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upon whom I am dependent is

of

who has afforded me the following support. [Here describe what has been done for your support.]

(or c.) That I am disabled by reason of which said disability was not incurred while in any manner voluntarily engaged in aiding or abetting the late rebellion against the authority of the United States, but that said disability was incurred at on or about the day of 18—, in manner as follows:

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That I am married; that the maiden name of my wife was

to whom I was married at in the State of

day of A. D.

;

that my wife is now having died on the day of A. D.

at

in the State of -; that I have since remarried. That the name of my present wife is

That in support and proof of my right to pension I tender herewith, under the regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, the following evidence:

and the affidavits of That I have heretofore made application for pension or bounty land, which said claim is No.

That I am a pensioner of the United States under certificate No. at the rate of dollars per month. That since my discharge from said service I have resided as follows, to wit:

That I am not laboring under any political disabilities imposed by the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

(Claimant sign here.]

Witnesses:

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STATE OF County of
Before me,
a clerk of a court of record, on this

day of A.D. personally appeared

known to me as the person described in, and who signed and executed the foregoing declaration for pension, and whom I certify to be a credible person and of good repute for truth and veracity in the community in which he lives, who, being by me first duly sworn, deposes and says that he has read (if claimant can not read, read to him and so state in acknowledgment) the foregoing declaration and knows the contents thereof, and that all of the facts therein stated are true.

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AN ACT granting pensions to the soldiers and sailors of the Mexican war, and for other

purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension-roll the names of the surviving officers and enlisted men, including marines, militia, and volunteers, of the military and naval services of the United States, who being duly enlisted actually served sixty days with the Army or Navy of the United States in Mexico, or on the coasts or frontier thereof, or en route thereto, in the war with that nation, or were actually engaged in a battle in said war, and were honorably discharged, and to such other officers and soldiers and sailors as may have been personally named in any resolution of Congress for any specific service in said war, and the surviving widow of such officers and enlisted men: Provided, That such widows have not remarried: Provided, That every such officer, enlisted man, or widow who is or may become sixty-two years of age, or who is or may become subject to any disability or dependency equivalent to some cause prescribed or recognized by the pension laws of the United States as a sufficient reason for the allowance of a pension, shall be entitled to the benefits of this act; but it shall not be held to include any person not within the rule of age or disability or dependence herein defined, or who incurred such disability while in any manner voluntarily engaged in or aiding or abetting the late rebellion against the authority of the United States.

SEC. 2. That pensions under sectio one of this act shall be at the ra of eight dollars per month, and payable only from and after the passage of this act, for and during the natural lives of the persons entitled thereto, or during the continuance of the disability for which the same shall be granted: Provided, That section one of this act shall not apply to any person who is receiving a pension at the rate of eight dollars per month or more, nor to any person receiving a pension of less than eight dollars per month, except for the difference between the pension now received (if less than eight dollars per month) and eight dollars per month.

SEC. 3. That before the name of any person shall be placed on the pension-roll under this act, proof shall be made, under such rules and regulations as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe, of the right of the applicant to a pension; and any person who shall falsely and corruptly take any oath required under this act shall be deemed guilty of perjury; and the Secretary of the Interior shall cause to be stricken from the pension-roll the name of any person whenever it shall be made to appear by proof satisfactory to him that such name was put upon such roll through false and fraudulent representations, and that such person is not entitled to a pension under this act. The loss of the certificate of discharge shall not deprive any person of the benefits of this act, but other record evidence of enlistment and service and of an honorable discharge may be deemed sufficient: Provided, That when any person has been granted a landwarrant, under any act of Congress, for and on account of service in the said war with Mexico, such grant shall be prima facie evidence of his service and honorable discharge; but such evidence shall not be conclusive, and may be rebutted by evidence that such land-warrant was improperly granted.

SEC. 4. That the pension laws now in force which are not inconsistent or in conflict with this act are hereby made a part of this act, so far as they may be applicable thereto.

SEC. 5. That section forty-seven hundred and sixteen of the Revised Statutes is hereby repealed so far as the same relates to this act or to pensioners under this act.

SEC. 6. That the provisions of this act shall not apply to any person while under the political disabilities imposed by the fourteenth amendment to the constitution of the United States.

Approved, January 29, 1887.

[3—037 a.] MEXICAN WAR SERVICE PENSION-ACT OF JANUARY 5, 1893. DECLARATION FOR THE INCREASE OF A MEXICAN WAR SERVICE

PENSION.

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[The pension certificate should be forwarded with the application.] STATE OF County of On this day of

A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninetypersonally appeared before me, within and for the county and State aforeaged years, a resident of the

county of State of who, being sworn according to law, declares that is a pensioner of the United States, enrolled at the pension agency at the rate of $8 per month, under the act of January 29, 1887, or the act of March 3, 1891, on account of the service of in Captain

company,

Regiment, from

to 18—, in the Mexican war; and that

18–,

is wholly disabled for manual labor by reason [Here name the disabilities from which applicant suffers], and is in such destitute circumstances that $8 per month are insufficient to provide with the necessaries of life, and that believes -self to be entitled to an increase to $12 per month under the provisions of the act of January 5, 1893. That- appoints

of , county of - State of true and lawful attorney, to prosecute

claim. That post-office address is

county of State of

[Claimant's signature.] Attest:

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Also personally appeared

residing at

and residing at , persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw the claimant, sign name (or make mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with that is the identical person

represents -self to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

day of

[Signatures of witnesses.] Sworn to and subscribed before me this

-, A. D. 189–, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully

made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swear[L. s.] ing, including the words erased, and the words added, and

that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

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The post-office address (naming street and number in all large cities) of the applicant, attor. ney, and witnesses should be embodied in or accompany every application, and all evidence in each claim; and each change of residence of said parties, while communicating with the Bureau of Pensions or the pension agents, should be stated.

Pensions are, by law, exempted from any liability on account of the obligations of the pensioners, and no lien upon them can be recognized.

Testimony in support of allegations made in a declaration may be taken before any officer, whose authority and signature are duly certified, and who shall disclaim any interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of the claim.

If executed before any officer not required by law to have a seal, the official character and signature of such officer should be certified by the clerk of the county or court of record or other proper officer under his official seal.

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MEXICAN WAR.

CLAIM OF WIDOW FOR SERVICE PENSION UNDER ACT OF JANUARY

29, 1887.

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(SEE REQUIREMENTS.) STATE OF County of

On this day of — A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninetypersonally appeared before me, a within and for the county and State aforesaid,

aged years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of

deceased, who was the identical person who served under the name of

in the company commanded by Capt. in the Regiment [if in the Navy, name vessels), commanded by

in the Mexican war; that he enlisted at on or about the

day of

A. D. 18—, and was discharged at on the day of

A. D. 18—; that he also served in Capt.
Regt.

Vols.
from
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18—; that he was engaged in the following-named battles: ;

that he was otherwise employed in the military or naval service of the United States; that he also served in the war of the rebellion in Co. — Regt.,

That at the time of entering the service claimed for, her said husband was years of age, feet inches in height, with eyes, complexion, by occupation a and that he was born at

county of State of That after leaving the service he resided at

years, and at That she was married to him on the

day of

A. D. 18—, at by under the name of

-; that he had (or had not) been previously married to

who

day of A. D. 18—; that she had (or had not) been previously married to who

day of

18–. That her said husband died at

on the
day of

A. D. 18—; that she has (or has not) since remarried. That she is years of age, and was born on the day of

- A. D. 18—, at That she has been disabled since A. D. 18—, by

and the said disabilities were not incurred while voluntarily engaged in or aiding or abetting the late rebellion against the United States.

That she has been dependent for support (wholly or in part) since A. D. 18—, upon

not legally bound for her support; that she owns real estate as follows: and personal property as follows: and that her income from all sources except her own labor is

dollars per year. That she has heretofore made application for pension; that the number of her claim is

That she is a pensioner of the United States by certificate No. she has made application for bounty land, the number of her land warrant being ; that her husband did make application for pension, the number of his claim being -; that her husband was a pensioner of the United States under certificate No. -; that he did make application for bounty land, the number of his warrant being

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on the

on the

-; that

That she makes this application for the purpose of obtaining a pension under the provisions of the act approved January 29, 1887; and hereby appoints

of her true and lawful attorney. That her post-office address is No.

street, (city or town of) County of State of

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[Signature of claimant in full.]

Attest:

Also personally appeared

aged years, residing at

and aged years, residing at

persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they have known the said

for
years and

years, respectively; that they were present and saw her sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, and do believe from the appearance of said claimant, and from their personal acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

[Signatures of identifying witnesses.]

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[If either witness sign by mark two persons who write must sign here.] Sworn to and subscribed before me this

day of

A. D. 18—; and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were read and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words

added, and the words ---, erased; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

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[Official character.]

REQUIREMENTS.

A full and explicit reply is required to all questions indicated by this blank.

This declaration and all evidence must be executed before some officer authorized to administer oaths for general purposes. The official character and signature of any officer not required by law to use a seal must be certified by the clerk of the proper court, giving dates of beginning and close of official term.

Claimants under this act are entitled to pension from the day (on or after January 29, 1887) on which they become 62 years of age, or from the beginning of any period after January 28, 1887, and before arriving at that age, during which they are pensionably disabled or dependent.

The character and degree of disability, and whether it has continued in a pensionable degree since January 29, 1887, or date of soldier's death, to date of arrival at 62 years of age or to the present time, with its history from year to year, should be shown by medical evidence, if possible. This should be full and explicit, to avoid the necessity of a medical examination.

The claimant and witnesses should state, under oath, claimant's means of subsistence, whether the claimant has in possession any property, real or personal, and, if so, clearly describe the same, carefully state its value, and the annual income derived therefrom, and from all other sources, excluding income derived from her own labor. Evidence regarding property, income, and means of subsistence should cover the entire period from January 29, 1887, or date of soldier's death, to

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