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Re: Denton Adams and Nancy Wilson, late 19th cent. in Ohio and PA
Posted by: J (ID *****8954) Date: May 28, 2009 at 08:46:30
In Reply to: Denton Adams and Nancy Wilson, late 19th cent. in Ohio and PA by William Muller of 1583

The 1890 US Census Veterans Schedule lists Nancy Adams as Denton's widow, in Richill Twp, Greene Co. Denton's service is given as 10 Oct 1862 to 25 May 1864. A note at the bottom states Denton was wounded at "Wilderness" and "died shortly after place unknown."

The 122d Ohio Infantry was in engagements at Battles of the Wilderness (Spottsylvania Co, VA) May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21; Assault on the Salient, "Bloody Angle," May 12; North Anna River May 23-26; On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. . . .

It seems likely that the last day of service was the official date of death. The US Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors site gives an estimate of casualties at the Wilderness as 18,400 on the Union side. Given this number and the following engagements, it would be quite understandable if paperwork were not kept up to date. If you obtain his Service Record from the National Archives, there may be some notation as to whether the casualties were centralized at a given location. You can download the form NATF-86 to request this record from the Archives' web site.

Given Denton's date of death, even if it is only approximate, he would not have been father of Perry and Alice. They could have been children of, say, a brother to Denton or relative of Nancy. It is possible that Nancy remarried and they were children by this marriage.

The LDS' transcript of Muskingum Co. Marriages does not list a marriage of Nancy Adams there. But if you go to Muskingum Co. courthouse and check the records you may find such a record as well as possibly birth records for Perry and Alice that would give parents' names.

The estate of Denton Adams would have been administered in Muskingum County; the estate records may give you more information. A land record where Nancy sells Denton's land might specify the name of a second husband.

It is possible that some of the children married in Greene Co., where marriages were recorded beginning in 1885.

The invaluable work of Jim Fordyce includes a posted index to Greene Co. Marriages; there is listed the marriage of an Alice L. Adams to a William Jackson Bennett, Oct 14, 1891 "at the home of the bride". There is no entry for a Perry Adams marrying in Greene Co.

Mr. Fordyce's web site is here:

If you go to the Greene Co. Courthouse you can check to see what additional information may have been with this marriage record, and you can check for a proceeding on Nancy's estate that may tell you more about who exactly her children were.

It is possible that Nancy filed an application for a pension for minor children of a deceased Union soldier. I did not find such an application file indexed on, but their index to these files is defective. has also begun a complete index to these files, but has not completed the project. Such pension application files are also in the National Archives; from their site you can download Form NATF-85 to order a copy of this file, and another to order Denton's service record. Orphans of deceased soldiers were entitled to pensions until they reached age 16. It is also possible that Nancy filed an application for a widow's pension separately; similarly I did not find this indexed on, but it may be indexed on The Pension office repeatedly asked widows to list and document names and birthdates of children, so such files could be very valuable.

The Archives' site to download the forms or to order the files on-line is:

For the orphans' pension the Archives wants to know their names and where they lived when as well as father's and mother's name and of course Denton's unit ID and service dates.

Good hunting!

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