Pension Information for
Cumberland County, IL Soldiers


RILEY KELLER....Black Hawk War

[contributed by Kate Keller Bourland at katekb@consolidated.net]
KELLER, Riley PVT.
1st Mounted Rangers US Army --- Capt. Fords Co.
Service: 7-4-1832 Charlestown, Indiana 1 year
Discharged: 7-4-1833 at Ft. Gibson
age: 20 - Place of Birth TN - occupation: farmer

[Information from Indianapolis printed in card files of Military archives of Black Hawk War volunteers of Indiana.]

Riley's pension papers state that he was born in North Carolina [not Tennessee]

WAR DEPARTMENT - COMMISSIONER of PENSIONS August 9th 1895

Riley Keller, Private, of Capt. Lemuel Fords, Company of Mounted Rangers enlisted at Charlestown, Indiana July 4, 1832 to serve one year. Muster Rolls: August 31, 1832 to June 30, 1833 report him "Present". He was discharged at Camp near Fort Gibson, Arkansas July 4, 1833 by expiration of Service. At Arkansas the company marched from Charlestown, Indiana July 20, 1832 and arrived at Fort Armstrong (Rock Island, Illinois) by way of Fort Orr on Hickory Creek and Dixons Ferry on Rock River on the 22 August 1832. Left vicinity of Fort Armstrong (Rock Island, Illinois) Sept 24, 1832 for Fort Gibson Arkansas. Arrived at Booneville on the Mission River October 29, 1832. Arrived at Fort Gibson, Arkansas November 22, 1832 and at Camp Arbucks November 25, 1832 where it was stationed until May 1833.

SECOND AUDITOR'S OFFICE / WASHINGTON, DC June 14, 1893

Respectfully returned to the Hon Commissioner of the Pensions

The records of this office show that Riley Keller served in Capt. Ford's Company U.S. Rangers from July 4, 1832 to July 4, 1833 and was allowed 717 miles or 35 1/2 days travel-pay (=$35.50) and subsistence for same time (=$4.43) from Ft. Gibson to Charlestown, Indiana....... T. Stobs Farrow, auditor

That after leaving the service he resided in Clark County, Indiana about 5 years. At Jackson County, Indiana 10 years - went to Cumberland County, Illinois in 1850 where he resided until his death.




CIVIL WAR PENSION RECORDS
of JACOB H. MUMPER

COMPANY A, 5TH REG. ILL. CAV. VOLUNTEER
UNION ARMY 1861-1864

Transcribed December 29th, 2000
By Jeffrey P. Johnson
Hobart, Indiana

Records received from U.S. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

First Document Transcribed
"War Department" Adjutants General's Office Washington D.C. January 15, 1883


"Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions, Jacob H. MUMPER, a Corporal of Company A, 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry Volunteers, was enrolled on the 31rst day of August, 1861, at Prarie City, for 3 years, and is reported, on muster rolls of Co. to December 331, 1862, present. January and February 1863, absent on detached service. March and April 1863 present, and same to August 31, 1863. September and October 1863, sergeant, present, and same to December 31, 1863. January and February 1864, absent; on expedition under General Sherman. March and April 1864, present, and same to June 30, 1864. Not borne on regimental return for January and March 1862 or January 1863 to(?) 1864 absent or sick. Mustered out with Company August 30, 1864 at Vicksburg, Mississippi."
The records of this office furnish no evidence of alleged disabilities. Regimental Hospital records not on file.
End record.

Second document transcribed
General Affidavit
State of Illinois, County of Effingham

In the matter of Jacob H. MUMPER, Corporal, Co. A 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry Volunteers, for increase Pension Act July 14th, 1862.

On this 25th day of January, A.D. 1902, personally appeared before me Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths Jacob H. MUMPER aged 67 years, a resident of Montrose in the County of Effingham and the State of Illinois well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
"In the summer and winter of 1862 and 1863 we traveled and camped in Southern Missouri and Mississippi River Bottoms and were compelled to use Pond and Slough water and I first contracted a Slow(?) fever. One of the Regimental doctors, Watts I think it was that said I had Malarial fever. Soon after I commenced to having Diarrhea and Piles. I was not sick enough to go to the Hospital. I got some medicines from Dr. Watts and in six weeks or two months thereafter I commenced to have stomach troubles. My officers and comrades that were with the company favored me some and I was not compelled to go to the Hospital. And in the winter of 1863 I began to have Rheumatism And I continued having these disabilities until the warm weather of the summer of 1863 when My fever got worse and I lost my appetite and commenced to lose flesh and my feet and legs began to swell and pain me. I got more medicines from our assistant Surgeon Dr. William Wats and he then said I was full of Malarial Poison. I continued in that condition until my time was out and I was discharged about 31 July 1864. I have never been well since so I could do a full days work. I have always been compelled to work some But never got any thing ahead So I could employ medical treatment."

His Post Office address is Montrose Illinois. I do further declare that I am interest(ed) in said case and I am concerned in its prosecution.
Jacob H. MUMPER
(signature)
End record.


Third document transcribed
General Affidavit
State of Illinois, County of Effingham


In the matter of Jacob H. MUMPER Corporal Co. A 5th Regiment Illinois Volunteers Cavalry

On this 25 day January, A.D. 1902, personally appeared before me Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths Jacob H. MUMPER aged 67 years, resident of Montrose in the County of Effingham, and the State of Illinois whose Post-office address is Montrose, Illinois well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
" I have never had any medical treatment since I came out of the service of the United States. I have taken some domestic remedies and occasionally taken Patent Medicines procured at drug stores. Dr. Watts who treated me while in the service has been dead for many years. I can produce neighbors and fellow workmans affidavits to show my condition ever since I left the service of the United States. I claim Pension Increase on Chronic Diarrhea Stomach trouble and general disability The result of Malarial Poison Contracted while in the service of the United States in the line of duty in the summer and winter of 1862 and 1863. I am now totally disabled from the performance of daily labor. I am unable to get the affidavits of any of my company officers that knew about my condition while in the service for the reason that they are all dead or removed to some other part of the world so that I cannot find them and I have had no Regular Physician to treat me. I will send the Best evidence I can find. So far as manual labor is concerned I am totally disabled."

He further declares that he is interest(ed) in said case and he is concerned in its prosecution.
Jacob H. MUMPER
(signature)
End record.

Fourth document transcribed
General Affidavit
State of Illinois, County of Effingham

In the matter of Jacob H. MUMPER Corporal Co. A 5th Regiment Illinois Volunteers Cavalry for Invalid Increased pension act July 14th, 1862
On this 25 day January, A.D. 1902, personally appeared before me Jesse W. Jackson Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths (unintelligible) aged 68 years, resident of Montrose in the County of Effingham, and the State of Illinois whose Post-office address is Montrose, Illinois well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

"I have lived near and been acquainted with the above named Soldier for the last twenty years and lived close neighbors Most of the time and I often talked with him about his condition and I have often Saw him trying to work and often discussed that Said Soldier Seemed to be unable to work and debilitated and looked Pale and diseased and as often said he was not able to work and then complained of a Species of Rheumatism and said he had rheumatism the result of Malarial Poison while in the service. He also complained of diarrhea and Piles and often said he had Stomach trouble so he could eat but little. said Soldier often tried to work but a few hours of Physical exertion played him out and he could not stand work. And he always looked Pale and Swarthy and Not able to work. When I first met his acquantence about 20 or 25 years since I think Said Soldier was disabled from performing Manual labor about one half but has steadily grown worse and More and More Incapacitated. So at present time Said Soldier is in a condition that no one will employ him to work for them. And his disability is total. I think that I have saw Said Soldier for the last past 8 or 10 years as often as once a week and I have often saw him trying to work when he was not able to do any Physical labor if he could help it."

I do further declare that I have no interest in said case and I am not concerned in its prosecution.

Jesse W. Jackson X ( his mark)

Two witnesses HC Carrwaters (?) and E.F. VanSandt
End record.

Fifth document transcribed
General Affidavit
State of Illinois, County of Effingham


In the matter of Jacob H. MUMPER Corporal Co. A 5th Regiment Illinois Volunteers Cavalry for Invalid Increase Pension act July 14th, 1862

On this 4 day February, A.D. 1902, personally appeared before me Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths Walter Briggs aged 65 years, resident of Montrose in the County of Effingham, and the State of Illinois whose Post-office address is Montrose, Illinois well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

"I have been acquainted with the above named Soldier for at least 20 years. I lived a close neighbor to him most of the time. I often saw and talked with him and observed him trying to work. He was a pale Swarthy collor and emaciated and So weak he could not stand work and complained of Diarrhea and Piles and he had Stomach trouble Hurting him and he had a species of Rheumatism and after his feet and legs would swell so he could not walk as he claimed at the time was the result of Malarial Poison. I have often worked with and for Said Soldier and saw him try to work. Said Soldier was able to work a little when I first made his acquaintance But he then looked a bad unhealthy collor and could not stand it to exercise but a short time and he then complained of Piles and chronic Diarrhea and he seemed to have a species of Rheumatism and a Sort of general disability and He then claimed that his Rheumatism and genera disability was the result of Malarial Poison contracted while in the Service of the United States. When I first made his acquaintance he was disabled at least 1/2 and after about 10 years He was disabled at least 2/3 and Now he is disabled at least one half of his time total. I think I have saw him as often as once a week for the last 8 or 10 years and I believe he is now Totally incapacitated from performing Manual labor."

I further declares that I have no interest in said case and I am not concerned in its prosecution.

Walter Briggs
(signature)
End record.

Sixth document transcribed
General Affidavit
State of Illinois, County of Effingham


In the matter of application for pension of Jacob H. MUMPER Corporal Co. A 5th Regiment Cavalry Illinois Vols
On this 29 day May, A.D. 1902, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths Jacob H. MUMPER aged 68 years, resident of Montrose in the County of Effingham, and the State of Illinois whose Post-office address is Montrose, Illinois

"In Reply to Paragraph No2 in Circular letter all the the Surgeons and Officers of my Co and Regiment that was with me in the Service are dead or removed beyond my knowledge. I find it impossible to furnish their evidence.
I further Reply will Say I had been sick for Several Months before I came out of the service of the United States And I was then suffering with a Chronic diarrhea Malarial Poison Stomach Trouble and a Species of Rheumatism. I had a Poor appetite and I could not work and was out of Money And I could not procure treatment or advice unless I could pay. I tried a few Domestic Remedies and they Helped me some. I then could work a little, and occasionally went to Some Drug Store and got some kinds of Patent Medicines that helped me a little. I never had any regular Medical treatment. I never called a Doctor for the reason I could not pay them. And the further reason I had saw many Soldiers in the Army I thought was injured with Treatment. I thought it was Malarial Poison that was so Injurious to me But about 25 years Since I broke down Sennigl (?) with premature old age. I became so poor and thin of flesh I could not stand it to work, the damp weather effected me since that time. I never have been able to perform Manual labor to any extent. I can say of a Personal Knowledge I have never been able to do an ordinary days labor with out great pain. Some times my legs and Arms were sore and efected Same time my Back and hips were affected. I have been totally disabled from the effects of a Species of Rheumatism for the last 25 years But can not produce Medical evidence as to treatment."

I further declare that I am interest(ed) in said case and I am concerned in its prosecution.

Jacob H. MUMPER
(signature)
End of record

Seventh document transcribed
Act of February 6, 1907
Declaration for Pension

State of Illinois
County of Effingham
On this 21st day of August, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and nine, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, Jacob H MUMPER, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 75 years of age, and a resident of Montrose county of Effingham, State of Illinois; and that he is the identical person was ENROLLED at Majority Point, now Toledo Ill. under the name Jacob H. MUMPER, on the 31st day of August. 1861, as a private, in Company A, 5th regiment, Illinois Volunteer Cavalry in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at Vicksburg, Miss. on the 30th day of August, 1864.
That he also served as Corporal, Sergeant
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description was as follows: Height 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, fair; color of eyes gray; color of hair, Dark; that his occupation was Blacksmith; that he was born August 18, 1834, at York, York county, Penn.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Montrose, Ill.
That he is a pensioner #269075.
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being place don the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907.
That his post office address is Montrose, county of Effingham State of Illinois.

Jacob H. MUMPER
(signature)

Also personally appeared David B. Crews, residing in Effingham, Ill. and Wm Harris, residing in Montrose, Ill. , persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Jacob H. MUMPER, the claimant, sign his name ( or make his mark ) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 30 years and 25 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

David B. Crews
(signature)

Wm. Harris
(signature)

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 21st day of August, A.D. 1909, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words "Private, Springfield, Calvary, erased, and the words ( no entry made in this area ), added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

James Johnson, Jr.
(signature)
Notary Public
End of record.

Eighth record transcribed
Act of Feb 6 - 1907
DANVILLE BRANCH, NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS


Danville, Ill., Apr 20, 1910
Washington, D.C.

Sir: I have the honor to report that Jacob H. MUMPER late A Co., 5 Reg't Ills Vol Cav Pensioner, Certificate No. 269075 at the rate of $20.00 per month, has this day been discharged.

Respectfully yours,

MJ Banger, Governor
(signature)
End of record.

Ninth record transcribed
"Act of Feb. 6, 1907"
Pensioner dropped
Department of the Interior
United States Pension Agency
Chicago, Ill.
June 12 1912
Certificate No. 269.075
Class "Invalids"
Pensioner Jacob H. MUMPER
Soldier
Service A 5 - Ill. Cav
The Commissioner of Pensions.

Sir: I have the honor to report that the above-named pensioner who was last paid at $20, 4 Oct. , 1911 has been dropped because of Death Dec 25, 1911

Very respectfully,

Charles Bent
(signature)
United States Pension Agent
End of records.








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