Elias Shreve - submitted by Joyce Fluharty
ELIAS SHREVE WAS A PRIVATE IN CO. H. 1ST VA. INFANTRY DURING THE CIVIL WAR. DECEMBER 29, 1861 TO JULY 1,1864. MUSTERED IN MARCH 7, 1862 AT CAMP CHASE PAW PAW, VA.
AGE GIVEN AT THAT TIME WAS 39. HE JOINED FOR DUTY AND ENROLLED DEC 29 1861 FOR A PERIOD OF 3 YEARS AT NEW MARTINSVILLE, VA.
ARMY PENSION WIDOW'S CLAIM
State of West Virginia County of Wetzel On this 11th day of October A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six personally appeared before me Friend Cox, Clerk of the Circuit Court in afore said County and State, Emelia Shreve, a resident of Grant in Wetzel County, State of West Virginia aged 38 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress approved July 4th 1862. That she is the widow of Elias Shreve, late of Wetzel County, State of West Virginia who was a Private in Company H commanded by Capt. Reed in the 1ST Regiment of West Virginia Infantry commanded by Col. Thoburn, in the war of 1861, who died on the 22nd day of July 1864 at Harrisonburgh in Rockingham County, State of Virginia that his death was caused by gun shot wound received while in the service of the United States-proof of which she would respectfully refer you to the muster or pay rolls of said Company. She further declares that she was married to the said Elias Shreve on the 24TH day of February 1845, at John Fonners in Greene County, State of Pennsylvania, by John Fonner a Magistrate and that her name before marriage was Emelia Edgel. She further states that she believes there is no public record of her said marriage, and there is no private or family record, and that the best evidence that she is able to procure of her said marriage, is the annexed affidavits. That her husband the aforesaid Elias Shreve died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also declares that she had by her husband five children, the names, date of birth and residence of each under 16 years of age at the decease of her said husband, is as follows: Jacob Shreve Born August 23, 1851, Perdilla Shreve Born November 8, 1853, Isaac M. Shreve Born December 18, 1856, Jonathan R. Shreve Born April 26, 1859, Virginia Shreve Born July 2, 1861 and all reside in Wetzel County, West Virginia. She further declares that she has not in any manner engaged in, or aided, or abetted the rebellion in the United States. She hereby appoints John H. Hoffman and Company, of Morgantown, West Virginia, her Attorney, with Power of Substitute, to prosecute her claim and to receive the certificate when issued.
My Post Office address is Pine Grove Wetzel County West Virginia ATTEST: Emelia X Shreve William Lemasters her mark Elias Lemasters
Also, personally appeared William Lemasters a resident of Grant in Wetzel County, State of West Virginia, and Elias Lemasters a resident of Grant in Wetzel County, State of West Virginia, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me, first duly sworn, say they were present and saw Mrs. Emelia Shreve make her mark, to the foregoing declaration and they further swear that they have been personally acquainted with the said Emelia Shreve and her husband Elias Shreve who was a Private in Company " H" commanded by Capt. Reed in the 1ST Regiment of West Virginia Infantry commanded by Col. Thoburn in the war of 1861, for upwards of ten years, and know that they lived together as man and wife, and were so reputed, and never heard the same doubted. That from general report they know the said Emelia Shreve was married to the aforesaid soldier at John Fonners in Greene County, State of Pennsylvania on the 24TH day of February 1845, by John Fonner a Magistrate, and that her name before marriage was Emelia Edgel. That from general report they know that the said soldier died at Harrisonburgh in Rockingham County, State of Virginia, on or about the 22nd day of July 1864, while in the service of the United States; and that the said Emelia Shreve has remained a widow ever since that period; also, that the said soldier left the following children under 16 years of age at the time of his decease, their names, date of birth and residence is as follows:(see previous paragraphs). They further declare that the claimant has not in any way been engaged in or aided, or abetted the rebellion in the United States-that their knowledge of the identity of her husband with the soldier, is derived from seeing him while in the service as aforesaid. They further declare that they have no interest in this claim, any way whatever and do reside as above stated.
William Lemasters Elias Lemasters Sworn to and subscribed before me, on this 11th day of October 1866, and I certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. witnefs my hand as officer Friend Cox Clerk
STATE OF WEST VA. On this 23rd day of October A.D. 1866, personally appeared before the subsciber, a Justice in and for the County aforesaid, duly authorized to administer oaths, William Lemasters a resident of said County, to me well known as credible witness, and who, being by me first duly sworn, doth on his oath state that he is acquainted with Mrs. Emelia Shreve the above applicant for Bounty-that he had known her for 10 years past, that he has examined her family record-that he believes the same to genuine-that it is contained in a book purporting to be "the family record" and printed in the year 1855; and that the said record, as far as relates to the marriage of the said applicant and the soldier above named, and of his death, is as follows, which is an exact copy of the same: the marriage is not in the family record. and that the said deponent is not interested in the claim.
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO, the day and year first above written, before me, and I certify that I am in no manner interested. Elihu Morgan, JP, OF WETZEL