The Widow's Pension Application
for Harriet O. Spencer Cardin


Page 2 -- Application Form (tri-fold)

This page created August 9, 2008.

Note: Information in italics represents handwritten information.

Shackelford W. Cardin
of Capt Wm G. Coleman's
Co. 1st, Reg't of Ala. Col Coffey
FEB 8 1888
Filed by
  1. Here allege full name of applicant.
  2. Here allege full name of soldier.
  3. Here allege again the name of the soldier.
  4. Here allege the name under which the soldier served.
  5. Here allege the rank uder which the soldier served.
  6. Here state "enlisted," "volunteered," or "was drafted," as the case may be.
  7. Here state the number of days or months of service rendered by the soldier.
  8. Here insert the words "an honorable discharge" or "death," as the case may be.
  9. Here let a full description of the soldier follow, from the best recollection of the claimant, giving age, occupation, birthplace, height, color of heir, eyes, and complexion, and any other particulars as to description.
  10. Here allege the name of the person who performed the marriage ceremony.
  11. Here state the official character of the person who performed the ceremony; i.e. whether a minister of the Gospel, or a justice of the peace, &c.
  12. Here state whether the claimant or her husband (the soldier) had been previously married; and if either had, the name of the former husband or wife should be stated; and the date and place of the death of, or divorce from, the former consort should be alleged.
  13. Here insert the name of the husband on account of whose service and death the claim is made.
  14. Here state all the places of residence; if in a city, giving the street and number; and from and to what dates he resided at each place.
  15. If any application for bounty land or pension has previously been made, state the fact here, giving the date, and number if possible, and the act of Congress under which the claim was made; and designating whether it was a claim for bounty land or pension, and whether the warrant for the land or certificate for the pension was ever issued.
  16. Here insert the name of the soldier.
  17. Here name all the facts and circumstances which enable the witnesses to swear, from a personal knowledge, that the claimant is the widow of the identical person who rendered the service alleged in the claim.
        All services rendered by the soldier in the war for which claim is made, or in any other war, with the names of officers in each service, must be given in the application.
Application - Front Fold Application - Back Fold


* The law provides that where the claimant is under sixty-two years of age, she must, to be entitiled to pension, be subject to a disability or dependency equivalent to some cause reorganized by the Pension laws. In such cases the facts must be alleged in the space indicated. MEXICAN WAR.
State of Mississippi, County of Oktibbeha, SS.
    ON THIS 30 day of January, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty 8, personally appeared before me clerk of the Chancery Court, the same being a COURT OF RECORD within and for the County and State afresaid, (1) Harriet O Cardin aged 62 years, a resident of Lowndes County in the State of Mississippi who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of (2) Shackelford W Cardin deceased, who was the identical (3) Shackelford W Cardin who served uder the name of (4) Cardin Shd W. as a (5) Private in the Company commanded by Captain Wm G Coleman 1st Regiment of Ala Vols commanded by Col John R Coffey in the war with Mexico, that her said husband (6) volunteered at Selma Alabama on or about the _____ day _________________ A.D. 1846 for the term of 12 months and continued in actual service in said war for the term of (7) whole war, and whose services terminated by reason of (8) Discharge at Mobile Ala on the _____ day of ______ A.D. 1848. She further states that the following is a full description of her said husband at the time of his enlistmant, viz: (9) aged about 20 years - light hair and blue eyes about 5 ft 9 inches high fair complexion. She further states that she was married to the said Shackleford W Cardin at the city (or town) of Starkville in the county of Oktibbeha and in the State of Mississippi on the 29 day May A.D. 1856 by one (10) John Thornton JP who was a (11) Justice of the Peace and that her name before her said marriage was Harriet O. Spencer and that she has not remarried since the death of said soldier; and she further states that (12) she is the widow of James H Spencer & Shackleford W Cardin was an unmarried man & that James H Spencer died on the 25th day of Dec 1853 and she further declares that she is*_____________See marginal note. (If claimant is over sixty-two years of age, this space need not be filled.)_____________ and that her said husband (13) Shackleford W Cardin died at near Richmond in the State of Virginia on the 29th day of July A.D. 1862 and she further declares that the following have been the places of residences of herself and her said husband since the date of his discharge from the army, viz: (14) in the County of Oktibbeha and Lowndes in the State of Mississippi.
    That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension rolls of the United States, under the provisions of any law, providing pension to the widows of officers, soldiers, sailors or marines, who served in the war of 1846, 1847 and 1848 with Mexico, and she hereby revokes and annuls any and all previous powers of attorney that may have been heretofore given to prosecute this claim, and constitutes and appoints, with full powers of substitution and revocation, J. W. SMITH, of Washington, D. C., her true and lawful attorney to prosecute her claim. And she further declares that she has heretofore made ______ application for (15)_______________________________ and that her residence is No. _____________ Street, City (or Town) of Near Crawfordville County of Lowndes State of Mississippi and that her post-office address is Crawfordville Lowndes County Mississippi.
[Two attesting witnesses who can write their names.]
Richard D. Cooper
Simeon Pierce
[Claimant's Signature.]
Harriette O Cardim
Application - Front Page


ALSO personally appeared Richard D. Cooper , aged 66 years, residing at No._____ street, in Starkville Miss, and Simeon Pierce, aged 60 years, residing at No. Starkville Miss street, in ____________, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say that they have known the said Harriet O Cardin for 30 years and for 43 years respctively; that they were present and saw her sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintanc with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and they further say that they are able to identify her as the person who was the wife of the identical (16) Shackelford W Cardin who rendered the service alleged in the above application (in the company of Captain Coleman in the regiment of Ala Vols in the war with Mexico) by the following-named facts and circumstances, viz: (17) from being present at the marriage ceremony and from information derived from personal association with S W Cardin & from hearing him say many times that he was a soldier in the Mexican War and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
[If Affiants sign by mark, two persons who can write sign here.]
Richard D. Cooper
Simeon Pierce

[Signature of Witnesses.]

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30 day of Janry A.D. 1888
and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c., were fully made known and explained to
the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words _______________________
_______________________ erased, and the words ______________________
_______________________ added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect
in the prosecution of this claim.
  C E Gay
Clerk of the Chancery Court
Application - Back Page

More Pension Application for Harriet O. Cardin

Introduction: Summary of Pension Application Information

Page 1: Pension File Cover Cards

Page 3: Personal Affidavits, Part One

Page 4: Personal Affidavits, Part Two

Page 5: Final Briefs


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