John J. Standiford


Company "A" 17th W.Va. Infantry

     John J. Standiford was the son of Vincent and Louisa (Johnson) Standiford. Vincent (b 02 Nov 1816 - d 08 Apr 1877 Wetzel Co W.Va) was the son of Vincent Standiford of Maryland. John J. married Anna B. Riggs at Roberts Ridge, Marshall County, W.Va. 05 Apr 1893.

National Archives Pension File
Submitted by Blaine Standiford; transcribed by Linda Fluharty

S - 17 - W.Va.
JOHN J. STANDIFORD
Appears with rank of PVT on
Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment
of U.S. Vols. forwarded
for the 17 Reg't W.Va. Inf. Roll dated
Wheeling, W.Va. Aug 24, 1864
Where born JEFFERSON CO. OHIO
Age 18 y'rs; occupation FARMER
When enlisted AUG 17, 1864.
Where enlisted PALATINE
For what period enlisted 1 year
Eyes HAZEL; hair BROWN
Complexion FAIR; height 5 ft 7 in.
When mustered in AUG 24, 1864.
Where mustered in WHEELING
Where credited 1st CONG DIST, MARSHALL CO W.VA
MOUNDSVILLE


Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension

State of West Virginia, County of WETZEL, ss:
     On this 12 day of March, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety-two personally appeared before me CLERK of the COUNTY COURT a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid JOHN J. STANDIFORD aged 44 years who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical JOHN J. STANDIFORD who was enrolled as a Private on the 17" day of August, 1864 in Company "A" of the 17th regiment W.Va. Inft. commanded by Capt. Arthur O. Baker, and was honorably discharged at Wheeling, W.Va. on the 30" day of June, 1865..... That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Clarksburg in the State of West Virginia on or about April or May 1865, he contracted measles and caught cold on them and they settled in his eyes, resulting in the total loss of the left eye.
     That he was treated in hospitals as follows: Clarksburg, W.Va. in the month of April or May 1865.
     That he has never been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above...
     That he has not been in the military service of the United States since the 30 day of June 1865.
     That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the United States ... and that his occupation has been that of a laborer.
     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 TOTAL 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, J. S. McCuskey of New Martinsville, W.Va. his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has never received nor applied for a pension; ...

Signature of John J. Standiford
Witnesses: Jacob Koontz & A G Gilbert


Handwritten Declaration

State of OHIO, Muskingum County ss.
     In the matter of John J. Standiford, Certificate No. 849.639. Co A 17 WVa Inf.
     On this 9 day of January AD 1896 before me a Notary Public in and for said county and state duly authorized to administer oaths, personally came John J. Standiford aged 50 years a resident of Zanesville, county of Muskingum and state of Ohio and who being duly sworn according to law upon his oath says in relation to said case.
     On the day we reached Clarksburg, W.Va. the latter part of April or the first of May 1865 the Measles broke out on me and I was sent to the hospital tent where I was treated by Dr Parkinson the Regimental Doctor. We were mustered out June 30, 1865 and I was sent home a head of the Regiment by Dr. Parkinson with orders to report at Wheeling to be mustered out when the Regiment got there. I was convalescent at this time the measles being still on me. During the remainder of 1865 I was never well from the pain in my head and eyes and about the beginning of 1866 when I would hold my hand over my right eye when washing I would notice that I could not see out of my left eye as well as the other and then the sight gradually left and finally in the latter part of the summer of 1866 when I would stand looking at our open door I found I could see no light at all with my left eye and it has been the same but there have been periodical pains in that eye and left side of head and ear ever since. Both eyes were affected when I had the measles but it settled in the left and destroyed it. Overwork or heated season both would inflame and it is the same now when I get over heated I have got to quit on account of the inflammation and pain in my eyes. Can't see hardly at all. About the time we were mustered out both before and after I would feel these pains in my eyes and head but no trouble and no ache until I had the measles. And that is one reason why I attribute the loss of my eyesight to the measles. I was treated during the summer of 66 by Dr. Blackford of Belmont County Ohio for my eyes.
     I was living at the time I lost the sight of my left eye with a man named Nelson Crow then of Belmont county Ohio now a resident of Bellaire Ohio.
     This affidavit was written by H. P. Willey in my pesence and only from my oral statements made to said H. P. Willey this day and in making said statements I was not prompted or aided by printed or written statement or recital whatsoever.
My Post Office address is Zanesville, Ohio.

John J. Standiford

State of Ohio Muskingum County ss.
     Sworn to before me and subscribed to in my presence this 9 day of January A.D. 1896 and I hereby cerify that I read said affidavit to said John J. Standiford and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same and that I am in nowise interested in the prosecution of said claim.

Witness my hand and seal notoral on the day and year first above written.

H. P. Willey
Notary Public


State of West Va.
County of Wetzel, ss
     On the 4 day of Dec, A.D. 1907, personally appeared before me JOHN J. STANDIFORD, aged 62 years, a resident of New Martinsville County of Wetzel, State of West Virginia, who being duly sworn, declares that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Wheeling WVa under the name of JOHN J. STANDIFORD on the -- day of June, 1864, as a PRIVATE in Company A 17 WVa Vol Inf in the service of the United States, in the war of the rebellion, and served at least ninety days, and was honorably discharged at Wheeling on the 30 day of August 1865. That he is in part incapacitated for earning support by manual labor by reason of age.
     That he was not employed in the military or naval service prior to June, 1864.
     That he has not been employed in the military or naval service since Aug 30, 1865.
     That he is pensioned at $10 per month No. 849639.
     That he was born on the 5 day of Oct one thousand eight hundred and 45.
     That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of February 6, 1907.

     That his Post-Office address is New Martinsville, County of Wetzel, State of W.Va.

Signature of John J. Standiford
Witnesses: Foster Leap & Vincent Standiford (both of New Martinsville)


Declaration for Pension

State of West Virginia, County of MARSHALL, ss:
     On this 17 day of June A.D. one thousand nine hundred and FIFTEEN, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and State aforesaid, JOHN J. STANDIFORD, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 69 years of age, and a resident of Moundsville, county of Marshall, State of West Va.; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Wheeling, W.Va. under the name of John J. Standiford on the 30 day of August 1864 as a Private in Co A 17th Regt W.Va. Vol. Inft. in the service of the United States, in the Civil war, and was Honorably Discharged at Wheeling, W.Va. on the 30 day of June 1865.
     That he did not serve other than as stated above.
     That his occupation was FARMER; that he was born either 5th or 10th Nov 1845 in Mead Township Belmont County Ohio.
     That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Belmont County Ohio & Whetsall County & Marshall County W.Va.
     That he is a pensioner under certificate No. 849.639.
     That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of May 11, 1912 and rerating Act March 4 - 1913.
     That his post-office address is 1310 Purdy Ave Moundsville, county of Marshall, state of West Va.

Signature of John J. Standiford

S. F. Earliwine, Notary Public.


Pensioner Dropped
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Sep 5 1916
Certificate No. 849639
Class Act of May 19??
Pensioner John J. Standiford
Service Pvt A 17" WVa VI
The Commissioner of Pensions.
Sir:
I have the honor to report that the name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at $19, to June 4, 1916 has this day been dropped from the roll because of DEATH Aug 29, 1916.

John J Standiford
Moundsville WVA
849639 - - Act May.

Very Respectfully,
(illegible) Chief, Finance Division


Declaration for Widow's Pension

State of West Va., County of Marshall, ss:
     On this 14 day of Sept A.D. one thousand nine hundred 16 personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid ANNA B. STANDIFORD aged 57 years, a resident of Glendale County of Marshall State of West Va who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain pension under the provisions of the Act of Congress Approved Sept 8, 1916.

     That she is the widow of John J. Standiford who was enrolled under the name of John J. Standiford at Wheeling on the 30 day of January 1864 as a private in Co A 17th Regt W.Va. Inft and honorably discharged June 30 1865 having served ninety days or more during the late war of the rebellion. That the soldier was not in the military or naval service of the United States except as stated above....

     That she was married under the name of ANNA B. RIGGS to said soldier at near Moundsville W.Va on the 5 day of April 1893....that she has not been previously married; that the soldier had not been previously married.

     That the said soldier died Aug 29, 1916 at Moundsville, W.Va.

(no children)

     That her Post-office address is Glendale County of Marshall, State of West Va.

Anna B. Standiford

(Supporting affidavits by John & Anna Nightler; J. M. & Lulu Grandstaff.)


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