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Civil War Pension Records

Solomon Shook
[Contributed by Billie Trail: These are my g g g grandfather's pension papers. They also list many other names of witnesses and court appointed people]

On the 10th day of April,1888, personally appeared before me Clerk of the Court, a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Solomon Shook, aged 49 years, a resident of Richland County and State of Illinois,who, being duly sworn according to the law, declares that he is the identical Solomon Shook who was enrolled on the first day of September, 1861, in Company A of the Inifity Regiment of Benton Cadets Mo, Vols, commanded by Capt. Harry Hazleton, and who was honorably discharged at Benton Barracks Mo, on the 8th day of January, 1862, that his personal description is as follows: Age, 49; height, 5 ft. 7 in; complexion, Light; Hair, Brown; Eyes, grey.

On December 30, 1861, he contracted Chronic diarrhea piles-Rheumatism& resulting disease of heart and smothering spells.

 Below is a list of witnesses on his pension papers.

Witness to mark of Lydia A. Manges- Henry H. Miller & Lizzie Beehler

Affidavits for Solomon Shook:

Jacob Schilt-Olney,IL
Christian Weiss
John Von Almen

Witnesses who saw Margaret Jane Shook sign her name:
W.A.Richardson & (Ja-cant make out last letters) Richardson

William L. Smith
[Submitted by Dee Gartman]

Civil War Pension File Number: 332233
Served with the 11th Missouri Infantry, Co E
Enlisted at Olney, IL: Aug 5, 1861
Mustered out at Memphis, TN as Sergeant: Jan 15, 1866
Born: Apr 6, 1841, Illinois
Died: March 18, 1879, Claremont, Richland, IL
Buried: Antioch Cemetery, Richland, IL

William’s widow, Amanda C. SMITH applied for pension on Oct 17, 1885 while a resident of Mt. Erie, Wayne Co, IL (moved there after 1880).

This file gives names and birth dates for all the children, including physicians, midwife and neighbors/friends who assisted with the births in Richland County, IL (Decker and Claremont Twps). Also included, is marriage info for William and Amanda, military info for William, death info for William and Amanda.

Many names are mentioned in the file. Some, but not all are listed here:

William L. SMITH and Amanda C. SMITH; Children: Anna Belle SMITH, Charles J. SMITH (Charlie J.), Mary E. SMITH, Lydia A. SMITH, Frank M. SMITH (Frankie M.), Bertha L SMITH (all born in Richland County, IL—Decker and Claremont Twps); Sons-in-law: Edward A. MARTIN of Fairfield, Wayne, IL, Arthur C. HARRISON of Mt. Erie, Wayne, IL, John J. ENGLAND, of Olney, Richland, IL; Doctors: Dr. Zeba D. FRENCH of Lawrence County in June 1888, Dr. TELFORD of Olney, Dr. HORNER of Olney, Dr. J. D. HARLAN of Fairfield, Wayne, IL, Dr. A. Q. BAIRD, Dr. O. A. BATTSON, Dr. N. B. ALLEN, Dr. LANGDON, Dr. FLEASHER; midwife: Mrs. CLINGHAMSMITH/CLINGENSMITH/KLINGENSMITH; Neighbors: Jemimah F. ANDERSON, L. FOSTER and Annie FOSTER, M. L. TAYLOR, Thomas J. DECKER, John C. and Susanna WAGY, Nancy STAFFY/STEFFY, Elijah L GRIFFITH of Mt. Erie, Wayne, IL; Minister: William INSKEEP (married Amanda and William); Military related: Levi D. RONEY, Capt of Co E, 11th Missouri, Early BEADLE, tent mate and mess mate in Co E, 11th MO and also 1st cousin once removed to William L. SMITH, Dr Thomas S. HAWLEY, regimental surgeon; Attorney: H. M. SPAIN of Olney, IL; Cousin: Sullivan SUMNER of Sumner, Lawrence, IL.



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