William R. Myers
William R. Myers - a Pvt. in Co. A & E, 2nd IL Calvary, was part of Shermans March To The Sea. While on forward patrol he was captured by the 3rd Arkansas Calvary and sent to a Prisoner’s Camp below Baton Rouge. In 1864 he was released in a Prisoner Exchange. From his ordeal he was in and out of hospitals the rest of his life with chronic diarrhea and stomach problems. Employed as a Telegraph Repairman. He died August 2, 1912 at Old Soldiers Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. William lived in Lyndon and is on the 1860 Census there when he first volunteered and the enlisted in the Union Army. He was sent to Cairo, IL. were my 2nd Great-grandfather William August Myers was born 2 Feb. 1862. [Contributed by Don Boggan]
Adjutant General’s Office - Washington D. C., November 11th 1864
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt form your Office of application for Pension No. 61400, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the Rolls on file I the OFFICE, THAT Samuel A. Rexroad was enrolled on the 7th day of September, 1861, at Camp Butter in Co. “A: 34th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a private on the 76th day of September 1861, at Camp Butter, in Co. :A: 34th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war. On the Quarterly return of deceased Soldiers of that Regiment, for the 2d Quarter, 1864, he is reported “Died of Gun Shot wound at Rome Ga. June 14th 1864”
I am, Sir, very respectfully,
You obedient servant, Sam __ ____, Assistant Adjutant General.
The Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D. C.
Claim for Widow’s Pension
Brief in the case of Mrs. Marielle Rexroad, widow of Samuel A. Rexroad private in Co. A. 34th Regiment Illinois Volunteers resident of Whiteside County and State of Illinois Post Office address Erie Ills
DECLARATION AND IDENTIFICATION IN DUE FORM PROOF EXHIBITED
Service: The Rolls show that he was mustered into Service Sept 7 1861 as a private in Co. A. 34th Ills Vols and “Died of Gunshot wound, at Rome Ga June 14, 1864:
Peter Ege St. Col 34th Ills, Vols certifies that his wound was recd in battle
Marriage: Certificate of public record
Names and dates of birth of children: None
Agent and his P.O. address: Woodruff & Jackson Morrison Ills
Admitted Aprl 7, 1865, to a pension of $8.00 per month commencing June 14, 1864
Exd J. E. _____, Examining Clerk
Widow’s Declaration for Army Pension
State of Illinois )
On this 13th day of August A.D. 1864, before me A. Farmington, Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the County and State above named, personally appeared Mrs. Mariell S. Rexroad aged 19 years, who being duly sworn according to law declares that her Post-Office address on Erie Whiteside County in the State of Illinois and that she is the widow of Samuel A. Rexroad who was Private in Company A commanded by Captain Peter Ege in the 34th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, and who Died at Rome, Georgia on or about the 13th day of June 1864, by reason of Wounds received in Battle.
That she was married to the said Samuel A. Rexroad on the Eleventh day of October A.D. 1860, at Kings___ Whiteside, Illinois by one J. B. Emmons [sic] Esq a Justice of the Peace that her name before her said marriage was Marielle Wright and she states that she believes that there is a public record of her said marriage in the office of the Clerk of the County Court of said County a copy of which is herewith attached and that her husband, the aforesaid Samuel A. Rexroad died or was killed on the day above mentioned, and she has continued a widow since that date, all of which will more fully appear, by reference to the proof hereto annexed.
She further states that at this death, her said husband, left surviving him no child or children under the age of sixteen years; and in truth and in fact her said Husband left no child or children surviving him.
She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in or aided or abetted the rebellion in the united States, and that she is not now in receipt of a pension under any act of Congress.
She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the pension to which she may be entitled under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 14, 1861, and hereby constitutes and appoints Woodruff & Jackson, of Morrison, Whiteside County Illinois, her attorneys with power of substitution to prosecute her claim and procure a certificate; hereby authorizing and empowering her said attorneys, to do all necessary and lawful acts and things whatsoever in the premises, except drawing the money which will be hereafter provided for, and revoking and countermanding all former authority that may have been given for the above specified purpose. (Signed) Mariella Rexroad
Sworn to, subscribed and acknowledged before me, the day and year first above written; and, also personally appeared H. W. Wright a resident of Erie Whiteside, Illinois and Henry Bolton a resident of Kingsbury Whiteside Co., Illinois persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit who being duly sworn according to law, declare that they personally acquaint with Mrs. Marielle Rexroad who has made and subscribed the following declaration in their presence, and were acquainted with her and her said husband before he entered the military service of the United States, and know that they lived together as man and wife and were so reputed and acknowledged by those who knew them. That she is the widow of the identical Samuel A. Rexroad who performed the military service mentioned in said declaration, and has remained a widow since his death, and they believe that all the statements made by her in the foregoing declaration are true. That their knowledge of the identity of her husband with the soldier and of their marriage is derived from personal knowledge of the facts.
And they further state that they reside as above stated and have no interest in the prosecution of this claim (Signed) H. W. Wright Henry Bolton
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of August A.D. 1864, and I hereby certify that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my official seal A. F______, Clerk of the Circuit Court of ______ _______
State of Illinois )
Whiteside County) SS
I, Winfield S. Wilkinson, Clerk of the County Court, in the County and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that Mr. Samuel A. Rexroad was married to M___ Marielle Wright, on the Eleventh day of October AD 1860, in pursuance of License of such from his office, by Isaac B. Emmons, a Justice of the Peace in said County as appears from the original license and Justices Certificate now on file in my office,
In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at Morrison, this 13th day August AD 1864. W. S. Wilkinson, Clerk
by H. R. Simpson, Dpy Clk Department of the Interior
December 6, 1864
Your are respectfully requested to fill out, over your official signature, the accompanying blank certificate, stating when, where, and under what circumstances the injury was received, which was the cause of the soldier’s death, giving the name and character of the disease, the place and date of death, giving the name and character of the disease, the place and date of death, and stating whether or not contracted in the line of duty. Please forward your report directly to this Office, having endorsed on the envelope, over your official signature, “Official Business. Respectfully, yours, Joseph H. Barnett, Commissioner of Pensions
To: Peter Ege
Acting Co., 34th, Reg’t Ill.
Headquarters 34th Ills Infty Vet Vols March 19th, 1865
I, Peter Ege, on honor, certify that Samuel A. Rexroad private of Company “A” 34th Reg- Ills Infy – Vet – Vols – was wounded in action at Rome Ga – May 17th 1864 – and that He – died – from effects of said wound June 14th 1864. he was wounded while in the discharge of duty as a soldier – by a gun shot – from the enemy –
My knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following source: I was in command of Co. “A” when Samuel A. Rexroad was wounded – and received official notice of his death and made final statements in his case –
Lieut Col, 34th Reg’t Ills Infty
To Joseph __ Barnett
Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D.C.
ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES
To all whom it may concern:
Known Ye: That Arminius S. Round a _______ of Captain _of_ Company B of the second(2nd)
Regiment of N.Y. Hy Artillery who was enlisted the 20th day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty four to serve three years is hereby discharged from the Army of the United States in consequence of compliance with G.O. No. 220 (can’t read) 2nd (can’t read)
Washington, Sept. 18/65.
Said Arminius S. Round was born in Herkimer in the State of New York, is 27 years of age 5 feet 8 inches high. Light complexion, Blue eyes, Light hair, and by occupation when enlisted a farmer
Given under my hand (can’t read) Fort this twenty fourth in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five.
(Can’t read signature)
(Can’t read) Commanding
Is (can’t read) Efficient Officer (can’t read)
J. N. G. Whistler Colonel
2 Ny. (can’t read)
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