Archive:Civil War Pension File, Alverton Whitney
Civil War Pension File of Alverton Whitney
Mother: Martha (Noyes) Jenkins
Mother's Applic. # 680902 Cert. # 486580
National Archives Building, Washington, DC
Co. E, 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery
Martha Whitney, now Jenkins
P.O. address: #823 1 Avenue, South St. Cloud, Stearns Co., Minnesota
Mother of Alverton Whitney, Private, Co. E, 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery
Granted claim for $12.00 monthly commencing 8 August 1898
Soldier enlisted 2 February 1865, died 23 April 1865.
Declaration for pension filed 8 August 1898.
Father (George R. Whitney) died in 1857.
Mother first remarried to D. A. Hoyt
Mother second remarried Sylvanus Jenkins 7 Aug 1880
Sylvanus Jenkins died 28 June 1896
Paraphrased testimony of mother:
I was married under my maiden name of Martha Noyes to George R. Whitney in Beddington, ME, on 18 Aug 1839 by Andrew Dyer, Justice of the Peace. Our son Alverton was born at Beddington, ME, 3 Oct 1846. My husband George R. Whitney died in 1857. After my late husband died, I was married to D. A. Hoyt, from whom I was afterwards divorced. After said divorce I married Sylvanus Jenkins, who died 28 June 1896. There is no public record of my marriage to George R. Whitney, nor is anyone still alive who was present at the marriage. There is also no public record of the birth of my son Alverton, and no one who was at the house when he was born is still alive except my daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Thompson, who was 4 years old in 1846 when Alverton was born. In 1857, I and my family, including my son Alverton, moved to Minnesota where he lived with me until he enlisted 3 Feb 1865 in Co. E, 1st Regiment of Minnesota Heavy Artillery, and who died as I am informed, and believe in the service at Chattanooga, TN, 23 Apr 1865. He was unmarried when he enlisted. I do not own any real estate, have no personal property or any interest in real estate. I have three hundred and fifteen dollars which is at interest at 6 percent per annum. And, I have to use a small amount if this money from time to time as a partial means of support. I am dependent on others not legally bound to support me for my support, for I am 76 years old and cannot labor and earn anything to support myself. I live with my daughter Mrs. Mary A. Thompson who contributes to my support by offering me home, etc. without recompense.
Testimony by Thaddeus Woodworth, age 64, a resident of Jennings, Caleosien Parish, LA, who was acquainted with Alverton Whitney in the army:
He testifies that Alverton Whitney died of measles on 23 Apr 1865 at Chattanooga, TN. "He contracted measles and died from said disease at 31 minutes past two in the afternoon of April 23, 1865 regimental time. My diary does not state the day he was admitted into the sick ward of Hospital No. 1. I am quite positive that I saw him die, saw his body taken out of the ward. I do not know the name of the ward or surgeon. He was one of my friends before we enlisted, he in battery E, myself in battery H of the same regiment. I know he was an unmarried young man, for so close was our friendship that if he had ever been married I surely would have known of it.