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Military Pension Records: Frederick Finsley (son of Augustus & Charlotte Finsel)
Posted by: Lorraine Verboort (ID *****3611) Date: September 21, 2002 at 00:46:24
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Extracted from NARA Military Pension Record #981459:

Declaration For Pension filed in Beaverhead County, MT (dated July 1, 1912):
Physical Description Upon Enlistment: 5' 6" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair
Occupation: Farmer
Birth: Aug 16, 1842 in Wheeling, WV
Age: 70
Current Residence: Jackson, Beaverhead County, MT
Previous Residences: Marshall County, WV (Post Office: Sherrard) until 1870, Newton, Harvey County, KS until 1896
Military Service: Oct 6, 1861-Feb 14, 1864 (Private, 1st Regiment of VA Volunteer Infantry, Honorably discharged)
Feb 15, 1864-Jul 16, 1865 (Private, 2nd Regiment of WV Veteran Volunteer Infantry)

Bureau of Pensions Questionnaire (dated Feb 21, 1898):
Current Residence: Jackson, Beaverhead County, MT
1. Are you a married man? Yes Wife's name Eliza Jane Finsley maiden name Clark
2. When, where, and by whom were you married? 1867 by Squire Mays West Alexander Washing Co Penn
3. What record of marriage exists? Certificate of marriage
4. Were you previously married? was never maried but once
5. Have you any children living? have eight chilldren liveing four under age Clara Finsley born March 6 1888 Alice Finsley born febuary 6 1890 Bertha Finsley born febuary 18 1892 Guy Finsley born July 16 1882

Bureau of Pensions, Request For Official Statement of Military Service (filed Jan 3, 1891):
Frederick Finsley enlisted:
Feb 16, 1864 as a private in Co. H, 2nd Regiment, WV Veteran Infantry
Private in Co. E, 1st Regiment, WV Infantry
Captain Jacob Ballyell commanding the former
Discharged at Clarksburg, WV on July 16, 1865
Alleged that while on duty at Cumberland, MD on or about Apr 1, 1865, he was disabled by diptheria and
rheumatism in left shoulder, arm and hip.

War Department Record and Pension Division (dated Jan 5, 1891):
Frederick Finsley, Co. E, Regiment 1, WV Infantry was enrolled Oct 6, 1861 and mustered out Jul 16, 1865 with
Co. H, 2nd Regiment, WV Veteran Infantry to which transferred. Enlisted as Vet Vol Feb 16, 1864.
From Dec 31, 1864 to Jul 16, 1865 he held the rank of Pvt. and during that period the rolls show him
present except as follows: Feb 28, Apr 30, and Jun 30, '65 "sick at Cumberland, MD since Feb 23, 1865."
The medical records show him treated as follows: As Pri Co. E 1 WV Inft Oct 7, 1864 - sore feet
Co. H 2 WV Vets Feb 15 to July 13, 1865 Syphilis, returned to duty

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