Back to Steuben County Home Page

Genealogy Trails

Canandaigua
WAR OF 1861.
Act of July 14, 1862.
57,959
CLAIM FOR MOTHER'S PENSION.
     BRIEF in the case of Nancy March, mother of William March, Private Co. A. 23 N.Y. Vols. resident of Steuben County and State of N.Y. Post Office address Avoca, Steuben Co., N.Y.
DELCARATION AND IDENTIFICATION IN DUE FORM.
PROOF EXHIBITED.
Service. A. G. reports = Enrolled 10 May 1861
Mustered into Service 16 May 1861
and Killed at Fredericksburg May 25, 1862.
Death. Surg Gen reports =
Died May 25, 1862, place not reported.
of Vel. Cont. Vel. Lac.
Late 1st Lt. of said Regt. Testifies
Killed at City of Fredericksburg by explosion of powder magazine, left there by the enemy. Soldier doing duty at the magazine by authority.
Celibacy of Soldier. Verified by credible witnesses
Relationship. Same
Death or disability of husband. Died 24 Jan 1859 - verified by credible witnesses
Dependence. Evidence of credible witnesses shows support by money, provisions etc. since death of husband. Many amounts given.
Loyalty. Declared
Agent and his P.O. address. Ira C. Clark, Rochester, N.Y.
     Admitted Oct. 18, 1865 to a Pension of $8.00 per month, commencing May 25, 1862.
Jno D. Wilson, Examining Clerk.


MOTHER'S APPLICATION FOR PENSION.
State of New York}
County of Steuben} ss.
     On this 31st day of December A.D. 1864, personally appeared before O. J. Averill, Clerk of the Steuben County Court, Nancy March a resident of Avoca in the County of Steuben and State of New York, aged 49 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 14, 1862: That she is the widow of Peter March and mother of William March, who was a private in company A commanded by Capt. Theadore Schelick in the 23 regiment of NY volunteers, in the war of 1861, who was killed at Fredericksburg in the state of Virginia on the 25 day of May 1862 by gunshot wound from the enemy while in the service of the United States, and in the line of duty.
     She further declares that she was married to the said Peter March at Springfield, N.Y. on the 17 day of July 1836, by Mr. Davidson a Minister of the Gospel and that her name before her said marriage was Nancy Gunoitte and that her husband, the said Peter March died at Avoca in said county on the 24th day of January 1859, that there is no public record of said marriage; that she was dependent upon her said son for her support as follows, to wit: That my son William March furnished her with furniture all kinds of provisions sufficient for on third of the support of myself and children and also furnished me with money at different times and that I have no means of my own wherewith to support myslef and children.
     She further declares that her said son, upon whom she was 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 department, 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; 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 William March. That she resides at Avoca Steuben County, N.Y. and that her post office address is as follows, to wit: Avoca, Steuben County, New York.
Nancy March
     Also personally appeared L. R. Hood and Martha A. Stockings residents of Avoca 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 Nancy March 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 they swear that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
L. R. Hood
Martha A. Stocking
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 31st day of December A.D. 1864, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
O. J. Averell
County Clerk
State of New York}
County of Steuben} ss.
     On this 29th day of December 1864, before the undersigned, a Justice of the peace duly authorized by law to administer oaths within and for said County, personally appeared Isaac Barrett aged 46 and J. H. Collier aged 65 years, residents of Avoca in said County, who being duly sworn depose and say that they are well acquainted with Nancy March who is now making application for a mother's pension; that she is a widow of Peter March and mother of Wm. March late a private in Company A of the 23rd Regiment of New ork Volunteers in the service of the United States, in the War of 1861; that the said Peter March husband of said Nancy March died at the Town of Avoca, N.Y. on the 24th day of January, 1859, that ever since the death of the said Peter March the said Nancy March has remained and continued a widow, and is now a widow is unmarried; and that her said son left no widow or child him surviving; deponents further say that the said Nancy March was partially dependent upon her said son for her support under the following circumstances, to wit:
     That the said William March furnished flower, butter and other provisions necessary for the one third of the support of his mother and small sisters.
     And that after the death of the said Peter March, the said William March furnished a quantity of household furniture for his mother.
     And that the said Nancy March hand no means to maintain herself and small children except by her own hand labor and the means furnished by her by her sons.
     And they swear that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Isaac Bassett
J. H. Collier
     Subscribed and sworn before me, the day and year first above mentioned, and I hereby certify that Isaac Bassett and J. M. Collier are credible witnesses, and that I have no interest, direct, or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
L. R. Hood, Justice of the Peace for said county.
MOTHER'S APPLICATION FOR PENSION.
State of New York,}
County of Steuben}SS.
     On this 31st day of December A.D. 1864, personally appeared before O. J. Averill Clerk of the Steuben County Court, Nancy March a resident of Avoca in the County of Steuben and State of New York, aged 49 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 14, 1862: That she is the widow of Peter March and mother of Byron March who was a private in the company E commanded by Capt. William L. Trembly in the 104 regiment of New York volunteers, in the war of 1861, who died while on furlough at Avoca in the County of Steuben N.Y. on the 29 day of February 1864, of disease contracted while in the service of the United States, and in the line of duty.
     She further declares that she was married to the said Peter March at Springfield, N.Y. on the 17th day of July, 1836, and that her name before her said marriage was Nancy Guinetts and that her husband, the said Peter March died at Avoca in said county on the 24 day of January 1859, that there is no public record of said marriage; that she was dependent upon her said son for her support as follows to wit:
     That the said Byron furnished me with wood & other necessities for the support of myself and children and after he went into the army he sent me one hundred dollars in money and that I have no means of my own except what I received from my sons.
     She further declares that her said son, upon whom she was 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 evidene filed herewith, and that in the proper department, 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; 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 Byron March that she resides at Avoca, Steuben County, NY and that her post-office address is as follows, to wit: Avoca, Steuben County, State of New York.
Nancy March
     Also appeared L. R. Hood and Martha A. Stocking residents of Avoca 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 Nancy March 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 aquaintancce with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be. And they swear that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
L. R. Hood
Martha A. Stocking
     Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 31st day of December A.D. 1864, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
O. J. Averell, County Clerk
State of New York}
County of Steuben} ss.
     On this 30 day of December 1864 before the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace duly authorized by law to administer oaths within and for said County, personally appeared Wm. A. Wallace aged 50 and Clementine C. Wallace aged 18 years, residents of  Avoca in said County, who being duly sworn depose and say that they are well acquainted with Nancy March who is now making application for a mother's pension; that she is the widow of Peter March and mother of Byron March late a private in Company E of the 104 Regiment of New York Volunteers in the service of the United States, in the War of 1861; that the said Peter March, husband of said Nancy March died at the Town of Avoca in said county on the 24th day of January 1859, that ever since the death of the said Peter March the said Nancy March has remained and continued a widow, and is now a widow and is unmarried; and that her said son left no widow or child him surviving; deponents further say that the said Nancy March was in part dependent upon her said son for her support under the following circumstances, to wit:
     That he has furnished her money at different times during the last few years as she had need to the amount of about one hundred dollars and that she needed the same for the support of herself and children as we believe for she was quite dependant and that she had no other means except what she received from her sons and earned with her own hands and that said Byron March furnished for his Mother wood and provisions for herself and family.
     And they swear that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Wm. A. Wallace
Clementine C. Wallace
     Subscribed and sworn before me, the day and year first above mentioned, and I hereby certify that W. A. Wallace and Clementine Wallace are credible witnesses, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
L. R. Hood Justice of the Peace for said County.
POWER OF ATTORNEY- Pension.
Know all Men by these Presents, That I, Nancy March of the town of Avoca in the County of Steuben in the State of New York, do hereby make, constitute and appoint Ira C. Clark of Rochester New York, my true and lawful Attorney, for me and in my name to as, demand, and receive from the United States the Pension to which I am entitled, as is mentioned in the foregoing declaration. I hereby revoke any and all other Powers of Attorney or other authority which I may have given for any such purpose, and invest the same solely and irrevocably in my said Attorney.
     Witness my hand and seal this 27th day of December 1864.
Nancy March
Attest,
Nancy Hood
H. Maurice Guiwits
State of New York,}
County of Steuben}
     On this 27th day of December A.D. 1864, before me personally appeared Nancy March to me known to be the same person described in, and who executed the foregoing Power of Attorney, and acknowledged to me that she executed the same.
L. R. Hood, Justice of the Peace in and for said county
State of New York}
Steuben County}
CLERK'S OFFICE.     I, Oscar J. Averell Clerk of the said County of Steuben of the County Court of said County, and of the Supreme Court, both being Courts of Record, having a common seal, do certify that L. R. Hood Esquire, before whom the annexed affidavits and acknowledgment, in writing, were taken, was, at the time of taking such affidavits, and acknowledgment, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, duly authorized to take the same; that I am well acquainted with his hand-writing, and believe the signatures to the Jurats to such affidavits and acknowledgment are genuine.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said County, at Bath this 31st day of December A.D. 1864.
O. J. Averell Clerk.
Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
22 March 1865.
Sir:
     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 78448, 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 William March was enrolled on the 16th day of May, 1861, at Elmira, NY in Co. A. 23rd Regiment of New York Volunteers, to serve two years, or during the war, and mustered into service as private on the 16 day of May 1861, at Elmira NY, in Co. A., 23rd Regiment of New York Volunteers, to serve two years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. A.. of that Regiment for the months of May & June 1862, he is reported "killed at Fredericksburg, MD May 25, 1862.
     I am, Sir, very respectfully,
     Your obedient servant,
Saml. Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.
Surgeon General's Office,
Record and Pension Bureau,
Washington, D.C., June 26th 1865.
Sir:
     I have the honor to return herewith applications for Pension 78,448 with such information as is furnished by the records of this Office, Private William March, Co. A, 23d Regiment N.Y. Vols., is reported to this Office by Regt. Surgeon W. A. Madil as has having died May 25, 1862, Place not reported of Vul. Cont. Vel. lac.
Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
BY ORDER OF THE SURGEON GENERAL:
J. J. Woodward
Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army
No. 57959
Missouri
Nancy March
Mother of William March
Rank Private
Company A.
Regiment 23 NY Vols.
Macon City Agency.
Rate per month, $8.00
Commencing 25 May 1862.
Certificate dated 23 Oct 1865,
and sent to Ira C. Clark
Rochester, NY
Act 14th July, 1862
Book B. Vol. 4 Page 138.
1869 Nov 8th Transferred to Macon City on 4th Mar 1869
No. 78,448
57,959
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Nancy March
Steuben Co., N.Y. Mother of William March Priv. Co. A. 23 N.Y. Vols. Killed at Fredericsburg VA. May 25, 1862.
Pension Office,
March 20, 1865.
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.
Joseph H. Barrett
Commissioner.
$8 per month,
Can g May 25, 1862.
Received, Jany 9, 1865.
Ira C. Clark
Rochester N.Y.
Attorney.
State of New York}
County of Steuben} ss.
I. Peleg Gorton, Justice of the Peace in and for Steuben County, State of New York do hereby certify that on the 23rd day of August 1865 before me personally appeared John March of Avoca, Steuben Co and Mary Y. House of the same place who sworn by me as witnesses in the claim of Nancy March who is applying for a Pension. And I further certify that I am well acquainted with John March and Mary Y. House and that they are good and credible witnesses. And that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of said pension claim.
Peleg Gorton Justice of the Peace in said County
Oct. 10th 1865.
H. M. MAGILL, GEN'L AGENT,
CINCINNATI, O.
CASH ASSETS, $1,467,835.60
SURVEYOR'S AGENCY,
Phoenix Ins. Co. of Hartford.
Hamilton MO Sept 11th 1869
Commissioner of Pensions
Dear Sir:
     You will please make the transfer as early as possible and send me voucher for Dependant Mother, that I may draw my 4th Sept. payment.
     You will address me at Hamilton Caldwell County MO. in care of Box 52.
Yours Truly,
Mrs. Nancy March.
Per Dilley.
Macon City
State of Missouri}
County of Caldwell} ss.
     On this 6th day of September 1869, before me a Notary Public within and for said county, personally appeared Nancy March a resident of Hamilton Caldwell County Missouri who being duly sworn, declares that she is the same person whose name was placed, on the 23d day of October 1865, upon the list of Army pensions, at the rate of eight dollars per month, from the 25th day of May 1862. That said Nancy March was last paid at the pension agency of Canandaigua, N.Y. to the 4th day of March 1869, but now desires and applies for the payment of said pension at, and the transfer of her name to the roll of, the pension agency at Macon City, Macon County, Missouri, or to an agency most convenient to my residence for the reason that her residence is in the said County of Caldwell and that said agency is much more convenient for said pension than her former agency.
Nancy March
Sworn to before me, and subscribed in my presence the day and year above written.
L. C. Pace.
Notary Public.
And I certify that all the erasures and interlineations in this affidavit were made by and with consent of affiant before signing.
L. C. Pace
Notary Public.
State of Missouri}
County of Caldwell} ss.
     I L. C. Pace in the County above named, do hereby certify that I have the most satisfactory evidence, viz: from a personal knowledge and acquaintance of five months las past. That Nancy March who has this day appeared before me to take the oath of identity, is the identical person named in the pension certificate, which she has exhibited before me, number 057,959, and bearing date at the Department of the Interior, the 23rd day of October 1865, and signed by W. T. Otto acting secretary of the Interior, given under my hand at Hamilton in said county & state, this 6th day of September 1869.
L. C. Pace
State of Missouri}
County of Caldwell} ss.
     I, Walker Miller Clerk of the County Court of the County and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that L. C. Pace is an acting Notary Public, duly commissioned and qualified: That his commission was dated on the 4th day of March 1869 and will expire on the 3rd day of March 1873 and that his signature above written and to the foregoing affidavit is genuine.
     Given under my hand and the seal of said county, this 8 day of September 1869.
Walker Miller, Clerk County Court
(Transfer Circular)
Department of the Interior,
Pension Office,
Washington Sept. 25th, 1869.
Madam:
     Before the transfer of Pension asked for in your application of the 6th inst. can be granted, it will be necessary for you to state over your own signature whether you intend to make Caldwell Co. MO your PERMANENT residence. Pension Certificate No. 57,957
Please return this circular, with the evidence called for.
Respectfully,
D. Sinsabaugh
For Commissioner.
Mrs. Nancy March
Hamilton Caldwell Co. MO
State of Missouri}
Caldwell Co.} ss.
     This is to certify to the Pension Office that I the undersigned Nancy March do intend to make, and do now consider Hamilton Caldwell Co., MO my permanent home.
Hamilton, MO October 6th 1869
Nancy March
Attest B. M. Dilley
Camp of the 22nd N.Y. Cavly}
Near Winchester VA}
OFFICER'S CERTIFICATE AS TO DISABILITY OF SOLDIER.
     I hereby certify, on honor, that William March late a private in A Company, 23rd Regiment New York Volunteers, was killed on the 25th day of May A.D. 1862 at the City of Fredericksburg by the explosion of a Powder Magazine containing shell ammunition left there by the enemy. Said March was doing duty as a sentinel at the magazine by authority at time of explosion. That at the time said injury was received which caused his immediate death. He was in the service of the United States, and in the line of his duty. I ALSO CERTIFY, that I was the 1st Lieut. in Co. A of the 23rd Regiment New York Volunteers, duly commissioned as such, under whom he served at that time, and that this Certificate is made from my private knowledge of the facts and circumstances as stated above.
     And at the request the mother of said William March and in accordance with the regulations and requirements of the acts of congress relating to Pensions to enable her to receive a mothers pension and that I have no pecuniary interest whatever in making this statement.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this
July 27th 1865
Benjamin Bennett
Major 22nd N.Y. Cavly,
late 1st Lieut
23rd N.Y. Inf. Vols.
State of New York}
County of Steuben} ss.  J. H. Collier of Avoca in said county being duly sworn saith he resides in the immediate neighborhood of Nancy March, is well acquainted with her & has been so acquainted for the last several years & was so acquainted with Peter March her late husband in his lifetime & also with her son William in his life time. That after the death of the said Peter March the said Nancy kept house near this deponent & her said son William was her main reliance for support. That in summer of 1858 the said William worked for this deponent on deponents farm in haying & harvesting eight or ten days, & also the said William worked for deponent at the kind of work aforesaid in the summer of 1859 fourteen or fifteen days. This deponent paid the said William for the said labor each summer in flour meats & grain amounting in all to twenty dollars which the said William took to his said mother Nancy March for her use and support and the same way as this deponent was thn informed b the said William and verily believes used and consumed by the said Nancy for the purposes aforesaid, to wit for her support & maintainance. Deponent further saith that he is not in any way interested in the matter of the application of the said Nancy for a pension.
     And further deponent saith that the said William was at the time aforesaid a member of the family of the said Nancy & further saith not.
J. H. Collier
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23d day of August 1865, and I certify that I am not interested in this claim.
Peleg Gorton Justice of the Peace in said County.
State of New York}
County of Steuben} ss.  John March of Avoca said County being duly sworn saith he is intimately acquainted with Nancy March & is her son. That since the death of Peter March deponents father, the son, William March, as to the time he entered the army contributed furniture, flour, meats, vegitables, groceries & most kinds of provisions to the support & maintenance of Nancy March his mother & at least an amount sufficiant for one thrid of her support. After the death of the said Peter & before said William entered the army he said William was in the constant ? of furnishing his said mother with provisoins ? to this deponents own knowledge, and said William also furnished his said mother with a bedstead, wash tub, wash board & cook stove boiler.
     Deponent further saith that while the said William was in the army he frequently said he intended to devote his earnings in the army to the support of his mother & on three different occasions or times this deponent received money from the said William while in the army which at the request of the said William he sent to the said Nancy amounting in the whole to thirty dollars, but at each time it was sent with money belonging to his deponent. There is no person but this deponent who knows that any portion of said money came from said William exept as they have been informed by the deponent.
     At one time the deponent sent for said William from the army, to the said Nancy, twenty dollars mixed with deponents own money, by express directed to Lewis Biles Bath Steuben County N.Y. The remaining ten dollars deponent sent to the said Nancy in letter directed to her at said Avoca. This deponent has personal knowledge of all the foregoing facts & statements & has no interest in the application of the said Nancy for a pension & is wholly disinterested & futher saith not.
John March
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23d day of August 1865
Peleg Gorton Justice of the Peace in Said County
State of New York}
Steuben County} ss.   Mary G. House of Avoca said County being duly sworn saith for the last several years she has been intimately acquainted with Nancy March widow of the late Peter March & was so acquainted with her son William March in his lifetime. After the death of the said Peter March the said Nancy occupied a part of the same house occupied by this deponent & the said William resided with the said Nancy as a member of her family until he enlisted into the United States service & up to this time & after the death of  the said Peter this deponent saw the said Nancy & her said son William daily, & of her own knowledge the said William contributed largely to the support of the said Nancy from the death of the said Peter to the time of the said Williams enlistment & not less than one third part.
     That the said William was in the constant habit of furnishing his said mother Nancy flour, meat, groceries, & other family necessaries. That the said William during the time aforesaid furnished said Nancy with a bed stead worth four dollars, & also with a good wash tub, wash board & cook stove boiler, & a large portion of her fuel & further saith she is entirely disinterested in the matter of the said Nancy application for a pension.
Mary G. House
     Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23d day of August 1865
Peleg Gorton Justice of the peace