A couple of months ago I wrote about going to the National Archives to find the military pension paperwork for my great-great-great grandfather, John L Gamble. (You can catch up here.)
As I looked at the incredible paperwork I kept it in the order I found it in the file. One of the last items in the file was a standard form questionnaire filled out by John L Gamble. It clearly identified his first wife and children including dates and places. The biggest find in this document is that Alice Wise had been previously married. The names of the children were confirmation of information previously found in census records. Their dates of birth is new information. The marriage information is also new to me. I wonder who has the family bible?!
This is an image stitched together from my Flip Pal scans taken back in April.
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C, January 2, 1915
SIR: Please 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 widow or children. Use the inclosed envelope, which requires no stamp.
xxxxxxxx (signature) Commissioner
John L. Gamble
2001 Perrysville Ave
N S Pillsbury Pa
No.1 Date and place of birth? Answer: John L Gamble born May 9 1839 Armstrong County Pa
The name of organizations in which you served? Answer: Company D 6 Pennsylvania V Heavy artillery
No.2 What was your post office at enlistment? Answer: Butler Butler County Pa
No.3 State your wife’s full name and her maiden name. Answer: Alice J Gamble Alice J Wise
No.4 When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer: November 14th 1865 in Butler Pa by Rev Stores
No.5 Is there any official or church record of your marriage? If so, Where? Answer: the record of our marriage is in our family bible
No.6 Were you previously married? if so, state the name of your former wife, the date of the marriage, and the date and place of her death or divorce. If there was more than one previous marriage, let your answer include all former wives. Answer: I was not Previously married
No.7 If your present wife was married before her marriage to you state the name of her former husband, the date of such marriage, and the date and place of his death or divorce, and state whether he ever rendered any miltary [sic] or naval service, and if so, give name of the organization in which he served. If she was married more than once before her marriage to you, let your answer include all former husbands. Answer: Yes James Meyers dont remember died in Pittsburgh. Don’t know the date he never rendered any military or naval service.
No.8 Are you living with your wife, or has there been a separation? Answer: yess [sic]
No.9 State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer: Margaret Gamble Margaret Thompson
were married March 31 1887 in Etna Pa by Rev S McGuire
Samuel E Gamble born August 18 1866 living
Margaret C Gamble born October 30 1867 dead
Barbara E Gamble born February 14 1869 living
William B Gamble born August 18 1872 living
Ruth E Gamble born December 14 1875 dead
children of first wife
John L Gamble