of May 11, 1912
The pension document has been
provided by the Family of Harold Raymond Perkins.
County of Loup
On the 27th day of May, AD, one thousand nine
hundred and twelve, personally appeared before
me, a Notary Public within and for the county
and State aforesaid, Joshua Perkins, who,
being duly sworn according to law, declares
that he is 67 years of age, and a resident of
Taylor, county of Loup, State of Nebraska; and
that he is the identical person who was
enrolled at Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky,
under the name Joshua Perkins, on the 7th day
of August, 1861, as a private in Co. C, 4th KY
Infantry. Volunteers, in the service of the
United States, in the Civil War, and was
HONORABLY DISCHARGED at Camp Decherd,
Tennessee on the 8th day of August, 1862.
That he also served enrolled at Covington, Kentucky,
September 29, 1864, as a private, Co. E 53rd
KY Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged at
September 15, 1865.
That he was not employed in the military or
naval service of the United States otherwise
than as stated above. That his personal
description at enlistment was as follows:
Five feet, ten inches;
Color of eyes, grey;
Color of hair, dark;
That his occupation was farming:
That he was born July 18, 1844 in Monroe
That his several places of residence since
leaving the service have been as follows:
discharge to 1866 at Lewis County, Kentucky,
Then to 1867 in Clarke County, Kentucky,
Then to 1868 to Fayette County, Kentucky,*
Then to 1874 Putnam County, Indiana, **
Then to 1875 in Edgar County, Illinois,
Then to 1889 in Hall County, Nebraska,***
Then to Custer County, Nebraska,
Then to present time in Loup County, Nebraska
That he is a pensioner under certificate No.
That his post-office address is Taylor,
Nebraska, county of Loup, State of Nebraska
A. S. Moon
SUBSCRIBED and sworn to before me this
day of May, AD, 1912,and I hereby certify that
the contents of the above declaration, etc.,
were fully made known and explained to the
applicant before swearing, . . . and that
I have not interest, direct or indirect, in
the prosecution of this claim.
to Declaration for Pension
* Original discharge papers show that Joshua
Perkins signed them
at Ramsey Twp., Fayette County, Illinois, as do other
included with Pension Application.
** Family information of James Monroe
Perkins would indicated that Joshua was with his brother during this time.
*** 1880 US Cameron Twp., Hall County,
enumerates Joshua, Highly, and their first two children,
Claude and Hannah living there.
Also, the 1880 US Hall, Nebraska census
enumerates that living adjacent to them was
Nancy PIERCE Perkins,
Joshua Frye Perkins' mother.
Joshua Frye Perkins made claim for a pension earlier, on
1 July 1891 while living in Custer County, Nebraska.
Even at that point, his health had begun to fail.
"That the claimant further states that his crippled
right hand was caused by accidentally falling from a
step ladder up near the ceiling, in said fall his hand was pushed through the window
cutting the cords in his wrist which crippled his
affidavit states that Joshua was,
"afflicted with rheumatism, heart disease, kidney
liver trouble, lame back, and crippled right hand. .
And yet, some 25 years
later, he would still write_
5 April 1917
I was a few years younger they would not have to
call twist (twice) for me.
Where ever mortal man would dare to carry
my country’s flag I would dare to follow.
I have followed it on a many a hard
fought field and while I live and able to stand
up it shall never lack for a defender__
. . . Joshua Perkins