address is 3133 Magnolia Street, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Signed:  Mrs. G. W. Helms
Sworn to before me this 27th day of January, 1938
R. L. Peel
Notary Public in and for Nueces
State of Texas.

Certificate of Undertaker

I, David T. Peel, do certify that I am undertaker in the town of Corpus Christie, County of Nueces, State of Texas that I had charge of the body of Mrs. A. F. Carpenter, who died in the town of Corpus Christi, County of Nueces, State of Texas on the 14th day of January 1938.  That said body was prepared for burial by me on the 14th day of January, 1938, and that I am of the opinion that warrant herein applied for should be issued to the said David T. Peel for Mrs. G. W. Helms.
Signed David T. Peen.
Undertaker.

Certificate of Physician

I, (cannot read) do certify that I am a practicing physician, and that I attended Mrs. A. F. Carpenter in her last illness and am of the opinion that her ailments were cancer of the rectum.

I further certify that I am of the opinion that the Mortuary Warrant above requested should be issued in the name of the aforementioned applicant, in accordance with Act passed by the Thirty-eighth Legislature and approved March 2, 1923.

Signed (cannot read)
Physician?s Address Corpus Christi, Texas
 

* See also his sister's information


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