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Selected Military Pension Records for
William D. McFann

Contents of William D. McFann's Pension File (National Archives, SC 706224):
  1. Affidavit of William McFann, 24 June 1891, Lyon County KS.
    Abstract: William McFann states that he served in Co N, 6th Regiment of WV Infantry as a Private from 12 October 1861 to 17 November 1864, and that he was discharged at Grafton WV by reason of expiration of term of service.
  2. Affidavit of William McFann, 20 November 1891, Lyon Co KS.
    Abstract: William McFann states that he served in Co N, 6th Regiment of WV Infantry as a Private from 1861 to 16 November 1864, that since his discharge he has not been in the military or naval service of the US, and further states "that the injury to my leg was incured on or about Sept 1858 in Greene County Pa."
  3. Circular from the Bureau of Pensions, 4 May 1898.
    Abstract: William McFann is asked for and he supplies the maiden name of his wife, the date of his marriage, and the names and dates of birth of his children.
  4. 1907 Declaration for Pension, 6 March 1907, Wetzel County WV.
    Abstract: Military unit and dates of service; also personal information, including physical description, date of birth, occupation, and places of residence.
  5. Internal document, Dec 2 1907.
    Abstract: As part of the pension claim process, the Commisioner of Pensions (the Bureau of Pensions is part of the Department of the Interior) requests that the Adjutant General (of the War Department) furnish the Bureau of Pensions with a full military history and personal description of William McFann (presumably from his enlistment papers and the muster rolls of his unit). The Adjutant General reports that William McFann served in Co N of the 6th Regiment of WV Infantry. The records show the following: age: 28; height: 5 feet, 8 inches; complexion: light; eyes: gray; hair: light; occupation: laborer. He was enrolled 12 Oct 1861, as a private, and discharged 17 Nov 1864.
  6. Letter of William McFann to the Commissioner of Pensions, 14 Oct 1907, Littleton WV.
    Abstract: William McFann writes that "there seems to be one years difference between my disharge and family record." He asks "if I have to make a new application my next birthday which will [be] Oct 20th 1907."
  7. Pensioner Dropped, Oct 22 1918.
    Abstract The Commissioner of Pensions is notified that William McFann has been dropped from the pension roll due to his death on 8 Oct 1918.

1898 Circular:

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions

Washington, D.C., January 15, 1898

Certificate No. 706224
Name, Wm McFann

  In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Elizabeth McFann maiden name, Elizabeth Eaton
Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. Feb 21 -- 1856 Waynesburg, Greene Co, Pa by Revt[?] Wm A Porter
Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer have no marriage certificate have a Waynesburg paper that ...[cannot read] marriage
Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer. have never been married but to my present wife
Fifth Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. Levi R. Feb 21 -- 1858  Maggie J. Born March 8th -- 1861  Walter E born May 28 -- 1865 -- Nannie born Oct 18th 1867  Rosia B. born April 18 -- 1873

William McFann [Signature]

Date of reply, May 4th, 1898

1907 Declaration for Pension:



State of West Virginia
County of Wetzel
On this 6 day of March, A. D. one thousand nine hundred and seven, personally appeared before me, a [unreadable name] Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, William McFann, who, being duly sworn accordig to law, declares that he is 75 years of age, and a resident of Littleton West Virginia county of Wetzel, State of West Virginia; and that he is the identical person who was Enrolled at Littleton under the name of William McFann, on the 12 day of October, 1861 as a Private, in Co., N. 6th Regt. West Virginia Inft. in the service of the United States, in the Civil war, and was Honorably Discharged at Grafton, on the 17 day of November, 1864

That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 8 inches; complexion, light; color of eyes, gray; color of hair, light; that his occupation was Farmer; that he was born October 20th, 1831, at Waynesburg Pa
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: 1st Littleton WV then moved to Kansas 1885, then to Littleton 1892
That he is    a pensioner. That he has    heretofore applied for pension I am a pentioner No Certificate 706224
That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907.
That his post-office address is Littleton, county of Wetzel, State of West Virginia
[signed] William McFann

Photocopies of the documents were obtained by mail from the National Archives and transcribed by Brian McFann