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George P. Baker
Service: Co. C 86th Regt. NY Infantry
Widow: Sarephina C. Starr
Widow's Cert: 2109 (72 Images)
Widow's Certificate File Number WC 2109
Soldier's Last Name: Baker First Name: George Middle Name or Initial: P.
Company and Regiment and State: Co. C, 86th NY Infantry
Widow's name (include maiden name if known): Seraphina (Smith)
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
5. Proof of Children
x 6. Dropped from rolls
For Office use only: Total images in the complete file: 72
2109
WAR OF 1861.
Brief in the case of Serephina Baker, widow of George P. Baker, decd. Commissary Sergeant of Co. C, 86th regt New York vols.
Steuben County, and State of New York
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, Corning, New York
Claim for Widow's pension.
Declaration and Identification in due Form.
PROOF EXHIBITED.
On roll for June 1862 he is reported "present for duty" name does not appear on roll for August 31, 1862.
Marriage proved by the affidavit of the Revd. J. C. Mallory, Pastor of the Baptist Church of Savona, N York, who states that on the 8 Sept 1858 George P. Baker and Serephina Smith, both of Corning, were united in marriage at deponents residence, that there is no church record thereof, but he has a private record from which the above is taken.
Capt. J. H. Lansing certifies that George P. Baker, of his company, an acting Commissary Sergt at the time of his death, died in the Regimental Hospital at Camp Van Valkenburgh, DC on the 4 August 1862, of typhoid fever, contracted in the service and line of duty.
Admitted May 7, 1863 to a pension of $8.00 per month, commencing August 4, 1862.
Name and Residence of Agent: J. P. Hunt L. Col. New York Jno. D. Wilson Examining Clerk.
State of New York}
Steuben County} SS.
On this 18 day of August A. D. 1862 before me a justice of the peace, in and for the County and State above named personally appeared Seraphina Baker, aged 24 years; a resident of Corning in the County of Steuben and State of New York. Who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of Geo. P. Baker, who was a private in Company C. commanded by Captain J. H. Lansing of the 86th Regiment of New York Infantry Volunteers. Commanded by Colonel B. P. Bailey in the war for the suppression of the Rebellion in the Southern States, and died in the Hospital at Camp Van Valkenburg Washington DC on or about the 4th day of August A.D. 1862, while in the service of the United States.
That she was married to the said George P. Baker on the 8th day of September A.D. 1858 at Savona Steuben Co NY by J. C. Mallory Pastor of the Baptist Church at Savona afforesaid that her name before her said marriage was Seraphina Smith and that she has remained a widow since the death of her said husband, and she further states she believes there is a public record of her said marriage and there is a private in family record.
She makes this Declaration to obtain the benefit of the Pension Laws of the United States approved July 14th A.D. 1862; and J. P. Hunt & Co. of New York viz. New York and hereby constituted and appointed her attorney to prosecute this her claim for a pension and am authorized to receive & receipt for the certificate who issued thereon and to all other acts necessary in the premises.
Deponent further states that at the time of the death of her said husband he had been promoted and was then acting Commissary Seargant. She further states that the reason this declaration is not executed before a Court of Record is that the Clerk of the Court within and for the county of Steuben aforesaid has his affidavit north twenty miles distant from Corning and that she is not able to pay the expense of a journey to that place for herself & the necessary witnesses.
Sarephina Baker [L.S.]
Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year first above written and at the same time and place personally came Morris S. Hubbard and Russel Hunt residents fo Corning aforesaid, who being duly sworn according to law thay they are personally acquainted with Mrs. Seraphina Baker, widow of George P. Baker, who has made subscribed and acknowledged the foregoing declaration and were acquained with her and her said husband before he entered the service and know that they lived together as man & wife and were so expected, that she is the Widow of the identical George P. Baker who performed the military service mentioned in said declaration, and has remained a widow since his death. That their knowledge of the above facts is derived from a personal acquaintance with both the soldier & claimant for four years. That they reside as above stated & are disinterested in this claim.
Morris S. Hubbard
Russel Hunt
Sworn to and subscribed before me and I certify that I am not interested in this claim or concerned in its prosecution that I believe the witnesses to be credible persons and the declarant the person she represents herself to be. I further certify that the Clerk of the Courts within and for the County of Steuben aforesaid has his residence & office at north twenty miles distant from Corning and that he is never in Corning in his official capacity as Clerk, except when the Courts of said county are in session.
O. B. Hungersford Justice of the Peace
State of New York}
Steuben County} S.S.
J. Orsen Mosher Clerk of the County Court within and for the county & state above named, do hereby certify that O. B. Hungerford esq. before whom the foregoing affidavits were made and who has thereunto signed his name was at the time of so doing a Justice of the Peace in and for the said County and State duly elected & qualified that all his official acts as such are entitled & full faith and credit and that his signature is genuine. Witness by hand & the Seal of this Court this 20th day of August A.D. 1862.
Orson Mosher Clerk
I hereby Certify that on the Eighth day of September, A.D. Eighteen hundred and fifty eight, Mr. George P. Baker, and Miss Seraphina Smith, both of the town of Corning, Steuben Co., N.Y., were by me united in marriage at my residence in Savona, Steuben County, State of New York according to the laws of said state, and that there is no "Church Record" of the same as our Church does not keep a Record of all who are married by their ministers, but the above is taken from my own written Record and is true.
J. C. Mallory
Pastor of the Bap. Church Savona NY
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 24th day of April 1863
Charles L. Bailey
Justice of the Peace of Steuben County
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 Charles L. Bailey Esq. whose name is subscribed to the jurat of the annexed affidavit, was, on the day of the date thereof a Justice of the Peace 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 27th day of April 1863
O. J. Averell, CLERK.
SAREPHINA C STARR
2109 JULY 26 WID
FRIENDSHIP NY
3-1081
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF PENSIONS
DROP REPORT-PENSIONER
FINANCE DIVISION
FEB 21 1929 The name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $50 per month to JAN 4 1929, has this day been dropped from the roll because of death Jan 10 1929
O. J. Randall, Chief, Finance Division.
I Jacob H. Lansing, do hereby certify that I am Captain of "C" Co of the 86th Regiment New York State Volunteers, in the war of 1861 & 1862 and was acquainted with George P. Baker who was a member of my company, and whose widow Seraphina Baker, as I am informed is an applicant for a widows pension, that the said George P. Baker enlisted at Corning, New York, on the 24th day of October, A.D. 1861, and died in the Regimental Hospital at Camp Van Valkenburgh DC on the 4th day of August A.D. 1862, while in the service of the United States of Typhoid Fever. Said decease George P. Baker was in the service aforesaid and in the line of his duty as a Soldier - also that at the time of his death, he was acting as Commissary Sergeant.
J. H. Lansing Capt.
Com'd "C" Co. 86 NY Vols.
Camp 86 Regt NY V "near Falmouth Va" Jany 11th 1863
Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.
February 2d 1863

Sir:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 1931, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office in reply to your inquiry of Jany 30, 1863.
The signature of "J. H. Lansing" (Capt. Co "C" 86th Regt, NY Vols.) upon within certificate, is believed to be genuine.
I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Saml Breck
Assistant Adjutant General

The Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D. C.
Memoranda.
Name of applicant, Mrs. S. Baker
Address, Corning. Steuben Co., NY
State of New York}
Steuben County} SS.
On this 24th day of December, one thousand eight hundred and sixty two personally appeared before me Thomas A. Johnson one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Said State Mrs. Seraphina Baker, aged 24 years, a resident of Corning in the County of Steuben and State of New York, 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 act of Congress approved July 14th 1862. That she is the widow of George P. Baker who was a private in Company C. commanded by Captain J. H. Lansing, in the 86th Infantry Regiment of New York Volunteers in the War of 1861 & 1862 who died in the Hospital at Camp Van Valkenburg, D. C., on or about the 4th day of August A.D. 1862 of typhoid fever while in the service of the United States. She further declares that she was married to the said George P. Baker on the 8th day of September A.D. 1858, that her husband the aforesaide George P. Baker died on the day above mentioned and that she had remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also states that she has not in any manner been engaged in or aided or abetted the Rebellion in the United States.
Declarant also states that she has no child or children living.
J. P. Hunt & co. of New York City New York are hereby appointed her attorneys to prosecute this claim and procure a pension benefits which certificate she receives whom made payable at the Pension Agency at New York City New York.
Mrs. Sarephina Baker
Also personally appeared Daniel D Comstock and Peter McNiel, residents of Corning New York whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit and who being by me duly sworn & say that they were present and saw Seraphina Baker sign her name 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 represents herself to be, and they further state that they have no interest whatever in the prosecution of this claim. Declarants also state that the said Seraphina Baker was married & the aforesaid George P. Baker at Savona, Steuben County New York on the 8th day of September A.D. 1858, by the Rev. J. C. Mallory, a Baptist Clergyman, and that her name before her said marriage was Seraphina Smith. Declarants also states that her husband the aforesaid George P. Baker died on or about the 4th day of August A.D. 1862 at Camp Van Valkenburg, D.C. of typhoid fever while he was in the service of the United States. He the said George P. Baker having been promoted and being at the time Commissary Sergeant on the staff of Colonel B. P. Bailey of the 86th Reg. of New York Vols. Declarents also state that the said Seraphina Baker has no child or children living, and that their knowledge of the above facts is derived from a personal acquaintance with both the parties named for four years.
L. D. Comstock
Peter McNeil
Sworn & Subscribed and acknowledged before me this 24th day of December A.D. 1862. And I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.
T. A. Johnson
Justice of the Supreme Court
State of New York}
Steuben County} SS.
I Orson Mosher do hereby certify that the Hon. T. A. Johnson Esq. before whom the foregoing affidavits were made and who has therewith signed his name was at the time of so doing a Justice of the Supreme Court in and for said County and State duly commissioned and sworn and that his signature thereto is genuine. Witness my hand & the seal of this Court this 26th day of December A.D. 1862
Orson Mosher Clerk of the Sup Court
State of New York}
Steuben County} SS.
On this first day of January A.D. 1863, before me Henry Briggs, Esq., in and for said County and State personally appeared the Rev. J. C. Mallory, Pastor of the Baptist Church at Savona in said County who being by me first duly sworn says that on the 8th day of September A.D. 1858, at Savona, Steuben County, New York, he married George P. Baker aged 22 years and Seraphina Smith aged 20 years, and that at that time he was Pastor of the Baptist Church in Savona aforesaid.
J. C. Mallory
Subscribed and sworn to before me this first day of January A.D. 1863 and I hereby certify that the above name J. C. Mallory is well known to me as the Pastor of the Church above named and that I have no interest in the prosecution of the claim of Mrs. Seraphina Baker for a widows pension.
Henry Briggs Justice of Peace
State of New York}
Steuben County} SS.
I Oscar J. Averell Clerk of the Supreme Court within and for the County and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that Henry Briggs, Esq. before whom the foregoing affidavit was made and who has thereunto signed his name, was at the time of so during a Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State duly commissioned and sworn, and duly authorized to take the same, and that his signature thereto is genuine.
Witness my hand & the seal of this County & Court this 9 day of January A.D. 1863
J. Averell Clerk of Said County & Courts
This is to certify that I J. C. Mallory on the 8th day of September 1858 at Savona Town of Bath, join in wedlock George P. Baker to Seraphina Smith both of Corning N.Y. and at the time of so doing I was Pastor of the Baptist Church as Savona Steuben Co NY
Savona March 1863
J. C. Mallory Pastor of the Baptist Church Savona
State of New York}
Steuben County} I do hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the original now on file in my office April the 4th 1863
James Lindsay Town Clerk
town of Bath Steuben Co NY
State of New York}
Steuben County}
Clerks Office} I Oscar J. Averell Clerk of Said County do hereby certify that James Lindsay Esq., whose name is attached to the foregoing copy, or Certificate is Town Clerk of the town of Bath, and that the signature thereto is the proper handwriting of said Town Clerk
Witness my hand and official seal at Bath this 11th day of April A.D. 1863
O. J. Averell Clerk
BOARD OF REVIEW Feb 1, 1924
Act May 1, 1920, Widows 1 REF'D. TOTAL. 1
Act June 5, 1920, Original ADM 16 REJ 1 TOTAL 17
Act June 5, 1920 Reis. and Inc. ADM 2 REJ 3 REF'D 1 TOTAL 6
Act Sept 1, 1922 Widows, etc. ADM 1 TOTAL 1
Dropping REJ 1 TOTAL 1
Accrued REF'D 1 TOTAL 1
Remarks: reports 11=2 Total 27
J. E. Munsey, Reviewer.
Re Sarephina C. Starr, Claimant,
Widow Division
W. C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y. Inf.

STATE OF NEW YORK,)
County of Allegany,) SS:
SAREPHINA C. STARR, being duly sworn, deposes and says that she is the claimant herein; that between the date of death of her husband David Clapp in 1893, and the date of her marriage to Samuel F. Starr in 1899, she was not married to any person.
Deponent further says that she separated from her husband, Sylvester Dwight, in the year 1871; that she cannot recall the exact date of separation. That following this separation the said Sylvester Dwight resided for a time at Addison in the County of Steuben, New York, and then went to the State of Michigan and stayed with a child of his by a former wife, dying in said State of Michigan; that the name of the place in which he resided with his said child as aforesaid, is unknown to your deponent and she is unable to obtain any information as to such place. That after her said separation from said Sylvester Dwight, she did not keep in communication or touch with him and was not particularly familiar with his children by his former wife and does not know now where any of them, if they are living, can be found. That all the persons she formerly knew who might be able to give some information as to the place shere Sylvester Dwight resided with his said child in Michigan are dead and deponent knows of no person from whom she could obtain any information concerning the residence of the said Sylvester Dwight after his separation from deponent in 1871 up to the time of his death. That annexed hereto is a certificate of the County Clerk of the county of Steuben of the State of New York, showing that no divorce proceedings were ever had in said County of Steuben, between claimant and her former husband, Sylvester Dwight. That, as shown by the papers heretofore submitted, the said Sylvester Dwight was buried at Addison, New York, and your deponent believes that he may have kept his residence at Addison, New York, until the time of his death. That she does not know and cannot ascertain any other place of residence of said Sylvester Dwight during the aforesaid period.
That she was never divorced from and that neither she nor the said Sylvester Dwight ever applied for or obtained any decree of divorce or separation.
Sarephina C. Starr
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th day of May, 1924. And I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the claim hereinbefore mentioned.
L. H. Utter
Notary Public,
Friendship, New York.
New York State Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
STANDARD CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
STATE OF NEW YORK
Place of Death (Dist. No. 227)
County Allegany
Village of Friendship
Registered No. 11
FULL NAME: Samuel F. Starr
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS:
Sex: Male Color or Race: White
Married Husband of Saraphina Starr
Date of Birth: Dec 12 1835 Tompkins County
Age: 88 years 7 months 10 days
Occupation: Black Smith
Name of Father John Starr (birthplace unknown)
Maiden Name of Mother: unknown
Birthplace of Mother: unknown
The above is true to the best of my knowledge: Informant Chas. Starr (address: Friendship)
Filed: June 23, 1924 F. W. Jones Registrar
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH:
Date of Death: June 22, 1924 at 2:30 A. M.
Cause of Death: Senility
No operation prior to death, no autopsy
Clinical test confirmed diagnosis
signed: N. H. Fuller H. O., M. D.
June 23, 1924 (Friendship NY)
Place of Burial: Hornell
Date of Burial: June 24, 1924
Undertaker: Frank S. Mason (Friendship NY)
Burial Permit issued by: F. O. Jones; Date of Issue: June 23, 1924
ACT OF MAY 1, 1920
DECLARATION FOR REMARRIED WIDOW'S PENSION.
Section 2, Act of September 8, 1916.
State of New York, County of Allegany
On this 10th day of September, 1924, personally appeared before me, a notary public within and for the County and State aforesaid Sarephina C. Starr, who, being duly sworn by me according to law, declares that she is 86 years of age, and that she was born Dec. 1st, 1837, at Watertown, New York
That she was formerly the widow of George P. Baker, who enlisted Aug. 26, 1861, at Corning, NY under the name of George P. Baker in 86th Reg. N. Y. Vol. and died in service Aug. 4, 1862, having served therein during the Civil War.
That otherwise than as herein stated said soldier (or sailor) was not employed in the United States service. That she was married to said soldier (or sailor) Sept. 8th, 1858, under the name of Sarephina Smith, at Savona, NY, by Rev. J. C. Mallory; that she had not been previously married; that he had not been previously married.
That said soldier (or sailor) died August 4th, 1862, at Washington, D. C., and that she was not divorced from him. That she was formerly pensioned as the widow of said soldier (or sailor), the number of her pension certificate being 2109; that her pension or right to pension terminated because of her marriage October 20th, 1869, to Sylvester Dwight at Corning, NY that he died 1890, at Michigan; that he did not serve in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States.
That she did not marry again after the death of the soldier (or sailor), except to Sylvester Dwight, named above, and to David Clapp on Nov. 11, 1891 at Friendship, N.Y. who died May 17, 1893 at Friendship, N.Y. and to Samuel F. Starr on November 12th, 1899 who died June 22nd, 1924 at Friendship, N.Y.
That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States, as a remarried widow, under the SECOND SECTION of the ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED SEPTEMBER 8, 1916
ACT OF MAY 1, 1920
Signature of First Witness: Carrie N. Jones (Friendship, NY)
Signature of Second Witness: Cassie Ransom (Friendship, NY)
Claimant's signature in full: Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr (Friendship, NY)
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 10th day of September, 1924, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration were fully made known and explained to the applicant and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
L. H. Utter Notary Public
MAPES & UTTER
Counselors-At-Law
Friendship, New York

September 11, 1924
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, DC
re: Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr

We enclose declaration for remarried widow's pension. If there are any further papers needed in order that this pension may be granted we shall be glad to endeavor to obtain the same upon request.

Very truly yours,
Mapes & Utta
Section C Widow Division
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Pensions
Washington Oct. 13, 1924

Respectfully returned to the
Adjutant General
War Department
Washington, D.C.,
for a full military history of the within named soldier, George P. Baker
(2 Encls. 2 pages)
W.C.No. 2109
Sarephina C. Starr
George P. Baker
C 86th N.Y. Inf.
Received Oct 15, 1924
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF PENSIONS
WASHINGTON
Oct. 13, 1924.
Widow Division
W. C. No. 2109
George P. Baker
C 86th N.Y. Inf.
Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr
Friendship New York
Madam:
In this claim there is required the statement of the claimant, under oath, giving the information indicated herein. EACH QUESTION SHOULD BE FULL ANSWERED AND SWORN TO before a Notary Public or some officer authorized to administer oaths for general purposes. Prompt response is requested in order that the claim may not be delayed.
Commissioner
1. Did the claimant or any member of his (or her) family serve in the Army, Navy or Marine Corps of the United States between April 6, 1917, and February 9, 1922? If so, state the name under, the designation of the organization in (or the names of the vessels on), which such service was rendered, with dates or approximate dates of enlistment and discharge.
Answer: No
NOTE: The term, "family" includes: Child, legally adopted child, step-child, father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, father and mother thru adoption, and person who has stood in place of parent for a period of not less than one year prior to induction into service.
2. If a member of his (or her) family rendered such service, is such member living or dead?
Answer: None served
3. If the claimant rendered such service, state whether he (or she) is in receipt of, or has ever applied for compensation or training pay thru the Veterans Bureau. If so, give the number of the claim used by the Veterans Bureau.
Answer: None Served
4. If a member of his (or her) family rendered such service and is deceased, state whether the applicant for pension is in receipt of or has ever applied for compensation thru the Veterans Bureau on account of such service and death. If so, give the number of the claim used by the Veterans Bureau.
Answer: None served
Signature Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr
Friendship, NY

State of New York
County of Allegany
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of April 1925 and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the claim herein mentioned.
L. H. Utter Notary Public Friendship NY
Widow Division
W.C.No. 2109
Sarephina C. Starr
George P. Baker
C 86th N.Y.Inf.

October 13, 1924.
Messrs. Mapes & Utter,
Attorneys at Law
Friendship, New York

Sirs:
In reply to your letter dated September 11, 1924, I have to advise you that the claimant Sarephina C. Starr has this day been advised what evidence is required to complete her above cited claim.
It appears you are not the recognized attorneys in the claim.
Respectfully,
Washington Garner Commissioner
VOLUNTEER SERVICE (Civil War or War with Spain.)
WAR DEPARTMENT, The adjutant General's office.
Returned to Commissioner of Pensions.
George B. Baker
Co. C 86 Reg't NY Inf.
age 25
was enrolled August 26, 1861 and died August 4th, 1862.
Also borne as George P. Baker.
From M/in to Death he held the rank of sergeant, Com.Sgt.
and the rolls on file for that period do not show him absent
Robert C. Davis, Major General, The Adjutant General.
Washington, D.C., October 17, 1924.
MAPES & UTTER
Counselors-at-Law
Friendship, New York

October 21, 1924
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C.
Re: Sarephina C. Starr
Widow Div. W. C. No. 2109
George P. Baker Co. C. 86 N.Y. Inf.

Gentlemen:-
Mrs. Starr has handed to us your communication of October 13th asking for further evidence in the matter of her claim for pension.
After the death of Mrs. Starr's first husband, George P. Baker, she was, as is shown in her affidavit, married to three other men all of whom are now dead. In the case of Sylvester Dwight, Mrs. Starr's second husband, it now appears practically impossible to get the information asked for concerning his death. He died somewhere in the state of Michigan at the home of one of his children, we believe, and was buried in New York state in the cemetery where his first wife had been buried.
It is also going to be impossible to obtain verified copies of the public and church records showing the various marriages or sworn statements of the persons who were present at the marriages in question. Mrs. Starr has however marriage certificates and verified copies of these can be obtained and sent you.
The situation is, that there are now very few people living from whom we can obtain affidavits giving this information. Mrs. Starr is nearly 87 years old and some of the information requested relates to so many years ago that if she is held strictly to the requirements outlined in your aforesaid communication she very likely will be unable to get the information requested and in any event the cost would be so great that at her advanced age, with the liklihood that any pension would not run for very long, she probably would have to abandon the idea of obtaining a pension.
It would appear to us that this would be a great misfortune for we do not understand that the pension law is intended to be so strictly interpreted that it would deprive a woman in her situation of a pension rightly due her, particularly since her right to a pension was once established and a pension once allowed her for a short time.
We should greatly appreciate your examining the records in this matter and inform us whether you can not dispense with some of the information requested which it now appears would be impossible to obtain.
Yours truly,
Mapes & Utter
Widow Division
W.C.No. 2109
Seraphina C. Starr
George P. Baker
Co. C 86th N.Y. Inf.

November 14, 1924.
Messrs. Mapes & Utter, Attorneys at Law,
Friendship, New York

Sirs:
In reply to your letter dated October 21, 1924, I have to advise you that in the above cited claim there should be furnished the sworn statement of the claimant and all the other evidence called for Oct. 13, 1924, which it is possible for her to obtain. If she knows where her husbands were buried and cannot obtain better evidence, she should correspond with the Superintendent of the cemetery and obtain a verified copy of the cemetery record or the affidavit of the Superintendent showing the date of death or burial as shown by the record on the stone that marks the grave in each case. If the claimant had any children by the soldier George P. Baker, or by her second husband, who are now living, it is thought they may be able to testify from personal knowledge on some of the points in question.
If the claimant is unable to furnish any of the evidence called for, she should state the reason for her inability to do so, under oath, and specifically state what evidence she is unable to obtain.
No affidavit can be considered satisfactory that fails to show the age and post office address of the witness and how he knows the facts stated.
Do not fail to endorse each paper filed with the soldier's name and service and the number of the claim.
Respectfully,
Washington Gardner
Commissioner
Re Saraphina C. Starr, Claimant
Widow Division.
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y. Inf.

STATE OF NEW YORK,)
COUNTY OF ALLEGANY,) SS.
Charles S. Lane, being duly sworn, deposes and says: that he is upwards of 73 years of age and resides in the Village of Friendship, New York.
That he has known Saraphina C. Starr, the claimant herein, since before the time of her marriage to David C. Clapp. That previous to the time of her marriage her name, as your deponent is informed and believes was Saraphina Dwight. That your deponent has ever since before the time of claimant's said marriage to David Clapp, lived within about one block from where said claimant resides.
That your deponent also knew the said David Clapp, and, although not present at the marriage of said Saraphina C. Starr and David Clapp, knows by reason of his personal acquaintance with each of said parties that the said persons were married to each other and were not divorced but lived together as man and wife until the death of the said David Clapp. Your deponent further states that, although not present at the funeral of the said David C. Clapp, he does, on account of his personal acquaintane with the said David C. Clapp, know that he did die before the marriage of said Saraphina C. Starr to Samuel F. Starr. Deponent further says that, although not present at the marriage of said Saraphina C. Starr and Samuel F. Starr, he, being acquainted with both of said persons and having seen them both before and after their marriage many times, knows that they were married to each other and were not divorced by lived together as husband and wife until the death of the said Samuel F. Starr.
Charles S. Lane
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 14th day of January 1925, and I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the claim hereinbefore mentioned.
L. H. Utter
Notary Public, Friendship, New York.
Re Saraphina C. Starr, Claimant,
Widow Division.
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y.Inf.

STATE OF NEW YORK)
COUNTY OF ALLEGANY) SS:
Theodore J. Rose, being duly sworn, deposes and says: that he is upwards of 70 years of age and resides in the Village of Friendship, New York.
That he has known Saraphina C. Starr, the claimant herein, since before the time of her marriage to David Clapp. That previous to the time of her marriage, her name, as your deponent recalls it, was Saraphina Dwight.
That your deponent also knew the said David Clapp, and, although not present at the marriage of said David Clapp, and, although not present at the marriage of said Saraphina C. Starr and David Clapp, knows by reason of his personal acquaintance with each of said parties that the said persons were married to each other and were not divorced but lived together as man and wife until the death of the said David Clapp. Your deponent further states that, although not present at the funeral of the said David C. Clapp, he does, on account of his personal acquaintance with the said David C. Clapp, know that he did die before the marriage of said Saraphina C. Starr to Samuel F. Starr. Deponent further says that, although not present at the marriage of said Saraphina C. Starr and Samuel F. Starr, he, being acquainted with both of said persons and having seen them both before and after their marriage many times, knows that they were married to each other and were not divorced but lived together as husband and wife until the death of the said Samuel F. Starr.
Theodore J. Rose
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 13th day of January, 1925, and I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the claim hereinbefore mentioned.
L. H. Utter
Notary Public, Friendship, New York.
Re Sarephina C. Starr, Claimant,
Widow Division
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y. Inf.

STATE OF NEW YORK) SS:
County of Allegany,)
Saraphina C. Starr, being duly sworn, deposes and says: That she is the claimant herein; that she resided with Sylvester Dwight, David Clapp and Samuel F. Starr and each of them from the date of her marriage to each of them to the date of their respective deaths; that she was never separated or divorced from any of them.
That neither the said Sylvester Dwight, David Clapp nor the said Samuel F. Starr served in the Army or Navy of the United States and that no application for any pension has been made by herself or any other person on any claim for any such service. Deponent further says that she has made diligent efforts to obtain verified copies of the public or church record or sworn statements of the person who performed the ceremony, or persons who were present at her marriage to said Sylvester Dwight, David Clapp, Samuel F. Starr and each of them, and that she has been unable to obtain any records except those annexed hereto. Deponent further says that in the aforesaid case of Sylvester Dwight both the person who performed the marriage ceremony and those who witnessed the same are now dead. Deponent further says that she has made diligent efforts to obtain verified copies of the public record or sworn statements concerning the death of each person to whom she has been married since the death of each person to whom she has been married since the death of the soldier in 1862 and has been unable to obtain any records/except those annexed.
Sarephina C. Starr
Friendship, New York
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 13th day of January, 1925. And I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the claim hereinbefore mentioned.
L. H. Utter
Notary Public, Friendship, New York.
Register of Marriages in the town of Friendship in Allegany County State of New York.
Register No. Date of Marriage Full Name of Husband His Residence Age Occupation Husband's Birthplace
204 Nov. 4, 1891 David Clapp Friendship, NY 62 Retired Belfast, NY
397 Nov. 12, 1899 Samuel Fred Starr Hornellsville, NY 62 Iron Worker Newfield, NY

His Father's Name His Mother's Maiden Name Full Name of Wife Her Residence Age Wife's Birthplace
Sears Clapp Phoebe Baker Saraphina Dwight Friendship, NY 54 Watertown, NY
John Starr Phoebe Smith Saraphina Clapp Friendship, NY 61 Watertown, NY

Her Father's Name Her Mother's Maiden Name No. of Wife's Marriage Person Performing Marriage Registered
Elias H. Smith Polly Parker 3 C. H. Norris Nov 11, 1891
Elias H. Smith Polly Parker 4 James B. Arnold Nov 15, 1899

Register of Deaths in the town of Friendship, Allegany County, State of New York
Registered No. Date of Death Name of Deceased Age (Y. M. D.) Occupation Birthplace Father's Name & Birthplace
219 Aug 27, 1893 David Clapp 62y 10m 2d Retired Belfast, NY Sears Clapp, Mass.

Mother's Name & Birthplace Place of Death Cause of Death Medical Attendant Place of Burial
Phoebe Baker, Mass. Friendship, NY Heart Difficulty A. E. Willard Friendship, NY

I, F. VANAMA JONES, Town Clerk of the Town of Friendship, Allegany County, New York, do hereby certify that I have compared the foregoing copy of the Town Clerk's records of marriages and deaths with the original thereof and that said copy is a true and correct copy of said original and of the whole thereof, as far as it relates to the said David Clapp and Samuel F. Starr.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal this 13th day of January, 1925.
F. V. Jones, Town Clerk.
MAPES & UTTER
Counselors-at-Law
Friendship, New York

Jan. 15, 1925.
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
RE Saraphina C. Starr, Claimant,
Widow Division,
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y. Inf.

Gentlemen:-
We enclose herewith affidavits by Charles S. Lane and Theodore J. Rose, showing the marriage of claimant to her two last husbands and further showing that she lived with each of these until the date of their respective deaths and was never divorced from either of them.
We also enclose affidavit of claimant concerning her marriages and deaths of her husbands, and so forth.
As stated in the claimant's affidavit we have been unable to find any record of her marriage to Mr. Dwight or any record of his death. As we have previously written you, and as we believe it is stated in her original declaration for pension, said Mr. Dwight died outside of the State while at the residence of one of his children somewheres in the middle West.
You will note that the copy of the Register of Marriages, and so forth, certified by the Town Clerk, which is enclosed, shows claimant's name at the time of her marriage to David Clapp to be Saraphina Dwight. We have felt that we were fortunate in obtaining the enclosed records since the old town records generally turn up lost and missing when one looks for them. While the evidence is not especially conclusive as regards claimant's marriage to said Sylvester Dwight and the fact of his death, it would seem that in view of the fact that she was married under the name of Dwight, and also in view of the fact that she has sworn that said Dwight died before her marriage to said Clapp, the evidence should be sufficient.
As you know Mrs. Starr is about eighty-seven years old and Mr. Dwight died, as we now recall it, somewheres around fifty years ago, so that you can readily appreciate the fact that persons who might have known about him and claimant are dead or cannot be found.
We should be glad to hear from you as soon as possible as to whether or not the information now given is sufficient to enable you to grant the pension requested.
Very truly yours,
Mapes & Utter
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington D.C.

January 17, 1925.
Hon. Washington Gardner,
Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Re: Saraphina C. Starr, Claimant,
Widow Division,
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y. Inf.

My dear Sir:
I am transmitting to you herewith a letter and several affidavits in the case Saraphina C. Starr.
Messrs. Mapes & Utter have earnestly endeavored to secure the information which you call for, and have been able to do so with the exception of certain evidence with reference to the death of the second husband who died about fifty years ago while out in the Middle West visiting one of his children. In view of the facts set forth herewith I hope that you will be able to take action on this case without requiring additional data.
Will you kindly keep me advised with reference to the status of this claim.
Yours sincerely,
Daniel A. Reed
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions

In reply refer to:
Widow Division
W.C. No. 2109
Serephina C. Starr
George P. Baker
Co. C 86th N.Y. Inf.

Jan. 21, 1925.
The Town Clerk
Bath
New York

Sir:
For use in the above cited claim please state whether the records in your custody show the marriage of Sylvester Dwight to Serephina Baker, and if so, the date of the marriage. It has been alleged that this marriage occurred on Oct. 20, 1869, at Corning, N.Y. It is shown by a copy of the records of the Town of Bath, N.Y., on file with the papers in this case that the marriage of this woman under the name of Seraphina Smith to George P. Baker occurred on Sept. 8, 1858, and it is therefore thought that her marriage to Sylvester Dwight on Oct. 20, 1869, may be of record.
This information is requested as a courtesy, there being no fund from which to pay for a copy of the record.
An official envelope which does not require postage is enclosed for your reply.
Respectfully,
Hays Haymaker
Acting Commissioner

Bath, N.Y. Feb. 3rd. 1925
I have been unable to locate this. The records from 1849 to 1885 are missing. If you can give me the name of the person who performed the ceremony I may be able to find it.
John B. Brownley,
Deputy Town Clerk.
Widow Division
January 21, 1925.
Hon. Daniel A. Reed
House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

My dear Mr. Reed:
In reply to your letter dated January 17, 1925, I have to advise you that the claim of Serephina C. Starr, W.C. No. 2109, requires evidence showing whether she was ever divorced from her husband Sylvester Dwight and whether she lived with him as his wife to the date he left his home in New York to go to Michigan, where it appears he died in 1890; and, if any of his children are living, the sworn statements of two of them showing the date of his death; also, the sworn statement of the claimant showing when he left her to go to the State of Michigan, where each of them resided during the period of their separation, and the name of the place where he was buried in New York, whether she ever applied for or was granted pension on account of the service of any soldier or sailor other than George P. Baker, and if so, the name of such other soldier or sailor and the designation of his service, and whether any member of her family served in the army or navy of the United States after April 6, 1917, and if so, the name of the person who served and the designation of the service, and whether compensation on account of it has been obtained or applied for through the Veterans' Bureau.
Messrs. Mapes & Utter, of Friendship, New York, have this day been advised of the above requirements. The claimant's address is given as Friendship, New York.
Very truly yours,
HAYS HAYMAKER
Acting Commissioner
Widow Division
W.C.No. 2109
Serephina C. Starr
George P. Baker
Co. C 86th N.Y.Inf.

January 21, 1925.
Messrs. Mapes & Utter
Attorneys at Law
Friendship, New York

Sirs:
In the above cited claim there should be furnished the sworn statements of two person who knew the claimant and her husband Sylvester Dwight and who lived in the vicinity where they resided, showing whether they were ever divorced, and whether they lived together as husband and wife from the date of their marriage, or from a date as far remote as comes within the knowledge of the witnesses, giving such date, to the date he eft his home to go to the State of Michigan, where it is alleged he died, and giving the date or approximate date he left his home. If the claimant has any children by the soldier or by Sylvester Dwight now living and their testimony is furnished on this point, it will be considered.
The claimant should furnish her sworn statement showing when Sylvester Dwight left her to go to Michigan, and where each of them resided during the period from the time he left her to the date of his death in 1890. She has stated that he died in Michigan but has failed to state in what county or city or town he lived. The claimant's sworn statement should also show the name of the cemetery where Sylvester Dwight was buried in the State of New York, and where the cemetery is located. If any of the children of Sylvester Dwight are living and can be located, there should be furnished the sworn statement of two, or even of one of them, showing the date or approximate date of his death.
The claimant's sworn statement should also show whether she ever obtained or applied for pension on account of the service of any soldier other than George P. Baker, and if so, the name of such other soldier and the designation of his service.
The requirements indicated in the accompanying circular letter should be complied with.
No affidavit can be considered satisfactory that fails to show the age and postoffice address of the witness and how he knows the facts stated.
Do not fail to endorse on each paper filed the soldier's name and service and the number of the claim.
Respectfully,
HAYS HAYMAKER
Acting Commissioner
Widow Division.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BUREAU OF PENSIONS.
Washington, D.C., Jan 21, 1925
Certificate No. 2109
Pensioner Sarephina C. Starr
Class and Law Widow Gen. Law
Group No. or former Agency Albany, N.Y.
The Chief, Finance Division, is respectfully requested to state below to what date payment was last made to the above-named pensioner.
F. J. Robinson, Chief of Division.
Pensioner remarried Oct 20/69
FINANCE DIVISION.
Jan. 27, 1925
The above-named pensioner was last paid at 8 to Oct 20, 1864 date of remarriage.
O. J. Randall, Chief of Finance Division.
State of New York)
County of Steuben) SS
Judson J. Webster, age 62, resident of Addison, New York being duly sworn says, that he is the Sexton of the Addison Rural Cemetery and has been for twenty-two years. That he remembers that one Sylvester Dwight was burried in the Maple Cemetery in Addison New York July 1891, and that he has this day examined the marker upon said grave and finds as follows, Sylvester was born November 26th 1804 and dies July 20th, 1891. Also find a marker Elizabeth Stewart, his wife, born August 15th, 1807 and died August 19th, 1865. Further the deponent sayath not.
Subscribed and sworn before me this 13th day of March, 1925
Judson J. Webster
William B. Clark, Notary Public

Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr
Widow Division
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker
C 86th N.Y.Inf.
Widow Division
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker
C 86th N.Y. Inf.

STATE OF NEW YORK,) SS:
County of Allegany,)
SAREPHINA C. STARR being duly sworn deposes and says, that she is the claimant herein; that she knows of no person, now living, who knew her and her husband Sylvester Dwight, during his lifetime. That when said Sylvester Dwight left her to go to Michigan she resided up until about the period of his death, at Worcester, Mass. That said Sylvester Dwight died in the State of Michigan at the home of a child of his by a former wife; that your deponent is unable to recall and does not remember the name of said city or town.
Upon information and belief, that said Sylvester Dwight was buried in the Maple Cemetery at Addison, New York.
That claimant never obtained or applied for a pension on account of the service of any sailor or soldier other than George P. Baker.
Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr
Friendship, N.Y.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of April, 1925.
and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the claim herein mentioned.
L. H. Utter
Notary Public
MAPES & UTTER
Counselors-at-law
Friendship, New York

April 8, 1925.
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Widow Division
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker
C. 86th N.Y. Inf.

Gentlemen:-
Since your letter of January 21st last, concerning the above named claimant, we have endeavord to obtain further information than that already submitted to you and have obtained an affidavit from the Sexton of the Cemetery at Addison, N.Y., showing that Sylvester Dwight is buried in said Cemetery.
As we have repeatedly stated, claimant knows of no living person who can furnish an affidavit concerning the facts of her living with said Sylvester Dwight as husband and wife, etc. We are making this statement in the affidavit which we are enclosing. In one of the affidavits previously sent you, claimant made the statement that she had made no application for pension except in the case of George P. Baker, but as you again ask for this in your letter we are also putting a statement covering this in the present affidavit.
We heretofore sent you affidavits of persons acquainted with claimant and do not know how affidavits more definite than these can possibly be obtained.
We enclose herewith two affidavits by claimant and one affidavit by the Sexton of the Addison Cemetery.
When you stop to consider the fact that this claimant is nearly ninety years of age, that both she and the said Sylvester Dwight had been married before their marriage to each other, that after the death of said Sylvester Dwight she again married and did not live in the neighborhood where he was known, it seems to us that she has given every bit of information and proof that any reasonable person could ask her to give.
This matter has been running for a considerable period of time. It has caused a lot of trouble and does not seem that an old lady such as claimant, whose right to a pension has once been established, should continue to be held up in having payments again made on a pension claim once allowed.
We hope that we may receive a notification in the very near future that this claim has been allowed and that checks for accrued payments will be forwarded.
Very truly yours,
Mapes & Utter
Widow Division
W.C. 2109
George P. Dwight
C 86 N.Y. Inf.
April 21, 1925

Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr
c/o Mapes and Utter, Attorneys at Law
Friendship, New York

Madam:
Your above cited claim for pension requires the sworn statements of two witnesses having personal knowledge, showing whether you were married between the date of death of your husband, David Clapp, in 1893 and the date of your marriage to Samuel F. Starr in 1899.
If in your possession, you should forward to this Bureau your original marriage certificate showing your marriage to Sylvester Dwight, and the same will be returned to you when no longer needed in the case.
As it appears that you and Sylvester Dwight were separated prior to his death, you should furnish certificates from the custodians of divorce records of each place in which he resided after your separation, so far as known to you, showing whether he ever applied for or obtained a divorce from you; and you should furnish your statement under oath, showing the date or approximate date of your separation.
If you are unable to furnish any part of this evidence, you should so state under oath, giving the reason.
No affidavit can be considered satisfactory that fails to state affiant's age, post-office address, and means of knowledge of the facts stated.
Do not fail to inscribe on every paper filed the name and service of the soldier and the number of the claim to which it relates.
Respectfully,
Wilder S. Metcalf
Commissoner
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

April 30, 1925.
W.C. 2109
Serephina C. Starr
Hon. Wilder S. Metcalf,
Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.

My dear Sir:
Referring to your letter of January 21st, 1925, I am informed that further evidence in this case was sent you on April 8, 1925.
Please advise me the present status of the case.
Yours truly,
Daniel A. Reed
Widow Division
May 5, 1925
Hon. Daniel A. Reed
House of Representatives

My dear Mr. Reed:
In response to your letter relative to the claim for pension, W.C. 2109, of Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr, former widow of George P. Baker, Company C, 86th New York Infantry, I have to advise you that this claim requires the original certificate showing the marriage of the claimant to Sylvester Dwight; her sworn statement showing the date of her separation from him; certificates from the custodian of divorce records of each place in which Sylvester Dwight lived during the period of separation showing whether he ever applied for or obtained a divorce from the claimant; and the testimony of witnesses showing whether the claimant married between 1893 and 1899.
Mrs. Starr was advised of the evidence required in her claim under date of April 21, 1925.
Very truly yours,
Wilder S. Metcalf
Commissioner
State of New York,
Steuben Co. Clerk's office, SS:
I, Reuben B. Oldfield, Clerk of said county, do hereby certify that I have examined the judgment docket for divorce between Sylvester Dwight and Saraphina Dwight from Jany. 1, 1869 to Jany 2, 1892, and find none.
Winess my hand and seal of office at Bath, N.Y. this 13th day of May, 1925.
R. B. Oldfield
Clerk
Re Sarephina C. Starr, Claimant,
Widow Division
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y.Inf.

STATE OF NEW YORK,)
County of Allegany,) SS:
THEODORE J. ROSE, being duly sworn, deposes and says that he is upwards of 70 years of age and that he resides in the Town and Village of Friendship, Allegany County, New York.
That he has known Sarephina C. Starr, the claimant herein, since before the time of her marriage to David C. Clapp; that ever since her marriage to David C. Clapp she has lived in the house which she now occupies on the corner of Maple Avenue and Elm Steet in Friendship, N.Y. That the village of Friendship, New York, in which claimant has and does live, is a village of less than 1500 people, and deponent frequently saw the said Sarephina C. Starr, claimant, after the death of her former husband David Clapp in 1893, and before the date of her marriage to her husband Samuel F. Starr in 1899. That he was personally acquainted with the said Sarephina C. Starr during the aforesaid period and of his own knowledge knows that said Sarephina C. Starr was not, between the date of the death of her husband David Clapp in 1893 and the time of her marriage to Samuel F. Starr in 1899, married to any person.
Theodore J. Rose
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 18th day of May, 1925. And I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the claim herein before mentioned.
L. H. Utter
Notary Public, Friendship, New York
Re Sarephina C. Starr, Claimant,
Widow Division,
W.C. No. 2109
George P. Baker, Co. 86 N.Y.Inf.

STATE OF NEW YORK,)
County of Allegany,) SS:
CHARLES S. LANE, being duly sworn, deposes and says that he is upwards of 73 years of age and resides in the Village of Friendship, New York, on Maple Avenue on the corner of which street is located the residence of Sarephina C. Starr, as hereinafter stated.
That he has known Sarephina C. Starr, the claimant herein, since before the time of her marriage to David C. Clapp; that ever since her marriage to David C. Clapp she has lived in the house which she now occupies on the corner of Maple Avenue and Elm Street in Friendship, N.Y. That the village of Friendship, New York, in which claimant has and does live, is a village of less than 1500 people, and deponent frequently saw the said Sarephina C. Starr, claimant, after the death of her former husband David Clapp in 1893, and before the date of her marriage to her husband Samuel F. Starr in 1899. That he was personally acquainted with the said Sarephina C. Starr during the aforesaid period and of his own knowledge knows that said Sarephina C. Starr was not, between the date of the death of her husband David Clapp in 1893 and the time of her marriage to Samuel F. Starr in 1899, married to any person.
C. S. Lane
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 18th day of May, 1925. And I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the claim herein before mentioned.
L. H. Utter
Notary Public, Friendship, New York
MAPES & UTTER
Counselors-at-Law
Friendship, New York

May 20, 1925.
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Re Sarephina C. Starr
Widow Division
W.C. No. 2019
George P. Baker, Co. 86, N.Y.Inf.

Gentlemen:-
We enclose herewith original marriage certificate showing marriage of claimant and Sylvester Dwight on October 20, 1869. We should be glad to have this certificate returned wither to us or to claimant as soon as you have finished with it.
We also enclose affidavits of Theodore J. Rose and Charles S. Lane, showing that claimant was not married between the date of death of her husband, David Clapp and the date of her marriage to her husband, Samuel F. Starr.
Ther is further enclosed affidavit of claimant showing date of her separation from Sylvester Dwight, the place of said Dwight's residence, as far as known to claimant after such separation, and giving the reason why she is unable to obtain further information concerning his residence. This affidavit also shows that she was not divorced from said Sylvester Dwight and that neither he nor she ever applied for or obtained any decree of divorce or separation. There is annexed to this affidavit the certificate of the County Clerk of Steuben County, this being the County in which Mr. Dwight resided for a time, showing that ther is no record of any divorce in said County.
We believe that this contains the information requested in your letter of recent date to claimant and trust that the matter is now in shape so that it can be disposed of without further delay.
Very truly yours,
Mapes & Utter
This is to Certify
That Mr. Sylvester Dwight of Addison in the STATE of New York and Mrs. Sarephina Baker of Corning in the State of New York were by me Joined together in HOLY MATRIMONY on the Twentieth day of October in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Nine.
Witness P. J. Farrington, C. W. Smith
John C. Mallory, Pastor of Bap Ch. Savona

Original marriage certificate
Claimant and Sylvester Dwight
Under seal (Revenue Stamp)
Returned July 29, 1925
ACT OF May 1, 1920
One Brief Renewal
REMARRIED WIDOW'S PENSION.
Claimant, Sarephina C. Starr
P.O., Friendship
County, Allegany; State, New York
Former widow of Soldier, George P. Baker
Rank, Com. Sergeant; Co. C
Regiment, 86" New York Infantry
Rate, $30 per month, commencing September 13 1924.
Children: None
Recognized Attorney (None); Fee, $ None; Bureau to pay.
APPROVALS.
Submitted for admission, June 29, 1925; Addie Craig, Examiner.
Approved for renewal under Act May 1 1920.
July 6, 1925 J E Andus, Reviewer
July 8, 1925 T M Riffel, Reviewer
The widow was pensioned at $8.00 per month under General Law
The soldier was not pensioned.
Enlisted, August 26, 1861
Died in Service August 4, 1862
No other service
Declaration filed, September 13, 1924
Claimant does write.
Subsequent husbands did not serve.
Clt's app'n under other laws, August 25, 1862
Former marriage of neither
Clt's marriage to soldier, September 8, 1858
Cl't was remarried October 20, 1869; November 4, 1891; November 12, 1899
Death of last husbands July 20, 1891; August 27, 1893; June 22, 1924
Hon. Daniel A. Reed, M.C.
Widow last paid to Oct. 20, 1869.
Widow Division: Widow pensioned as Serephina Baker (Albany roll 1869)
Request for Photostating (To be prepared in duplicate)
Ex. A. Craig
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF CLERK
Job No. 2180
Date July 21, 1925
Subject W.C. 2109 - Baker
1 copy of 1 piece consisting of 1 page to be forwarded when completed to the Widow Division
Remarks: No other evidence of marriage.
Approved: F. J. Robinson, Chief Div.
Widow Division
W.C. 2109
George P. Baker
C 86 N.Y. Inf.

July 29, 1925
Mrs. Sarephina C. Starr
Friendship, New York

Madam:
In compliance with your request, your original marriage certificate showing your marriage to Sylvester Dwight is returned herewith.
Respectfully,
Winfield Scott, Commissioner
CTF. No. 2109
ACT OF July 3, 1926
Reissue. Iss. Oct. 2
REMARRIED WIDOW'S PENSION.
Claimant, Sarephina C. Starr
P.O., Friendship
State, New York
Former widow of Soldier, George P. Baker
Rank, Commissary Sergeant; Co. C
Regiment, 86 New York Inf
Rate, $50 per month, commencing August 4, 1926.
APPROVALS.
Submitted for ad, Sept 27, 1926; John Sadler, Examiner.
Approved for admission under the act of July 3, 1926. Reissue from Act of May 1, 1920.
Sept 29, 1926 Pearce Thompson, Reviewer
Enlisted, August 26, 1861
Died in Service August 4, 1862
No other service
Declaration filed, September 13, 1924
Former marriage of neither
Clt's marriage to soldier, September 8, 1858
Cl't was remarried October 20, 1869; November 4, 1891; November 12, 1899
Death of last husbands July 20, 1891; August 27, 1893; June 22, 1924
No, M.C.
1926
The Commissioner of Pensions:
I was the wife of the person on account of whose service during the Civil WAr I am drawing pension, during the period of his service in said war, and therefore I request consideration of my case with a view to the allowance of the $50 rate provided by the act of July 3, 1926.
Name: Sarephina C. Starr
Address: Friendship, All. Co., New York
Widow Cert. No. 2109.
2109 No. 1931 B. 38 E B Page 68
Sarephina Baker, Corning, Steuben Co., N.Y.
Widow of George P., Commissary Sergeant Co. "C" 86th Regt. N.Y. Vols.
Died in the Hospital at Camp Van Valkenburg Washington D.C.
on the 4 day of August 1862
Act July 14, 1862.
Respectfully referred to Adj General for official evidence of service and death
Pension Office
Sept 22d 1862
Scott Nanett, Coms.
$8 per month, Comy
August 4 1862, payable at Albany, N.Y.
Send Cert to
J. P. Hunt & Co.
New York City, New York
Received August 25, 1862

Respectfully Returned
Comisary Sergt Geo. P. Baker was enrolled in Co. "C" 86 N.Y. Vols. Oct 20th 1861 on the muster roll of "Co C" for June he is reported present. His name does not appear on the Muster Roll for Aug. 31st 1862.
A. G. Office
Nov. 3d 1862
By order, Seward Buel, A. A. Genl.
Sent to J. P Hunt & Co Dec 5 62
" same Feb 18 63
" same Apl 18 "

No. 2109
New York
Serephina Baker
Widow of Geo. P. Baker
Rank Commissary Sergt.
Company "C."
Regiment 86th N.Y. Vols.
Albany, N.Y. Agency.
Rate per month, $8
Commencing 4th Aug. 1862.
Certificate dated 18th May 1863
and sent to J. P. Hunt & Co. New York City, N.Y.
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book A. Vol. 1. Page 27
Renewal Cert. No. 2109
ACT OF MAY 1, 1920
Sarephina C. Starr
former widow of George P. Baker
Rank Comy Sgt.
Company C
Regiment 86 NY Inf.
Commencing Sept. 13 1924
Issued July 11 1925
Issued Oct 2 1926
at $50 from Aug 4 1926
ACT JULY 3, 1926
July 29, 1925 - Claimant - Returned marriage certificate of claimant and Sylvester Dwight. AC Widow Division