Amanuesis Monday is a daily blogging prompt from geneabloggers.com which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvania Dutch.
State of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
In the matter of claim for Orig. ? of Chas. Schwank #694362
Personally came before me Clerk of Court in and for aforesaid County and State, Amos Conner of McKeesport Allegheny County Pennsylvania.
a person of lawful age, who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:
Further declare that i havnt no interest in said case, and am not concerned for its protection.
Sworn and subscribed 17 September 1889.
[Clerk of Courts]
This affidavit is from the pension file of my second great-grandfather, Charles G. Schwenk. I have been re-reading and analyzing the records of this 85+ page packet and have gleaned an amazing amount of information about Charles, including his service in the Civil War, injuries sustained, life after the war, his wife (and marriage) and their children.
This affidavit was submitted a few months after Charles initially filed for an invalid pension. Amos Conner was Charles’ brother-in-law. He was married to Jane “Jennie” Burd, sister of Charles’ wife Marian Burd.
This particular affidavit gave a clear picture of how much the rheumatism had affected Charles’ life, and his difficulty performing even simple tasks such as tying his shoes. Charles was only 44 years old and had four children between the ages of 7 and 15. I wonder how this debilitating rheumatism, and Charles’ inability to hold a steady job, impacted the lives of his wife and children.
Affidavit of Amos Conner; Charles G. Schwenk (Pvt. Co. A and 1st Sgt. Co. C, 82nd Pennsylvania Inf., Civil War) Civil War pension file, no. 694362, certificate no. 454879; Case Files of Approved Pension Applications …,1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.