Submitted by Nancy Gates; abstract of pension file provided by Dorothy (Arnett) Flores.
Baltis A. Higgins, the son of David & Sarah (Anderson) Higgins, was born April 6, 1832 in Licking County, Ohio. He served in the Civil War, enlisting Aug. 15, 1862 at Newark, W. Va. when he was 30 years old. He served under Capt. Stoddard in the 11th Volunteer Infantry, Company 'F' and was discharged with a disability April 17, 1865 at Cumberland Maryland. On his discharge papers, he was listed as six feet tall, with dark eyes and dark hair.He listed his home as Dundas, Vinton County, Ohio.
On Nov. 3, 1861 in Ritchie County, W. Va., Baltis married Emily Bird Hardin. At the time of his marriage, Baltis resided in Wirt County, W. Va. (Emily’s maiden name has been found as Harden and Haren. Also found listed as Emily Birch.) Emily, born Dec. 6, 1830 in Barbour County, W. Va., was the daughter of Absalom and Jane (Watts) Hardin.
In 1890, while living in Coalton, Jackson Co. OH, Baltis wrote an affidavit for Elizabeth Tennant, widow of Samuel Tennant, for a Civil War pension. In April of 1890 he wrote an affidavit for John A. Arnett’s war pension. (#739.668) In said document, Baltis stated that he was a nurse at the hospital in Parkersburg WV for part of the war.
Baltis died May 6, 1906 in Ada, Hardin County, Ohio. Emily died August 15, 1896 in Coalton, Jackson Co. Ohio. Both are buried at Coalton Cemetery, Coal Twp., Jackson County, Ohio No death date on Baltis’ stone. The birth dates for both are on the stone.