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Civil War Pension File
CIVIL WAR PENSION APPLICATION File of James B. Ingalls and his widow China
July 19, 1865
CERTIFICATE OF MILITARY DISCHARGE
To All Whom it May Concern,
Know ye, that James B. Ingalls, a veteran, a Sergeant of Captain William G.
Fearing's Company D. 16th Regiment of Iowa Infantry, Vols., who was enrolled on
the twenty-fifth day of January one thousand eight hundred and sixty four to
serve three years or during the war, is hereby discharged from the service by
reason of C.O. order No. 26 of 1865. No objection to his being reenlisted in
known to exist. Said Sergeant James B. Ingalls was born in the state of
Illinois, is twenty four years of age, five feet seven inches high, dark
complexion, black eyes, black hair and by occupation when enlisted, a farmer.
(enlisted in January 1862, was discharged in January 1864 and reenlisted in
January 1864) This Discharge given near Louisville, this nineteenth day of
July 1865. William G. Fearing, Capt. , Co. D., 16th Iowa Infantry Vols.
Robert. Woods, 1st Lieut, 64th Ill. Vols.
July 12, 1890
Application for Pension
State of Iowa, Webster County
On this 12th day of July, one thousand eight hundred and ninety, personally
appeared before a Notary Public in aforesaid county and state, James B.
Ingalls, aged 51 years, a resident of the town of Border Plains, county of
Webster, state of Iowa, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he
is the identical James B. Ingalls who was enrolled on the 25th day of January
1862 in Co. D. 16th Regt. Iowa Inft. Vols., in the War of the Rebellion, and
served at least ninety days or more and was honorably discharged at Vicksburg,
Miss., on the 25th day of January 1864; reenlisted Jan. 1864 and discharged
July 19, 1865. That he is totally unable to earn a support by reason of
Erysipelas, Rheumatism and disease of heart and eyes. That he never applied
for a pension previously; that he makes this declaration for the purpose of
being placed on the pension roll of the United States under provision of of the
Act of June 27, 1890. That his post office address is Border Plains, county
of Webster, state of Iowa. Signed, James B. Ingalls
Witnesses: James Martin, Wm. Whiteman, Lehigh, Iowa
Mar 18, 1891
Physician's Examination and Statement
Name of Claimant: James B. Ingalls, Border Plains, Iowa; Co. D. 16th Reg't,
We have carefully examined the applicant who states that he is suffering from
the following disability incurred in the military service, viz: erysipelas,
rheumatism, disease of heart and eyes
He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim:
Erysipelas began 1/1/2 years since in left arm which has him weak ever since.
Rheumatism began on march from Charleston to Washington; treated in camp.
Hips, back and legs are painful at times. Heart flutters under any
excitement. Eyes are were sore in Andersonville prison. I cannot tell who a
man is at five rods distance.
On exam: Height: 5 feet, 7 inches; weight: 140 pounds; Age: 51 years;
Muscles in lumbar region tender; both elbows tender; Diagnosis: Rheumatism;
has cataracts in each eye. Rheumatic heart condition.
January 15, 1898
From Department of Interior, Bureau of Pensions
To: James B. Ingalls, Lehigh, Iowa
Sir, please favor me by returning this circular with replies to the questions
1. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden
name: Yes, wife's maiden name is Hendrix. China Hendrix. First husband's
name was Henry Crawford who served in Co. G 19th Mo. Vols.
2. When were you married? 1885 in Border Plains, by N.G. Roosa.
3. What record of marriage exists? Marriage Certificate
4. Were you previously married: No.
5. Have you any children living? If so please state their names and dates of
birth: One girl, 12 years old, adopted.
James B. Ingalls, July 4, 1898
January 6, 1910
Declaration for Pension
State of Iowa, county of Webster
Personally appeared, James B. Ingalls, who being duly sworn, declares that he
is 70 years of age and a resident of Lehigh, county of Webster, state of Iowa,
and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Homer, Iowa under the
name of James B. Ingalls, on the 25th day of Jan'y 1862; reenilsted on Jan'y
25, 1864 at Vicksburg, Miss.
That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height 5 feet, 7
inches; complexion dark, color of eyes black, color of hair black; that his
occupation was a farmer; that he was born on December 29, 1839 at Hancock
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as
follows: Have lived at Border Plains and Lehigh, Iowa all the time since
discharge except during 1907 and 1908 when I lived in Kit Carson county,
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 February 6,
1907. That his post office address is Lehigh, county of Webster, state of
Iowa. James B. Ingalls
January 2, 1915
From: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions
To: James B. Ingalls, Lehigh, Iowa
Please answer the following questions at your earliest convenience, enumerated
1. Date and place of birth: Illinois, Dec. 29th, 1839
2. State your wife's full name and maiden name: China Ingalls; China Hendrix
3. When and where where you married: 23rd of July 1885 at Border Plains,
Webster Co. Iowa by N.G. Roosa, Justice of the Peace.
4. If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name
of her former husband, the date of such marriage and the date and place of his
death or divorce; state whether he rendered any military service and if so, the
name of the organization in which he served: Former husband was Henry
Crawford, dead; Marriage 25 Jan. 1865. He died at Buffalo, Mo. in 1883. He
reenlisted in Mo. Veteran Volunteers.
5. Are you living with your current wife: Yes.
6. State the name and dates of all your children, living or dead: Haven't had
James B. Ingalls, March 22, 1915
Preliminary Report to aid my widow if I leave one in getting her pension; Duty
of Married Soldiers
Soldier's Name: James B. Ingalls
Present address: Lehigh, Webster Co. Iowa
I was in the service from January 1862 to July 19, 1865 as a Private, Corporal
and Sergeant in Co. D. 16th Iowa Inft. and was discharged at Louisville, Ky. on
the 19th day of July 1865.
Are you a pensioner: Yes
I was married to Mrs. China Crawford on July 23, 1885.
I was born 29th day of Dec. 1839. She was born 5th day of Nov. 1845.
If a prisoner of war, state for how long: 62 days in Andersonville in '64.
Remarks: My wife's maiden name is Hendrix. She was the widow of Henry
James B. Ingalls
June 20, 1919
PENSIONER DROPPED FROM ROLLS
Soldier: James B. Ingalls
Co. D. 16th Iowa Inf'y
To the Commissioner of Pensions,
I have the honor to report that the name of the above described pensioner who
was last paid at $40. on April 4, 1919 had this day been dropped from the roll
because of his death April 29, 1919. Very respectfully, Chief, Finance
June 14, 1919
Declaration for Widow's Pension
State of Iowa, Webster County
Personally appeared, a soldier's widow, within and for the county and state
aforesaid, China Ingalls, who being duly sworn, declares that she is 73 years
of age and that she as born November 5, 1845 in Jasper, Tennessee. That she is
the widow of James B. Ingalls, who enlisted Jan. 25, 1862 as a corporal in Co.
D. 16th Regt. Iowa Infantry and was honorably discharged July 19, 1865, having
served 90 days or more during the Civil War.
That she was married to said soldier on July 23, 1885 under the name of China
Crawford at Border Plains, Webster county, Iowa by N.G Roosa, J.P.; that the
soldier had not previously been married. The widow had been married to Henry
Crawford who died Jan. 30, 1883. Crawford had been int he state militia;
belonged to the veteran volunteers.
That said soldier James B. Ingalls died April 29, 1919 at Lehigh, Iowa and that
she has not married since his death. He left no children under sixteen years
That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension
roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of April 19, 1908 as
amended by the Act of Sept. 8, 1916. Signed, China Ingalls
Witnesses: Morral Michael, Nina Hyde, Ft. Dodge, Iowa
July 21, 1919
In the claim of China Ingalls, widow of James B. Ingalls, late of Co. D. 16th
On this 21st day of July 1919, personally appeared, China Ingalls, a resident
of Lehigh in the county of Webster, state of Iowa, who being duly sworn,
declares as follows: That my former husband Henry Crawford first enlisted in
the military service of the Unitd States March 1, 1862 in Co. C. 8th Reg.
Missouri Cav.; that he was discharged from this service on the 13th day of
March 1864 and reenlisted on the same date in Co. G. 13th Regt. Missouri
Cavalry; he was appointed a corporal on the 4th day of August 1865 and held
this office when discharged from the service on January 11, 1866 at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas. That he never applied for a pension from the United
States on account of this sesrvice and that I have never before applied for a
pension. That I have no son living and never had a son in the military service
of the United States. Signed, China Ingalls
Included in the pension file is a copy of a paper dated Feb. 9, 1883 from
Buffalo Lodge No. 430, I.O.O.F., Dallas County, Missouri which states: This is
to certify that Henry Crawford of Vesper Lodge No. 305, Webster County, Iowa,
died Jan. 31st 1883 in Dallas County, Missouri and was buried by this Lodge on
Feb. 7, 1883. John S. Wilson, W.G. Robertson.
August 1, 1919
State of Iowa, County of Webster
I, N.S. Scoviel, being a resident of the town of Duncombe, county of Webster,
state of Iowa, being of the age of 70 years, and having known China Ingalls for
a period of 43 years, personally and first becoming acquainted with her during
the year 1876, and having kept that acquaintance for the years past, do hereby
make the following affidavit, having been duly sworn: That I know that James
B. Ingalls, the deceased, was never previously married to the time of his
marriage to China Ingalls, (the former wife of Henry Crawford, deceased) and
that I knew him personally from the time that he became of marriagable age and
that the deceased and China Ingalls lived together as husband and wife from the
time of their marriage until his death, and they never were divorced.
Signed, N.S. Scoviel, this 1st day of August 1919.
August 12, 1919
State of Iowa, county of Hamilton
I, Alice Johnson, being a resident of the town of Webster City and county of
Hamilton, state of Iowa, and of the age of 59 years, and having known China
Ingalls for a period of 48 years, personally and first becoming acquainted with
her during the year 1871 and having kept that acquaintance for the years past,
do hereby make the following affidavit, having been duly sworn: That I knew
China Ingalls, formerly China Crawford, former wife of Henry Crawford,
deceased, and that James B. Ingalls the deceased was never married previous to
the time of the marriage to China Ingalls, and that I knew personally from the
time that he became of marriagable age; and that the deceased and China Ingalls
lived together as husband and wife from the time of their marriage until the
time of his death. Alice Johnson, this 12th day of August 1919.
Included in the civil war pension file is the death certificate and obituary
for James B. Ingalls:
State of Iowa
Certificate of Death
Name: James B. Ingalls
Place of Death: Lehigh, Webster County, Iowa
Date of Death: April 29, 1919
Date of Birth: Dec. 29, 1839
Name of Father: Abraham Ingalls
Birthplace of Father: New York
Maiden Name of Mother: Margaret Barger
Birthplace of Mother: Virginia
Informant for death certificate: T.B. Ingalls
Cause of Death: Cancer of Bladder
Place of Burial: Border Plains, Lehigh, Iowa
Undertaker: A.M. DuBois, Lehigh, Iowa
OBITUARY (newspaper not named or dated)
JAMES B. INGALLS PASSES AWAY AFTER MANY WEEKS OF INTENSE SUFFERING
Member Co. D. 16th IA Infantry
James B. Ingalls, a civil war veteran and a well known and highly respected
citizen of Lehigh, passed away Tuesday evening about four o'clock, after an
extended sickess of kidney and other complications, he suffering severely
during the past few weeks and death came as a relief.
James Brown Ingalls was born in Illinois in 1839 and when a small boy left that
state with his parents and came to Iowa, where they located in Jefferson
county. They made their home there for some time and prior to the civil war
Mr. Ingalls came to Webster county. In 1861 he heard the call of his county
and volunteered, enlisting in Company D, 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, and he
served throughout the war, being in service a little over four years. At the
close of the war he returned to this place and has made his home here since.
July 5, 1885, he was united in marriage to Mrs. China Crawford. Several years
ago he was converted and joined the Christian church, of which church he was a
faithful member until his death. Besides a sorrowing wife he leaves one
daughter Mrs. George Drain of this place; one brother, T.B. Ingalls of Fort
Dodge; and one sister Mrs. Wilson of Dayton, Oregon, besides a large number of
neighbors and friends who mourn with the relatives the loss of this good man.
Mr. Ingalls was a good citizen, quiet and unassuming, and always to be found
on the side of right. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2
o'clock from the United Brethren church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mille
and the interment will occur in the family burial lot in the Border Plains
Cemetery. The sympathy of all is extended the bereaved relatives.
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