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From the application of Eliza Jane Coleman Jollett
The Applicant must read, or have read to her, every word in this Application
Pensioners now on the ROLL are NOT required to make new application, but meet file annual Certificate
THIS APPLICATION must be filed with the Clerk of the Corporation Court of Your City or Circuit Court of Your County
FORM No. 7
APPLICATION of a widow of a Soldier, Sailor, or Marine of the late Confederacy under acts approved March 26, 1923, and March 10, 1928, as amended by an act approved March 24, 1930.
I, Eliza J. Jollette, do hereby apply for a pension under the provisions of the acts of the General Assembly of Virginia relating to Confederate pensions.
I do solemnly swear that I am a citizen of the State of Virginia and that I have been an actual resident of the said State for one year next preceding the date of this application, and that I am the widow of James F. Jollette, who was a soldier (sailor or marine) in the service of the Confederate States in the War Between the States, and that I was married to him 1885 (See note below) and the best of my knowledge and belief during the said war my husband was loyal and true to his duty, and never at any time desered his command or voluntarily abandoned his post of duty in the said service, and that I was never divorced from my said husband, and that I never voluntarily abandoned him during his life, but remained his lawful wife up to the time of his death, and that I am a widow at the date of making this application, and that I am now entitled to receive a pension under the provisions of said act. I do further swear that I do not hold a national, State or county office, which pays a salary or fees exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per annum, nor have I income from any and all sources whatever exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per annum, nor do I own in my own right, nor is there held in trust for my own benefit, estate or property, either real, personal or mixed in fee or for life, which years a total income exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per annum. I do further swear that I do not receive a pension from this or any other State. I do solemnly swear that the answers given to the questions which I am required to answer in this application are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Any assessment of property does not affect the right to pension, but the gross income from all sources must not exceed $1,000.00 per year. Certificates under B, C, E, not necessary if husband was pensioner.
NOTE – Widows seventy-five years old or over can receive pension regardless of date of marriage. Widows under seventy-five years old are required to have been married prior to January 1st, 1890.
1. What is your name? Eliza J. Jollette
2. What is your age? 74
3. Where were you born? Rockingham Co, Va.
4. How long have you resided in Virginia? All my life
5. How long have you resided in the City or County of your present residence? 26 years
6. Where do you reside? If in a city, give street address. Post office Harriston, Va County of Augusta Virginia
7. With whom do you reside? By my self
8. What was your husband’s full name? James F. Jollette
9. When, where and by whom were you married?
When? In 1885
Where? Stanardsville, Va
By whom? Rev Walters
10. When and where did your husband die? June 3 – 1930, Harriston, Va.
11. What was the cause of his death? Old age
12. Have you married since the death of your husband? If yes, give full particulars. No
13. In what branch of the army did your husband serve? Infantry, unknown Regiment. Unknown Company
14. Who were his immediate superior officers?
Colonel not known
15. Give the names and addresses of two comrades who served in the same command with your husband during the war if living. (Not necessary if your husband was a pensioner.)
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16. Name source of income, and what income have you from all sources? None
NOTE – By income is meant the total gross receipts derived by you from all crops (whether sold or used), wages and all other sources valued in dollars.
17. Was your husband on the pension roll of Virginia? If yes, in what county or city was his pension allowed? Yes, Augusta County Va
18. Have you ever applied for a pension in Virginia before? If yes, why are you not drawing one at this time? No
19. Is there a camp of Confederate Veterans in your city or county? Yes
20. Give here any other information you may possess relating to the service of your husband which will support the justice of your claim. Don know any
A signature made by X mark is not valid unless attested by a witness.
WITNESS Ira Sullivan Eliza J. X Jollette
I, J. C. Weast, a Justice Peace in and for the County of Augusta in the State of Virginia, do certify that the applicant whose name is signed to the foregoing application personally appeared before me in the County aforesaid, having the aforesaid application read to her and fully explained, as well as the statements and answers therein made, the said applicant made oath before me that the said statements and answers are true.
Given under our hand this 7 day of June 1930 J. C. Weast Justice Peace
(A) OATH OF RESIDENT WITNESSES
(Must be signed by two residents of Applicant’s City or County)
We P. R. Weast and J. B. Rodgers do solemnly swear that we are residents of the County of Augusta in the State of Virginia and that we have known personally and well for 5 years the applicant whose name is signed to the foregoing application for aid under the pension law, and that the said applicant is a resident of the said city or county and is a woman of good reputation for truth and honesty, and that we have read the foregoing application and the answers to the questions therein propounded, made by the said applicant, and verily believe that the said applicant has been truthful in the said statements and answers, and that from our personal knowledge we verily believe the said applicant is justly entitled to aid under the law and that we have no personal interest in the allowance of the applicant’s claim.
A signature made by X mark is not valid unless attested by a witness.
P. R. Weast
J. B. Rodgers
WITNESS P. R.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, a Justice of Peace in and for the County of Augusta State of Virginia this 7 day of June 1930
J. C. Weast Justice Peace
(B) AFFIDAVIT OF COMRADES [not required if applicant’s husband was a pensioner]
(C) AFFIDAVIT OF WITNESSES, NOT COMRADES [not required if applicant’s husband was a pensioner]
(D) CERTIFICATE OF PHYSICIAN [not required unless applicant was blind]
(E) CERTIFICATE OF CAMP OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS (Not necessary to have this Certificate E filled out if husband was pensioner, otherwise it must be filled out where there is a camp in applicant’s city or county.)
I J. Wellington Spitern commander of Stonewall Jackson Camp of Confederate Veterans of the City of Staunton in the State of Virginia, hereby certify that the said camp has examined into the merits of the foregoing application for pension and being satisfied of the justice of said claim, hereby recommend the same, under the provision of said acts, and that the said camp has no personal interest in the allowance of the applicant’s claim.
J. Wellington Spitern Commander
Given under my hand this 1 day of July 1930
(F) CERTIFICATE OF PENSION BOARD
I J. Logan Dunlap, chairman of the Pension Board of the County of Augusta State of Virginia, do hereby certify that the foregoing application has been examined and approved by said Board.
In testimony whereof I hereto set my hand this 1 day of July 1930
J. Logan Dunlap Chairman of Pension Board
(G) CERTIFICATE OF JUDGE
This Court, from an examination of the foregoing application and of affidavits, certificates, etc., therewith filed, and hereto annexed, and of such witnesses as were required and called by the court, being satisfied that the said application is supported by the affidavits, certification, etc., of persons of well-known reputation for truth, honesty and integrity, and that the claim of the said applicant is just, and in due form, doth certify the same to the State Comptroller.
Given under my hand this 12 day of July 1930
Jas. A. [ unclear ] Judge
Eliza Jane’s application for a Widow’s Pension was approved. The cover of her application indicates she was awarded $10 monthly. She died eight years later in 1938.
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