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Thaddeus J. Bisbee Civil War Pension File

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[Bureau of Pensions]

Thaddius J. Bisbee stood 5'-8" and weighed 142 lbs. He enrolled on 2 August 1862 as a Private in Company D, 114 N. Y. Volunteers. He was discharged on 8 June 1865 at Washington, D.C.

Thaddius applied for disability pension in July of 1890, claiming rupture and rheumatism. He received 12$ per month until his death, 3 July 1894, at which time he had lived in Franklin, Nebraska for eleven years. His funeral was held at the Congregational Church in Franklin and the sermon was given by its pastor, George W. Mitchell.

In July 1894, his wife, the former Caroline Mariah Maxfield, filed for widow's accrued pension and received $8 per month until her remarriage in 1895. Her application shows she and Thaddeus were married by Elder Putnam on 7 October 1848 at Log City (Eaton), New York. In an attached affidavit, her eldest son Harvey Bisbe states "Our name is spelt Bisbe (and) if it is spelt any other way it is the falt of the riter."

In 1895, Caroline Bisbee marries Christopher C. Gooding at Bloomington, Nebraska. Christopher was somewhat of a Western legend whose exploits were featured in local newspapers. In 1896, Caroline, Christopher, and several of her grown children move to Canon City, Colorado. Contained in the pension records is Caroline's statement regarding the spelling of the Bisbee family name: "The name 'Bisbe' is often spelled and written Bisbee ending with ee, but Bisbe is undoubtedly the correct way of spelling the name, as I find it so written by said Thaddeus J. Bisbe in his own hand writing in our family record in our family Bible, and also written on other occasions and places such as legal papers which are now before me at this writing; and the name is spelled 'Bisbe' in his Discharge from the U.S. Army dated June 18th, 1865, which is also now before me. I do not remember of ever seeing Thaddeus J. Bisbe write his surname Bisbee, although we lived together, being husband and wife for forty-five years."

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