Amanuensis Monday: General Affidavits Nancy Miller for William Townsend

Mary (Clabaugh) Townsend had another person provide a witness affidavit for her Widow's Pension claim of 1890 after the death of her husband William James Townsend in 1889. This statement is from her daughter Nancy E (Townsend) Miller.

What is interesting in this statement is that Nancy doesn't exactly say that Mary is her mother, unless the statement "The claimant is the first person I ever called" is lingo for, she's my mother. Ida does not make any mention of a potential relationship. But Nancy seems to hint at it.

Nancy Townsend Miller Affidavit for William Townsend Pension
Nancy Townsend Miller Affidavit for William Townsend Pension

State of Ohio
County of Franklin, SS

In the matter of Pension Claim No. 422.500 of Mary, widow of Wm J Townsend late of Co. “K”, 133rd Reg't, Ohio Inft Vol.
Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for said County and State, Nancy E Miller aged 24 years.

Citizen of the town of Reece's Station 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: The claimant is the first person I ever called. I know that she has not remarried since the death of her husband Nov'r 13th 1889

I further know that she is wholly dependent upon her own labor for the support of he self and her children as she was cutting corn last week and does washing whenever she is able to get and do it.
Further that her children Ethel may, Sameul LeRoy, Emma Virginia, and Harry Augusts are all living and under the care of the claimant

And I further say that my knowledge of the above facts is obtained from the following sources, viz: personal knowledge .

Signed Nancy E Miller


  • Nancy has a really nice signature.
  • Nancy is living in Reece's Station.
  • Mary works in various ways to support her family from cutting corn to doing laundry.
  • Mary's youngest children are living with her, not with extended family members.

  • Where is Reece's Station?
  • Did Nancy have formal education to make her handwriting so nice?

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