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Here, transcribed to the best of my ability is the following Pension records for John Brang. They were received Aug. 1970 from GSA - National Archives.   There are two pages with one number on them and three with another, but they do seem to be the same man.         

Page 1.   Department of the Interior - Bureau of Pensions  - No. 619, 285  - JOHN BRANG - E, 143 Ind. Vol. Infy.      Oct. 21, 1887      
Sir:  I have the honor to request that you will furnish from the records of the War Department a full Report as to the service, disability, and hospital treatment of John Brang, who it is claimed, enlisted  Feb. 6, 1865 and served as Pv't in Co. E, 143 Reg't Ind. Vol. Infy: also in Co.-------------  and was discharged at Nashville, Tenn   Oct 17, 1865   and was treated in hospitals of which the names, location, and dates of treatment are as follows:  Reg't Surgeon only.   Very Respectfully (signed) John C. Black, Commissioner.       

Page 2. No. 618,285    War Department - Adjutant General's Office - Washington, Nov. 5, 1887    Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions, John Brang, a priv't of Company "E" 143rd Regiment Indiana Volunteers, was enrolled on the 6th day of February 1865 at Evansville, Ind., 1 yr. and is reported: present on rolls from enrollment to June 30, 1865.   August 31 1865, absent on detached service at post bakery, Clarksville, Tenn. since August 20, 18665.  Mustered out with Co., October 17, 1865, at Nashville, Tenn.   Return for May, 1865 does not report him absent.     The records of this office furnish no evidence of disability.      R. C. Drum, Adjutant General                 

Page 3.   DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - BUREAU OF PENSIONS,    Cert. No. 431,275  Name, John Brang         Washington, D. C., January 15, 1898         SIR:  In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by retuning this circular to him with replies to the question enumerated below.  Very respectfully,(signed) H. Clay Brandt, Commissioner  First: Are you married? If so please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.  Answer:  Maria Tassilla Brang, maiden name Schnell     Second:  When, where, and by whom married?  Answer September 3, 1869, Rev. Bruning, Celestine, Ind.    Third: What record of marriage exists:  Answer:  Church Record, Celestine, Dubois Co., Ind.   Fourth:  Where you previously married?   No      Fifth: Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.    Answer:    9 in all.   Maria Tassilla, born June 11, 1868;  Christine, born Febr. 5, 1870;  Philipp, born March 16, 1872;  Maria, born December. 22, 1873; Barbara, born April 2, 1876; Joseph, born July 21, 1878; Elisabeth, born December 12, 1880; Andrew Francis, born July 8, 1883; Theresa, born November. 28, 1885         (signed) John (his x mark) Brang         Date of reply  May th, 1898      

Page 4.     DECLARATION FOR PENSION   Act of February 6, 1907    State of Indiana, County of Dubois, ss:   Personally appeared before me the undersigned, duly authorized to administer oaths within and for the County and State aforesaid    John Brang    who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 63 years of age, and is a pensioner of the United Stated enrolled at the rate of  $10 per month under Pension Certificate No. 431,275.  That he was a Private in co E of the 143 Regiment of Indiana Vols.  that he served at least ninety days in the Civil War and received a final honorable discharge; that he has not served in the military or naval service  of the United States otherwise than as averred.   That he was born about the 14 January, 1844.    That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under th provisions of the Act of February 6, 1907, and any amendments thereof.       He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution  EDGAR T. GADDIS, of Washington D.C. his successor or legal representative, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim under said law; and he requests and directs that he be allowed and paid, upon the issuance of a certificate, or thereafter, such fee or compensation a be provided by law or ruling, or as may be hereafter provided by law or ruling: that his Post Office Address is Celestine County of Dubois State of Indiana.   Claimant sign here:   John (his x mark) Brang.   Also personally appeared August Betz residing at Celestine and Joseph Brang residing at Celestine , persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit , and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw John Brang the claimant, sign his name [or make his mark] to the foregoing declaration that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim   (signed) August Bet     (signed) Joseph Brang     Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 25th day of February, A.D., 1907  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, and that I have no interest direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim (signed) James Mittellnehler , Justice of the Peace                         

Page 5.     DROP ORDER AND REPORT  -  Department of the Interior, BUREAU OF PENSIONS,  FINANCE DIVISION      Washington, D.C. Nov. 10, 1909    John Brang    431275     E 143 Ind        U.S. Pension Agent -  Indianapolis   Sir: You are hereby directed to drop from the roll the name of the above-described pensioner who died  Oct 20, 1909   (signed) J. C. Davenport, acting commissioner.    REPORT    Commissioner of Pensions     Sir:     The name of the above-described pensioner, who was last paid at  $12 per month  to  4 Aug., 1909 , has this day been dropped from the roll of this agency.  (signed) A. O. Marsh, U.S. Pension Agent.     Nov. 13, 1909

Submitted by Kathyrn Todd



Louis Brang

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE  -  Washington D. C.  July 30, 1879                      Sir:  I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 270522, and to return it herewith with such information as is furnished by the files of the Office.    It appears from the Rolls on file in the Office that Louis Brang was enrolled on the 7th day of Nov., 1861, at Jeffersonville, in Co. I, 49th Regiment of Ind. Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war, and mustered into service as a Pvt. on the 21st day of Nov, 1861, at Jeffersonville, Ind. in Co. I of that Regiment, from enrollment to Dec 31, 1862 he is reported Present. Co.was stationed at Chickasaw Bayo, Miss, Dec 21/62.  Jan'y $ Feby' 63 Lewis Brong Pvt, absent sick sent to Geneeral Hospital, Feby' 25/63, so reported to June 30/63.  July & Aug 63.  July & Aug 63  Present, so reported to Aug. 31/64, Sep & Oct  absent sick in University Hospital  Oct 29/64. M/O roll dated Nov 29/64 reports him Present & mustered out with Co. on that date.  The records of this Office furnish no evidence of disability as alleged.          I an, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, W. _. Benjamin, Assistant Adjutant General      The Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D. C. (signature illegible)                      

Form 2.  Declaration for the Increase of an Invalid Pension.      State of Indiana, County of Dubois, ss: on this 11th day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eight seven personally appeared before me, a Clerk of Court  within and for the County and State aforesaid, Louis Brang aged 48 years, a resident of Jasper, County of Dubois, State of Indiana, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Indianapolis Pension Agency at the rate of Eight dollars per month.  Certificate No. 282648; by reason of disability from Epilepsy incurred in the military service of the United States, while serving as a Private of Co I, 49th, Regt, Ind. Vols.   That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of  Increased Disability from Epilepsy and resulting Effection of head and general disability as usual results of Epilepsy.  That he hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, Noah Moses of Loogootee, Ind., his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim.  His Post Office address is Jasper, Indiana.   Witnesses (signed)  Geo Mehringer and Neman Haskins   and (signed) Claimant  Louis Brang                    

Form 3.     DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF PENSIONS, WASHINGTON, D.C.      June 3, 1898  Cert. No. 282,648    Louis Brang     Co. I, 49th Reg't, Ind. Infantry              Sirs:  Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below?  The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.   Very respectfully,  C. W. _____ Brandt, Commissioner                 Wm. Louis Brang - Jasper, Ind.                   No. 1  Are you a married man?  Answer:  No  (Widower)    No. 2 When, where, and by whom were you married?   Answer:  Celestine, Ind.   Father Brenning                 No. 3.   What record of marriage exists?    Answer:  at Court house in Jasper, Indiana      No, 3    Were you previously married?    Answer:  No       No. 5.   Have you any children living?  Answer:  Mary C. was born Feby 11 1870;  Francis A. was born  Jan 31, 1873;  John A.  was born Aug 15, 1878;  Theresia E. was born Sept. 26, 1880;  Anna J. was born  Feby 18, 1882;  Rosa Mary  was born Dec 17 1886                      Date of reply:  June 11, 1898     (signed)  Louis Brang                                         

Form 4.    Declaration for the Increase of an Invalid Pension            State of Indiana, County of Dubois, ss:   On this 21 day of February A. D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine, personally appeared before me, a Clerk Circuit Court within and for the County and State aforesaid  Louis Brang, aged 49 years, a resident of Jasper, County of Dubois, State of Ind., who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Indianapolis Pension Agency at the rate of Ten dollars per month, Certificate No. 282648; by reason of disability from  Epilepsy  incurred in the Military sservice of the United States, while serving as a Private, Co. I, 49th Regt Ind Vols.    That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of Epilepsy and all results.             He prays to be sent to Board at Washington or Huntingburgh, Ind.   and he hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation  Noah Moses of Loogootee, Ind. his tru and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim.  His post Office address is Jasper, Ind.   (Witnesses signatures)  Anton D(eryses?) and Joseph Roellen      (signed) Louis Brang

 Form 5.     Declaration for the Increase of an Invalid Pension   -    State of Indiana, County of Dubois, ss:   On this 29 day of May A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety  personally appeared  before me a Clerk of Court within and for the County and State aforesaid,  Louis Brong   aged 50 years a resident of Jasper County of Dubois State of Ind, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Indianapolis Pension Agency at the rate of twelve dollars per month, Certificate No. 282648; by reason of disability  from Epilepsy  incurred in the Military service of the United States, while serving as a Private of Co. I  49th Regt   Ind Vols.  That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of Epilepsy  and resulting constitutional  disease affecting stomache and heart and general debility.    He asks to examined at Huntingburgh, Indiana, that he hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation  Noah Moses of Loogootee, Ind.  his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his Claim   His Post Office address is Jasper, Indiana.      (Witnesses signatures)  Conrad Eckert and Herman Eckert       (signed)  Louis Brang   
            

Form 6.    Declaration for the Increase of an Invalid Pension.          State of Indiana, County of Dubois, ss:    On this 21st day of December A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety one personally appeared before me, a Clerk Circuit Court, within and for the County and State aforesaid, Louis Brang  aged 52 years, a resident of Jasper County of Dubois State of Indiana, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the Indianapolis Pension Agency at the rate of Twelve dollars per month, Certificate No. 282648; by reason of disability  from Epilepsy  incurred in the Military service of the United States, while serving as a Private, Company I, 49th Regiment  Indiana Volunteers  Inft. That he believes himself to be entitled to an increase of pension on account of new  disability that on or about the latter part of February 1862  at Cumberland ford in the state of Kentucky, he from ex__illegible___________ to  the service while in line of duty with the aforesaid  company and regiment in the service of the United States.  Contracted Diarrhea   which he's continued in verying severity until the present time.  and has resulted  in alternate chronic diarrhea and constipation and piles and fistula       That he has been materially disabled more or less each year from said cause  and hereby asks that his pension increased to correspond with said disability and  (illegible).   that he hereby appoints, with full poser of substitution and revocation, John Norman of Indianapolis, Indiana his true and lasful attorney, to prosecute his claim.   His P.O. address is Jasper, Indiana.  (Witnesses signatures) John P. Salby  and George Seyers        (signed) Louis Brang                                                        

Form 7.    PENSIONER DROPPED   -   United States Pension Agency  -  Indianapolis, Ind.  -  Sept. 25, 1903      Certificate No. 282648      Class  A       Pensioner Louis Brang       Soldier   blank           Service    P Co. I 49 Ind             The Commissioner of Pensions           SIR:  I have the honor to report that the above-named pensioner who was last paid at $12.00 to 4 May, 1903  has been dropped because of  death - Aug. 1, 1903       Very respectfully,  A. O. Marsh, United States Pension Agent                               

Form 8.    [This was received later and was not in pension records]     EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT INDIANA  -  ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE   -  INDIANAPOLIS    July 25, 1969     This Certifies That the official records of which I am the lawful custodian on file in this office show that   BRANG, Louis  Joined for duty and was enrolled as a Private of Company I, 49th  Regiment Indiana Volunteers at Jeffersonville, INDIANA on the 7th day of November, 1861  by Captain Alles  and that he was duly mustered into the Military Service of the United States at Jeffersonville, Indiana on the 21st day of November 1861, for the term of three years by Lieutenant Bickham,  Mustering Officer     Age: 22  Eyes: blue  Hair: light   Height:  5'6"      Complexion: light    Nativity:  Dubois County, Indiana   Occupation:  Farmer       Name also appears as BRANK      Mustered out at Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29, 1864          This Certificate is given as official evidence of enlistment, service and   Muster-out  of Louis Brang  of Company I, 49th  Regiment Indiana Volunteers         Witness my hand and official seal     STATE OF INDIANA, Indiana State Library, For the State Librarian,    John N. Owens, Adjutant General, Indiana   (signed Lawrie G. Meldrum, acting head, Archives Division.                                        [This is the end of this.   Thank you, Kathyrn]



Letters For Louis Brang
   

This is transcribed to the best of my ability complete with misspellings, etc..  Photocopies sent to me in July, 1967 from GSA, National Archives and Records Service   - Kathyrn Todd            

Three (3) letters written by or on behalf of Mr. Brang.   
 
Letter 1.    State of Indiana - Dubois County, ss.    On the claim for  (illegible) pension No. 270522. (a few words illegible)  a Private of Co.(illegible),  49th Inf., Indiana,  do hereby state on oath, that my place of Residence 4 years immediately preceding my enlistment, was Dubois County, Indiana, and my P.O. address was Celestine, Ind. and occupation was that of a farmer, and since my discharge from the army my occupation has been part that of a farmer and partly a day laborer, and I always lived in Dubois County, Ind. only on or about the  1st day of April, 1876, I moved to Jasper, Dubois Co., Ind.  I first took Epeleptic fit, on or about the first or second day of January, 1863 while going up the Miss. River to __Kansas Post on the boat from there my Reg't  was sent back to Vicksburg, Miss= there I was put on the Hospital Boat sent to Memphis, Tenn. and put in the General Hospital on or about the 31st day of January, 1863, where I was treated by the Hospital Doctors, but cannot state their names.  Since my discharge from the service I had attacks of my desease  on an average nearly every month, and was treated by Dr. John F.B. Widmer, who is now dead, and whose P.O. address was St. Anthony, DuBois County, Ind.  and also by Dr. Wm. Yandall, whose P.O. address was Knoxville or Celestine, DuBois County, Ind.  &  Dr. Reiling  whose P.O. address was Schnellville, DuBois County and Dr. David Younger whose P.O. address was Celestine, DuBois Ind.  But the above named Doctors have all moved off and I cannot get there P.O. address.  The only Medical evidence I can furnish is Dr. August W. Bigham whose P.O. address is Jasper, Dubois Co., Ind.   I cannot give the exact dates of the various times I had attack of Epeleptic fits.  But to the best of my recolection I got them as often as 3 or 4 times a month, then I would not get them again for 2 or 3 months.   But every time I do a little hard work, such as chopping wood, working in harvest or plowing, I am sure to get them, if I don't take Medicine to keep them down, then I am down sick for several weeks at a time and am suffering great pains in my head and body, and I am also loosing my memory.  I cannot remember things as well as I could before I got those fits.  I am now from the effects of my decease and cannot earn anything for the support of my family, and it is for that reason I pray for pension.   (Signed)  Witnesses: George Cox and John Betz } (signed) Louis Brang                Subscribed  and sworn to before me this 23rd of June, 1879 and I certify that I have no interest in the Prosecution of this claim.   Witness my hand and seal at Jasper  this day (blank) 1879  (signed) Peter J. Gossmann, Clerk, DuBois Circuit Court 
                                                                                     
Letter 2.       Jasper Ind June 23rd 1879  Wm. E. Preston - Esq.                Dear Sir:  I the undersigned claimant in the claim No. 270522 would state to you that I was in the General Hospital at Memphis, Tenn.   I came there on or about the 31st day of Jan. 1863  and had to stay there nearly 4 months, from there I was sent to the Barracks where I stayed about 2 weeks, then I was sent to my Regiment in Missessippi .  But I cannot name the place as I forgot it.  Then we went to Vicksburg where we laid about one week, from there we went to New Orleans from there to Texas when I took sick but was not sent to any Hospital.  From Texas we went (?word) the Red River and while going up  I got my sickness again while in the ranks and I was sent back to New Orleans in the Hospital where I was treated again.  But I forgot the number & name of the Hospital , the name of the Doctor.  I was sent to the Hospital at New Orleans on or about the last of April or the First of May 1864, from there I was sent to my Regiment again.  But I never done any duty after I got the first attack  as I was not able to do any service.  I was treated in all the Hospitals that I was in and I would further state that I am not able to do a quarter days work now.  I was also put in Hospital at Algiers, Miss. where I come nearly dying.  I can there on or about the 15th day of Oct. 1864 and was there about 2 weeks, from there I went with my regiment to Indianapolis and where I got my discharge and went home.    Yours Respectfully, (signed) Louis Brang                                                               

 Letter 3.   State of Indiana, County of DuBois } ss                In the pension Claim No. 270522  of Louis Brang late a private in Co I, 49th Regt, Indiana Vol.  Personally came before me Peter J. Gossmann, Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for Said county and State, Louis Brang the above named claiment, who being duly sworn declares in relation to aforesaid  case as follows:  I am not able to furnish the medical evidence showing treatment prior to the date of the treatment of Dr. Bigham for the reason that Dr. John F.B. Widmer who treated me is dead and has been dead for over two years, and Dr. David Younger who also treated me has left this place and I cannot find out where he has goen too.  And I am not able to furnish any evidence of neighbors or acquaintances  for the reason that I always get the epileptick fits either in the night time or before day break, and then there is no one present but my wife when I take them, they sometimes last fifteen to twenty minutes and then after that I am not able to work for three and four days.  When the wheather is damp I cannot work at anything.  I have had the Epileptick fits as high as three times a week and on an average once a week and I am not able to wrk more than half the time.  (signed)  A.W.Bigham and George Mehringer      (signed) Louis Brang {seal}     Sworn to and subscribed before me this day by aforenamed affiant and I hereby certify that I am in no wise interested in the prosecution of this claim and I further certify that I read said affidavit to said affiant and acquainted him with it's contents before he executed the same and that the erasure made was made before signing.    Witness my hand and official seal this 20th day of December 1880   (signed)  Peter J. Gossmann, Clerk DuBois Circuit Court.                            [I tried to reread this to catch any typos.  My 2nd husband had Epilepsy so I kind of understand what he went through and then with little help for it.   I was told by my great aunt that he (Brang) got overheated in the service which was what caused him to start having the seizures. 


                                              




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