Tuesday, December 14, 2010

They Lost A Limb.

The following men lost a limb either in war or by an accident, some of the information is longer then others. Dose this make their information any less important then those with longer information?, “No”, Those families looking into these family lines will find the information helpful, and may lead them in a new direction of research.

Walter H. Tinker.

Walter H. Tinker, late a private in the 5th regiment Missouri State militia, who lost a leg while in active service, praying a pension.

Walter H. Tinker, private, Fagg's 5th Regiment Six Months Militia, company B., Enlisted September 11, 1861, at Louisiana Mo. Age 22., ordered into service September 11, 1861, at Louisiana Mo. Wounded by accidental discharge of gun and leg was amputated September 27, 1861.

James Ware.

James Ware, states he was a seafaring man, and accustomed to get his living by that profession until the 10th., day of January 1815; at that time he was employed United States naval storekeeper at New York, at the daily wages of one dollar and a half, in unloading heavy cannon from on board the sloop General Washington, and then loading them on teams, for the purpose of transportation to the lakes; that while executing this duty, and on the day above mentioned, he was caught under a 32-pounder , which fell on his leg by the breaking of a runner, and so injured in that he was compelled to have it amputated; that he is unable to pursue his calling of a seafaring man, and is destitute of the means of support, and prays to be placed on the list of navy pensioners, or to be provided in some other way.
Note.  After the committee looked over the petition their findings was that the petition ought not be granted.

Riley H. Smith.

The petition of Riley H. Smith, of Tyler County, West Virginia late a private of company D, 3d regiment West Virginia cavalry volunteers, who lost his leg after his discharge and while on his way to the place of payment, praying that he may be placed on the pension roll

A Bill.
MAY 30, 1868.

Granting a pension to Riley H. Smith.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to place upon the pension rolls, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the name of Riley H. Smith, late a private in company D, third regiment West Virginia cavalry volunteers, and allow and pay him a pension at the rate of fifteen dollars per month, from the sixth day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, to continue during his natural life.
Note. I could not find if this Bill passed, it was still before Congress in 1875.

Charles Larrabee.

1825, The petition of Charles Larrabee, late a Major in the Army of the United States, who lost an arm at the battle of Brownstown, praying a pension.

FEBRUARY 21, 1849.

For the relief of Major Charles Larrabee.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War cause to be paid to Major Charles Larrabee, a pension at the rate of forty dollars per month, in lieu of the pension now allowed him, to commence on the fourth day of September, eighteen hundred and forty-eight, and to continue during his natu8 ral life Passed the HOUSE of Representatives: Feb. 20, 1849.
Attest: THO. J. CAMPBELL, clerk.
Note. I could find if this Act, became law.

Levi Bishop and Israel Bacon.

1813, A petitions from Levi Bishop and Israel Bacon, setting forth that they were volunteers in the Army, and were in the battle of Queenstown, in Upper Canada, in which the former lost an arm, and the latter was severely wounded, and praying relief.
Note. I could not find any other info.

Isaac W. Griffith.

1849, The petition of the General Assembly of the State of Iowa, praying that the pension allowed to Isaac W. Griffith, of Iowa, who lost an arm in the late war with Mexico, may be increased.

1849, The Committee on Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of increasing the pension of Isaac W. Griffith, of Iowa, on account of the loss of his right arm whilst in the service of his country, at Churubusco, in Mexico.

1858, Isaac W. Griffith, of Iowa, to be register of the land office at Fort Des Moines, Iowa

1861, Isaac W. Griffith, register of the land office at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, praying the reimbursement of money paid for clerk hire.


Thomas Flint.

1819, A petition of Thomas Flint, praying for an increase of pension, having lost an arm in the late war with Great Britain.
Note. May have been from the county of Hampshire, in the State of Massachusetts.

John Jackson.

1785, John Jackson an English Pilot taken by Chevalier Jones, and who lost his Arm in the Action with the Seraphis.

1788, the claim of John Jackson a British pilot, who in the year 1779 went on board Capt J P. Jones then hovering on the coast of England and was detained and, in the Action with the Serapis which ensued, lost his Arm,

Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789.

The Com [Mr. David Howell, Mr. Pierse Long and Mr. John Kean] to whom was referred a Letter from the Secretary for Foreign Aff airs of the 20 September, 1785, with its enclosures, beg leave to report,

That it appears to your Com° that while Capt. P J. P. Jones was hovering on the Coast of England in the year 1779, John Jackson, a British pilot, came on board him supposing him to be British; that Captain Jones found it convenient to detain him as a pilot, and in the action with the Serapis, which ensued, this man lost an arm.

It further appears to your Com from a Letter of Capt Jones, that the Second Lieut of the Bon Homme Richard was, with twenty others at the time of the battle with the Serapis on board Jackson’s pilot boat, and that when Capt Jones found it impossible to prevent the Bon Homme Richard from sinking, Jackson’s pilot boat was of singular service in saving the men, particularly the wounded: Some of whom Capt Jones is persuaded would have been drowned, had not he been furnished with this means of saving them.

It also appears to your Com°.’ that Capt Jones gave this unfortunate man 100 Ducats in hand and promised him the half pay of a pilot for the remainder of his life.

Whereupon your Con submit to Congress the following resolution. Resolved, That six dollars per month, a pilot’s half-pay, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury of the U. States in half-yearly payments to John Jackson of the Town of Kingston upon Hull in England, who lost an arm on board the Ben Jiomme Richard, commanded by Capt J. P. Jones in the action with the Serapis, on the 22w’ day of Sept., 1779; that s’’ half-pay commence from the 15th day of Nov., 1779, and continue during the term of the natural life of s Jackson, arid that the Board of Treasury take order for making the afores half- yearly payments, on a certificate from two or more magistrates expressing the places where the s4 John Jackson may be then living, and that he is really the same person in whose favour this grant is made.

John Carter.

1860, The claim of John Carter, who lost an arm while in the military service of the United States, to a pension.
Note. Could not find any other info.

Benjamin Franklin.

1866, The petition of Benjamin Franklin, a private in company H, 2d regiment Minnesota cavalry, who lost both hands and both feet by being frozen while absent from his regiment on a furlough.
Note.  Couldn’t find the regiments rosters, nor any other info.

Peter Rowe.

1824, Peter Rowe, a mariner, who states that he has been employed in the naval service of the United States for two years and three months, and during the late war with Great Britain was on board letters of marque and reprisal for more than twenty-two months; and that, while in the merchant service, in the year 1822, he lost an arm by the accidental discharge of a cannon, while engaged in firing a salute; and praying to be placed on the navy pension list.
Note. Found no other info.

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