Archive:Civil War Pension File, Andrew Jackson Whitney

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From the Civil War Pension File
Andrew J. Whitney
Company B, 9th Illinois Cavalry
Invalid Application #497234
Certificate #716178
The National Archives Building,
Washington, D.C.

He is identified as Andrew Jackson8 Whitney (Russel7, James6, Benjamin5, Daniel4, Henry3, John2, Henry1).

On 2 October 1883 from Henry Co., Illinois Andrew Jackson Whitney signed a Declaration for Original Invalid Pension. He is 47 years old and a resident of Genesco, Henry Co., Illinois. He had enrolled on 29 September 1864 in Company B of the 9th Regiment of Illinois Cavalry commanded by T.J. McNair. He was honorably discharged at Montgomery, Alabama on 28 September 1865. His personal description is as follows: 47 years old; 5 feet 11 inches in height; light complexion; brown hair; blue eyes. While in the service of his country and in his line of duty at Eastport, Mississippi on or about April 1865, he contracted rheumatism and diarrhea by reason of exposure to bad weather and improper food. He was treated by the Regimental Surgeon for diarrhea in June 1865. Since leaving the service he has resided at Geneseo, Illinois. His occupation has been a laborer since his service. He entered the service a sound and healthy man, and is now partially disabled by his injuries received in the service of his country.

Andrew signed a number of declarations over the years, as his original application was rejected. The following additional information is gleaned. He was born on 7 March 1836 at St. Joseph, Michigan. He continues to suffer from diarrhea and rheumatism. By the age of 76 in 1912 he had removed to Atkinson, Henry Co., Illinois. His discharge date from the service varies with each application, but all in 1865: September 28, September 18, and October 13. By 1920 he has removed back to Geneseo, Illinois. In his 1920 application he states that he was a drover prior to his service, and now does odd jobs. His daughter Ida H. Kay attests his identity.

On March 19, 1898 Andrew answered an inquiry from the Bureau of Pensions. He is married to Mrs. Mary Jane Whitney, maiden name Monaghan. They were married on 8 September 1859 in Adrian, Michigan by James A. Clark, Pastor. They have a marriage certificate. He had never been previously married. He has two living children: Ida H. Whitney Kay, born 30 September 1860; and Lucy R. Whitney Higgins, born 30 October 1862.

On 27 March 1915, Andrew answered another inquiry, supplying the same previously mentioned information, with some additions. His wife Mary Jane had passed away in December 1898. Ida’s middle name is Helen, and Lucy’s middle name is Rosamond. Lucy’s date of birth has changed to 23 October 1862.

Copyright © 2012, Kenneth L. Whitney and the Whitney Research Group.

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