91st PA: William Henry Brown

William Henry Brown

Before the war

He was born in 1835/36 (5 (25 in 1861)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5).

He marred Sarah Christine on 18 September 1857, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). Reverend Jos. Mason, of the 5th Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, married them (12). They had no children (12).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair (5). He had a scar on his breast, from a blister [?] (5).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 13 September 1861 (1, 5, 6, 7, 12). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (5, 6, 12). He was in company C (1, 13 (corpl)).

He was appointed corporal on 21 September 1861 (2).

He was promoted to sergeant (3, 11).

He was wounded on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, Virginia (1, 12). He died near Fredericksburg, of those wounds, on 13 December (1, 3 [killed in action], 4, 5 [killed 13 Dec 62], 6, 7, 12 [died 16 Dec 62; rolls have 13 Dec]). He was a sergeant, in company C (1, 13).

The accounts of his death are not easy to reconcile. According to regimental records, he was killed in battle on 13 December 1862. According to newspaper accounts, on the next Monday, 15 December, a dog was found near his body, which licked his face when it was uncovered, and refused to leave his body (8). The dog followed as his corpse was carried off for burial (8).

However, Brown's widow, Sarah Brown, wrote to Captain Parsons for information about Brown's death, apparently because she read the newspaper accounts of Covode's observation of his funeral (12). Parsons' reply confirmed his death, and suggested that Covode's account was nearly correct, except that he died three miles away from the battlefield (12). The wound "injured both legs and tore off part of his thigh"; one leg was amputated, and he "suffered untold agony from the time he was wounded" (12). Parsons left Conrad [perhaps Conrad Brown] and John Wright to bury him (12). Parsons asked what Sarah Brown wanted done with the body; the pension file includes no information about her reply (12). She may also have asked about Conrad [Conrad Brown?] and Harry McKane, since he noted that they were safe (12).

I suppose one possibility is that Covode was wrong to think Brown was dead, and that the supposed burial party was actually carrying Brown to a hospital. Perhaps another possibility is that Parsons was confusing Brown's death with another's. And a third possibility is that Covode misidentified Brown's body. Unfortunately, none of these strike me as especially plausible.

After the war

On 28 February 1863, his widow, Sarah Brown, applied successfully for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (10, 11). She was living at 622 Washington Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). Her application was approved on 17 August 1863 (12). She initially received $8.00 per month, beginning 16 December 1862 (12).

In 1890, his widow was living in the Second Ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). She was probably Sarah Brown, who lived at 620 Washington Avenue (7).

Her pension was increased to $20 per month, beginning 8 September 1916, under the act of 8 September 1916 (12).

She was unable to care for herself for several years before her death, and hardly left her room for the last year of her life (12). Her niece, Maggie J Dubissee, cared for her, and according to her physician cared well for her (12).

She died on 4 May 1924, at 4.55 PM, of senility (12). She was then receiving a pension of $30 per month (12). She was buried at Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (12).

After her death, her niece, Maggie J Dubisee, requested reimbursement for expenses, and received $31 (her last month's pension) (12).

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (William H Brown)

2 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 1, corporals (Wm H Brown)

3 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, sergeants (Wm H Brown)

4 company C, register of deaths (William H Brown)

5 company C, descriptive roll, number 11 (William H Brown)

6 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 78 (Wm H Brown)

7 1890 United States census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 55, page [blank] (image 263 on Ancestry) (William H Brown)

8 'Fidelity of a dog on the battlefield'. Saturday Evening Post 27 December 1862 (Sergt W H Brown)

9 [deleted]

10 pension index, by name (William H Brown)

11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (William H Brown)

12 Widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15 (available at Footnote) (viewed December 2008) (William Henry Brown)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William H Brown)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia city, ward 2, page 198 [handwritten and stamped], lines 35-40]
[the next page begins a new household]
[this is the only candidate I found, but the information is inconsistent with his widow's application for pension, and hence is obviously not right]
line353637383940
Dwelling number1382     
Family number1508     
NameWilliam H BrownSousin [sic] "Mary "William H "Emma "Clara "
Age28236531
Sex" [sc.m]f"mf"
Color      
OccupationWheel Wright     
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate200     
Place of birth" [sc. Pa]"""""
Married within year      
Attended school within year  11  
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 United States census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 7th district, 2nd ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 55, page [blank] (image 263 on Ancestry)]
[line] 3
[house] [blank]
[family] [blank]
[name] William H Brown
[rank] Sergt
[company] C
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 13 Sept 1861
[discharge date] 13 Dec 1862 Died [sic]
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[transcription on Ancestry, searched January 2005. This is the only widow of William H Brown in the directory. Some women are listed as the widow of a William Brown (no middle initial). One relevant bit of evidence is that Jacob Art is recorded on the same page of the census, and he lived at 524 Washington Avenue, according to the city directory.]
Sarah Brown, wid William H. h 620 Wash'n av

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 15 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Brown, William H.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corpl. | Sgt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

after his death

[Saturday Evening Post 27 December 1862]

FIDELITY OF A DOG ON THE BATTLE-FIELD.-- On the Monday after the contest, as Hon. John Covode, in company with a number of officers, was passing over the battlefield beyond Fredericksburg, their attention was called to a small dog lying by a corpse. Mr. Covode halted a few minutes to see if life was extinct. Raising the coat from the man's face, he found him dead. The dog, looking wistfully up, ran to the dead man's face and kissed his silent lips. Such devotion in a small dog was so singular that Mr. Covode examined some papers upon the body, and found it to be that of Sergt. W. H. Brown, company C, 91st Pennsylvania.

The dog was shivering with the cold, but refused to leave his master's body, and as the coat was thrown over his face again he seemed very uneasy, and tried to get under it to the man's face. He had, it seems, followed the regiment into battle, and stuck to his master, and when he fell remained with him, refusing to leave him or to eat anything. As the party returned an ambulance was carrying the corpse to a little grove of trees for interment, and the little dog following [sic], the only mourner at that funeral, as the hero's comrades had been called to some other point.

[John Covode is probably the abolitionist member of Congress who was first elected (as a Whig) in 1855, was re-elected (as a Republican) in 1857, and again in 1857, 1859, 1861, and 1867; he died on 11 January 1871. See Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (searched 7 Aug 05)]

[a slightly different version, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 December 1862, page 1]
Singular Fidelity of a Dog on the Battlefield

On Monday last, as Hon. JOHN COVODE, in company with a number of officers, was passing over the battle-field beyond Fredericksburg, their attention was called to a small dog lying by a corpse. Mr. COVODE halted a few minutes to see if life was extinct. Raising the coat from the man's face, he found him dead. The dog, looking wistfully up, ran to the dead man's face and kissed his silent lips. Such devotion in a small dog was so singular that Mr. COVODE examined some papers upon the body, and found it to be that of Sergeant W. H. BROWN, Company C, Ninety-first Pennsylvania.

The dog was shivering with the cold, but refused to leave his master's body, and as the coat was thrown over his face again he seemed very uneasy, and tried to get under it to the man's face. He had, it seems, followed the regiment into battle, and stuck to his master, and when he fell remained with him, refusing to leave him or to eat anything. As the party returned an ambulance was carrying the corpse to a little grove of trees for interment, and the little dog following, the only mourner at that funeral, as the hero's comrades had been called to some other point.

widow's pension file

[source: Footnote (viewed December 2008)]
[page 1]
Box No 31381
Cert No 4959
Sarah Brown

31 IMAGES

Bundle No 75

[page 2 appears to be a list of what was digitized]

[page 3]
4959
WAR OF 1861.
Brief in the case of Sarah Brown, widow of William H. Brown, decd Corporal in Co. "C," 91st Regt. Pa. Vols.
Philadelphia County, and State of Pennsylvania.
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, 622 Washington St. Philadelphia, Pa.
Claim for widow's pension.
Entitled to $20 per month Commencing Sept. 8, 1916, Under act of Sept. 8, 1916 Wife During Civil War service.
JHH
EMJ
SEP 22 1916

PROOF EXHIBITED.

I. The marriage of William Henry Brown to Sarah Christine at Phila Pa. Sept 18, 1857, by the Revd Jos. Mason, is proved by a verified copy of the church record.

II. The rolls show that William H. Brown, the above soldier was enrolled and mustered into service Sept 13, 1861, as a Corporal in Co. "C." 91. Pa. vols. and that he died from wounds received in action at Frederickburg, Va Decr. 13. 1862, Phi verified certificate shows that he died Decr 16, 1862.

III. He left no children.

IV. Power of attorney in due form to James Ross Snowden.


Admitted August 17, 1863, to a pension of $8.00 per month, commencing Decr 16th, 1862.

Name and Residence of Agent[:] James Ross Snowden, Esqr., Philadelphia, Pa.
James A. Morgan EXAMINING CLERK.

[page 4]
WIDOWS' ARMY PENSION.
STATE OF Pennsylvania CITY OF Philadelphia ss.
On this twentieth day of January A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty three personally appeared before me the Prothonotary of the District Court for the City + County of Philadelphia Sarah Brown, a resident of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania aged [blank] years, 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 the act of Congress approved July 14th, 1862: That she is the widow of William H. Brown who was a Sergeant in company C, commanded by Capt. T. H. Parsons in the 91st regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the war of 1861, who was wounded on the thirteenth day of December A.D. 1862 from the effect of which wounds he died on the 16th at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
She further declares that she was married to the said William H. Brown deceased, on the eighteenth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. Penna. by Rev. Joseph Mason that her husband, the aforesaid William H. Brown died on the day above mentioned, that she has remained a widow ever since that period, and that she has no children.
The certificate of her marriage is hereto attached
as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States;
and she hereby appoints James Ross Snowden her true and lawful attorney, with full power of substitution to present and prosecute this her claim for Pension, and to receive and receipt for any order or certificate that mayy be issued in satisfaction hereof.

Her residence is No. 622 Washington Street Philadelphia

Edward R. Worrell
Chas B Ross

X her mark Sarah Brown

Sworn to and subscribed and the power of attorney duly acknowledged before me, the day and year above written, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

T Augt Trego [?] Pr Prothonotary

[page 5]
Also personally appeared Peter Peterson and Mary E. Brown residents of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania 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 her make her mark 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 personal acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, that she has remained a widow ever since the death of her husband, the aforesaid William H. Brown, and that they have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. They further state that they knew the said Sarah Brown and William H. Brown deceased to have lived together as husband and wife and were so regarded and respected and have every reason to believe that they were married about the time within mentioned and that he died on or about the sixteenth day of December A.D. 1862

Peter Peterson
Mary E Brown
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of January A.D. 1863: and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
T. Augt Trego [?] Pr Prothonotary Dist Co

[page 6]
Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
March 16th [?] 1863.
Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 13853, 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 H. Brown was enrolled on the 13th day of September, 1861, at Phila Penna in Co. "C" 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Corporal on the 13th day of September 1861, at Phila Penna, in Co. "C" 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "C" of that Regiment, for the months of November + December 1862, he is reported "died from wounds received in Action at Fredricksburg Va Dec 13th 1862"

I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Sam G Breck [?]
Assistant Adjutant General


The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Memoranda.
Name of applicant Sarah Brown
Address, Philadelphia Penna

[page 7]
In the matter of the application of Sarah Brown widow of William H. Brown for Pension
Application No. 13,853.
Pennsylvania, City of Philada ss.

Personally appeared before me the undersigned the Prothy of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said City, the Rev. Francis Hodgson who being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that he is the Pastor of the 5th Street Methodist Episcopal Church of the City of Philada and has the custody of the records of the said [?] Church: and he further states that among the said records and on the books of the said Church the following entry appears, which said entry is in the handwriting of the Rev. Joseph Mason who appears to have performed the Ceremony of Marriage viz. "Married September 18th 1857 William Henry Brown to Sarah Christine. By Joseph Mason, Pastor of 5th St. M.E. Church."

Deponent further states that he has no interest in this application.



[page 8]
Francis Hodgson
sworn and subscribed before me this 14th day of July [?] 1863. I certify that I have no interest in this application, that Rev. Francis Hodgson is to me well known and is a creditable and respectable [?] witness
Fred G. Wolbert Prothy

[page 9]
Application of Mrs. Sarah Brown
No 13,853.
Additional Evidence
(Sworn certe [?] of marriage)

transmitted by James Ross Snowden Philada

[page 10]
SARAH BROWN
WEST PHILADELPHIA PA
4959 MAY WID
6021 SPRING ST
3-1081
DROP REPORT--PENSIONER
[the first part of this form is blank]
FINANCE DIVISION
MAY 9 1924

The name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $30 per month to APR 4 1924, has this day been dropped from the roll because of Death May 4, 1924

O J Randall

[page 11]

This is to Certify, that on the 13th day of Sept. 1861 William H. Brown was mustered into the Volunteer service of the United States for three years in Company "C," Captain PETER D. KEYSER, attached to Colonel E. M. GREGORY'S Regiment of Infantry, P.V.

Returned
Peter D. Keyser Captain Commanding.
E M Gregory Colonel Commanding.

[page 12]

4959
No. 13,853
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Sarah Brown Philadelphia, Pa. Md. Wm H. Brown Sgt. Co C. 91 Pa. Vols. Died at Fredericksburg Va. Dec 16. 1862 of a wound

Pension Office,
March 3, 1863.
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.
Jos H [?] Newell [?] Commissioner.

[page 13]
July 7 /63. cert to A.G.
marriage
Record [? perhaps 'Second'?] evidence must be produced - In its absence cer. must be verified.

[page 14]
[left side of page]
Application of Sarah Brown for Pension
Widow of W. H. Brown
Sergt Co. C 91. Regt P.V.
Send certificate to
No. 622 Washington St Phila residence of applicant
[right side of page]
Camp near Fredericksburg Va
Decm 23rd 1862
Mrs Sarah Brown,
Madam

I received your letter of inquiry in regard to your Husband William Henry and I am sorry to inform you that he was mortally wounded on the 13th inst and died, from the effects of his wounds on the morning of the 16th; he was brought to this side of the river and had his leg amputated and had attention paid him untill [sic] he was buried. I was present with him when he died, and I think that death relieved him of a great deal of pain for he suffered untold agony from the time he was wounded; he was struck by a shell which injured both legs and tore off part of his thigh. The account of his burial

[page 15]
by the Hon John Covode is very near correct; with the difference that it was not on the battle field but three miles away that he died, and I left Conrad and John Wright to bury him as I was ordered away with the company. His body can be sent home but we are all out of money: he will have to be embalmed and I would like to know wether [sic] you would like to have his body remain where it is untill [sic] some of his Relatives come for it or wether [sic] you will wait untill [sic] the Regt is paid off when Conard [sic] proposes to send him home. It will cost about $50 to get his body to Philada. Conrad is safe so is Harry [sic] McKane.

I remain
Yours &c [?]
Capt T H Parsons,
Co "C" 91st P.V.

[page 16]
(CIRCULAR No. 5.)
Pension Office,
July 7, 1863
Sir:

Please examine the enclosed certificate of T. H. Parsons, a Captain of Company C of the 91st Regiment of Pa. Vols, and return the same with a report as to his rank and the genuineness of his signature.

Respectfully, yours,
Jas. H. Barrett,
Commissioner.

L. Thomas
Adjutant General U.S. Army.

[page 17]
No. 4959
DEAD
Pennsylvania
Sarah Brown
Wid of William H. Brown
Rank Corp
Company "C"
Regiment 91st Pa Vols
Philadelphia Agency.
Rate per month, $8
Commencing 16 Dec 1862
Certificate dated 19 Aug 1863
and sent to James Ross Snowden
Phila
Pa
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book A Vol. 5 Page 3

[page 18]
Entitled to $20 per month,
Commencing Sept. 8, 1916,
Under act of Sept. 8, 1916.
Wife During Civil War service.

REIMBURSEMENT
ALLOWED
JUN 19 1924

[page 20]
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, D.C.
July 8, 186 [blank]
Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of a letter asking for the rank and verification of the signature of T. H. Parsons, 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 the signature of T. H. Parsons, who was, on the 3rd day of April, 1863, Captain of Co. "C" 91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers, upon the within certificate is genuine.

I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Sam G Peck [?],
Assistant Adjutant General.

To the Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.

[page 20]
Pass [?]

Horgan [?]

[page 21]
United States of America.
COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, ss.
BE IT KNOWN, That on the day of the dare [sic] hereof, before me, the undersigned, a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, residing in the City of Philadelphia, personally appeared
JANETTE WILLIAMSON
who being duly sworn, according to law, did depose and say, that she resides at 218 N. 60th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that she has known Sarah Brown for the past Eight Years and to her personal knowledge knows that the said Sarah Brown did not have any money or property at the time of her death.
Janette Williamson

Sworn and subscribed before me this 28th day of May A.D. 1924
Ruth Eckes
NOTARY PUBLIC
COMMISSION EXPIRES MARCH 7, 1926

PENDING FILES
MAY 29 1924
RECEIVED

[page 22]
No. 4959
REIMBURSEMENT.
Claimant Maggie J. Dubisee [?]
Street and No. 6021 Spring St.
P.O. Philadelphia
State Pennsylvania

Pensioner Sarah Brown
Class Widow
Law Act May 1, 1920
Agency Section W.

Rate, $30 Last paid to April 4, 1924 at $30.
Last illness commenced [blank]
Date of death May 4, 1924
Accrued pension $31.
AMOUNTS CLAIMED.CHARGES APPROVED.DEDUCTIONS.
Physicians' bills$$4State aid immaterial 
Medicine [$]3Assets 
Board  Insurance " [sc. immaterial] 
Nursing and care  Amount waived 
Rent    
Living expenses for pensioner    
Undertaker's bill 195.50  
Livery    
Cemetery charges  TOTAL 
 
OTHER EXPENSES.  SUMMARY.
Board and room 30.Charges approved232.50
   Deductions 
   Amount approved 
TOTAL 232.50  
Approved for $31.00

JUN 18 1924 M. W. Wardles Examiner.
JUN 19 1924 A D Prall Review[er.]

[page 23]
WARDLES
REIMBURSEMENT.
Certificate No. 4959
Pensioner Sarah Brown
Class Widow
Date of Death May 4, 1924
Claimant Maggie J. Dubisee
Post Office 6021 Spring Street
Philadelphia
Pa.
Received May 19, 1924
MAY 26 1924 Clmt. Bills rcvd
liv. + cem. 2 affds re: money
or prop. H.R. Dr. Frank S. Bowman
MWW
JUN 7 1924 Clmt. H. R. E. Bowen
& Son. MWW
Accd $31.

[page 24]
Phila Pa
Sep 14 1916
Commissioner of Pension
Washington DC
Law H
Sir

I make application for Widows [sic] incrse [sic] my name is Sarah Brown

6021 Spring St
West Philadelphia Pa
Certificate No 4959
Widow of William H Brown
Corpral [sic] Co C 91. Regiment Penna Volunteers
My age is Past 80
was Born in Columbia Pa
Sarah Brown
6021 Spring St
W Philadelphia Pa

[page 25]
MAGGIE J. DUBISEE
6021 Spring Street,
Philadelphia, May 28, 1924.

Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.,

Dear Sir:-

I enclose Certificate signed by Dr. Frank S. Bowman and J. Griggs Schooley for Reimbursement for Sarah Brown, also Bill of E. Bowen & Son for Burial expenses etc., and also Two Affidavits by Sarah J. Hoppe and Janette Williamson.

Hoping that the above will prove satisfactory and that I will receive the remittance with [sic] the next few days,

I remain
Very truly yours,
Mrs. J Dubisee
5 Encl.

[page 26]
PENDING FILES
MAY 2 1924
RECEIVED

[page 27]
Widow Division, R. S.
W. C. 4959
William H. Brown
C-91 Pa. Vols.

June 7, 1924.

Mrs. Maggie J. Dubisee,
6021 Spring Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Madam:

In your claim for reimbursement in the case of Sarah Brown, I have to advise you that the enclosed certificate should be signed by the manager of the firm E. Bowen & Son, undertakers, and returned.

Respectfully,
HAYS HAYMAKER
Acting Commissioner.

[page 28]
Widow Division, R. S.
W.C. 4959
William H. Brown
C-91 Pa. Vols.

May 26, 1924.

Mrs. Maggie J. Dubisee,
6021 Spring Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Madam:

In your claim for reimbursement in the case of Sarah Brown, I have to advise you that itemized bills for undertaking, livery and cemetery charges should be furnished, each of which should contain the pensioner's name and a statement over the signature of the creditor showing by whom paid, or if unpaid, that you are held responsible for payment.

The affidavits should be furnished of two credible persons having personal knowledge, showing whether the pensioner left any money or property of any value.

The enclosed certificate should be signed by Dr. Frank S. Bowman and the druggist from whom the medicine was purchased, and returned.

Respectfully,
WASHINGTON GARDNER
Commissioner.

[page 28]
United States of America.
COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, ss.
BE IT KNOWN, That on the day of the dare [sic] hereof, before me, the undersigned, a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, residing in the City of Philadelphia, personally appeared
SARAH J. HOPPE
who being duly sworn, did depose and say, that she resides at 6104 Master Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that she has known Sarah Brown for the past Fifteen Years and to her personal knowledge knows that the said Sarah Brown did not have any money or property at the time of her death.
Sworn and subscribed before me this 28th day of May A.D. 1924
Ruth Ecker
NOTARY PUBLIC
COMMISSION EXPIRES MARCH 7, 1925
Sarah J. Hoppe

PENDING FILES
MAY 2, 1924
RECEIVED

[page 30]
APPLICATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT
This form not to be used if the deceased pensioner left a widow or minor children under sixteen years of age.
STATE OF Pennsylvania
COUNTY OF Philadelphia ss:

On this 17th day of May, A.D., 1924, before me, the undersigned, personally appeared MAGGIE J. DUBISEE, aged 58 years, a resident of Philadelphia, County of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, who makes the following declaration as an application for, and claim is hereby made for, reimbursement from the accrued pension for expenses paid (or obligation incurred) in the last sickness and burial of SARAH BROWN, who was a pensioner of the United States by certificate No. 4959 and who DIED May 4, 1924, at 6021 Spring St., Philadelphia and was buried at Fernwood Cemetery, Del. Co., Pa.

That said deceased pensioner did not leave sufficient assets to defray the expenses of her last sickness and burial.

That the deceased pensioner did not leave a widow; that said deceased pensioner did not leave a minor child or children under sixteen years of age.

That there was insurance (including death benefits) in force on the life of pensioner at time of death. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. $49. Maggie J. Dubisee [sc. benficiary], Maggie J. Dubisee [sc. person premiums paid by].

That said deceased pensioner did not leave any money, real estate, or personal property. none

That the following is a complete statement of all the expenses of the last sickness and burial of said deceased pensioner.

(Each charge entered below should be supported by an itemized bill of the person who rendered the service or furnished any supplies for which reimbursement is demanded and should show, over his signature, by whom paid, or who is help responsible for payment, and contain the name of the pensioner for whom the expense was incurred or service rendered. If no charge was made for any item, that fact should be indicated.)

NAMESNATURE OF EXPENSESSTATE WHETHER PAID OR UNPAIDAMOUNT
Dr. Frank S. BowmanPhysicianunpaid4.00
Maggie J. DubiseeMedicine" [sc. unpaid]3.00
[blank]Nursing and care[blank][blank]
E. Bowen & Son,Undertaker"195.50
[blank]Livery[blank][blank]
[blank]Cemetery[blank][blank]
Maggie J. DubiseeOther expenses and their nature: Board, & Room,"
"
30.00
  TOTAL$232.50

That of the above-mentioned expenses this claimant has paid, or guaranteed the payment of, the following items: Physician $4, Medicine $3, Undertaker $195.50, Board & Room $30.

Maggie J Dubisee (Claimant's signature in full.)
6021 Spring St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 17th day of May, A.D. 1924; and I certify that the contents of the foregoing application were fully made known and explained to the claimant before swearing, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Haney [?] Void
NOTARY PUBLIC
COMMISSION EXPIRES FEB. 21, 1931
6034 Market St., Phila., Pa.

Declaration accepted as a claim under the act of March 2, 1895. H. P. Willey, Law Clerk.
U.S. PENSION OFFICE
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MAY 19 1924

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No other claim
DROPPED
MOK
APPLICATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT.
Wid Certificate No. 4959 OK
Sarah Brown Deceased Pensioner.
Wid of William H Brown C 91 Pa. Inf.
[I did not transcribe the act of 7 July 1898, placed next]
STATEMENT OF ATTENDING PHYSICIANS.
Give pensioner's name in full Sarah Brown
Give date of commencement of pensioner's last sickness Difficult to give the exact date of commencement of heart [?] trouble, gradually became helpless because of age
Give date of pensioner's death May 4th 1924, 4.55 PM
From what date did the pensioner require the regular and daily attendance of another person constantly until death? During the last three years has been unable to care for herself completely, but for last year or more required constant care
During what period did you attend the pensioner? May 5, 1923 to May 4 1924
State nature of disease from which pensioner died Senility
Give name of any other physician who attended the pensioner in last sickness None
Does your bill include a charge for all medicine furnished the pensioner during last sickness? Only medical attendance, no medicines
Has your bill been paid; if so, by whom? Maggie J Dubissee
Mention any other facts within your knowledge which, in your opinion, would be helpful in adjjusting this claim for reimbursement: This old lady has been nearly helpless for the last year or more, scarcely ever leaving her room, never out of the house, and since January 1st 1924 could not help herself, in bed all the time. Has been really a great burden to Mrs Dubissee who has well cared for her.
I certify that the foregoing statement is correct.
May 6, 1924
Frank S Bowman MD Attending Physician.
[I did not transcribe the notice and instructions that follow]

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Bell Telephones.
Philadelphia, May 10" 1924
Mrs. J. Dubisee
for Burial of Sarah Brown
Folio AA
Page 231
To E. BOWEN & SON, Dr.
J. Wesley Bowen
No. 1018 South Second Street
May 7"/24 L. Furnishing Casket$85.00 
  Grave Case20.00 
  Embalming20.00 
  Hearse Fernwood Cem.13.00 
 2Limousines " " @10.0020.00 
  Grave Expenses + Permit21.00 
  Advertising5.00 
  Lady Attendant5.00 
  Burial Blanket5.00 
  " Silk Hdkf.1.00 
  Copy Certificate.50 
    $195.50
PENDING FILES
MAY 29 1924
RECEIVED

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Philada. May 7, 1924
Department of the interior
Bureau of Pensions

I am writing for information about Sarah Brown [sic] Check. She died on Sunday May 4", at five minutes of Six Oclock P.M. and her check came on the fifth and I thought I would write and let you know why it was returned and what I am to doo [sic] as we kneed [sic] the check to pay her expenses. I am her neice [sic] please let me here from you. No. of check 4959.

Mrs. Maggie J Dubisee
6021 Spring St. W.P. Philadelphia

US PENSION OFFICE W
MAY 8 1924

FINANCE DIVISION
MAY 12 1924
BUREAU OF PENSIONS

M W Department

FINANCE DIVISION SEC
MAY 12 1924
BUREAU OF PENSIONS

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[blank page, stamped:]
FINANCE DIVISION
MAY 12 1924
BUREAU OF PENSIONS

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W.C. No. 4959; Name Brown; Service C 91 Pa Vols
REIMBURSEMENT.
We hereby certify that we hold Maggie J Dubisee responsible for the payment of any portion of the accrued pension to which we may be entitled for services rendered, supplies furnished, or money expended during the last sickness and burial of Sarah Brown late a pensioner by certificate number 4959.
(This need not be sworn to)
Signature: Frank M. Bowen
Manager for E. Bowen & son
Mgr. E. Bowen + Son. [yes, it's repeated]
U.S. PENSION OFFICE
JUN 10 1924

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W.C. No. 4959; Name Brown; Service C 91 Pa. Vols
REIMBURSEMENT.
We hereby certify that we hold Maggie J. Dubisee responsible for the payment of any portion of the accrued pension to which we may be entitled for services rendered, supplies furnished, or money expended during the last sickness and burial of Sarah Brown late a pensioner by certificate number 4959.
(This need not be sworn to)
Signature: Frank S. Bowman MD
J. Griggs Schooley Drugs
Dr. Frank S. Bowman and the druggist from whom the medicine was purchased.
PENDING FILES
MAY 29 1924
RECEIVED

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