Archive:Civil War Pension File, Thomas C. Whitney
Civil War Pension File of Thomas C. Whitney
Mother: Hepsabeth Whitney
Survivor Applic. # 121713 Cert. # 68890
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Thomas C. Whitney, alias Thomas Emmons Whitney, husband of Hepsabeth Brown, was the son of Ebenezer and Mehitable (Robinson) Whitney of Litchfield, Kennebec Co., Maine. He is identified as Thomas C.8 Whitney (Thomas C.7, Ebenezer6, Samuel5, Samuel4, John3, Benjamin2, John1)
A marriage certificate in the file from Clinton, Kennebec Co., Maine shows that Thomas C. Whitney of Clinton Gore and Hepsabeth Brown of Clinton were married in Clinton 17 December 1836 by Israel Owen, J.P. A death certificate in the file from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shows that Thomas C. Whitney died in Roxbury, MA on 19 May, 1860.
Their son, Thomas C. Whitney, served in Company A, 1st Maine Cavalry. He was captured and taken prisoner on 16 August 1864. He was sent to Bell's Island, Virginia, where he remained until 27 September 1864. He was then transferred to Salisbury, North Carolina, where he died of chronic diarrhea 25 January 1865. His mother's claim said he died there 29 November 1864. Which date is accurate, I do not know. The following statement was made in support by two people from Boston, MA, Susan H. Brown and Lovina Newell, who knew the family when they resided there (errors of grammar included):
State of Massachusetts
County of Suffolk SS February 10th AD 1866
The personally came before me Lovina E. Newell and Susan H. Brown, residents of Boston formally of Maine personally known to me and whom I certify credible and disinterested witnesses, who being duly known on oath state as follows viz. That they knew personally Thomas C. Whitney husband of Hepsabeth Whitney for many years prior to his death on 19th May 1860. Knew his son of same name late of Co. A, 1st Maine Cavalry Vols lived with his mother in Maine and Boston for years prior to enlisting, that he paid her for some years prior to enlisting all his earnings for her support, that on his enlisting he paid his ____ Bounty of $125.00. That after he left the State in said Cavalry he sent he for her support at different times $135.00; that his said mother is in feeble health and unable physically to obtain her own subsistence, and has not been for years past, that said Thos C. Whitney deceased was almost her entire support; that her said husband left no property and that said Hepsabeth Whitney has no property or means of support and is so dependant; that forgoing facts are from our own personal knowledge. _________ above named persons intimately for many past; have known their circumstances, known personal knowlege of fact dependance upon and of his support of his said mother; that we knew the family intimately in Maine and Mass; further that we have no interest in the forgoing.
Lovina E. Newell
Susan H. Brown
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