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This is a transcription of the "Pension Application of William Newell" of Troy Township, Bradford County, PA by Paul Newell
William F. NEWELL was born 1836, probably on Armenia Mountain in Troy Township, Bradford Co., PA. William married to Celia D. FREEMAN 1859 and their first child was born in 1860. In 1862, William enrolled at Troy, PA with the 132nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers and he may have participated in the major battles at Antietam, MD, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, VA. After his nine months service he was mustered out at Harrisburg, PA, and then he returned to Armenia for a spell.

In early 1864, William enrolled at Candor, NY with the 50th Regiment of New York Engineer Volunteers and he may have participated in the Battle of the Wilderness and the battle at Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA. His regiment suffered 20 killed in battle and 206 died from disease and exposure. At the end of the Civil War he was mustered out of the 50th Engineers at Fort Barry, VA, after sixteen months service.

William was one of four Newell brothers from Bradford County who fought for the preservation of the Union. William died 1908 at Snedekers, Bradford Co., PA and he’s buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Troy, PA. His gravestone has no dates or age; it is inscribed Wm. F. Newell Co. D 132 PA Inf.

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

Document 1 - Application For Original Invalid Pension

State of Pennsylvania

County of Bradford

On this 15th day of September, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine personally appeared before me Prothonotary, of the Common Pleas *, a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid, William F. Newell, aged 40 years, a resident of Troy, County of Bradford, State of Penna, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical William F. Newell who entered service under the name of William F. 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. Carnoclean 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 40 years; height 5 feet 7 ¾ inches; complexion fair; hair dark; eyes gray.

That while a member of this organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Harper’s Ferry in the State of Virginia, on or about the 22nd day of Oct. 1862, he contracted disease of liver caused by exposure. Also at same time and place and from same cause contracted lung disease which was greatly aggravated by an attack of measles at Washington, D.C. in Jan. 1863. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: Regimental Hospital at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, Hospital at Mount Pleasant, D.C., Lincoln Hospital at Washington, D.C. and Chestnut Hill Hospital at Philadelphia, Penna.

That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above except that he served in Co. C, 50th Regt. N.Y. Eng’s from Feb. 13, 1864 to June 13, 1865. That since the 13th day of June, A.D. 1865 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 Troy, 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 or applied for a pension. That his Post Office is Troy, County of Bradford, State of Pennsylvania.

William his X mark Newell


W.H. Carnochan

C.N. Smith


Document 2 - General Affidavit

State of Penna

County of Bradford

In the matter of the pension claim of Wm F. Newell late of Co. D 132 Pa Vol.

Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for aforesaid County and State Wm. F. Newell aged * years, resides at Troy Bradford Co. Pa, Post Office address Troy, Pa.

For the five years preceding my enlistment to the army I resided at Aspinwalls Corners, Columbia Tp., Bradford Co., Pa. – Then in Sullivan Tp., Tioga Co., Pa. – Then Rutland Tp., Tioga Co., Pa. – Then to Troy, Bradford Co., Pa. Since discharged from the Army have resided in all of above places mostly in Troy, Pa.

From 1858 up to my enlistment, I worked at farming and I have worked at farming mostly since my discharge. My disability first appeared about October 1862 – troubles with lungs, liver and kidneys – have had coughs & by times sweat profusely with pain in the side – restless unable to turn over in bed unless assisted – with painful urinating pains. Dr. Anawalt treated me in the Army. In consequence of the Company papers being burned can’t get his affidavit. The comp’s papers were burned at Washington.

C.C. Hooker Alba, Pa and A.K. Aiptell Troy, Pa and E.G. Tracy Troy, Pa have attended me.

I have been bothered with lungs, kidney and liver difficulty ever since incurred it in the Army. I have worked at farming and day laborer. Ever since discharge from the Army it has prevented my working more or less until now cannot do more than half the time a full days work and at notime without difficulty and in pain.

I further declare that I have an interest in said case and am interested in its prosecution.

W. F. Newell


Albert Newell

Daniel. C. Carman


Sworn and subscribed before me this 12th day of April 1881.

F.W. Covey

Notary Public

 Subj:  William F. Newell Pension Records
Date:  6/14/2002 7:00:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:  PN999
To:  JoyceTice
File: Pension Increase Letterhead.ZIP (766262 bytes) DL Time (32000 bps): < 7 minutes

Hello Joyce,

Attached is an MS Word file containing a brief bio of William F. Newell and two informative pension documents. Also attached is a JPG file of a decorative letterhead on a pension increase notification from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.

According to the Bradford County Tax Assessment Records, William Newell owned a farm in Armenia Township from 1859 until 1869. The 1860 census records also place him at Armenia. It's very curious that he neglects to mention Armenia in his pension affidavit, although he mentions Sullivan, Rutland, Columbia and Troy townships that all surround Armenia. I think the correct Tri-Counties township for his pension records is Armenia Township.

Paul Newell
14 Jun 2002

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 14 JUN 2002
By Joyce M. Tice
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