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This is a transcription of the "Pension Application of Henry Newell" of Armenia Township, Bradford County, PA by Paul Newell
Henry A. NEWELL was born 1844 near Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD. About 1859, Henry’s family moved back to Armenia Township of Bradford County. In 1862, at age 18, Henry and his older brother, William, enrolled at Troy, PA in the 132nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Henry may have participated in the fierce battle at Antietam, MD that occurred only one month after he enrolled. Following Antietam, Henry became ill in the winter of 1862 as his regiment marched toward Fredericksburg, VA, where another great battle occurred. He was discharged in 1863 at Harrisburg, PA, at the end of his nine months term of service.

Henry was one of four Newell brothers from Bradford County who fought for the preservation of the Union. He died 1926 at Elmira, Chemung Co., NY and he’s buried in Woodlawn Cemetery at Elmira. Henry’s gravestone is inscribed Henry A. Newell Co. D 132 Pa. Vol. Inf.

From Henry’s pension records, two documents have been transcribed and are provided, below.

Document 1 – Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension

State of Pennsylvania

County of Bradford

On this 25th day of June, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight personally appeared before me a Clerk, Court of Common Pleas, a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Henry A. Newell, aged 34 years, a resident of Troy, County of Bradford, State of Penna, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Henry A. Newell who entered service under the name of Henry A. Newell on the 1st day of August 1862 as Private in company D of the 132nd regiment of Penna. Inf. Vols. Commanded by Capt. W.H. Carnochan and was discharged at Harrisburg, Penna. on the 24th day of May 1863, by reason of expiration of term of service, that his personal description is as follows: Age 34 years; height 5 feet 9 inches; complexion light; hair light; eyes blue.

That while a member of this organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Piedmont in the State of Virginia, on or about the 15th day of December 1862, he contracted rheumatism in lower part of back, left hip and leg affecting the whole left side caused by exposure lying on the ground, etc., etc. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: St. Alloyisus Hosp., Washington, D.C. about 3 mos.

That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above. That since the 24th day of May, A.D. 1863 he has not been employed in the military or naval service of the United States. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the State of Pennsylvania and his occupation has been that of a farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a farmer. That he is now wholly or in part disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.

He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, George E. Lemon of Washington, D.C., his true and lawful attorney, to prosecute his claim. That he has never received nor applied for a pension. That his Post Office is Troy, County of Bradford, State of Pennsylvania.

Henry A. Newell


D.A. *

W.H. Bates


Document 1 – General Affidavit

State of Pennsylvania

County of Bradford

ss: No. 261906

In the matter of Orig. Inv. Pen. Claim of Henry A. Newell. Personally came before me, a Notary Public, in and for aforesaid County and State, George Field residing in Armenia Township Bradford Co. Penna. P.O. Troy Bradford Co. Penna. a citizen well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

That he [George Field] is 51 years of age a farmer and blacksmith by occupation and has known claimant [Henry A. Newell] about 22 years: a great portion of which time claimant and he have lived in the same neighborhood: when claimant returned from the army he was suffering with chronic rheumatism: have seen him sometimes as often as once a week - he is a farmer - I have worked for him and he for me – I think he must have lost each year ¼ or ½ of his time on account of aforesaid disability.

I was in the same company with him in the army. Came home with him after our discharge. He was walking on crutches when he came from hospital to company – for a long time we lived only a few rods apart – I saw him daily or quite often and have seen him afflicted more or less up to the present time.

Affiant further declares that he has no interest in said case, and is not concerned in its prosecution.

George Field


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