No. 253.142


Sarah Brown

Seventy Six, Clinton County, KY

~ Widow of ~

Eli Brown, Late Private of Company “H” 13th Kentucky Cavalry.

  Somerset, Ky.
Nov. 30, 1887
From John C. Black,
Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington D. C.



I have the honor to submit therewith my report in the above named case. The same having been submitted for Special Examination to determine general merit, particularly as to soldier’s condition from discharge to death. Correct dates of birth of children claimed for correct date of marriage of claimant to soldier. Correct date of death of clients former husband and date of death of soldier’s former wife.

The claimant was duly notified of all her rights and privileges in the premises, but she elected to be present only in her own immediate neighborhood.

The client alleges that she is the widow of Eli Brown who was a member of the 13 Ky. Cavalry and that while serving in the same he contracted disease of the lungs, which continued after his discharge and finally caused his death May 24th 1869.

See Deposition “A” Page 7 – 12.

Every resource that was known to me I have exhausted to arrive at the time status of this case.

Since taking all the testimony that I have in this case, the anonymous letter referred to, has but very little, if any, weight with me. That one of the cars jumped the track is true and it is evident that the soldier did nothing more than bite his tongue and that was the cause of the blood coming from his mouth.

I went to see Johnnie Mogg and found him away from home.

His testimony was not therefore obtained. And I did not deem it of sufficient importance to warrant me in returning. All the other parties mentioned in the letter were seen and their testimony rather strengthens the case. The same being filed herewith.

I did not confine myself to the list of comrades but I obtained the testimony of those who were near, convenient and who had known the soldier both before, during and since the war, hence would have been more apt to and probably did notice more closely, his condition while he was in the service.

I am of the opinion that this claim is a ?torious one. But it might be well to obtain the testimony of Sergeant Lafayette Brumett, Schochah, Logan County, Ky. as to the treatment in the service. As regards non professional testimony we have a great plenty as to origin, which is partially supported by the records.

As regards dates of births dates of deaths and dates of marriages there is no further evidence to my knowledge that can be obtained.

Sally Simpson and Rachel Brown are dead, David Stearns is confined by sickness and John Collins was a way from home. So their testimony was not obtained, but I obtained other testimony in its stead.

Believing that all resources have been exhausted in this territory to determine the time status of this case, I would most respectfully submit this report.


Very Respectfully,

W. H. Egleton

Special Examiner


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