pension application affidavit
I, W. Dubay, a citizen of the City of Lansing in the
County of Allamakee and State of Iowa do solemnly
swear: that I am a Citizen of the United States of
America, enlisted at Lansing in the 27th Iowa
Volunteers and afterwards at Selma, Alabama connected
myself with the 12th Iowa, Comp. B, Capt. W.R.
Hanscomb for the purpose of serving out my time, from
which latter Regiment I hold an honorable discharge
dated at Mobile Ala 24 November 1865 and signed by
W. Royatell Johnston, 1st Lt. 34 N.J. Inf &
Saml G. Knee Maj 12 Iowa V.V.I
That at the Building of Fortifications at Nashville,
Tennessee in the year 1864 while yet belonging to the
27th Iowa I ruptured myself -- that I did not mind
the Matter untill after I came home when I was forced
to call upon Dr. J. J. Taylor, who informed me what
it was & by whose advice I procured a Truss and
have worn it ever since. The Matter growing from bad
to worse & finally this Summer I called upon my
Capt. the Honbl Saml G. Hemmenway & asked him to
intercede for me with the Government which he
promised to do but failed on Account of being
accidnetally killed while laying Waterpipes for the
Waterworks of the City of Lansing, Iowa, being buried
by Rock & Sand in the Trench.
That I am born in Canada on the 16th day of May 1830;
that I am married to Betsey Dubay, a Daughter of Jas.
Elder of Penl who was born on the 1st April 1834,
that we have the following children now alive
Melissa born 11 Mar 1853 at Lansing
William H " 22 Oct 1858 " do
Clara " 30 July 1861 " DeSoto, Wis.
James " 25 Sep 1868 " Lansing
Emma " 24 Dec 1871 " do
That I am unable to make a living by my labour &
that therefore I beg the Honbl Commissioner for grant
of Pension as in such case made & provided &
this is what I will ever pray.
Lansing 21st November 1877
- source: William DuBay pension application
- submitter notes:
1. the date of birth and military organization for William
DuBay that is at variance with Lansing burial records
2. the names of Hemmenway and Hanscom are a "best
guess" of the handwriting on the original affidavit.
3. William DuBay's name in other records is also transposed
as DuBois or Duboise.
- submitted by Diane DuBay
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