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This is a transcription of the "Pension Application of Daniel Newell" of Troy Township, Bradford County, PA by Paul Newell
Daniel C. NEWELL was born 1841 near Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD. In 1859, Daniel’s family moved back to Armenia Township of Bradford County. Daniel married to Betsey Ann CASE in March of 1864 and a few months later he traveled to Avon, Ontario Co., NY where he enrolled in the 15th Regiment of New York Engineers Volunteers. Daniel may have participated in the battles of Petersburg and Richmond, VA and in the campaigns in the Carolinas. Shortly after the end of the Civil War, he was mustered out at Fort Barry, VA.

Daniel was one of four Newell brothers from Bradford County who fought for the preservation of the Union. He was a member of the Gustin G.A.R Post of Troy, PA. He died 1916 at Troy, Bradford Co., PA and he’s buried in Glenwood Cemetery at Troy. Daniel’s gravestone is inscribed Daniel C. Newell Co. K 15th N.Y. Eng.

From Daniel’s pension records, three documents have been transcribed and are provided, below.

Document 1 – Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension

This must be executed before a Court of Record or some Officer thereof having Custody of the Seal.

State of Pennsylvania, County of Bradford, SS:

On this 28th day of May A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight personally appeared before me Mial E. Lilly a Pension Notary within and for the county aforesaid Daniel C. Newell aged 47 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Daniel C. Newell who was enrolled as a Private on the 15th day of September, 1864, in Company K of the 15th Regiment of N.Y. Engineers commanded by Capt. K.S. O’Keefes and was honorably discharged at Fort Barry, Va. on the 13th day of June, 1865. That his personal description is as follows: Age 25 years; height 5 feet 10 inches; complexion dark; hair dark; eyes grey.

That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at City Point in the State of Va. on or about the 12th day of October, 1864, he contracted chronic diarrhoea from exposure and hardship incident to the service from which together with resulting inward piles he has continued to suffer up to the present time. He about the same time and place contracted rheumatism in the left side which affects the heart. He has been troubled with constipation and sick headaches ever since his return from the army. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: Never treated in hospital but treated in camp by the regimental surgeon.

That he has never been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above. That he has not been in the military service of the United States since the 13th day of June, 1865 in the State of Pennsylvania, and that his occupation has been that of a cabinetmaker. That prior to his entry into the service above-named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a cabinetmaker. That he is now about one half 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, Albert Morgan of Troy, Bradford Co., Penna., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received or applied for a pension; that his residence is Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and that his post office address is Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Daniel C. Newell


J.W. Foss

C.L. Crandall


Document 2 – Proof of Disability

This affidavit must be executed by a Commissioned Officer, if possible, if not possible to secure such evidence then two of the soldier’s comrades should testify.

State of Pennsylvania, County of Bradford, SS:

On this 5th day of September A.D. 1889 personally appeared before me Justice of the Peace in and for the aforesaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths Simon McIntosh aged * years, a resident of Canton in the County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania who being sworn to law, state that he is acquainted with Daniel C. Newell applicant for Invalid Pension, and knows the said Daniel C. Newell person of that name who enlisted or volunteered as a private in Company K, 15th Regiment of New York Engrs vols., and who was discharged at Fort Barry, Va. on or about the 13th of June 1865 by reason of end of war.

That the said Daniel C. Newell while in the line of duty, at or near City Point, Va. did, on or about the 12th day of October, 1864, become disabled in the following manner, viz: Contracted rheumatism from exposure and hardships incident to the service. And also that the said Daniel C. Newell while in the line of duty on or about the said time and at the same place did contract chronic diarrhoea.

That the facts stated are personally known to the affiant by reason of his belonging to the same company as claimant and being well acquainted with him and being a tent mate of his.

Sept 5th 1889

Concerning the claim of Daniel C. Newel I can say that I was acquainted with him long before the war of 1861. I never knew that he had any ailments until he contracted a diarrhoea which has become chronic some time in October 1864 as near as I can recollect, he was a tent mate of mine. The greater part of the time he complained of rheumatism by being exposed to the hardships of camp life by sleeping in the mud and rain and sometimes suffered quite severely.

Simon L. McIntosh

Document 3 - Pension Survey

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Pensions

Washington, D.C.

May 3, 1898

Eastern Division

Certificate #461743

Daniel C. Newell

Co. K, Reg’t N.Y. Engs


Will you kindly answer, at your convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use and it may be of great value to your family.

Very Respectfully,



Mr. Daniel C. Newell

Troy, Bradford Co., Penn.

No. 1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife’s full name, and her maiden name. Answer: Yes, to Betsey A. Newell, Case.

No. 2. When, where and by whom were you married? Answer: In Troy, Bradford Co., Pa. March 23rd 1864 By the Rev. W.L. Warner.

No. 3. What record of marriage exists? Answer: A Marriage Certificate and Family Record in the Bible.

No. 4. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. Answer: No.

No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth. Answer: Two; Fred W. Newell, born Feb. 21st 1870 and Grace M. Newell born Feb. 18th 1872.

Date of reply, May 5th, 1898.

Daniel C. Newell

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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