The CIVIL WAR Pension record of ELLEN FLUHARTY SPRINGER, widow of DAVID SPRINGER
submitted by Linda Cunningham Fluharty
To Whom It May Concern:
Know ye, that DAVID SPRINGER a PRIVATE of Company F, Second Regiment of West Va Infantry Volunteers who was enrolled on the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF MARCH ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FOUR to serve THREE years or during the war, is hereby DISCHARGED from the service of the United States this SIXTEENTH DAY OF JULY, 1865, at WHEELING, WEST Va by reason of TELEGRAM DATED WAR DEPT A.G.O. WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 24, 1865.
(No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.)
Said DAVID SPRINGER was born in TAYLOR COUNTY in the State of VIRGINIA, is Twenty-two years of age, FIVE feet NINE inches high, DARK complexion, GREY eyes, DARK hair, and by occupation when enrolled, a FARMER. Given at WHEELING, W.Va. this THIRD DAY OF AUGUST, 1865. Signed: EDWD HAINS (?), 1st Lt 5 US Cavy
WIDOW'S PENSION (Original with increase) War of The Rebellion Act of July 14, 1862, and subsequent acts.
ELLEN SPRINGER widow of DAVID SPRINGER Rank: PRIVATE; Company: "H"; Regiment: 1st W.Va. Vols.
Residence of claimant, WETZEL County, and State of West Virginia. Post Office, PINE GROVE, WETZEL CO. WVa Attorney. GEORGE E. LEMON, Washington, D.C. Fee, $10.00. Articles of agreement , NOT having been filed. Rate of pension, $8.00 per month, commencing FEBRUARY 22nd, 1867, the date of soldier's death, and two dollars per month additional for each child, as follows:
JOHN born OCTOBER 17th, 1853. (Sixteen, Oct 16th, 1869) SOPHIA born April 18th, 1855. (Sixteen, APR 17th, 1871) SEBIEA born DEC 11th, 1856. (Sixteen, DEC 10th, 1872) SARAH born AUG 11th, 1858. (Sixteen AUG 10th, 1874) ALEXANDER born FEB 20th, 1862. (Sixteen FEB 19th 1878) SAMANTHA born OCT 14th, 1863. (Sixteen OCT 13th 1879) ELZENA born MCH 28th, 1866. (Sixteen MCH 27th, 1882)
Payment on all former certificates covering any portion of the same to be deducted.
Submitted for admission NOV 20th, 1883. CHAS. C. STOUFFER, Examiner. Approved, MARCH 17th, 1884. JAS. A. COMPTON, Reviewer. Dates Shown By Papers: Enlistment, March 26th, 1864. Right Accrued, February 22nd, 1867 Muster into pensionable rank, April 8th, 1864. Death, February 22nd, 1867. Invalid app. filed, None. Invalid last paid to, Not. Widow's app. filed, August 10th, 1876. Formal Widow's pp. filed, June 25th, 1883. Former marriage of soldier, None. Claimant's marriage to soldier, Nov 21st, 1852. Cause of Death, DYSENTARY. Place of Death, AT HOME.
Allegations of Claimant: Other children of soldier by former wife, None. Other children of soldier by claimant, None. Loyalty of claimant declared and testimony of CHAS. G. FLUHARTY and D. B. FLUHARTY of PINE GROVE, WETZEL CO W.Va. Filed NOV 17/83
SUMMARY OF PROOF
Former Marriage of Soldier: (NONE) Death of Former Wife: (NONE) Marriage of Soldier to Claimant: The marriage of DAVID SPRINGER to ELIN FLUHARTY is shown by a certified copy of the public record. Filed JUNE 10/78.
Dates of Birth of Children: Shown by the testimony of SOPHIA YENNE and MATILDA LANTZ of PINE GROVE, WVa (write names) who were present. Filed JUNE 25/83. Credibility good.
Dates of Death of Children: (NONE)
Proof As To Service: See report of Adjutant General U.S.A. hereto attached.
Proof As To Death: See report of Adjutant General U.S.A. hereto attached. See report of Adjutant General U.S.A. hereto attached.
JUNE 25/83 - Dr. C. P. GARRETT of PINE GROVE, WETZEL CO. W.Va. testifies that he commenced to treat the soldier in Sept. 1865 on his return home from the Army for Pneumonia of the lungs caused by cold or the measles in the service: treated him regularly every week for said disease from his return home in Sept. 1865 to his death in Feby. 1867. Upon his first visit he found the soldier scarcely able to walk about, was almost a skeleton and grew worst until he died and was for several months before death not able to stand on his feet alone, was not able to do manual labor at any time after his return and from his personal knowledge the soldier was a sound healthy man at his enlistment. That he treated the soldier for general debility, hectic fever, cough and night sweats which terminated in dysentery which caused his death on Feby 22 1867. Office shows credibility "fair".
OCT 5/83 - Dr. GARRETT in answer to office letter states that he commenced to treat the soldier immediately on his return home in August 1865 for pneumonia, exact dates he cannot give of visits as he kept no account, but treated him regular from Aug. 1865 to his death, Feby 22, 1867.
Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow-- Child or Children under Sixteen Years of age surviving. State of WEST Va. County of WETZEL, ss:
On this FOURTH DAY OF AUGUST, A.D. ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SIX personally appeared before me MORGAN MORGAN a Justice of the Peace the same being a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid ELAN SPRINGER aged 44 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Act of Congress granting pensions to widows: That she is the widow of DAVID SPRINGER who VOLUNTEERED under the name DAVID SPRINGER at WHEELING, on the 6TH DAY OF MARCH 1864. VOLUNTEER in COMPANY F SECOND REGIMENT OF WEST Va. In the war of the 1865. UNITED STATES, who CAUGHT THE MEASLES WHILE AT WHEELING. CAUGHT COLD AN 1866. THE MEASLES AND DIED FROM THE SAME on the 22ND DAY OF FEB, A.D. 1867 who 1867. bore at the time of his death the rank of PRIVATE, in AFTER BEING 1868. DISCHARGED; that she was married under the name of ELAN SPRINGER to 1869. said DAVID SPRINGER on the 25TH DAY OF NOV, A.D. 1852 by JOHN ALLEY in 1870. WHETZEL CO, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither 1871. she nor her husband had been previously married. That she has to the 1872. present date remained his widow; that the following are the names and 1873. dates of birth of all his legitimate children yet surviving who were 1874. under sixteen years of age at the father's death, to wit: HIS BY HERSELF. John Springer, born Oct 17th, 1853 Sophia Springer, born April 18, 1854 Sebia A. Springer, born Dec 11, 1857 Sariah E. Springer, born Aug 11, 1859 Alexander Springer, born Feb 20, 1864 Elzena Springer, born March 28, 1866
That she has not abandoned the support of any one of his children, but that they are still under her care or maintenance and that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; that NO prior application has been filed that she hereby appoints ANDREW T. MORGAN her attorney to prosecute her claim; that her residence is GREEN DISTRICT WETZEL COUNTY W.Va. and that her post office is PORTER'S FALLS. Claimant's Signature: (Mark X) ELAN SPRINGER Witnesses: CHARLES D. GARRETT & ELISHA MORGAN
Also personally appeared DR. CHARLES P. GARRETT, residing in GREEN DISTRICT and ELISHA MORGAN residing in WETZEL COUNTY, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw ELAN SPRINGER, the claimant, sign her name (make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant 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.
Signed: CHARLES P. GARRETT & ELISHA MORGAN
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of August, A.D., 1876 and I hereby certify ------------. Signature of MORGAN MORGAN, Justice of the Peace.
Adjutant General's Office Washington, D.C., DEC 21ST, 1876.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 227.492, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office that DAVID SPRINGER was enrolled on the 26th DAY OF MARCH, 1864, at NEW MARTINSVILLE, in Co. H, 1st Regiment of W.Va. Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war, and mustered into service as a PRIVT-RECT on the 8TH DAY OF APRIL, 1864, at WEBSTER, W.Va., in Co, H, 1st Regiment of W.Va. Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co H, of that Regiment, for the months of March & April, 1864, he is reported absent sick, in Hospital. July & Aug, 1864, present for duty without remark- Transferred on or about Nov 14/64 to 2nd W.Va Vet. Vols., in Company "F". On the M.Roll of said Co. for the months of Nov & Dec 1864, he is reported Pvt(?) present without remark. May & June 1865, deserted June 5/65. Co M.O. Roll, Privt., Rect. Deserted same date. I am, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, J.W. BENJAMIN, Assistant Adjutant General
War Department Surgeon General's Office, Record and Pension Division, Washington, D.C., MARCH 9, 1878.
(transcript from records) It appears from the records filed in this Office, that DAVID SPRINGER, Pvt, Co "H" 1 W.Va. Vols was treated in the Regt'l Hosp'l from April 11 to 17, 1864, for "RUBEOLA". He was admitted to Gen'l Hosp'l, Grafton, W.Va. APRIL 19, 1864, from Regt'l Hosp'l, with "MEASLES", and returned to duty JUNE 2, 1864.
He was treated again at the Regt,at various dates from AUG 7 to NOV 9, 1864, for "DIARRHOEA, MUMPS, HEADACHE and FEVER INT(?)."
The records of the Regt afford no additional evidence in this case. Signed: J. M. WOODWARD, Surgeon, US Army.
Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow - Child or Children under Sixteen years of Age surviving. State of WEST VIRGINIA, County of WETZEL.
On this 21ST DAY OF FEBRUARY, A.D. ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THREE personally appeared before me, JOHN McELDOWNEY, Clerk of the County Court, a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid ELLEN SPRINGER, aged 50 years, a resident of WETZEL CO. W.Va.
That she is the widow of DAVID SPRINGER who volunteered under the name of DAVID SPRINGER at WHEELING, W.Va. on the 26" DAY of MARCH, A.D. 1864, as a PRIVATE in CO. "F" 2d Regt. Of W.Va. Inf, Vols .........of war of 1861-65 who died after his discharge of disease contracted n service on 22" DAY OF FEBRUARY A.D. 1867. That she married under the name of ELLEN FLUHARTY to said DAVID SPRINGER on the 25" day of NOVEMBER A.D. 1852, by JOHN ALLY at WETZEL CO, VA, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither she nor her husband had been previously married.... That she has to the present date remained his widow; that the following are the names and dates of birth of all his legitimate children who were under sixteen year of ate at the father's death, to wit: HIS BY HERSELF: John Springer, born Oct 17, 1853 Sophia, born Apr 18, 1855 Sebiea, born Dec 11, 1856 Sarah E., born Aug 11, 1858 Alexander, born Feb 20, 1862 Samantha B., born Oct 14, 1863 Elzena, born Mch 28, 1866
That has not in any manner been engaged in, aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States; that an informal application has been filed claim No. 227.493.
She hereby appoints , with full power of substitution and revocation, GEORGE E. LEMON, of Washington, D.C. her true and lawful Attorney. To prosecute her claim. That her Post-Office address is PINE GROVE, WETZEL CO. WEST VIRGINIA. Claimant's Signature: (Mark X) ELAN SPRINGER Witnesses: S. J. ROBINSON & LEVI BOOTH
Also personally appeared S. J. ROBINSON, residing in NEW MARTINSVILLE, WETZEL COUNTY, W. Va. And LEVI BOOTH residing in WETZEL COUNTY, WEST Va. Persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw ELLEN SPRINGER the claimant sign her name to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant 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.
Signed: S.J. ROBINSON & LEVI BOOTH
Sworn to and subscribed Date 21st FEBRUARY, 1883 JOHN C. McELDOWNEY, Clerk of County Court, Wetzel County, W. Va.
GENERAL AFFIDAVIT (Dates of Birth) State of WEST VIRGINIA, County of WETZEL In the matter of PENSION OF ELLEN SPRINGER WIDOW OF DAVID SPRINGER CO. "F" 2" W.Va. VOLS
Personally came before me, a RICHARD ECKELBERY a Justice and for the aforesaid County and State, WVa SOPHIA YENNE, aged 69 years, and MATILDA LANTZ, aged 65 years, whose respective Post Office addresses are as follow: PINE GROVE County of WETZEL, State of WVa , and who, being duly sworn, declare and say that they are well acquainted with ELLEN SPRINGER widow of DAVID SPRINGER deceased and was present at the birth of his children as follows JOHN SPRINGER son of DAVID SPRINGER deceased was born OCT the 17th 1853. SOPHIAH SPRINGER was born APRIL the 18th 1855. SIBIA A. SPRINGER was born DEC the 11th 1856. SARAH E. SPRINGER AUGUST 11th 1858. ALEXANDER SPRINGER FEBRUARY the 20th 1862, SAMANTHA BELLSPRINGER OCT 14th 1863. ELZENA SPRINGER MARCH 28th 1866 and they know that the above statement is correct.
And we further declare that we have no interest in said case and are not concerned in its prosecution. Signatures of Affiants: SOPHIA YENNE & MATILDA LANTZ RICHARD ECKELBERY, J.P., (1st DAY OF MARCH 1883)
GENERAL AFFIDAVIT (Widowhood) State of W.Va. County of WETZEL
In the matter of ELLEN SPRINGER WIDOW OF DAVID SPRINGER "F" 2nd W.Va. Personally came before me, a Justice in and for aforesaid County and State, T. M. STONE, aged 44 years, and B. L. MORGAN, aged 28 years, whose respective Post Office addresses are as follow: PINE GROVE County of WETZE. State of WEST VIRGINIA, and who being duly sworn declare they are personally acquainted with the above claimant ELLEN SPRINGER and knows that she has not remarried since the death of her husband DAVID SPRINGER.
We further declare that we have no interest in said case and are not concerned in its prosecution. Signatures of Affiants: T. M. STONE & B. L. MORGAN RICHARD ECKELBERY, Justice, (16th APRIL 1883)
R. E. ECKELBERY, A Justice in and for Wetzel Co. W.Va.
Wetzel County West Virginia Clerks Office County Court
I, JOHN C. McELDOWNEY Clerk County Court within and for Wetzel County West Virginia do hereby certify that R. Eckelberry whose name is signed above, was duly elected to the Office of Justice of the Peace within and for Grant District of Wetzel County West Virginia on the 12th day of October A.D. 1881(?) for the term of Four years commencing on the 1st day of January AD 1881. That he duly qualified as said Justice of the Peace on the 5th day of April AD 1881. That the signature above is genuine to which full faith and credit should be given.
Given under my hand and Official seal this 14th day of OCTOBER AD 1882. Signed: JOHN C. MCELDOWNEY, Clerk of County Court, Wetzel Co, W. Va.
Clerk's Office County Court Wetzel County to wit
I JOHN ALLEY a Justice of the Peace and duly sworn authorized to Solemnize the rites of Matrimony and according to law do certify that on the 21 TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 1852 I united in Matrimony DAVID SPRINGER and ELIN FLUHARTY under the above license.
Given under my hand this 19th day of DEC 1872. JOHN ALLEY Wetzel County West Va. Clerks Office County Court
I JOHN C. McELDOWNEY Clerk of County Court for Wetzel County in the State aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing contains a true copy of the return of JOHN ALLEY Minister of the Gospel, in reference to the marriage of DAVID SPRINGER and ELIN FLUHARTY taken from the records of my office. Given under my hand and official seal this 5th DAY OF JUNE 1878.
PENSIONER DROPPED U. S. PENSION AGENCY Washington, D.C. Dec. 20, 1900 (Stamped Jan 4, 1901) Certificate No. 205118 Class WIDOW Pensioner ELLEN SPRINGER Soldier DAVID SPRINGER Service H 1 WVa VI Honorable Commissioner of Pensions:
Sir: I have the honor to report that the above-named pensioner who was last paid at $12, to Sept 4, 1900, has been dropped because of DEATH NOV 12 1900.Signed by the pension agent (illegible)