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Pension File Mary KELLEY widow of Jeremiah Carnley

From: Ronnie Silcox
Date: 26 Jan 2001
Time: 16:13:13
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From the National Archives, Widow's Pension Application WA-3972 filed by Mary Carnley as widow of Jeremiah Carnley based on service in Stringer's Co. Alabama Vol. During Creek Indian Wars.

Service Record Of Jeremiah Carnley indicated he enlisted June 9, 1836 at Monticello and was discharged with company July 23, 1836 at Montgomery. He traveled 25 miles to place of rendezvous and 60 miles from place of discharge to home. Ordered into service of the United States by Governor C.C. Clay. A note from the War Department lists his service as in "Stringer's Co., 49th reg't Ala. Mil. Denson's, Creek Wars" and states "This company is recognized by this department as having been in the service of the United States."

From the Widow's application signed by Mary Carnley dated March 24, 1893 in Repton, AL (Conecuh County):

Mary and Jeremiah were married in Pike County in 1829 by John Blair, J.P. and her name before marriage was Mary Kelley. Neither had married before and she had not remarried since his death. Jeremiah Carnley died at Monroeville, AL on August 17, 1861. Since his discharge from service they had resided in Pike and Butler counties to 1861 and has resided in Monroe County up to date. Mary was born in South Carolina on or about the 24th day of August, 1810.

A letter was sent to the Post Master in Repton, AL from the Bureau Of Pensions on Feb. 19, 1896 asking if Mrs. Mary Carnley still received her mail there. Post Master replied that "Mrs. Mary Carnley died about 12th day of June 1893."

Pension claim was rejected before completion due to death of Widow.

A form from the Bureau of Pensions states "service is also alleged under the name of Jeremiah Cantaline also Cantline."

Another form indicates that Jeremiah Carnley received bounty land warrant # 42128 for his service.

Notes: There are 15 pages in the Pension file, but part of these are just forms that repeats what is listed above. I have tried to pull out the important info.

The application gives marriage as 1829, but I have a date of 1836 from a Pike county marriage index.

Mary's Post Office was Repton (Conecuh County), but I think she actually was living in Monroe County. Repton is just a few miles from the county line and served part of Monroe.

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