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Military Pension Records for
Andrew J. McFann

Contents of Andrew J. McFann's Pension File (National Archives, WC 758943):
  1. Letter from the Bureau of Pensions to the Adjutant General requesting a full report as to the service, disability, and hospitial treatment of Andrew J. McFann, 10 November 1888
  2. Letter from the Adjutant General's Office to the Commissioner of Pensions, 10 December 1888
  3. Declaration for Invalid Pension, 25 June 1892
  4. Questionaire from the Bureau of Pensions, 13 October 1897
  5. Questionaire from the Bureau of Pensions, 15 January 1898 (identical to the previous item)
  6. Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions from Andrew J. McFann, 19 October 1897
  7. Declaration for Pension, 25 May 1912
  8. Pension Certificate (re-issue), May 1912, stamped 15 March 1913
  9. Pensioner dropped, 12 March 1913
  10. Declaration for Widow's Pension, 12 March 1913
  11. Transcript of marriage record for Andrew J. McFann and Margaret Ann Munyan, transcript dated 11 March 1913
  12. Affadavit of William Heidorn in the matter of the pension claim of Margaret A. McFann, 1 May 1913
  13. Drop Report-Pensioner, January 1923

Letter from the Adjutant General's Office, 10 December 1888:

War Department,
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, Dec 10, 1888

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

Jackson McFan, a Private of Company "D", 117 Regiment Ohio Volunteers, was enrolled on the 6 day of August, 1862, at Portsmouth O. for 3 yrs and is reported: on rolls to Dec 31/62 present; Jan & Feb '63 deserted Feb 10 '63; March & April '63 present --- joined from desertion March 11/63. May & June '63 present --- now borne as Andrew J. McFann; to Feb 28/65 present; March & April '65 presence or absence not stated. He was mustered out with a detachment of the Co. June 20/65 at Knoxville Tenn. Returns for March & May '64 do not report him absent. Returns for March & April '65 report him driving Division team. Co. Morning Reports show him March 9/64 left at Ft. Burnside sick; March 19/64 Returned to Co. for duty. The records of this office furnish no further evidence of disability.

Declaration for Invalid Pension, 25 June 1892

State of ohio, County of Lawrence, ss:

On this 25th day of June, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-two personally appeared before me, a Tho Riley, duly authorized to administer oaths within and for the county and State aforesaid, Andrew J. McFann aged 62 years, a resident of ovt, county of Lawrence, State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical person of the above name who was enrolled on the 6th day of August, 1862, in Company D, 1st Ohio heavy artilery Vols., in the War of the Rebellion, and served at least ninety days, and was honorably discharged at Knoxville Tenn, on the 20 day of June, 1865. That he is entirely unable to earn a support by manual labor by reason of Rupture, Broken finger, Rheumatism, sore eyes, kidney trouble, weak back

That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits and are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent. That he has [blank] applied for pension under application No. [blank]. That he is a pensioner under certificate No. 551,708

That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of June 27, 1890.


That his post-office address is ovt, county of Lawrence, State of Ohio.

[his mark:] Andrew J. McFann


Questionaire from the Bureau of Pensions, 13 October 1897:

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C., Oct 13, 1897


Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questiones enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.

No 1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife's full name, and her maiden name.
Answer: yes Margaret A. Mu[n]yon

No. 2. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer: Lyra Ohio in 1850 by Esqr A. J. McFann

No. 3. What record of the marriage exists?
Answer: License were got at Portsmouth, Scioto Co, Ohio

No. 4. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death of divorce.
Answer: No

No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer: 8 living. David McFann, born 1857. Jacob McFann, born June 4 1860. Cyrus McFann was born 1863. Wm McFann, born 15th April 1866. Demetrius McFann, born Sept 12 1868. Sarah E. McFann, August 15th 1870. Florence McFann, born 29th Nov 1874. Ada C. McFann, born 31st August 1876.

Date of reply, Oct 19, 1897.

[signed:] Andrew J. McFann

Letter to the Commissioner of Pensions from Andrew J. McFann, 19 October 1897:

[Ovt?] O. Oct 19th 1897
Hon Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D. C.

Dear Sir:

I have an old claim pending under the General Pension Law. Last spring I received a letter from the Hon Commissioner. Letters of inquiries had been sent out and as soon as they were received prompt action would be taken in the matter. Since that time I haven't heard anything from my claim. I am 70 yrs old and I am feeble. Can't get around from Rheumatism contracted in the line of service. Please ajdust my claim as I am in very needy circumstances. [punctuation added]

Very Respect[fully]
Andrew J. McFann
Ovt O.

Photocopies of the documents were obtained by mail from the National Archives and transcribed by Brian McFann