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Died: 14 December, 1927



William J. Trantham

Confederate Pension Application #10960

Hamilton Co., Texas


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Applicant: William J. Trantham, Hamilton Co. Olen, Texas Approved: Sept 15, 1905 by E. A. Blomes, Pension Clerk. Approved J. W. Stephens, Comptroller.

Application of Indigent Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy for pension under the Act of May 12, 1899, Hereafter use no other blank but this: Form is left blank to:

APPLICATION of Indigent Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy for Pension under the Act of May 12, 1899. Hereafter use no other blank but this.

THE STATE OF TEXAS, County of Hamilton}To the Honorable County Judge of Hamilton County, Texas. Your petitions, William Jackson Trantham respectfully represents that he is a resident citizen of Hamilton County, in the State of Texas, and that he makes this application for the purpose of obtaining a pension under the act passed by the Twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Texas, and approved May 12, 1899, the same being an act entitled " An act to carry into effect the amendment to the Constitution of the State of Texas, providing that aid may be granted to disabled and dependent Confederate soldiers, sailors, and their widows under certain conditions, and to make an appropriation therefore," and I do solemnly swear that the answers I have given to the following questions are true.

Q. What is your name: Answer- William Jackson Trantham

Q. What is your age: Answer - sixty years old

Q. In what county do you reside? Answer - Hamilton

Q. How long have you resided in said County and what is your post office address? Answer - I had lived here about two years then moved to East Texas and then back to Hamailton Co. where I have resided about six months.

Q. Have you applied for a pension under the Confederate Pension Law heretofore, and been rejected: If so state when and where. Answer - No I have not.

Q. What is our occupation if able to engage in one? Answer - farmer

Q. What is your physical condition? Answer - Aged and infirm, palzied, and hard of hearing, piles and rheumatism.

Q. If your physicial condition is such that you are unable by your own labor to earn a support, state what caused such disability. Answer - I think, Piles caused by riding in army and the reumatism caused by exposure.

Q. State in what company and regiment you enlisted in the Confederate army, and the time of your service. Answer - Co. B. 2nd. Ark. Cavalry - Served from 1862 to the close of war.

Q. State whether or not you have received any pension or veteran donation land certificate under any previous law, and if you answer in the affirmative state what pension or veteran donation land certificate you have received. Answer - none

Q. What real and personal property do you now own, and what is the present value of such property? Give list of such property and value. Answer - I own no real estate. I have two mules, worth about $50 or $60 each.

Q. What property, and what was the value thereof have you sold or conveyed within two years prior to this application. Answer - none

Q. What income, if any, do you receive? Answer - None, except what little I can earn by labor, I have no education.

Q. Are you in indigent circumstances; that is, are you in actual want, and destitute of property and means of subsistence? Answer - Yes I am.

Q. Are you unable by your labor to earn a support? Answer - Yes, I am not able to work.

Q. Have you transferred to others any property of value of any kind for the purpose of becoming a beneficiary under this law? Answer - No.

Q Have you been continuously since the first day of January, 1880, a bona fide resident citizen of this State? Answer - yes.

Wherefore your petitioner prays that his application for pension be approved and that such other proceedings be had in the premises as are required by law.

(Signature of Applicant) William J. (his X mark) Trantham

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th. day of December, 1904.

J. W. Warren County Judge Hamilton County, Texas



J. W. Warren, County Judge of Hamilton County, State of Texas , on this day personally appeared R. A. Trantham and C. E. Needham who are personally known to me to be credible citizens, who being by me duly sworn on oath, state that they personally know William Jackson Trantham the above named applicant for a pension, and that they personally know that the said William Jackson Trantham is unable to support himself by labor of any sort.

Witness of Signatures Of witnesses: S. A. Clark & J. T. Dumsters:

(Signature of Witness) R. A. Trantham ( his X mark)

(Signature of Witness) C. E. Needham (his X mark)

J. W. Warren County Judge Hamilton County, Texas (seal]



THE STATE OF TEXAS, County of Hamilton] Before me. J. C. Rodgers a Notary Pubic of Hamilton County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared Dr. W. E. Hubbert, who is a reputable practicing physician of this County, who being by me duly sworn on oath, state that he has carefully and thoroughly examined William J. Trantham, applicant for a pension, and finds him laboring under the following disabilities which render him unable to labor at any work or calling suficient to earn a support for himself: Diabetas, Rhuemtism,(Deformans Lespress ?).

(Signature of Physician) W. E. Hubbert M.D.

J. C. Rodgers, Notary Public Hamilton Co., Texas



STATE OF TEXAS, County of Hamilton}I, J. W. Warren County Judge of Hamilton County, State of Texas, do hereby certify that on the 2nd. day of March, A.D. 1905, before me came on to be heard the application of William J. Trantham for a pension under the confederate Pension Law of this State, approved May 12, A. D., 1899; that the answers of said applicant to the questions propounded were made under oath as the same appear in writing in the foregoing application; that the affidavits of the witnesses who are credible citizens were made before me as the same hereinbefore appear, and that the foregoing affidavit of Doctor W. E. Hubbert who is a reputable practicing physician of this County, was made before me. I also certify that the said applicant William J. Trantham, is not an inmate of the Texas confederate Home, or otherwise disqualified under the provision of Section 12, of the confederate Pension Law. I further certify that after considering all the proceedings had before me relative to the said application for a pension by the said William J. Trantham I find the said applicant is lawfully entitled to the pension provided by the Confederate Pension Law of this State, and I hereby approve said Application. Witness my hand and seal of office at Hamilton this 2nd day of March, A. D. 1905.

J. W. Warren County Judge Hamilton County, State of Texas

Witnesses Signature and Mark, A. H. Watson H. L. Brewer (seal)



Austin Texas August 16, 1905.

William J. Trantham - Co. B, 2d Regt. Ark. Cav., C. S. A.

Comptroller, State of Texas, request military record of the above named man.

Received, M.S.O. Aug 20, 1905

Respectfully returned to: The Comptroller, State of Texas, Austin

The name William J. Trantham has not been found on the rolls, on file in this office, of the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, C.S.A.

The name W. Trantham, also borne W. J. Trantham, appears as that of a member of Company B. 2nd Arkansas Regiment, on the rolls of prisoners of war at Alton, Illinois, which show that he was captured December 5, 1862, at Oxford, Mississippi, and was sent to City Point, Virginia, where he was paroled for exchange April 1, 1863. No further record of him has been found. H. C. Amsworth, The military secretary.


The State of Texas County of Hamilton}Before me the undersigned authority, on this day personally appeared Mrs. S. A. Mann and Mrs. Francis Hellums both known to me to be credible persons, and after being by me duly sworn, they and each of them, depose and say that they know William J. Trantham and have known him from his boyhood, and that they know that he volunteered in the Confederate Army in March 1862 and that the son of the first witness and brother of the last witness to wit: Augustus Mann, also; joined the Army. That they volunteered under the command of Lieutenant Tom Owens, Second Arkansas Cavalry. That William J. Trantham came home during the War, and then returned to the Service where he remained until the close of the War. The first Witness says, I am seventy eight years old, and the second witness says that I am (50 or 80?) years old. And both of said witnesses, say that they nor either of them have any claim or interest in the Pension claim of the said William J. Trantham.

Signed: S. A. Mann & Francis Hellum. Sworn to and subscribed before me the -- day of December, 1904. J. W. Warren - Co. Judge, Hamilton, Co., Texas.



THE STATE OF TEXAS, County of Hamilton}I, G. M. Barrow do hereby certify that I am the person to whom is entrusted the paying of the accounts and indebedness of the late William J. Trantham, who was a pensioner of the State of Texas, and whose file number was 10960 and whose original county was Hamilton.

The said pensioner William Jackson Trantham, died on the 14 day of Dec., 1927, in the town of Hico County of Hamilton, Texas

The pensioner died in the home of R. A. Trantham who was related to the pensioner as son.

That the warrant, which application is hereby made for, shall be applied to paying all or part of the funeral expenses incurred by the said pensioner William Jackson Trantham.

I further certify that the warrant for the current quarter has not been cashed by the pensioner, to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I am related to the pensioner as Friend & Funeral Director that my post office address is Hico, Texas.

Signed: G. M. Barrow - Sworn to before me this 19 day of December, 1927.

Signed: Aften Aycock, Notary Public in and for Hamilton Co., State of Texas.



I, Dr. W. E. Russell, do certify that I am a practicing physician, and that I attended William J. Trantham in his last illness, and am of the opinion that his ailments were Brights Disease.

I further certify that I am of the opinion that the Mortuary Warrant above requested should be issued in the name of the aforementioned applicant, in accordance with Act passed by the Thirty-eighth Legislature and approved March 2, 1923.

Signed: Dr. W. E. Russell M.D. Physicians address: Hico, Texas.

Shared by Doris Irons Greer 





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