Confederate Pension Applications


The following pension applications of John L. Aldridge and his wife were donated by Vicky Roach.  Vicky has kindly offered to make copies of these applications.  Click on her name above and send her a message requesting them.  These applications were found in Prentiss County although John enlisted and served from Tippah County.


                          

Form No. 1
Application for indigent soldier of sailor of the late Confederacy, under Chapter 102, Annotated Code 1892, and "an Act for the relief of certain officers, soldiers, sailors, widows and servants of the late war between the States," approved February 19, 1892.
Transcribed by Vicki Burress Roach
John L. Aldridge

1.  What is your name? John L. Adrige
2.  What is your age? 68 years old
3.  In what county do you reside? Prentiss
4.  What is the name of your postoffice? Dry Run
5.  How long have you been a bona fide resident of Mississippi? 54 years
6.  Are you married or unmarried? Married
7.  In what State did you reside when you enlisted in the service of the Confederate States? Mississippi
8.  What was the date of your enlistment? Aug. 3rd 1861
9.  What was the number of the regiment or name of the vessel into which you first enlisted? 23rd Mississippi Infantry
10.  The name of its commander? Tom Davidson
11.  Letter or designation of the company in which you enlisted? "G" Tippah Rifles
12.  Name of its captain? Mose McCarley
13.  The length of time which you served in the above company or regiment? 3 years & 3 months
14.  Were you ever discharged or transferred from the above commands? No
15.  If so, give the date of discharge or transfer?
16.  If discharged, on what ground?
17.  If transferred, to what command?
18.  Did you enlist the second time in the Confederate service?
19.  If so, into what regiment or company?
20.  Were you discharged from this command before the surrender in 1865? Yes
21.  If so, for what cause? On account of wounds
22.  Were you ever wounded while in active service? Yes
23.  If so, give the date, place and nature of the wound? About Feby 1862 Fort Donaldson, I was wounded in Head & leg
24.  Have you lost an arm, leg or eye? I have lost an eye
25.  If wounded otherwise, so as to disable you from earning a support, state in what manner? On account of the wound in my leg I am unable to walk much
26.  Were you at any time absent from your command without leave? No
27.  If yes, how long and why?
28.  Did you ever absent yourself from your command without leave, and join another? No
29.  Were you with your command in active service at the surrender in 1865? No
30.  Where did your command surrender? I donít know I was absent
31.  If you were absent from it when it surrendered, give the reason way and length of time of such absence? On account of wounds I was about 3 months & 21 days
32.  What is your occupation at present? Farmer
33.  Do you apply for a pension because you are indigent and unable to earn a support by your own labor? I do
34.  Do you receive any income from the State, United States, County, City, or from any other source; if so, how much is it per annum? No
35.  Have you any sons over 16 and under 21 years of age? Yes
36.  If yes, how many? 2 under 21 years
37.  Have you any property in your own right or in the right of your wife?  If so, give its assessed valuation. No
38.  Have you a home of your own? No
39.  If not, with whom do you now live? The Widow Pitman
40.  Is the person you are now living with a relation? No
41.  If so, what relation?
42.  Have you any relations or connections whose natural duty it is to provide for you? No

Signature of witness (J.M. Wells?)
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of Aug. A.D., 1894. W.H. Rees, signature of officer.
Signature of Applicant (J.L. Aldridge X-his mark)
President of Board J.F.H. Car??????
S.T. McWhorter
J.T. Blanchard
J.C. Carter, Sheriff
W.H. Rees, Chancery Clerk
 
 

Form No. 4
Application of Indigent Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy under Chapter 73, Acts of 1900.
Transcribed by Vicki Burress Roach
John L. Aldridge

1.  What is your name? John L. Aldridge
2.  What is your age? 74 years
3.  In what county do you reside? Prentiss
4.  What is the name of your postoffice? Ivey Miss.
5.  How long have you been a bona fide resident of Mississippi? All my life
6.  Are you married or unmarried? Married
7.  In what State and county did you reside when you enlisted in the service of the Confederate States? Tippah Co., Mississippi
8.  What was the date of your enlistment? May 1862
9.  What was the number of the regiment or name of the vessel in which you first enlisted? 23 Miss. Inft.
10.  The name of its commander? Joe Wells
11.  Letter of designation of the company in which you enlisted? "G"
12.  Name of its captain? Mose McCarley
13.  The length of time which you served in the above company or regiment? Till close of war
14.  Were you ever discharged or transferred from the above commands? No
15.  If so, give the date of discharge or transfer? No
16.  If discharged, on what ground? No
17.  If transferred, to what command? No
18.  Did you enlist the second time in the Confederate service? No
19.  If so, into what regiment or company? No
20.  Were you discharged from this command before the surrender in 1865? No
21.  If so, for what cause? No
22.  Were you ever wounded while  in active service? Yes
23.  Give date on which you received your wound? Winter 1862
24.  At what place were you wounded? Fort Donaldson
25.  What is the nature of your wound? Shot in the head, right thigh & left eye
26.  If wounded otherwise, so as to disable you from earning a support, state in what manner? The sight of my left eye entirely gone & I am not able to work
27.  Were you at any time absent from your command without leave? No
28.  If yes, how long and why? No
29.  Did you ever absent yourself from your command without leave, and join another? No
30.  Were you with your command in active service at the surrender in 1865? No
31.  Where did your command surrender? Demopolis, Ala.
32.  Were you absent from it when it surrendered? Yes
33.  Why were you absent? Account of being disabled by wounds
34.  How long had you been absent? 23 days
35.  What is your occupation at present? Farmer
36.  Do you apply for a pension because you are indigent and unable to earn a support by your own labor? Yes
37.  Do you receive any income from the State, United States, County, City, or from any other source? No
38.  How much is it per annum? Nothing
39.  Have you any sons over 16 and under 21 years of age? No
40.  If yes, how many? None
41.  Have you any property in your own right or in the right of your wife? No
42.  What is its assessed valuation? Nothing
43.  Have you a home of your own? No
44.  If not, with whom do you live? Geo. Jumper
45.  Is the person you are now living with a relation? No
46.  Is so, what relation? None
47.  Have you any relations? Yes wife
48.  Have you any relations or connections whose legal or moral duty it is to provide for you? None that are able

Signature of Pensioner (J.L. Aldridge X-his mark)
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 1st day of Sept. 1900
(B.  McCullar) Chancery Clerk
Signature of Witness (G.B. Kimbell)
Signature of Witness (Jno. W. True)
Certificate of County Health Officer
The undersigned hereby certifies that the above applicant is indigent and physically unable to earn a support by his own labor.
Signature of County Health Officer (Samíl N. Walker, M.D.)
President of Board (J.O. Nelson)
H.C. Parker
E.  Alexander
Jeff Smith
S.T. Smith
J.O. Whitley, Sheriff
B.  McCullar, Chancery Clerk
 
 

Form No. 6
Application for Indigent Widow of Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy Under Chapter 102, Code of 1906.
Transcribed by Vicki Burress Roach

Mrs. Melissie Aldridge widow of J.L. Aldridge

1.  What is your name? Mrs. Melissie Aldridge
2.  What is your age? 58 or 38-difficult to read
3.  Are you a bona fide resident of the State of Mississippi? yes
4.  How long have you resided in Mississippi? all of life
5.  In what county do you reside? Tippah
6.  What is the name of your postoffice? Ivy
7.  What was your husbandís name? J.L. Aldridge
8.  When were you married? May 23rd 1880
9.  In what State and county did he reside when he enlisted in the service of the Confederate States? Tippah county, Miss.
10.  What was the date of his enlistment? I donít know.
11.  What was the name of the company and regiment or vessel in which he enlisted? 23rd Miss. Infantry
12.  How long was he in actual service of the Confederacy? 3 years 3 months
13.  What were the names of the officers of the company, or regiment, or vessel, during the time he was in the service? Col. Davidson, Capt. Mose McCarley
14.  Did he die in service or did he serve till close of the war? Served to the close
15.  Was he honorably discharged? Yes
16.  When was he discharged? 3 mos. before surrender
17.  Where was he discharged? Do not know
18.  Did he serve until the surrender? No was discharged on account of wound.
19.  Where did he die? Tippah County, Miss.
20.  What regiment or vessel did your husband belong to at the time of his death? Not in service at death
21.  The name of the commander? See above
22.  What company did your husband belong to at the time of his death? See above
23.  Who was the captain of the company? See above
24.  When did he die? July 23rd 1908
25.  Have you married since your husbandís death? No
26.  Do you apply for a pension because you are indigent and unable to earn a livelihood? Yes
27.  Do you hold any State, United States, County or City office from which you are receiving as salary or fees the sum of three hundred dollars per annum? No
28.  Have you any property in your own right? Little
29.  What is its true, just and correct value? $50.00
30.  Have you a home of your own? None paid for
31.  If not, with whom do you live? At home
32.  Is the person you are now living with a relation? See above
33.  If so, what relation? See above
34.  Have you any relations; if so, what relation? 1 son 4 daughters
35.  Have you any relations or connections whose legal or moral duty it is to provide for you? No

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 8th day of Sept. A.D. 1910.
C.R. Lacy, signature of officer          Melissa Aldridge (X), signature of applicant
G.B. Kimbell, signature of witness
W.? Lacy, signature of witness
H.C. Bearden, president of Board
John Lee
J.K. Vandevander
J.H. Doty
C.R. Lacy, chancery clerk
 
 

Form No. 1
Application for indigent soldier of sailor of the late Confederacy, under Chapter 102, Annotated Code 1892, and "an Act for the relief of certain officers, soldiers, sailors, widows and servants of the late war between the States," approved February 19, 1892.
Transcribed by Vicki Burress Roach
J. L. Aldridge

1.  What is your name? J. L. Aldrige
2.  How long have you been a bona fide resident of Mississippi? about 55 years
3.  In what county do you reside? Tippah
4.  What is the name of your postoffice? Dry Run
5.  In what State did you reside when you enlisted in the service of the Confederate States? Mississippi
6.  What was the date of your enlistment? August 1861
7.  What was the number of the regiment or name of the vessel into which you first enlisted?  Company "G" 23rd Mississippi 
8.  How long were you in actual service of the Confederacy? 4 years & 4 mos.
9.  What were the names of the commanding officers of the company and regiment or vessel at the time you enlisted in the service? Capt. Mose McCorley, Col. Tom Davidson
10.  Were you honorably discharged? yes
11.  Where were you discharged? Corinth, Miss.
12.  If you served until close of war where were you discharged? Corinth, Miss.
13.  What is your age? 65 years old
14.  Are you married or single? Married
15.  Do you apply for a pension because you are indigent and unable to earn a support by your own labor. Yes
16.  Do you apply for a pension because you are indigent and unable to earn a support by your own labor? No
17.  Are you worth in your own right or in the right of your wife, property at its assessed value, for taxation to the amount of five hundred dollars? No

Signature of Applicant (J.L. Aldridge)
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of August A.D., 1892. W.H. Rees, signature of officer, by G.B. Kimbell, D.C.
CERTIFICATE OF COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER.
The undersigned hereby certifies that the above applicant is indigent and physically unable to earn a support by his own labor.
Signature of County Health Officer (D.T. Pierce or Price?, M.D.)
T.J. Jumper, signature of witness
F.W. (X) Carpenter, signature of witness
 

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