Confederate Pension Application for Calista Millican

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Location: Bowser, San Saba, Texas, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Millican Civil War
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This application of Calista Millican covers 27 pages of documents and includes affidavits from family members, other service members, and Calista in an attempt to receive her husband's Civil War pension after he passed away.

This space serves as a central holding area for these documents which relate to several people within the same family.

The images are named in numerical order, corresponding to how they appear within the Pension File. They are not in sequential order, and some documents are separated by one or more pages.

Below is a brief explanation of the documents contained within the Pension File and a short statement on their significance to the File as a whole.

Page 1 of Calista's Confederate Pension File

The first page of this Confederate Pension Application contains mostly identifying information. The applicant's name, as well as their post office and Comptroller's File Number are indicated. There is also a section indicating whether or not the application was approved or denied.

This application was put forward by Calista Millican of Bowser, Texas. It was received on January 1, 1908, per the received date stamp. The application was not approved for almost four years - October 15, 1911.

Page 2 of Calista's Confederate Pension File.

The second page is the reverse side of the first page and contains a Certificate of County Judge certifying that Calista appeared before the San Saba County, Texas judge on November 12, 1907, as the widow of Edward Millican and is qualified to apply for his pension.

This second page also contains a Certificate of County Commissioners, dated November 16, 1907, indicating that the application of Calista Millican was submitted along with proof in support of the application by the San Saba County, Texas Judge. This Certificate also agreed that Calista was entitled to legally make her claim.

Calista's Application p 1.
Calista's Application p 2.

The next two pages in the Confederate Pension file for Calista are the Application of Indigent Widow of Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy for pension under the Act of May 12, 1899. This doubled-sided document is an interview with Calista that includes her name, age, length of stay at her current address, physical ailments, date of marriage to deceased veteran, information on where her husband served, and information as to her current financial status.

Calista, at 56-years-old, has lived in Bowser, Texas for about two years as of December 26, 1906. She currently does housework at the farm she lives on and indicates she suffers from rheumatism and kidney failure. She was married to her husband Edward Millican on October 13, 1865, in Milam County, Texas and he passed away on December 3, 1906.

Unsure of her husband's service, Calista states, "I think he went out in '62 and served to the close of the war." She gives Col. Reynold's regiment and Capt. Doty's company 'E' as the name of his company and regiment and also indicates he was in the cavalry.

Calista's financial circumstances are grim, with no savings, no income, no property, and no work on the horizon for her.

This Application by Calista was witnessed by W M Gay and J T Millican on December 26, 1906.

Requesting docs from War Dep't.
War Dep't informing of no such record for Arkansas.

The next two pages in this series, page 5 and 6, include the request from the Comptroller of Texas submitted to the War Department in Washington, D.C. to send any records they might have relating to the service of Edward Millican, reported to have served in Company E, 1st Regiment Arkansas Mounted Rifles.

This request was returned from the War Department on March 14, 1908 stating that they were not able to find anyone on the rolls with the name of Edward Millican in the 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles.

It seems this might have been the source of some of the delays that plagued this case as the widow indicated her husband's service originated from Texas rather than Arkansas.

William Millican's Summons

The next two pages (7 and 8 of the Pension File) are the front and back of a county summons for William Millican in San Saba County, Texas, and is dated July 28, 1899. He is being asked to complete a questionnaire regarding the service of Edmond Millican.

This county summons is supplemented by pages 11 and 12 of this Pension File, which are William Millican's answers.

Wm Millican's Response, p 1
Wm Millican's Response, p 2

In his responses, William Millican indicates he was living in Bend, Texas at this time. William affirms that his brother fought for the Confederate Army during the Civil War serving about three years with Marcus Doty's Company and Randall's Regiment before being discharged with the surrender of the Confederacy.

Blank questionnaire.
Pages 9 and 10 of the Pension File is the front and back of a county summons for Frank Williams, John Ha/oitt, and William Friney(sp?) in Limestone County, Texas, and is dated August 12, 1899.

Pages 13 and 14 of the Pension File contain the questionnaire that supplements this summons, but there are no answers from any of those summoned.

Despite the lack of answers, the questions themselves do provide some information regarding the life of Edmond Millican. The second question reads, "Are you acquainted with Edmond Millican who lived in Cherokee County in 1861, and who also lived in Leon County, Texas in 1895, and who now resides in Limestone Co, Texas[?]". This gives us a bit of an idea of his movements around Texas during this period of his life.

John Week's statement.
Page 15 of the Pension File contains a statement regarding Edmond Millican from Mr. John Week. It reads:
Before me the undersigned authority on this day personally appeared
John Week
credible citizen of Limestone County, Texas, who being by me duly sworn on oath says that he knows Edmond Millican, and he knows his financial and physical condition and he knows he is unable to support himself by labor of any sort.

This statement is dated August 19, 1899.

J C Stroud Affidavit
J C Stroud's questionnaire.
The next set of documents in this Pension File are more scattered than the previous documents. Skipping ahead to pages 21 and 20 of the Pension File, we find the Affidavit of J C Stroud, dated August 19, 1907

Accompanying this affidavit is the questionnaire and answers from J C Stroud on pages 16 and 17 of the Pension File.

J C Stroud is 84-years-old, living in San Saba County, Texas, and knew Edmond Millican beginning in Houston, Texas in 1863. He states that Edmond enlisted in Company E of Renold's Regiment, Walker's division. He was not sure how long Edmond served but did know he served in the Battle of Mansfield in 1864.

Pages 18 and 19 of the Pension File are both statements from William Millican, whom we saw documents from earlier, with additional support for his brother's case.

William's 1899 statement.
The first page is dated August 4, 1899, from San Saba County, Texas, and is a statement under oath that William knows Edmond as his brother and knows that he served about three years in the Confederate Army in Capt Doty's Company and Randall's Regiment. He indicates that Edmond was discharged from duty when the Confederacy surrendered. William gives his home address in Bend, Texas.
William's 1907 statement.

The second statement from William Millican was taken on April 12, 1907, in San Saba County, Texas. In this statement William states again that Edmond was enlisted to Capt Doaty's and Col Reynold's Regiment in the early part of 1862, he thinks. He also indicates that Edmond was injured at the Battle of Cotton Plant in Arkansas but rejoined the Army after recuperating and served until they were disbanded following the defeat of the Confederacy. He lists Edmond's date of death to be about December 3, 1906.

Calista's personal appeal, p 1

Pages 22 and 23 of the Pension File is a letter dated October 15, 1911 from Calista to the Comptrollers and Commissioners. The letter is a personal appeal and reads as follows:

To the comptroller and commishoners of the pension law I ame the wife of E Millican that was drawing at pension when he dide I applied for to draw as I no that I am qualified and I hant heard from it but once and the commishners rate me that whare I made the mistake was that I didnt state what regment my husban belonged to he belonged to reynolds regment hevy artillrey
I was bornd in Mississippi come to Texas yeare before the war I hope you will look after this for I sure do need it
as ever
Calista Millican
my husban dide December the 3 196

Calista's personal appeal, p 2

Letter from A B Millican.
Page 24 of the Pension File is a letter from A B Millican of Waldrip, Texas dated September 23, 1920, to the State Comptroller in Austin, Texas.

This letter, received September 27, 1920, is informing them of the death of Calista on the 18th of September, 1920. A B Millican is requesting a Mortuary Warrant Application be sent so that they can help pay for Calista's funeral.

Letter from A B Millican.
Page 25 of the Pension Folder is a letter from the Comptroller dated October 7, 1920, which contains the Application for Mortuary Warrant, as requested. The Comptroller states that after the return of the completed forms, they will send a warrant for $30 to the claimant.
Completed Application for Mortuary Warrrant.
On page 26 of the Pension File, the Application for Mortuary Warrant was filed by A B Millican. He indicated that his mother died in his home in Waldrip, Texas on September 18, 1920. He gives his current residence as Crisp, Texas. There is a section at the bottom of this page entitled Certificate of Physician which lists her cause of death as chronic nephritis, something Calista had struggled with for years.
Mortuary Warrant Account.
The final page of the Pension File is the Mortuary Warrant Account. Paid out of Henderson County, Texas on October 16, 1920, this warrant covered $30 of the $65 total it cost the family to bury Calista. It was returned to the Comptroller's office on October 25, 1920, and there was no more activity in this Pension File.

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