In 1880, Aseneth (Wood) Paddock filed for a widow’s pension. Her husband, Wilson J. Paddock had died due to injuries suffered during his Civil War service. (He actually never fought, but was thrown about 8 feet down the hatchway on a troop ship when it was tossed about in a gale, and suffered a spinal cord injury of which he died after suffering for several years.) The following is information extracted from his service records and his widow’s application for pension. She claimed there were no civil records existing for her marriage and her children’s births and provided affidavits of witnesses to these events. Since no other record of these events may exist, I post them here in case they are of interest to other researchers.
Pension claim no. 269889
Wilson J. Paddock
Private, Co. K, 10 N.Y. Volunteer Heavy Artillery
Enlisted 30 August 1864 at Watertown, New York
At the time of enlistement, he is 28 years old (Agrees with 1836 birth year in other family records.), 5’10” tall, of dark complexion and grey eyes, and working as a farmer.
Injury: September 1864
Discharge for disability: 21 April 1865 from U.S.A. General Hospital, York, PA
Died: 25 August 1877 Philadelphia, Jefferson County, New York.
Age in 1882: 39 (Estimated birth 1843. This agrees with other family records.)
4 March 1862 by Rev. James Gregg, “a Congregationalist clergyman (Now deceased)” Philadelphia, Jefferson County, New York.
Neither were previously married.
The witnesses to the wedding (affidavit) were Aseneth’s parents. The affidavit listed their names as Silas Wood, aged 76, occupation farmer, and Almina Wood, aged 71. The exact date of the affidavit is unclear, though it was most likely 1882.
The signature of Silas reads “Silas V. Wood”
The signature of Mrs. Wood is smudged and written over, but appears to be “Elnore Wood”
Witnesses to the signatures of Mr. And Mrs. Silas Wood are Clara Wood and Sally Wood.
Alice M. Paddock born 2 March 1863
Milon Paddock and Milo Paddock (twins) born 22 April 1864
Jennie Paddock born 17 August 1868
Lillian Paddock born 15 April 1871
Births of the first three children were witnessed by neighbore Elizabeth Whiting and Julia A. Cook.
Births of the last two children were witnessed by attending physician John H. Miller.
An affidavit of a William Wood was included. William Wood claimed he was a former pupil of Wilson Paddock, enlisted with him, and witnessed the accident. There is no information indicating if William Wood is related to Aseneth Wood Paddock.
Note: Aseneth Wood Paddock later remarried. Her 2nd husband was Niles E. Osborn.
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