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Box # 31408
Cert # 6873
Harriet A. Emerson
Bundle # 29


Widow's Certificate File Number WC 6873
Soldier's Last Name: Emerson First Name: Andrew P
Company and Regiment and State: Co. F. 161th NY Infantry Musician
Widow's name (include maiden name if known): Harriet A. (NEE: Chase)
Minor Child (include names of all children and the number of children): Helen S.
The following were found in this file:
x 1. Original application(s) for pension
x 2. Proof of soldier's service
x 3. Proof of Death
x 4. Proof of Marriage
x 5. Proof of Children
   6. Dropped from rolls
Total images in the complete file: 15


6873
WAR OF 1861.
Brief in the case of Harriet A. Emerson, widow of Andrew P. Emerson, Musician Co. F. 161 Reg.N.Y.V. Bath, Steuben County, and State of N. York
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, Bath, N. York.
Claim for Widows pension.
Declaration and Identification in due Form.
PROOF EXHIBITED.

Rolls.
     "Mustered into Service"
     Died at Baton Rouge La of Fever June 16th, 1863
"Married".
     Proved by the affidavit of the officiating clergyman, the original certificate, and by the affidavit of two, who saw them married.
Child.
     The name, age and residence of one are given.

     Admitted Oct 8th, 1863 to a pension of $8 per month, commencing June 11th, 1862
Name and Residence of Agent Norman B. Smith, present     EXAMINING CLERK. N. M. Ross
State of New York
Steuben County SS.    I, OSCAR J. AVERELL, Clerk of said County, and of the Courts of Record therein, do hereby certify that Wm. S. Hubbell, Esq. whose name is subscribed to the jury of the 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 24 day of July 1863.
J. Averell, CLERK.
State of New York}
Steuben County}  SS.     On this 24 day of July A.D. 1863 personally appeared before me Wm. S. Hubbell Notary Public within and for the County and state aforesaid, Frederick Wilber of Bath County and State aforesaid who being duly sworn according to law declares that the within is the original certificate of marriage given by me & the marriage ceremony performed by me as within stated.
Subscribed and sworn to before}
me this day as above stated}     Frederick Wilber
Wm. S. Hubbell
Notary Public
APPLICATION FOR WIDOW'S ARMY PENSION.
State of New York}
County of Steuben}  SS.
     On this 24 day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, personally appeared before me Oscar J. Averell County Clerk of the County Courts Harriet A. Emerson a resident of Bath in the County of Steuben and State of New York, aged 35 years, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth 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 a widow of Andrew P. Emerson who was a Drummer in company F commanded by Capt. John Stocum in the 161 Regiment of Infantry commanded by Colonel Gabriel P. Harrower of New York in the war of 1861, who died on the 16 day of June 1863, at Baton Ruge in the County of _____ State of Louisania that his death was caused by Typhiod Fever. She further declares that she was married to the said Andrew P. Emerson on the 3d day of March 1850, at Bath by Revd. Fredrick Wilber a Methodist Minister that her husband, the aforesaid Andrew P. Emerson died on the day above mentioned, and that she (1) has remained a widow ever since the death of her said husband as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States. And she further states that the best evidence she is able to procure of her marriage is (2) And she is inable to procure record evidence, but herewith submits a certificate of her marriage aforesaid & by the two witness on the other side of this sheet & the affidavit of the officiating clergyman.
     That the name and age of her child under sixteen years of age as follows: (3) Helen C. Emerson, resident of Bath Steuben County State of New York, twelve years old 5 Feb 1863.
     She hereby appoints NORMAN B. SMITH, of Washington, D.C., her attorney, with power of substitution, to prosecute her claim and receive the certificate.
Harriet A. Emerson
Signature of claimant.
This is to Certify
That Andrew P. Emerson of Bath in the State of New York and Harriet A. Chase of Bath in the State New York were By me Joined together in HOLY MATRIMONY on the third day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty.
In Presence of
N. B. Mather               Frederick Wilber
Joel Gurney                  Minister of the Gospel
Solomon Chase
Application for Widow's Pension
Mrs. Harriet A. Emerson
WIDOW OF
Andrew P. Emerson
Late a Drummer Co. F.
161 Reg't N.Y.S. Vols.
APPLICANT'S P.O. ADDRESS
Town, City, or Village Bath
County Steuben
State New York
RECEIVED FROM
FILED BY
NORMAN B. SMITH.
ATTORNEY FOR APPLICANT
WASHINGTON, D.C.

AFFIDAVIT OF WITNESSES.
     Also personally appeared Nepolean B. Mather and Joel Gurnsey residents of Bath County of Steuben State of New York 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 Mrs. Harriet A. Emerson sign her name to the foregoing declaration; 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 represents herself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim. And they further swear that they were will acquainted with her and her husband before he entered the service, and know that they lived together as man and wife, and such was their reputation (4) and that she has remained a widow ever since the death of her said husband. That they are able to state the foregoing facts from the following circumstances: That we knew Andrew P. Emerson and his wife Harriet A. Emerson before they were married, and that we witnessed the marriage performed by Rev. F. Wilbur on 3 March 1850.
     That the name and age of her husband's child under sixteen years of age, and the place of their residence, is as follows: Bath Steuben County State of New York, the childs name is Helen C. Emerson aged twelve years old 5 Feb 1863.
N. B. Mather
Joel Gurnsey
(Signatures of Witnesses)
     Sworn to and subscribed before me, on the 24th day of July A.D. 1863, and I certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim made in open court.
O. J. Averell Co. Clerk
(Signature of Officer)

State of New York}
County of Steuben} SS.
     I, Oscar J. Averell Clerk of the County Court is and for the County and State above named, do hereby certify that O. J. Averell Esq., before whom the foregoing affidavits were made, and who has thereunto signed his name, was, at the time of so doing, a County Clerk in and for the County and State above named, duly commissioned and sworn; that all his official acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit; that his signature thereto is genuine, and that I have no interest in this claim.
     IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name, and affixed my official seal, this 24 day of July 1863.
O. J. Averell
Co. Clerk.

Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
Sept 21st, 1863

Sir:
     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 28,506, 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 Andrew P. Emerson was enrolled on the 30th day of Augt, 1862, at Bath NY in Co. F 161st Regiment of N.York Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Musician on the 19th day of Sept 1862, at Elmira, in Co. F, 161st  Regiment of N. York Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. F of that Regiment, for the months of May and June 1863, he is reported as "Died at Baton Rouge La June 16th '63 of fever."
I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Saml Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.
The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Memoranda.
Name of applicant, Harriet A. Emerson
Address, Bath Steuben Co N. York
State of New York}
Steuben County} SS.     On this the 1 Dec A.D. 1866 came before me a Notary Public in and for the County & State aforesaid, duly qualified to administer oathes & etc. Annis Emerson who being sworn says she was with Harriet A. Emerson when she gave birth to a daughter on the 5th Feb 1851 who she named Helen S. that said child is the daughter of Andrew P. Emerson Decd. & Harriet A. Emerson his wife. That the said Harriet A. Emerson has remarried a widow since the death of her said husband Andrew P. Emerson. That when she was confirmed there was no Physican with her, that her said child has not been adopted by any person or persons, but remains with her mother who is a pensioner of the U. States that there is no public or private record of the birth of said child, that she remembers the fact distinctly as to the time above stated, she further says she has no interest direct or indirect in her application for an increase pension.
Annis  her X mark Emerson
Witness
Geo. W. Hallock
Levi Shuler
Sworn and subscribed before me at the date above & I certify that Annis Emerson signed the above after it was read over to her, that she is a credible person, & I further certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in her application for increase pension.
Wm. S. Hubbell
WAR OF 1861.
Act of July 25, 1866.
CLAIM FOR INCREASE OF WIDOW'S PENSION.
Supplemental to case in which certificate No. 6, 873 was issued Oct 10th, 1863.
BRIEF in the case of Harriet A. Emerson, Widow of Andrew P. Emerson Musician Co. F. 161 N Y Vols
Resident of Steuben County, and State of N York
Post Office address: Bath
DECLARATION AND IDENTIFICATION IN DUE FORM.
PROOF EXHIBITED.
Abandonment or adoption. Futher
Married March 3 1850
Names and dates of birth of children.
Helen S. Emerson, born February 5th 1851, who will be 16 years old February 4th, 1867.
Proof of ages.
By a person who was present. No physician being present.
Only children Stated.
Agent and his P.O. address Norman B. Smith, present
     Issue certificate for Eight dollars per month, commencing June 16th, 1862, and two dollars per month additional for each of the above-named children, commencing July 25, 1866, deducting former payments.
N. M. Ross, Examiner.
Passed Jany 28th, 1867.
Application of Widow for Increase of Pension Under Act of July 25, 1866.
STATE OF New York}
COUNTY of Steuben} SS.
     On this 14th day of August, A.D., 1866, personally appeared before me A. A. Vanorsdale Clerk of a Court of Record, in and for the County of Steuben, in the State of New York Harriet A. Emerson, aged 38 years, a resident of Bath in the County of Steuben, and State of New York, and whose post-office address is Bath, Steuben Co., NY, in the County and State aforesaid, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is a pensioner of the United States, duly enrolled at the Canandaigua Pension Agency, at the rate of $8.00 per month, by reason of the service and death, while in the United States service, of her husband, Andrew P. Emerson who was a musician in Company F, 161 Regiment of N.Y. State Vols. That the following is a correct list of the names, dates of birth, and residence of all the children of her said deceased husband, who were under the age of sixteen years at the time of the death of her said husband, and who are now living, viz.:
Helen S. Emerson, born 5 Feb 1851, living at Bath with her Mother
She therefore claims an increase of pension to the amount of $2 per month, under section two of Supplementary Pension act of July 25th, 1866.
     She also declares that she has remained a widow ever since the death of said husband Andrew P. Emerson, and that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; and she hereby appoints NORMAN B. SMITH, of Washington, D.C., as her lawful attorneys, and authorizes them to present and prosecute this claim, and to receive and receipt for the certificate that may be issued in satisfaction thereof.
Harriet A. Emerson
(Signature of Claimant.)
Witnesses:
Shibow W. Payne
Wm. S. Hubbell
     Also personally appeared before me, at the time and place aforesaid, Hiram R. Hess of Bath, and James F. Howell of Bath whom I certify to be credible persons, who, being duly sworn according to law, declare, each for himself, that they well know Harriet A. Emerson, who signed the foregoing declaration in their presence; and that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and that the statement made by her in said declaration, in regard to the children of her deceased husband, is verily believed by them to be true in every particular. They further swear that they, or either of them, have no interest in this claim, either present or prospective, and that they are not concerned, directly or indirectly, in its prosecution.
Signature of Witnesses.{ H. R. Hess     James F. Howell
STATE OF New York}
COUNTY OF Steuben} SS.
     Before me, on this 14th day of August A.D. 1866, personally appeared the above named Harriet A. Emerson applicant, and Hiram R. Hess and James F. Howell her witnesses, all of whom are to me well known, and subscribed and made oath in due form of law to their respective statements and declarations. And I hereby certify that I am not interested in this claim nor concerned in its prosecution; that the witnesses are credible; that the claimant is the identical person she represents herself to be, and also that she is of reputed loyalty. That both the Declaration and Affidavit were read over to and understood by the respective parties before they signed the same.
Official Signature, A. A. VanOrsdale  Co. Clerk

6, 873 Wids
WIDOW'S APPLICATION.
FOR
INCREASE OF PENSION.
UNDER ACT JULY 25, 1866.
Andrew P. Emerson
Priv. F. 161st N.Y. Vols.
Harriet A. Emerson
Widow
Bath Steuben Co., N.Y.
Washington Aug 16, 1866.
Respectfully referred to the Hon. Commissioner of Pensions.
NORMAN B. SMITH
ATTORNEY,
No. 476 7th Street, Washington, D.C.
Increase No. 6873
New York
Harriet A. Emerson
WIDOW OF
Andrew P. Emerson
Rank Musician, Co. "F"
Regt. 161st N.Y. vol.
Canandaigua Agency.
Rate per Month $8
Commencing 16 June 1862
Additional sum of $2 per Month for each
of the following children until arriving at the age
of 16 years, commence July 25, 1866, viz:
Helen S. 4 Feby 1867
Former payments to be deducted
Certificate dated 9 Feby 1867
Sent to N. B. Smith Washington DC
Act 14th July 1862.
Book C Vol. 10 Page 176.
W. Mayse Clerk.
No. 6873
New York
Harriet A. Emerson
widow of Andrew P. Emerson
Rank Musician
Company "F"
Regiment 161st N.Y. Vols.
Albany Agency.
Rate per month $8
Commencing 16th June, 1862
Certificate dated 10th Oct 1863
and sent to Norman B. Smith Present
Act 14th July 1862.
Book A Vol. 4 Page 30
6873
No. 28,506
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Harriet A. Emerson, Steuben Co.
NY wid of Andrew P. Emerson
Drummer Co "F" 161 NY Vols
Died at Baton Rouge La
June 16, 1863 of Typhoid fever
Pension Office,
July 29, 1863.
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant
General, for official evidence of service
and death.
Joseph D. Barrett
Commissioner.
Received, July 27, 1863.
Norman B. Smith
Present,
Attorney.