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Widow of Civil War veteran also filed pension application

Posted March 26, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.

Last week, we shared information from the Civil War pension application of Daniel M. Wescott of Maine and Vermont, a veteran of the Battle at Gettysburg who filed a Declaration for Original Invalid Pension on Nov. 27, 1884, in Bangor.

According to a pedigree chart filled out in the early 1980s by the late Agnes Higgins Ames, who was researching the veteran for a Wescott relative in another state, Daniel M. Wescott was born March 28, 1836, to Thomas and Mercy Gray Wescott in the Maine town of Sedgwick, info from his Civil War record.

Daniel’s grandparents, according to Ames, were William and Margaret (Haney) Wescott and Capt. Joseph and Anna (Grindle) Gray, Joseph Gray being a veteran of the War of 1812. Daniel’s great-grandfather was William Wescott, born 1734 in York, a Revolutionary War veteran.

As I said last week, I have only a few pages from Daniel Wescott’s Civil War record. One of them is the General Affidavit filed in 1900 by Annie Wescott in her declaration for a widow’s pension, Daniel having died in 1898. Filed in Penobscot County, the affidavit says:

In the matter of Widow Daniel M. Wescott Co. E 15th Vt Vols, on this 1 day of Dec A.D. 1900, personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, Annie Wescott, aged 48 years, a resident of Bangor in the County of Penobscot and State of Maine whose Post Office address is Bangor Me well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

“Neither I nor my late husband had been previously married, we lived together up to his death, were never divorced from each other, I have not remarried since his death, and no person is bound legally or otherwise for my support. My husband died Jan 8, 1898, and on and since that date I have owned no real estate and have sold none. My husband left me a life insurance of three thousand dollars on which I have lived since his death, and I now have not one cent of it left and no other property of any kind real or personal, stocks or bonds from which an income can be derived, and I have no income from any source, and I am entirely dependent on my own daily labor for my support. My children now take care of me, and I am in feeble health. My husband was sick for three years and it took what little he had to take care of him.

She signed her name, Annie Wescott.

On the Declaration for Widow’s Pension in 1900, she stated that she was married under the name Annie Parody to Daniel M. Wescott on Aug. 10, 1867, by Sawyer Sewell in Old Town. She would have been 15 at the time of marriage.

Annie was asked to list any children of the solder who were living, and under age 16, as of the date of her declaration, Dec. 1, 1900. She listed Fred A., born July 25, 1882. He actually was 18, but the info does give us the name of a child as related by the mother. The document also gives a reference to Daniel’s pension No. 574733.

Ames wrote that the 1880 Census of Bangor listed one child of Daniel and Annie Wescott, a 2-year-old daughter, Blanche. She used the 1880 Census to affirm that Daniel M. Wescott was born in Maine, and that both of his parents were born in Maine.

Ames hoped to make a copy of that page of the 1880 Census for her correnspondent, but that didn’t work out. “Since the machine I had to use today did not make copies, I had two people look at the film and sign as witnesses.”

One of the people witnessing the page from the 1880 Census was James Vickery, well-known teacher, historian and author who could frequently be found at Bangor Public Library. His collection of Maine books was left to Special Collections at the University of Maine’s Fogler Library in Orono.

Daniel Wescott’s death certificate says he was 61 years 9 months 11 days old when he died. He had been a conductor for Maine Central Railroad. The cause of death was diabetes mellitus according to D. McCann, MD. His parents were reportedly Thomas and Mercy Haney Wescott of Brooksville. However, Ames wrote that Haney was actually the maiden name of his grandmother. Daniel is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Kathy Montejo, chairman of the publicity committee for the Maine Genealogical Society, has sent a reminder that registration for the annual spring workshop is due Thursday, April 4.

I have sent in my registration for the MGS workshop “Using the U.S. Census Records,” to be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Augusta Civic Center. Helen Shaw, a certified genealogist and experienced researcher, will give four talks on census records.

“This is a great chance for some in-depth training in the use of federal census records,” Montejo wrote. “These contain lots of information, so much of it goes unnoticed and gets missed! Come learn the most effective ways of using this very accessible research reference.

“Other highlights of the event include an opportunity to purchase available MGS Special Publications (save on shipping costs!) and an excellent time to connect with friends and colleagues and perhaps break through a brick wall or two.”

Case studies will be used to show how to formulate and test hypotheses based on information in census records. The talk will start with two simple problems and move to more complex cases, one of which uses pre-1850 censuses.

The cost for this workshop is $30 for MGS members, $40 for non-members, with buffet lunch included. Send check to Maine Genealogical Society, ℅ Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield, ME 04270-6456.

Or you may register and pay to attend the workshop online at http://conference.maineroots.org/.

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 familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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