CIVIL WAR PENSION PAPERS ABSTRACTS

KINCHELOE FRASHUER
PRIVATE, COMPANY E, 7th REGIMENT WV VOLUNTEERS INF.
HARRISON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

National Archives File#SC685-764, Soldier Certificate #14523

Papers ordered April 2000 by Sharon Bramhall, North Olmsted, Ohio
Submitted by Sharon Sprouse Bramhall, April 2003
bramhall@earthlink.net
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1887 Affidavit of A. S. CARDER, M. D. of Wolf Summit, Harrison County, WV
(Entire document is handwritten):

State of West Virginia
County of Harrison

In the pension claim of Kincheloe Frashuer personally appeared before me James Bumgardner, a Notary Public in
and for the county of Harrison and state aforesaid and after being duly sworn deposes and says that he has known
said soldier for the last 33 years that he was his Father’s family physician before the war of the rebellion in
the U. S. that he never knew or heard of said soldier being sick nor in any way diseased previous to his enlistment.
Deponent further says that on or about the 8th day of July 1865 that he was called on to visit said soldier and
found him very sick with jaundice that he treated him for about two months during which time he suffered very much
becoming vary weak and imatiated (sic). Deponent further states that he has often met with said soldier since and
that from his physical appearance is of the opinion that he has never recovered his health. Deponent also says
that he is in no way interested in the prosecution of this claim, and that his post office address is Wolf Summit,
Harrison County, West Va.. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 26th day of December, 1887.

(signed) A. S. Carder, M.D. (signed) James Bumgardner, Notary Public.

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January 12, 1888 - Abstract from Affidavit of JOHN H. SOMMERVILLE, Age 34, resident of Good Hope,
Harrison Co. WV

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

"State of West Virginia, County of Harrison.

In the matter of Kincheloe Frashuer, late a Private in Co. E of the 7th Reg't W. Va. Vols, for Original? in Pension. On this
13th day of January A. D. 1888, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly
authorized to administer oaths JOHN H. SOMMERVILLE, aged 37 years, a resident of _(blank)__ in the County of
Harrison and State of W. Va., whose Postoffice address is Good Hope, W. Va. and well known to me to be reputable
and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

"That I am a farmer by occupation that I have known claimant above named since 187(6)? that at time of my
first acquaintance with said claimant he was suffering from rheumatism and piles being lame having pain in parts
affected and at times having to lie on his back with feet drawn up. That since my first acquaintance with said
claimant I have lived about ¼ of a mile from him and have seen him almost daily; that in my opinion said
claimant has been unable to perform more than one half of the labor of an able bodied man by reason of said
disabilities during the whole period of my acquaintance with him as above. That my knowledge of the facts stated
is derived from personal observation, visiting him when sick, working with him, and hearing him complain.

I further declare that I have no interest in said case and am not concerned in its prosecution.

(signed) John H. Sommerville
(signed) David Hall, Notary Public

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(Following is handwritten separate page in Frashuer’s hand, circa 1888: )

"In regard to officers of Co. and comrades: The reason that I cannot furnish this evidence is Capt. Burton says that the recruits assigned to his co. were with him but a very short time and that he does not even remember them. As to affidavits of comrades
I have used due dilligence (sic) made all possible inquiries and advertised for a long time in two newspapers for names of soldiers
who served in Co. E. 7th Regt. W. Va. Inft, Vols., and have been unable to assertain (sic) where a man of said co. now is excepting SMITH STONESTREET whose evidence I have now sent, if there is any of the members of Co. E now alive I can not find them.

(signed) Kincheloe Frashuer
 
 

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January 20, 1888 - Abstract from Affidavit of WILLIAM M. WARD, Age 37, resident of Big Isaac, Doddridge Co. WV

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of West Virginia, County of Doddridge

In the matter of Kincheloe Frashuer, late a Private in Co. E. of the Reg't of W. Va. Vols, for Original? in Pension. On this 20th day of January A.D. 1888, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths WILLIAM M. WARD, aged 87 years, a resident of Big Isaac in the County of Doddridge and State of W. Va., whose Postoffice address is Big Isaac, W.Va.and well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

"…That I am a farmer by occupation, that I have known the claimant above named since 1860, that I saw said claimant immediately after his discharge from the army and he was then suffering from jaundice rheumatism and piles, being weak in back, being lame and having pains in parts affected. That since said claimant’s discharge from the army, I have lived between ½ and 5 miles from him and have seen him about twice a month on an average; that in my opinion said claimant has lost one fourth of his time and has been unable to perform more than one half of the labor of an able bodied man by reason of said disabilities during the whole period since his discharge from the army to the present time. That my knowledge of the facts stated is derived from personal observation, hearing him complain, visiting him when sick and seeing medicines he used for said disabilities also working with him."

(signed) William M. Ward

E. C. Sperry, Notary Public, Doddridge Co. WV
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(On separate small sheet):

Feb 9, 1888, Southern Division
First Call.
On Adjutant General, USA

Invalid Claim No. 627.723
Kincheloe Frashuer

  1. 7 W.Va.Vols.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Southern Div.
ACK, Exr.
No. 627.723

Kincheloe Frashuer
E. 7 W.Va. Vols. Feb. 9th, 1888

Sir:

I have the honor to request that you will furnish from the records of Kincheloe Frashuer, who it is claimed, enlisted Mar 1865 and served as Private in Co. E, 7 Reg't W. Va. Vols. , also in Co. by Capt. Burton and was discharged Wheeling W. Va., July 1865. While serving in Co. E. 7 Reg't W. Va. Vols, he was disabled by chronic diarrhea, fever, jaundice, rheumatism, and piles near Washington, D. C., May 1, 1865.

Very respectfully,

John C. Black
Commissioner
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February 20, 1888

WAR DEPARTMENT
The Adjutant General, U. S. Army



Washington, Feby 20, 1888
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.

Kincheloe Frashure , a private of Co. E. 7th Regiment West Virginia Volunteers was drafted on 15th March 1865 at Wheeling for one year and is reported on roll March and April, 1865 present. Muster out roll of Co. dated Munson Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1865 reports him mustered out that date. Return for May 1865 does not report him absent. Regimental Hospital Records not on file. ___reports of company show him: June 15/65 sick. Sent to Div.Hospital. The records of this office furnish no further evidence of disability. The name Kincheloe Frashuer is not here(?)".

R. C. Drum, Adjutant General
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March 26, 1888 - Abstract from Affidavit of ISAAC N. BURNSIDE, 45, resident of Good Hope, Harrison Co., W. Va.

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

"……That I am a farmer by occupation, that I have known the claimant above named since before the war, that I saw said claimant and soon after his discharge from the army and he was then suffering from rheumatism and piles being lame at times, having pains in parts affected and being stiff in back and joints, the piles would confine him to his bed at times. That since said claimants discharge from the army, I have lived from ½ to 7 miles from him and have seen him frequently, that in my opinion said claimant has lost one fourth of his time and has been unable to perform more than one half of the labor of an able bodied man, by reason of said disabilities during the whole period since his discharge from the army to the present time. That my knowledge of the facts stated as derived from personally observation , working with him, visiting him when confined to his room by said piles and seeing him pressing on them with his fingers as if trying to push them back."

(signed) I. N. Burnside (signed) David Hall, Notary Public

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May 4, 1889, Abstract from Affidavit of WILLIAM LANHAM, Age 48, resident of Sycamore Dale, Harrison Co. WV

COMRADES AFFIDAVIT

State of West Virginia, County of Harrison. On this 4th day of May A. D. 1889 personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, William Lanham, aged 48 years, a resident of Sycamore Dale, the County of Harrison and State of West Virginia who being duly sworn according to law states that he is acquainted with Kincheloe Frashuer applicant for Invalid Pension and knows the said Kincheloe Frashuer to be the identical person of that name who enlisted or volunteered as a private in Co. E. 7th Regiment of West Virginia Vols., and who was mustered out of service at Munsons Hill, near Washington D. C., on or about the 2nd  day of July 1865 by reason of close of the war and affiant knows further that the above named applicant had sometime in May 1865, at Munsons Hill what usually termed by the soldiery, camp fever and jaundice on which account he was sent to the hospital at or near Munsons Hill and that said attack of Camp Fever was preceded by a severe attack of chronic diarrhea. He also remembers that the applicant at that time suffered very much with his head and was very flighty and his complexion was very yellow. Affiant knows the above statements to be true because he was a member of the applicants regiment and frequently visited the hospital while and where applicant lay sick. And affiant further knows that before enlistment the said Kincheloe Frasheur was a stout able bodied man that is according to the best of his knowledge and deponent states further that the is totally disinterested in this claim. Post office address of affiant is Sycamore Dale, Harrison County, West Virginia.

(signed) William Lanham

Charles E. Stonestreet, Notary Public
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May 6, 1889, Affidavit of Kincheloe Frashuer

CLAIMANTS AFFIDAVIT



State of West Virginia, count of Doddridge, on this 6th  day of May A.D., 1889, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths Kincheloe Frashuer, aged 58 years, late Private Co E - 7th Reg’t of W. Va., Vols., applicant for Original Pension No.____, a resident of BIG ISAAC, county of Doddridge Co., W. Va. and well known to me to be reputable and entitled tin credit and who being duly sworn, declared in relation to his claim as follows: (hand written):

"That he is the identical Kincheloe Frashuer claimant in the above mentioned case.

That he is unable to furnish proof of origin of rheumatism and piles in the service for the reason that said diseases resulted from the chronic diarrhea, camp fever, and jaundice while he was in the hospital. That he went to hospital about the end of May, or beginning of June, 1865, and the regiment was mustered out on or about 9th of July, 1865, and that though he left the hospital to be mustered out with the rest of his company, he broke down on the way to Wheeling, (place of muster out) and from Grafton, W.Va., was taken home by his father.

That he is unable to furnish testimony of a surgeon for the reason that surgeon Shanor (?), the only one with the regiment at the time, is dead.

That he is unable to furnish further medical testimony as to continuance of disabilities since discharge for the reason that he has employed no physicians other than Dr. Carder who treated him for fever and jaundice from about July to Sept., 1865, and whose testimony is on file.

That he is unable to furnish testimony of a commissioned officer or orderly sergeant for the following reasons: after due dilligence _____ I cannot acertain the residences or address of either.

(signed) Kincheloe Frashuer
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December 22, 189_

Act of June 27, 1890
DECLARATION FOR INVALID PENSION

Under Act of July 1, 1890, this application may be executed before a Clerk of Court, or before a Notary Public, or any officer authorized to administer oaths who uses a seal. It may also be executed before any officer who does not use a seal; but in such a case the certificate of a Clerk of Court must be attached to the paper, showing the official chatacter (sic) of the executing officer. A general certificate on file in the Pension Office will not answer.

State of West Virginia

County of Doddridge

On this 22nd day of December A. D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety __(blank) personally appeared before me a notary public within and for the county and state aforesaid Kincheloe Frashuer, aged 60, a resident of Big Isaac, county of Doddridge Co, W.Va.…. enrolled 15 March 1865…Co. E, 7th Reg. W. Va. Inft. Vols. as a Pvt…. honorably discharged at Munson Hill, on the 1st day of July 1865. That he is wholly unable to earn a support by reason of rheumatism and piles, kidney complaint or diabetes. That his disabilities are not due to vicious habits, are to the best of his knowledge and belief permanent. That he has applied for pension under application No. 637.7223. That he is NOT a pensioner under….. That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of Act of June 27, 1890…. His post office address is Big Isaac, Doddridge Co, W. Va.

(signed) Kincheloe Frasheur.

Witnesses: Rufus A. Carder of Big Isaac
Isaac W. M. Perine of Avon, Dodd. Co.
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December 22, 1890, Abstract from Affidavit of ISAAC W.M. PERINE, Age 59, resident of Avon, Doddridge Co. WV

GENERAL AFFADAVIT

"State of West Virginia, County of Doddridge. In the matter of Pension Claim of Kincheloe Frashuer a private of Co. E. 7 Regt W. Va. Inft. Vol.. On this 22nd day of December A. D. 1890, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to adminster oaths, ISAAC W. M. PERINE, aged 59 years, a resident of Avon, in the county of Doddridge, and state of West Virginia, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declared in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

"I am now and have been acquainted with the claimant Kincheloe Frashuer ever since boyhood and from my own personal observation know that the claimant is wholly unable to earn a support by manual labor. That the said claimant has no means of support. That he complains of rheumatism, piles, kidney disease or diabetes and that these diseases are not the result of visious (sic) habits as the claimants is a sober and carefull (sic) man. I live within a half of a mile of the claimant and therefore know where of I speak."

His post office address is Avon, Doddridge County, West Virginia.

(signed) Isaac W.M. Perine (signed) E. C. Sperry, Notary Public

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December 22, 1890, Abstract from Affidavit of BENJAMIN I. WOLVERTON, Age 28, resident of Big Isaac, Doddridge Co. WV.

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

"I have been acquainted with claimant Kincheloe Frashuer ten years have lived in the same houses with claimant for five years and know from personal observation that the said claimant is wholly unable to earn a support by manual labor. And that he has no other means of support. That the claimant is suffering from rheumatism, piles, kidney trouble and diabetes, and that these diseases are not the result of vicious habits for the claimant is a sober, steady, carefull man." His post office address is Big Isaac, W.Va.

E. C. Sperry, Notary Public

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June 6, 1891: Affidavit of KINCHELOE FRASHUER

CLAIMANT’S AFFIDAVIT:

State of West Virginia, county of Doddridge, on this 6th day of June, 1891….Kincheloe Frasheur, aged 60, late private , Co. E, 7th W. Va. Vols., applicant for Original Pension No. 627,723, a resident of Big Isaac, county of Doddridge, State of W. Va., who post office address is the same.

That he claims pension under the NEW law on the following disabilities:

Diarrhea, camp fever, and jaundice contracted between Richmond and Munson hill, State of Virginia, on or about the 14th of May, 1865. Under the following circumstances: (his hand) We was on the march between Richmond and Munson Hill, Va. contracted aforesaid diseases and was sent to hospital at Munson hill, Va. ; Kidney disease contracted before I was sent to hospital at Munson hill probably about 1st of June 1865. Under the following circumstances: hospital surg(eon) treated me for kidney trouble. That he rendered military and naval service as follows: Private in Co. E. 7th Regt. W.Va. Inft. Vol., Date of enlistment March 15th 1865, date of discharge 1st day July 1865.
 (signed) Kincheloe Frashuer
(signed) E. C. Sperry, Notary Public______________________________________________________________________________

June 6, 1891: Abstract from Affidavit of SAMUEL STONESTREET, age 52, resident of Wolf Summit, Harrison County, West Virginia, also served in Company E, 7th Regiment

AFFADAVIT OF AN OFFICER, ORDERLY SERGEANT, OR COMRADE ~ as to incurrence of claimant’s disability of disabilities.

"….acquainted with Kincheloe Frashuer. … that the said Kincheloe Frashuer incurred diarrhea and camp fever & jaundice at or near Munson Hills, Virginias on or about 1st day of June, 1865, under the following circumstances: "while on the march from Richmond to Munson Hill, several of our co. was taken sick and some died of said disease.

Between the first and 15th of June 1865, claimant was sent to the hospital and was not with the co. again until we started to Wheeling, W. Va. to be payed (sic) off and be discharged. I visited the hospital while the said claimant was laying there sick with the aforesaid complaints. Claimant left the hospital a very sick man but was able to get as far as Grafton W. Va., on his way to Wheeling where we left him. He was to bad to travele farther this was on the 4th day of July 1865. I have seen him often since the war and from his looks and apearance he is a broken down man. (sic) "

That the facts are personally know to the affiant by reason of "being a private of same co. and personally present when said claimant was taken sick, and when sent to hospital also when the said Kincheloe Frashuer was left at Grafton W. Va. on his way to be mustered out of service or payed off. .. further states that he is well acquainted with the claimant having know him for 30 years…" Post office address of affiant is Wolf Summit, Harrison County, W. Va.
 (signed) Samuel C. Stonestreet 6 June 1891______________________________________________________________________________

Act of February 6, 1907 SERVICE PENSION
No. 685764

Claim of
Kincheloe Frashuer
late Pvt., in Co. E, 7th Reg't of W.Va. Inft. Vols.
Buckhannon, W.Va.

Filed by J. B. Cralle & Co.
Claim & Pension Attorneys
Cralle Building
Washington, D.C.

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March 4, 1907

Act of February 6, 1907
DECLARATION FOR PENSION
State of W. Va., County of Upshur

On this 4th day of March, 1907, personally appeared before me, a Clerk of Circuit Court… Kincheloe Frashuer, 76, a resident of Buckhannon, County of Upshur, State of W. Va…. that his personal description was as follows: Height 5’9 ½ "; complexion - light; color of eyes - grey; color of hair - light; that his occupation was farmer; that he was born June 17, 1830 at Harrison County, Va., now W. Va.; That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Harrison Co till about 1871, Doddridge Co. till June 1906; Buckhannon since. That he is a pensioner by Certificate No. 685264 at $12.00 per month.

That his post office address is Buckhannon, W. Va. Attest: (signed) Daniel Childers, S. W. Childers. and Kincheloe Frasheur.

Also appeared Daniel Childers, residing in Buckhannon, W. Va. and S. W. Childers, residing in Reger, W. Va…. he is the identical person he represents himself to be.
 (signed) Daniel Childers & S. W. Childers______________________________________________________________________________

March 12, 1909

PENSIONER DROPPED
United States Pension Agency
Washington D. C.

March 18, 1908 (sic)

Certificate No. 685764
Class - Act of Feb 6, 1907
Pensioner - Kincheloe Frashuer
Service - Pvt, E 7, WVa, V. I.

The Commissioner of Pensions, Sir: I have the honor to report that the above named pensioner who was last paid at $20 to March 4, 1909 has been dropped because of death, March 12, 1909, Very respectfully, Jno. R. King, United States Pension Agent

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SUMMARY OF CONTENTS
KINCHELOE FRASHUER CIVIL WAR PENSION PAPERS

Kincheloe Frashuer was a close neighbor and fellow soldier in the Civil War with my Great-great Grandfather John E. Smith. Frashuer was also a fellow patient along with John E. Smith in a Civil War hospital near Washington DC, and thereby witnessed Smith’s death, along with his (Kincheloe's) father who was visiting the hospital. John Smith would likely be acquainted with the same people who made affidavit in behalf of Kincheloe Frashuer in his pursuit for a war pension.

KINCHELOE FRASHUER, 58, of Big Isaac, Statement 1889
>Went to hospital beginning of May or beginning of June 1865
>Mustered out with the rest of the company about 9 July 1865.
>Left hospital with the company to return to Wheeling to receive pay, but broke down in Grafton and his father took him home.
>The only surgeon for his regiment was Shanor (?), who was now dead
>Dr. Carder is the only other doctor who treated him

KINCHELOE FRASHUER, (document of 1891):
>Became sick on the march between Richmond & Munson Hill, Virginia, and was sent to the hospital at Munson Hill. Kidney disease contracted before sent to hospital probably around June 1st.
> Hospital surgeon treated him.
>Enlistment: March 15, 1865
>Discharge: July 1, 1865
>He advertised in the papers twice to find other soldiers of his company for evidence but couldn’t find them, except for Smith Stonestreet.

KINCHELOE FRASHUER, 76, according to his Declaration of 1907:

Residences:
1830 to1871: Harrison County
1871 to June 1906: Doddridge County
1906, June to death in 1909: Upshur Co., WV - (Note:Charlotte Smith, widow of John, also lived there.

Physical:
Born June 17, 1830, Harrison County, Va. (now WV)
Height: 5’9 ½"
Complexion: Light
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Light
Occupation: Farmer
Post Office: Buckhannon, WV (1907)
Certificate Number 685764 @ $12/mo.

Pensioner dropped March 18, 1908 (sic - this date was stamped, likely clerk error-logically, should be 1909)
Date of death - March 12, 1909
Last paid $20, March 4, 1909

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Summaries from Declarations of
COMRADES

A. S. CARDER, M.D. of Wolf Summit, Harrison County physician, (1887)
>Has known Kincheloe Frashuer for 33 years (1854)
>Was Frashuer’s father’s family physician (David Frashuer)
>Was called to treat the son (Kincheloe) after he returned from War about July 8, 1865. He treated him for two months, but felt he has never recovered his health.

ISAAC N. BURNSIDE, 45, (b.ca1843) farmer, of Good Hope (document of 1888)
>Knew K. Frashuer since before the War (ca1860)
>Lived about 7 miles from him.
>K. Frashuer's likely relative

WILLIAM WARD, 37, (b.ca1851) farmer, of Big Isaac, Doddridge Co. (document of 1888)
>Knew Frashuer since 1860, lived about 5 miles from him
>K. Frashuer’s 2nd wife was a Burnsides and widow of a Ward & lived with this family for a time.

JOHN H. SOMMERVILLE, 34, of Good Hope (1888)
>Knew Frashuer since 187(6)?
>Lived ¼ mile from him

ISAAC W. M. PERINE, 59, (b.ca1831) of Avon, Doddridge Co., (document of 1890)
>Knew Kincheloe Frashuer since boyhood
>Lives within ½ mile from Kincheloe Frashuer
>He said Frashuer suffers from rheumatism, piles, kidney, diabetes

BENJAMIN I. WOLVERTON, 28, of Big Isaac, Doddridge Co., (document of 1890)
>Knew Frashuer for 10 years (1880)
>Shared the same houses with K.F. for five years (since 1885)

WILLIAM LANHAM, 48, (b.ca1841) of Sycamore Hills, Harrison County. (document of1889)
>Fellow soldier in Co. E, 7th Reg. with John E. Smith, Kincheloe Frashuer, and Smith Stonestreet
>May 1865, Frashuer had attack of diarrhea then became ill with "camp fever" and jaundice along with other soldiers, and was sent to the hospital at or near Munson Hills, at or near Washington DC.
>No mention of how long he knew K. Frashuer

SMITH STONESTREET, 52, (b.ca1839)of Wolf Summit, Harrison County (document of 1891)
>Fellow Soldier in Co. E., 7th Reg. with Kincheloe Frashuer, John E. Smith, William Lanham
>Knew Kincheloe Frashuer 30 years (since 1861)
>Testified that Frashuer got camp fever along with others about June 1 on the march between Richmond & Munson Hills. Between June 1-15, Frashuer was taken to hospital. Some died with this disease. Visited Frashuer in hospital & didn’t see him again until the march to Wheeling to get paid off. Frashuer was still ill and couldn’t get any further than Grafton & they left him there on the 4th of July, 1865.
>Smith Stonestreet has not been found on census records, but Stonestreets are found near Frashuers.
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NOTES
BY SHARON BRAMHALL REGARDING CONTENTS OF
KINCHELOE FRASHUER'S PENSION PAPERS

THE REASON that I ordered the pension papers of Kincheloe Frashuer from the National Archives was because of his close association to my Great-great Grandfather, John E. Smith, as determined from John Smith's pension records. Both Kincheloe Frashuer and his father, David Frashuer, testified in behalf of John's widow, Mrs. Charlotte Smith, in order that she receive a widow's pension.

JOHN E. SMITH - My great-great grandfather, Fellow soldier of Kincheloe Frashuer

Sgt. JOHN E. SMITH, 38, Civil War Soldier of Co. E., 7th Regiment, WV Vol. Inf. , under Captain Burton, commanded by Colonel Baldin, was drafted on the 15th day of March, 1865, at Wheeling, West Virginia, and mustered into service as a Sergeant to serve one year, and - but he died only three months later, leaving a wife and eight children. (Pension Application #110,432)

John Smith's pension record states he was born 22 January 1827, at "Randolph"; and died July 1, 1865, at the Division Field Hospital located "between Alexandria, Virginia and Washington DC". He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 13, Grave 12123. No information has been found on the parentage of John E. Smith of Harrison County, West Virginia, nor is it understood where "Randolph" is.

KINCHELOE FRASHUER

KINCHELOE FRASHUER (1830-1909), was born June 17, 1830, (likely) in Harrison County, West Virginia. On 22 November 1849, he married Harriet Williams in Harrison County, the daughter of George & Margaret Williams They may have separated by 1860, because he was living with William and Mary Ward at Cherry Camp, Harrison County, at that time.

Kincheloe was a boyhood friend of John E. Smith’s (1827-1865) and they even served in the same company in the Civil War. Kincheloe fell ill near the latter part of May 1865, and was taken to the Division Field Hospital near Washington, where his father, David W. Frashuer, 68, came from West Virginia to be with his ill son for a two or three week period.

When father, David Frashuer arrived at the camp, he said John E. Smith was in good health, "stout", and was almost constantly on duty - a "good soldier", the Frashuers remarked, but then John Smith suddenly "took violently sick" with a pain in his head and high fever, becoming delirious, and was put into the same hospital near Kincheloe. Kincheloe survived, but John died within a few days. Both the Frashuers witnessed John’s death and when his body was removed to the "dead house" and afterwards being placed in an ambulance and taken to the grave. It was believed that John Smith contracted "brain fever" or "jaundice", although cause of death was never stated at the time of his demise.

David W. Frashuer states in an affidavit within John E. Smith’s 1870 Civil War (widow) pension record, that John Smith was "raised near him" in Harrison County and knew him "from childhood". In 1860, Kincheloe Frazier was residing in the household of William C. and Margaret WARD in Cherry Camp, Harrison County, WV. They may have been related in some way.

At some point in time (circa 1860-1866), Kincheloe and Harriet Frashuer divorced and, after the War, they each remarried within a month of each other. On September 30, 1866, Mrs.Harriet Frashuer (40) married widower John C. STARKEY, 46, (brother-in-law of John Smith's wife); and on October 14, 1866, Kincheloe Frasure (sic), 36, son of David W. & Nancy, married Mrs. Mary A. Ward , 40 (a widow born in Harrison County), daughter of Robert and Rebecca Burnsides. Mary's fate is not known, but we know that late in life, he moved to Buckhannon, Upshur County, where he died in 1909, at age 79.