Stephen & Cynthia Sergent's Civil War Pension
Civil War Pension File
& his widow Cynthia [GRUBBS]©

The War Department's Records and Pensions Division report states Stephen Sergeant was enrolled 5 Aug 1863 in Co F of the 47th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry regiment and was mustered out 26 Dec 1864. From enrollment to Oct 31 he held the rank of private. The 31 Oct 1863 roll shows him as absent, left sick at Camp Irvin on 13 Oct 1863. "Other records furnish nothing additional bearing upon this case." Date stamped by the pension office 20 Jan 1891.

Stephen's Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension dated 5 May 1890 in Lee Co VA, lists him as age 49, height 5'6", fair complexion, black hair, blue eyes, and states that while in service at Irvin in Estill Co., Ky, on or about August 1863, he "contracted measles which relapsed resulting in disease of head neck and shoulders and deafness of right ear and from the effects of each he never recovered and in consequence of said disabilities he is very much disabled for performing manual labor. He states that since his discharge he has resided in Kentucky and Virginia and that his current post office address is Beech Springs in Lee County VA. An additional declaration states his disability as "rheumatism in the right arm, shoulder & hip; right arm has perished also deafness in right ear." He mentions his prior application number as #777288.

He was dropped from the pension rolls [certificate #593229] because of Commissioner's Order of 24 Apr 1894. No reason is given in the file for dropping Stephen from the rolls and 26 Jan 1905 he apparently applies again. He is now age 64, a resident of Cawood in Harlan County and lists his disability as "rheumatism, disease of liver, general debility & debility due to old age." He also states he was born in Harlan County. He is reinstated as of 14 Mar 1906.

Stephen Sergeant is dropped from the rolls due to his death on March 24, 1908. His widow's first application is dated 17 Oct 1908. She states that she was married to him on 13 Nov 1879 near Jonesville in Virginia; that her maiden name was Grubb; that she had never been married before but that Stephen had been. Her residence is at Cawood in Harlan County.

The file includes Stephen & Cynthia's marriage license apparently filed with her widow's application. It gives the date of the license as 11 Nov 1879 and of the marriage as 13 Nov 1879. Stephen Surgent is listed as a farmer, white, age 35 years, widowed, born in Harland County, Ky, parents: James & Rebecca Surgent. Cinthia E. Grubbs is age 25, single, born in Bristol, Tn, parents: Michael & Jinnie Grubb. The minister's return certifies that on the 13th day of November 1879, the above named parties were married by V A Woodward M.G. "at W W Woodwards gate"

Cinthia, age 54, adds that Stephen had been previously married "to Elizabeth Powell but they were divorced in Harlan Co. Ky Circuit Court on the 6th day of June 1879. She has stated none in the section for children now living under the age of 16.

Cinthia was apparently found incompetent to handle her own funds as there is a letter in the file noting that J S Farmer of Cawood was appointed 3 Mar 1913 as guardian for Cinthia, replacing L S Ledford who has resigned. The statement gives her certificate # as 673,590. By 3 May 1934, The Harlan National Bank is committe for Cinthia Sergeant when she is dropped from the rolls due to her death on 30 Apr 1934.

Also enclosed in this file is a reply from the Department of Commerce to an apparent inquiry from the Commissioner of Pensions about the 1900 census record for Cinthia, widow of Stephen Sergeant. The letter is dated 13 Feb 1929 and details a household in the White Shoals District of Lee County, Virginia, remarking "The above is probably the pensioner returned as Catherine Seargent instead of Cinthia Sergeant." The household is actually that of Catherine Blankenship Sergeant, widow of John Sergeant, son of David and Christena MORGAN SERGEANT, and he had died in 1890.

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