Adjutant General's Office
Washington, Dec 10, 1888
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
Jackson McFan, a Private of Company "D", 117 Regiment Ohio Volunteers, was enrolled on the 6 day of August, 1862, at Portsmouth O. for 3 yrs and is reported: on rolls to Dec 31/62 present; Jan & Feb '63 deserted Feb 10 '63; March & April '63 present --- joined from desertion March 11/63. May & June '63 present --- now borne as Andrew J. McFann; to Feb 28/65 present; March & April '65 presence or absence not stated. He was mustered out with a detachment of the Co. June 20/65 at Knoxville Tenn. Returns for March & May '64 do not report him absent. Returns for March & April '65 report him driving Division team. Co. Morning Reports show him March 9/64 left at Ft. Burnside sick; March 19/64 Returned to Co. for duty. The records of this office furnish no further evidence of disability.
State of ohio, County of Lawrence, ss:
On this 25th day of June, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-two personally appeared before me, a Tho Riley, duly authorized to administer oaths within and for the county and State aforesaid, Andrew J. McFann aged 62 years, a resident of ovt, county of Lawrence, State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical person of the above name who was enrolled on the 6th day of August, 1862, in Company D, 1st Ohio heavy artilery Vols., in the War of the Rebellion, and served at least ninety days, and was honorably discharged at Knoxville Tenn, on the 20 day of June, 1865. That he is entirely unable to earn a support by manual labor by reason of Rupture, Broken finger, Rheumatism, sore eyes, kidney trouble, weak back
That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent. That he has [blank] applied for pension under application No. [blank]. That he is a pensioner under certificate No. 551,708
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 June 27, 1890.
That his post-office address is ovt, county of Lawrence, State of Ohio.
[his mark:] Andrew J. McFann
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C., Oct 13, 1897
Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questiones enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.
No 1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife's full name, and her maiden name.
Answer: yes Margaret A. Mu[n]yon
No. 2. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer: Lyra Ohio in 1850 by Esqr A. J. McFann
No. 3. What record of the marriage exists?
Answer: License were got at Portsmouth, Scioto Co, Ohio
No. 4. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death of divorce.
No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer: 8 living. David McFann, born 1857. Jacob McFann, born June 4 1860. Cyrus McFann was born 1863. Wm McFann, born 15th April 1866. Demetrius McFann, born Sept 12 1868. Sarah E. McFann, August 15th 1870. Florence McFann, born 29th Nov 1874. Ada C. McFann, born 31st August 1876.
Date of reply, Oct 19, 1897.
[signed:] Andrew J. McFann
[Ovt?] O. Oct 19th 1897
Hon Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D. C.
I have an old claim pending under the General Pension Law. Last spring I received a letter from the Hon Commissioner. Letters of inquiries had been sent out and as soon as they were received prompt action would be taken in the matter. Since that time I haven't heard anything from my claim. I am 70 yrs old and I am feeble. Can't get around from Rheumatism contracted in the line of service. Please ajdust my claim as I am in very needy circumstances. [punctuation added]
Andrew J. McFann
Photocopies of the documents were obtained by mail from the National Archives and transcribed by Brian McFann