What would really kindle your interest in searching for a Civil War veteran on your family tree? Finding out that he served at the Battle of Gettysburg?
Then keep reading if you’re related to Daniel M. Wescott of Maine — or Daniel M. Wescott of Vermont.
They’re the same person.
In 1884, Daniel M. Wescott signed as “D.M. Wescott” a Declaration for Original Invalid Pension in Bangor. Here is a transcription of that page:
On this 27th day of November, AD one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four personally appeared before me, Clerk of SupJudCourt, a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Daniel M. Wescott, aged 48 years, a resident of the City of Bangor, county of Penobscot, State of Maine, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Daniel M. Wescott, who was enrolled on the 22nd day of October, 1862, in company E of the 15th regiment of Vermont Vol commanded by Capt Warren Noyes, and was honorably discharged at Brattleboro, Vt on the 5th day of August 1863; that his personal description is as follows:
Age: 48 years; height: 5 feet 9½ inches; complexion, Light; hair, light; eyes, hazel. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Near Gettysburg, in the State of Virginia on or about the 1st day of July 1863, he “was attacked with Rheumatism on the march to Gettysburg and was helped along and after the Battle at Gettysburg (in which I was in the fight) I went to the Hospital at Anapolis (sic) and remained about a month. I returned to my regiment, came home to Brattleboro, Vt, was mustered out by reason of expiration of service. Dr. Adams of Island Pond, Vt attended me after I got home.”
That he was treated in hospital as follows: At Anapolis. Don’t know surgeon’s name. That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise as stated above. Military Enrolled on the 22nd day of Oct 1862 and discharged August 5th, 1863.
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the town of Island Pond in the State of Vermont, and his occupation has been that of a Railroad conductor. That prior to his entry into the service the above named he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled a Breakman (sic). That he is now totally 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 displaced on the invalid pension-roll of the United States.
He hereby appoints JD Warren Esq of Bangor, State of Maine, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received, nor before applied for a pension. That his Post Office address is Bangor, county of Penobscot, State of Maine to care of JD Warren Esq.
A Surgeon’s Certificate for Civil War veteran Daniel M. Wescott was filled out on Dec. 13, 1893 — nine years later — in Bangor, according to Pension Application 574.733.
Metallic clicking of tricuspid valve. Skin rough and mottled in appearance. Tongue red corrugated in median line and serrated on edges. Countenance florid, conjunctiva of right eye yellowish, left eye absent from accident 15 years ago. Liver dullness 3½ in mammary line and 4½ in axillary extending from 6th 7th to lower border of ribs, not tender. Spleen not located. Epigastrium and abdomen full, dull, adipose, and not tender. Rectum normal. No other disability is found to exist.
I don’t have all of Wescott’s Civil War file, just a few pages from the late Agnes Higgins Ames, who researched Wescott for one of his descendants some 30 years ago, but those I have are intriguing. If Wescott was my Civil War ancestor, I certainly think I’d want to obtain the whole file through the National Archives and Research Administration in Washington.
For information on obtaining a copy of Civil War records, visit archives.gov/veterans/. Under Military Records, click on “Locate older (pre-World War I) military service records.” The cost for up to 100 pages copied from a Civil War record is $80.
More next week on Daniel M. Wescott, including his parentage and his wife’s application for a widow’s pension.
Charlie and Judy Reitze, co-directors of the Bangor Family History Center, have announced that on Saturday, March 30, in Franklin, Mass., there will be a free “New England Family History Conference.” The only cost is for lunch and a printed copy of the syllabus. This year’s classes will include offerings on the new Family Tree, and on British, Portuguese and African American heritage.” See the website at nefamilyhistory.com for more information.
Bangor Family History Center classes are generally held the second Saturday morning of the month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, there will be no class on Saturday, April 13, in hopes that researchers will consider attending the Maine Genealogical Society workshop with certified genealogist Helen Shaw in Augusta. For more information, see the MGS website conference.maineroots.org/. There is a cost for the workshop and the lunch.
For information on hours and programming at the Family HIstory Center in Bangor, visit the FamilySearch Research Wiki familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Bangor_Maine_Family_History_Center.
For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.