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From James Franklin Jollett’s Pension Application
Pension Form No. 9
Application of Soldier, Sailor or Marine for Disability by Reason of Disease or the Infirmities of Age
I, James F. Jollett, do hereby apply for aid under the act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved April 2, 1909, entitled as act to aid the citizens of Virginia who were disabled by wounds received during the war between the States while serving as soldiers, sailors, or marines of Virginia, and such as served during the said war as soldiers, sailors, or marines of Virginia, who are now disabled by disease contracted during the war, or by the infirmities of age, and the widows of soldiers, sailors, or marines of Virginia who lost their lives in said service, or whom death resulted from wounds received or disease contracted in said services, and providing penalties for violating the provisions of this act, and I do solemnly swear that I am a citizen of the state of Virginia, resident at Harriston in the County of Augusta in the said State, and that I have been an actual resident of the said State for two years, and of the said city (or county) for one year next preceding the date of this application, and that I was a soldier (or sailor or marine) of the State of Virginia in the war between the United States and the Confederate States, as a member (here state specifically the command and branch of service to which the applicant belonged and the name of his immediate superior officer) Wise Legion 46 Virginia Regiment Company D Col. R.T.W. Duke, Capt. Geo Norris, and Lieutenant James [?] and that I am now disabled by disease (here state the nature of the disease and the cause from which it resulted) infirmities of old age disease, deafness, and kidney trouble, and that from the effects of such disease I am now permanently disabled from following my normal and ordinary occupation for a livelihood (in the case of disability from the infirmities of age, strike out all relating to disability by disease, and then proceed as follows:) and that I am now suffering from the infirmities of age, and permanently incapacitated thereby from the following my usual and ordinary occupation, or any other occupation for a livelihood (here state specifically the nature and character of the disability which prevents the applicant from following any occupation for a livelihood) old age kidney trouble & deafness and that during the said war I was loyal and true to my duty, and never at any time deserted my command or voluntarily abandoned my post of duty in the said service, and that by reason of such disability I am now entitled to receive under the said act the sum of Twenty-Four dollars annually. And I do further swear that I do not hold any national, State, city or county office which pays me in salary or fees one hundred and fifty dollars per annum; nor have I an income from any other employment or any source whatever which amounts to one hundred and fifty dollars per annum; nor do I receive from any source whatever money or other means of support in value of the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars per annum; nor do I own in my own right, nor does anyone hold in trust for my benefit or use, nor does my wife own, nor does anyone hold in trust for my wife, estate or property, either real, personal or mixed, either in fee or for life, of the value of five hundred dollars; nor do I receive any aid or pension from any other State, or from the United States, or from any other source, and that I am not an inmate of any soldiers' home, or of any other public institution; and I do further swear that the answers given to the following questions are true:
1. What is your age? Ans. 72 years
2. Where were you born? Ans. Rockingham County, Virginia
3. How long have you resided in Virginia? Ans. 72 years
4. How long have you resided in the city or county of your present residence? Ans. 4 years
5. What is your usual and ordinary occupation for earning a livelihood? Ans. Farming
6. How long have you followed such occupation or employment? Ans. All my life
7. Have you followed such occupation or employment, or any other occupation or employment, within the last two years? If so, state when and where and the amount of your annual income from the same. Ans. Same farming
8. State specifically the nature of your disability or disease. Ans. Old age Deafness & Kidney trouble
9. What were the causes which led to the disease which has resulted in your disability? Ans. [ ? ]
10. How long have you suffered from such disease, and when did you first become aware that you were afflicted with the same? Ans. 40 years
11. With what disease or sickness did you suffer during the time of your service? Ans. Fever
12. Are you totally disabled because of such disease, or the infirmities of age, from following your usual and ordinary occupation or employment, or any other occupation or employment, by which to earn a livelihood? If not totally disabled thereby, but only partially state the extent of your partial disability. Ans. Nearly total
13. When and where did you enter the service of Virginia, or of the Confederate States? Ans. Albemarle County
14. In what command and service were you engaged during the war between the States? Ans. Wise Legion & Virginia Regiment Co. D
15. How long were you in the service? Ans. 18 months
16. When did you leave the service, and under what circumstances? Ans. At end of war [ ? ]
17. If suffering from disease, state what physician or physicians have attended you for the same. Ans. Dr. Bibb
18. Give the names and addresses of two or more in the service of your command, if any such be living, and if not, so state. Ans. All dead so far as I know
19. Give here any other information you may possess relating to your service, or disability, that will support the justice of your claim for aid? Ans. Old age [?] deafness & kidney trouble think the cause came from fever
20. Is there any camp of Confederate Veterans in the city or county of your residence? Ans. No
21. Is there anyone living, the residence and address of whom is known to you, either comrade or otherwise, who has knowledge of your service, and of the cause of your disability? If no or not, state. Ans. W.A. Garrison, & John C. Shiflett
Witness my hand this 20 day of January 1908
James F. Jollett
J. C. Weast, J.P.
I, J. C. Weast a Justice of the Peace, in and for the County of Augusta, in the State of Virginia, do certify that James F. Jollett whose name is signed to the foregoing application, personally appeared before me in my Co aforesaid and having the aforesaid application read to him and fully explained, as well as the statements and answers therein made, the said James F. Jollett made oath before me that the said statements and answers are true.
Given under my hand this 17th day of Feb, 1908.
J. C. Weast, J.P.
OATH OF RESIDENT WITNESSES
We, T. W. McClung and J. F. McClung, do solemnly swear that we are residents of the County of Augusta, in the said State, and that we have known personally and well for 40 years James F. Jollett, whose name is signed to the annexed application for aid under the act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved April 2, 1909, and that the said James F. Jollett is a resident of the said county (or city), and is a man of good reputation for truth and honesty, and that we have read the annexed application and its 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 observation the applicant is disabled (state the character of the disability, and whether it is partial or total) kidney trouble, [?] deafness [ ? ] and that we verily believe the said applicant is justly entitled to aid under the said act, and we have no personal interest in the allowance of the applicant's claim.
T. W. McClung
J. F. McClung
Subscribed and sworn to before me, a Justice of Peace for the County of Augusta, State of Virginia, this 17th day of Feb 1908
J. C. Weast JP
AFFIDAVIT OF COMRADES
AFFIDAVIT OF WITNESS, NOT COMRADE
We, W. A. Garrison and John C. Shiflett,do solemnly swear that we are residents of the County of [illegible but likely Greene] , in the State of Virginia, and that we personally know, and are well acquainted with James F. Jollett, whose name is signed to the annexed application, and who is applying for aid under the act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved April 2, 1909, and that we have known the said applicant for 40 years, and that to our personal knowledge the said James F. Jollett was a loyal and true soldier (sailor or marine), in the military (or naval) service of Virginia, or of the Confederate States in the war between the States, and was faithful in the discharge of his duty, and that we verily believe he is disabled from the causes, and in the manner in his application, and that his claim is just, and that we have no personal interest in the allowance of his claim under the said act.
W. A. Garrison
John C. Shiflett
Subscribed and sworn to before me, a Justice of Peace in and for the County of Greene this 24 day of January, 1908.
[ illegible signature ]
Note - If no comrade in arms or other person has knowledge of the service of the applicant and of the cause of his disability is living, whose residence is known to the applicant, state that fact here.
CERTIFICATE OF PHYSICIAN
I, D.P. Bowman, a presiding physician in the County of Augusta in the State of Virginia, do certify that I am personally acquainted with James F. Jollett whose name is signed to the annexed application for aid under the act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved April 2, 1909, and that from a personal examination of the said James F. Jollett as to the disability stated in his application and the cause thereof, I am clearly of the opinion that he is disabled by reason of (here state specifically the nature of the disability and the cause thereof, and if such disability be total, whether the applicant is deprived thereby of all ability to pursue his usual and ordinary occupation for a livelihood, or any other occupation for a livelihood, and if the disability be partial to what extent the applicant is hindered from pursuing such occupation as aforesaid) partial disability from the three causes named above and that I verily believe his disability is wholly due to causes assigned in the said application, and that he is entitled to aid under the provisions of the said act, and that I have no personal interest in the allowance of the said act, and that I have no personal interest in the allowance of the applicant's claim.
Given under my hand, this 13 day of Feb, 1908.
Dr. Bowman, M.D.
CERTIFICATE OF CAMP OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
The Stonewall Jackson Camp of Confederate Veterans of the City of Staunton in the State of Virginia, hereby certifies that it has examined into the merits of the annexed application of Jas. F. Jollett for aid under the act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved April 2, 1909, and being satisfied of the justice of his claim, hereby recommends the said James F. Jollett for aid under the provisions of the said act, and that it has no personal interest of the applicant's claim.
Wm. N. Scott
1st Lieut. Commander
Note - It there is no camp of Confederate veterans in applicant's city or county, then the certificate of two ex-confederate soldiers, well known and of good reputation, residing in said city or county, should be obtained as follows:
CERTIFICATE OF EX-CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS
We, W. A. Garrison and John C. Shiflett of the County of Greene State of Virginia, do certify that we were soldiers (sailors or marines) of Virginia in the war between the States, and that we have examined into the merits of the annexed application of [illegible but likely says James F. Jollett] for aid under the act of the General Assembly of Virginia, approved April 2, 1909, and that we are satisfied of the justice of his claim, and recommend the said James F. Jollett for aid under the provisions of the said act, and that we have no personal interest in the allowance of the applicant's claim.
Given under our hands, this 24 day of Jan 1908.
W. A. Garrison
John C. Shiflett
CERTIFICATE OF THE COMMISIONER OF THE REVENUE
[ Commissioner’s name is illegible as is value of real and personal property.]
Augusta County, No. 361
Name James F. Jollett
Post Office Harriston, Va
The Circuit Court of the county (or the Corporation or Hustings Court of the city) of Augusta for an examination of the within application of James F. Jollett and of the affidavits and certificates 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 and certificates, and oral testimony (if any oral testimony is required by the court) 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 Auditor of Public Accounts, this 2nd day of May 1908
Y. H. Wickes [?]
Approved April 18th 1908 for $24
Samuel F. Tilson, Chairman
[stamped] Sep 2 1908
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