Submitted by Harry Steele
Samuel Gunn served as a private in Company A, 11th Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers. He was born 27 December 1837 to Franklin and Mary Gunn, probably in Washington County, Pa. He was married to Caroline Alley on 17 February 1859 at Burnsville, Washington County, Pa. by Rev. John Burns.
Samuel enrolled in the army 20 September 1864. While on duty near Petersburg, Va., on or about 25 November 1864, he contracted chronic diarrhea and ague - and cold which settled in his lungs resulting in permanent disease of the lungs. He was treated at hospitals in City Point, Va., and Armory Hospital in Washington City, before being discharged 27 May 1865 at Pittsburgh, Pa.
His description was: age 29; 5 ft. 8 in. tall; dark complexion, dark hair; grey eyes.
After the war he made his home in the Greene County, Pa.- Marshall County, W.Va. area until 1881 when the family moved to Calhoun County, W.Va. Around this same time Samuel Gunn filed for and received a pension for the health problems contracted while at Petersburg, Va.
Sometime around 1890 Samuel went to the Wheeling area to work. He died at the home of a daughter, Hannah Etta Crupe, in Washington County, Pa., 22 January 1910. He is buried in the West Middletown Cemetery in Washington County, Pa. His wife, Caroline died 27 January 1917 at the home of a son, Alley Gunn, in Grantsville, W.Va. She is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Samuel and Caroline were the parents of ten children: Mary Jane, Annie L., John, Seldon L., Jesse C., Hanna E., Sarah E., Ida B., Laura I., and James E. A.
Declaration for Original Invalid Pension
State of West Virginia
On the 27th day of March, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty personally appeared before me A Pension Notary within and for the County and State aforesaid, Samuel Gunn aged 41 years a resident of the township of Richhill, county of Greene, State of Pennsylvania, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Samuel Gunn who was ENROLLED on the 20th day of September, 1864, in Company A of the 11th Regiment of Penna Inft Vols commanded by Capt. James Noble and was honorably DISCHARGED at Pittsburg Pa on the 27th day of May, 1865; that his personal description is as follows: Age: 29 years; height 5 feet 8 inches; complexion, dark; hair, dark; eyes, grey.
That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty near Petersburg, in the State of Virginia on or about the 25th day of November, 1864, he contracted Chronic Diarrhoea and Ague and Cold which settled on his lungs which resulted in permanent disease of his lungs and general debility caused by exposure while on duty lying on the ground and overexertion while on fatigue duty and building breastworks and rigours of the campaign.
That he was treated in hospitals as follows: at General Hospital at City Point, Va. About Feb 1st, 1865, for about two weeks then sent to Armory Square hospital at Washington City.
That he was not employed in the military or naval service otherwise than stated above.
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the countys of Marshall W. Va. And Greene in the State of Pennsylvania, and his occupation has been that of a Farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled a Farmer. That he is now so much disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States.
He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, Frances Barger of Deep Valley, Greene County, Pa., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received not ever applied for a Pension. That his Post Office address is Deep Valley county of Greene, State of Pennsylvania.
Claimant’s signature, Samuel Gunn
Attest: John Magee
John L. Carreen
State of Pennsylvania
County of Washington
Sworn + subscribed to before me a Notary Public this the 10th day of Mar. 1908
W. Lester Blayney
Department of the Interior
Inv. Ctf. No.238,935
A, 11 Pa.Vol. Inf
“Samuel Gunn son of Franklin & Mary Gunn was born December 27th A.D. 1837”
This certifies that the above is a true copy of so much of what purports to be the Gunn family record of births as relates to the soldier’s birth. The record is on a sheet of paper specifically printed for that purpose (presumably a sheet from the family Bible); the paper is very old, and the entries appear to have been made about the dates given. Record this day returned to the pensioner, March 21, 1908.
J. T. Allison
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C., January 15, 1898
Certificate No. 238935
Name, Samuel Gunn
In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.
H. Clay Evans
First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife’s full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Yes. Caroline Gunn Caroline Alley
Second. When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer. Feb 17, 1859 Burnsville, Washington Co. by John Burns
Third. What record of your marriage exists?
Answer. Feb 17, 1859
Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their births.
Answer. Mary Jane Gunn Nov. 20, 1859, Annie S. Gunn Aug. 6, 1861, Seldom L. Gunn Feb. 17, 1863, Jesse C. Gunn Dec. 26, 1867, Hannah E. Gunn Jan. 12, 1870, Ida B. Gunn Aug. 12, 1864, Laurah I. Gunn Nov. 8, 1876, James E. A. Gunn July 25,1879
Date of reply, _____________, 189__