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Martha Burrows-Cleveland receives pension - 1906


Posted By: Clayton co. IAGenWeb Volunteers
Date: 5/14/2017 at 17:03:13

Mrs. Martha Cleveland has at last been granted a pension after many rejections. Her first husband, Burrows, was a soldier, and his death occurred while her children were small, and she cared for them and reared them unaided.

Later she married Josiah Cleveland, who died some years ago, and she was again thrown on her own resources, aged and infirm.

Last June Mr. Eli Gardner took up the matter of securing a pension for this deserving "war widow," and employed all the available aids to further that end. Thos. Updegraff was the attorney in the case.

We are glad they succeeded in having this pension allowed. Mrs. Cleveland is 86 years old, and will enjoy the comforts this $12.00 per month will bring her. - McGregor Times.

~Elkader Register, Thur., 17 May 1906. Local News column. From the McGregor Times, undated.


The above news article prompted an attempt to find out the regiment Mr. Burrows served with & more about his wife. The following was researched by Reid R. Johnson & S. Ferrall, with the hope it is of some interest to other researchers:

James Madison Burrows, b. 1817 d. 21 Jun 1862 of disease. Enlisted in Company H, Wisconsin 14th Infantry Regiment on 11 Sep 1861. Mustered out on 21 Jun 1862 at Pittsburg Landing, TN.
~Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers

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1860 U.S. census Marshfield, Fond du Lac, WI:
James M Burrows 42
Martha Burrows 39
Martha M Burrows 17
James A Burrows 15
Lorenzo R Burrows 11
George A Burrows 9
Carlton E Burrows 9
Robert H Burrows 3

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James M. Burrows gravestone is in Greenbush, Sheboygan, WI; engraved w/name age at death & regiment info.: Drummer in Co. H 14th Reg. Wis Vol
~Find a Grave
Note: the grave in Wisconsin might be a cenotaph, he's also shown as buried in Shiloh Nat'l Cemetery, unknown plot.

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The 1870 Federal Census of the 3rd Ward, McGregor, Mendon Twp. enumerated:
Josiah Cleveland, 46, born N.Y.
Martha Cleveland, 48, born N.Y.
James Cleveland, 17, born Wis.
Emily Cleveland, 14, born Wis.
Ellen Cleveland, 11, born Wis.
Carleton Burroughs, 18, born Wis.

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1901 death of Henry Burrows, of Waukon Jct. Henry Burrows was a son of Mrs. Josiah Cleveland by her first husband. [he is likely the same as Robert H. Burrows from the 1860 census]
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Martha Cleveland's death certificate: b. NY; maiden name Arquet or Arquit; age at death 87y 9m 1d; date & place of death: 4 Apr 1908,
Titusville, Crawford co. PA [she must have moved there to live with her son - Chas. E. Burrows who gave the info. for the Death Cert. - census names him as Carleton E.]; buried Greenwood [don't know if this is cemetery name or a town].
~Ancestry.com record

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A Cleveland Family History, 1899 has a brief bio of 2nd husband Josiah Cleveland - he married Martha 9 Nov. 1862 Greenbush, WI - same place where her 1st husband, James Burrows is buried. Josiah's 1st wife had also died in June 1862.


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