Form of Declaration for obtaining Widow's Army Pension 
State of New York
County of Oswego
On this 30th day of December A.D., one thousand eight hundred and sixty two, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace, Elizabeth Rickard a resident of Bernhard's Bay in the county of Oswego and state of New York, aged 19 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 14, 1862: That she is the widow of David Rickard who was a private in company "E" commanded by Richard Jones in the 97th regiment of New York Volunteers in the war of 1861, who on or about the second day of February 1862 at Boonville, Oneida Co. came to his death by reason of sickness incurred while a soldier.
She further declares that she was married to the said David Rickard on the 20th day of November in the year 1859; that her husband, the aforesaid David Rickard died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, and has but one child whose name is Emma Girtrude Rickard, born 19th day of December 1861 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.
[Signed] Elizabeth Rickard
Also personally appeared Nelson L. Parker and Lucien J. Sanders, residents of Constantia in the state of New York 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 Elizabeth Rickard write 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 they further state that the deceased David Rickard left but one child him surviving whose name is Emma Girtrude Rickard; That they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
[Signed] Nelson L. Parker
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of December A.D. 1862; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
[Signed] William Sanders
Justice of the Peace
Bernhard's Bay, PO
Adjutant General's Office
May 18th, 1866
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your office of application for pension No. 10105, 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 David Ricker was enrolled on the 26th day of Oct., 1861, at Ohio - in Co. "E", 97th Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a private on the 11th day of Nov., 1861, at Boonville, N.Y., in Co. "E", 97th Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war. On the Muster out Roll of Co. "E" of that Regiment, Dated July 18th 1865, he is reported "Died of Congestion of Lungs at Boonville, N.Y. Feby 2nd / 62."
The above is evidently the Soldier inquired for
[signed by the Assistant Adjutant General]
Declaration For Original Pension of a Widow and or Children Under Sixteen Years of age Surviving 
State of New York, County of Oswego
On this 19th day of March, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven, personally appeared before me, the undersigned Pension Notary, the same being a court of record within and for the county and state aforesaid, Elizabeth Purdy aged thirty three years, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain a pension provided by Acts of Congress granting pensions to widows: That she is the widow of Davis Rickard who was enrolled under the name of David Rickard at Boonville, Oneida Co., NY, on the [blank] day of October, A.D. 1861 in Company E, 97 Reg. New York Inft. Vols. In the war of 1861, who contracted a disease known as measles while in the line of duty at the Head Quarters of 97th Reg. Aforesaid at Boonville, Oneida Co., New York from which he never recovered and was his cause of death on the second day of Feb., A.D. 1862, who bore at the time of his death the rank of a private, in the service aforesaid; that she was married under the name of Elizabeth Abbott to said David Rickard on the twentieth day of November, A.D. 1859, by Samuel Thompson at Vienna, Oneida Co., NY, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither she nor her husband had been previously married; that she remained his widow until her remarriage with Alfred Purdy on the 14th day of January 1865; that the following names and dates of birth of all his legitimate children yet surviving who were under sixteen years of age at the father's death, to wit:
"That said soldier was not married prior to his marriage with me."
Emma Gertrude Rickard, born Dec. 19th, 1861
That she has not abandoned the support of any one of his children, but that they were under her care or maintenance "from her birth until date of her death which occurred on the 23rd day of April 1871." That she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided the rebellion in the United States; that a prior application has been filed by her as the widow of said soldier, No. of claim 10,105;
That she hereby appoints H.W. Sterling of Amboy Center, NY her attorney to prosecute her claim; that her residence is Constantia, Oswego Co., NY.
[Signed] Elizabeth Purdy
Albert Morse Jr.
Also appeared Albert Morse, residing at Constantia and A.M. Wilson residing at Constantia, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn by me, say that they were present and saw Elizabeth Purdy, the claimant, sign her name (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 that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
[Signed] Albert Morse Jr.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19 day of March, A.D. 1878 [sic]
[Signed] D. Milson
[Penciled on page: Aug 11.77 - Dec 31.79]
Declaration Of A Widow Who Has Remarried 
State of New York
County of Oswego
On this 27th day of October, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and 14 personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and state aforesaid, Elizabeth Purdy, aged 73 years, a resident of Bernhards Bay, County of Oswego, State of New York, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration for the purpose of having her name placed on the pension roll under the acts of March 3, 1901, and February 28, 1903, amending section 4708, Revised Statutes:
That she was formerly the widow of David Rickard who died February 2nd, 1862, by reason of wound or injury received or disease contracted while serving as private in Co. E - 97th N.Y. Vols., in the war Rebellion [sic]; That she was his lawful wife during the period of his service in said war, having been married to him Nov. 20, 1859, and that she remained his lawful wife to the date of his death.
That said soldier was not in the military or naval service of the United States prior to service in 1862 as above stated.
That she or a child or children was formerly pensioned on account of the death of said soldier; that the pension was paid by the United States pension agent at "do not remember", and that the number of the pension certificate was "don't know - probably 182605." That she never received any other pension from the United States nor made any other application for pension except that of August 26, 1914 under the general law.
That her pension or right to pension terminated because of her marriage to Alfred Purdy. That said marriage took place January 14, 1865 at Camden, N.Y.; that said husband died June 19, 1914 at Bernhards Bay, NY; That said last-named husband did serve in the Army or Navy of the United States as private in Co. K, 110th New York Vol. Infty.
That she did not marry again after the death of the soldier except to Alfred Purdy named above.
That she is without other means of support than her daily labor and an actual net income not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars per year. - Is unable to labor and has no income.
That her post-office address is Bernhards Bay, County of Oswego, State of New York.
[Signed] Elizabeth Purdy
(1) Gertrude E. Willis
(2) Valla M. Willis
Also personally appeared Gertrude E. Willis, residing at Bernhards Bay, N.Y. and Valla M. Willis, residing at Bernhards Bay, N.Y., persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Elizabeth Purdy, the claimant, sign her name (or make her mark) to the forgoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her of 35 years and 18 years, respectively; that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
[Signed] Gertrude E. Willis
Valla M. Willis
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of October, A.D. 1914.
[Signed] E. [C.]? Clark
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Mar 15, 1920
Certificate No. 182.605
Class: Civil War
Pensioner: Elizabeth Purdy
I have the honor to report that the name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid as $25, to Jan 4, 1920, has this day been dropped from the roll because of death Feb 21/20
182605 C W WID
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