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Private John Sponcler: 1915 Application for Pension

Submitted by Gary Zeller


Department of the Interior Bureau of Pensions Washington, D.C. January 2, 1915

Sir: Please answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below. The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your widow or children. Use the enclosed envelope, which requires no stamp.

Very respectfully, __________Commissioner.

John Sponcler Ritzville, Wash. 126219 act May Box 623

No. 1. Date and place of birth? Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The name of organization in which you served? Captain Buckingham’s Company "C" 1st Regiment of Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry.

No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment? Emmitsburg, Maryland.

No. 3. State your wife’s full name and her maiden name. Mary Elizabeth Houglass.

No. 4. When, where, and by whom were you married? Rev. McHarold, Clarksburg, Md, August 1, 1867.

No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage? Church was seriously destroyed by fire.

No. 6. Where you previously married? If so, state the name of your former wife, he date of the marriage, and the date and place of her death or devoice. If there was more than one previous marriage, let your answer include all former wives. No other marriage

No. 7. If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name of her former husband, the date of such marriage, and the date and place of his death or devoice, and state whether he ever rendered any military or naval service, and if so give the name of organization in which he served. If she was married more than once before her marriage to you, let your answer include all former husbands. No other marriage.

No. 8. Are you living with your wife, or has there been a separation? Wife died August 13, 1893.

No. 9. State the names and birth of all your children, living or dead.

  • Mary Fadelia Sponcler born August 29, 1869
  • Lizzie May Sponcler Born October 28, 1872
  • William Isaac Sponcler Born September 1875
  • Sarah Aberta Sponcler Born September 25, 1877
  • George Walter Sponcler Born December 19, 1879
  • John Henry Cloy Born March 7, 1885
  • Lewis Coss Born September 1, 1887
  • Cieil S. Born March 8, 1891

Date April 12, 1915

Signature John Sponcler