The following items were in James House's Civil War Pension papers. He became
afflicted with a stomach illness while in Corinth, Mississippi, during the Siege of Vicksburg. Apparently
this ailment caused him many problems once he was mustered out in 1865. James filed an application for
an invalid pension, claiming that he could not perform the duties of a farmer as he had done prior to
enrolling in the War of the Rebellion.
Declaration for an Invalid Pension
State of Ohio, County of Coshocton, SS: On this 6 day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven personally appeared before me a clerk of the Com Please Court a court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid James E. House aged 45 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical James E. House who was enrolled on the 26 day of December, 1861, in Company 'H' of the 80th regiment of Ohio Vols commanded by Col. E.H. Eckley and was honorably discharged at Washington D.C. on the 27 day of May 1865; That his personal descripton is as follows: age 23 years; height 5 feet 8 1/2 inches; complexion dark hair dark; eyes grey. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Near Corinth in the State of Missipi on or about the day of April 1862, he contracted a disease of his stomic which the doctors called cattarrh of his stomac. That his disease of his stomic continued to afflict him untill he was discharged, and has continued to afflict him more and more until the present time. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: in Hospital at Kearnburgh Tenesse and in hospital at St. Lewis in the state of Masoura. That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above was, whether prior or subsequent to that stated above, and the dates at which it began and ended. That he has not been in the military or naval service of the United States since the 27 day of May 1865. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Coshocton in the state of Ohio, and that his occupation has been that of a Farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a Farmer. That he is now one half disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation. I.S. Elliott of Coshocton Ohio his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received or applied for a pension; that his residence is No. Tuscarawas Township County of Coshochton Ohio and this his post office address is Cohoscton County of Coshocton Ohio. James E. House" (signature of applicant) "Also personally appeared H. Blackman residing at Coshocton and W. H. Coe residing at Coshocton 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 James E. House, the claimant sign his name (make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintenance with him that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim. H. Blackman W.H. Coe
Dept. of the Interior; Bureau of Pensions
Certificate No. 418793; Name, James E. House
Sir: In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular with replies to the questions enumerated below. Very respectfully, (illegible).
First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name. Answer. Yes, Frances V. House maiden Frances V. Ogan. Second. When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer. Washington Guernsey Co Ohio May 26, 1873 by A. Y. Robinson JP. Third. What record of marriage exists? Answer. Marriage certificate also in records in probate judge's office Cambridge, Ohio Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. Answer. Yes. Barbara S. House, Guernsey Co Ohio Died July 10, 1872. Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and dates of their birth. Answer. E. F. House Dec 17 1866. Belle D. Ruby Apr 23 1868. Lucina Conger Sep 13, 1869. F.A. House Apr 21 1873. Jno W. House Aug 31, 1879. James W. House June 20, 1876 Julia A. House Sep 20-1880. Ella M. House June 22-1882 Alva L. House May 9 1886. (signature) James E. House Date of Reply, June 4, 1898
State of Iowa, County of Butler. In the matter of a pension claim of James E. House C H 80th Regt Ohio Innft. Vols No. 62201 on this 21st day of June A.D. 1898; personally appeared before me Clark District Court in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths, S. M. Baldwin, aged 63 years, a resident of Butler Center in the County of Butler and State of Iowa whose post office address is Butler Center, Iowa, and has resided in Iowa for nineteen years in the County of Butler and State of Iowa well known to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows: That he affiant was sargent at the time and afterwards first Lieutenant and had a personal knowledge of the Claiment James E. House while he was in the service in C. "h" 80th Regt, Ohio Vols. That while in line of his duty as a soldier near a place called "Corinty" int he state of Tennesee some time in the month of Apl 1862 he the claiment contracted a trouble in his stomach and was sent to hospital at St. Louis and after his return to the company it appeared that he has but little fatigue and was constantly complaining of trouble in his stomach. Affiant further delcares that he has no interest in said case and is not concerned in its prosecution. (signature) S. M. Baldwin
Proof of Disability
State of Ohio, County of Coshocton. On this 21st day of Dec A.D. 1888, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths William Derr aged 46 years, a resident of Plainfield in the County of Coshocton and state of Ohio who being duly sworn according to law, state that he is acquainted with James E. House applicant for Invalid Pension, and know the said James E. House to be the identical person of that name who enlisted or volunteered as a Prt. in Company H 80 regiment of Ohio Inf vols, and who was discharged at Washington City on or about the 27 day of May 1865 by reason of special order of War Dept. That the said James E. House while in the line of his duty, at ornear Corinth in the State of Miss. did, on or about the 30 day of April, 1862, become disabled in the following manner, by exposure in marching in inclement weather he contracted what was called Catarrh of the stomach and was sent to the hospital at St. Louis Mo. Was first sent to Kearnburg Tenn for about ten days. and then to St. Lewis. and then returned to regiment in July 1862. He (illegible) but little fatigue and was constantly complaining of his stomach. The the facts stated are personally known to the affiant by reason of being a member of the same Co & regt and being with him all the time covered by this affidavit. And depondent further states the he (illegible) well acquainted with the claimant, having known him for at least 30 years and further, that his knowledge of the facts above stated was derived from said acquaintance, from having served as Private of Company 26 of the 80 regiment of Ohio volunteers from the 12th day of Feb. 1862 to the 13th day of Aug. 1865. And deponent further states that the claimant was a sound and able-bodied man at and prior to enlistment, so far as he knew, and that he is totally disinterested in this claim. Post office of affiant is Plainfield Coshocton Co Ohio (signature) William Derr
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