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S P E C I A L Springfield = MO. M a r c h 11th, 1893 T h e H o n o r a b l e Commissioner of Pensions Washington D.C. Sir: - H E R E W I T H

I have the honor to return the papers with the = testimony taken in the widows pension claim No. 3 6 1, 7 2 7 of Mary A = Bumpus, widow of Samuel Bumpus deceased, late company G, E I G H T H = Indiana Infantry, War of the Rebellion and to submit the following = report of my investigation: - C l a i m a n t states that her present Post Office Address is C A R = T H A G E, Jasper County, Missouri.

C l a i m a n t alleges as to a basis for her claim, that she is the = lawful widow of the soldier and that he died of disability incurred in = the service and line of duty. The claim was made S P E C I A L, by the honorable commissioner and = referred to the S.E.

Division for special examination to ascertain the = merits and came to me for the initial examination. I called on claimant = at the County Poor house and served her with the usual Notice of Special = Examination in person and had her acknowledge service. She waived the = two days allowed under instruction and stated that she was ready to go = on with the examination at once.

I explained to her fully her fights and = took her deposition. She testifies to her marriage to soldier on the 2nd = day of May 1881 at Carthage MO.; that he had two children by his first = marriage, Clara and George Bumpus, who were 12 and 7 =20 Page 2 years old respectively; that she and soldier had two children by their = marriage, Lilly May and Cora Lee Bumpus; that Lilly May was born on the = 8th of June '83 and Cora Lee was born on the 31st of July 1885; that she = was born a week before her father died; that she and her late husband = had been living on the farm of James H Ralston for about a year before = he, the soldier, died; that he had some kind of throat disease all the = time of their marriage and told her that it came from having the measles = in the service; that he had a kind of dry cough all the time and he had = a difficulty swallowing anything; that he was taken down in his last = illness with a chill and then he had a hot burning fever and the second = day after he was taken down he commenced running off at the bowels, and = this continued up to a few hours of his death; that his throat calloused = so that he could not swallow any thing, not even a drink of water; that = he did not take even a drink of water; that he did not take any food in = his last illness, he could not take any; that on account of poor health = and having no property , she has been in the county poor house almost = ever since soldiers death. Catherine Smith testifies that she was present as

Midwife when = claimant's youngest child, a daughter, was born; that said child was = born about a week before its father died but is unable to give the exact = date. J.H. Ralston testifies that after his time was out as Superintendent of = the Jasper County Poor Farm, he went and got soldier and brought him to = his, deponent's, place and that he lived with his wife, claimant, for = about 18 months up to his death; that he died on said place on the 13th = of August 1885, according to an entry made in his Account Book in which = he kept soldiers time, and everything purchased for him; that the day = after he died, Page 3 he made the following entry;- "Samuel Bumpus died August 13, 1885"; that = soldiers daughter was born much as ten to twelve days before his death. Dr August Rhoads testifies that when soldier came before the Carthage = Board of Examining Surgeons for examination in 1883 or '84, he = recognized him as one of the soldiers he had noticed who talked in a = whisper in the service some time in 1862 or'63 when he, deponent, was = Orderly Sergeant of company F, of the same regiment.

All the witnesses I have examined testify to the throat affection = (affliction?) of the decedent and his bad health all the time they knew = him in this state. I think that from the testimony obtained in the investigation, we may = safely accept August 13, 1885 as the correct date of death of the = soldier and July 31, 1885 as the correct date of birth of Cora Lee, his = youngest child. Soldier and his wife, claimant, lived together on the = farm of Mr. Ralston the last year of his life and there can be no = reasonable question as to the legitimacy of this youngest child, Cora.

The evidence obtained tends to show that the claim is meritorious; that = soldier's death was due to his military service and I recommend further = examination for the testimony of the following witnesses;- Mrs. Amanda Long, Humboldt, Allen Co., Kansas, as to the death of = soldier's first wife and post office address of his children by her. Claimant states that on account of her poverty and poor health she was = obliged to give away her two children by soldier; that Mrs. Linda = Keisling of Butler, Bates Co., MO., is the guardian of her oldest = daughter Lilly and that Mrs. Nellie Turner of Monett, Berry Co., MO. is = the guardian of her youngest daughter Cora Lee Bumpus. Page 4 Claimant and all the witnesses I have examined, except Mr. Gabriel, = bare good reputations for the truth and veracity as far as I can = ascertain. =20 =20 = V E R Y R E S P E C T F U L L Y = Signed by Willy Raitton = Special Examiner. Notes: 1]

The only thing I can dispute in this deposition is the ages of = Clara and George James Bumpus. (7 and 12 respectively) George was born = in 1870 and Clare in 1883. 2] Mr. Gabriel was the son of an older sister of Samuel's first wife, = Catherine Isabelle Lattin. 3] Mrs. Amanda Long was a sister of Catherine of Catherine Lattin. Transcribed by Marlow Bumpus with an effort not to make any corrections = of changes from the original.

S P E C I A = L = Springfield MO. M a r c h 11th, 1893

T h e H o n o r a b l = e
= Commissioner of Pensions Washington D.C.

Sir: -

H E R E = W I T H I have the honor to = return the papers with the testimony taken in the widows pension claim No. 3 = 6 1, 7 2 7 of Mary A Bumpus, widow of Samuel Bumpus deceased, late company = G, E I G H T H Indiana Infantry, War of the Rebellion and to submit = the following report of my investigation: -
= ; C l a i m a n t states that = her present Post Office Address is = C A R T H A G E, Jasper = County, Missouri.
= ; C l a i m a n t alleges as = to a basis for her claim, that she is the lawful widow of the soldier and = that he died of disability incurred in the service and line of = duty.
= ; The claim was made S P E C I = A L, by the honorable commissioner = and referred to the S.E. Division for special examination to ascertain the = merits and came to me for the initial examination.

I called on claimant at the = County Poor house and served her with the usual Notice of Special Examination = in person and had her acknowledge service. She waived the two days allowed = under instruction and stated that she was ready to go on with the examination = at once. I explained to her fully her fights and took her deposition. She testifies to her marriage to soldier on the 2nd day of May 1881 at = Carthage MO.; that he had two children by his first marriage, Clara and George = Bumpus, who were 12 and 7 = years old respectively; that she and soldier = had two children by their marriage, Lilly May and Cora Lee Bumpus; that Lilly = May was born on the 8th of June ’83 and Cora Lee was born on = the 31st of July 1885; that she was born a week before her father died; that she = and her late husband had been living on the farm of James H Ralston for about a = year before he, the soldier, died; that he had some kind of throat disease = all the time of their marriage and told her that it came from having the measles = in the service; that he had a kind of dry cough all the time and he had a = difficulty swallowing anything; that he was taken down in his last illness with a = chill and then he had a hot burning fever and the second day after he was = taken down he commenced running off at the bowels, and this continued up to a few = hours of his death; that his throat calloused so that he could not swallow any = thing, not even a drink of water; that he did not take even a drink of water; = that he did not take any food in his last illness, he could not take any; that = on account of poor health and having no property , she has been in the = county poor house almost ever since soldiers death.

= ; Catherine Smith testifies that she was present as Midwife when claimant’s = youngest child, a daughter, was born; that said child was born about a week before its = father died but is unable to give the exact date.

J.H. Ralston testifies that after = his time was out as Superintendent of the Jasper County Poor Farm, he went and = got soldier and brought him to his, deponent’s, place and that he = lived with his wife, claimant, for about 18 months up to his death; that he died on = said place on the 13th of August 1885, according to an entry made in his Account Book in which he kept soldiers time, and everything purchased = for him; that the day after he died, he made the following entry;- “Samuel = Bumpus died August 13, 1885”; that soldiers daughter was born much as ten to = twelve days before his death.

= ; Dr August Rhoads testifies that when soldier came before the Carthage Board = of Examining Surgeons for examination in 1883 or ’84, he recognized = him as one of the soldiers he had noticed who talked in a whisper in the service some = time in 1862 or’63 when he, deponent, was Orderly Sergeant of company F, = of the same regiment. = ;

All the witnesses I have examined testify to the throat affection (affliction?) of the decedent and = his bad health all the time they knew him in this state. = ;

I think that from the testimony obtained in the investigation, we may = safely accept August 13, 1885 as the correct date of death of the soldier and = July 31, 1885 as the correct date of birth of Cora Lee, his youngest child. = Soldier and his wife, claimant, lived together on the farm of Mr. Ralston the last = year of his life and there can be no reasonable question as to the legitimacy of = this youngest child, Cora.

= ; The evidence obtained tends to show that the claim is meritorious; that = soldier’s death was due to his military service and I recommend further = examination for the testimony of the following witnesses;-

= ; Mrs. Amanda Long, Humboldt, Allen Co., Kansas, as to the death of = soldier’s first wife and post office address of his children by her.

= ; Claimant states that on account of her poverty and poor health she was obliged to = give away her two children by soldier; that Mrs. Linda Keisling of Butler, = Bates Co., MO., is the guardian of her oldest daughter Lilly and that Mrs. = Nellie Turner of Monett, Berry Co., MO. is the guardian of her youngest = daughter Cora Lee Bumpus.

= ; Claimant and all the witnesses I have examined, except Mr. Gabriel, bare good reputations for the truth and veracity as far as I can ascertain.

= ; V E R Y R E S P E = C T F U L L Y
Special Examiner.

Notes: 1] The = only thing I can dispute in this deposition is the ages of Clara and George James = Bumpus. (7 and 12

respectively) George was born in 1870 and Clare in = 1883. 2] Mr. Gabriel was the son of an older sister of Samuel’s first wife, = Catherine Isabelle Lattin.

3] Mrs. Amanda Long was a sister of Catherine of Catherine = Lattin.

Transcribed by Marlow Bumpus with an effort not to make any corrections of changes = from the original.

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