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Abstract of Pension File of Ester Newcomb, Civil War Widow

WAR OF 1861
BRIEF IN THE CASE OF: Esther Newcomb, widow of Joseph Newcomb, Pvt. Co. C, 28th Iowa Volunteers, Post Office address, Montezuma, Iowa.


On rolls, mustered in Aug. 11, 1862 and died Aug. 22, 1863

Shown by report of Surgeon General to have died of pneumonia at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo., while in the service of the United States

Records of Poweshiek Co., Iowa shows marriage of Joseph Newcomb to Ester Cassiday, Sept. 20, 1855, by R. B. Ogden, County Judge of Poweshiek County, Iowa

Three children whose names and ages claimant gives:
Sarah Rosetta Newcomb, born August 10, 1856
William Clayton Newcomb, born September 14, 1860
John Elmer Newcomb, born February 20, 1863

[note: John Elmer Newcomb appears to have died sometime between Sept. 1863, when he was listed as a surviving child of the Newcombs, and Sept. 1866, when only Sarah Rosetta and William Clayton were listed as survivors]

Affidavit of J. W. H. Vest stating that he was the family physician of the Joseph Newcomb family from 1856 to 1862 and that he personally attended the births of Sarah Rosetta and William C. Newcomb on the dates given above, and that they were at the time of this affidavit (Feb. 1867) the only living children of the couple.

Admitted Feb. 26th, 1864, to a pension of $8 per month, commencing Aug. 22nd, 1863

[note: at some point she was denied additional pension for the two living children, Sarah Rosetta and William Clayton, because the pension agency claimed that she had abandoned the children. The reason given for the denial of the pension increase was that for a portion of the time the children were inmates of an orphan asylum. However, there were affidavits signed by John Cassiday and Rachael Porter attesting to that fact that the children were not abandoned]


Certificate No. 15788, Ester Newcomb, widow of Joseph Newcomb, Co. C, 28th Iowa Infantry

I have the honor to report that the above named pensioner, who was last paid at $12, to Jan. 4, 1904 has been dropped because of death, Feb. 13, 1904.

Very respectfully,
R. P. Clarkson
United States Pension Agent

[note: Ester did die on the date given above, and is buried in Elk Cemetery north of Alta]

(Info contributed by Sheryl McClure)