Birthplace Pedigree Chart

I saw several of these charts posted on blogs and Facebook, which come from an original post by J. Paul Hawthorne.  So I decided to follow suit and have created birthplace charts for both myself and my husband.

I went to seven generations (including myself and my husband).  It was really interesting to me to look at the data in this way because it really confirmed for me some key things…

  1. My family has been in the United States for many generations, pretty consistently across the various branches of the family.
  2. My husband’s family has much more recent immigrant roots on his mother’s side of the family.
  3. I have more research to do to find the roots of my mother’s family.
  4. I have more research to do on my husband’s father’s side of the family – there are a lot of missing information about that branch of the family.
  5. My father’s family is pretty much Irish and German immigrants to the New York area (mostly Brooklyn).  Very strong roots in that region.
  6. My mother’s family is primarily from Georgia and Mississippi, with a little migration from Virginia and South Carolina.
  7. My husband’s mother’s family were all Polish immigrants (even though the birthplaces are variously Poland, Prussia and Germany).  I find it an intriguing example of how much the history of Poland has been dictated by the political history of Europe as a whole.
  8. My husband’s father’s family moved around a lot and their roots are largely unknown… They were primarily in the midwest (Missouri/Oklahoma), but it looks like if we go back a little farther, there may be more roots in the area of Illinois/Ohio/Pennsylvania.  They were definitely the more migratory of all the branches of our families.

My chart:

My Birthplace Pedigree Chart

My Birthplace Pedigree Chart

 

My husband’s chart:

His Birthplace Pedigree

His Birthplace Pedigree

Pension File for Amelia Moelig

My third great-grandmother Maria Katarina Auttreter (Catharine) had a daughter by her first husband,  who my  3rd great-grandfather,  Xaver Schillinger, later adopted after they  married.  Catharine’s first husband, John  Moelig, die  in June 1861  at Fort Pickens,  during the US Civil War.  After John’s death, Catharine applied for and was awarded a widow’s pension, which  was later converted to a minor’s pension following her remarriage to Xaver.

I located  the pension record on Fold3.com,  and it is more than 40 pages long.  It contains a wealth of information!

John  Moelig died several days after being injured.   His right leg was amputated after being run over by a gun  carriage,  during the discharge of his duties.  He was 28 years old,  and he died 5 days before his daughter Amelia’s 3rd birthday.

John  and Catharine were married on  M ay 27,  1857 at the First Presbyterian  Church in  Newburgh,  New York.  He enlisted on  September 21,  1858 (shortly after Amelia’s birth) at Fort Kearney,  in  what was then  the Nebraska Territory.  He was an  artificer in  Company A, Corps of Engineers.  After his death,  Amelia was given  a pension  of $8 per month from  February 1863 to June 1874 (when she turned 16 years old).

Here is a transcript of the file.  In  some places the handwriting is difficult to read.  Undecipherable words are marked with a “?”.

Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”

Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War Veterans, ca. 1861-1910, NARA, Fold3.com, 2008, Record Group 15, Roll WC7417, Moelig, John

Page 1

Do not remove this slip.

Attach nothing to it.

Orig. No.

Cert. No. 7417

Widows Class

Catharina

Wid

John Moelig

A Corps of Enggrs.

CONSOLIDATED WITH

Orig. No.

Cert. No. 122940

Minor Class

John Moelig

A Corps of Engrs.

U.S.A.

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Widow’s Certificate File Number WC122940

Soldier’s Last Name: Moelig

Soldier’s First Name: John

Soldier’s Middle Name/Initial: <blank>

Company or F&S: A

Regiment, Battery, Battalion or Militia: <blank>

Infantry: <unchecked>

Cavalry or Military Unit: Corps of Engineers

______ Artillery: <unchecked>

Pensioner(s)

Pensioner’s Last Name: Moelig

Pensioner’s First Name/M: Amalia Josephine

(if applicable) Maiden Name: <blank>

Additional lines for other Pensioner(s): <blank>

Relationship of Pensioner(s) to Soldier:

Widow: <unchecked>

Mother:  <unchecked>

Minor(s): <checked>

Father: <unchecked>

Sister(s): <unchecked>

Brother(s): <unchecked>

This form was created during the digitization process to capture key information for the index.  It is not part of the original case file.

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War of 1861

Claim for Minors’ Pension

Brief in the case of Amelia Josephine Moelig

Minor childe of John Moelig, Priv. Co. A. Engineer Corps U.S.A.

Residence of Guardian Kings County and State of New York

Post Office address Liberty Avenue, betn Barberry & John St. East N.Y., Long Island

 

Declaration of Identification in Due Form.

Proof Exhibited

Service.

The Adjutant General reports John Moelig on the muster Rolls of Co. A Battn U.S. Engrs. And Artificer – Died June 1st, 1861 at Ft. Pickens, Fla. For injuries received while in the Discarge of his duty May 21, 1861.

Death.

Surgn Genl. Reports him admitted to Hospl. May 21, 1861 of Fracture

Marriage of parents.

John Moelig & Catharina  Autretter May 27/57 Verified copy of Church Record.

Names and  dates of birth of minors.

Amelia Josephine Moelig born June 6, 1858. Shown by Baptismal Record.

Death of remarriage of mother

Pension [?] to widow to Feb. 10 1863, [?]

Re-married Feb. 10 1863. Verified copy of Church Record

Guardianship Letters filed.

Agent and his A.O. address.

Wolf Hear[?] Washington D.C.

Admitted Dec. 22, 1868 to a Pension of $8 per month, commencing Feb’y 11,, 1863 ending June 5th, 1874, and payable Xaver Schillinger, Guardian.

To Exd. [?]

  1. Moore, Examining Clerk.

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FORM OF DECLARATION OF Guardian of Minor Children for Pension, UNDER ACT OF JUNE 6, 1866.

State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

On this Sixth day of July A.D 1867, personally appeared before me, Deputy Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the City & County of New York, Xaver Schillinger aged thirty years, a resident of East New York, in the County of Kings and State of New York and whose Post Office address is Liberty Avenue in the County and State aforesaid, who, being duly sworn according to law, doth on oath make the following declaration, as Guardian of the minor child of John Moelig deceased, in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the eleventh section of the act of Congress approved June 6, 1866, granting pensions to the minor child or children under sixteen years of age of deceased officers, soldiers, or seamen, who have left a widow still surviving, and she having abandoned the care of said child or children, or having been declared an unsuitable person to have charge of the same.  He further declares that he is the Guardian of Amelia Josephine Moelig whose father was a Private in Company “A” Corps of Engineers United States Army in the war of 1861, and that the said John Moelig died at Fort Pickens, Fla. On the First day of June A.D. 1861; in consequence of injuries received in the line of duty, that the mother of said child aforesaid remarried on the 10th day of February 1863, and that the date of birth of said ward is as follows: Amelia Josephine Moelig born on the 6th day of June 1858.

He further declares that the parents of his said ward were married at Newburgh in the County of Orange, and State of New York, on the 10th day of May 1857, by the Pastor of the Protestant Episcopal Church at that place.

I hereby constitute and appoint Mathias Goetzel of New York City, my true and lawful attorney, to prosecute this my claim, with full power of substitution and revocation, and obtain the Pension Certificate that may be issued.

Signature of Claimant,

Xaver Schillinger

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FORM OF DECLARATION OF GUARDIAN OF MINOR CHILDREN FOR PENSION, Act June 6, 1866

Claim of Xaver Schillinger Guardian to

FILED BY

Mathias Goetzel

No. 4 Centre Street

N.Y. City.

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Adjutant General’s Office

Washington, D.C.

Aug. 3d, 1867

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 150435, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office:

It appears from the records of this Office that John Moelig was enlisted at Ft. Kearney, NT [Nebraska Territory], 21 Sept./58 for the period of five years.  On the Muster Roll of Co. “A”, Battln of U.S. Engn’s for the months of May & June, 1861, he is reported Artifier Died June 1 1861 at Ft. Pickens Fla from injuries rec’d while in the Discharge of his duty May 21, 1861.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

[Unreadable]

Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions,

Washington, D.C.

Memoranda:

Name of Applicant: <blank>

Address: <blank>

[unintelligible initials]

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Adjutant General’s Office

Washington, D.C.

March 4, 1863

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 13389, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

It appears from the records of this Office that John Moelig was enlisted at 20 Sept 1858 for the period of five years.  On the Muster Roll of Co. A, Corps of Engineers for the months of May & June, 1861, he is reported as having died at Fort Pickens, Fla., June 1, 1861 from injuries received while in the discharge of his duty on the evening of May 21, 1861.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

Sam [?] [?]reck

Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions,

Washington, D.C.

Memoranda:

Name of Applicant: Matthias Goetzel

Address: New York City

Page 8

The following record is found on page 1[?] of marriage records, vol. 1[?] of 1[?] Pres. Church, Newburgh, NY.

“May 27, 1857, John Moelig and Catharine Autretter, both of West Point, NY, were united in marriage.

Witnesses [?]

And [?]”

Page 9

I certify that the record copied in the first page of [?] sheet is correct.  It was made originally, and has ever since been (the original entry) in my possession.

Wm. T. Sprole,

Pastor of 1st Pres. Ch. Newburgh, NY

[?] of Newburgh, NY

This 17th day of August 1868.

 

State of New York           SS:

County of Orange

On this 24th day of August A.D. 1868 before me personally came W.T. Sprole Pastor of the 1st Pres. Church of Newburgh, NY above named and who being by me duly sworn [?] and [?] health is the pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church at Newburgh, NY that the record of marriages of said church is now in my possession.  [?] the custodian of the same, and the foregoing is a true extract thereof to the whole [?] of the marriage of John Moelig and Catharine Autretter. [illegible words]

Sworn and subscribed before me                             William T. Sprole

This 24th day of August A.D. 1868                               Pastor of 1st Pres. Ch.

Geo. H. Clark                                                                                      Newburgh, NY

Notary Public, Orange County

(certif on file)

Certified copy of communication of Geo. H. Clark

U.P. on file in Pension & 2d [?]’s office

Page 10

Newburgh, NY

July 4th 1862

To all whom it may concern,

This certifies that on the 27th day of May, A.D. 1857, John Moelig, and Catharine Autretter, both of West Point, NY, nee, by me, United in marriage, according to the ordinance of God, and the laws, of the State of New York.

William T. Sprole

Paster, of the 1st Pres. Ch. Newburgh Orange Co. NY

Witnesses

Mrs. JR Gorham

Miss Lydia Bird

Given from my book of marriage Records, and will be found on page first.  W.T. Sprole.

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Orange County                 SS.

Clerk’s Office

I, D.C. Winfield, Clerk of said County, and the County Court of said County, (a Court of Record,) do hereby certify that John Miller, Esq. whose name is subscribed to the annexed certificate and affidavit, was, at the time of taking the same, a Justice of the Peace of said county, duly elected and qualified and having full power to take the same; and further, that I am well acquainted with the handwriting of said Justice, and verily believe that the signature subscribed to the said certificate and affidavit is genuine.

In Witness Whereof, I hereto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said Court and County, this 17th day of February 1863.

[Signed]

D.C. Winfield

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State of New York           SS,

County of Orange

On this 17th day of February 1863, before me personally came, William T. Sprole, who being duly sworn declares that the annexed Certificate is a true copy from the Records of the Frist Presbyterian Church of Newburgh, of which he is the Pastor.

Sworn before me this                    Wm. T. Sprole,

17th day of February 1863.            Pastor of 1st Pres. Ch.

Jno. Miller                                                           Newburgh

Justice of the Peace

in & for Orange County

County Clerks Certificate

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This is to Certify, that Amelia Josephine Moelig born the sixth day of June 1858 of John Moelig of Lauterbach, Hesse Darmstadt and of Catherine Autreter, of Dürrwangen, Bavaria, was baptized by the Rev. P. Klahalz on the eighth day of September 1858 in the presence of Henry Moelig and Amelia Brandt as appears from the Register of Baptisms kept at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Ch. ODonoughue

Ass. Pastor

New York, June 24th 1862

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[Stamped Department ? Pension Office Sep 1 1868]

State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

Revd, Ch. ODonoughue being by me duly sworn according to law, doth depose and say that the annexed certificate of birth and Baptism is a true copy from the records of Baptisms, of the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in the City of New York, of which he is the Pastor and the legal custodian of the [?] records.

Rev. Ch. ODonoughue

Ass. Pastor

Church of the Most Holy Redeemer

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 17th day of February 1868, and I do hereby certify, that I have no interest whatsoever in the result of this certificate.

George Regener [?]

Notary Public

In [?] for the County

[?] of New York

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Certificate of Marriage

Xaver Schillinger aged 26 years sand 6 months from Urloffen in Baden, and Catharine Moelig widow born Autreter age 26 years from Durrwangen in Bavaria were lawfully united in marriage in [?] of Joseph and Franziska Fogust on the 10th day of February 1863, by Pastor P.h. Zapf in Brooklyn E.D. [?]

Charles Pentzel [or Poutzel]

No 111 Johnson St. Brooklyn N.Y.

State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

Personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid Charles Pentzel, who being duly sworn according to law, doth depose and say, that he is the legal custodian of the records of marriage of the German Evang. Lutheran St Petri Church in the city of Brooklyn E.D. N.Y. during the alsensor of Pastor Ph. Zapf, who is [?] a visitor in his native country (Germany) and that the foregoing certificate of marriage is a true copy of said records, [?] further say not.

Charles Pentzel

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 24th day of August 1868, and I do hereby certify that I know the affixed to be a respectable [?] and is title to [?], and that I have no interest in the result of this certificate.

George Dy[?]

Notary Public

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State of New York                           SS.

City & County of New York

Personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid Xaver Schillinger who being by me duly sworn as according to law, doth depose and say, that he is Guardian of minor child of John Moelig died. Private Co. A. Corps of Engineers U.S. Army, that the full name and date of his ward is as follows:

Amalia Josephine Moelig born on 6th day of June 1858.  He further says that the said child was called Emma by the mother, merely as a nickname and at the time the application was made by the mother she gave the said name Emma by error.

Xaver Schillinger

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this 27th day of November 1868, and I do hereby certify, that I have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

George Degener

Notary Public

 

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[Handwritten notation] Nov 16 122940

No. 150435

Act of July 14, 1862

Xaver Schillinger

Kings Cony.

Guard minor child of

John Moelig

Prvt. “A” Engineer Corps 208A

Died at Fort Pickens Fla.

June 1/61 injuries

 

Pension Office

<blank> 186<blank>

Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidenced of service and death.

Joseph H. Barrett

[handwritten notation] widow claim 13389

Remarried

Woff Hart & Co.

Washington DC

Received July 25, 1867

[crossed out]

Mathias Goetzel

New York, NY

 

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AG & S. G Aug. 2/67

Let          Aug. 11/68

Marriage of parents

Re-marriage of mother

Names and ages of children by Baptismal Record

Address

[illegible] Sept 29 / 69

Letters of Guardianship [illegible]

Record for Amelia Josephine

[illegible] for Emma

Letters [illegible] 19 / 68.

Original [illegible] of widow shows

Name of childe to be Emma

Guardians decln is for

Amelia Josephine

 

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No. 122940

New York

Amelia J. Moelig

Minor of

John Moelig

Rank Pri

Company A

Regiment Engineers Corps U.S.A.

Brooklyn Agency.

Rate per month $8

Commencing 11 Feb 1863

Ending 5 June 1874

Certificate dated 30 Dec 1868

And sent to Wolf Hass & Co.

Present

 

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State of New York

Surrogates Court                              SS.

County of Kings

I do hereby Certify that at the City of Brooklyn in the County of Kings, on the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight at a Surrogate’s Court then and there held, before William D. Veeder Esquire, Surrogate of said County, Letters of Guardianship of person and Estate of Amalia Josephine Moehlig, a minor, were duly granted and issued to Xaver Schillinger of the town of New Lots and that the same are still valid and in full force.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of the Surrogate’s Court, this sixth day of October in the year 1868.

Wm. D. Veeder

Surrogate

 

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Guardian Pesion Claim No. 150435

Havier [Xavier] Schillinger

Guardian of minor heir of John Moehlig

Additional Evidence.

Residence

New York City

Wolf Hart Ho [????]

Atty. Present

 

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The People of the State of New York

By the Grace of God, Free and Independent

To Xaver Schillinger of the town of New Lots

Greeting:

Whereas Catharina Schilinger heretofore presented a Petition to William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of the County of Kings, setting forth that she is the mother of Emma Moulting a Minor under the age of fourteen years resident of the County of Kings aforesaid, and has no Guardian appointed by her father, by deed or will, and asking that Xaver Schillinger be appointed the Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor

And Whereas, such proceedings were had before the said Surrogate upon the said Petition, that on the sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven the said Surrogate did order that the said Xaver Schillinger be appointed Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor on his making, executing and filing with the said Surrogate such bond or obligation as is required by the statute in this case made and provided: and the said Xaver Schillinger having executed to the said Minor a bond, with sufficient security, approved by the said Surrogate according to the form of the said statute, we do by these presents constitute and appoint you the said Xaver Schillinger Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor until she arrives at the age of fourteen years, and until another Guardian shall be appointed.

In Testimony Whereof, we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.

Witness, William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of our said County at the City of Brooklyn, the sixth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven and of our Independence the ninety second.
Wm. D. Veeder, Surrogate

 

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Kings County Surrogate’s Court

In the Guardianship of

Emma Moulting

Minor

Letters of Guardianship

An Act:

Concerning the proof of Wills, Executors and Administrators, Guardians and Wards, and Surrogate’s Courts.

Passed May 6, 1837

  • 57. Every general guardian appointed by the Surrogate shall, annually, after such appointment so long as any part of the estate, or the income or proceeds thereof, remain in his hands or under his control, file in the office of the Surrogate appointing him, an inventory and account, under oath, of his guardianship and of the amount of property received by him and remaining in his hands, or invested by him, and the manner and nature of such investment, and his reeipts and expenditures in form of debtor and creditor.

 

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The People of the State of New York,

By the Grace of God, Free and Independent

To Xaver Schillinger of the town of New Lots

Greeting:

Whereas Catharina Schillinger heretofore presented a petition to William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of the County of Kings, setting forth that she is the mother of Amalia Josephine Moehlig a Minor under the age of fourteen years resident of the County of Kings aforesaid, and has no Guardian appointed by her father, by deed or will, and asking that Xaver Schillinger be appointed the Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor

And Whereas, such proceedings were had before the said Surrogate upon the said Petition, that on the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight the said Surrogate did order that the said Xaver Schillinger be appointed Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor on his making, executing, and filing with the said Surrogate such bond or obligation as is required by the statute in this case made and provided: and the said Xaver Schillinger having executed the said Minor a bond, with sufficient security, approved by the said Surrogate according to the form of the said statute, we do by these presents constitute and appoint you the said Xaver Schillinger Guardian of the person and estate of the said Minor until she arrives at the age of fourteen years, and until another Guardian shall be appointed.
In Testimony Whereof, we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.

Witness, William D. Veeder, Esquire, Surrogate of our said County at the City of Brooklyn, the sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight and of our Independence the ninety third.
Wm. D. Veeder, Surrogate

 

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Kings County Surrogate’s Court

In the Guardianship of

Amalia Josephine Moehlig

Minor

Letters of Guardianship

An Act:

Concerning the proof of Wills, Executors and Administrators, Guardians and Wards, and Surrogate’s Courts.

Passed May 6, 1837

  • 57. Every general guardian appointed by the Surrogate shall, annually, after such appointment so long as any part of the estate, or the income or proceeds thereof, remain in his hands or under his control, file in the office of the Surrogate appointing him, an inventory and account, under oath, of his guardianship and of the amount of property received by him and remaining in his hands, or invested by him, and the manner and nature of such investment, and his reeipts and expenditures in form of debtor and creditor.

 

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[Handwritten notation]  Increasee

No. 122940

New York

Amelia J 5 June 1874

Minor of

John Moelig

Rank Priv, Co. A

Regt. Engineer Corps U.S.A.

Rate per month, $8

Commencing 11 Febry 1863

Ending 5 June 1874

Additional sum of $2 per month for the above-named child, until arriving at the age of 16 years, commencing 25 day of July 1866.

[handwritten notation] Former payments to be deducted

Certificate dated 24 Novemb 1873

And sent 28, 18<blank>

Payable at Brooklyn Agency

<blank> Attorney.

Act July 14, 1862.

Book C., Vol. 10, Page 449

Wallaleen [?], Clerk

 

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[Handwritten notation] Brooklyn

War of the Rebellion.

Acts of July 25, 1866, and subsequent acts.

Increase of Minors Pension

Original Certificate, No. 122940, issued Dec. 30, 1868.

Amelia J. Moelig, minor of

John Moelig                                       Rank Private

Company A

Regiment Engineer Corp U.S.A.

Present Guardian  Xaver Schillinger

Residence, Kings County, and State of N.Y.

Post Office, East New York, Kings Co. N.Y.

Attorney, None

Fee, $ [ditto]

No contract, and no material evidence filed since July 8, 1870.

Rate of pension, $8 per month, commencing Feb. 11, 1863, the date at which the original pension commenced, and two dollars per month for each of the following children:

By former marriage: NONE

By last marriage:

Amelia J.      Born      June      6, 1858

Sixteen  [ditto June] 5, 1874                  Commencing July 25, 1866

Former Guardian, NONE

Payments on all former certificates covering any portion of the same time to be deducted.

Admitted, Oct. 3, 1873, F.W. Vaughn, Examiner

Approve, Nov. 13, 1873, LCW, Reviewer.

Dates shown by papers.

Increase application filed, Aug. 4, 1873, Marriage of soldier to 1st wife, May 27, 1857.

Death of soldier, June 1, 1861, Marriage of soldier to 2nd wife, NONE

Widow a pensioner, Remarriage of widow, Feb. 10, 1863.

 

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Incidental Matter.

Original certificate surrendered

No objections to increase

Minor paid to June 4, 1873

Summary of Proof

Dates of Birth of Children.

Baptismal Record.

Dates of Death of Children.

NONE

Custody of Children by Former Marriage.

NONE

Remarriage of Widow.

Church Record

 

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Increase Brief.

Certificate No. 122940

Soldier, John Moelig

F.W. Vaughn Ex’r.

Room No. 43

Ad. Oct. 3, 1878

 

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War of 1861

Brief in the case of Catharina Moelig

Widow of John Moelig

Private Co. “A” Corps of Engineers

Orange County, and State of New York

Act of July 14, 1862.

Post Office address of Applicant, Buttermilk Falls, Orange Co., N.Y.

Claim for Widows pension.

Declaration and Identification in due Form.

Proof Exhibited

Marriage proved by a certificate copy of the record of the 1st Presbyterian Church Newburgh, N.Y.

The Adjutant General reports that John Moelig was enlisted Sept 20th 1858, for a period of five years and that he “died at Fort Pickens Fla. June 1st, 1861 from injuries received while in the discharge of his duty on the evening of May 21st 1861.”

Name age and residence of child given.  Claimant remains a widow.

Power of Attorney to Mathias Goetzel of N.Y. City duly acknowledged.

Admitted Oct. 22nd, 1863 to a pension of $8 per month, commencing June 1st, 1861.

Mathias Goetzel Esq.

New York City N.Y.

Geo. Ewing

Examining Clerk

 

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No. 7414

Consolidated with 150435 Nov. 19/68

  1. Moore

New York

Catharine Moelig

Widow of John Moelig

Rank Private

Company A

Regiment Corps of Engineers

New York City Agency

Rate per month, $8

Commencing 1st June 1861

Certificate dated 24 Oct. 1863

And sent to Mathias Goetzel

New York City

N.Y.

Act 14th July, 1862

Book A, Vol. 4, Page 65

 

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Minors

Cert. #122940

Page 33

No. 13389  [Handwritten Notation] 7417

Act of July 14, 1862

Catharina Moelig, Buttermilk Falls, N.Y.  Wid. John Moelig, artificer Co. A. U.S. Corps Engineers Died at Fort Pickens Fla.  June 1, 1861

Pension Office,

February 24, 1863

Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.

Joah Banett [?]

Commissioner.

Received, Feb 23, 1863,

Mathias Goetzel

New York City

Attorney

 

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May 18 / 63 L.  11/74 Dec., Returned for correction a to officers sig [?] verification of notary.

[Initials]

Jun 30/63 Dec received corrected.

[Initials]

 

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State of New York                                           SS.
City & County of New York

On this 20th day of May 1863, I Thomas H. Landon Deputy Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the City & County of New York do hereby certify that on the 10th day of February 1863, the attached declaration by Catharian Moeleg applicant and Xavier Schillinger and Joseph Jogerst [?], witnesses was sworn to and subscribed before me, and that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of the claim.

Thomas H. Sanders

Deputy Clerk

 

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Form of Declaration for obtaining a Widow’s Army Pension

State of New York

City & County of New York

On this tenth day of February A.D., one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, personally appeared before me: Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of New York Catharina Moeleg a resident of Buttermilk Falls in the county of Orange and state of New York, aged 24 years, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, approved July  1, 1862: That she is the widow of John Moeleg who was a Artificer in company “A” commanded by Lieut. Jas. C. Duane in the Corps of United States Engineers in the war of 1861, who on or about the first day of June 1861 at Fort Pickens, Florida came to his death by reason of amputation of right leg which was injured by being run over by gun carriage, aged 28 years.

She further declares that she was married to the said John Moeleg on the twenty seventh day of May in the year 1857; that her husband, the aforesaid John Moeleg died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, and that she has one child named Emma, aged 4 years who resides with her, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States.

Catharina Moelig Buttermilk Falls Orange Co. N.Y.

Also personally appeared Xavier Schillinger and Joseph Jogerst resident of West Point & Brooklyn in the state of New York persons whom I certify to be respectable, and entitled to credit, and who being by my duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Catharina Moeleg [illegible] to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with here, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and they further state that she has one child named Emma, aged four years who resides with her, that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Xaver Schillinger

Joseph Jagust

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of February A.D. 1863; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim

Buttermilk Falls, near

West Point Orange County

New York

[Illegible signature]

 

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No. 13389

Widow’s Army Pension.

In Case of

John Moeleg

Late Artificer

Company A United States Engineers

Mathias Goetzel, Attorney

No. 144 West 42nd Street, P.O.

New York City and County

New York State

Catharina Moeleg Applicant

Buttermilk Falls, Westpoint, P.O.

New York City and County

New York State.

Agents and attorneys require a power of attorney to prosecute claims in the pension office.

I Catharina Moeleg, the before named applicant for a widow’s pension, do hereby make, constitute and appoint Mathias Goetzel of New York City in the state of New York, my agent and attorney, to procure for me, from the United States, such pension as I am entitled to, and to receive for me such certificate as may be issued for the same.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this Tenth day of February, A.D., 1863.

Signed and sealed in presence of

Xaver Schillinger

Joseph Jogerst

Catharina Moelig L.S.

M.G. February 10th 1863

State of New York                                           SS.

City and County of New York

On this Tenth day of February, A.D., 1863, personally appeared before me the above named Catharina Moeleg and acknowleged that she executed the foregoing power of attorney as her free act and deed, for the purposes therein mentioned.

[illegible signature]

Com. of [illegible]

And Notary Public

Xaver Schillinger’s German Birth Record

I was Google searching the other night for information about the hometown of my 3rd Great-Grandfather Franz Xaver Schillinger.  I had a notation that he was born in Urloffen, Germany, a small village in the Grand Duchy of Baden, near the French border.  There is not much on the internet about the village of Urloffen.  It’s a small village with only about 4500 people who live there today, and since 1975 has been incorporated as part of a larger town of Appenweier.

While hunting for information about Urloffen, I came across a family history website for the Oatney family.  On that website, they have a page with links to German archives for the Baden region, including Landesarchiv.  And while I don’t speak or read a lick of German, I was able to navigate the site, by utilizing the in browser translation option in Chrome.  Once Chrome translated the page elements to English, I located record set L10, Nr. 3728, “Urloffen, Appenweier OG; Catholic Church: births 1827-1847”.

I had information that Xaver was born in August 1836, so I started to browse through the records trying to locate his.  There are 344 document images in the record set.  Since 1836 is approximately halfway through the time period for the records, I jumped to about midway through the image files.  Image 160 turned out to be the index page for the year 1836, and part way down the lists, I found an entry I thought might be for Xaver Schillinger.  Old German script is really hard to read, so I was unsure if it actually said Schillinger, but I was willing to find out!

German Birth Register Index

German Birth Register Index for Xaver Schillinger, http://bit.ly/1puWkY2

I scrolled back a few images, until I found page 173, and located item 55 on the page.  Based on what little I could see in the image, my hoped increased that I had found the right record.

I had previously joined a group on Facebook called “Genealogy Translations“, but had not used it up to this point.  I decided this record was the perfect choice for my first translation request.  The group is run by two admins: Nick Gombash and Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz, and they offer a free and fabulous service for those of us doing research in the archives of ancestral homelands.  There are a few simple rules for posting in the group, but primarily it’s about asking for help without taking advantage of the kind people who voluntarily translate these documents.  I posted the image with my translation request yesterday at 9:26am.  Within 10 minutes, Johann Kargl had transcribed the image, and based on the German transcription, I was able to confirm that indeed this was the birth record for my 3rd Great-Grandfather Xaver Schillinger.  Johann then translated the record for me!  Here it is:

German Birth Record for Xaver Schillinger, Image 153

German Birth Record for Xaver Schillinger, Image 153

In German, it says:

Im Jahre eintausendachthundert und sechsunddreißig, den zehnten August, Nachmittag um vier Uhr, wurde gebohren, und den eilften August, Nachmittag um ein Uhr getauft: Franz Xaver – des Franz Xaver Schillinger, hiesigen Bürgers und Strumpfstrickermeisters, und der Franziska, geb. Stöckel – ehelicher Sohn. Pathen sind: Franz Joseph Stöckel, hiesigen Bürger und Schustermeister, und Petronilla Schillinger, Ehefrau des Felix Schmid, hiesigen Bürgers und Zimmermeisters. Zeugen sind: der obige Franz Joseph Stöckel, alt 51 Jahre, und Franz Xavers Lenz, hiesiger Bürger und Webermeister, alt 54 Jahre; welche dem Act zugegen waren. Hug? Pfarrer

In English:

In 1836, on 10 August, at 4 pm, was born and baptized on 11 August at 1 pm: Franz Xaver – legitimate son of Franz Xaver Schillinger, citizen and master hosiery knitter from here, and of Franziska, nee Stöckel. Godparents: Franz Joseph Stöckel, citizen and master shoemaker here, and Petronilla Schillinger, wife of Felix Schmid, citizen here and master carpenter. Witnesses: the above mentioned Franz Joseph Stöckel, 51 years old, and Franz Xaver Lenz, citizen and master weaver here, 54 years old, who were present at this act. Hug? Parish Priest

This confirms that Xaver Schillinger was born in Urloffen, and now I know that his birth date was 10 August 1836.  It confirms his mother’s name, and provides the names of witnesses, who were likely close family members and friends.  It also points to a legacy for an occupation in clothing.  Xaver was a tailor as an adult, and it appears he likely learned the trade from his father, who is listed as a hosiery knitter.

52 ANCESTORS – #10: Annie

Annie was born in New York in approximately 1749.[1]  Her maiden name and information about her family are unknown.

 

Draught of New York

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “A draught of New York and Perthamboy Harbour.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-eed3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

In the 1810 US Census, her husband William Golden is listed in Westchester, Westchester County, New York, and presumably, she is the female over the age of 45 noted on the census as well.  There is one boy between the age of 10 and 15; three girls under the age of 10; one girl between the age of 10 and 15; one girl between the age of 16 and 25.  Also listed within a few entries of William Golden are other Golden families (presumably sons): Isiah Golden, notated as 26-45 years old and Simmonds Golden, notated as 16-26 years old.[2]

In the 1820 US Census for Westchester, a “Mrs. Golden” is listed, and in addition to herself, a male over the age of 45 years is marked as living in the household.  This is probably son living in the home with her, as if it was her husband, the household would have been enumerated under his name.  Some of the same neighbors as in the 1810 Census are enumerated on the same page as her, including the Bathgate, Hunt and Leggett.  In addition, the several Ward households are also enumerated nearby, which is the family her grandson Isaiah married into in 1809.[3]

Annie died in September 1850 in West Farms, New York at the age of 101.  Her cause of death was listed as “Old Age”.[4]

1850 US Census Mortality Schedule, Annie Golden, Ancestry.com

1850 US Census Mortality Schedule, Annie Golden, Ancestry.com http://bit.ly/1oQQOhL

[1] 1850 US Census Mortality Schedules, New York, Westchester, Roll M2, Page 364, Line Number 27, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2010)

[2] 1810 US Census: New York, Westchester, Westchester, Roll 37, Page 1152, Image 0181391, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2010).

[3] 1820 US Census: New York, Westchester, Westchester, Roll 75, Page 185, Image 153, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2010).

[4] 1850 US Census Mortality Schedules, New York.

My Father in the News Again…

After the story on the local TV News, our local newspaper contacted my dad to do a follow–up story on the efforts to recognize the names of the 74 men lost onboard the USS Frank E. Evans.  The reporter Stephanie Weldy did a really nice job on story.  You can read a copy of the article here.

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Marin IJ article featuring my dad, and the story of the 74 men of the USS Frank E. Evans.