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!


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

  1. Pingback: Amanuensis Monday: Affidavits Supporting Harriet Anderson’s Claim for Service Pension, 9 September 1878 | The Anderson Reunion

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