Archive:Civil War Pension File, Charles Bancroft
Civil War Pension File of Charles Bancroft
Widow: Tryphena Bancroft
Mother's Applic. # 33586 Cert. # 22723
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Private, Company E, 3rd Regiment, Maine Infantry
On 12 September 1863 from Kennebec County, Maine, Tryphena Bancroft, age 33, and a resident of Augusta, Kennebec Co., Maine signed a Widow's Claim for an Army Pension. She is the widow of Charles Bancroft, who was a private in Company E commanded by Captain Otis Getchell of the 3rd Regiment of Maine Volunteers. Charles was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on 2 July 1863. She testifies that she was married to Charles Bancroft on 13 January 1853 at Gardiner, Maine by Rev. Mr. Miller. She was married under the name Tryphena Whitney. She has three children by her husband: Ellen M. Bancroft, born 6 January 1854; Carrie E. Bancroft, born 1 October 1846 (sic); and Mary P. Bancroft, born 3 December 1859. They all live with her at home in Augusta, Maine. The claim is witnessed by Orrin and Ann Williamson of Augusta.
There is testimony from Mary Whitney (Tryphena's mother) and Mary Berry (Tryphena's sister) of Richmond, Sagadahoc Co., Maine. They testify that they attended the births of the children of Charles and Tryphena Bancroft: Carrie E. Bancroft on 1 October 1856; and Mary P. Bancroft on 3 December 1859. C.P. Branch, the City Clerk of Gardiner, Kennebec Co., Maine provided a certified copy of the birth record of Ellen M. Bancroft in Gardiner on 6 January 1854.
Captain Getchell certified that Charles Bancroft of Co. E, 3rd Regt. Vols. was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg on 2 July 1863.
The U.S. Pension Agency in Augusta, Maine notified the Commissioner of Pensions on 15 December 1890 that Tryphena Bancroft, wife of Charles, was last paid twelve dollars per month to 4 September 1890. She has been dropped from the rolls because of her death.
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