|Civil War (Union Army) pension papers pertaining to Rev. MARTIN ALONZO EAST of Sebastian County, Arkansas|
Muster & Descriptive Rolls of U.S. Vol (Company I, 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry)
Martin East, Co I, 1 Reg't Arkansas Inf. Appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above.
Age 23 years; height 5 feet 4 inches
Eyes black; hair black
Where born Washington Co ILL
When Mch 1 1863
Where F'ville (Fayetteville)
By whom A.B. Terry; term 3 y'rs.
Martin East, Pvt, Co I, 1 Reg't Arkansas Infantry, Age 23 years, Appears on
COMPANY MUSTER-IN-ROLL of the organization named above. Roll dated Fayetteville, Mch 20, 1863. Muster-in to date Mch 20, 1863
Martin East, Pvt, Co I, 1 Reg't Arkansas Infantry, Appears on RETURNS as follows:
Aug 1864. Co Clerk
Sept 1864 to Feb 1865 Detached per S.O. No 146 Dist HdQrs Sep 12 '64 in Refugee office
Mch 1865 on duty as Co Clerk
June 1865 to July 1865 Detached as per S.O. No 86 Dist HdQrs. June 10th 1865
Martin East, Pvt, Co I, 1 Reg't Arkansas Infantry, Age 23 years Appears on CO. MUSTER-OUT ROLL, dated Ft Sith, Ark, Aug 10, 1865
Muster-out to date Aug 10, 1865.
Last paid to Feb 18, 1865.
Last settled June 30, 1864; drawn since $79. 42.
Bounty due: $100.00
CIVIL WAR PENSION PAPERS (Martin Alonzo East)
(Originally applied for pension in 1877 and re-applied several times later in life. The original 1877 application is evidently not on file in Washington D.C.)
General Form of Affidavit. (No date, year 1877)
State of Texas, County of Williamson (Bastrop lined out)
In the matter of claim for pension of MARTIN EAST, late of Company I. 1" Ark Vols. of Ft Smith, County of Sebastian, State of Arkansas, personally came before me, a clerk of the county court of said Williamson county in and for aforesaid county and State, C.R. RUTHERFORD, of Georgetown (Red Rock lined out), County of Williamson (Bastrop lined out), State of Texas, who, I hereby certify is a respectable and credible person, and who being duly sworn declares in relation to the aforesaid claim, as follows:
That his age is 37 years and he is and has been well acquainted with the claimant herein for the past 18 years; that he is the identical person who served in company E, 1" Regiment Ark, Vols, and claimant was a member of company I of said regiment; that sometime about the 17 of April 1863 claimant received a kick in the face by his mule which severely injured him; that at the time stated claimant, deponent and others were engaged in recruiting and they were obliged to swim the Arkansas River at or near Van Buren Ark it being too dangerous to cross at the ferry and in swimming said river claimant's mule got into such shape that he was obliged to slide off its back into the water and hold fast to its tail and in this way was hauled safely across and upon reaching the opposite side the mule gave claimant a kick which knocked him sensless; that deponent was an eye witness to the facts herein related and swam behind claimant in crossing said river. C.R. Rutherford (Signature of Affiant)
ATTEST: Levi Pennington, J.W. McCauly
(Note: Calvin R. Rutherford, born 1840, was an uncle to Martin East's wife Eliza Harriet Jones. Eliza's mother, Narcissa (Rutherford) Jones, was Calvin's sister. Calvin Rutherford moved to Texas after the Civil War, but later returned to Sebastian County)
Act of June 27, '90
Certificate No. 317841. Name: MARTIN EAST
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C., January 15, 1898.- - - - - - - -
First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes. Eliza Harriet. Maiden name Jones
Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. Feb 3d 1862. Near Bloomer Sebastian Co Ark. by Rev R.D. Steel
Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. None. Court Records have been destroyed by fire
Fourth. Were you previously married?
Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. Yes. Viz: Alonzo Hayes Born Dec 25 1877. J.B. East Born Aug 8 1872. Sarah E. Born Mar 1 1875. Daisy L. Born Sept 5 1879. Moody H. Nov 7 1881. William W. Born June 30 1883. Ora Bonnie Roscoe Born Dec 30 1888.
Martin East (Signature)
Date of reply, May 4, 1898
(Note: Married daughter Annie Phoebe Jones not listed)
State of Arkansas, County of Franklin.
Martin East makes oath and says that he is the identifcal person who is a pensioner under certificate No. 317.841, Co. I, 1st Ark Inf Vol in the Civil War; and who filed claim for pension under act of February 6, 1907, filed January 20th, 1909; that the marriage record of his age was burned in the court house at Greenwood, in Sebastian County, Arkansas in the fire that burned said court house and the records therein about the year 1878; that the record of his birth was recorded in the family Bible of his father and mother; that at his father's death in the spring of 1839 in the state of Illinois affiants mother, Permelia East, afterwards Morris by marriage, moved in the autumn of 1839 to Batesville in the state of Arkansas, taking the family Bible with her; Affiant left his mother's home at Batesville in the year 1859, which was the last time he saw the said Bible. The name and date of birth was recorded in said Bible in almost if not the following words: "Martin Alonzo East, born Jan 10 1839." This affiant frequently saw his name recorded and birth recorded in the said Bible on the page of the said Bible under the Head, "Family Record". That when his said mother died in 1859, the family moved to different places and some of the family became in possession of the said Bible and affiant has not seen it since. Signed: Martin East
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of February, 1909.
T.A. Pettigrew, Notary Public. My commission expires March, 16th, 1910.
(Note: Illinois State & Federal census evidence suggests that Martin's father, Joseph & family, were still in Madison County, IL until at least 1845. Martin's grandfather Hillery Cason was also still in Madison Co IL during the 1840 census. It appears they all moved to Arkansas around 1845 rather than 1839.
Also, Martin's mother Permelia Morris was alive during the 1860 census of Independence Co AR. She died sometime during the 1860's at Gainsboro, just east of Batesville Ark. Her gravesite cannot be found. After her death, it is believed that Permelia's 2d husband James Morris also moved to Sebastian Co AR and resided near his step-son, Martin, who had moved there in 1870.)
Act of May 11, 1912. DECLARATION FOR PENSION
State of Arkansas, County of Franklin, ss:
On this 29 day of May, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and twelve personally appeared before me a clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the county and State aforesaid, MARTIN EAST who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 73 years of age, and a resident of Charleston, county of Franklin, State of Arkansas; and that he is the identifcal person who was enrolled at Fayetteville, Arkansas, under the name of Martin East on the First day of March, 1863 as a Private, in I Co First Ark Infantry Vol in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was Honorably Discharged at Fort Smith, Ark, on the 10th day of August 1865. That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was follows: Height 5 feet 4 inches; complexion, Dark; color of eyes, Dark; color of hair, Dark; that his occupation was Farmer; that he was born January 10th, 1839, at Highland Illinois.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: At Batesville, Ark from Sep 1865 to Nov 1870, and at Charleston Ark from 1870 until 1912.
That he is a pensioner under certificate No. 317 841. That he has not applied for pension under original No. 317 841.
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of May 11, 1912.
That his post-office address is Charleston, county of Franklin State of Arkansas.
Signed: Martin East
Attest: (1) Thos Martin
(2) B.R. East
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 29 day of May, A.D. 1912, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration were fully made known and explained to the applicant before swearing, - - - - - -
and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
W.I. Agee, Circuit Clerk
By W.J. Jones Dept Clerk
Act of May 11, 1912, United States of America, Department of the Interior
No 317,841. Reissue.
Bureau of Pensions
It is hereby certified That in conformity with the laws of the United States MARTIN EAST who was a Private Co I, 1" Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, is entitled to a pension at the rate of Twenty-three dollars per month, to commence June 1, 1912.
Given at the Department of the Interior this Sixth day of March one thousand nine hundred and thirteen and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and thirty seventh. Lewis C. Laylin??, Secretary of the Interior
Countersigned. J.L. Davenport, Commissioner of Pensions
Drop Order and Report. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Finance Division
Washington, D.C. Mar 18 1913, Martin East 317.841 Act of May 11, 1912, Co I 1" Arkansas Inf
U.S. Pension Agent, Knoxville
SIR: You are hereby directed to drop from the roll the name of the above-described pensioner who died Jan 23, 1913.
J.L. Davenport, Commissioner
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REPORT Mch 5, 1913. Commissioner of Pensions
SIR: The name of the above-described pensioner, who was last paid at $15.00 per month to 4 Nov 1912, has this day been dropped from the roll of this agency.
A.? Thompson, Mch 20, 1913