John Curl son of Jeremiah and Lucretia Curl was in the 48th AL Infantry, Co. F. He enrolled as a private in Blountsville, April 10, 1862. His military records state he was born in South Carolina, was a blacksmith, married and resided in Blountsville. He was discharged 1 June 1862, Auburn, AL.
John Lewis Curl, according to her Confederate widow's pension application, Telitha reported her husband died 22 Mar 1898; she claimed he was a private in Company F; however, his service record was not found in the Compiled Service Records. Telitha claimed she was born 12 May 1823 in Blount County; she reported she married John L. Curl 30 Jul 1843 (county not reported); application witnesses included J.P. Curl, A.J. Sims, and John McCoy, all of Cullman County; pension was approved. However, Telitha was dropped from the rolls in 1913. The War Department found: The name John Curl has not been found on the rolls of Company F, 46th Alabama Infantry, CSA.
State of Alabama, Cullman County: Before me, R.I. Burke, for Cullman County, personally appeared John McCoy, who being duly sworn, deposes and says that he knows of his own personal knowledge that John Curl in April 1862, at Blountsville, Ala., Enlisted in Capt. Ellis' Co. "F" 48th Ala. Infantry; that the said John Curl was with his regiment until the latter part of Aug. or 1st of Sept. 1862, when he was discharged as unfit for military duty; that the said John Curl was never a member of the 46th Ala. Regiment, and that he did not desert the service of the Confederate States or the State of Alabama. [signed x his mark] John McCoy.
Letter to Hon. F.S. Ferguson, dated Cullman 12 Apr 1914: Dear Sir: Mr. John Curl was in to see me on April 1st., and informed me that his mother was not able to make the trip to Cullman to make affidavit in answer to the citation issued to her to show cause why her name should not be dropped from the pension roll, signed the 23rd day of March 1914 by yourself; that he would bring the old lady in as soon as she was able to make the trip. Mrs. Curl's condition has been such that she has been uable to come to Cullman, or in fact, to be moved at all, and therefore, cannot make any affidavit in response to said citation, but she herewith submits to you for your consideration the affidavit of John McCoy, which she asks that you consider, and also to set a future date for the hearing of said cause, and notify her of such date. Yours very truly, [signed] R.I. Burke, Judge of Probate.
State of Alabama, Cullman County: I, R.I. Burke, Judge of Probate within and for said State and County, hereby certify that the condition of Mrs. Talitha Curl is such that she is unable to come from her home to Cullman for the purpose of making an affidavit in answer to citation to show cause why her name should not be dropped from the pension rolls. I further certify that Mrs. Curl has not remarried since the date of the death of her husband. Witness my hand and seal, this April 11, 1914. [signed] R.I. Burke, Judge of Probate.
The State Pension Board ruled 13 Apr 1914: Mrs. Curl offers the affidavit of John McCoy which shows that her husband John Curl enlisted and served in Co. F. 48th Ala. Infantry. Considering the age and infirmity of Mr. Curl as shown by the letter of Judge Burke, I recommend that the case [be continued?] to afford her time to [provide?] another witness.
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