James Ditty

Civil War Pension Records:
James Ditty:
2nd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry

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Transcribed by Mary K. Hill, Ph.D., 3/29/99
Note: The format of this transcription is as close to the format of the paperwork as possible. The grammar and spelling have been copied directly from the papers. “XXX” indicates illegible handwriting. The only changes were to capitalize any surnames mentioned in the file and exclude the legal oaths recorded at the bottom of each sworn statement. Also, since some of the documents were not dated, I had to estimate where to place them in ordering them by date.

Surnames listed these documents:

ARTRIP, BANTRAM, BARRETT, BENNINGTON, BETTS, BLACKSTONE, BOWEN, BRATTEN/BRATTON, CHAPLIN, CLEVELAND, COLDREN, CROSS, DITTY, EARLES, FOX, GOLDEN, GRAHAM, HARRISON, HOOD, HURD, HUSH, KILPATRICK, LANTZ, LEMON, MCDOWELL, POLLEY, SCOTT, SHAW, SMITH, SUMMERS, WALBURN, WELCH, WILSON, WOOD, ZEEKE

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ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
War of 1861.
Vol. 3, page 120

James DITTY, Reeds Mills, Vinton Co, Ohio.
Private Co. “F” 2nd KY Infy Vols,
Discharged Oct. 17th, 1862
Admitted Oct 29, 1864 at $2.00 per month.

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Cripple Creek, May 11, 1863

I, Jesse C. HURD do hereby certify that I am Lieutenant of Co. F of the Second Regt. Kentucky State Volunteers, and am acquainted with James DITTY late a member of my Company, and an applicant for an Invalid Pension. That the said James DITTY was mustered into service on or about the 17th day of May 1861, and discharged for disability about the 15th day of October 1862, having become disabled from doing duty as a Soldier from on or about the 18th day of July 1862, while in the service of the United States, and in the line of his duty as a Soldier, in the manner and at the place as follows: While the regiment was being transported from Reynolds Station, Tenn to Nashville on the cars – when near Columbia, Tenn were thrown in from the tracks – James DITTY having his right leg broken.

That the said Soldier was in good health at the time he entered the service, and the disability above referred to affected him while in the service and at his discharge, as follows: right leg broken.

Signed: Jesse C. HURD
Regt 2nd Kentucky Vol Infantry
Comdg. Co. F

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WAR OF 1861
ACT JULY 14, 1862

Brief in case of James DITTY, Private of Company F, 2nd Regiment Ky Vols.

POST OFFICE ADDRESS OF APPLICANT: Reeds Mills, Vinton Co, Ohio,
Enlisted May 8, 1861, Discharged October 17, 1862.

CLAIM FOR INVALID PENSION

Declaration and Identification in due Form

PROOF EXHIBITED.

Discharged because of fracture of the tibia and fibula and injury of the spine.

The 1st Lieut of his Company certifies May 11, 1863 that claimant had his right leg broken Oct 15, 1863. While the Regt was being transported from Reynolds Station, Tenn. to Nashville, on the cars, the cars were thrown off the track.

Examining Surgeon Wm. J. MCDOWELL, October 18, 1864 reports him one fourth disabled by reason of fracture of right leg, in two places near the knee and near the ankle. No external evidence of injury to back.

Admitted October 29, 1864 to a pension of $2.00 per month, commencing October 17, 1862.
1/4 Disability Temporary. Disabled by Fracture of the right leg by cars being thrown off the track.

J.C. WINN, Examing Clerk
NETTLETON, GILBERT & CAMP
New York, NY

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NETTLETON, GILBERT & CAMP
Attorneys at Law, and
Pension and Bounty Agents,
No. 111 Broadway
(Trinity Building)
New York.

State of Ohio, County of Vinton.

On this 13th day of Feby A.D., one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three personally appeared before me, George LANTZ, C. Clerk of the court of Common Pleas within and for the County and State aforesaid, James DITTY aged Forty-two years, a resident of Vinton County in the State of Ohio who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical James DITTY who enlisted in the service of the United States at Ironton Ohio on the 8th day of May in the year A.D., 1861 as a Private in Company F commanded by Captain J. C. HURD in the 2nd Regt of Kentucky Volunteers, in the War of 1861, and was honorably discharged on the 17th day of October in the year 1862; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he received the following injury viz; On the 18th day of July 1862, his regiment was shipped on the cars of the Nashville Memphis RR at Reynolds Station for transportation to Nashville Tennessee, when 12 miles from Columbia, Tenn, the two hind most cars came uncoupled ran off the track and turned over breaking his leg below the knee injuring the spine and dislocating the left shoulder rendering him an invalid for life and that since leaving the service of the United States he has resided at Ironton in the County of Lawrence in the State of Ohio and has been engaged in no business and he hereby appoints NETTLETON, GILBERT & CAMP of the City and State of New York, his Attorneys, with full power of substitution, to prosecute this his claim for an Invalid Pension, under the act of Congress approved July 14, 1862, and to receive such Certificate as may be issued for the same which I hereby request may be made payable in the City of Cincinnati Ohio.SIGNATURE: James DITTY


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Athens, Athens County, Ohio
February 17th 1863

Jos. H. BARRETT, Esq.

Sir: I report the case of James DITTY, late a private in company F. Lieut. J.C. HURD commanding, 2nd Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry discharged at Nashville Tennessee on the 17th day of October 1862. I have examined him, at his request, with reference to disability arising from fracture of his right leg just below the knee, and from injury of his back occurring at the same time. I find the fracture firmly united. And the leg though not having quite its original symmetry, will, I think, in the course of a few months, have its former strength and action. And as to the injury of his back though attended with some inconvenience at present, with proper care and treatment will probably be of short duration. Certificate withheld.
Yet as some time must elapse and some expense be incurred before he is fully able to resume manual labor it may be your desire that such should be placed temporarily upon the pension roll, if so please to remand this case for re-consideration.

Respectfully yours,
Wm. BLACKSTONE
Examining Surgeon

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EXAMINING SURGEON’S CERTIFICATE

Application 11804
Portsmouth O. Oct 18, 1864
I hereby certify that I have carefully examined James DITTY, late a private in Lieut. HURD’s Co. “F” 2nd Regt Ky V.I. in the service of the United States, who was discharged at Nashville, on the 17th day of October, 1862, and is an applicant for invalid pension by reason of alleged disability resulting from R. Road accident.
In my opinion the said James DITTY is one fourth incapacitated for obtaining his subsistence by manual labor from the cause above stated.
Judging from his present condition, and from the evidence before me, it is my belief that the said disability was received in the service aforesaid in the line of duty.
The disability is perhaps curable.
A more particular description of the applicant’s condition is subjoined:
The right leg has been fractured in two places, near the knee and near the ankle. The fractures have been well adjusted. Little or no inconvenience arising there from. He alleges that his back has not recovered from the injury sufficiently for him to labor. No external evidence of injury.

Wm. J. MCDOWELL
Examining Surgeon

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CLAIM OF SOLDIER FOR INCREASE OF PENSION

The State of Ohio, County of Lawrence, on this 3rd day of December, A.D. 1866, personally appeared before me, (1) Clerk Court Common Pleas within and for said county, James DITTY aged 46 years, a resident of Elizabeth Twp in the county of Lawrence, and State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States duly enrolled at the Cincinnati Ohio pension agency, at the rate of Two dollars per month, by reason of disability incurred in the (2) military service of the United States(3) as a Private in Co. “F” of the 2nd Regiment of Kentucky Infantry Volunteers and that his present physical condition is such that he believes himself entitled to receive an increased pension of the (4)Third grade provided for in the first section of the supplementary pension act, approved June 6, 1866. He further declares that he is disabled in the following manner, to-wit: (5) He is wounded in his right leg and spine of his back which wounds were caused by the railroad cars running off the RR track near Columbia in the State of Tennessee on the 27th day of July A.D. 1862 while he was in the line of his duty as such soldier and he further says he is disabled by said wounds equivalent to the top of his right foot and he herewith returns his original pension certificate Nr. 34078 and hereby appoints Ralph SHAW of Ironton Ohio his true and lawful attorney, and authorizes him to present and procure this claim, and to receive and receipt for any orders or certificates that may be issued in satisfaction thereof.

J. W. EARLES James DITTY (X “his mark”)
Wm. BETTS Ironton Lawrence Co, Ohio


Witnesses to verify identity of James DITTY on 3 December, 1866:
John FOX
Christian F. FOX

By W. P. BANTRAM, Clerk, Court Common Pleas, Ironton.

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State of Ohio
Lawrence Co.

On this 5th day of June, A.D. 1872, personally appeared before me C.C. BOWEN, a Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, a duly authorized officer of a court of Record in and for the County and State aforesaid, James DITTY, aged 52 years, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States duly enrolled at the Cincinnati, O. pension agency at the rate of $2.00 per month by reason of his disability incurred in the military services of the United States while in co. “F” 2nd, KY Regiment Infy. Volunteers, in the War of 1861, that his present physical condition is such that he believes himself entitled to receive an increased pension: that he herewith returns his present Pension Certificate.
He further declares that he was disabled in the following manner, to wit; On or about July ___ 1862, while on the R.R. train en-route from Athens, Ala, to Nashville, Tenn, the cars were thrown off the track, injuring him severely, his spine being broken and his right leg broken in two places, totally unfitting him, for duty, and he is now unable to earn a living without the assistance of his children. That he hereby appoints Joseph P. SHAW of Ironton, Ohio, his attorney to prosecute his claim. That his residence is at Howard Furnace, Scioto County, State of Ohio, and his Post Office Address is Ironton, Ohio.

James DITTY (X “his mark”)

Witness:
M. B. WOOD
C. C. BOWEN
Also personally appeared G? C. WILSON and J. L. ZEEKE residing at Ironton in the County of Lawrence, state of Ohio, persons whom I certify to be respectable and extolled to credit and who being by me duly sworn, say: they were present and saw James DITTY, the claimant make his mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be: and they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

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NO. 34078
CLAIM TO: Increase
James DITTY
P.O. Ironton
COUNTY: Lawrence Co.
STATE: Ohio

ACTION
July 2, 1872        Dr. D.C. WILSON

Injury: Spine & Rhey
ATTORNEY: R. SHAW
P.O: Ironton
COUNTY: Lawrence
STATE:

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EXAMINING SURGEON’S CERTIFICATE

IN THE CASE OF AN APPLICANT FOR INCREASE OF PENSION

STATE: Ohio         COUNTY: Lawrence
POST OFFICE: Ironton        July 9, 1872
It is hereby certified that James Ditty formerly a Private of Captain Jacob SMITH’s Company, in the 2nd Regiment of Ky. Vol. in the war of 1861-1862 who is now paid at Cincinnati Agency at the rate of two dollars per month, on account, as he states, of R.R. injury of right leg and spine while in the line of duty in the military service of the United States, on or about the 12th day of July, 1862, at a place called Columbia, in the State or Territory of Tennessee, is still suffering in consequence of said R.R. injury of right leg and spine.
The disability originates entirely from the injury or disease on account of which he was originally pensioned, as follows:
HEIGHT: 5-6; WEIGHT: 140; COMPLEXION: Light
AGE: 52; RESPIRATION: 24; PULSE: 72
He was injured by a R.R. injury. The right tibia was fractured just above the ankle and a few inches below the knee joint. There is dislocation of the upper end of the fibula backwards. His knee joint is deformed and flexion and extension of the leg is impaired and the joint is painful on exercise and the leg is atrophied. Disability 1/2.
The spinous processXXX of the first lumbar vertebra was fractured and the articulations of sXXXXnal of the vertebra was injured, he has constant pain in his back and it is very swollen on exercise or walking. Disability 1/4. The reason the increase was given in this case is the difficulty he has in walking, and the pain he suffers on exercise of any kind preventing him from doing any but light-manual labor.
I find his disability as described above, to be equal to, and entitling him to: three fourths pension permanent.

D. E. WILSON
Examining Surgeon

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INCREASE OF INVALID PENSION

PENSIONER NAME: James DITTY RANK: Private
P.O.: Ironton COMPANY: F
COUNTY: Lawrence REGIMENT: 2nd Kentucky

STATE: Ohio

FORMER ACTION
Pensioned: November 1, 1864, from October 17, 1862 at $2.00 per month, on account of fracture of right leg.

PRESENT ACTION:
Alleges disability from cause for which pensioned: Injury of right leg and spine.

DISCHARGED: October 17, 1862 CERTIFICATE SURRENDERED? Yes

 

ORIGINAL APP FILE: February 25, 1863
INCREASE APP. FILED: June 10, 1872        LAST PAID: March 4, 1872

MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS
Discharged on account of Fract. Tibia & Fibula and injury to spine
EX. SURG: Wm. BLACKSTONE, February 17, 1863 finds: Injury to leg and back
EX SURG: Wm. J. MCDOWELL, October 18, 1864 finds: Injury to right leg and spine
EX. SURG: D.C. WILSON, July 9, 1872 finds: Injury to Right Leg and Spine

ADMITTED: August 9, 1872 to a pension of $6.00 per month, from July 9, 1872.
DISABLED BY: Injury Right Leg & Spine
Agent: J.P. SHAW
P.O.: Ironton
County: Lawrence
State: Ohio
Fee: $10.00

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The State of Ohio, Lawrence County, ss:
I do hereby certify, that on the 12th day of December, A.D. 1861, by virtue of a License from the Court of Probate for said county, I joined in marriage James DITTY and Mary ARTRIP. Given under my hand the 12th day of December A.D. 1861.

Thomas A. BRATTEN, J.P.

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As before stated, I never knew James DITTY until the year 1872 and during that year I treated him at various times for what I then understood to be troubles growing out of injuries received while in the service of the United States. To wit by being thrown from a train of moving cars while in the Service and fracturing his leg, and injuring his spine. For days, he would be helpless with his back and hips, then again he would feel better. I saw him the day previous to his death Dec 11th, 1872. And from the circumstances attending his death I verily believe it to have been caused remotely from injuries received while in the service. 

I understand Mr. DITTY to have been late private of Co. F, 2nd Ky Infy.
P. B. CROSS, M.D.

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State of Ohio
Lawrence County
On this 16th day of September AD 1873 personally appeared before me Peras R. POLLEY a Judge of the Probate Court a court of record in and for the County and State of record, Mary DITTY aged 45 years who being duly sworn according to law made the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Acts of Congress granting pensions to widows: that she is the widow of James DITTY, who enlisted under the name of James DITTY of Ironton O on the 8th day of May AD 1861 in Co. F of the 2nd Regiment Kentucky Volunteers in the War of 1861, and who died from the affects of a wound received while in the service of the United States, on the 11th day of December AD 1872 at his residence at Howard Furnace Scioto Co. Ohio. That she was married under the name of Mary ARTRIP to said James DITTY on the 12th day of December 1861 by Thomas BRATTEN, Justice of the Peace at Ironton Lawrence Co. Ohio. There being no legal barrier to such marriage; that the said James DITTY had bee previously married and that she had herself been previously married, that she has to the present time remained the widow of the said James DITTY. That the following are the names of his legitimate children yet surviving who were under sixteen years of age at the fathers death, Viz; his by herself, Jeannette DITTY born on the 12th day of February AD 1866 and his by his former wife, James, born 18th November AD 1860. That there are no others either by herself or his former wife under sixteen years of age. That said James, has never been under her care but was taken at the time of his mother’s death by Jackson RIGGLES and has ever since been in his custody and claimed by him and his wife as their child. That she has not in any manner been engaged in or abetted the rebellion in the United States. That a prior application was filed by her husband Nov. 1, 1864 and a certificate granted him, and another application was filed for increase and certificate No. 34,078 granted him November 22 1872. That she hereby appoints Joseph P. SHAW of Ironton, Ohio her XXXX

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PROOF AS TO DEATH

Soldier was pensioned for injury to right leg and spine.

Witness: Drs. HARRISON and CROSS: testify in widows claim that soldier died of acute pleuritis, caused by injuries received in the Army.

See Invalid Claim Certificate No. 34,078 and Widows Claim original No. 212, 442 accompanying this brief.

Rejected on the ground, that fatal disease – acute pleuritis was not the result of the injuries for which the soldier was pensioned, and in no way connected with his military service, as per Medical Reference in Widow’s Brief.

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Buckhorn Furnace
Feby 25th, 1875
Sir the said James DITTY died as I believe from Acute Pleuritis caused from an Extension of Irritation from wounds contracted while in the service of the United States.
P.B. CROSS, M.D.
Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 25th day of Feby AD 1875.
J.D. SUMMERS, J.P.
Law County Ohio

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Buckhorn Furnace
Feby 27th, 1875
XXX I was called upon to attend Mr. Jas. DITTY in his last illness and found him laboring from Acute Pleuritis caused from an Extension of Irritation from wounds contracted while in the service of the United States.
W. B. HARRISON, M.D.
Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 27th day of Feby AD 1875.
J.D. SUMMERS, J.P.
Lawrence County Ohio

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State of Ohio
Lawrence Co

Personally appeared before me the undersigned authority Clara A. ZEEKE and Sarah A. BENNINGTON of Ironton Lawrence Co. Ohio who being duly sworn according to law, say, that they have been acquainted to with James DITTY and his widow since their marriage. That they are also acquainted with their child and were present at their home at Lawrence Furnace at the time of its birth on the 12th day of February 1866, and that Jeannette DITTY now living with her mother at Howard Furnace is the child referred to that we have an interest in the process of Mary DITTY’s claim for Pension.
Attest.

Fletcher GOLDEN Clara A. ZEEKE (X “her mark”)
Ruth CHAPLIN Sarah A. BENNINGTON (X “her mark”) 

Sworn to and subscribed in my presence this 16th day of September 1875 and I certify that the above witnesses are in fact reputable and entitled to credit that I have no interest in the presentation of this claim.
Jonas R. POLLEY
Judge of Probate

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We the undersigned having been chosen family Physicians by James DITTY some six years ago, and knowing all about his condition, his previous and last illness we now give the following statement of his last illness which resulted in his death: Mr. DITTY received a severe skin injury while in the service of the United States of America by a train of cars running off of the track, throwing said DITTY in such a position that his hips were caught between the bumpers of the cars, causing severe spinal trouble to ensue. He also had his leg broken in two different places. His leg seemed to get along well, but he was always complaining of his back. Every little cold chanced to take he was confined to his room for days and sometimes for weeks.
We believe he suffered continually from spinal irritations, and that his last illness and decease was caused by spinal engorgement connected with acute Pleuritis.
The predisposing cause of decease was wound received while in the service of the United States. Having taken cold it concentrated its force in the weak part.
This is why we know and in what manner his death was connected with injuries received while in the service of the United States.
P.B. CROSS, M.D.
W.B. HARRISON, M.D.

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(missing page?) XXXX attorney to prosecute her claim. That his residence is Howard Furnace, Scioto County, Ohio, and that Post Office address is Ironton, Ohio. The word which XXX first XXX interXXX before signing.

Mary DITTY (X “her mark”)

Also personally appeared
Sarah A. BENNINGTON and Clara A. ZEEKE residing in the City of Ironton, Lawrence, Co, Ohio, persons whom I certify to be respectable and instilled to credit and who being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Mary DITTY, the claimant make her mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Attest

Fletcher GOLDEN Sarah A. BENNINGTON (X “her mark”)
Ruth CHAPLIN Clara A. ZEEKE (X “her mark”)

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State of Ohio
Lawrence Co. SS.
Personally appeared before me the undersigned authority, Matthew SCOTT and Arthur WELCH of Howard Furnace, who being duly sworn according to law, say that they were well acquainted with James DITTY dec’d and his family; that they were present at his home on the 11th day of December 1872 at the time of his death, saw him after he was dead and attended his funeral, that they have no interest in the claim, of his widow, Mary DITTY, for pension.

Arthur WELCH
Matthew SCOTT
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REJECTED
Min. O. No. 296,232
Acts of July 14, 1862 and March 3, 1873
James DITTY, Child
Wellston, Jackson Co. Ohio
Child of James DITTY
Co. F, 2. Ky Vol Infy.
Died at Howard Furnace, Ohio
Dec, 1872
No other claim

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DECLARATION FOR PENSION OR FOR INCREASE OF PENSION OF CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE.

State of Ohio, County of Lawrence
On this 27 day of July AD 1882, personally appeared before me Clerk of the Com” Pleas Court, a Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid James DITTY, Jr. aged 21 years, resident of Ironton, County of Lawrence, State of Ohio aged 21 years, respectively, who being duly sworn according to law, make the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Acts of Congress for children under sixteen years of age. That they are the legitimate children of James DITTY deceased, who (1) enlisted under the name of James DITTY at Ironton, Ohio on the ____ day of _____A.D. 186_ in Co. F 2nd Regt of Ky Infy Vols (2) in the war of 1861 who died (3) ____ at Howard Furnace Ohio on the ___ day of Dec AD 1872 and who bore at the time of his death the rank of ___ in (4) ____ that he left a widow surviving (5) but not the mother of Claimant that the mother of Claimant died Oct 28th 1860 that the above named are the only surviving legitimate children of James DITTY who were under sixteen years of age at the time of his death, of whom (6)____ the said children were the issue of soldier, as follows, the dates of their birth being as hereinafter stated:
(7) James DITTY, of soldier by Permelia DITTY, born Oct. 18th, 1860.

That the mother was married under the name of Permelia BELCHER to (8) said James DITTY, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that the said children have not aided or abetted the rebellion; and that no prior application has been filed (9) for the Claimant, that the soldier was a pensioner of the United States under Cer2 No. 23,078 that declarant hereby appoint with full power of substitution and revocation E.J. WALBURN of Ironton Ohio, his attorney to prosecute the above claim; that his post office address is Ironton Lawrence County Ohio Box 217.
Signed: James DITTY

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WAR OF THE REBELLION
Act of July 14, 1862, and subsequent acts.
ORIGINAL PENSION OF MINOR CHILDREN
James DITTY, jr, Child of James DITTY, Pvt, Co. F, Regt 2″ Ky Vols.

No Guardian
Residence of Claimant; Lawrence County, and State of Ohio
Post Office Ironton
Attorney, E.J. WALBURN, Ironton, Lawrence Co, Ohio

Rejection Aug 9, 1883

DATES SHOWN BY PAPERS.

Enlistment, May 8, 1861
Muster into rank, May 8, 1861.
Discharge, Oct 17, 1862.
Death, Dec. 11, 1872.
Invalid app. filed, Feby 25, 1863.
Invalid pension paid to Dec. 11, 1872.
Widow’s app. filed, Nov. 17, 1873.
Widow paid to: Rejection on the grounds that fatal disease was not due to mil. service.
Cause of Death: Acute Pleuritis.
Place of Death: Home.
Minor’s app. filed, Sept. 1st, 1882.
Guardian appointed, not
Death of former wife, October 28, 1860.
Last Marriage, Dec. 12, 1861.

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Received at Pension Office, July 22, 1885

To Mr. President CLEVELAND,

XXX to write you a few lines in regard to the widow DITTY’s pension. I wish if you please to inform me the reason she can’t get her pension it has been in the hand of lawyers for twelve yrs.
I see every week that you are paying out hundreds of dollars. She requested of me to try and see what I can do for her. they say that her papers are in the city and it looks like they could be looked XXX the old XXX. She is very old and aint got any help and thinks that she will have to go to the Infirmary and I think it would be a disgrace to our Government to let our Soldiers wives go there as Good a Soldier as James DITTY was. I have wrote to the War Department several times and all they send me is a blank to fill and I have filled several and sent back and I would rather receive something more interesting. There is some cause for her not getting her money and I would like to know what. Now I hope you will have thXXX XXX its regard to the pension. No more at present hoping to hear from you soon in regard to this letter.

XXXXctively,

S.M. HUSH
Lyra P.A.
Scioto Co. Ohio.

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WIDOW’S BRIEF No. 2
CLAIM NO: 212442
SOLDIER: James DITTY
IMMEDIATE CAUSE OF DEATH: Acute pleuritus
REMOTE CAUSE: Unknown; but not a result of injuries for which pensioner in no way associated with the service.

Reject.
A.F. GRAHAM, Medical Examiner
T. B. HOOD, Medical Referee

(previous page missing? ) XXXXX because of an injury to the hip and leg; that his death was caused indirectly by the said injury. Dr. CROSS (in 2nd Afft.) testifies that soldier died as he believes from Acute Pleuritis caused by an extension of irritation from wounds contracted while in service.

Dr. HARRISON testifies that he attended soldier during his last illness and found him laboring from Acute Pleuritis caused from an extension of irritation from wounds contracted in the service.

Matthew SCOTT and Arthur WELSH testify that soldier died Dec 11, 1872.

The last affidavit of Drs. CROSS & HARRISON, to which the signatures do not appear to be genuine, they state that they believe soldier suffered continually from spinal irritation this death was caused by spinal engorgement connected with acute pleuritis.

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DECLARATION FOR ORIGINAL PENSION OF A WIDOW – CHILD OR CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE SURVIVING.

State of Ohio
County of Lawrence, ss
On this 9th day of June AD 188_, personally appeared before me, Judge of the Probate Court, a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid Mary DITTY, aged 54 years, a resident of Mount Vernon Furnace, Lawrence Co, Ohio.
That she is the widow of James DITTY who volunteered under the name of James DITTY at Ironton, Lawrence Co Ohio on the ___ day of April AD 1861 as a Private in Co. (” “) 2″ Regt, Ohio Inf. Vols commanded by ____ of war of 1861-‘5 who died after discharge of disease contracted in the service on the 11th day of December AD 1872 at ______ who bore at the time of his death the rank of Private in Co. (” “) 2” Regt. Ohio Inf. Vols.
That she married under the name of Mary KILPATRICK to said James DITTY on the ___ day of February AD 1862 by Thomas BRATTON, Esq. at Ironton, Ohio, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that both she and her husband had been previously married, Samuel KILPATRICK her husband died 12th December 1850. Permelia DITTY his wife died Nov 30th 1860, that she has to the present date remained his widow; that the following are the names and dates of birth of all his legitimate children who were under sixteen years of age at the father’s death, to wit:

Jeanette DITTY, born ____ 1865.

That she has not in any manner been engaged in, aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States; that prior application was made by soldier, number of claim unknown.

She hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, George E. LEMON of Washington, DC her true and lawful attorney, to prosecute her claim. That her Post Office address is Mount Vernon Furnace, Lawrence Co, Ohio, via Ironton.

Signed: Mary DITTY (“X” her mark)

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WAR OF THE REBELLION
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862 AND SUBSEQUENT ACTS
WIDOW’S PENSION
(Original with Increase)

Mary DITTY widow of James DITTY, Pvt, Co. F, Regt 2nd Ky Vols.
Residence of claimant, Howard Furnace, Scioto County, and State of Ohio
Post Office, Ironton, Lawrence Co. Ohio
Attorney, Joseph P. SHAW, Ironton O.
No Fee,
No Rate of pension.

Jeannette DITTY, Born Feby 12, 1866

Sixteen, Feb 11, 1882

Rejected August 13th, 1875

DATES SHOWN BY PAPERS:

Enlistment, May 8, 1861
Muster into rank, May 8, 1861.
Discharge, Oct 17, 1862.
Death, Dec. 11, 1872.
Invalid app. filed, Feby 25, 1863.
Invalid pension paid to Dec. 11, 1872.
Widow’s app. filed, Nov. 17, 1873.
Cause of Death: Acute Pleuritis.
Place of Death: Home.
Claimant’s Marriage to Soldier, Dec. 12, 1861.

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PHYSICIAN’S AFFIDAVIT
STATE OF Ohio
COUNTY OF Scioto
In the Pension Claim NO. 212442 OF Mrs. Mary DITTY, Widow of James DITTY LATE OF Co. G., 2nd Ky. Infty.
Personally came before me, A Notary Public in and for the aforesaid county and state, P.B. CROSS, a citizen of Iron Furnace in the county of Scioto and state of Ohio, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:
That he is a practicing physician, and that he has been acquainted with said soldier for about ____ years and that:
I treated James DITTY in 1871 the exact dates of which I have not at my command. I treated him again in Dec 1872 his final and last illness. As to his physical condition prior to entering the service I know nothing. But in the service he was thrown from the cars in a Rail Road wreck the time of which accident I have no recollection. I knew Mrs. DITTY intimately from 1871 to 1873 or there abouts and met him often. I was his family physician for over one year and never saw him well during this time the result of the fall in the wreck above spoken of I have no doubt in my own mind was the indirect cause of his death. He was not able at any time since I have known him to do good half work’ he complained ever and anon of pain in the back side and breast and I think one of his hips. You will bear in mind that I write this statement mainly from memory it having been so long since his decease that no doubt I have forgotten much.
P.B. CROSS, M.D.

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Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C., Jany 21, 1890
No. 212442
Name: James DITTY widow
Co. F, 2nd Regt KY Inf.
Date of Filing: Nov. 17, 1873
Date of Rejection: Dec. 15, 1875

Cause of Rejection: Soldier’s fatal disease not due to the service.

Abstract of Testimony to ReOpen: Medical testimony filed, duplicate of former testimony and immaterial.

Recommended that former adverse action be adhered to.

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Min. O. 296232
AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIMANT

State of Ohio, County of Jackson, ss
In the matter of Pension Claim No_______ of James DITTY minor of James DITTY, Co. F, 2″ Reg’t Ky Inf. Vols.
On this 18th day of September AD 1899, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid county duly authorized to administer oaths, James DITTY aged 37 years, whose Post Office address is Wellston in the county of Jackson and State of Ohio, who being duly sworn, declares that he is claimant in above case.
He has resided, since his discharge from service, in the following places:
Lawrence Furnace, Lawrence County Ohio and Howard Furnace Scioto County Ohio.

He has been treated, since his discharge, by the following physicians:
Dr. William B. HARRISON of Wellston Ohio (now deceased) and Dr. James CROSS. South Webster, Scioto County Ohio.
Signed: James DITTY

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DECLARATION FOR PENSION OR FOR INCREASE OF PENSION OF CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE.

State of Ohio, County of Jackson, ss
On this 8th day of August AD 1899, personally appeared before me a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid James DITTY, resident of Wellston, County of Jackson, Lawrence, State of Ohio aged 37 years, respectively, who being duly sworn according to law, make the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Acts of Congress for children under sixteen years of age. That he is the legitimate child of James DITTY, who (1) enlisted under the name of James DITTY at Camp Clay, (Cinci O) on the ___ day of June AD 1861, (2) Co. F 2nd Ky Inf in the war of 1861 who died (3) at Howard Furnace Scioto County Ohio on the 12th day of Dec AD 1872 and who bore at the time of his death the rank of private, in (4) above said, that he left a widow surviving (5) Polly DITTY who died on the 16th day of September 1887. that the above named are the only surviving legitimate children of James DITTY who were under sixteen years of age at the time of his death, of whom (6)____ the said children were the issue of soldier, as follows, the dates of their birth being as hereinafter stated:
(7) James DITTY, of soldier by Permelia DITTY, born Nov. 18th, 1861.

That the mother was married under the name of Permelia DITTY to (8) said James DITTY, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that the said children have not aided or abetted the rebellion; and that ____ prior application has been filed (9) had been filed by the soldier, he died previously for the Claimant, that the soldier was a pensioner of the United States under Cer2 No. 23,078 that declarant hereby appoint with full power of substitution and revocation F.G. COLDREN of Washington, DC, his attorney to prosecute the above claim; that his post office address is Wellston, Jackson County Ohio.

Signed: James DITTY