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Minard Decker - Civil War Service Record

From National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Sent July 7, 2010

 

Page description indicates information on top-left of each page.  Some pages contain multiple records or types of records.  [I plan to transcribe the information at some point]

 

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Single PDF with summary page (33 pages total, 5.57 MB)

 

Page 1:  Dear Patron

Page 1 [Page Descriptor from NARA]

Dear Patron:

We regret that the enclosed photocopies are the best we were able to obtain using our normal reproduction process.  This is caused primarily by the age and faded conditions of some of the documents from which these copies were made.

COMPLETE FILE ENCLOSED

BEST AVAILABLE COPY.

 

Page 2:  Cert. # 17004 Catherine Decker

Page 2     [Item location information]

 

Box # 31553

33 Images  OK

Cert # 17004

Catherine Decker

Bundle # 6K[?]

 

Page 3:  War of 1861, Brief in case of Catharine Decker, widow of Minerd Decker

Page 3  [Completed Form:  Brief in the case of Catherine Decker]

 

[Separately located along top]

B.

City

17.004

 

WAR OF 1861

 

Brief in the case of Catharine Decker Widow of Minerd Decker Sergt Co K 20 NY Mil [crossed out:  & 80 NYV]

County, and State of NY [Ulster in left margin]

 

Act of July 14, 1862

 

Post Office address of Applicant, The Clove PO Ulster Co NY

 

Claim for Widows Pension

 

Declaration and Identification in due Form.

PROOF EXHIBITED.

 

Mustered into the service

Killed at the Battle of Gettysburgh July 3rd 1863

 

Marriage is primarily[?] the testimony of the Justice who married the parties

 

Children [dw Names & B?] of four are given.

 

Oath of the attorney not filed

 

Admitted March 9, 1864 to a Pension of $8 per month, commencing July 3, 1863

Robert P.L. Shafer

Kingston, Ulster Co, NY

 

Name and Residence of Agent

E & L.M. D.[?]

W.W. Ross[?] Examining Clerk.

 

Page 4:  Proof of Marriage (Page 1)

Page 4  [Proof of Marriage – Page 1]

 

Claim of Catherine Decker. No. 39.309. Widows Pension.

Proof of Marriage.

 

I Thomas Smith a Justice of the Peace of the County of Ulster in the state of New York do hereby certify that on the 9th day of January 1854 [?] at the Town of Shandaken in the said county Minerd Decker & Catherine Eignor Both of the Town of Shandaken where [sic] married by me and that they where [sic] personally known to me & that they were of sufficient age to contract marriage in the presence of general witnyses [sic] at the said marriage and that after due inquiry made there appeared no lawful impediment to the said marriage given under my hand the 11th day of August 1863.

 

Thomas Smith Justice of the Peach

 

State of New York, County of Ulster, Sso [?]

 

On this 4th day of December, 1863, before me, the

 

Page 5:  Proof of Marriage (Page 2)

Page 5 [Proof of Marriage – Page 2]

 

undersigned, a Justice of the Peach in and for the County and state above named personally appeared Thomas Smith, a resident of Shandaken, who on oath, being duly sworn according to law, declares [?] that he made and subscribed the foregoing [crossed out:  above] certificate of marriage and that all contained in said certificate – is true & correct.  He further swears that he is interested in no way in any claim this proof of marriage is intended to support either as agent or attorney.  And further he swears that he at no time made or caused to be made any public record of said marriage.

 

Thomas Smith

 

Sworn to & subscribed before me, & I certify that I believe the officiant to be a respectable person & altogether entitled to belief & that he is the person he represents himself to be.  And I further certify that I am not, either directly or indirectly, interested in any claim this proof of marriage is intended to support.

Sworn Before me this 4th Day of December, 1863

Egbert Myrtle [?] Justice of the Peach

 

State of New York

 

Page 6:  Statement of Thomas Smith (Justice of the Peace)

Page 6  [Statement of Thomas Smith]

 

State of New York

County of Ulster   ss.

 

I hereby certify that Thomas Smith who made the prefixed [crossed out:  formentioned] certificate and declaration and who has thereunto subscribed his name was a Justice of the Peach in and for the County aforesaid on the 9th day of January, 1863, duly commissioned and sworn, and that his signature thereto is genuine.  And further I certify that Egbert Magbe [?]. Esgr, before whom the [inserted] said prefixed Declaration was made and subscribed, and who has thereunto subscribed his name, was at the time of so doing a Justice of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid, duly commissioned and sworn, and that his signature thereto is genuine.

 

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal, this 18th day of December A.D. 1863.

 

H.W. Tribles[?] Clerk.

 

Page 7:  Pension Record and Pension Increase forms

 

Page 7  [Two documents:  Pension Record & Increase Forms]

 

 

[Form 1]

 

No. 17.004

 

New York

Catharine Decker

Wido of Minerd Decker

Rank Sergt

Company K

Regiment 20th NY Vols

 

New York City Agency.

Rate per month, $8

Commencing July 3d, 1863.

 

Certificate Dated Mar 24th 1864

And sent to Robt P.L. Shafer

Kington, N.Y.

 

Act 4th July 1862

Book A[?] Vol. 4 Page 25

 

 

[Form 2]

 

Increase

No. 17.004

New York

Catharine Decker

Widow of

Minerd Decker

Rank Sergt. Co “K”

Regt. 20th N.Y. Vols.

 

New York City Agency

Rater per Month, $8

Commencing 3 July 1863

Additional sum of $2 per Month for each

Of the following children, until arriving at the age

Of 16 years, commencing July 25, 1866, viz.

 

Mary A. 24 Apr 1872

Alic S. 6 July 1874

Lodema A. 4 Mar 1876

Idella C 30 Mar 1878

 

Former payments to be deduct[?]

 

Certificate dated 5 Nov 1867

Sent to Charles Nettleton

New York City

 

Act 14th July 1862

Book C Vol 10 Page 140

Norm[?] H Douoho[?] Clerk

 

Page 8:  Not entitled to pension notices

 

Page 8  [Notifications]

 

[Document 1]

 

Duplicate[?] Notification sent

April 27/64

April 29. ‘64 Robt. P.S. Shafer

 

Letter Aug. 30/[??]

 

Original Dec. made [?]

Oct. 23/63 has Mary A.

Aged 8 years [?] month & 28 days

Whereas [??] born

Apr 25/56

[signature faint]

 

 

[Document 2]

 

Aug 14

 

Informed [inserted:] Pens. Agent [N.Y.?] that client[?]

Is not entitled and sent cert to him with request[?]

That it be forwarded to claimant.

Whilpee[?] 18.

 

 

1895 March 6

Feb. Persuit thro’

PA who is informed

That cf. held by pensr.

Has been received &

Will be retained for reissue to correct

Ctf. No & name of soldier

A.B.

 

Page 9:  Statement of Mary Eignor (Page 1)

 

Page 9  [Statement of Mary Eignor – Page 1]

 

 

State of New York

County of Ulster  ss

 

On this (1) 28 day of October, before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County and States above named, personally appeared Mary Eignor and Maria Eignor, who on oath swore that on the 9th day of January A.D. 1854 [?] they were present at the wedding of Catherine Eignor and Minerd Decker, both residents of Shandaken, in the County and State aforesaid; That they saw the aforesaid parties joined together on that evening in the bond of holy and lawful wedlock; and that the marriage [inserted:] ceremonies [word crossed out under] were solemnized by one Thomas Smith, a Justice of the peace residing at Shandaken aforesaid.  That said wedding was at the home of Catherine Eignor’s father, (2) John Eignor, in the Town of Shandaken aforesaid.

 

They further swear that they have ever since been acquainted with the aforesaid parties and know that from the date of said marriage to the time of Minerd Decker’s going to the war as a federal soldier, they lived together, and directed [?] and spoke of each other as husband and wife, & were so reputed all in their neighborhood.

 

That said Catherine Eignor is the identical Catherine Decker who is an applicant for widow’s pension. Reason [?] of the death of her Husband Minerd Decker, who was a member of Co. K in the 20th Regt. N.Y.S. Militia and who was killed at Gettysburg on the 3d of July, 1863.  That they know that the said soldier and the husband of said Catherine Decker were one and the same man, Minerd Decker above named.  That they have personal knowledge of his enlistment and have heard from him while in said Co. K, of said regiment – and have had the most reliable information of his death.

 

That they know that the said Catherine Decker has not married since the death of her husband A[?] deceased soldier above named, and that she is now and has been his widow.  That they are residents of Shandaken aforesaid & have no interest in the prosecution if the claim for pension which this proof of marriage is intended to support.

 

Mary Eignor

Maria her X mark Eignor   (8)

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year first above [waikten?], and I certify that I know the offiants to be respectable and credible persons and entitled to belief, and further, I certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution

 

Page 10:  Statement of Mary Eignor (Page 2)

 

Page 10  [Statement of Mary Eignor – Page 2]

 

Of the claim this proof of marriage is intended to support, either as agent or attorney.

 

Before Maria Eignore made affidavit – to the above, it was by me read & explained to her

This 28 day of Oct – 1863

 

Sworned and subscribed before me ones [partially obstructed]

The Justice of the pease [sic] of the Town of Shandaken and State of New York

Egbert Myh[?]

Justice of the Pease [sic]

 

I hereby certify that Egbert Maybe [?] before whom the above affidavits were taken and who has thereunto subscribed his name is now and was at the time of so doing a Justice of the Peace in and for the said county and State, duly commissioned and sworn and authorized by law to take the same.

 

In testimony whereof I have herunto

Set my hand and affixed my official seal

This 4th day of November, 1863

G.W. Jibbuls [?] Clerk.

 

Page 11:  Claim for Increase of Widow's Pension

 

Page 11  [Completed Form:  Claim for Increase of Widow’s Pension]

 

 

War of 1861

Act of July 25, 1866

 

CLAIM FOR INCREASE OF WIDOW’S PENSION.

 

Supplemental to case in which certificate No. 17.004 was issued March 24, 1864.

Brief in the case of Catharine Decker, Widow of

Minerd Decker, Srgt. Co. K. 20th Regt. N.Y. Vols.

Resident of ---- Ulster County, and State of New York.

Post Office address:  Pine Hill, Ulster Co., New York

 

DELCARATION AND IDENTIFICATION IN DUE FORM

PROOF EXHIBITED

 

Abondment or adoption:  Neither

 

Date of Marriage of Parents:  January 9th 1854  [4 looks like 7]

 

Names and dates of birth of children:

 

Mary A., born April 25, 1856, who will be 16 years old April 24, 1872

Alice S., born July 7, 1858, who will be 16 years old July 6, 1874

Lodema A, born March 5, 1860, who will be 16 years old March 4, 1876

Idella C., born March 31, 1862, who will be 16 years old March 30, 1878

 

Proof of ages:  [Crossed out:  Baptismal Record]  Affidavits of persons forseens[?]

 

Only children:  Declared

 

Agent and his P.O. Address:  Charles Nettleton, N.Y. City

 

Issue certificate for -8- dollars per month, commencing July 3, 1863, and two dollars per month additional for each of the above named children, commencing – 25 – day of – July -- , 1866, deducting former payments.

 

G.W. Sharretts for F Moore Examiner.

 

Passed Oct. 28, 1867

Approved:  L.E.

 

Page 12:  Statement of Catharine Decker (Page 1)

 

Page 12  [Statement of Catharine Decker – Page 1]

 

 

State of New York

County of Ulster  ss

 

Catharine Decker, being by me duly sworn dothe on her oath depose and say that she is the widow of Minerd Decker and the identical person to whom Pension Certificate No. 17,004 was issued.  She further says that the true and correct date of birth in every respect of Mary A. minor child of herself and said husband is the 25th day of April 1856, that deponents original application for Pension was made out in the village of Kingston New York by her then attorney a Mr. Shaffer.  That she did not take her family record or any memorandum whatever as to the correct date of her said child’s birth to said village of Kingston at the time she made out said original declaration and consequently she gave the date as near as she could approximate it from recollection not thinking it was absolutely necessary to give the precise date of birth.  She further says that the date of birth as above given is correct and true in every particular.

 

Catharine (her X mark) Decker

 

In Presence of

Heary[?] Griffeth

Charles Smith

 

Sworn to and subscribed before

 

Page 13:  Statement of Catharine Decker (Page 2)

 

Page 13  [Statement of Catharine Decker – Page 2]

 

 

me this 18th day of September 1867, by said deponent whom I certify understood the contents of the forgoing affidavit before execution.  I am not interested in this matter.  I further certify that I have resided within about one and a half miles from the said Catherine Decker for the past twenty years and have been intimately acquainted with her during that time, that she is a woman whose [??] reputation for truth and varacity is above suspicion so far as I ever knew or heard.  I fully believe that the foregoing affidavit by her subscribed is true in all respects and that the age of the child as therein given is correct and true in all respects.

 

[Form]

 

State of New York

Ulster County Clerk’s Office  SS

 

I, Nathan Williams, Clerk of the County of Ulster, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, in and [??] and County, being a court of record, do herby certify that Charles Swilte [?] whose signature appears to the annexted jurat or certificate, and before whom the annexed instrument appears to have been verified, was, at the date thereof, an acting Justice of the Pease [sic] within and for said County of Ulster, duly qualified and empowered by law to take the same.  And I further certify that I am well acquainted with the handwriting of each Justice and verily believe that the signature to the said jurat or certificate is genuine.

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have herunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court and County, the 25 day of September, 1867

G. [?] Williams, Clerk of Ulster County.

 

Page 14:  Envelope/Postage - From Attorney Charles Nettleton

 

Page 14  [Envelope]

 

Postmark:  New York, Oct 12

 

[Left side:]

 

No. 17 [??] 4 P.O. Addi?

Shandaken N. Y.

Charles Nettleton,

New York City

 

[Addressed to?]

 

Hon Joseph H Barrer

[Comm.?] of Pensions

Washington D.C.

 

Page 15:  Statement of Mary Eignor and Eliza Tyler (Page 1)

 

Page 15  [Statement of Mary Eignor and Eliza Tyler – Page 1]

 

State of New York

County of Ulster  SS:

 

Mary Eignor and Eliza Tyler aged respectively 41 and 52 years, residents of Shandaken in said county being by me duly sworn do on their oaths depose and say that they have known Catharine Decker, widow of Minerd Decker, late a Sergeant in Co. K. 20th Regiment, New York State Militia, intimately for the past 25 years, that they were intimately acquainted with the said Minerd Decker for 12 years prior to his decease, they each further say that they well remember the fact of the birth of Mary A. Decker legitimate child of the said Catharine Decker and Minerd Decker, they said Mary A. Decker deponents distinctly remember and know was born on the 25th day of April in the year 1856, at Shandaken, New York.  Deponents each know this fact from having been present and seeing the said Catharine Decker give birth to said Mary A. Decker on the day aforesaid; that deponents were living near neighbors to the said Catharine and Minerd Decker on the occasion of said birth.

 

Deponents each further say that they well remember the fact of the birth of Alace S. Decker legitimate child of the said Catharine Decker and Minerd Decker, that said Alace S. Decker

 

Page 16:  Statement of Mary Eignor and Eliza Tyler (Page 2)

 

Page 16  [Statement of Mary Eignor and Eliza Tyler – Page 2]

 

 

Deponents distinctly remember and know was born on the 7th day of July in the year 1858, at Shandaken, New York.  Deponents each know this fact from having been present and seeing the said Catharine Decker give birth to said Alace S. Decker on the day aforesaid; that deponents were living near neighbors to the said Catharine and Minerd Decker on the occasion of said birth.

 

Deponents each further say they well remember the fact of the birth of Lodema A. Decker legitimate child of the said Catharine Decker and Minerd Decker, that said Lodema A. Decker deponents distinctly remember and know was born on the 5th day of March in the year 1860 at Shandaken, New York.   Deponents each know this fact from having been preent and seeing the said Catharine Decker give birth to said Lodema A. Decker on the day aforesaid; that deponents were living near neighbors to the said Catharine and Minerd Decker on the occasion of said birth.

 

Deponents each further say that they well remember the fact of the birth of Idella C. Decker legitimate child of the said Catharine Decker and Minerd Decker, that said Idella C. Decker deponents distinctly remember & know was born on the 31st day of March in the year 1862, at Shandaken, New York.  Deponents each know this fact from having been present and seeing

 

Page 17:  Statement of Mary Eignor and Eliza Tyler (Page 3)

 

Page 17   [Statement of Mary Eignor and Eliza Tyler – Page 3]

 

 

The said Catharine Decker give birth to said Idella C. Decker on the day aforesaid; that deponents were living near neighbors to the said Catharine and Minerd Decker on the occasion of said birth, and they are not interested in this matter.

 

Mary Eignor

Eliza her + mark Tyler

 

In presence of

Henry Griffeths

John Giles

 

Sworn to and subscribed before my this 20th day of March 1867 by said deponents, whom I certify to be credible persons.  I am not interested in this matter, that the contents of the foregoing affidavit was read to and understood by deponents.

 

 

[Form]

 

State of New York

Ulster County Clerk’s Office  SS

 

I, Nathan Williams, Clerk of the County of Ulster, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, in and for said County, being a court of record, do herby certify that Philip E. Crispell [?] whose signature appears to the annexted jurat or certificate, and before whom the annexed instrument appears to have been verified, was, at the date thereof, an acting Justice of the Peace within and for said County of Ulster, duly qualified and empowered by law to take the same.  And I further certify that I am well acquainted with the handwriting of each Justice and verily believe that the signature to the said jurat or certificate is genuine.

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have herunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court and County, the 6th day of April, 1867

H. [?] Williams, Clerk of Ulster County.

 

Page 18:  Note from Att. Charles Nettleton to Hon. Joseph H. Barrett

 

Page 18  [Note from Attorney Charles Nettleton]

 

 

BOUNTY AND PENTION OFFICE.

CHARLES NETTLETON,

ATTORNEY AND COUNELLOR AT LAW

 

Charles Nettleton, Notary and Commissioner for all the States

No. 111 Broadway

 

New York, Oct 12th, 1867

 

Hon. Joseph H. Barrett

Comm. Of Pensions

 

Dear Sir

 

In the claim of Catharine Decker increased pension No 17.004 I send herewith the [?]  explanation desired by yours of the note[?] [??] included herewith.

 

Yours most truly

Charles Nettleton

 

Page 19:  Statement of Catharine Decker (Page 1)

 

Page 19  [Statement of Catharine Decker – Page 1]

 

State of New York

County of Ulster  SS

 

Catharine Decker being by me duly sworn dothe on her oath depose and say that she is the applicant for increase of Pension on the annexed declaration on account of Mary A. Decker, Alace S. Decker, Lodema A. Decker and Idella C. Decker minor children of herself and late husband Minerd Decker.

 

Deponent further says that neither of her said children Mary A., Alace S., Ledema A. or Idella C were ever baptized and that there is no public or church record of their births or of either of their births, that deponent did not have any Physician to attend her at the time either or any of her said children were born nor during her confinement.

 

Deponent further says that Mrs. Eliza Tyler acted as midwife on the occasion of the birth of the said Mary A. Decker, Alace S. Decker, Lodema A. Decker and Idella C. Decker, that the affidavit of the said Eliza Tyler is hereto annexed that the best testimony deponent can furnish respecting said births is the evidence hereto annexed.

 

Catherine her X mark Decker

 

In presence of

Henry Griffeth

Mary Eignor

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th

 

Page 20:  Statement of Catharine Decker (Page 2)

 

Page 20  [Statement of Catharine Decker – Page 2]

 

 

Day of March 1867 by said deponent whom I certify to have understood the contents of the foregoing affidavit before execution.  I am not interested in this matter.

 

Philip E. Crispell

Justice of the Peace

 

 

[Form]

 

State of New York

Ulster County Clerk’s Office  SS

 

I, Nathan Williams, Clerk of the County of Ulster, and also Clerk of the Supreme Court, in and for said County, being a court of record, do herby certify that Philip E. Crispell [?] whose signature appears to the annexted jurat or certificate, and before whom the annexed instrument appears to have been verified, was, at the date thereof, an acting Justice of the Peace within and for said County of Ulster, duly qualified and empowered by law to take the same.  And I further certify that I am well acquainted with the handwriting of each Justice and verily believe that the signature to the said jurat or certificate is genuine.

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have herunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court and County, the 6th day of April, 1867

H. [?] Williams, Clerk of Ulster County.

 

Page 21:  Application for a New Certificate (partially obscured)

 

Page 21  [Application for a New Certificate – Partially obstructed]

 

[Small note in upper left obstructing part of original.  It reads:]

 

The P.A. gives persons address as the Corner’s Ulster Co. N. Y. Feb 19, 1895.

 

 

[What is visible of the document reads:]

 

….ON FOR A NEW CERTIFICATE

 

[Contains paragraph of instructions.]

 

nk., County of Ulster, SS:

4th day of March, 1892, before the subscriber

Rubbie [?] for said county, personally

Decker, who on oath declares that she is

The Widow of Minerd Decker who belonged to Company “K”

In the 20th Regiment of N.Y. Vols, in the service of the United States, in the

war of the Rebellion; that her name was placed on the pension roll of the State

of New York; that she received a pension certificate numbered 78123

and bearing the date the 30th day of January, 1868; that she was last

paid at New York Agency, to include the 4th day of Feby, 1892

that she has not bartered, sold, assigned, or pledged her pension certificate, or any interest therein;

but that on or about the 5th day of Feby, 1892 at or near

Pine Hill Ulster Co N.Y in morning [?]

It was mislaid or lost

 

My post-office address is Pine Hill, Ulster Co., N.Y.

(Signature of Applicant)  Catharine her X mark Decker

 

Also personally appeard Orvil [?] Smith, who on oath declares

That he well knows Catharine Decker, who has executed the foregoing

Affidavit, to be the identical pensioner named therein.

 

(Signature of Witness) Orvel Smith

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year aforesaid, the contents being first made known, and I

certify that the affiants are persons of veracity.

 

U.S. Grauh [?] Cure [?]

Notary Public

 

Page 22:  Application for a New Certificate (not obscured)

 

Page 22  [Application for a New Certificate – Not obstructed]

 

APPLICATION FOR A NEW CERTIFICATE

 

[Contains paragraph of instructions.]

 

 

State of New York, County of Ulster, SS:

 

On this 24th day of March, 1892, before the subscriber,

a Notary Public for said county, personally

appeared Catharine Decker, who on oath declares that she is

the widow of Minerd Decker who belonged to Company “K”

in the 20th Regiment of N.Y. Vols, in the service of the United States, in the

war of the Rebellion; that her name was placed on the pension roll of the State

 

[Remainder of document appears identical to the preceding one.  This appears to be the same document without the note attached to the upper left corner.]

 

Page 23:  Reissue Widow's Pension (Incorrect info & noted as such)

 

Page 23  [Reissue Pension – Incorrect information & noted as such]

 

[Note written across the front of this document:]

 

This crf [?] was incorrectly issued.  Should have been widow of Minerd Decker.  See crf. [?] no. 17.004

 

 

[Written in top margin]

 

78123 N. Y. City
Reissue Certificate Lost

 

[Form]

 

Widow’s Pension.

 

Claimant:  Catharine Decker

P.O. Pine Hill

County Ulster, State N.Y.

 

Soldier: Amos Decker

Rank Pvt, Co G [?]

Regiment 56 N.Y. Vol Inf.

 

Rate $12.00 per month, commencing March 19, 1886, date of the Oct

Issued in lieu of certificate dated Jany 30 186[?] to show change of rate.

 

Approvals:

Submitted for issue, July 18, 1892 W E Hartwell {?} Examiner

 

Page 24:  Reissue Widow's Pension

 

Page 24  [Reissue Pension  - Correct information]

 

[Written in top margin]

Cae 17004 N.Y. City

Reissue Ctf lost

 

 

[Form]

 

Widow’s Pension.

 

Claimant:  Catharine Decker

P.O. The Corner

Ulster Co., State N.Y.

 

Soldier:  Minerd Decker

Rank Sgt, Co. K

Regiment 20 N.Y. Vol. Inf.

 

Rate, $12 per month, commencing March 19, 1886 and [crossed off?] date of the Act

Issued in lieu of ctf. Dated Nov. 5, 1867 to show

And two dollars a month additional for each child, as follows:  change of rate.

 

[all documenting evidence left blank]

 

Approvals:

Submitted for issue, April 19, 1895, A. S. Bartlett, Examiner.

 

Page 25:  Catherine Decker - Dropped (1899 Deceased)

 

Page 25  [ Catharine Decker – Deceased]

 

[Left side, Top of Form Stamped:  DEAD.]

 

No. 17004

 

Catharine Decker

Widow of Minerd Decker

Rank Sgt.

Company K

Regiment:  20 N.Y. Vol. Inf.

 

Rate per Month, $12

Commencing Mar. 19, 1886

Ending

 

N.Y. City Agency

Issued  Apl. 19, 1895

Mailed “ 26 “ 1895

Fee, $ No atty

 

[Right side, Top of Form Stamped:  DROPPED]

 

Apl. 28/99 And. Adr.

Of dth – N.K.

 

Apr 15, 1899

Death JRJ

 

Page 26:  U.S. Pension Agency - Pensioner Dropped 1899

 

Page 26  [Pensioner Dropped]

 

[Form contains various stamped markings]

 

[top left]

T.P.M

T.P.M.

 

[top right]

U.S. Pension Office

Apr 17 1899

 

[middle right]

Finance Division

Bureau on Pensions.

Apr 20 1899

 

 

[Form]

 

U.S. Pension Agency

New York City, N.Y.

April 15, 1899

 

The Commissioner of Pensions.

 

Sir: [?]

 

I herby report that the name of Catharine Decker, Widow

Minerd, Sgt. K. 20 NY V. I. who was a pensioner on the rolls

Of this agency, under Certificate No. 17.004 and who was last paid

At $12, to Feb. 4, 1898, had been dropped

Because of reported death Mch 17 1898

 

Very respectfully

[signature in the form of a stamp, unreadable]

Pension Agent.

 

Every name dropped to be thus reported at once.

 

Page 27:  Adjutant General's Office - Minard's Service Information

 

Page 27  [ Adjutant General’s Office Document]

 

[Form]

 

Adjutant General’s Office,

Washington, D. C.,

Dec 15, 1863

 

Sir:

 

I have the honor to acknowledge receipt from your Office

of application for Pension No. 39 309, 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

Minard Decker was enrolled on the 23

Day of Sept, 1861, at Kingston in the Co. K

20th Regiment of N.Y. [??] /80 G[?]/ Volunteers, to [likely this is a reference to the 20th N.Y. State Militia being formally identified as the 80th Inf]

Serve [------- years, or – crossed out] during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on the 23rd day of Sept

1861, at Kingston N.Y., in Co. K, 20

Regiment of N.Y.S. [??] /80 G Volunteers) to serve [-------- yeas or:  crossed out]

During the war.  On the Muster Roll of Co. K

Of theat Regiment for the months of July and August

1863, he is reported A sergeant and “Killed at the battle of Gettysburg July 3rd 1863”

 

I am Sir, very respectfully

Your obedient servant

[Stamped signature]

Assistant Adjutant General

 

The Commissioner of Pensions,

Washington, D. C.

Memoranda

Name of applicant, Catharine Decker

Address, “The Clove” P.O. Ulster Co., New York

 

Page 28:  Charles Nettleton, Atty at Law - Form for Catharine Decker (Page 1)

 

Page 28  [Charles Nettleton, Attorney – Form for Catharine Decker – Page 1]

 

 

Charles Nettleton,

Attorney at Law

And

Pension and Bounty Agent

No. 111 Broadway

Trinity Building

New York

 

 

State of New York

County of Delaware  SS.

 

On this twenty third day of November A. D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty six

Personally appeared before me DeWitt Griffin a Notary Publica within and for the County and State aforesaid duly

appointed by Hon Joseph H. Barrett, Commissioner of Pensions, to take this application, Catherine Decker

a resident of Shandaken in the County of Ulster and State of New York

aged forty one 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 25th, 1866.  That she is the widow of Minerd Decker who was a Sergeant in

Company K commanded by Captin J.D.S. Cook in the 20th Regiment

of New York State Militia in the War of 1861, who was killed at the battle of Gettysburgh [sic]

in the State of Pennsylvania on the third day of July 1863.  He was shot through the

head and died on the battlefield of Gettysburgh [sic]

She further declares that she is a Pensioner of the United States, duly enrolled at the New York City

Pension Agency at the rate of Eight dollars per month.  That her Pension Certificate

is No. 17004 dated March 24th A. D. 1864.  She also declares, that the following

are the names and ages of each and all of the children of the said Minerd Decker now living,

who were under sixteen years of age on the 25th day of July, 1866, viz. Mary A. Decker born on

the 25th day of April 1856, Alace S. Decker born on the 7th day of July 1858,

Lodema A. Decker born on the 5th day of March 1860, and Idella C.

Decker born on the 31st day of March 1862.

and that she hereby appoints CHARLES NETTLETON, of New York City, in the State of New York

her Attorney, with full power of substitution, to procure for her from the United States such Pension as

she is entitled to, and to receive such Certificate as may be issued for the same.  My Post Office address

is Pine Hill, County of Ulster, State of New York.

 

[written underneath]

 

That I have not abandoned the support of any one of said children nor have I permitted either one of

said children to be dopted by any other person or persons as his her or their child.

 

Catherine her T mark Decker

 

In presence of

Henry Griffeth

DeWitt Griffin [?]

 

 

Also personally appeared Mary Eignor and Abrose S Gossoo residents

of Shandaken 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

Catharine Decker make her mark 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 that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

That they know the said Catharine Decker is the widow of the said Minerd Decker

who performed the military service mentioned in the declaration, from a personal acquaintance with her of

about twenty years, and with her said husband about ten years before his death.  That

she has remained a widow since his death.  That the names and ages of all of his children under sixteen years

of age at the time of their father’s death they believe to be correctly stated in her declaration.  That their

means of knowledge is derived from information and belief and from a personal acquaintance with the

said children and that the above was signed by mark in our presence.

 

Mary Eignor

Ambrose S. Gofsoo [?]

 

Page 29:  Charles Nettleton, Atty at Law - Form for Catharine Decker & Application (Page 2)

 

Page 29  [Charles Nettleton, Attorney – Form for Catharine Decker – Page 2]

 

 

Sworn to, subscribed and acknowledged, before me, this 23 day of November

A. D 1866; and I hereby Certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of

this claim.

[written in:  and that the contents of the within was made known to and understood by deponents before execution]

 

DeWitt Griffin

Notary Public

 

[Stamped:  Department of the Interior, Apr? 27, 1867]

 

 

[Cover Form]

 

Application of

Catharine Decker

For

WIDOW’S PENSION,

Under Act of July 28th, 1866

On account of Children under Sixteen

years of age.

 

 

Filed on ----- 186

By Charles Nettleton

111 Broadway

New York City

 

Page 30:  Affirmation of Notary Public

 

Page 30   [Affirmation of Notary Public]

 

State of New York

Delaware County Clerk’s Office,  SS.

 

I, W. Ward Grant, Clerk of the County of Delaware, and also Clerk of the Courts of said County, do hereby certify that Dewitt Griffin Esq.,

Before whom the annexed deposition purports to have been taken, was, at the time of taking such deposition, and Notary Public

in and for the County of Delaware aforesaid, elected and sworn, and duly authorized by law to take the same, and that his signature

thereto is genuine.

 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court and County, this 31st day of December, 1866

W.W. Grant, Clerk.

 

Page 31:  Form of Declaration for obtaining a Widow's Army Pension (Page 1)

 

Page 31  [Form of Declaration – Page 1]

 

 

[Note:  This document contains ages of the children which might be the reason for the confusion as to the birth date of Mary A. Decker in previous documents.]

 

 

Form of Declaration for obtaining a Widow’s Army Pension,

State of New York,

County of Ulster  SS.

 

On this 23d day of October A.D., one thousand eight hundred and

sixty-three, personally appeared before me the undersigned, Clerk of the Supreme Court

held in and for the County and state above named, Mrs. Catherine

Decker a resident of Shandaken in the

county of Ulster and state of New York, aged 37 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 Minerd Decker who was a Sergeant in company K

commanded by Cptain Baldwin in the 20th regiment of New York State Militia

otherwise known as the 80th Regt. N.Y.S. Vols., in the war of 1861, who on or about the 3d day

of July A.D 1863 at a place called Gettysburg, Pennsylvania came to his death by reason of

a death wound inflicted by a ball or some missile at the battle of Gettysburg, while

actively engaged in the milatry service & in the time of his death as a soldier in the military service of the United

States.  His said wound was she has been reliably informed – causing his death on the field of said battle.

She further declares that she was married to the said Minerd Decker at Shand-

aken N.Y. on the Ninth day of January in the year 185?; that her husband, the afore-

said Minerd Decker, died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained

a widow ever since that period.  That she has living four children under the age of 16 years

the issue of her then said husband – vis [?] Mary A. Decker, aged 8 years 5 months 7 28 days; Alice A. Decker

aged 5 years 4 months and 16 days: Lodema A. Decker, aged 3 years 8 months and 15 days;

Idella C. Decker, aged 1 year 7 months and 23 days – all of whom reside at Shandaken aforesaid with her

That at the date of this declaration the ages of her said children, are as stated above, they live at Shandaken afore[? Cut off?]

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.

That she was married by one Thomas Smith, a Justice of the Peace, & that she is not aware that there is a public or private record of her said marriage

 

Catherine her X mark Decker

 

In presence of

Mary Eignor

 

Also personally appeared Maria Eignor and Mary Eignor

residents of Shandaken, 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 Mrs. Catherine Decker make her mark 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 names and ages of her children under

the age of 16 years are as follows the ages given being their ages at her said husband’s death:  Mary A. Decker

aged at her husband’s death 8 years 2 months and about 9 days; Alice A. Decker, aged at her husband’s death

4 years and about 1 month; Lodema A. Decker, aged at her husband’s death 3 years and about 5 months; Idella C.

Decker, aged at her husband’s death 1 year and about 4 months

that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

 

Mary Eignor

Maria her X mark Eignor

 

In presence of

Sarah J. Irwin

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 23 day of October A. D. 1863

and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

 

Declarant’s P.O. Address

“The Clove” Ulster Co., N.Y.

 

H. W. Tibbuls [?]

Clerk of Ulster Co., N.Y.

 

Page 32:  Form of Declaration for obtaining a Widow's Army Pension (Page 2)

 

Page 32  [Form of Declaration – Page 2]

 

 

I, Catherine Decker, the before named applicant for a widow’s

pension, do hereby make, constitute, and appoint Robert P. Lee Shafer of

Kingston, Ulster Co., in the state of New York my agent and attorney, to procure

for me, from the United States, such pension as I am entitled to, and to received for me such certify-

cate as may be issued for the same.

 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 23d day

Of October, A.D. 1863.

 

Catherine her X mark Decker

 

Signed and sealed in presence of

Mary Eignor

Sarah J. Irwin

 

 

State of New York,

County of Ulster    SS.

 

On this 23d day of October A.D. 1863 personally appeared

before me the above named Mrs. Catherine Decker and acknowledged that she

executed the foregoing power of attorney as her free act and deed, for the purposes therein men-

tioned.

 

H.W. Tibbbals [?]

Clerk of Ulster Co. NY

 

 

[File cover?]

 

Widow’s Army Pension

In Case Of

Catherine Decker

Widow of

Minerd Decker, Deceased.

Co. K. 20th Regiment N.Y.S. Militia

 

Firea[?] ….  1863

4 Child

 

Robert P. Lee Shafer, Attorney

Kingston P.O.

Ulster Co [written & crossed out] County

New York State

 

Catherine Decker Applicant

“The Clove” P.O.

Ulster County

New York State

 

Claimant’s Attorney

R.P.L. Shafer, Kingston, N.Y.

 

 

February 1, 2011