Archive:Civil War Pension File, Joseph G. S. Littlehale

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From the Civil War Pension File of Joseph G.S. Littlehale

Co. F, 11th Maine Infantry

Olive S. Littlehale, Widow

Ziba Andrews, Guardian

Widow Application #105684, Certificate #64740

Minor Application #235760, Certificate #197990

The National Archives Building

Washington, D.C.

Widow's second husband: Francis7 Whitney, Francis6, Ezekiel5, John4, Benjamin3, John2, John1

On 31 July 1865 from Oxford Co., Maine, Olive S. Littlehale, a resident of Newry, Oxford Co., Maine, signed a Widow’s Claim for Pension. She is 32 years old, and the widow of Joseph G.S. Littlehale, who was a private in Co. F, 11th Regiment of Maine Volunteers in the War of 1861. He died while in said service to the United States on 10 May 1865 at Point of Rocks, Bermuda Hundred Hospital. She was married to said soldier on 14 November 1854 (sic), and she has remained his widow since his death. The claim is witnessed by Jacob B. Littlehale and Robert E. Power.

Olive submitted a copy of her marriage certificate from the City of Charlestown, Middlesex Co., MA. into evidence. Joseph G.S. Littlehale and Olive S. Pingree were married on 16 November 1854. Joseph G.S. Littlehale of Newry, born Newry, ME, age 22, blacksmith, son of Jacob B. and Lois Littlehale. Olive S. Pingree of Charlestown, aged 22, born in Newry, ME, daughter of Hezekiah and Mary.

On 15 March 1867, a certified copy of the births of the children of Joseph G.S. and Olive S. Littlehale was submitted from the Town Clerk of Newry, Oxford Co., Maine. The children were born as follows:

Marcellus F. Littlehale, born 18 November 1855

Carrie R. Littlehale, born 27 December 1857

Adelbert D. Littlehale, born 14 October 1860

Joseph F. Littlehale, born 5 August 1864

On 25 June 1877, the Register of Probate for Oxford Co., ME certified that Ziba Andrews of Woodstock, ME had been appointed guardian of Joseph F. Littlehale, the minor child and heir of Joseph G.S. Littlehale. This was done so that a claim could be filed on the pension for the benefit of the minor.

On 28 February 1878 from Oxford Co., Maine, Ziba Andrews signed a Declaration for Pension of Children under 16 Years of Age. He is the guardian of Joseph F. Littlehale, a legitimate child of Joseph G.S. Littlehale, a soldier as described above. The soldier had died of typhoid fever at Point of Rocks, Bermuda Hundred, Virginia while in the line of his duty on 10 May 1865. The soldier’s widow has since remarried to Francis Whitney. The child is the soldier’s only surviving child under the age of 16. The list of all children is as above, except each child is born 1 day earlier in the declaration than in the certified record.

On 12 July 1882 Joseph F. Littlehale, now 17 years old, signed a Declaration for Pension. All information given is consistent with that previously supplied. He is a resident of Paris, Oxford Co., Maine. Olive supplied an affidavit to support the declaration. She is Olive S. Whitney, formerly Olive S. Littlehale, the widow of Joseph G.S. Littlehale. She married Francis Whitney on 7 March 1876. She continued to draw on the pension of her late husband after her remarriage, assuming she could do so until her youngest child turned 17 years old. She stopped drawing on it when she became correctly informed, and had a guardian appointed for said minor so he could draw on the account. She did not know that she shouldn’t have drawn on the pension after her remarriage, and had no wrong intent in doing so.

At the same time, Olive provided an affidavit from the City Registrar of the City of Boston, Suffolk Co. He states that he can find no record of the marriage of Olive S. Littlehale and Francis Whitney. He deposes that he did find recorded the intention of marriage, on 10 February 1876.

(Note: The record of the marriage is found in the Boston records. A microfilmed copy of the original document can be seen in the database: Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988. The information from that record is as follows: City of Boston, Marriages, 1876, Record #2989, 7 March 1876 Francis Whitney, age 51, resident of Boston; teamster; born in Watertown, son of Francis and Mary. His first marriage. Olive S. Littlehale, age 43, resident of Boston; born in Norway, ME, the daughter of Hezekiah and Mary Pingree. Her second marriage. Married by S.E. Wason of Boston. Recorded 18 February 1880. KLW)

From: Maine, Death Records, 1617 to 1922. Augusta, Maine. Maine State Archives (Ancestry.com) Francis Whitney, farmer and widower, died 12 September 1900 in N. Paris, Maine, where he had resided for 20 years, 9 months. He died at age 78 years, 1 month, 10 days. He was born in Watertown, MA on 2 August 1822. Information on parents is unknown.

From: Maine, Death Records, 1617 to 1922. Augusta, Maine. Maine State Archives (Ancestry.com) Olive S. Whitney, married housekeeper, died 29 January 1899 in N. Paris, Maine; age 65 years, 11 months, 18 days. She was buried at N. Paris, Maine. Her father was Hezekiah Pingree, a farmer born Methuen, MA. Her mother was Mary Turner, born Durham, Maine.

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