James Winters

Affidavit for Pension Application



special notice- the civil officer before whom this affidavit is executed should be careful to fill in all spaces, both in the caption and jurat.

               general affidavit

State of Tennessee, County of Hamilton, ss:


In the matter of restoration of the name James Winters to the pension rolls

on this 8th day of August, a. d. 1901, personally appeared before me a notary public in and for the aforsaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths Joseph a. Mysinger aged 54 years, a resident of Igous ferry in the county of Hamilton, and the state of Tennessee whose post-office address is Igous ferry well known to be a reputable and entitled to credit, and who being  duly sworn, declared in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:

 That he is well acquainted with claimant James Winters and lived a near neighbor to said winters since he could remember. Affiant knows that the claimant was always loyal to the government and never gave volunteer aid and comfort to the confederate cause. he remembers that while the war was going on about dec1862, said winters was at his father's house near Soddy Tenn when the rebel soldiers came to the house after said winters and my father they saw the soldiers turn enough to run and the soldiers persued them (running?) as they went. the soldiers captured both winters and father. they took my father off but turned him loose next day as he was over confederate age winters was taken on but deserted and returned in a few months & and hid out in the gulch until the federals come in.

 affiant further declares that he has no interest in said case and is not concerned in its prosecution.

........                                   Joseph A. Mysinger

........                                    ( signatue of affiant)

( if affiant signs by mark, two witnesses who can write sign here)


 Notorized Sept 25 1901-the date stamped



office of pension, back pay, bounty and property

L. B. Jones claims prosecuted successfully

pension claims attorney my fees depend upon the success in all cases

clients are expected to keep me whole in the matter of postage

                      Chattanooga, Tenn., June the 30th 1902

( faded) E. F. WARE.

  Commissioner of pensions

           Washington, D. C.




                      James winters, late of Co A 6th regt tenn mtd infantry, was a pensioner at the rate of six dollars per month, under the act of June the 27th 1890, certificate no. 822182.


He was dropped from the rolls upon the alleged round that he rendered volunteer service in the confederate army. at this stage of the proceedings he employed me, and i filed a declaration for his restoration to the pension rolls, and in connection therewith, submitted the affidavits of Isaac Lewis, James Lewis, Jerome Lovelady, William Lovelady, and R. M. Dyer, to the effect that claimant was an original union man, that he was in hiding in the mountains to evade conscription, when forced by hunger to come to the valley for provisions, was seen by some confederate soldiers to enter a farm house , when they surrounded the premiss, and clamant was fleeing across the fields to the woods, was fired upon and captured, and taken to Chattanooga and cast into prison. claimant remained in prison for several (can't read) when he was taken under guard to mobile ala, and placed in a (can't read), remaining with it only about five or six weeks , when the battery was ordered to Virginia , and while passing near clamaints home, he deserted and was the last the conferderacy ever saw of James Winters under their jurisdiction.

    The said winters joined the U. S. army, the very first opportunity and has an honorable discharge there from. now what is in this record that would indicate , even remotely, that the claimant rendered volunteer service in the confederate army?

                 It don't require a very discriminating mind to know , that it was because he would not volunteer in the confederate army that he was shot at and put in jail, and treated otherwise so harshly.

niether the claimant or myself, have been notified of any action taken by the pension bureau, since the filing of the proof above indicated, but the enclosed letter from judge moon, to the claimant, would seem that they have been

 now if the proof filed by me has been considered in connection to with this case, and adverse action to claimant has been taken  may i ask the character of proof, and what amount will it require to restore this old soldier to the pension rolls, if proof will do it at all.

           I am very respectfully

                 your obedient servant.


                         ( signed)

                    L. B. Jones.

( stamped)

appointmed union?

Jul 3 1902

bureau of pensions  


Department of the Interior

James Winters

Co. A, 6 Reg't Tenn Mtd Inf.

Bureau of Pensions,

Washington, D. C., April 19,1898



 Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.

    Very respectfully,




James Winters


Hamilton Co., Tenn


No.1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife’s full name, and her maiden name. Answer. yes  E. L. Winters maiden name E. L. Morgan

No.2. When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer. Yes June 12,1892 Dayton Tenn by Wm Morgan J. P.

No.3. What record of marriage exists? Answer. County record & family record

No.4. Were you previously married? If so please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. Answer.  Yes Sophia Morgan died Dec 26,1885 at Daisy Tenn

No.5. Have you any children living? If so please state their names and the dates of their birth. Answer. H. D. Winters borned Oct 8 1858

Harriet S. Winters borned May 2 1868

J. W. Winters borned Jan 17 1871

Provy J Winters borned March 9 1875

Olley Winters " March 14 1878


Date of reply, April 25, 1898

                 James Winters



 James Winters was eventually restored to the pension rolls. He passed away in 1906 and is buried in Poe Cemetery, Daisy, TN.

Transcribed and submitted by April Mast.