Civil War Pension File: Funston, Joseph. (1819-1887), Co. A & L, 6 PA Cav.
Declaration for an Invalid Pension
State of Pennsylvania
City & County of Philadelphia
On this Seventh day of August A.D. one thousand and seventy one personally appeared before me Prothonatary of the Supreme Court of Penna a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Joseph Funston, aged fifty two years, a resident of the City of Philadelhpia, in the State of Pennsylvania, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Joseph Funston who enlisted in the services of the United States at Philadelphia Pa in the State of Pennsylvania, on or about the 31st day of October in the year 1861 as a private afterwards Sergeant in Company “A” commanded by ——— transferred to Company “L” in the 6th Regiment of Pennsylvania Cavalry Vols, commanded by ———- in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged at Middletown in the State of Virginia, on or about the 31st day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, on or about December 13th 1862, at the battle of Fredericksburg Va, in action with the enemy, his horse in jumping a ravine fell with him and badly injured his right leg from the knee including the knee down, his leg and ankle now greatly swelled from it.
Treated as follows: Remained with the Regiment till about July 10th 1863 then sent to hospital at Frederick City, Md. Kept one night thence to West Building Hospital Baltimore Md. Kept two or three days thence to Naval School Hospital, Annapolis Md. Kept about one month ha… twenty days furlough to Philadelphia Pa. there reported to Hospital at Broad and Prime Sts, Philada. Pa. Kept one day thence to Satterlee Hospital, West Philada. where he remained nine or ten months thence to Company and Regt till discharged and further declares that he has not
been in either the military or naval service of the United States since his discharge October 31st 1864, before stated.
That since leaving the said service, this applicant has resided in the City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania and his occupation has been assistant at Rail Road depot (Camden & Amboy Rail Road) mostly.
That prior to his entry into the service above named, he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled a “Carman”
That his domicile or place of abode is at No. 25 Brown Street Philadelphia Pa.
Officer’s Certificate of Disability
New York June 26th
claim no 167979
I William P.C. Freickle, late major of the 6th Regiment of the Pa Cavy Vols, certify on honor that Joseph Funston was a Sgt in my Regt and is, as I am informed, an applicant for an Invalid Pension.
And I further certify, that the said Joseph Funston at the time we went out was a sound able bodied man. He was an unusually strong fearless & intrepid soldier & performed his duty with credit to himself and honor to his country. I remember that said Funston had received an injury to his leg by his horse falling on him but I cannot recall the
(…) to justify me making oath to the occurrence. I know that for some time he (continued) to discharge his duty with great difficulty & I remember telling him to go to the hospital but he was a man of courage & did not want to give up, until finally compelled to. I regret not being able to give him the cert. he desires to secure his pension. I have every confidence in his word & (…) that any statement he might make in connection with his injury is honest & true. The said Funston while in the Regt was a man of perfect truth, of good moral character & a faithful soldier at the time of his alleged injury I was Captain of Co “A” 6th Regt PaCavy. I am well acquainted with
(Henrie ..) B. Hayes & Samuel R. Lenhart of Co. “A” & are worthy of belief.
late Major 6th Penn Cavy
Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, D.C. Dec 19, 1877
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th day of December 1877, requesting a “Statement of Service” of Joseph Funstion. The following information has been obtained from the files of this Office and is furnished in reply to your inquiry.
In the case of Joseph Funston there is no original Enlistment of Muster-in Roll showing him to have been enrolled or mustered into the service of the United States as an enlisted man in Company A of the 6th Regiment of Penna Cavy Volunteers, on file in this Office up to date.
The Muster-Rolls of Company A of that Regiment contain the following evidence of service: it is stated he was enrolled for 3 yrs Nov 1″61 at Philadelphia; from enrollment to June 30″ 1863 present. July and Aug 63 Absent sick since July 16″63 same report to June 30″64. He was transferred to Company L said Regt in Aug 1864-Roll of that Co for July and Aug 64 does not bear his name. He was mustered out with Detachment of said Company at Middletown Va Oct31″64 by expiration of term of
service. Co and Regt Books furnish no evidence of alleged injury.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Surgeon General’s Office,
Record and Pension Division,
Washington, D.C., december 4″, 1877.
(Transcript from Records)
It appears from the records filed in this Office that J. Funston, Sergt. Co. A 6″ Pa Cav. was admitted to the G.H. Frederick Md. July 18″ 1863, with diarrhoea & transf’d July 19″ 1863. He entered Div. No. 1 G.H. Annapolis, Md. July 22″ 1863 (as Joseph Funston …) with Rheumatism and was transf’d Oct 2″ 1863- He entered Satterlee G.H. Phila. Pa. Oct 25″ 1863, with Rheumatism & ret’d to duty Oct. 12″
1864. Records of West’s Buildings G.H. Balto. Md & of Broad & Prime St. G.H. Phila. Pa. for 1863 furnish no information in this case. Regimental register of (…) prior to Jany 1″ 1865 are not on file-
Surgeon, U.S. Army
Application for Accrued Pension (widows) 10 Dec 1887
State of Pennsylvania, County of Bucks
On this tenth day of December, 1887, personally appeared Anna Maria Funston, who, being duly sworn, declares that she is the widow of Joseph Funston, deceased; that he died on the 28th day of November, 1887; that he had been granted a pension by Certificate No. 193916 which is herewith returned; that he had been paid the pension
by the Pension Agent at Philadelphia up to the 4th day of September, 1887; after which date he had not been employed or paid in the Army, Navy or Marine services of the United States, except Co. A 6th Regt. Pennsylvania Volunteers Cavalry; that she was married to the said Joseph Funston on the fifth day of February, 1871, at Philadelphia,
in the State of Pennsylvania; that her name before said marriage was Anna Maria Leeti; that she had (or had not) been previously married; that her husband had (or had not) been previously married; that she hereby makes application for the pension which had accrued on aforesaid certificate to the date of death; and that her residence is
Doylestown, County of Bucks, State of Pennsylvania, and her Post-office address is Doylestown.
Anna Maria Funston
Widow’s Claim for Pension
State of Pennsylvania
County of Bucks
On this tenth day of December 1887, personally appeared before me, a Clerk Court Common Pleas of a Court of Record in and for the County and State aforesaid Anna Maria Funston a resident of New Britain Township in the County of Bucks and State of Pennsylvania aged 58 years, who being duly sworn, makes that following declaration,
in order to obtain the Pension provided by the Act of Congress, approved July 14, 1862.
That she is the widow of Joseph Funston who was a private in Company A commanded by Wm P.C. Frieckel in the 6th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry in the War of 1861; that her maiden name was Anna Maria Leeti and that she was married to said Joseph Funston on or about the fifth day of February 1871 at Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia abd State of Pennsylvania by Rev. J. Henry Beale…
She further declares that said Joseph Funstion her husband, died the service of the United States as aforesaid at Doylestown in the State of Pennsylvania on or about the 28th day of November 1887,
of “Injury of right leg and resulting varicose veins and oedema of same.”
Anna Maria Funston
Feb. 5th 1871. Funston – Leeti – Mr. Joseph Funston to Anna Maria Leeti-
I hereby certify the above is a correct copy of the marriage of Joseph Funston to Anna Maria Leeti by the Rev. J. Henry Beale as found in the marriage records of the 1st Presby-terian Church (Kensington) Phil. Said records are in my possession.
J. Henry Beale
Pastor of 1st Pre. Ch. (Kens. Phil.)
In the Court of Common Please
For the County of Philadelphia
Of Sept Term 1870
No. 17 Subpoena Sur Libel for Divorce
And now, the Eleventh day of February Anno Domini 1871 on motion of (Waxler) Esquire, Attorney for the Libellant, rule granted on Respondent to show cause why Divorce should not be granted, returnable the Eighteenth day of March A.D. 1871.
And on the Eleventh day of March Anno Domini 1871 the return of John Cochran Esq Examiner, of the depositions of witnesses, taken before him on the part of the Libellant, was presented and filed.
Whereupon, the Court, on the Eighteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one (1871) after mature and solemn deliberation, being satisfied therewith, and proclamation being duly made for the Respondent to come forth, and she not appearing, the Court do order, adjudge and decree, that the said Joseph Funston the Libellant, be divorced and separated from the bond of matrimony contracted with the said Frances Funston the Respondent,
and that all and every the duties, rights and claims accruing to either of the said parties, by reason of the said marriage, shall henceforth cease and determine.
County of Philadelphia, ss.
I do hereby certify, That the forgoing is a true Transcript of the Record of the Decree of the said Court in the above case.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court of Common Pleas, the Twelfth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight (1888)
Chas H. White
I Anna Maria Funston of the County of Bucks State of Pennsylvania widow of Joseph Funston being duly sworn according to law do depose and say that I have been twice married the first time to Amos Leeti on the fourth day of September 1844 by Alderman Brazier whose office at that time was located on Fifth Street above Race Stree in the City of Philadelphia That there were present at said marriage four witnesses James Martin and Eliza Martin his wife (my uncle and aunt) Lucinda
George and Mary A. Bruce. That the marriage certificate has long since been lost or mislaid and after dilligent search cannot be found and the first three witnesses to said marriage are dead and the said Amos Leeti died many years ago and after a lapse of several years after his death I married the said Joseph Funston who is also since deceased And the Alderman Brazier is also since dead and I have been unable to
find or learn of any records of his office being in existence.
Anna Maria Funston
…27th day of December 1887
I Mary A. Bruce of the City of Philadelphia Singlewoman being duly sworn according to law do depose and say that I have known the said Anna Maria Funston for about fifty years That her maiden name was Anna Maria Hall that I was present at Alderman Brazier office on 5th St above Race on the Fourth day of September AD 1844 at the
time of the marriage of said Anna Maria Hall to Amos Leeti and was a witness to said marriage. That James Martin and Eliza his wife and Lucinda George were the other witnesses & were present at that time and that they now are all dead.
her X mark
Mary A. Bruce
…27th day of december AD 1887
I John A. Harris of the City of Phiadelphia being duly sworn according to law do depose and say that Anna Maria Funston widow formerly the widow of Amos Leeti is my sister and that the facts in both the aforegoing affadavits are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
John A. Harris
…27th Day of December AD 1887
Quartermaster General’s Office
Washington D.C. Jany 3, 1888
Respectfully returned by direction of the Quartermaster General to Mr. John A. Harris, 1909 North 7th St, Philadelphia, Pa.
The records of this office show that Amos Leeti, civiliam teamster, is
reported by Capt. J.J. Dana, A Inf Washington, D.C., as having died June 17, 1862…