Archive:Civil War Pension File, Simon H. Whitney
Civil War Pension File, Simon H. Whitney
Widow: Ann E. Whitney
Widow Applic. # 22607 Cert. # 13307
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Private, Company H, 7th Ohio Cavalry
Ann Elizabeth Whitney signed a Widow's Claim for Pension from Washington County, Ohio on 19 May 1863. She is 35 years old and a resident of Fearing Township, Washington Co., Ohio. She is the widow of Simon Whitney, who was a private in the 7th Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Her husband died at Stanford, Kentucky on 10 May 1863 while in the line of duty and in the service of the United States. She was married to the said Simon Whitney at Marietta, Ohio on 28 May 1857 by Mr. Maddox, Minister. Her name before her marriage was Ann Elizabeth Lafever. She has remained a widow since the death of her husband. The children born to her and her husband who are now under the age of sixteen are: Mary Elizabeth, born 11 March 1858; Leonard Carlton, born 5 May 1859; Simon Ross, born 11 May 1861; and William Tripp, born 5 February 1863. All of them reside in Fearing Township.
The Adjutant General's Office informed the Pension Commissioner that Simon Whitney was enrolled on 2 October 1862 at Marietta, Ohio in Company H, 7th Regiment of Ohio Cavalry, Volunteers, to serve three years. He was mustered into the service a private on 27 October 1862 at Camp Ripley, Ohio. He is reported "Died May 10, 1863 at Stanford, Kentucky", cause of death not stated.
Charles F. Jewell, Judge of the Probate Court for Washington Co., Ohio provided a certified copy of the marriage record of Simon and Ann Elizabeth Whitney. On 28 May 1857, joined in marriage were Mr. Simon Whitney and Ann Elizabeth Lafever of Fearing. The record was made by Elder M. Maddox.
Ann Whitney signed a Claim for an Increase of Pension on 25 September 1866. She remains a resident of Fearing Township, Ohio. On this application she includes as a child who is under sixteen years of age Luther B. Whitney, born 3 August 1852 by a former wife. The declaration is witnessed by Nancy McCall and Julia Ann Whitney of Fearing Township.
On 8 June 1889 from Washington County, Ohio, a Declaration for Pension of Children Under Sixteen Years of Age was signed by Margaret J. Lafaber and Luther B. Whitney. They are residents of Hills (Post Office), Washington County, Ohio. Margaret was 39 years old on 22 May 1889, and Luther was 36 years old on 3 August 1888. They are the legitimate children of Simon H. Whitney of Company H, 7th Ohio Cavalry, who died at Stanford, Kentucky of typhoid fever on 10 May 1863. The soldier had left a widow, his second wife, who never drew a pension for the children by his first wife. They are the only surviving children by his first wife, Margaret Huffman. Their father was married under the name Simon H. Whitney to Margaret Huffman on 27 July 1845 near Brownsville, Monroe County, Ohio. Margaret J. was born 22 May 1850, and Luther B. was born 23 August 1852.
Several affidavits in support of the testimony accompany the declaration by Simon H. Whitney's elder children. Nancy McCall, a citizen of Caywood, Washington Co., Ohio testifies that Simon and Margaret Whitney moved into her neighborhood and into a house on their farm in 1855, and Margaret Whitney died there in 1857. They lived there as husband and wife, and they had two children, Luther B. Whitney and Margaret J. Lafaber. These were the only children of Simon and Margaret who were under sixteen years old at the time of Simon's death.
Also providing an affidavit is Rhoda Becker of Hills, Washington Co., Ohio. She is the sister of Simon H. Whitney, and knows from personal knowledge that Simon married Margaret Huffman in 27 July 1845 near Brownsville, Monroe Co., Ohio. She has heard and believes that the marriage records at Woodsfield, Monroe Co., Ohio were some years since destroyed by fire. She supports the birth dates of the children as previously stated, and testifies that Margaret Huffman died in 1857.
John S. Whitney, age 57, and Nancy McCall, age 59 are residents of Hills and Caywood, Washington Co., Ohio. They provide a joint affidavit. John testifies that he lived in the neighborhood and was well acquainted with Simon and Margaret (Huffman) Whitney. He supports the fact that they were husband and wife, testifies to the dates of birth of their children as previously stated, and gives 1857 as the year that Margaret Whitney died.
The Commissioner of Pensions was notified on 3 January 1918 that Ann E. Whitney was last paid at twenty dollars to 4 September 1917. She was dropped from the roll because of her death on 27 September 1917.
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