DECLARATION FOR WIDOW'S PENSION
Coleman F. Storm
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Margaret J. Storm
State of Kansas, County of Nemaha, SS:
On the 29th day of July, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and seven, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public, within and for the County and State aforesaid,
Margaret J. Storm, aged sixty three years, a resident of Seneca County of Nehama, State of Kansas who, being duly worn according to law, declares that she is the widow of
Coleman F. Storm, who enlisted under the name of Coleman F. Storm, on June or July 1862, as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company F, in the 70th Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served at least ninety days in the late War of the Rebellion, in the service of the United States, who was Honorably Discharged February 1863, and died July 27th 1907; that he was not employed in the military or naval services otherwise that as stated above.
That he was never employed in the military or naval services of the United States after the __ day of February, 1863; that she was married under the name of
Margaret J. Maholm to said Coleman F. Storm, on the 14th day of February, A.D. 1863, by
James Holmes, J.P. at Fairland, Shelby County, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that she had not been previously married; that her husband had been preciously married to
Rebecca J. Boone who died at Fairland, Shelby County, Indiana on the 7th day of December, 1859, and he was not married to any other person, excepting myself.
That she has not remarried since the death of the said Coleman F. Storm. That she is without other means of support than her daily labor and an actual net income not exceeding $250 per year.
There are no children under the age of sixteen years of the soldier living.
That no prior application for pension has been filed by herself, the soldier being inscribed upon the Pension Roll of the United States, at Topeka, (Kansas Agency) at the rate of $12.00 per month by Certificate No. 431230, Act of June 27th, 1890.
That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension-roll of the United States, under the provisions of the acts of June 27, 1890, and May 9, 1900.
She hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, Joshua Mitchell, of Seneca, Kansas, her true and lawful attorney to prosecute her claim, the fee to be Ten Dollars, payable as prescribed by law.
That her post office address is Seneca, County of Nemaha, state of Kansas.
Attest: George W. Johnson Theron L. Cowdry
Margaret J. Storm
West Division Certificate No. 431.120
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Coleman F. Storm Co. F, 70 Reg’t Ind. Vol. Inf.
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C. September 1, 1898
Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.
H. C. Ekersett? Commissioner
Mr. Coleman F. Storm
No. 1: Are you a married Man? If so please state your wife’s full name, and her maiden name. Answer: Yes, Sir Margaret Jane Storm nee Maholm
No. 2: When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer: On February 14th 1861 Shelby County at Fairland, Indiana by James Holmes a Justice of the Peace.
No. 3: What record of marriage Exists? Answer: It is recorded in the Courts in Shelbyville Shelby County Indiana also our family Bible.
No. 4: Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. Answer: Yes, name of former wife was Rebecca Jane Boone died December 7th 1859 at Fairland Shelby County Indiana.
No. 5: Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth. Answer: Yes, three by first wife and six by the Second but as the youngest is only now past twenty it does not seem as though it is at all necessary to give their names if you think it is I will attend to it at any time.
Coleman F. Storm his X mark
Date of reply, January 24th, 1899.
WIDOW’S APPLICATION FOR ACCRUED PENSION
State of Kansas, County of Nemaha, SS;
On this 29th day of July, 1907, personally appeared
Margaret J. Storm, who, being duly sworn, declares that she is the lawful widow of
Coleman F. Storm, deceased; that he died on the 27th day of July 1907; that he had been granted a pension by Certificate No. 431230.
That her husbands Pension Certificate has been lost, under what circumstances-or when, she is not unable to say-but the same cannot be found, and he has been paid the pension by the Pension Agent at Topeka, up to the fourth day of May, 1907.
That she was married to the said Coleman F. Storm on the fourteenth day of February 1861, at Fairland, in the State of Indiana; that he name before said marriage was
Margaret J. Maholm; that she had not been previously married; that her husband had been previously married; that she hereby makes application for the pension which has accrued on aforesaid certificate to the date of death.
That she hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation Joshua Mitchell of Seneca, Kansas, her true and lawful attorney to prosecute this claim.
That her residence is Seneca, County of Nemaha, State of Kansas.
(Widow’s Signature) Margaret J. Storm
And personally appeared George W. Johnson, residing at Seneca, Kansas, and
Theron L. Cowdry, residing at Seneca, Kansas who, being duly sworn, says that they were present and saw Margaret J. Storm sign her name to the foregoing declaration; that they know her to be the lawful widow of Coleman F. Storm, who died on the twenty seventh day of July, 1907; and that their means of knowledge that said parties were husband and wife, and that the husband died on the said date, are as follows: That the said Coleman F. Storm and the claimant Margaret J. Storm to our certain knowledge, lived and cohabited together as husband and wife in Nemaha County, state of Kansas, Continuously-without divorcement, for twenty years and two years, respectively; further that both of us saw his dead body lying then and there, at Seneca, Kansas, on the 28th day of July, 1907, and saw his remains interred in the Cemetery near Seneca Kansas, on said date: We further aver that we are not interested either directly or indirectly, in the above claim for accrued pension, nor are we concerned in its prosecution.
(Signature of Witnesses) George W. Johnson Theron L. Cowdry
DECLARATION FOR ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION
State of Kansas
County of Nemaha SS:
On this 17th day of April, A.D., one thousand eight hundred and eighty-six, personally appeared before me, Clerk of the District Court, a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid
Coleman F. Storm, aged 65 years, a resident of the City of Sabetha county of Nemaha State of Kansas, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical
Coleman F. Storm 2nd Lieut. Who was Enrolled on the __ day of July 1862, in Company F of the 70th regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry commanded by
Col. Benjamin Harrison and was honorably discharged on account of disability at Gallatin, Tennessee on the 6th day of February, 1863; that his personal description is as follows:
Age 65 years; height 5 feet 8 inches; complexion Fair, hair Fair; eyes Blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty on or near Russellville, in the State of Kentucky on or about the __ day of September 1862 when returning from a skirmish at Russellville he was thrown from a railroad train and greatly injured in the left leg and hip, from which injury he has never recovered and from which he suffers great pain and distress.
Also has chronic diahrea, piles and rheumatism contracted while in the service caused by exposure and long marches.
That he was treated as follows: by regimental surgeon and brigade surgeon at Gallatin, Tennessee.
That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above.
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in Holt County, Missouri until 1881, Since at Sabetha, in the State of Kansas, and his occupation has been that of a farmer.
That prior to his entry in the service above named he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled, a farmer.
That he is now wholly disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension-roll of the United States.
He hereby appoints J. F. Thompson of Sabetha, state of Kansas, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has never received nor applied for a pension. That his Post Office Address is Sabetha, county of Nemaha State of Kansas.
Attest: Ira F. Collins D. D. Wickins
Coleman F. Storm
State of Kansas
County of Nemaha SS
In the matter of the claim No. 874126, of
Margaret J. Storm, widow of Coleman F. Storm deceased late of Co. F. 70th, Indiana, Vol. Inf. For widow’s original pension. Act of June 27th, 1890, as amended by the Act of May 9th, 1900.
On this 9th day of November, 1907, Personally appeared before me, the undersigned, a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid
Willis G. Storm, aged sixty years, a resident of Home township, in the County of Nemaha and State of Kansas.
Whose Postoffice address is, Centralia, Kansas; And Benjamin H.
Storm, aged fifty seven years, a resident of Home township, County of Nemaha and State of Kansas, whose post-office address is also Centralia, Kansas, both of whom are well known to me and who I hereby certify to be respectable and entitled to credit: who, being by me first duly sworn, on oath depose as follows, relative to the above claim:
We were both of us personally well acquainted with Margaret J. Maholm, in Shelby County, Indiana, before she became of marriageable age, towit:
from on or about the year 1858, in the month of September, who afterwards was married to our father,
Coleman F. Storm February 14th, 1861. We knew that she, the said Margaret J. Maholm was married to our father, Coleman F. Storm , at Fairland, Shelby County, Indiana, on said date:
We have been shown a copy of the marriage record in the Clerks office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Indiana, of date October 24th 1907, and we hereby aver that the person therein named as “Margaret J. Maholm” and the claimant Margaret J. Storm are one and the same person notwithstanding the discrepancy in the names therein, and that person therein named as “Coleman F. Storms” and our father Coleman F. Storm, are one and the same person notwithstanding the discrepancy of the name therein; we know said fact to be so from personal observation we having been personally well acquainted with him from on or about the year 1847, and 1850, respectively, up to the time of his death July 27, 1907.
Our own mother whose maiden name was Rebecca J. Boone before she married to our father, died near Fairland, Shelby County, Indiana on the seventh day of December, 1859.
We both of us saw her dead body lying then and there and attended her funeral obsequies at Shelbyville, Indiana, near which place she was buried on the ninth day of December, 1859.
That after the marriage of the soldier, Coleman F. Storm to the Claimant Margaret F. Storm these affiants lived with and in the same Counties with then at the following places towit:
in Shelby County, Indiana, Holt County, Missouri and Nemaha County, Kansas, and we saw then up to said 27th day of July 1907, to an average of once a month and we both of us had a full and complete and thorough knowledge of their domestic and financial affairs.
We know that the said Coleman F. Storm and the said Margaret J. Storm lived and cohabited together as husband and wife at the places above herein before set out from said fourteenth day of February, 1861, up to said twenty seventh day of July 1907 and neither of them were ever divorced from the other during all of said period and the claimant Margaret J. Storm was living with the deceased soldier Coleman F. storm as his lawful wife on said twenty seventh day of July 1907.
The claimant Margaret J. Storm has not remarried since the death of the said Coleman F. Storm, to wit:
since July twenty seventh, 1907. That on said date said soldier Coleman F. Storm died intestate; that he had theretofore, to wit:
on the twentieth day of October, 1902 or thereabouts, deeded to the claimant Margaret F. Storm a life interest in and to all the real-estate which he then owned, to wit:
The south half of the south east quarter of section thirty-six, in township one, of range fourteen, which said life interest she still holds and which is unalienated. That the said lands are worth, at a fair cash estimate, the sum of Three thousand (3000.00) Dollars, and are situated in the County of Nemaha and State of Kansas.
That the rental value of said land for the year 1906, and which is a fair rental therefore was the sum of Two hundred Fifty (250.00) Dollars.
That the necessary expenditures of the claimant for said years 1896 and 1907 have been as follows:
For taxes Thirty Eight and .07 (38.07) Dollars. For Insurance Six and .80 (6.80) Dollars. For repairs Forty six and .60 (46.60) Dollars.
Total Ninety one and .47 (91.47) Dollars. That the total amount of her income for said year last past has been derived exclusively from said lands and nets, in sum total, One hundred, Fifty eight and .53 (158.53) Dollars.
There is no person living who is bound by law to provide for the support of the claimant and she is dependant upon her daily labor for her support.
She and our Father, Coleman F. Storm were supported in part by contributions, voluntary on his part for several years last past, from our half brother
William H. Storm, who is now employed by the United States Government upon the Panama Canal.
The claimant Margaret J. Storm owns in her own right in fee simple Lots eight, nine & ten in Block twenty nine, in the City of Seneca, County of Namaha and state of Kansas where she now resides and makes her home; these lots together with the improvements thereon are worth, at a fair cash estimate, the sum of Four hundred (400.00) Dollars. The rental value of said property is Four (4.00) Dollars, per month, or Forty Eight (48.00) Dollars, per year. The necessary expenses incurred by the claimant upon this property during the year last past has been the sum of Fifty eight and .07 (58.07) Dollars, as follows, for taxes Ten and .46 (10.46) Dollars, for Insurance One and .56 (1.56) Dollars.
For well Twenty five and .40 (25.40) Dollars, for fencing (two sides) Twenty (20.00) Dollars, the two last being permanent improvements and probably will not have to be made again-the fence for a great many years-the well probably never.
The foregoing described property is all the property either real or personal or mixed, belonging to the claimant Margaret J. Storm, or in which she has any interest, excepting what little household furniture she has which is worth, at a fair cash estimate Fifty (50.00) Dollars.
She is not the owner, either in her own name, or in the name of any other person or any money, notes, mortgages, bonds, stocks or investments of any nature or description whatsoever.
None of the property above and hereinbefore describes is encumbered by mortgage, or otherwise.
The claimant Margaret J. Storm has not disposed or any real estate since the death of the soldier Coleman F. Storm, July 27th 1907.
The deceased soldier Coleman F. Storm left no insurance upon his life.
The claimant Margaret J. Storm has never married to any other person except to our father Coleman F. Storm.
Our knowledge of the above facts is derived from the following sources, to-wit: From personal observation, from having lived with the parties above mentioned until we each reached the estate of manhood, from having been upon confidential terms with them all through the period of our knowledge of then and from having a complete and thorough knowledge of their domestic and financial affairs as first above stated.
They further declare that they are not interested either directly of indirectly, in the above claim for pension, nor are concerned in the prosecution thereof.
Willis G. Storm
Benjamin F. Storm
State of Kansas
County of Nemaha, SS
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of November, 1907, and I hereby certify that I carefully read over and fully explained the contents of the foregoing declaration to the affiants before swearing, including the words “& ten” upon page three, which were added before swearing: I further Certify that I am not interested either directly or indirectly, in the above claim, nor am I concerned in its prosecution.
Ernest Speckelmier Notary Public
My Commission expires Feb 23rd 1910
Contributed by Barb Huff
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