Civil war widow's pension file of Nancy J. Gay, widow of William
Washington Gay. William W. Gay served in Co. K of the Texas Infantry
Reg't., Confederate Army.
Used with permission of Candace
August 14, 1899
State of Texas, Hopkins County
To the Honorable County Judge of Hopkins County, Texas
Your Petitioner, N. J. Gay respectfuly represents that she is
a resident of Hopkins County in the State of Texas, that she is
the widow of W.W. Gay, deceased, who was a Confederate soldier,
and that she makes this application for the purpose of obtaining
a pension as the widow of the said W.W. Gay, deceased, under the
act passed by the twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Texas,
and approved on May 12, 1899.....and I do hereby solemly swear
that the answers I have given to the following questions are true,
and that I am unable to appear before the Judge to make this application.
1. What is your name: N.J. Gay
2. What is your age: 63 years old
3. In what county do you reside: Hopkins
4. How long have you resided in said county and what is your
post office address: 43 years, P.O. Pickton, Texas
5.Have you applied for a pension under the Confederate Pension
Law heretofore and been rejected? No.
6. What is your occupation if able to engage in one: Housekeeping
7. What is your physical condition: Suffering a great deal with
Rheumatism and ??
8. What was the name of your deceased husband: W.W. Gay
9. Were you married to him anterior to March 1, 1866, if so,
on what date were you married to him and where: Yes, in June 1865
in Rusk Co., Texas
10. What was the date of his death: July 2, 1878.
11. Are you unmarried and have you remained unmarried since the
death of your said husband for whose services you claim pension:
12. State in what company and regiment your deceased husband
enlisted in the Confederate Army and the time of his service therein:
Capt. Minter's Company, Walterhouses Regiment; he served about
13. If your deceased husband served in the Confederate Navy,
state where and when and time of such service: He did not serve
in the Navy
14. State whether or not you have received any pension or veterans
donation land certificate: I have not received any pension or
Veterans Donation Land Certificate.
15. What real and personal property do you now own and what is
the present value of such property: 44 acres of land worth $400.
One cow and calf worth $25. Household goods worth $50.
16 .What property and what was the value thereof have you sold
or conveyed within two years prior to the date of such property
and value: None
17. What income, if any do you receive: Nothing except my little
18. Are you in indigent circumstances, that is, are you destitute
of property and means of subsistence: I would be but for the aid
of my son.
19. Are you unable by your labor to earn a support: Yes.
20. Did your deceased husband ever desert the Confederacy: No.
Wherefore, your Petitioner prays that her application for pension
be approved. N.J. Gay (X, her mark)
Sworn to and subscribed before J.F. Smith, a Notary Public in
and for Hopkins County, Texas.
Aug 14, 1899
Affadavit of J. R. Gay, a witness
State of Texas, Hopkins County
Personally appeared, J. R. Gay, a credible citizen, who being
duly sworn on oath, states that he personally knows Mrs. N.J.
Gay, applicant for pension, the widow of W.W. Gay, deceased, and
that he personally knows that W.W. Gay enlisted in the service
of the Confederacy and performed the duties of a soldier, and
further knows that Mrs. N.J. Gay, widow of said W.W. Gay, is unable
to support herself by labor of any sort.
J. R. Gay
T.L. Simms, witness
Certificate of County Pension Commissioners
State of Texas, Hopkins County
We, the undersigned members of the Commissioners Court of Hopkins
County, State of Texas, hereby certify that the foregoing application
of N.J. Gay, widow of W.W. Gay, deceased, for pension, together
with the proof thereof, was submitted by Hon. H.C. Conner County
Judge of Hopkins County to the Commissioners Court of Hopkins
County at a regular term thereof on the 17th day of August 1899
and after a careful consideration of the same we find the applicant
is lawfully entitled to pension provided by the Confederate PensionLaw
of this State and hereby approve the application. Witness our
hands and seals at office of Sulphur Springs, this 17th day of
August 1899. N.T. McDonald, Dist. 1 T.L. Simms, Dist. 2, R.C.
Smith, Dist. 3, R. Carpenter, Dist. 4
June 21, 1919
From: J.F. Threatt, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 6
Pickton, Texas (Hopkins)
To: Mr. M.B. Terrell, Austin, Texas
This is to notify you that N.J. Gay, the Pensioner whose application
is No. 2013, died June the 17th and her son Mr. A.S. Gay of Como,
Texas, ask that you send him papers to make application for the
$30. Mortuary Wararnt. Respectfully Yours, J.G. Threatt
June 29, 1919
To: Mr. A.S. Gay
Dear Sir, replying to your favor of June 21. I am enclosing Murtuary
Application blanks, account of the death of N.J. Gay, Confederate
Pensioner. Please have these filled out and return to this Dept,
when a Warrant for $30 will be issued and mailed to your address.
Yours truly, Comptroller, TX.
July 2, 1919
To: A.S. Gay of Como, Texas
Itemized Account: Coffin, $30.50 for N.J. Gay, who died June
17, 1919. The above account is due and unpaid. A.S. Gay Application
for Mortuary Warrant
State of Texas, County of Hopkins
I, A.S. Gay, do hereby certify that I am the person to whin is
entrusted the paying of accounts and indebtedness of the late
N.J. Gay, who as a pensioner of the State of Texas whose file
number is 2013, and whose original county is Hopkins. The said
pensioner died on the 17th day of June 1919 in the town of Pickton,
county of Hopkins, Texas. That the warrant which application is
hereby made shall be applied to paying all of part of the expenses
incurred by the said pensioner for burial. I am related
to the pensioner as her Son, that my home is in the town of Como
in the County of Hopkins County, Texas, that my post office address
is Como, Texas.
Certificate of Physician
I, H.S. Taylor, do certify that I am a practicing physician and
that I attended N.J. Gay in her last illness and am of the opinion
that her ailments were Uremia, General Toxemia. I further certify
that I am of the opinion that a Mortuary Warrent should be issued
to the above named applicant. H.S. Taylor, Physician, Pickton,
NOTES: William W.Gay is buried at the Woodland Cemetery in Hopkins
Sources: Hopkins County, Texas Confederate Burials and cemetery
GAY, WILLIAM WASHINGTON CO K 19th TEXAS INFANTRY WOODLAND CEMETERY
JUN 2, 1834 -JUL 2, 1878
Woodland Cemetery Records, Hopkins County, TX
Gay, N. J. - b. 10 Sept. 1836, d. d. 17 June 1919
Gay, W.W. - b. 2 June 1834, d. 2 Jly. 1878, hus. of N. J. Gay