91st PA: Michael Stufft

Michael Stufft

Before the war

He was born on 6 February 1823, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [date: 4 (41 in 1864), 5, 6 (37 in 1860), 10 (41 in 1864). place: 4, 6]

On 2 November 1845, he married Margaret Knisely, at her father's house, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was born in May 1826, in Pennsylvania. They were married by Jacob Claar, Esq. (a Justice of the Peace). They apparently had nine children, including these:

[sources: 5, 10 (not including Valentine; Mary's birthdate 1844), 11, 12, 13 (Margaret born 1826), 14 (9 children, 5 alive in 1900)]

In 1850, he was living in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret, and their (presumed) children Valentine, Mary, and Dorothy. He was a farmer. [source: 11]

In 1860, he was living in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret and (presumed) children Mary Ann, Valentine, Dorothy, Rachel, William, Michael, and Moses. He was a farmer, and owned $1,000 in real estate and $300 in personal property. [source: 6]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [sources: 4, 10]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, and had a florid complexion, blue eyes, and sandy hair. [sources: 4, 10]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1864. On 8 October 1864, he was mustered in. He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. His service was credited to the 16th Congressional District. He was a private in company G. [sources: 1, 4, 10, 16-17]

On 14 May 1865, he was treated for 'int[ermittent?] fever'. He was treated from 14 to 30 May 1865 for 'typ. mal. fever', apparently in the Fifth Corps Hospital. On 31 May 1865, he was admitted to Augur General Hospital (near Alexandria, Virginia). [source: 10]

He was discharged near Washington, DC, by general order 26, War Department, on 1 June 1865. [source: 3]

He died on 22 June 1865, in Augur General Hospital. He was a private, in company G. He died of chronic diarrhea. According to Bates, he was buried at the National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia. However, according to a list published in the Bedford Inquirer, he was buried at the Mount Zion Cemetery near Pavia, Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 1, 2, 5, 10 (22, 23, or 25 June), 16-17]

His descriptive list was sent to the hospital on 26 June 1865. [source: 4]

After the war

On 24 August 1865, his widow, Margaret Stufft, applied successfully for a pension. She was living in Main [?] Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (post office Clairsville). Her attorney was J R Durbanon, of Bedford, Pennsylvania. On 25 April 1866, she was granted a pension of $8 per month, retroactive to 23 June 1865. [sources: 8, 9, 10]

On 5 September 1866, Nathan Might applied for an increase in pension for Stufft's minor children, claiming that he was their guardian. On 5 March 1868, his application was approved, restractive to 25 July 1866. [source: 10]

In 1870, his widow Margaret was living in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7). She was living with her (presumed) children Dorothy, Rachel, William, Michael, and Curtin (7). She owned $2,000 in real estate and $200 in personal property (7).

On 19 November 1872, J C Ickes was appointed guardian of the persons of Rachel, William, Michael, Moses, and Andrew Stufft. They and their mother had petitioned for the appointment. Ickes had to deposit a bond of $1,500. [source: 10]

On 10 April 1873, Margaret Stufft married John M Manges (of Ohio), at Pavia, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. They were married by minister William D Lefevre. [sources: 10, 12]

In October 1873, Margaret Stufft received the last pension, through 10 April 1873. [source: 10]

On 7 October 1873, Joseph C Ickes, guardian of Moses and Andrew Stufft, applied for a pension on their behalf. Margaret and John Manges had moved to Ohio. He resided in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (post office address Mowery's Mills). The Pension Office received the application on 9 October 1873. The attorney was J W Lingenfelter, of Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The application was approved on 18 February 1876, retroactive to 11 April 1873. They received $8 per month plus $2 for each child under 16. [source: 8, 9, 10]

On 3 May 1875, John Manges died, in Jackson, Wayne County, Ohio. MG Stufft (Michael and Margaret's son) was present at the funeral. [source: 10]

On 25 August 1875, Margaret Manges was living in Ohio, post office Old Hickory, Wayne County. [source: 10]

In 1880, Margaret Manges was living in Canaan Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. She was a housekeeper. [source: 15]

For taxes paid by Isaac Gill on his property in Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska, from 1884 through 1905, see the abstract in source 10 below. [source: 10]

On 22 September 1889, Margaret married Isaac Gill, in Glenville, Clay County, Nebraska. [source: 10]

In 1900, his Margaret and Isaac Gill were living in Victor Precinct, Nuckolls County, Nebraska. They were living with Margaret's daughter Mary A Crist. Isaac Gill was a farmer. [source: 14]

On 17 July 1904, Isaac Gill died, at Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska. [source: 10]

On 12 October 1905, Margaret Gill applied for a renewal of her pension, under the act of 3 March 1901. She owned household furniture worth about $50, and received an income of $69.22 annually from a dower interest in land Michael Stufft had owned. She also had a $300.00 claim against Isaac Gill's estate, having lent him money he had promised to repay. (Gill owned property in Clay County, Nebraska, worth about $800, officially appraised at $140 (at one-fifth of the actual value), and mortgaged for about $250.) Her application was approved by the final reviewer on 10 September 1906, and a certificate was issued on 12 September 1906. She received $12 per month, retroactive to 12 October 1905. [source: 10]

In December 1905, M G Stufft (Michael and Margaret's son) was living in Lawrence, Nuckols County, Nebraska. [source: 10]

On 9 April 1906, Mary A Crist (59 years old), Michael and Margaret's daughter, was living in Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska. [source: 10]

Margaret Gill, Michael Stuff's widow, died on 8 December 1906. She was buried in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska. [sources: 5, 10, 13]

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) (Michael Stuffb [sic])

2 message, from David and Carol Eddleman, 13 November 2002, on PABEDFOR list at <sites.rootsweb.com>, transcribing burial list from the Bedford Inquirer, 22 May 1908 (Michael Stufft [sic])

3 company G, register of men discharged, #57 (Michael Stufft)

4 company G, second descriptive roll, [#43] (Michael Stufft)

5 "David E Helsel's Genealogy Database", a GEDCOM available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, updated 29 October 2005 (searched 6 January 2006) (Michael Stufft)

6 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M653, film 1072, page 649 = 31 handwritten (Michael Stufft)

7 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township (post office St Clairsville), microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 702 = 27 [?] handwritten (Margaret Stufft)

8 pension index, by name (Michael Stufft)

9 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (Michael Stufft)

10 widow's pension certificate file, certificate 72,126, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, (Margaret Kniseley Stufft widow of Michael Stufft)

11 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 254 = 505 handwritten (Michael Stuff [sic])

12 [marriage notice], The Register (Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania), 16 April 1873, in the USGenWeb Archive at http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/bedford/vitals/marriages/mangus-stufft.txt (accessed 11 September 2011) [identification is likely, given the reference to 'Mrs Margaret Stufft'; the date also matches the date someone applied for a pension for Stufft's minor descendants]

13 Find a grave, memorial 54325532, created by Lois, added 30 June 2010 (Margaret Gill)

14 1900 US census, Nebraska, Nuckolls County, Victor Precinct, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 138, microfilm series T623, film 935, page 133 = 17 B handwritten (Margaret Gill)

15 1880 US census, Ohio, Wayne County, Canaan Township, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 225, microfilm series T9, film 1076, page 35 = 17 A handwritten (Margaret Manges)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Michael Stuft)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Michael Stufft)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry's index (accessed April 2007)
Note that an Isaac Gill, private K 24 Iowa [?] Inf (22 Aug 1862 - 3 Feb 1869) was living in Nuckolls County Nebraska (post office Edgar Nebraska) (s.d.1, e.d. 165, entry 13, image 15 of 34 on FamilySearch (accessed 24 Sep 2011))
I read through Nuckolls County and Fairfield Clay County without finding her (accessed 24 September 2011)
Find a grave
accessed 24 September 2011
1910 US census
checked HeritageQuest index (24 September 2011)
1920 US census
checked HeritageQuest index (24 September 2011)
1930 US census
checked Fold3 index (24 September 2011)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 254 = 505 handwritten]
[identification is probable; see the 1860 census]
line3435363738
Dwellings visited119    
Families visited119    
NameMichael StuffMargaret StuffValentin [sic] StuffMary StuffDorothy Stuff
Age2725241/10
Sexmfmff
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarm    
Real estate owned     
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year     
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M653, film 1072, page 649 = 31 handwritten]
line313233343536373839
Dwelling number993        
Family number947        
NameMichael StufftMargaret "Mary Ann "Valentine "Dorothy "Rachel "William T "Michael "Moses "
Age37351411108642
Sexmffmffmmm
Color         
OccupationFarmer        
Value of real estate owned1000        
Value of personal estate300        
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""""""""
Married within year         
Attended school within year  1 1    
Cannot read & write 1       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township (post office St Clairsville), microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 702 = 27 [?] handwritten]
line161718192021
Dwelling-house number196     
Family number196     
NameStufft Margaret- Dorothy- Rachel- William- Michael- Curtin
Age44201817137
SexFFFMMM
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationKeeping House     
Real estate value2000     
Personal estate value200     
Birthplace" [sc. Pennsylvania]"""""
Father foreign born      
Mother foreign born      
Birth month if born within year      
Marriage month if married within year      
Attended school past year 1111 
Can't read      
Can't write1   1 
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, Ohio, Wayne County, Canaan Township, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 225, microfilm series T9, film 1076, page 35 = 17 A hanwritten]
[identification is confirmed by her pension application (source 10)]
[I did not transcribe the other people in the household, headed by Orange [?] Frarry [?] (farmer, 50 years old)]
line13
street name 
house number 
dwelling visit #[145]
family visit #[146]
nameManges, Margaret
colorW
sexF
age54
month born if born in year 
relationshipServant
single 
married 
widowed/divorced1
married during year 
occupationHousekeeper
months unemployed 
currently ill? 
blind 
deaf/dumb 
idiotic 
insane 
disabled 
school this year 
can't read 
can't write 
birthplacePenna
father's birthplacePenna
mother's birthplacePenna

1900 census

[1900 US census, Nebraska, Nuckolls County, Victor Precinct, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 138, microfilm series T623, film 935, page 133 = 17 B handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by her pension application (source 10)]
line596061
street 
house number   
dwelling number255 [?]  
family number255 [?]  
nameGill Isaac- MargaretCrist Mary A
relationshipHeadWifeDau
colorWWW
sexMFF
birth dateJuly 1828May 1826Oct 1846
age717453
married?MMM
# years married40 [?]50 [?] 
mother of how many children? 92
# of children living 52
birthplacePennPennPenn
father's birthplacePennPennPenn
mother's birthplacePennPennPenn
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupationFarmer House Keeper
# months not employed   
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedO  
free or mortgagedM  
farm/houseF  
# of farm schedule121  

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 19 April 2015, from Fold3]


Stuft Michael
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Stufft Michael

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 21 Apr 15]

Stufft Michael
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

abstract of widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, certificate 72,126, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, Margaret Kinsley Stufft widow of Michael Stufft]
[abstracted from 102 pages on Fold3]
2 November 1845
married Margaret Knisley, at her father's residence in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
married by Jacob Claar, Esq. (a Justice of the Peace, whose records are the evidence for the marriage)
six children: Mary Ann Stufft (born 30 October 1844), Dorothy Stufft (born 23 May 1850), Rachel Catharine Stufft (born 9 March 1852), William Frederick Stufft (born 16 October 1853), Michael Nisely [?] Stufft (born 12 January 1856), Moses Gilds [?] Stufft (born 1 November 1858), Andrew G Curtin Stufft (born 23 August 1863)
[her affidavit definitely mentions Mary Ann, but Mary Ann's name seems to be crossed out; it definitely does not mention Valentine, perhaps because he was more than 16 years old]
21 Sep 1864
drafted and mustered into service in co.G 91st PA
drafted 21 Sep 64, held to service 8 Oct 64
41 yrs old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, florid complexion, blue eyes, sandy hair, born Bedford County PA, occupation farmer [p.42]
8 Oct 64
mustered in co G as private
14 May 1865
treated for 'Int [?] fever'
treated 14 to 30 May for 'typ. mal. fever'
31 May 1865
admitted to Augur General Hospital (near Alexandria VA) from 5th Corps Hospital for treatment of chronic diarrhea
25 June 1865
died in Augur [?] General Hospital (Adjutant General)
surgeon general reports died 23 June 1865 (as does Margaret's application), Augur General Hospital, Alexandria VA, of chronic diarrhea
some records have 22 June 1865
14 Aug 1865
Margaret Stufft widow of Michael Stufft private co "G" 91st PA, 39 years old, resident of Main [?] Township, Bedford County PA, post office address Clairsville PA applied for pension
Michael S Carl and Jacob Stufft swore to her identity and the truth of her claims
application 106,783
attorney: JR Durbanon, Bedford, PA
received by Pension Office 24 August 1865
17 Aug 1865
Jacob Claar swore that a copy of record of Stufft's marriage was accurate
24 August 1865
Adjutant General's Office received request for information
13 Nov 1865
Adjutant General's office [? wrote the report about Stufft's service?]
16 Nov 1865
Adjutant General's Office reported to the Pension Office on Stufft's service
23 November 1865
Surgeon General [? Pension office requested information from them about Stufft's death?]
27 December 1865
Surgeon General returned information to Pension Office
25 April 1866
granted pension of $8 per month (under act of 14 July 1862) retroactive to 23 June 1865
certificate 72,126, dated 4 May 1866
5 Sep 1866
Nathan H Might [?] resident of Pleasantville (post office Alum Bank) Bedford County PA, 53 years old, swore that he was the guardian of Michael Stufft's minor children, and applied for an increase in pension [p.56]
J R Durbanon (Bedford PA) attorney
Thos Oldham and Daniel Barkheimer swore to his identity and the truth of his claims
23 Apr 1867
Mary Ann Feathers (Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania) swore that she was a midwife, attended Michael Stufft's wife during delivery, and believes the extracts of the family marriage record to be correct (above summarized)
Margaret Stufft gave additional evidence, with Urian Gorden and Mary Eseline swearing to her identity and the truth of her claims (received by Pension Office on 15 May)
1 Jun 1867
circular 8 [?] sent to attorney
5 Mar 1868
pension application approved, effective 23 June 1865 for $8 per month, and effective 25 July 1866 $2 for each child under 16
11 Mar 1868
certificate sent to JR Dunbonon Bedford PA, for pension of $8 per month retroactive to 23 June 1865, and an additional $2 per month for each child under 16 retroactive to 25 July 1866
19 Nov 1872
the Bedford County Orphans' Court (held at Bedford) appointed JC Ickes Esq. guardian of the persons ['and estates' is crossed out] of Rachel C, Wm F, Michl K, Moses G, and Andrew C Stufft
the minors and their mother petitioned for the appointment
JC Lougenecker Esq. prepared the motion
Ickes had to deposit a bond of $1,500
10 April 1873
Jno M Manges married Margaret Stufft, by minister Wm D Lefevre [marriage certificate, page 16]
they had moved to Ohio by 7 October 1873 (when Joseph Ickes applied for a pension for her children)
7 Oct 1873
Joseph C Ickes, Post Office address Mowery's Mills (resident in Union Township), Bedford County, Pennsylvania, 44 years old, guardian of Michael Stufft's minors Moses G and Andrew G C Stufft, applied for a pension
Pension Office received 9 October 1873
attorney: J W Lingenfelter, Bedford, Bedford County, PA
attorney J W Lingenfelter, Bedford County PA
pension granted 14 Feb 1876, approved 18 Feb 1876, certificate issued 23 February (and mailed 29 February), effective 11 April 1873 (Margaret's remarriage), $8 per month plus $2 for each child under 16
21 Oct 1873
Pension Office received marriage certificate of John Manges and Margaret Stufft
9 Jan 1874
Pension Office requested [?] reports from the Adjutant General and Surgeon General
13 Jan 1874
Adjutant General's Office replied to Pension Office
31 Jan 1874
Surgeon General's Office replied to Pension Office
30 March 1874
Pension Office received [?] from the attorney information about the guardianship, marriage of parents, remarriage of mother, dates of birth of wards, and other children
10 May 1875
Pension Office sent a letter to the attorney for proof of guardianship, and of the birthdates of the children
16 June 1875
Mary Feather, resident of Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, swore that she was a midwife, that she was present at and assisted at the births of Moses G Stufft on 31 October 1858, and Andrew G C Stufft on 22 August 1863
received 22 June 1875 at the Pension Office
31 July 1875
Pension Office sent a letter to the attorney requiring him to show whether the children's mother is still living, and her current post office address or proof of the date of her death
25 Aug 1875
Margaret Menges swore that she formerly lived in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, that she was the widow of Michael Stufft and the mother of Moses G Stufft and Andrew GC Stufft (on whose behalf guardian J C Ickes of Bedford County PA has applied for a pension, application 212,266), and that her post office is Old Hickory, Wayne County, Ohio [page 21]
received by the Pension Office 31 Aug 1875
25 August 1875
in Wayne County, Ohio, JJ Keenly and CG [?] Craig swore that they knew Margaret Manges, that she lived in Wayne County, had a good reputation for truth and veracity, and swore to her identity
31 August 1875
pension application on behalf of minor children completed
18 Feb 1876
minor's pension approved
29 Jan 1876
the Pension Office sent a circular to the attorney that the case was still under consideration
case file submitted for first review
5 Feb 1876
the Pension Office sent a letter to the attorney "for mother app. stating date of marr. with soldier, names & dates of birth of children and why she did not apply for pension"
Pension Office sent a letter to P.M.O. [??] asking whether the parties were legally married and whether they lived together until the soldier enlisted
14 Feb 1876
case file (for minor's pension) resubmitted for review
23 Feb 1876
date of certificate; send 29 February 1876; JW Lingenfelter attorney
pension application (under act of 14 July 1862) of Moses G and Andrew G C Stufft accepted, effective 11 Oct 1873, at $8 per month plus $2 for each child while less than 16
12 October 1905
Margret Gill remarried widow of Michael Stufft (of Fairfield Nebraska) applied for a pension, under Acts of 3 March 1901 and 28 February 1903 (amending Revised Statues section 4708) [pp.99-100]
79 years old, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska, formerly widow of Michael Stufft (died 22 June 1865, pvt, co. G 91st PA), married 2 November 1845, still married at his death, Michael not in service prior to 21 September 1864, she was pensioned until she married Isaac Gill on 22 September 1889 at Glenville Nebraska, who died on 17 July 1904 at Fairfield Nebraska, and did not serve in the US Army or Navy, and that she had no other marriages
Mary A Crist and Alex Riley (both residents of Fairfield) swore to her identity (having known her for 50 and 25 years respectively
attorney J L Epperson, of Fairfield NE
sworn on 9 Oct 1905, Pension Office received 12 October
30 Oct 1905
the Pension Office received a service summary from the War Dept
25 October 1905
Bureau of Pensions requested "a full military and medical history" of Stufft
28 Oct 1905
the Military Sec't replied with information about Stufft's military and medical history
8 Dec 1905
Margaret Gill (79, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska), swore that after Michael Stufft's death, she married John M Manges at Pavia, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, on 10 April 1873, that Manges died on 3 May 1875, in Jackson, Wayne County, Ohio, that she had known him since 1850, and that he never served in the US Army or Navy, that she married Isaac Gill on 22 September 1889 in Clay County, Nebraska, that she lived with Gill as his wife continually until he died on 17 July 1904, at Fairfield, Nebraska, that she married no one else, that her only property is her household furniture (worth about $50.00) and an income of $68.00 annually from her dower right in land formerly owned by Michael Stufft in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, that she also has a claim of $300.00 against Isaac Gill's estate, that she has no other property or income, and no one is legally required to support her, and that Isaac Gill left no life insurance, and that she has disposed of no real estate since 12 October 1905 [pp.95-97]
Pension Office received on 14 April 1906
14 Dec 1905
re pension renewal under act of 3 March 1901. MK Stufft (Margaret Gill's daughter), 49, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska, swore: Margaret married John M Manges 10 April 1873, in Bedford County, PA; then married Isaac Gill on 22 Sept 1889 in Clay County Nebraska; Isaac Gill died on 17 July 1904; she was never divorced from Gill; she has no property or income except a dower interest in Michael Stufft's estate, which produces $68.00 per year, and a dower interest in Isaac Gill's real estate (lot 17, Lusk's subdivision, east half of southeast quarter of section 4, township 5, range 7, Clay County, NE), worth about $800, encumbered by a mortgage of $250; a claim of $300 against Isaac Gill's estate; household goods worth about $50 [pp.58-59]
re pension renewal. Mary A Crist (59, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska), swore that Margaret Gill is her mother etc. as in MK Stufft's affidavit [pp.60-61]
both affidavits received by Pension Office on 14 Apr 1906
21 Dec 1905
MG Stufft (47 years old, resident of Lawrence in Nuckols County, Nebraska) swore that Margaret Gill was his mother, that John M Manges (her husband) died on 3 May 1875, at Jackson, Wayne County, Ohio, that he was present at Manges' funeral and burial [pp.75-76]
Pension Office received 14 April 1906
30 Dec 1905
Clay County County Clerk certified that on the 1905 Assessment Rolls Margaret Gill had personal property assessed at $5, Isaac Gill had no personal property, Isaac Gill had real estate assessed at $140 (at 1/5th of actual value), Margaret Gill had no real estate, and the real estate was encumbered by a mortgage dated 2 April 1903 (and due 2 April 1908) of $250 [page 63]
received by Pension Office 14 April 1906
7 April 1906
John H Epley (63 years old, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska) swore that he knew Isaac Gill, who was never in the military, and also Margaret Gill, who was married to Isaac Gill and has not remarried, and Isaac Gill died about 17 July 1904 [pp 67-68]
received by Pension Office on 14 April 1906
9 April 1906
A R Ray (45 years old, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska), swore that he had been practicing 18 years as a physician, had graduated from Keokuk Iowa medical college, attended Isaac Gill when he was dying, that Gill died on 17 July 1904, that Isaac and Margaret Gill were married, and that she had not remarried [pp.69-70]
received by Pension Office 14 April 1906
9 April 1906
Mary A Crist (59, residence of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska) swore that she was Margaret Gill and Michael Stufft's daughter, and added to her 14 December 1905 affidavit that Margaret's second husband did not serve in the US army or navy "and he said that he would not serve in the Army or Navy", and that Isaac Gill told her he had never served in the US Army or Navy, that the $250 mortgage was drawing 6% interest, that Margaret received no income from Isaac Gill's property because she lived in it, and that she had only the $68.00 in income the former affidavit mentions, that Isaac Gill left no insurance, money, or property except the mentioned real estate, which was taxed $8.47 in 1905, and that John M Manges died on 3 May 1875 in Wayne County Ohio [pp.85-86]
Pension Office received 14 April 1906
10 April 1906
county treasurer certified the following list of taxes paid on lot 17, Lusk's sub-division, E-1/2 SE-1/2 4-5-7 to City of Fairfield, Clay County, NE [pp.77-80]
1884 $0.99
1885 $10.62
1886 $2.14
1887 $16.69
1888 $2.89
1889 $12.00
1890 $6.39
1891 [illegible]
1892 [illegible]
1893 $8.14
1894 $8.81
1895 $8.76
1896 $8.76
1897 $7.86
1898 $8.33
1899 $7.96
1900 $7.99
1901 $8.79
1902 $8.20
1903 $8.75
1904 $7.07
1905 $8.47
total $176.16 [the total without 1891 and 1892 is $159.61, which leaves $16.55 in taxes for 1891 and 1892]
Pension Office received on 14 April 1906
10 April 1906
S C Thompson (37 years old, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska), swore that he was a real estate agent, and that Margaret Gill's propery was worth $700.00, with a rental value of $84.00 annually (but she did not receive any because she lived there), and also that Margaret had not remarried since Isaac Gill's death [pp.81-82]
Pension Office received 14 April 1906
13 Apr 1906
J J Henry [???] (79 years old, resident of Creston, Wayne County, Ohio) swore that he knew John M Manges and his wife Margaret (formerly Margaret Stufft widow of Michael Stufft); they were living as married when he died; they lived across the road from him, and he was present at Manges' death on or about 3 May 1875 [pp.71-72]
received by Pension Office 21 Aug 1906
7 June 1906
the Pension Bureau [?sent] a letter to attorney J L Epperson about the required testimony of witnesses not related to the claimant
11 June 1906
the auditor informed the Pension Bureau that Margaret Stufft last received a pension to 10 April 1873 (at $8 + $4), in October 1873 [pp.91-92]
Pension Office received 12 June 1906
3 August 1906
Alexander Kniseley (59 years old, resident of Alum Bank, Bedford County, Pennsylvania) swore that Margaret Gill was his aunt, that he knew her when she was Michael Stufft's wife, that she received $69.22 annually (as evidenced by the receipt from 1906 in his possession) and had no other income [pp.89-90]
Pension Office received 21 August 1906
4 August 1906
George Kniseley [the surname is clear] (84 years old, resident of Alum Bank, Bedford County, Pennsylvania) swore that Margaret Gill was his sister, that he acted as her agent, collecting the dower due from Michael Stufft ($69.22 annually), that she had no other income from Pennsylvania, and he knew of no other income [pp.87-88]
Pension Office received 21 August 1906
13 August 1906
Cyrus G Grave (69 years old, resident of Creston, Wayne County, Ohio), swore that he knew John M Manges, who died on 3 May 1875 in Wayne County Ohio, that Manges and his wife Margaret were living together when Manges died [pp.73-74]
received by Pension Office 21 Aug 1906
17 August 1906
Mary A Crist (59, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska) swore that she was Margaret Gill and Michael Stufft's daughter, that she was the administratrix of Isaac Gill's estate, that Margaret Gill's claim of $300 was allowed, and that she believed it would be paid from sale of the house, that Michael Stufft left about 225 acres in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, all of which was sold, with $1,100 of the money received set aside as dower interest for Margaret, with the purchaser paying her $69.20 annually (and the balance paid to Michael Stufft), and that this $69.20 is Margaret Gill's only income [pp.83-84 ]
Pension Office received 21 Aug 1906
17 August 1906
Margaret Gill (80, resident of Fairfield, Clay County, Nebraska) swore that when Michael Stufft died, he owned about 225 acres in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, which was sold, with $1,100 set aside as dower interest for Margaret (and the rest, ca $2,200, paid to Michael Stufft's heirs), with Margaret receiving the interest of $69.20 annually, that this is her only income, that the land was "very rough and hilly ... and has been sold away from her family", that her claim against Isaac Gill's estate was money she had loaned to him, that she has not received any of it, that Isaac Gill made no will, that she believes Wayne County Ohio did not keep death records in 1875 when John M Manges died [pp.93-94]
Pension Office received 21 August 1906
23 Aug 1906
pension claim submitted for review
7 September 1906
pension claim approved by legal reviewer
10 September 1906
pension claim approved by re-reviewer
pension approved for $12 per month, retroactive to 12 October 1905
J L Epperson, Fairfield Nebraska, recognized as attorney. no fee
certificate issued 12 September 1906
mailed 18 September 1906
the Pension Agent was to transfer [her case] from Philadelphia to Des Moines
19 Feb 1907 [sic]
Mary A Fink (57, resident of Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska), swore that she had known Isaac Gill since 1863, and that he never served in the Army during the War of the Rebellion, or in the US Navy
received by Pension Office 14 Apr 1906 [sic]
4 May 1907
papers filed by Mary A Crist were returned when auditor advised she was a relative
12 Dec 1907
Margaret Gill (widow of Michael Stufft) dropped because of death on 8 December 1906; last paid at $12 to 4 October 1906; Des Moines Iowa
10 Jan 1908
auditor advised Margaret dropped from pension rolls

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