IN AN INSTALLMENT OF CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
THEIR PENSION APPLICATION PAPERS.
Isaiah Crye 57th Inft Co. E, Indiana Civil War
This Isaiah Crye appears to be the son of John and Edith Davis Crye, who was the son of Joseph and Anna ______ Crye, son of William and Sarah Hagins Crye.
January 17, 1883 Isaiah states that he entered the Indiana Volunteers
on May 17, 1862 and immediately contracted measles and was sent to Evansville
Indiana hospital and to Bardstown, KY hospital. Later, near Pittsburgh
he contracted the piles and was discharged for phthisis pulmonalis which
resulted from the measles. A shoulder, side of breast and neck is
badly affected. He claims he contracted the piles while on march
from Nashville to Pittsburgh Landing. Records of the hospital in
Bardstown KY, and Evansville IN furnished no evidence to his stay.
Records of the regiment are not on file. Thus began a long process
to prove his infirmity and receive pension for his duties from his service
in the Civil War.
In June of 1889 Isaiah Crye applied for a pension stating he was 45 years old and was receiving $4.00 a month under Pension Certificate 256263 by reason of disease of the lungs.
In April 1898 Isaiah Crye gave this statement. “Yes, he was married to Mary Harrold on November 13, 1873 in St. Croix, Co. WI by William W. Hopkins. The record should be recorded in the office at St. Croix, Co. He was not previously married and he has five children living: James born January 4, 1875; Jonathan born November 16, 1876; Jacob born August 26, 1878; Effie born July 8, 1884; and Jessie born December 25, 1887. He signed his name
There are several affidavits acknowledging a relationship with Isaiah Crye. The first in the file was from a Mr. Wilbur.
John H. Wilbur age 60 of Dunn Co WI, claims he had known Isaiah for twenty eight years and lived within one mile of him all of that time. He worked with him almost daily since Isaiah came out of the army and knew that he had always complained of having piles and rheumatism. He knew the illness was not due to any vicious habits. As to his knowledge of any bad habits, Mr. Wilbur knew of none. Isaiah was strictly temperate and his only bad habit might be using tobacco. This was dated October 2, 1883.
In 1883, John W. Harrold of Wilson, St. Croix Co., WI and Miles Harrold of Knapp, Dunn Co., WI, testify and give oath that Miles has known Isaiah Crye continuously since July 1862 and that he has been afflicted at “diverse and sundry times” with his illness. John states that he has been acquainted with Isaiah Crye since November 1865 and that he has at various times worked with him and at such times he has observed and knows that the applicant was unable to perform manual labor to the extent of more than one half that an able bodied man.
On April 22, 1892 Thomas Scott age 23 and Henry Wagner age 29 of Dunn Co. WI gave a statement as follows: “We were working in Thomas Teagarden’s saw mill in the town of Lucas County of Dunn and state of Wisconsin in the Spring of 1893 that on the 10th day of March, 1893 when working in said mill, Isaiah Crye who was also working in said mill on the edger, when turning around slipped and fell and his left hand came in contact with the edging saw which resulted in his losing two joints of his index finger, three joint of his second and third fingers, and the joints of thumb of his left hand becoming stiff. We were witnesses to said accident and know that said injuries are in no way due to vicious habits.” Both men signed their names.
November 1892 David M. Love and John H. Wilbur of Dunn, WI states that they are well and personally acquainted with Isaiah and has been since the year 1865. They have worked with him and have lived near as neighbors with the soldier all this time. That the soldier has complained since they have known him of an affliction of the right shoulder, neck, and side. His right shoulder is considerably smaller than his left shoulder and is considerable lower. The soldier in their opinion is incapable of earning his substance by manual labor at least half of the time.
On August 1, 1893, Levi Teegarden age 34 a resident of the town of Lucens in Dunn Co. WI claims that he has known Isaiah for twenty-five years. He attests that Isaiah has been sick with piles and rheumatism for the past twenty years.
January 1905 James S. Crye and Jacob Crye of Dunn Co. WI and at age 30 and 26 respectively, testify that they are the sons of the soldier Isaiah Crye and Isaiah was never in the Army or Navy before October 18, 1861 and they both sign their names.
Mary Crye, Isaiah’s wife, appears in 1905 stating that she is 53 years old and that she is Isaiah’s widow. She says that their marriage certificate was accidentally burned by her children and she is unable to procure a copy. The minister, Rev. Mr. W. W. Hopkins performed the ceremony and his last address was in St. Louis, Missouri, but she has received no reply from her letters to him. She is asking for pension and land that belonged to Isaiah. As of 1905 she claims that she has five children living.
In 1905 Marian Lightfoot of Eau Clare, WI testified that he is 73 years old and was personally acquainted with Isaiah Crye. He also signed his name.
In the same year, O. F. Cole attests that he is from Dunn Co., WI and is age 53. He declares that he knew the soldier Isaiah Crye for thirty years and lived as near neighbors for the greater part of that time. Isaiah Crye owned two pieces of property at his death and Mary, his wife, was not co-owner. The property is now in probate court and Mary is suffering from asthma and could use the financial help from the government.
In the same year Theodore King (gave his mark) from Dunn Co. WI is age 50 and has lived as a near neighbor and is acquainted with Isaiah Crye and family for twenty-seven years. At the death of the soldier he thinks Isaiah has left behind one forty acre tract of land and one village lot in the village of Knapp with an old dilapidated dwelling thereon, not habitable. That Isaiah’s wife is Mary Crye who is suffering from asthma and cannot work to support herself.
In the same year, J. D. Klingman of Dunn Co. WI is 55 years old and states that he was present at the marriage ceremony of Isaiah and Mary Harrold Crye at Wilson St. Croix County, WI on November 13, 1873 officiated by the Rev. W. W. Hopkins. J. D. Klingman has lived as near neighbors continuously since the marriage and knows that they have been together since that date. He also states that she has had asthma all this time and has been unable to work part of this time.
Also an Effie Eastwood, age 40 of Dunn, WI states that she was also present at the wedding of Isaiah Crye and Mary Harrold which was performed at her father’s residence near Wilson, St. Croix Co., WI on the November 13, 1873 and that she has known them continuously since that and they have lived continuously together since the marriage. She signs her name.
John Q. McCullouch of Bayfield, WI is 58 and states that he was present at the marriage also. He states that “I know of my own knowledge that neither one of the contracting parties were previously married. That from the date of said marriage I lived near them continually until the death of the soldier Isaiah Crye and can truthfully say they lived together during the soldiers life. I was a subscribing witness to their marriage certificate and I know that she is in limited circumstances and her health is very poor.”
September 6, 1882, Isaiah Crye was examined by a doctor S. E. Farnsworth and he stated that he was 5 foot 9 inches, weight 151 pounds, with light complexion, age 38, pulse 85 and respiration 20. The doctor finds upon examination of him, consoli-dation of lower lobe of right lung to quite an extent. He finds no evidence of disease of shoulders and such chest or side except what arises from disease of said right lung. He finds slight evidence of piles though not sufficient to warrant a disability. Rate of disability from disease of right lung is one half. Eight years later his examination shows quite an enlargement of the thyroid gland. His diagnosis is chronic bronchitis and hypermyopathy of heart and hemorrhoids.
In August 1903 the doctor gives another report stating Isaiah is now 59 years old, 68 inches high, weight at 145, complexion is sallow and his eyes are gray and he has brown hair. His occupation is a farmer. Isaiah now has a heart murmur, goiter, rectal vessels engorged, 2 internal tumors, ulcerated and bleeding. Index finger amputated at 2nd distal joint and middle and ring fingers amputated at metacarpo-phalangael articulation. No other disabilities are found.
His death certificate reads as follows: Full name of deceased:
I. S. Crye; color: white; Sex: Male; Race: white; Occupation:
Laborer; Age: 61 years, 11 months, 12 days; Name of father:
John Crye; Birthplace of father: Indiana; name of mother: Edie
Crye; Birthplace of mother: Indiana; Birthplace of deceased:
Indiana; Married; name of wife: Polly Crye; Date
of birth: January 25, 1843; Date of death: January 12, 1904;
Residence at time of death: Knapp Co. WI; Primary cause of death: disease
of heart; Burial: Tea Garden Cemetery, Dunn Co. WI.
The following information was originally listed in Newsletter #4 which is Issue 4 Vol 1.
I thought I would repeat this information with new information regarding their company units and the battles they fought in.
James J. Crye from GA, Co. C, 9th Battn GA Artillery Confederate
His first enlistment consists of five cards, stating he enlisted in Columbus, GA April 1, 1862 for three years. Born in NC, height 5ft 6in, with black hair, and black eyes with dark complexion. He was a farmer weighing 135 pounds, age 34. April/May roll call he is listed as present and charged a tailor bill for his uniform, costing $18.00. June 10, 1862 he is listed with a Bounty Payroll card paying $50.00 and he is present, May & June 1862 he is listed as present last paid by H.T. Massingale. Remarks say he died May 21, 1862. Index to GA pensioners states, James Crye, served Co C 9th Battn GA ART, see Francis Spinks, wd of, Marion Co. GA. (William Spinks married Francis Reddock Crye 10/26/1865 in Marion Co. GA..) Originally, I listed him as the son of David and Holly Elizabeth Tuck from Cumberland Co. TN, David being the son of Sarah Hagan & William Crye. However, this appears to be the son of David and Holly ??? Crye found in Talbot Co. GA, Louisiana, and Scott Co. MS.9th Battalion, Georgia Artillery
The 9th Artillery Battalion was formed during the summer of 1862 with five companies. Some of the men were from Augusta and Richmond and Gwinnet County. After serving in Georgia the battalion moved to Tennessee and reported to General H. Marshall. It was active in Southwest Virginia and later the Knoxville Campaign. Ordered back to Virginia during the spring of 1864, it was assigned to Department of Richmond and for a time stationed at Chaffin's Bluff. The unit participated in the Petersburg siege north of the James River, then served as infantry under C.A. Evans in the Appomattox Campaign. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with 1 officer and 19 men. Major A. Leyden was in command.James Cry Co. B 16 Batt'n (Neal's) Confederate
His military record consists of four cards. He enrolled in Athens TN May 31, 1862 for three years. He was on roll May to August 1862 and was charged $36.80 for use of horse, and Sept and Oct 1862 he was transferred to Co. I, 12, TN Vols. His military papers there consist of nine cards and he is in Lillard's TN Mtd Inf. from May to August 1863 he is present in Decatur, TN, he was captured at Big Black May 17, 1863 by the Army of the Tennessee and sent to Memphis TN May 25, 1863, the last six cards he is listed as a Prisoner of War, sent from Camp Mort, IN to Fort Delaware, June 22, 1863. Apparently he tried to escape in Memphis because the next card states he was captured in Raymond, MS May 22, 1863. The next card says he was sent from Fort Delaware, DE to City Point, VA for exchange, however a hand written note at the bottom of the card states he died in the hospital in Ft. Delaware June 23, 1863. The last two cards were dated in June with no additional information. This is the James Crye buried at Finn's Point, Salem New Jersey. (James Crye is the son of William and Elizabeth Barker, son of William and Sarah Hagan Crye).16th Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry (Neal's)
16th Cavalry Battalion was organized in October, 1862, with four companies, later increased to six. The men were from Roane, McMinn, Rhea, Greene, and Hawkins counties. It served in Pegram's, J.J. Morrison's, H.B. Davidson's, Grisby's, and Vaughn's Brigade. From June, 1863 to March, 1864, the 12th and 16th Battalions were consolidated into a field organization known as Rucker's Legion. This command saw action at Chickamauga and in Tennessee, and on January 31, 1864, it totaled 171 effectives. During April 1864, the 16th had 147 members and moved into the Valley of Virginia where it was engaged at Piedmont. It went on to confront the Federals in Virginia and Tennessee, moved to North Carolina, and probably disbanded in Georgia during the spring of 1865. The field officers were Lieutenant Colonel John R. Neal, and Majors F.J. Paine and Edmund W. Rucker.Joseph B. Crye, Co. H, 59th TN Mtd Inf. Cooke's Regt. Confederate
He enlisted in Athens, TN, McMinn County April 14, 1862 for twelve months. He was age 25. He appears on Roll for May & June, 1862 as absent, the note says he is sick at home in McMinn Co. TN. On the Sept & Oct roll he is listed as present and on the November & December roll he is listed as deceased November 23, 1862. (Joseph B. Crye is the son of William and Elizabeth Barker, son of William and Sarah Hagan Crye).59th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Cooke's)
Joseph Crute's compilation of the Confederate Army contains no history for this unit.Jonathan Crye, TN 62nd Mtd Inf Co F, Confederate - only three cards available.
He enlisted September 24, 1862 in Loudon, Loudon County, TN under Capt James Blair for three years. He was present January 1, 1863 for roll call. He is listed present March and April roll call for 1863 but the handwritten note at the bottom lists: “died April 9, 1863 in Regimental Hospital.” Following this company we found the battle was in Vicksburg, MS. McClure's group fought in the December conflict and February listed nine wounded and nine killed. The next skirmish was in May/June so Jonathan was one of the nine wounded in the February conflict and died in April. This was my gggrandfather. No additional information is known of his military activity. None of the Tennessee Crye's were pensioned.62nd Mtd Inf Co F TN Infantry
The 62nd (also known as 80th and Rowans) Reg. TN INF was organized October 8, 1862 and was mustered into service of the Confederate states November 11, 1862. It was captured and paroled at Vicksburg MS in July 1863 and after being exchanged was assigned to “Brigader General Vaughn’s Brigade” and mounted by order of the Sec. Of War.Richard Crye, GA 12th Inf Co. K. Confederate
His military record consists of only four cards. He enlisted June 15, 1861 in Buena Vista LA under Capt Breedford, was present for roll call, never paid. His name appears on a register of claims of deceased officers and Soldiers from Georgia March 17, 1862. He was due $114.96. In October 1861 he is listed as “killed October 3, 1861 at the battle of Bartow.” In a book entitled Roster of GA Conf Soldiers I found: Richard Crye, Pvt 6/15/1861, killed at Greenbrier River WVA, October 3, 1861.12th Regiment, Georgia Infantry
12th Infantry Regiment completed its organization in June 1861, at Richmond, Virginia. Its members were from the counties of Sumter, Jones, Macon, Calhoun, Muscogee, Dooly, Putnam, Bibb, Lowndes, and Marion. Moving to Western Virginia, the unit was assigned to H.R. Jackson's command and shared in Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign. Later it served in General E. Johnson's, Elzey's, Trimble's, Doles', and Cook's Brigade. The 12th participated in Jackson's Valley Campaign, then fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor. Later it participated in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign. This regiment lost 175 at McDowell, 45 at Groveton, and 59 at Sharpsburg. Its casualties were 12 killed and 58 wounded at Chancellorsville and sixteen percent of the 327 engaged at Gettysburg. Only 5 officers and 60 men surrendered in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Z.T. Conner, Edward Johnson, and Edward Willis; Lieutenant Colonels Mark H. Blanford, Isaac Hardeman, Willis A. Hawkins, T.B. Scott, and Abner Smead; and Major John T. Carson.H.C. Crye, Co. K 43rd Tenn Inf Confederate/Union
He has 14 cards in his military file. The first card May & June states he joined for twelve months, enlisting December 12, 1861 from Cleveland, TN. The card is dated May & June 1862, H.C. is present with the remark, “Joined by transfer from 36th Regt Tennessee Vol on June 23, substituted by Gen M.M. Cooper.” He is present July & August 1862. On the Sept & October 1862 card it states he joined in Ooltewah, TN (which is about 30 miles from Cleveland, TN), he is present on each of the following cards through May & June 1863. July & August he is listed as absent, the remarks state he was paroled at Vicksburg and has not reported to his company. The next card is a Roll of prisoners of war. It lists he was captured July 4, 1863 at Vicksburg. There is a list of one prisoner of War record dated July 9, 1863 stating: To all whom it may concern, know ye that I H.C. Cry, a private of Co. K 43rd Regt TN Vols, CSA being a prisoner of war, in the hands of the United States Forces, in virtue of the capitulation of the City of Vicksburg and its garrison, by Lieut. Gen John C. Pemberton, CSA, commanding on the 4th day of July, 1863, do in pursuance of the terms of said capitulations, give this my solemn parole under oath--- That I will not take up arms again against the United States, nor serve in any military, police, or constabulary force in any Fort, Garrison or Field work, held by the Confederate States of America, against the United States of America, nor as guard of prisons, depots or stores, nor discharge any duties usually performed by Officers or soldiers, against the United States of America, until duly exchanged by the proper authorities.” Attested by J.N. Hickin? H.C. Cry (his mark), Sworn to and subscribed before me at Vicksburg, MS, this 9th day of July 1863. 20th Regt Illinois Vol, Capt and Paroling officer.43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry
43rd Infantry Regiment [also called 5th East Tennessee Volunteer Regiment] was organized at Knoxville, Tennessee, during December, 1861. Its members were recruited in the counties of Polk, Rhea, Meigs, Bledsoe, Hawkins, Roane, Jefferson, McMinn, Bradley, and Hamilton. It moved to Virginia, Kentucky, then Mississippi where it was assigned to A.W. Reynolds' Brigade in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. The unit fought at Champion's Hill and Big Black River Bridge, then was captured in the fight for Vicksburg. After being exchanged and reorganized as mounted infantry, it was attached to General Vaughn's Brigade and during April, 1864, contained 215 effectives. It joined General Early in the Valley of Virginia and was active in the battles and skirmishes of his campaign. Later the regiment fought at Russellville Tennessee, returned to Virginia, moved to North Carolina where it joined President Davis' escort, and ended the war at Washington, Georgia, in May 1865, with a force of 123 men. The field officers were Colonel James W. Gillespie, Lieutenant Colonel David M. Key, and Majors Lawson Guthrie and William H. McKamy.
MARGARET CATHERINE SHIMMIN
In previous issues of this publication I began a discussion of the children of John and Catherine Shimmin Crye. I have been trying to complete sharing information on this family so this article is continued from the previous issue. In John’s will he lists his children as William, David, John, James, Isabella, Sarah, Catherine, and Margaret. An additional son Hugh has been identified to me by LDS researchers but was not mentioned in the will.