Civil War Pension Dispute JW Whitesell

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Date: 1 Sep 1883 to 1891
Location: United Statesmap
Surname/tag: Whitesell
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This is a space for documents from the dispute over the civil war pension of John William Whitesell (1821-1884) by his two wives, Sybil (Wilton) Whitesell (1826-1902) and Martha Jane (Nickerson) Morris (abt.1851-1890). After serving in the American Civil War, John was reportedly never the same and started to leave home and womanize. While he stayed in the vicinity of his first wife Isabella from discharge until approximately 1870, John strayed from home frequently, sometimes for months at a time. Among the statements taken to document her pension fight, Isabella describes how at one point John got into a fight with another man over another woman and ended up with a pistol shot in the hip.

After 1870, John left the United States for home in Canada when he received a letter that his father was dying, leaving behind his first wife and family. His son William recorded the information in his own deposition in support of his mother. After returning home John told all family on both his and his wife's sides that Isabella had died in The States and within a few short months remarried, this time to Martha Jane. To date I have not found evidence of what John was like once back in Canada and whether he continued to have marital issues. We do know from the pension records that Isabella was given the pension and that Martha was denied.



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