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The VanBuskirk / Howell Pension Papers

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This document is being submitted by Gail White, April 9, 2000. 


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The following has been transcribed from the original document issued by the United States of America, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, on the 17th day of November, 1887. It records the widow’s pension awarded to Carrie A. VanBuskirk Howell. Carrie A. VanBuskirk Howell was my great-grandmother. She was married to Henry Isaac Howell who died while serving as a Private in the Militia 14th Regiment NY.

Their son Harry, my grand-father, was born in Chemung, NY 4/14/1877 and died in Cleveland, Ohio 8/7/1961. He married Sophia Anna Ritz June 20, 1900 in Waverly, NY where they lived until they moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1910. My mother was Florence Alice Howell Kibby b. 11/5/1908 d. 2/18/1994. They had two other children, Edward, b. 1/26/1903 d. 6/27/1965 and Pauline b. 3/7/1905 d. 10/18/1997.



Minors pension


IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED that in conformity with the laws of the United States, Carrie A. Howell, Widow of Henry Isaac Howell who was a Private in the Militia 14th Regiment New York (additional scribbling I can’t make out) is entitled to a pension at the rate of Eight dollars per month to commence on the fourteenth day of October, 1884 and twelve dollars per month from November 10, 1886 and to continue during her widowhood unless forfeit her right thereto. And she is also entitled to two dollars per month additional for each of the following named children while living and under the age of sixteen years. To wit:

Commencing Sixteen

Carrie A 14 October, 1884 " 26 June, 1885

Fred D. " " " " 11 April 1891

Harry " " " " 14 April 1893

Lervis E. " " " " 16 April 1896

Mina A. " " " " 4 September 1898

Given at the Department of the Interior this

Seventeenth day of November

One thousand eight hundred eighty seven

And of the Independence of the United States

Of America the one hundred and twelfth.

(Signature I can’t quite make out)

Acting Secretary of the Interior

Countersigned (Signature I can’t quite make out.)

Acting Commissioner of Pensions

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