91st PA: Theodore H Parsons

Theodore H Parsons

picture of TH Parsons
Thanks to Joe Fulginiti for this image

Before the war

He was born in 1833/34 (9 (27 in 1861), 18 (29 in 1863), 25 (29 at death)). He was born to Charles R Parsons (18).

On 27 May 1858, Reverend Joseph H Kennard married Theodore H Parsons and Lucy C Radcliff, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25). When he died, they had two living children:(25)

Elizabeth Radcliff was the midwife at both births (25).

In 1860, he was living in the 13th ward of Philadelphia (14). He was a confectioner, and owned $600 in personal property (14). He was living with Lucy Parson (presumably his wife), Adelaide Parson (presumably his daughter), and another person (14).

When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a second lieutenant on 21 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 4 [20 Sep], 9, 10, 12, 17, 25 [enrolled 21 Sep, mustered in as 2nd lt 25 Sep]). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Colonel Reiff (12). He was second lieutenant of company C (1, 32).

On 29 June 1862, he, along with the other commissioned officers in the regiment (except Colonel Gregory), signed a statement denying accusations that they were on the verge of open mutiny, that the regiment had been reduced to 400 men, and that Colonel Gregory was too lenient to Confederates and too harsh to men in the regiment (16).

He was promoted to first lieutenant on 16 August 1862 (4, 9, 10 [15 Aug]).

He was promoted to captain on 27 October 1862 when James Sulger was discharged (1, 4, 9).

At some point, while he was captain, Andrew Brown sent $25 home with him (31).

After the Battle of Fredericksburg, he wrote a letter to the widow of William H Brown, confirming his death (24):

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 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.

On 7 February 1863, he was sick in his quarters (5). On 11 February 1863, he was absent on a 15-day leave because of illness (6). He was returned to duty on 28 February 1863 (7).

He was wounded in the knee and hip on 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia (1, 4, 8, 11, 21, 28, 29, 30). According to one report, he was shot while saving the regimental colors (29).

On 9 May 1863, he was admitted to a hospital in Georgetown (29). On 11 May 1863, his left leg was amputated (29). The upper part of his left femur was donated to the US Army Medical Museum (29).

He died of pyaemia, resulting from gunshot wound of the knee, at Seminary Hospital, in Georgetown, DC, on 26 June 1863 (1, 2, 3, 4, 9 [26 Jun 62], 11, 12 [Washington DC], 18, 23 [21 June], 25, 29). He was captain of company C (32). His body was sent to Philadelphia for burial (11). The funeral was held from 623 Weaver Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (his father's residence) (18). He was buried on 2 July 1863 in the Hanover Street Burial Ground (18, 23 [Union Harmony Ground [Kensington]).

After the war

On 28 July 1863, his widow, Lucy C Parsons, applied successfully for a pension (13, 22). She and their two daughters lived at 623 Weaver Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25). She had to resubmit paperwork to correct technical problems, and to add some evidence, including a statement from Colonel Gregory about Parsons' death (25). On 3 May 1864, she was granted a pension of $20 per month, beginning 26 June 1863 (25). Her post office address was SW Corner, 7th and Wallace Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (where she had moved by 11 April 1864) (25).

In 1870, his widow, Lucy C Parsons, was living in the 13th ward of Philadelphia (15). She was a dressmaker, and owned $2800 in real estate, and $200 in personal property (15). She was living with Adelaide and Laura Parsons (presumably her daughters), and two other people (15).

In 1880, his widow, LC Parsons, was living at 729 Seventh Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (24). She was living with their daughters A D and LR, her mother, and eight boarders (24).

In 1900, his widow, Lucia Parsons, was living at 729 Seventh Street, ward 13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25). She was living with her daughters Laura and Adalade, and three boarders (25).

His widow, Lucy C Parsons, died on 3 May 1919 (25). She was receiving a pension of $25 per month, and had last been paid to 4 February 1919 (25). Her daughter, Laura P Tolan, of 118 East Washington Lane, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wrote to the Pension Bureau asking whether she would receive the last check (25). The file reports that Reimbursement replied, but doesn't record what the reply was (25).

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, and on page 189)

2 'Officers mortally wounded [at Chancellorsville]', in Official records series 1 volume 25 part 1 pages 187-188, at 188

3 Official Army Register

4 regimental descriptive book

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 February 1863

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 11 February 1863

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 February 1863 (Capt Parsons)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Capt Parsons)

9 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Theo H Parsons; rolls also have 'Theodore H Parker')

10 company C List of commissioned officers (Theo H Parsons) (2 entries)

11 company C, register of deaths (Theodore H Parsons)

12 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 75 (Theodore H Parsons)

13 pension index, by name (Theodore H Parsons)

14 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1163, page 542 = 122 handwritten (Theo H Parson)

15 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, 39th district, microfilm series M593, film 1397, page 480 = 114 handwritten (Lucy C Parsons)

16 'Ninety-first Pennsylvania Regiment'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 July 1862, page 2 (Theodore H Parsons)

17 'Camp Chase at Gray's Ferry' Philadelphia Inquirer 19 October 1861 page 8 (A Parsons)

18 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer 2 July 1863 page 5 (Theodore H Parsons)

19 'Camp Chase', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 November 1861 (T H Parsons)

20 'Departure of Col. Gregory's regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 22 January 1862 page 2 (TH Parsons)

21 'The Battles of Fredericksburg: further list of wounded', Philadelphia Inquirer 12 May 1863, page 4 (Theodore H Parsons)

22 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Theodore H Parsons)

23 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 June 1863 (T H Parsons)

24 widow's pension certificate file, Sarah Brown widow of William H Brown, NARA record group 15 (available at Footnote (viewed December 2008) (T H Parsons)

25 widow's pension certificate file, Lucy C Parsons widow of Theodore H Parsons, certificate 22,710 (Theodore H Parsons)

26 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T9, film 1173, supervisor's district [illegible], enumeration district 219, page 282 B = 18 handwritten (L C Parsons)

27 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 13, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 225, microfilm T623, film 1457, page 211 B = 8 handwritten (Lucia Parsons)

28 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (T H Parsons)

29 Catalogue of the United States Army Medical Museum. Prepared under the direction of the Surgeon General, U. S. Army. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1866. (T.H.P.)

30 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (Theodore H Parsons)

31 abstract of dependent's pension certificate file, WC 134972, Andrew Brown, father of Andrew Brown (Captain Parsons)

32 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Theodore H Parsons)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

widow's pension certificate file


[widow's pension certificate file, Lucy C Parsons widow of Theodore H Parsons, certificate 22,710]
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Box 31636
Bundle 25
Cert 22.710
Lucy C Parsons
IMAGES 34

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22.710
WAR OF 1861.
Brief in the case of Lucy C. Parsons widow of Theodore H. Parsons
Capt. Co. "C." 91. Pa. Vols.
Philadelphia County, and State of Pennsylvania
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, Philadelphia S.W. Corner 7th & Wallace Sts.
Claim for widow's Pension.
Declaration and Identification in due Form.
PROOF EXHIBITED.
1 Verified certificate of officiating clergyman, showing due marriage. Declaration, + separate affidavit showing widowhood, + that clmt has two children whose names + ages are furnished.

2. Adjt. Genl's report showing muster +c as 2d Lieut. Sept. 25. 1861.

3. Same report, showing he "Died at Washington D.C. June 26. 1863. of wounds received at Chancellorsville Va. (a captain)." Certificate of Col. showing him Captain and death caused by wounds received at battle of Chancellorsville; death at date aforesaid. Declaration entitles soldier Captain.

4. Attys Wyncross + Cursch. Phila. Pa.

Correct rate per M.

Admitted May 3, 1864, to a Pension of $20 [written above a crossed-out '15.00'] per month, commencing June 26, 1863.

Chas. T. Cotton EXAMINING CLERK.

Wynecross + Cursch
Philadelphia Pa.

Excl. D.S. [?]

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U.S. Army General Hospital,
Georgetown Seminary, July 24, 1863.

This Certifies, That Theodore H. Parsons, Captain of Co. C, Reg't Ninety-One, State Pennsylvania, died on the 26th day of June, 1863, aged 29 years.

Cause of Death, Direct, Pyaemia
Indirect, Gunshot wound of knee
H. W. Ducachil [?] Asst Surgeon USA
in charge of Hospital

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State of Pennsylvania,
COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, ss.

I, Fred G Nolbert [?] Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, DO CERTIFY, that J Plankinton before whom the annexed affidavit was made, was at the time, and now is an Alderman and ex-officio Justice of the Peace of the City of Philadelphia, duly commissioned and qualified to administer oaths and affirmations, and to take acknowledgements, &c., and to all whose acts, as such, full faith and credit are and ought to be given, as well in Courts of Judicature as elsewhere.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court, this Twenty Seventh day of July A.D. 1863.

Fred G Nolbert Prothonotary.

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City of Philadelphia ss.

On the twenty third day of July A.D. 1863 before me an Alderman in and for the City aforesaid personally appeared Reverend Joseph H Kennard who being duly affirmed according to law declares and says that his named [sic] appendend to the within certificate of marriage between Theodore H. Parsons and Lucy C Radcliff on the Twenty Seventh day of May A.D. 1858 is in his own proper handwriting; that the contents of the said certificate are in all respects true and correct and that he has no interest whatever in any claim which may or can arise to anyone by reason of said marriage.

Affirmed and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me.
Jos H Kennard

J Plankinton
Alderman 13th ward

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THIS CERTIFIES
That Theadore [sic] H Parsons of Phila and Lucy C Radcliff of the same were by me united in the bonds of MARRIAGE, on the 27th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight conformably to the ordinance of God and the laws of the State of Pennsylvania.
Jos H Kennard Minister of the Gospel

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State of Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia ss.

On the 23rd day of July, AD 1863, personally appeared before me, an Alderman in and for said city, Lucy C. Parsons, a resident of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration: I am the widow of Theodore H. Parsons, who was Captain of Company (C) Ninety-first Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in the War of 1861, and who was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorville, Virginia, on May 3, 1863, and died in consequence thereof and while in the Military service of the United States, at Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C., on June 26, 1863. I further declare that at the date of the death of my said husband, I had two female children under the age of 16 years, to wit: Adelaide H. Parsons, aged four years and five months, and Laura R. Parsons, aged two years and eleven months - and that the said children are still living and reside with me at No 623 Weaver Street in the said City of Philadelphia.

Lucy C Parsons
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23 day of July AD 1863
John White Alderman

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(WIDOW'S ARMY PENSION)
State of Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia ss.

On this 23d day of July A.D. 1863, Personally appeared before me an Alderman of the City of Philadelphia Lucy C. Parsons a resident of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania aged twenty-five 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 Theodore H. Parsons who was a Captain in Company (C) in the Ninety-first Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1861, who was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorville, in Virginia, on May 3 1863, and died in consequence thereof and while in the military service of the U. States, at Seminary Hospital, Georgetown D.C., on June 26th 1863

She further declares that she was married to the said Theodore H. Parsons on the twenty-seventh day of May in the year 1858, that her husband the aforesaid Theodore H Parsons died on the day above mentioned and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, 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.

Lucy C Parsons Claimant.

Also, personally appeared Richd C. Hallowell and John Riggins, residents of the City of Philadelphia, 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 Lucy C. Parsons sign her name to the foregoing declaration: 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 that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim: and further that the said Lucy C. Parsons is still a widow.

R. C. Callowell
John Riggins
Witness.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this Twenty Third day of July A.D. 1863 and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

John White
Alderman

I hereby Authorize WYNKOOP & CURSCH, {No. 1 Mercantile Library Building, Library Street, Philadelphia, Pa.[}] my Agents and Attorneys in fact, to present the foregoing claim, and to receive and receipt for, in my name and stead, the money, certificate, or warrant payable under it.

Lucy C Parsons
R. C. Hallowell
John Riggins
Witness
State of Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia ss.
Personally appeared Lucy C. Parsons whose name is signed to the foregoing Power of Attorney, and acknowledged the same to be her free and voluntary act, for the purposes therein named.
John White
Alderman

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State of Pennsylvania, COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, ss.

I, Fred G Nolbert Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, DO CERTIFY, that John White before whom the annexed Affidavit was made, was at the time, and now is an Alderman and ex-officio Justice of the Peace of the City of Philadelphia, duly commissioned and qualified to administer oaths and affirmations, and to take acknowledgements, &c., and to all whose acts, as such, full faith and credit are and ought to be given, as well in Courts of Judicature as elsewhere.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court, this Twenty Seventh day of July A.D. 1863.
Fred G Nolbert Prothonotary

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
July 28 1863
PENSION OFFICE

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Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
September 15 1863
Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 28.582, 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 Theodore H Parsons was enrolled on the 21st day of September 1861, at Philadelphia Pa in Co. "C" 91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a 2nd Lieut. on the 25th day of September, 1861, at Philadelphia Pa, in Co. "C", 91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "C" of that Regiment, for the months of July + August 1863, he is reported "Died at Washington D.C. June 26 1863 of wounds received at Chancellorsville Va." (a Captain.)

I am, Sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,
Sam G Preck [?]
Assistant Adjutant General

The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Memoranda.
Name of applicant. Lucy C. Parsons
Address, Philadelphia Penna
N.A. [?]

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I certify on honor that Theodore H Parsons who was Captain of Company C of the Ninety-first Regt Penna Vol Infty died at Seminary Hospital Georgetown D.C., on June 26, 1863; that his death was caused by wounds received at Battle of Chancellorville Virginia on May 3, 1863, while in the service of the United States and in the line of his duy. I further certify that I was present and on duty at the Battle aforesaid and have a personal knowledge of the above facts.

E M Gregory
Colonel 91st Reg Pa Vet Vols
Chester, Del. Co. Pa
April 30, 1864

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ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
(CIRCULAR No. 9.)
PENSION OFFICE,
April 22, 1864.
SIR:

In the case of Lucy C. Parsons, widow, No. 28,582, the official evidence of the soldier's death is incomplete. It is therefore necessary that a certificate should be procured, if possible, from his Surgeon, or from some other commissioned officer having personal knowledge of the facts, stating when, where, and under what circumstances the injury was received which was the cause of the soldier's death. If it be shown that the certificate of a commissioned officer now in actual service cannot be obtained, the facts may be proved by the affidavits of other persons having the requisite knowledge. The officer, or affiant, must state his means of knowledge.

If the soldier was attended in his last illness by a civil Surgeon or Physician, the affidavit of such Surgeon or Physician showing the character of the disease, or injury, and date of death, must be furnished, in addition to the proof by certificate, or affidavit, as to the origin of the disease, or injury, above required.

The credibility and professional standing of the civil Surgeon or Physician, must be certified.

Respectfully, yours,
Joseph H. Barrett
Commissioner.

N.B.--Endorse the words "Additional Evidence" upon the Envelope of all papers addressed to this office upon business already before it; also, the number of the application to which they refer, and the name of the claimant, and of the City + State where she resides.



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(Phila. Case. Pa.)
Nr. 28.582.
Lucy C. Parsons, widow.

Recd May 3 /64.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.
May 2 1864
PENSION OFFICE

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Phila May 16th 1919
Dept. of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington D.C.
[stamped:] FINANCE DIVISION MAY 21 1919 BUREAU OF PENSIONS.

Dear Sir

I am the Daughter of Mrs. Lucy C. Parsons a pensioner. She died May 3rd 1919. and her check due May 4th 1919, was not delivered because of her death. My Mother's pension certificate is (no. 22.710) Will the pension due be paid? If so will you please let me know and send me the required papers to be signed and oblige [sic].

Mrs Laura P. Tolan
118 E. Washington Lane
Germantown, Phila. Pa.

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US PENSION OFFICE
K
May 21 1919

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NWH [??]
3-1081
PENSIONER DROPPED
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF PENSIONS
MAY 20 1919
Certificate No. 22.710
Class [blank]
Pensioner Lucy C. Parsons
Soldier [blank]
Service [blank]

The Commissioner of Pensions.
Sir:

I have the honor to report that the name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at $25, to Feb 4, 1919 has this day been dropped from the roll because of death May 3/19

Very respectfully
Wm. Marshall [?]
Chief, Finance Division.

NOTE.--Every name dropped to be thus reported at once, and when cause of dropping is death, state date of death when known. 6-2249


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22.710
No. 28.582
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Lucy C Parsons, Phila Pa wid of
Theodore H Parsons, Capt in
Co "C" 91 Penn vols
Died at Georgetown D.C.
June 26, 1863 of wounds
Pension Office,
July 31 1863.
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.
Joseph H. Barrett
Commissioner.

Received, July 28 1863.
Wynkoop + Cursch
Philadelphia
Penn.
Attorney.

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Dec. 18 Held for oath
Feb 20 /64, Atty not filed. case needs new decl [?]. ev rec. mar. -- proof where injury recd. CTC
March 2 /64. Lett. to Attys about prop Ev. mar. -- + circ 10 sent
April 22 /64. To Atty circ. G. for where injs. recd.

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No. 22.710

Pennsylvania
Lucy C. Parsons
Widow of Theodore H. Parsons
Rank Captain
Company "C"
Regiment 91st Pa. Vols.
Philadelphia Agency.
Rate per month, $ #8
Commencing June 26. 1863
Certificate dated 25. May '64. and sent to Wynkoop & Cursch Philadelphia Pa.
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book A Vol. 5 Page 77
# Should be $20
DD Addison

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WAR OF THE REBELLION. Acts of July 25, 1866, and July 27, 1868.
INCREASE OF WIDOWS' PENSION.
ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE NO. 22,710, issued May 25, 1864.
Lucy C. Parsons, Widow of
Theodore H. Parsons
Rank, Captain
Company C." 91st
Regiment, Pa Vols
Residence, Philadelphia County, and State of Pa.
Post office, No. 721 No. 7th St. Philadelphia, Penna.
Attorney, Joseph E. Devitt + Co. 427 Walnut st. Philadelphia Penna.
Fee, $10.00.
No contract, and no material evidence filed since July 8, 1870.
Rate of pension, $20.00 per month, commencing June 26, 1863, the date at which the original pension commenced, and two dollars per month for each of the following children: None
By Inst marriage.
Adelaide H.Born, Feb. 28, 1859.
Sixteen, Feb. 27, 1875.
" [sc. Commencing] July 25, 1866.
Laura R.Born, Aug. 6, 1860.
Sixteen, Aug. 5, 1876.
" July 25, 1866.
Payments on all former certificates covering any portion of the same time to be deducted.
ADMITTED, Aug. 26, 1873. F.A. Smith, Examiner.
APPROVED, Sept. 16th, 1873 L.C.W., Reviewer.

DATES SHOWN BY PAPERS.
Increase application filed, July 17, 1873.
Former marriage of soldier, none
Death of the soldier, June 26, 1863.
Marriage of soldier to claimant, May 27, 1858.
Widow paid to Mar. 4, 1873.

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INCIDENTAL MATTER.
Claim filed July 28. 1863. admitted May 3. 1864, at $20.00
Original certificit [sic] surrendered, herewith
No objection to increase.

ALLEGATIONS OF CLAIMANT.
No Other children of soldier by herself.
No Other children of soldier by prior marriage.

SUMMARY OF PROOF.
DATES OF BIRTH OF CHILDREN.
Shown by attending midwife.

No DATES OF DEATH OF CHILDREN.
No CUSTODY OF CHILDREN BY FORMER MARRIAGE.
Not REMARRIAGE OF CLAIMANT.

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48
WIDOW'S BRIEF No. 3.
Claim No. 22.710
Soldier, Theodore H. Parson [sic]
F. A. Smith Ex'r.
Room No. 43.
Ad. 8-26-73.

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Pension Office,
March 2, 1864.
Gentlemen:

In case No. 28.582 Lucy C. Parsons widow of Theodore H. / Capt. Co. "C." 9.1. Pa Vols. you must furnish as evidence of marriage a duly authenticated copy of the record, if there is any. If it be duly shown there is none, then the affidavit of the officiating clergyman becomes admissible. Your attention is called to inclosed circular No. 10.

Respectfully,
Jos. H. Barrett.
Commissioner.

Wynkoop + Cursch.
Philadelphia Pa.

Mrs Parsons resides at S.W. Cor 7 + Wallace

23/74
(C.T.C.)

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ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
(CIRCULAR No. 10.)
PENSION OFFICE,
March 2 1864
SIR:

In the claim for pension of Lucy C. Parsons, widow - No. 28,582, a new declaration is required. Declarations must be made before a court of record, or before some officer of such court duly authorized to administer oaths, and having custody of its seal; and the officer administering the oath must sign his own name to the certificate of the fact, and not by deputy. The identifying witnesses must appear with the claimant before the officer above named. Testimony may be taken before a justice of the peace, but in no case will any evidence be received that is verified before an officer who has any interest in the prosecution of the claim. The post office address of the claimant must be distinctly stated, and in large cities the street and number of her residence are desired.

Respectfully, yours,
Joseph H. Barrett
Commissioenr.

N.B.--Endorse the words "Additional Evidence upon the Envelope of all papers addressed to this office upon business already before it; also, the number of the application to which they refer, and the name of the claimant, + of the city + state where she resides.


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THIS CERTIFIES
That Theadore [sic] H Parsons of Phila and Lucy C Radcliff of the same were by me united in the bonds of Marriage on the 27th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Fifty Eight conformably to the ordinance of God and the laws of the State of Pennsylvania.
Jos H Kennard. Minister

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City of Philadelphia State of Pennsylvania ss.

On the seventeenth day of March A.D. 1864, Before me an Alderman in and for the City aforesaid, personally came the within named Rev. Jos. H. Kennard who being duly affirmed says that the within is a correct and true copy of the marriage of Theodore H Parsons and Lucy C Radcliff on the Twenty Seventh day day [sic] of May A.D. 1858 as of record kept by himself, the Church of which he is Pastor having never kept any record of marriages performed by the Pastor, nor any record of marriages performed by the pastor, nor were there any laws of the state requiring any public record to be made of marriages - and that he has no interest in any claim which may be made by anyone or may rise to anyone on account of said marriage.

Jos H Kennard
Minister of the Gospel

Affirmed and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me, and that I have no interest whatever in the proposed application for an allowance by reason of the matter above set forth.
J Plankinton
Alderman 13th ward said city

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State of Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia ..

On the 11th day of April, AD 1864, personally appeared before me, Prothonotary of Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania Mrs. Lucy C. Parsons, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration: I am the widow of Theodore H. Parsons who was Captain of Co. C 91st Regt. Penna Vol Infty in the War of 1861, and who was wounded at Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, on May 3, 1863, and died in consequence thereof and while in the military service of the United States at Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C., on June 26, 1863. I further declare that at the date of the death of my said husband, I had two female children under the age of sixteen years, to wit: Adelaide H. Parsons, aged four years and five months and Laura R. Parsons, aged two years and eleven months - and that the said children are still living and reside with me at South West Corner of Seventh + Wallace Streets, in the City of Philadelphia.

Lucy C Parsons

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year first above written and I hereby certify I have no interest in this claim
Witness my Hand and Official Seal.
I am Rob Snowden
Proth'y Supreme Court of Penna.

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(WIDOW'S ARMY PENSION)
State of Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia ss.
On this eleventh day of April A.D. 1864, Personally appeared before me Proth'y of Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania Lucy C. Parsons a resident of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania aged Twenty-five 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 Theodore H Parsons who was a Captain in Company (C) in the Ninety-first Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1861, who was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorville, in Virginia on May 3, 1863, and died in consequence thereof, and while in the military service of the U. States at Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C., on June 26, 1863, and that the deponent now resides at SW. Cor. 7th + Wallace Sts, Philadelphia. She further declares that she was married to the said Theodore H. Parsons on the twenty-seventh day of May in the year 1858 that her husband the aforesaid Theodore H. Parsons died on the day above mentioned and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, 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.
Lucy C Parsons Claimant.

Also, personally appeared Richard C. Hallowell and John Riggins residents of City of Philadelphia, 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 Lucy C. Parsons sign her name to the foregoing declaration: 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 that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim: and further that the said Lucy C Parsons is still a widow.
R. C. Hallowell John Riggins Witness.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this eleventh day of April A.D. 1864 and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
I am Rob Snowden
Proth'y Sup. Court of Penna.

I hereby Authorize WYNKOOP & CURSCH, { No. 1 Mercantile Library Building, Library Street, Philadelphia, Pa. [}] my Agents and Attorneys in fact, to present the foregoing claim, and to receive and receipt for, in my name and stead, the money, certificate, or warrant payable under it.

Lucy C. Parsons
R. C. Callowell John Riggins Witness.

State of Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia ss.
Personally appeared Lucy C. Parsons whose name is signed to the foregoing Power of Attorney, and acknowledged the same to be her free and voluntary act, for the purposes therein named.
I am Rob Snowden
Proth'y Supreme Court of Penna.

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28582.
Parsons.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.
Ap 21 1864
PENSION OFFICE

April 22 /64

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81.419
Widow's Claim for Increase of Pension.
ACT JULY 25, 1866.
State of Pennsylvania County of Philadelphia ss.

On the 2d day of July A.D. 1873, before me, a Notary Public in and for the County and State above-named, personally appeared Lucy C. Parsons a resident of Philada County of Philada State of Penna, aged 35 years, who being 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 2d section of the Act of Congress increasing the pensions of widows and orphans, approved July 25, 1866; that she is the widow of Theodore H Parsons who was a Capt. in Company "C" commanded by Himself of the 91" Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, in the war of 1861, and that by reason of his death in the service aforesaid, she has been granted a pension of eight dollars per month in accordance with the certificate, numbered 22.710 bearing day on the 25" day of May 1864, and that she is a Pensioner of the United States, duly enrolled at the Pension Agency at Philada in the State of Penna. She further swears that she has the following named children of her deceased husband and herself, under Sixteen years of age, who are now living. That the following are the names, dates of birth, and present places of residence, of all the children of her deceased husband and herself, who are now under sixteen years of age, to wit: Adelaide H. Parsons born February 28" 1859; Laura R. born Aug. 6, 1860. That there is no church of other public record of the dates of birth of said children. That deceased soldier left no child or children by any former marriage. The whereabouts of the attending physician is unknown to her.

That she surrenders the aforesaid Pension Certificate, No. 22710 She further declares that she has not remarried since the death of her said husband, nor has she abandoned the support of any one of the children above named, nor permitted any one of the same to be adopted by any other person or persons as his, her or their child. That she hereby constitutes and appoints JOSEPH E. DEVITT & CO., No. 427 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa., her true and lawful attorneys, and authorizes them to present and prosecute this claim, and to receive and receipt for all orders or certificates that may be issued in consequence thereof, hereby revoking all Powers of Attorney, if any, heretofore given by her for a like purpose. Her Post-office address is No. 721 No 2" St Philada Pa.

Lucy C Parsons Signature of Claimant.

John Stetteller [?]
Daniel J Duffy

Also personally appeared before me, at the time and place aforesaid Elizabeth Radcliffe of Philada., and Annie Keller of Philada. in the County of Philada. State of Penna. whom I certify to be credible persons, who being duly sworn according to law, declare, each for herself that they well know Lucy C. Parsons widow of Theodore H. Parsons


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deceased. That they were present and saw Lucy C. Parsons sign name to the foregoing declaration, that they have been acquainted with the said applicant and the said deceased for 16 and 18 years respectively, and 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 believe the foregoing statement relative to the name, birth, and age of their children to be true and correct, and that the said statement is believed to be true and correct by the community in which they resided. That deceased soldier left no child or children by any former marriage. That she is still remaining the widow of the said Theodore H Peraons

They further swear that they have no interest in this claim, either present or prospective, and that they are not concerned, directly or indirectly, in its prosecution.

X Elizabeth Radcliffe her mark
Annie Keller
(Signatures of Witnesses.)
Witnesses to Mark Daniel J Duffy John Stetteller

Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 2d day of July 1873; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. That I believe the affiants to be credible persons. And that the contents of the above was made known and explained to applicant and witnesses before signing.

Thos H. Myers [??]
Official Signature
NOTE.--Must be sworn to before a Judge or Clerk of a Court of Record. If before a Judge, the Clerk must certify that he is a Judge, and that his signature is genuine. The signature must be authenticated by Clerk and sealed.

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STATE OF Pennsylvania COUNTY OF Philadelphia ss.

On this Second day of July 1873 before me a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid, personally appeared Mrs. Elizabeth Radcliff a resident of said County and State, who being by me duly sworn according to law, does depose and say that she has no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of the claim of Mrs. Lucy C. Parsons widow of Theodore H Parsons, late Capt. Co. "C" 91" Regt. P.V.

Deponent professionally attended claimant, as Nurse, on the 28" day of February 1859 when she (claimant) was delivered of a female child named, Adelaide H Parsons; also on the 6" day of August 1860 when she (claimant) was delivered of a female child named Laura R. Parsons

Deponent knows the above facts from personal knowledge and attendance as stated above

Elizabeth Radcliff X her mark
Witnesses to mark Daniel J Duffy John Stetteller

Sworn and subscribed to before me, the day and year aforesaid, the contents having been first made known I certify the affiant to be a credible person and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Thos H Myers [?]
Not Pub

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MAY 6 1919
25 - FEB 4 1919
To the Chief, Finance Division:

You are hereby notified that check #4107085 for $75.00 dated MAY 4 1919
in favor of LUCY C PARSONS
post-office PHILADELPHIA PA
Certificate #22710
C W WID
118 EAST WASHINGTON LANE.
CIVIL WAR.
Section 5 has been returned to this office by the Postmaster with the information that the pensioner died May 3, 1919 and said check has this day been canceled.

Very respectfully,
Guy O. TAYLOR,
Disbursing Clerk.
(D-3)
PLATE DESTROYED

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[this is an envelope, with the following handwritten on it:] Deceased [illegible] died Saturday 5/3/19 Ck #4107085

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SECTION FIVE
RECEIVED MAY 6 1919
DISBURSING OFFICE

DISBURSING OFFICE
MAY 6 1919
BUREAU OF PENSIONS

Finance Division
MAY 16 1919
BUREAU OF PENSIONS

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No. 22,710
Increase
Pennsylvania
Lucy C. Parsons
WIDOW OF
Theodore H. Parsons
Rank Captain, Co. C
Regt. 91" Penna Vols
Philadelphia Agency.
Rate per Month, $20.
Commencing 26. June, 1863
Additional sum of $2 per Month for each of the following children, until arriving at the age of 16 years, commencing 25. July 1866.
Adelaide H. 27. Feby. 1875
Laura R. 5 Aug. 1876.
DEAD
Former payments to be deducted
Certificate dated 3. Oct, 1873
Sent 8 ", 18..
Joseph E. Devitt + Co
Fee $10. Attorney.
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book C Vol. 13. Page 1
Riggs Clerk.

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5/22/75 To 35 [?] And name is Theodore H
Dec 10 75 Pen agt sus
76 Jany 7. Cond to Pens Kve
Jan 25th 76. letter [?] to Pen Agt to be [illegible]
DROPPED
MAY 20 1919
Dead - [illegible]
MAY 24 1919
REIMBURSEMENT letter [??] to Mrs Laura P Tolan
McC [illegible]

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1163, page 542 = 122 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family living at this residence, with Letitia Baylor [?]]
line11121314
Dwelling number827   
Family number831   
NameTheo. H. ParsonLucy "Adelaide "Mary C Selkirk
Age2622117
SexMFFF
Color    
OccupationConfectioner  Saleslady
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate600   
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, 39th district, microfilm series M593, film 1397, page 480 = 114 handwritten]
line1617181920
Dwelling-house number751    
Family number835    
NameParsons Lucy C- Adelaide- Laura R-Bert Emma JRadcliffe Hannah
Age251192070
SexFFFFF
ColorWWWWW
OccupationDress maker  Dress maker 
Real estate value2800    
Personal estate value200    
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year 11  
Can't read     
Can't write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T9, film 1173, supervisor's district [illegible], enumeration district 219, page 282 B = 18 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the 8 boarders]
line17181928
street nameSeventh (7) St
house number729   
dwelling visit #155   
family visit #159   
nameParsons L.C.- A.D.- L.R.Radcliff Harriet
color" [sc. W]"""
sexFFFF
age39211985
month born if born in year    
relationship DaughterDaughterMother
single 11 
married    
widowed/divorced1  1
married during year    
occupationHousekeeperSchool TeacherMusic Teach 
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year    
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennsylvPennsylvPennsylPennsyl
father's birthplacePennPennPennPenn
mother's birthplacePennPennPennPenn

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 13, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 225, microfilm T623, film 1457, page 211 B = 8 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the 3 boarders in this residence]
line697071
street7th [?]
house number729  
dwelling number132  
family number158  
nameParsons Lucia- Laura- Adalade
relationshipHeadDaughterDaughter
colorWWW
sexFFF
birth dateJan 1843Jan [??] 1862 [??]Mar 1866
age573834
married?W [?]SS
# years married   
mother of how many children?2  
# of children living2  
birthplacePennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPenna
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupation House workHouse work
# months not employed0  
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedO  
free or mortgagedF  
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 16 February 2015, from Fold3]


Parsons Theodore H
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
2" Lt | Capt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer 2 July 1863 page 5]

PARSONS.--On the 26th instant, at Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D.C., of wounds received in the battle of Chancellorville, Captain THEODORE H. PARSONS, Company C, Ninety-first Regiment Penna. Volunteers, aged 29 years.

His relatives and friends, and those of the family, also Philanthropic Lodge No. 15, and Palestine Encampment, No. 51, I.O.O.F.; Kedar Tent, No. 1, Sons and Daughters of Rachab; also, Minute Men of '76, members of the Ninety-first Regiment P.V. now in the city and the military in general, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his father, Charles R. Parsons, No. 623 Weaver street, this (Thursday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Interment in the Hanover street Burial Ground. [Doylestown papers please copy.]

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 June 1863, T H Parsons]
[source: www.familysearch.org (viewed 27 Nov 2008)]

Seminary Hospl
Georgetown D.C.
June 27, 1863

This is to certify that Capt. T. H. Parsons Co. C. 91st Regt. Pa. Vols died in this Hospl June 21th [sic] 1863, of Pyaemia [?].

J. O. Stanton
A. A. Surgn USA
(in charge of Hospl)
Aged 29 Years
[the rest is on the printed form]
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 12th
12. Street and Number, Weaver St above Green St E Side
13. Date of Burial, July 2d 1863
14. Place of Burial, Union Harmony Ground (Kensington)
Wm S Helverson UNDERTAKER
Residence, No 221 Coates St.
Date of Certificate, July 2d 1863

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