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Elizabeth Bryant

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Widow’s Certificate File Number WC 2484

Soldier’s Last Name: Bryant

First Name: James

Company and Regiment and State: Battery E. 1st NY

Artillery

Mothers name (include maiden name if known): Elizabeth

The following were found in this file:

  1. Original Application(s) for pension
  2. Proof of soldier’s service
  3. Proof of death
  4. Proof of marriage

Total images in the complete file: 20

2484

WAR OF 1861.

Brief in the case of Elizabeth Bryant, Mother of James Bryant, Corporal in Battery E., First N.Y. Artillery, Bath, Steuben County, and State of New York.

Act of July 14, 1862.

Post Office address of Applicant, Bath, Steuben Co., New York.

Claim for Mother’s pension.

Declaration and Identification in due Form.

PROOF EXHIBITED.

Rolls state that he “was killed by lightning, June 3d, 1862.” The verified certificate 2d Lieut. Edw. H. Underhill, 1st N.Y. Artillery, states that he “was killed by lightning, June 3d, 1862, in camp, at Gaines’ Farm, in Virginia.”

Her marriage to father of deceased is proven by a certified copy of church records of the baptism of their children – and the decease of her said husband is proven by disinterested witnesses.

Contributions to her support are also proven.

Admitted May 25th, 1863 to a pension of $8.00 per month, commencing June 3d, 1862.

C. F. Kingsley Bath, Steuben Co., N.Y.

F. E. Foster, Examining Clerk.

Adjutant General’s Office,

Washington D.C.,

January 23d 1863.

Sir:

     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 3631, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

     It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that James Bryant was enrolled at Bath, N.Y. Sep. 10th 61 in Co. E, 1st Regiment of NY Art Volunteers, 3 yrs and mustered into service as a Corporal Sep. 13th 61 at Elmyra in Co. E, 1st Regiment of NY Art Volunteers.

On the Muster Roll of Co. E of that Regiment for the months of May and June, 1862, he is reported as “Killed by Lightning June 3d 1862.” Place of death not stated. No further record on file.

     I am, Sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant,

Saml. Breck

Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions.

Washington, D.C.

Memoranda.

Name of applicant, Elizabeth Bryant

Address, Bath, Steuben Co. NY.

State of New York

County of Steuben } ss. On this 5th day of November 1862 personally appeared before me a Clerk of Supreme Court of the State of New York which is a court of record & a clerk in & fore said County of Steuben. Elizabeth Bryant of Bath in said county aged sixty four years who being first duly sworn does on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision, made by the act of Congress approved July 14 1862. That she is the widow of Joseph Bryant & mother of James Bryant who was a Corporal in Battery E commanded by Charles C. Wheeler, Captain in the First New York Artillery commanded by Colonel Guilford D. Baily in the war of 1861 who was killed by lightning on the 3d day of June 1862 at Gaines Mills on the peninsula in Virginia.

     She further declares that her said son  for whom she was wholly or in part dependant for support having left no widow or any child declarant makes this application for a pension under the above mentioned act & refers to the evidence filed herewith & that in the proper department to establish her claim.

     She also declares that she has not in any way aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States. That she is not in the receipt of a pension under the 2d section of the said act or under any other sect, nor has she again married since the death of her said son James Bryant who was her only son.

Elizabeth {Her X Mark} Bryant

Also personally appeared

Bartholomew Wilkes & Charles S. Knight

Residents of Bath in said County, persons whom I certify to be respectable & entitled to credit & who being by me duly sworn say that they were present and saw said Elizabeth Bryant make her mark to the foregoing declaration and that they swear that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of the applicant & their acquaintance with her that she is the identical person she represents herself to be. That the said Elizabeth Bryant was entirely dependent upon her said son James Bryant for her support. That James was her only son & that she is now in needy circumstances. That James Bryant was never married & left no Father.

B. Wilkes

C. S. Knight

     Sworn to & subscribed before me this 5th day of November 1862 and I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.

     Witness my hand and official seal the day and year above written.

Peter Halsey, Deputy Clerk

Steuben County

Bath Steuben Co. N.Y. March 13, 1863

I hereby certify to the following record made in the Parish Register of St. Thomas Church, Bath by the Rev. William D. Wilson, then Rector of said church – to wit – “1845, June 20. Baptized. Mary (born July 21, 1834), James (born May 1, 1836) and Catherine (born Sep. 14, 1838) children of Joseph & Betsey # Bryant. – Moses Bryant, John Fossel & Mary Shannon, sponsors,”

# known here as Elizabeth Bryant

  1. R. Howard

Rector of St. Thomas, Ch. Bath.

STATE OF NEW-YORK,

STEUBEN COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE.} SS.

I, OSCAR J. AVERELL, Clerk of said County, and of the Courts of Record therein, do hereby certify that A. P. Ferris Esq. whose name is subscribed to the jurat annexed affidavit, was, on the day of the date thereof a Notary Public in and for said county; duly authorized to administer oaths for general purposes, and that I am well acquainted with his hand-writing, and verily believe that the signature to the said jurat is genuine.

     IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal, this 8th day of May 1863.

O. J. Averell CLERK.

State of New York

Steuben County} ss. Oran R. Howard being duly sworn says he is the present Rector of St. Thomas Church in Bath in said County. That the within is a correct copy of a Record of said Church made by the Rev. William D. Wilson on 20th from 1845 in the records of said Church who was then the Rector of the same. That deponent made the within copy from the records of said Church.

Oran R. Howard

Sworn & Subscribed before me the 4th day of May 1863

  1. P. Ferris

Notary Public

STATE OF NEW-JERSEY,

MIDDLESEX COUNTY,} SS.  I, Thomas Stuart, Clerk of the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that William H. Leapp whose name is subscribed to the annexed Instrument, was at the time of taking such a officiant a master in Chancery of the State of New-Jersey, and in and for the County aforesaid, and duly authorized to take the same; that I am well acquainted with the hand-writing of the said William H. Leapp and verily believe that the signature to the said afficiant is genuine.

     IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said County, this 8th day of May A.D. 1863.

Thomas Stuart, Clk.

State of New Jersey

County of Middlesex} SS.  Robt. B. Croes of said State & County being duly sworn says that he is a son of Bishop John Croes who was Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey from Nov 1815 to July 1832 & who resided at N Brunswick in 1831. That said Bishop Croes died several years ago. That said Bishop Croes was Rector of Christ Church N Brunswick in 1831 & 1832 & for years previous hereto.

     That Deponent has made a careful examination of the Records of said Church which was kept by said Bishop Croes & he can not find any record of the marriage of Joseph Bryant to Elizabeth Shannon.

Robert B. Croes

Sworn & Subscribed to before me the 6th day of May 1863}

W. H. Leapp

Master in Chancery, NJ

2484 No. 5631.

Act July 14, 1862.

Elizabeth Bryant, mother of James Bryant , Corpl in Battery “E” 1 New York Artillery Killed by lightning, at Gaines Mill in June 3, 1862

PENSION OFFICE,

Nov 10 1862

Respectfully referred to Adjutant General for official evidence of service and death.

Received, Nov 7 1862,

Claimant, Bath N.Y. Att’y

State of New York

County of Steuben SS. On the 24th day of March A.D. 1863 personally appeared before the Clerk of the County of Steuben & who is a Clerk of the Supreme Court which is a Court of record in & for said County. Elizabeth Bryant a resident of Bath in the County of Steuben and State of New York, aged Sixty-four years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the act of Congress approved July 14th 1862 that she is the widow of Joseph Bryant and mother of James Bryant who was a Corporal in Battery “E” commanded by Charles G. Wheeler in the first Regiment of New York Artillery, in the war of 1861 who was killed by lightning on the 3d day of June 1862 in camp at Gaines Farm in Virginia.

     She further declares that her said son upon whom she was wholly or in part dependent for support having left no widow or minor child under sixteen years of age. Surviving declarant makes this application for a pension under the above mentioned act and refers to the evidence filed herewith and that in the proper deportment to establish her claim.

     She also declares that she has not in any way been engaged in, or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States and that she is not in the receipt of a pension under the 2d section of the act above mentioned or under any other act, nor has she again married since the death of her son the said James Bryant.

     She also declares that she was married to said Joseph Bryant the Father of my son the said James Bryant on the 23d day of February A.D. 1831 at the City of New York in the State of New York by Bishop Chroon then of Brunswick New Jersey that there is no record evidence of my said marriage.

     And she hereby appoints Charles F. Kingsley of Bath Steuben County State of New York her true & lawful attorney with full power of substitution to prosecute this her claim for pension and to receive the certificate therefore.

Elizabeth {her X mark} Bryant

In presence of B. Wilkes

George S. Haverling

     Sworn to, subscribed and acknowledged before me on the day & year first above named. And also on the same day personally appeared Bartholomew Wilkes & George S. Haverling residents of Bath in the County of Steuben and State of New York persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit & who being by me duly sworn say that they were present & saw Elizabeth Bryant make her mark to the foregoing declaration and power of Attorney. And they further swear that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her that she is the identical person she presents herself to be. That they are well acquainted with the said applicant Elizabeth Bryant and have known her for twelve years past, that they were well acquainted with Joseph Bryant her late husband having known him for ten years previous to his death that they the said Joseph Bryant and Elizabeth Bryant lived together as husband and wife and were reputed to be. That the deponents never heard the fact of his marriage disputed or questioned. That the said Joseph Bryant died on the _ day of November 1859 and that the said Elizabeth Bryant has been since that day & still is reputed to be his widow which deponents believe to be the fact. That she has never married since her said husbands death.

     That the said James Bryant enlisted in the service of the United States on the 10th day of September 1861. That on the  1st of December 1861 he sent to his mother the said Elizabeth Bryant from his pay as a Soldier the sum of $.25C & on the 31st Jany 1862 $12.50 & on or about the 4th day of April 1862 $.25C

     That the said James Bryant killed as aforesaid was the only son of said Elizabeth Bryant and that he supported her for the last six or seven years. That he bought her provisions and her fire wood be cut & brought to her.

     That we know William D. Wilson to be the Rector of St. Thomas Church in Bath in 1845. That A. R. Howard is the present Rector of said Church.

     That they have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.

B. Wilkes.

George S. Haverling

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 24th day of March A.D. 1863 and I hereby certify that I have no interest or indirect in the prosecution of this claim. Witness my hand & seal hereunto affixed this 24th day of March 1863.

O. J. Averell

County Clerk of Steuben Co., N.Y.

I the undersigned Edward H. Underhill, 2d Lieutenant in Battery “E” New York Artillery on 3d April 1862 but now am doing duty as 2d Lieutenant in 3d New York Battery do hereby certify upon my honor that James Bryant who was a Corporal in said Battery “E” 1st N.Y. Artillery was killed by lightning on the 3d day of June 1862 in camp at Gaines Farm in Virginia.

3d N.Y. 2nd Battery 6th Army Corps.

Camp near Potomac Creek Va

April 13th 1863

Edward H. Underhill

2 Lieut 1st N.Y. Artillery

attached to 3d N.Y. 2nd Battery

No.. 2484

New York

Elizabeth Bryant

Mother of James Bryant,

Rank Corporal

Company Bat. “E.”

Regiment 1st N.Y. Art.

Albany N.Y. Agency.

Rate per month $8

Commencing 3d June 1862

Certificate dated 2d June 63

And sent to C. F. Kingsley.

Bath, Steuben Co., N.Y.

Act 14th July, 1862.

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