Monday, January 21, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: The Civil War Pension File of Isaac Carter: Document #23

Isaac Carter filed this affidavit, along with those previously transcribed here, with his original pension claim form.

If you have been following the testimony, you will note that this affidavit includes some additional supporting details which enhance the timeline of events. If not, you can follow the transcriptions of this Civil War Pension File by clicking on the page tag above.

NOTE: The specific details that did not come out in the full testimony of Isaac's comrades and neighbors are highlighted in yellow.

Document #23: Affidavit: Isaac Carter, 10 May 1892

State of North Carolina)
County of Craven         )
In matter of original Invalid claim
No. 662812 of Isaac Carter Late Sergeant
of Co. B & G 14 Regt U.S.C. H Arty
on this 10th Day of May A.D. 1892
Personally appeared before me a
Notary Public for and
Within the County and State
afore said, Isaac Carter age
51 years Resident Harlow Craven
Co. N.C. well known to be
Reputable and Entitled to credit
who being Duly Sworn
according to Law Discloses

as follows. I enlisted a Privat
of Co. B 14 Regt U.S.C.H. Arty
March 12, 1864, and Promoted
Second Sergeant of Co. B 14
Regt U.S.C.H. Arty on about
Sept 1864. and was Transfered
to Co. G 14 Regt U.S.C.H. Arty
as Duty Sergeant on about the 
month September 1865 and
was Honorable Discharge Duty
Sergeant of Co. G 14 Regt U.S.
C.H. Arty December 11th 1865
and I Gone Lived at Harlowe
Craven Co. N.C. The First
Disease I contracted while I was
in Co. B. 14Regt.U.S.C.H. Arty
was the Rheumatism. At Caroline
City, N.C. on or about the month
of December 1864 The Regiment
was Taken from Warm Baracks
at New Berne N.C. on about the
Last of November 1864 and
carried to Carolina City N.C.
and we Layed out some
Eight or Ten Days with out
Tents, and it Sleeted and snow
and Rain and we was Expose
to the Weather and I was taken
with Pains in Feet and Legs and
I have been growing worse
Every Since with the Chronic
Rheumatism, at times Down
in my Bed not able to help
my self in the Spring 1865
I was taken with Chronic
Diarrhea by Drinking Bad
Bad water which Resulted
in to Piles and the Doctor
Treated me in Hospital at
Carolina City. I also was taken
with Deep Cold. and Asthma
in the Spring of 1865 and
inlargement of the Stomache
of which I have been greatly
Trouble with Each and Every
Year Since, Cough and Lung
Trouble at times have be Prop
up in a my Bed. xxxxx me xxxxx
unable to Do Manual Labor
and my wife and children
works out to take xxxx of
me. I thought that I would
Die once or twice at Carolina
City N.C. in Spring of 1865
I was Down in Hospital
with the afore said Disabilities
I have furnish worth and competent
witnesses who was of my Company
and Regimene and this affidavit
and filed with my claim to
wit Sergeant Albert A. Elliott
Sergt Silas Fenner, Privet Samuel
Keach of Co. B. 14 Regt U. S.C.H.
Arty and Privet Sharper
Williams of Co. G 14 Regt U.S.
C.H. Arty these men was with
me and I have furnish Neighbor
Witnesses as to my Present
Condition and I ask that my
Case be made Special according
to the Rules. and Regulations of
the Pension Department. I
am now suffering for the
Necessary of this Life and
unable to work. I ask that
Commissioners to Please Consider
my poor condition now while 
I am Living.
Witness           )                      his
EW Carpenter )             Isaac  X  Carter
[  ] E Hudson  )                     mark

                                               sworn & sub-
scribed to before me this
10th day of May/92 & I certify
that the foregoing was
read to claimant before
making his mark to
same & that he is the
identical person he claims
to be & in credible & worthy of
belief.                       EW Carpenter
                                 Notary Public

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Civil War Pension File of Isaac Carter: Document #22

Domument #22 is an affidavit sworn by Rufus L. Carter, Isaac Carter's first cousin.  You can see from the pedigree to the left how they are connected within the Carter Family Tree.

The only difference I can see in testimony between Rufus L. Carter and other affiants is that during the time he spent with Isaac Carter in Carolina City, they stayed in a tent.

This was reportedly during the Fall of 1864, while the time when they reportedly had worked and slept in the winter elements was in November of the same year. This was sworn testimony by his comrade, Samuel Keach Windley. Sharper Williams, also of his same Company, stated that in February 1865 he was in the hospital and treated by the Surgeon. While the onset of his illness was in  November 1864, he was hospitalized during February 1865...from Fall through the winter months.

Below is the exact transcription of Document #22, sworn by Isaac Carter's first cousin, Rufus L. Carter. Any spelling or punctuation errors are as they appeared in the original document.

State of North Carolina)
County of Craven         )
In the matter of Original Invalid pensions
Claim No. 662812 of Isaac Carter Late
a Sergent of Co. G 14 Regt U.S.C HArty
on this 10th day of May A.D. 1892
Personally appeared before me a Notary
Public for & within the county
& state afore said Mr. Rufus L. Carter
age 48 years Resident of Harlow N.C.
well known to be rebtable & entitle to
credit who being duly sworn accor-
ding to Law. says has been Well
and personally acquainted with

the claimant Isaac Carter for
48 years and have lived in the same
Neighborhood with him Partially Raised
up together before the Late War he was
a well and a harty man and I
Remember on or about the time
he Left home to enlist in the
U.S. Army which was some time
first of the year of 1864. he enlisted
in the 14 Regiment U.S.C HArty. I Well
Remember that on or about the Last of the
fall of 1864 I Went down to Carolina
City N.C. and I Saw Isaac Carter
with other Soldirs and I Stayed with
Isaac Carter in the Tent with him
One Night. I Remember Seeing
the claimant Teo or Three times after
he enlisted in the U.S.Army and
when he was Discharge Dec. 11, 1865.
I saw him Very soon after he was
discharged & he was complaning of
Rheumatism in feet and legs and
he complaine of Pains in side and
Breast and he complaining of the
Diarrhea & Piles and he has continued
to complain from date of Discharge
up to the Present. & he has growed
worse & worse each yeare he has
not been in the Military or Navail
Services Since he was Discharge Dec. 1865
I Live within a halfor mile of him & and continues to
See him Weekly & some times daily
and still complaine of Diarrhea &
pl Piles & Rheumatism pains in
Breast & left side I have known him
to be down in Bed confine Two &
Thee Weeks at a time with the Diarrhea
& Rheumatism & weakness of the Back
and he is down about Two Thirds of
his time he can not do any Manual
Labor Whatever at times he suffers
and continues to grow worse and worse each
yeare. I Remember Sept 1891 while was at
Work the claimant was trying to work
& he was complaining of the Dirrhea
& Piles then & said he could not Work
& could not do any heavy work and
He stope work & went to the sink
and when came Back from the sink
he give out & fell and I went and
taken him up & put him in my
Sciff & got a man to carrie Isaac
Carter home to his wife for he was a
Bad off with Diarrhea & Piles and
he had not been able to do anything
of any account Since & continues
to have Severe attack of Diarrhea and
Piles & Rheumatism he is more than
Two Thirds disable. he suffers for
Medical aid by being not able to
Empoloy any Physecoin he is a
Poor Invalid soldire & suffers
for the Necessaries of Life. he can not
work his wife work & dose the Best she
can for him I am no concern
in the prosecution of this claim
My PO address is Harlowe N.C.
Withess          )
EW Carpenter)    Rufus L. Carter
J.P. Godett     )

                                 Sworn & Sub-
scribed to before me this
10th day of May/92 & I certify
that the foregoing was
read to affiant before
signing same & that he
is the identical person
he claims to be & is credible
& worthy of belief.
                              EW Carpenter
                              Notary Public

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Nominated Twice (Make that 3 Xs...No, FOUR times) for Wonderful Team Member Readership Award!

What else can I say but, "Thank You!" to both Cheri Hudson Passey of Carolina Girl Genealogy: Researching My Southern Roots and Andrea Kelleher of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, who have BOTH nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award! I was totally taken off guard by their kind appreciation.

To tell you the truth, I had never heard of the reward before, so....researcher at heart that I am, I went in search of the origins of the award and the rules for displaying the badge. I discovered that the spirit of the award can be summed up with the following quote:
As bloggers we are also readers. This is a part of blogging as listening is a part of speaking.
There are five rules for accepting the nomination for this award:

  1. The nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar;
  2. The nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of seven days (1 week)--this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be ALL on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, etc.
  3. The nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post, or on posts, during the 7 day (1 week) period;
  4. The nominee shall make these rules, or amend rules, keeping with the spirit of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, known to each reader s/he nominates;
  5. The nominee must finish this sentence and post, "A Great reader is...." 
I am grateful for all my readers, and especially to those who follow my blogs faithfully. For me it all began a little over two years ago when my friend Julie Bartlett, archivist of The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum, and local history librarian at Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts, had urged me to take several steps in preparation for an eventual career change. (You can find their blog here.)

What I soon discovered was the warm support of the genea-blogging community which caused me to reach out, in search of kindred spirits. And so, I nominate those who have given me the greatest support through their readership and their kind comments over the years:
  1. Since I did not see anywhere in the rules that you could not nominate the person who nominated you, I nominate first, Andrea Kelleher, who has cheered me on more than anyone else! Her research and mine overlap on our Craven County, NC ancestors, and it is always a joy to read what she is discovering on her amazing genealogy journey!
  2. My next biggest support is Yvette Porter Moore, the industrious author of several genealogy blogs. She is known as The Root Digger, and you can find her home page here. Currently she is working on a series called, Treasured Orphan Photos. Her research also overlaps with my Craven County family history, and we share the surname CULLEY in our family trees.
  3. LindaRe was one of my first followers, and we met via the GeneaBloggers community. She writes a blog entitled, Between The Gate Posts.
  4. Sometime we connect with bloggers we have things in common with and then lose touch with them. We follow their blog, but get bogged down when our research veers off course. Then, suddenly, we reconnect like a long lost friend! That's what I can say about Midge Frazel, author of Granite in My Blood. When you've been away for a while and then go back, it's amazing how blogs have developed over time! Midge's husband and I share the Newton family tree, going back to the immigrant, Richard Newton of Sudbury, MA. Midge had first commented on my blog back in August 2011! My, how time flies! I'm glad that we've reconnected...and perhaps this year I can find out more about the burial grounds of my Newton ancestors!
  5. Greta Kohl, author of Greta's Genealogy Bog, connected with me over a post I wrote on the contents of my father's wallet. I was doing a series for the GeneaBlogger's writing prompt, Treasure Chest Thursday, called Beginning an Inventory. You can find that post here. I was impressed by her latest post entitled, Why I'm Creating a Junk Tree on Ancestry.
  6. The next two bloggers and I connected over The Third Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge. I had submitted a poem that my grandfather, Francis Allyn Newton, had written down in a letter to home while in WWI. The poem was called, The OD Pill ("olive drab"). Bill West, also a GeneaBlogger member, writes a blog called, West in New England. I added him to my reading list early on, especially since I lived in Western Massachusetts for twenty-five years and had many ancestors originate in that state since the 1600s. 
  7. The other commenter on that post was Judith Richards Shubert, author of Cemeteries of the Covered Bridges and Tennessee Memories, which by the way, has been nominated for a Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs award.
  8. The next author is the author of the family history memoir, Oh Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century. I read his book last year because of The Armchair Genealogist's Family History Writing Challenge. Upon completion, I wrote him an email, telling him how much I enjoyed reading his book. He visited my blog and responded most graciously, offering encouragement for the start of my family history memoir writing project. John Paul Godges's Blog can be found at
  9. Sometimes when I read a blog I follow, I follow the trail of their blogs that they follow and see if I can find anything new and interesting. Jordan's Journey was a blog like this. I don't think I could tell you exactly how I found his blog, but I remember being drawn in by viewing the trailer for his book. Jordan M. Scoggins--a fellow GeneaBlogger-- commented on a post entitled, Thriller Thursday--Finding the Truth in a Family Legend
  10. Liv Taylor-Harris and I connected through Blog Caroling this past year. She is the author of Claiming Kin: adding one leaf at a time to my Texas family tree.
  11. Leaves For Trees is the blog written by Heather Kuhn Roelker. We've just recently connected when she commented on my post: Motivation Monday: THIS IS NOT A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION. Thanks for the encouragement, Heather!
  12. BettyAnn Schmidt and I connected through last year's Family History Writing Challenge. She commented on a post entitled, Writing the Family History Memoir. Her blog is called Rhine Girl: From Somewhere Over-The-Rhine. I hope you participate in this year's challenge, BettyAnn! I will be.
  13. I met Cheri Hudson Passey, one of the bloggers who nominated me for this award, through Blog Caroling this year. Her post featured The Nativity and Amy Grant's song, Breath of Heaven. Stop by and watch the video! 
  14. My final nominee is.....Doug Stinson, the author of Unexpected Connections: Exploring beyond the obvious. While Doug is my only nominee who is not a genealogy blogger, he is a photographer who found the photo I posted of my grandfather shortly after WWI at the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your grandfather's story!
Well, that's it! 14 nominations in one day! And let me finish with:

A Great reader is one who searches for things in common with their fellow bloggers, and takes the time to take a look around, share a story, offer a word of encouragement, or just say, Hello!

A great BIG Thank you! to all those Great readers out there...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Civil War Pension File of Isaac Carter: Documents #20 & #21

Before we get started today, I just want to let you know that I have updated the Civil War Pension File page on the blog. Here I have each post listed by three criteria: the document number, the type of document (claim, affidavit, correspondence, or analysis), and the person responding.

I hope you'll take a look and follow the links to previous posts related to the Civil War Pension File of Isaac Carter.

The next document I'm sharing is abstracted below, based on salient information that can be used for writing a character description in the family history memoir. It is interesting to see how Isaac's disability was broken down into fractions.

Take a look...

Document #20 in the Civil War Pension File of Isaac Carter is a medical report and Surgeon's Certificate for a physical examination performed on March 23, 1892 in Beaufort, Carteret, North Carolina, by J. B. Davis, U.S. Ex'g Surg.

From this document we find that Isaac, at the age of 51, stood five feet eleven inches and weighed 162 pounds. There are other details relating to his specific claims of disability; specifically, the surgeon concluded that
He is, in my opinion, entitled to a 6/18 rating for the disability caused by Dyspepsia, 4/18 for that caused by Disease of lung, and 8/18 for that caused by --Rheumatism. 
So, in all, the physician rated Isaac Carter as 18/18, or 100% disabled.

Document #21: An Affidavit sworn by Theophilus George.
A question concerning dates of birth: Isaac's brother-in-law had already given testimony in an affidavit sworn on 3 June 1890. This document is dated 10 May 1892. He was aged 40 years in the first document, and reported as 41 years here. According to his death certificate, it had been reported that his date of birth was 10 July 1850. The informant was his brother-in-law, Oscar Frazier. The evidence resulting from comparing sworn testimony in these affidavits, however, makes it appear that perhaps Theophilus George was born between May 10th - June 3rd. Otherwise, he would have given testimony of his age being 42 years. 
Affidavit #2 of Theophilus George
NOTE: The following is an exact transcription. All spellings and marks of punctuation are as they appear on the original document.

State of North Carolina )
County of Craven          )
In the matter of Original Invalid
Pension Claim No 662812 of Isaac
Carter Late a Sergeant of Co G 14 Regt
On this 10th day of May A.D. 1892
Personally appeared before me a
Notary Public for and within the County
& state afore said Mr. Theophilus George age
41 years Resident of Harlow N.C. well
known to be reputable and entitl to
credit who being duly sworn
according to Law declares as follows
I have been acquainted with Isaac 
Carter all my life and he always was a
well & a harty man & when he enlisted
in the U.S. Army he was a well man
I Never heard him complain of any
thing, not until he was Discharge &
com home, which was on or about
December 1865 I Saw him Very soon
after he com home to Harlow Creek
N.C. & he was complaining, not well
& he was complaining of Rheumatism
& Diarrhea & Piles of which he has
continued to grow worse & worse
each year

I have known him to be down
about 2/3 of his time and he is not
able to Do any Manual Labor
and at times he is helpless I also
Remember that on or about fall of
1891 Isaac Carter while off 
Trying to work one of those attack
com on him & he fell & was Brought
home & We all in the Neghborhood
Was expecting his death and he has
continued to grow worse with the 
Diarrhea & Piles & Rheumatism
and has Severe attacks often I
see him at time weekly & som
times Evry other week and he is
Now more then 2/3 Two Thirds disable
and he suffers for Necessaries of &
for medical and By reason he is
not able to Do any thing in the way
of any Manual Labor he is in
a destitute condition and needs 
some assistance

I am no Relation to the claimant
& I have no interest in the claim
My PO is Harlowe N.C.
Witness           )    Theophilus George
EWCarpenter ) 
JP. Godett      )

sworn & subscribed to before
me this 10th day of May/92
& I certify that the foregoing
was read to affiant before
he signed same & that he
is the identical person he 
claims to be & in credible &
worthy of belief
                            Notary Public

One thing that stood out to me was that his brother-in-law stated that "Very soon after [December 1865] after he com home to Harlow Creek, N.C...."

Craven County Recreation & Parks, Paddle Trip #24--Harlowe Canal
SR 1391 Bridge to Siddie Fields Recreation Area

Inland water-way between Beaufort and New Bern, N.C. (1891)
Repository: Outer Banks History Center
As you can see from the map above, Harlowe is across the county line, situated in Carteret County. Also, Harlowe Creek is located at the end of the Clubfoot Creek and Harlowe Creek Canal, as depicted in the map to the right.

This will take some additional work with plotting the locations of property found in the family land deeds, and requires enlisting the assistance of family members who live in that area who have knowledge of the family history.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Conclusion to: The Mystery of Samuel Keach Windley

The response to my query arrived seven days ago...but because I have been so busy with other things, I just now found what I was looking for. Thanks to Victor Jones, Jr. at the Kellenberger Room, I now have the obituary for Samuel Keach Windley, who had testified on behalf of Isaac Carter's Civil War Pension Application.

I say the mystery is solved...perhaps only so far as to give a glimpse of who he became following the war. Below is a transcription of his obituary. You will note that a further mystery is about to unfold...but most likely will remain a mystery unless anyone privy to the results of a coroner's inquest released information in another location. Take a look...

Foul Play Suspected
Samuel Keach Windley, a negro
Baptist preacher residing in Rei-
zensteinville, died early yesterday
It appears that Samuel found his
life in a compromising position a
short while ago; and since that time
he has been failing in health, until
his death. It was suspected that
the deceased had been foully dealt
with, and therefore the coroner was
The coroner has impaneled his
[j]ury and taken preliminary steps in
the matter. A further investigation
will take this morning at 10
(Windley, Samuel Keach. 10/30/1896. New Bern Daily Journal, page 4, column 1)

Victor states that the next day's newspaper is missing. The Weekly for that week survives, but the news evidently was pushed out by the election returns for the 1896 Presidential election.

My next step is to look up information related to Reizensteinville, the Jewish section located in the Five Points area.