From Declaration For Widow's Pension:
State of Texas County of Wise, ss:
On this 20?/26? day of December A.D. 1900. . .Mrs. Mary C. McGeehee (sic), aged 56 years, a resident of Alvord, County of Wise State of Texas. . .that
she is the widow of John McGehee (sic), who was enrolled under the name of John McGehee at _______(blank) on the 1 day of December, 1862 as a Pvt. in
Co. C--2nd Ark Inf. Vols.. . . and was honorably discharged on the 8 day of August 1865 and who died at Western Branch of National Home for Disabled
Soldiers at Leavenworth, Kansas on the 7 day of February 1898.
That she was married under the name of Mary C. Gasperson to said soldier at Lawrence Co., MO on the 2nd of November 1872 by Brass Patton; that there was
no legal barrier to the marriage and that she had been previously married; that the soldier had not been previously married.
Claimant's former husband died in Lawrence Co., MO about last of October 1871.
From another sheet in file dated October the 3 1916---(partially typed, partially handwritten):
I am 72 years of age , having been born in Franklin Co., MO, 1844, at Abnion? Post Office. my memory isnt Good have almost forgot I am entitled to the increase of pension provided by the first section of the Act of September 8, 1916
Signature Mary C. McGehee
(Post-office address) Alvord
R. 4 Box 88 Texas
written by my daughter
Other affidavits dated 26 Mar 1901, were signed by: Joel C. Inman, aged 54 years of Boyd, Wise Co., TX and Aaron Pruitt, aged 62 also of Boyd, Wise
Another sheet gives the information that Mary C. McGehee died December 13, 1916; signed by L. E. Tibbets of Alvord, TX, & Edd Collins of Alvord, TX.
From Statement of Attending Physicians:
date of pensioner's death: December 13, 1916
nature of disease from which pensioner died: "Old age and Rheumatism Suffered for last 20 years with Arthritis Deforment"
signed J. T. Sparkman, MD
(On the cover sheet of NARA records, John's name is spelled McGee. Probably neither he nor Mary could write, they always signed with an "x".)
From 1890 Lawrence Co., MO census: Names of Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines and Widows:
family No. 62 John L. McGehee Pvt. Company C 2 Ark
address: Red Oak, Lawrence Co., MO
1880 Census: Lawrence Co., MO Green Township
McGeehe (sic), John L. age 34
Mary C. 36
Samuel 4/12 Jan.
1910 Census: Wise County, TX Justice Precinct 2 family # 54
New, John head age 32 TN TN TN
Lula wife 28 MO AL MO
Bessie daughter 7 TX TN MO
(can't read name) daughter 5 TX TN MO
Audra? daughter 2 TX TN MO
McGee (sic) Mary mother in law 65 MO AL AL
family # 22 is family of John G. Gasperson---think this is the son of Mary and first husband Van Gasperson
On the rootsweb site for Wise County, TX, I found the following burials in
Ball Knob Cem.:
Gasperson, John G.
+ more Gaspersons---don't know the exact connection yet.
Alvord, TX cem:
New, John T. July 23, 1877-Aug 28, 1947
New, Lula E. March 24 1882-Feb 16, 1963
Pleasant Grove Cemetery Wise Co., has several INMAN burials including Joel C.
Submitted by Janice Arnall