Amanuensis Monday: Affidavits Supporting Harriet Anderson’s Claim for Service Pension, 9 September 1878

Continuing with Mansfield and Harriet Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant application file. Previous posts include:

There were several letters in this file requesting proof of Harriet’s claims and asking for additional information. I won’t transcribe those, but I did want to share three affidavits made on her behalf and in support of her application for a pension based on her husband Mansfield’s service in the War of 1812. Two of those affidavits were made by Mansfield and Harriet’s sons, James M. Anderson and Joseph B. Anderson. These contain some remarkably interesting details, as well as the original signatures of the brothers.

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Amanuensis Monday: Harriet Anderson’s Claim of Widow for Service Pension, 7 June 1878

Continuing with Mansfield and Harriet Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant application file. Previous posts include:

A pre-printed, fill-in-the-blank form was used for Harriet’s claim. I have omitted some of the pre-printed matter, including instructions. Here is the first page:

War of 1812.


State of North Carolina }
County of Macon }

ON this the seventh day of June, A. D. one thousand eight hundred
and seventy Eight, personally appeared before me, W. N. Allman, Clerk Sup. Court, the same
being a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Harriet Anderson
aged 73 years, a resident of Macon County, in the State of North Carolina, who,
being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of Mansfield Anderson
deceased, who was the identical Mansfield Anderson, who served under the name of
Mansfield Anderson as a private in the company commanded by Captain
John Porter, in the [blank] Regiment of [blank]
commanded by [blank], in the War of 1812; that her said
husband Enlisted at [blank] on or about the [blank] day
of [blank], A. D. 1812, for the term of [blank], and continued in actual service
in said war for the term of three months or more, and whose services terminated, by reason of
an honorable discharge, at [blank], on the [blank]
day of [blank], A. D. 1813. She further states that the following is a full description of
her said husband at the time of his enlistment, viz: 16 or 17 years of age, was a farmer
with black hair[,] dark eyes and complexion[.]
She further states that she was married to the said Mansfield Anderson, at the city (or
town) of [blank], in the county of Monroe, and in the State
of Mississippi, on the [blank] day of [blank], A. D. 1823
by one James White, who was a Justice of the Peace; and
that her name before said marriage was Harriet Black; and she further states
that neither of them were ever married before
and that her said husband Mansfield Anderson, died at or near Franklin, in the
State of N. Carolina, on the 15th day of March, A. D. 1862,
and that she has not again married; and she further declares that the following have been the places of residence of
herself and her said husband since the date of his discharge from the Army, viz: States of Mississippi
Tennessee and North Carolina, left Mississippi in 1823 – removed
from Tennessee to N. Carolina about 1842. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the
pension to which she may be entitled under…the Act of March 9th,
1878, and hereby appoints Robt. B. Vance, of N. C., her true and
lawful attorney, to prosecute her claim; and she further declares that she has heretofore made no application
for pension, But Mansfield Anderson made appli
cation for and obtained a Land Warrant.

The second page continues:

and that her residence is No. [blank], [blank] street, city (or town) of [blank]
county of Macon, State of North Carolina, and that her post-office address is
Franklin N. C.

Harriet her x mark Anderson

H. G. Woodfin
John Ingram

Also appeared Dr. H. G. Woodfin, aged 66, residing
at No. [blank], [blank] street, in Franklin, and
John Ingram, aged 57 years, residing at No. [blank], [blank]
street, in Macon Co. N. C., persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who,
being by me duly sworn, say that they have known the said Harriet Anderson for
30 years and for 28 years, respectively; that they were present and saw her sign her name (or make
her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant
and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and they further say that
they are able to identify her as the person who was the wife of the identical Mansfield Anderson
who rendered the service alleged in the above application (in the company of Captain John Porter
in the regiment of [blank], in the war of 1812) by the following
named facts and circumstances, viz: that the present applicant & the deceased
Mansfield Anderson, with a family of children, lived together as
man & wife in our immediate vicinity, & as acceptible members of a
Christian Church & their integrity [illegible]
and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

H. G. Woodfin
John Ingram

SWORN to and subscribed before me this seventh day of June, A. D.
1878; and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c., were fully made known and explained to
the applicant and witness before swearing, including the words [blank], erased,
and the words [blank] added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in
the prosecution of this claim.

W. N. Allman,
Clerk of the Superior Court
Macon Co. N. C.

I love these applications because they contain so much information. This one includes Mansfield Anderson’s date and place of death (15 March 1862 at or near Franklin, Macon Co., NC); the family’s migration from Monroe County, Mississippi to Tennessee in 1823, and from Tennessee to Macon County in 1842; Harriet’s maiden name (Black); and details about Mansfield’s appearance that have long been forgotten. What a boon!

Amanuensis Monday: Mansfield Anderson’s Second Bounty Land Claim, 7 April 1855

Continuing with papers from Mansfield and Harriet Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant applications file. Previous posts include:


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Amanuensis Monday: Mansfield Anderson Chooses Land, 13 December 1850

Continuing with papers from Mansfield and Harriet Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant applications file. Previous posts include:

The following letter was a bit puzzling because I couldn’t make out the location of land desired.

Franklin N C Dembr 13th 1850

Dear Sir

Inclosed I Send you my declaration
for Land bounty & discharge which I wish
you would have the case attended to I wish the
to locate my land in the [illegible]

Yours &c
Mansfield Anderson

To the commission of Pensions

The illegible location looks to me like a possible phonetic rendering of Arkansas, but you be the judge:

Any thoughts on what that word could be?

Treasure Chest Thursday: Joseph B. Anderson and Eliza Battle’s Marriage Records, Macon Co., NC

The following three documents were taken from the microfilm (C.061 60001) of marriage bonds held at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh for Macon County, North Carolina. The term “bonds” is perhaps misleading because while there are many marriage bonds in these records, there are also other accompanying records, as can be seen here.

I apologize for the fuzzy nature of the images. These were the best copies I could obtain using the microfilm reader at the Macon County Library in Franklin.

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Amanuensis Monday: Mansfield Anderson’s Discharge from Service in the War of 1812, 4 January 1814

Last week, I posted Mansfield Anderson’s declaration of service in the War of 1812, which was part of his and Harriet’s pension and bounty land warrant applications file, held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and available on fold3.

Below is a transcription of Mansfield’s original discharge of service for the War of 1812, an item he carried with him from Fayetteville, Tennessee, where he served from October 1813 to January 1814, to Mississippi where the family later lived, back to eastern Tennessee, and finally to Macon Co., NC, where the family settled several decades after the war’s end. Even in the digital image of this document, you can see the wear marks and holes worn into the paper from its long journey.

Fayetteville Janry 13th1814

This is to Certify that Mansfielde Anderson
A musitian in my Company west Tennessee
Militia part of the 1st Reghment of this State
Commanded by Colonl John K Wynn
Did on the 4th Day of Octobr 1813 Join
the army and Continued in Service from the
above Date until the 4th January 1814 and
acted with all Credit and Respect of the
Department & is hereby Hounarably Discharged

John Porter Captain

Amanuensis Monday: Mansfield Anderson’s Declaration of Service in the War of 1812, 13 December 1850

This document is part of Mansfield and Harriet (Black) Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant applications file (No. 11127), based on Mansfield’s service in the War of 1812. The original file is held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). I accessed the file through fold3.

This file holds a great deal of information about Mansfield in particular, but also about Harriet, two of their children, and the family’s standing within their community in Macon Co., NC. It also contains information about the family’s movement from Tennessee to Mississippi and then back east. I hope to transcribe interesting documents from the file and place them online over the next few weeks.

Today’s document is an affidavit made by Mansfield attesting to his War of 1812 service in order to apply for a bounty land warrant. A good overview of bounty land warrants is available at Genealogy (written by Kimberly Powell). NARA has a PDF with a brief background explaining where to find these records.

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