Civil War Pension File of Gideon Rickard

Donated by Joanne Murray

From the Invalid Pension Application of
Gideon Rickard
Certificate #239629
From the Widow's Pension Application of
Mary Jane (Mansbanbel) Rickard
Widow of Gideon Rickard
Cert. #370954; Box 39898
National Archives Trust Fund, Washington, DC


Declaration For Invalid Pension

State of New York, County of Herkimer, SS:
     On this 2 day of August, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety - personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and state aforesaid Gideon Rickard aged 75 years, a resident of the Town of Morehouse, county of Hamilton, State of New York, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Gideon Rickard who was enrolled on the 20 day of November, 1861, in Co. "G" 97th Regt. N.Y. Vols., a Private in the service of the United States in the War of the Rebellion, and served at least ninety days, and was honorably discharged at Camp in the Field, VA. On the 17 day of December 1864. That he is wholly unable to earn a support by manual labor by reason of Injury to lungs and resulting disease of lungs, and loss of the use of the toes of the right foot. That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits, and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent; that he has - applied for pension under application No. --; that he is a pensioner under Certificate No. 239629; that he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension-roll of the United States under the provisions of Act of June 27, 1890.
     He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, Peter H. Hane, of Grant, State of New York, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim, and to receive therefore a fee of ten dollars; that his post-office address is Morehouseville, county of Hamilton, State of New York.

          Gideon Rickard
          [His Mark]
1. Charles B. Hane
2. J.J. [John]?

Widows Claim for Pension
Act of July 14th 1862
State of New York
County of Oneida
     On this 9 day of July A.D. 1891, personally appeared before me, a clerk of the Supreme Court, the same being a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Mary Jane Rickard, aged 62 years, who, being sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by acts of Congress granting pensions to widows: That she is the widow of Gideon Rickard, enlisted on the 20th day of November 1861, in Co. G, 97th Regt. N.Y. Vols. And who was discharged on the 17th day of December 1864, and who at the time of his death, which occurred on the 23rd day of May 1891, at Morehouseville, N.Y., was a pensioner of the U.S. Certificate No. 239629 enrolled at the Buffalo Pension Agency in the state of New York, and who died of "disease of the lungs", a sequence of "an injury to the lungs" for which he was pensioned. That she was married under the name of Mary J. Mansbanbel, to said Gideon Rickard on the 12th day of December 1847 by Elder Mason, at Morehouseville, N.Y. There being no legal barrier to such marriage; that she has not remarried since the death of said Gideon Rickard; that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; that no prior application has been filed by her; that she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of July 14, 1862 and the amendments thereto.
     That she hereby appoints Peter H. Hane of Grant, Herkimer County, New York, her Attorney to prosecute her claim, with full power of substitution and revocation, that her post office address is Morehouseville, Hamilton County, State of New York.

          [Signed] Mary J Rickard
(1) John Becraft
(2) Josephine B. Winchell

     Also personally appeared before me, at the time and place aforesaid John Becraft of Utica, NY and Josephine B. Winchell of Utica, NY; 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 Mary J. Rickard, 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] John Becraft
          Josephine B. Winchell

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9 day of July 1891: and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing..... and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
          [Signed] F.D. Hoak
          Clerk of the Supreme Court


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