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.

The first page:

Franklin N. C.
September 9th 1878.

In the Clam [sic] of Harriet Anderson
Widow of Mansfield Anderson.

Be it remembered that on this
the 9th day of September 1878 before
the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior
Court for the County of Macon, State
of North Carolina personally came
the following named persons and
after being by me duly sworn,
depose and say as follows:

James M. Anderson, says, that
he is one of the Sons of Mansfield
and Harriet Anderson, that he was
fifty years of age on the 11th day
of January last, that he has no
means of ascertaining the exact date
of their marriage, as the long period
having elapsed, it is supposed that
the Majistrate who married them and
witnesses are all dead. He further
states that if there ever was a family
record showing the date of their marriage
he does not recollect seeing it.

Witness says from the best information
he can obtain he was born in 1828

The second page:

some five years after the marriage of
his Father & Mother and that he lived
with them until he was Twenty four
(24) years of age. that his Father &
Mother raised a large family of ten children
one of whom was two years older
than witness – He further states that
his Father died in the year 1862 and
that his Mother Harriet Anderson has
not remarried – Witness states that
after he left the house of his Father & Mother
he lived to himself only a short distance
from them up to his Father’s death and
that his mother is now and has since
his death lived only a few miles
from witness – And further witness
saith not. James M. Anderson

Sworn to and subscribed before
me on this the 9th September 1878

W N Allman, Clerk
Superior Court Macon County N. C.

Joseph B. Anderson, after being
duly sworn, says, that he is a Son
of Mansfield and Harriet Anderson,
lives in the County of Macon, state
of North Carolina, will be forty nine

The third page:

(49) years of age on the 7th of November
next, he lived with his parents until
he was about twenty three (23) years
old and since then up to 1862, the
time of the death of his father and
from that time to the present he has
lived near them and that his mother
has not married since the death
of his Father and is now living
only a few miles from him with one of his
Brothers’. witness cannot state any=
thing further except that he fully endorses
the testimony of James M. Anderson
his brother as stated above.
Joseph B. Anderson

Sworn and subscribed to before me
on this the 9th day of September 1878.

W. N. Allman Clerk
Superior Court Macon Co. N. C.

John Ingram, after being duly
sworn, says, that he knew Mansfield
Anderson, knew him a great many
years, think he died in 1862, he
lived and died on my land and had
lived on it some Eight or ten years
they lived together as husband & wife
and reared a large family of children

The fourth page:

I knew Mr. Anderson as a christian
gentleman and was esteemed by the
community as an honest, upright and
highly respected citizen. Affiant
states that he has known Mrs. Harriet
Anderson since her husbands death,
that he lives only a few miles from her
and that she has not remarried since
the death of her husband. Witness
further says James M. Anderson and
Joseph B. Anderson sons of Mansfield
and Harriet Anderson are to him
well known, and are men of character
for truth and honesty and further this
witness says not. John Ingram

Sworn and subscribed to before me
on this 9th day of September 1878.

W N Allman Clerk
Superior Court Macon Co. N. C.

North Carolina }
Macon County }
I W N Allman Clerk of the
Superior Court of the County and state
aforesaid, do hereby certify that the
foregoing is the testimony of the witnesses
herein named and that the same was

The fifth and final page:

taken before me, and that the
same was read by me to them before
signing and that their names are
in their own proper handwriting.

In testimony whereof I hereto
set my hand and affix the
seal of Court.

September 9th 1878.
W N Allman
Clerk.

These are the final documents from Mansfield and Harriet Anderson’s pension and bounty land warrant applications file that I will transcribe and post online. There are several other papers in the file, including a summary of information contained in Harriet’s pension application, and the whole might be of interest to researchers of this family.

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