History

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

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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

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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 [?]”

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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

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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

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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

KTVU aired a segment tonight about my family and the USS Frank E Evans

Ancestral Homeland – Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands

The Noteboom family moved to Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands from Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany in 1843.1

Winschoten is located in the northeast of the Netherlands, near the River Eems and the border with Germany.

Winschoten, Netherlands

Winschoten, Netherlands, Map Data ©2016 Google

It became a city in 1825, being granted its city rights.  The town was once populated with 13 mills, earning it the nickname “Molenstad” or “Milltown”.  Three of those mills still remain today:

  • Molen Berg, built in 1854.  Originally designed to grind corn.
  • Dijkstra Molen, built in 1862.
  • Molen Edens, built in 1763.  It is the oldest mill in Groningen.

Molen Edens

Molens Edens. Michel Dellebeke [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The Dutch Reformed church, which is the one my family most likely attended, is located on the Marketplein.

Dutch Reform Church, Marktplein

Dutch Reform Church, Marktplein, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Residents of Winschoten have a funny nickname – they are often called “tellerlikker”, which means one who licks their plate clean.  They have a reputation for eating their meals with great gusto.2

Tellerlikkers

Tellerlikkers, By Gerardus (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 


  1.  Lamoraal Noteboom, “Genealogy of Sije Sjoukes,” p. 4; report to Larisa Thomas, [STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Novato, California, 18 Dec 1908, rev. 1996-1998; photocopy held by Peggy McKnight Weymer, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]. Rec. Date: 20 Sep 2015.  Cit. Date: 20 Sep 2015; Revised by Wouter Antoon Noteboom, Antoon Noteboom and Johanna Lodewijks-Dusseljee. 
  2. “Winschoten,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winschoten, Accessed: 5 Jan 2016. 

Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church

Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Heights

Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Heights
By Beyond My Ken (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1856 and still operates today at 125 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, New York.  My 3rd great-grandparents Walter Noteboom and Beta Frederike Christiane Nullmeyer were married there on 11 November 1876.  They were married by the founding pastor, Friedrich W.T. Steimle.

The first church service was held on the first Sunday in Advent in 1855 (December 2nd), with twelve worshipers in attendance.  The service was held in a hall at Nassau and Fulton Streets.  The congregation was comprised of recent German immigrants, who wished to maintain their traditions as Lutheran Christians.  The services were conducted in German.  In the early days, the church was very small, with no more than four worshippers in atttendance.  However, the congregation grew quickly, welcoming the many recent Germans who immigrated to the New York area and necessitating the move to a new home at 189 Washington Street in May 1856. Before the end of the year, the church was incorporated and purchased its permanent home at 125 Henry Street for $14,500.  The Henry Street church was originally built as a Dutch Reform church in 1839, making it the oldest church in Brooklyn Heights that is still being used.1

Pastor Friedrich Wilhelm Tobias Steimle was born in 1827 in Wurttemberg, Germany, and earned his missionary education in Basel.  He arrived in New York in January 1851, and served as an assistant pastor to Dr. Stohlmann until 1855, when he began the Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church.  He was licensed by the Ministry of New York, and helped found the German New York Synod for which he served as President for six years.  He passed away on 28 February 1880 at almost 53 years of age.2


  1. Church Marriages“, The German Genealogy Group, http://www.germangenealogygroup.com, Accessed: 2 Feb 2015.
    Nicum, John. Geschichte des Evangelisch – Lutherischen Ministeriums vom Staate New York und Angrenzenden Staaten und Ländern (History of the Evangelical – Lutheran Ministry of the State of New York and Adjacent States and countries), New York: Lutheran Church, New York Ministry, 1888, page 351, digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com/books?id=eo0sAAAAYAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s, Accessed: 2 February 2015). 
  2. Nicum, 375. 

Albert Einstein & Wife Arrive at Ellis Island

Albert Einstein photo 1920

By unknown photographer. Scientific Monthly: “Professor Albert Einstein, University of Berlin” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In honor of Albert Einstein’s birthday today (March 14th), I am writing about his arrival in the United States through Ellis Island in 1921.

Albert Einstein, a German physicist, came to the United States with his wife, Elsa, onboard the SS Rotterdam.  They arrived at Ellis Island on March 23, 1921 – he was 43 years old and she was 45 years old at the time.  The ship manifest asked a number of different questions that tell us a great deal about Einstein, his wife, and his purpose in travelling to the United States.

At the time of his arrival, he was a professor and a citizen of Switzerland, but his last known residence was Berlin, Germany.  His birthplace is recorded as Ulm, Germany  His final destination was New York, New York.  His brother, Mr. R. Einstein, was recorded as his closest living relative in his country of origin.  His brother’s address is listed as Haberlanstrasse 5 in Berlin.  His wife had no recorded occupation and was also listed as a Swiss citizen most recently residing in Berlin, Germany.  Her birthplace is recorded as Hechingen, Germany.

Einstein & his wife on the ship manifest.  www.ellisisland.org

Einstein & his wife on the ship manifest. www.ellisisland.org

Einstein's origins and closest relative in Germany

Einstein’s origins and closest relative in Germany. www.ellisisland.org

Both of them were listed as racially Hebrew, with the specifics of their appearance described as follows:

  • Albert was recorded as 5’4″, with grayish hair and brown eyes.
  • Elsa was recorded as 5’4″, with gray hair and blue eyes.
Friends: Zionist Organization of America

Friends: Zionist Organization of America www.ellisisland.org

He paid for his and his wife’s passage, and listed that he had not previously been to the United States.  His U.S. contact was listed as “friends”, with the name and address recorded as the Zionist Organization of America at 55 5th Avenue, New York City.  He planned to remain in the United States for five weeks, with no intention of becoming a U.S. citizen.

The ship’s manifest also recorded Einstein’s answers to a number of questions about himself and his wife, largely designed to make sure they were acceptable for entry into the United States.  The additional questions are:

  1. ever in prison or almshouse or institution for the care and treatment of the insane or supported by charity
  2. whether a polygamist
  3. whether an anarchist
  4. whether a person who believes in or advocate the overthrow by force or violence of the government of the United States
  5. whether coming by reason of any offer, solicitation, promise, or agreement, expressed or implied, to labor in the United States
  6. whether aliens had been previously deported within one year

Einstein would return a second time to the United States, that time to remain permanently.  In 1933, Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany, while Einstein happened to be in the United States.  He chose to remain in the United States and never returned home to Berlin.  He would later become a U.S. citizen in 1940.1

1.  “Albert Einstein.” Article. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_einstein: posted 5 November 2001, revised 13 March 2014.
Images of the ship manifest from the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.  The original passenger entry for Albert Einstein can be found here.