Amanuensis Monday: General Affidavits Jennie Tewell, Midwife

The contents of the Civil War Pension file are about to become a little more interesting. The next series of posts will be those willing to attest to the events in Mary's life. These witnesses could be neighbors, family members, or care providers (as in this case). MUCH research will need to be done with regards to these persons to see if any more relationship connections can be made or more historical context can be found to better understand the life of William James Townsend and his wife Mary Clabaugh.

General Affidavit from Jennie Tewell, Midwife
General Affidavit from Jennie Tewell, Midwife

State of Ohio
County of Franklin } SS.

In the matter of Pension Claim No. 442.500 of Mary, widow of Wm J Townsend late of Co. “K” 133rd Reg't, Ohio Inf't Vol.

Personally came before me a Notary Public in and for said County and State Jennie Tewell aged 37 years No. 462 Poplar Ave.
Citizen of the town of Columbus County of Franklin State of Ohio well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows: I attended Mrs. Mary Townsend at the birth of her child, a female named Emma Virginia, on the 15th of January 1879, of which date I have a record, in the capacity of a midwife. I know that the child is still living and under the care of her mother who is dependent upon her own labor for the support of herself and her children
I also attended the claimant at the birth of her child, a male, named Harry Augustus, on the 27th day of February 1875 who is still living.
I can further say that Samuel LeRoy was born the 8tj of July 1884 and know such to be the case although I was not in attendance -
And I further say that my knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following sources, viz; personal knowledge as state from record and that he has no interest or concern in this matter.

Signature of Affiant. Jennie Tewell

The cover for this affidavit (not shown) says:
Case of
Mary Townsend, wid. Of
William J Townsend
Co. “K”, 133rd Reg't Ohio Vols
Widows Pension

AFFIDAVIT OF Jennie Tewell
Pension and Patent Attorney,
Columbus, Ohio

US Pension Office stamp Nov 10, 1890

  • Mary used a midwife named Jennie Tewell for at least two of her children (Emma and Harry) but she only knows of Samuel's birth though she was not in attendance. Jennie mentions she kept a record of her performances as a midwife
  • Jennie Tewell lived at 462 Poplar Ave, possibly in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Does Jennie Tewell's midwife records still exist? Where are they? What can they tell me about the Townsend births, and Jennie's service as a midwife?


  1. Oh, how neat. Where did you get this record?

    1. This was in the Civil War Pension file for my Great Grandfather William James Townsend. I hired a professional Genealogist to go to the US National Archives to scan a copy of the record. I think it was money well spent.


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