Mary C. Fetterman Widow's File & Jesse Fetterman General Court Martial File
Pension File W292653
Plymouth Co IA
27 Nov 1916 appeared Mary C. Fetterman, age 83, born 24 Dec 1832, widow of Jesse Fetterman of 42nd OVI Co G. She has never remarried; now receiving $12.00 per month pension. Says entitled to $20 per month. Signed, Mary C. Fetterman, Akron IA.
Notice to Creditors, in matter of estate of Mary C. Fetterman deceased. Clarence Fetterman, administrator. All persons have six months to file claims with Thomas McInery in the City of Elk Point, Union Co SD. Dated 24 Dec 1917.
Union Co SD
Clarence W. Fetterman, age 29, of Sioux Valley, PO address Richland, SD, said he was present in company with Charles A. Seamonds and Jesse Fetterman "my father" & assisted my father drive his cattle to pasture on Sunday, 12 May 1889. While walking along the public highway behind the cattle my father Jessie Fetterman fell to the earth as if in a faint. I raised his head upon my knee but saw no signs of life. With the assistance of Charles A. Seamonds, we ... under a tree, rubbed him, put cold water in his face but saw no signs of life. Sworn to 25 Nov 1889.
Affidavit to Origin of Disability
Medina Co OH
Claim of Mary C. Fetterman, widow of Jesse Fetterman, Co. G, 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Affidavit by James T. Henry of Lodi, Medina Co OH, age 60, who was 1st Lt of Co G, said that the aforesaid Jesse Fetterman complained of having rheumatism several different times while in the service with me and particularly while we were at Plaquemina LA. Dated 13 Jun 1895.
Affidavit Clay Co SD, by Charles A. Seamonds, age 16, of Vermillion SD; I was present and assisted Jessie Fetterman and C. W. Fetterman drive their herd of cattle to pasture on Sunday 12 May 1889 ... said Jessie Fetterman fell as if in a faint & expired immediately.
Plymouth Co IA
William Sayles, age 52 of Union Co SD whose post office is Akron, Plymouth Co IA, is well acquainted with Mary C. Fetterman and the Miss Charlotte Sayles who is described in the certificate of Judge John C. Grover under date 26 Dec 1890 at Medina Co OH, is one and the same person, and that the above named Mary C. Fetterman went under the name of Miss Charlotte Sayles up to the time of her marriage to said Jesse Fetterman. 2 Jan 1891.
Medina Co OH
I hereby certify that on the first day of January AD 1857, I joined together in marriage Mr. Jesse Fetterman and Miss Charlotte Sayles. J. Mattock, Minister. John T. Grover, Probate Judge, 25 Dec 1890.
Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow
24 Jan 1890, Union Co SD
Mary C. Fetterman, 56, of Richland, Union Co SD, widow of Jesse Fetterman, who volunteered at Lodi OH 12 Nov 1861 as Private in Co G, 42n OVI, under Capt. Jewett and Campbell in war of 1861-65, died after discharge of diseased contracted in service on 12 May 1889 near Richland SD. She was married under the name Mary C. Sayles to Jesse Fetterman in Jan 1857 by Joseph Matlock at Westfield OH. No previous marriages by applicant or deceased. No children under age 16.
War Dept Record
Jesse Fetterman Co. G, 42nd OVI
enrolled 12 Nov 1861
mustered out with company 2 Dec 1864
June 30, detached with seige battery; taken prisoner by the enemy near Raymond Miss; arrested for desertion.
Prisoner of War records show captured at Bakers Creek May 16, 1863. Paroled May 18; reported at Camp Chase OH Sep 12, 1863.
He deserted at Columbus, June 21, 1863; was arrested Sept 6, 1863; delivered at Columbus Sept 8, 1863. Soldier was tried by court martial convened 26 Feb 1864 and acquitted.
Court Martial RG 153 - NN 1323 Jesse Fetterman 42nd OVI
To the charge, not guilty.
General Order No. 20. A general court martial is hereby appointed to meet at Plagnemine LA on 4 Feb 1864 at 10 o'clcok AM.
Charge was desertion. Jesse Fetterman was a Private in Co. G, 42nd OVI, enlisted in US service for 3 years, was taken prisoner at Bakers Creek Miss on or about the 15th day of May 1863; paroled at Vicksburg Miss on or about the 18th day of May 1863; ordered to report to Camp Chase OH; that said Jesse Fetterman failed to report to Camp Chase OH and was thereafter arrested as a deserter in Medina Co OH by the Provost Marshal of the 18th Dist on or about the 5th day of Sept 1863, sent to Camp Chase OH.
Maj. Wm. H. Williams, 42nd OVI, was sworn and made the following statement, I was told by the Provost Marshal of the 14th Dist that the men who arrested the accused were arrested and confined for illegal arrest. That they were not Provost Marshals or Deputy Provost Marshals and were acting without proper authoryt.
John S. Waltz, Co. B, 42nd OVI, was sworn - Who were the men that arrested you? They said they were Provost Marshals from Cleveland. Were you with the accused when he was taken prisoner? Yes.
Fetterman was asked if he had any objections to any number named and answered he had none.
Documents photocopy at NARA and abstracted above.
Tom Neel, New London OH
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