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Military Pension Record: William Finsley (Husband of Nancy Jane McCombs)
Posted by: Lorraine Verboort (ID *****3611) Date: September 21, 2002 at 19:50:30
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Summary Extracted From: Military Pension Records for William Finsley (National Archives & Records Administration file #843-765):
       Declaration for Original Invalid Pension (dated May 15, 1880; filed in Ohio County, WV):
              William Finzel, age 40, resident of Marshall County, WV
              Enrolled in Company C of the 5th Regiment of WV Volunteer Cavalry on June 1, 1861 (led by Capt James Billingsly)
              Rank: Private
              Honorably discharged June 14, 1864 in Wheeling, WV
              Physical description: age 40, 5 ft 6 in tall, light complexion, light hair, grey eyes
              Dec 15, 1863 while in service at New Creek, WV: contracted dropsy. Does not know the cause of the desease, except
                     that it might have been incurred from hardship and exposure.
              Treatment: Cumberland, MD from Dec 1863 to Feb 1864; Claryville from Feb 1864 to Mar 15, 1864;
                     St. Parkersburg from Mar 1864 until June 1864.
              Occupation prior to enrollment: Farmer
              Occupation since leaving the service: Farmer in Marshall County, WV
              Now 1/3 disabled
              Attested by: Thomas McCombs, Edgar W. McCombs

       Bureau of Pensions, Medical History Form (dated Jan 28, 1895):
              Name: William Finzel
              Service: Co. C, 2nd Regt, VA Infantry prior to Jan or Feb 1864; Co. C, 5th Regt, WV Cavalry Jun 1, 1861-Jun 14, 1864
              Rank: Private
              Present except as follows:
                     Aug 31, 1862: absent without leave
                     Oct 31, 1862: absent at battle of Bull Run and paroled
                     Dec 31, 1863: absent sick in US Hospital Cumberland, MD
              Also named as Fenzel
              Treated as Finsell, Co. C, 2nd WV Infantry Sept 7-12, 1861: Fever

       Form #37, Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (dated Oct 22, 1916):
              William Finsley, Pension certificate #796336
              Served in 5th Regiment of WV Cavalry, Company C
              Cause of Death: Cardiac Hypertrophy
              Next Of Kin: Nancy Jane Finsley, Short Creek, WV
              Died at Central Branch on Oct 19, 1916
              Social Condition: Married

       Declaration for Widow's Pension (dated Nov 22, 1916; filed in Brooke County, WV):
              Nancy J. Finsley, age 73, Birthplace: Sherrard, WV, DOB: June 12, 1883 (Lorrie: birth year error...should be 1843)
              Widow of William Finsley, who enlisted in 1861 at Wheeling, WV under the name of William Finsley as a Private
                     in Company C 5th Regiment WV Cavalry and was honorably discharged in 1864.
              Married to soldier on Jan 24, 1866 under the name of Nancy Jane McCombs at Sherrard, WV by Reverend Alexander
              Not previously married
              Soldier died Oct 19, 1916 at Dayton, OH

       Pensioner Drop Report (dated Sep 12, 1922):
              Widow Certificate #843765
              Pensioner: Nancy J. Finsley
              Soldier: William
              Service: C5 WV Cav
              Widow dropped from the pension roll due to death on Aug 22, 1922

       Application for Reimbursement (dated Oct 2, 1922; filed in Ohio County, WV):
              Claimant for Reimbursement: William A. Finsley, age 53, resident of Short Creek, Ohio County, WV (son)
              Reimbursement For: Last sickness/burial of Nancy Jane Finsley (widow of William Finsley - deceased)
              Widow's Date of Death: Aug 22, 1922
              Cause of Death: Labar Pneumonia
              Sickness Began: Aug 18, 1922
              Nursed by Bessie Finsley
              Pensioner's Residence during sickness: Huffs Run, Short Creek, WV
              Place of Death: Short Creek, WV
              Burial Place: Short Creek Cemetery
              Claim Witnesses: Edward McKinley & A.M. Wait (both stating they have known William A. Finsley for 15 years)

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