Archive:Mexican War Pension File, George Shepard Whitney
From the Mexican War Pension File of George Shepard Whitney
USS Independence, USMC
Invalid's Application #10675, Certificate #9995
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
On 15 Mar 1887 from Belknap Co., NH, George S. Whitney signed a Declaration of Survivor for Pension, Mexican War. He is a resident of Campton, Grafton Co., NH, and was a Marine on the U.S. Ship Independence commanded by Captain Leavalette in the war with Mexico. He enlisted at the Charlestown Navy Yard on 20 Jun 1846 for the term of four years and was discharged at Charleston on 20 Jun 1850. He served on the west coast of Mexico, and was present at the occupation of Mazatlan (sic) and served at that place on shore for about six months and until peace was declared. He is fifty-seven years of age, having been born in Chesterville, Maine on 26 Jul 1829. He has been dependent on others for his support for the previous three years, being disabled by malarial fever and jaundice. The disability was incurred at Carrollton, LA, while in Company B, 15th New Hampshire Volunteers on 15 May 1863. was attacked then with the fever and jaundice and could not do his duty much of the time. He is disabled by kidney disease, disruption in left ear, and heart trouble, which are symptoms of said malaria. The kidney disease has been evident for the past six years, and he has had roaring in his head for the past eight years. He was married to Laura J. Glover at Campton, NH, on 27 Jun 1869. He previously was awarded a bounty land grant, which he sold to Horatio Woodman at Boston in 1850. Since leaving the service he has resided at Lowell, MA; Thornton, NH; and Campton Village, NH. The declaration is witnessed by Miron J. Hazeltine and H. Bryant Hazeltine.
Miron J. Hazeltine, J.P., submitted an Affidavit of Witness in support of George's declaration. He has known George since boyhood and is well acquainted with him, both before and after his service in the military. He vouches for the veracity of George's service record and physical disabilities.
George received a pension of eight dollars per month commencing 29 Jan 1887. It is noted that his bounty land grant was #70373.160.4P. On 23 Nov 1894 the Commissioner of Pensions was notified that George S. Whitney was last paid at eight dollars per month to 4 July 1894, and has been dropped from the roll due to his death.