National Archives, Washington, D.C.,
Military Pension Records
Declaration for Arrears of Pension
First applied for by David Hamilton in July 1862 for Florence and William Hamilton
Thomas J.G. Hamilton then applied in March 1900 and then in August 1903 for the pension
that was due him from the death of his father in 1862 until he was sixteen on July 10, 1865
Case of George E. Hamilton No. 109553
On this 15th day of August 1903 at North Manchester, county of Wabash, State of Indiana,
before me H. N Fleming, a special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions personally appeared
Abigail Hamilton,who being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrrogatories
propounded to her during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says:
I am 63 years of age. My address is North Manchester, Ind. I am the wife of David Hamilton.
I have known Thomas J.G. Hamilton since he was seven years old. His mother went insane
when Thomas was about seven years old and I took the four children and they lived on our farm
and for a time the grandmother kept house for them. Thomas J.G. Hamilton, Delorus C. Hamilton,
Florence E. Hamilton, and Wm. Marshall Hamilton were the only four children that George E.
Hamilton had and they were all under sixteen years old when their father died in 1862.
The mother of these children died before their father. I did not know George E. Hamilton's wife
until after all the children were born but I knew George E. Hamilton before the youngest child was
born. I did not live close to them when the children were born for we lived up here in this county
[Wabash] and George E. Hamilton then lived in the southern part of the state but I knew that his
children were all under 16 years old when their father died and I also know that all the children
named were recognized by George E. Hamilton as his children. I acknowledge my signature to
this affidavit shown me. I have no interest in this claim. My answers are correctly recorded.
[signed] Abigail Hamilton
Central State Hospital
Wabash County, Indian
Number - 1289; Name - Susan Hamilton; Sex -F; Date of Admission - 12-11-1857
County Court of Commitment - Fayette; Number of Admissions - 1
Age on Admission - 32; Birthplace - Indiana; Marital Status -Married
Usual Occupation -Farmer's wife; Diagnosis -Melancholia
History: (Include dates and number of previous admissions)
Duration: 12 days
Cause: Hereditary - Exposure to cold
Disharged __6-15-1860__; Condition __Improved__; Died __Eloped__
The date on the CSH index card is rather cryptic, but it appears that Susan was
admitted on December 11, 1857 from Fayette County and was discharged some
18 months later on June 15, 1860. Her diagnosis was listed as melancholia.
The data under History is more difficult to interpret. It has under
Duration, 12 days and Characteristic as homicidal. I am interpreting
this to be that for a period of 12 days after being admitted, she was homicidal.
Under cause, it has hereditary. This appears to support my belief that
something was wrong with Susan's mother, Sarah Ross. This belief is based on
the fact that on the death of Susan's father, Joseph D. Ross, she and a
brother, who were both minors, were placed under the guardianship of a older
brother. See notes under her parents. See the Joseph D. Ross probate records.
Also under Cause, in addition to hereditary, it has exposure to cold. Since
she was admitted on December 11, 1857, it appears that the cold Indiana winter
had something to do with aggravating her condition. I wonder what they really
Under Discharged, it has June 15, 1860 and her Condition is listed as
being improved. Under died, it has "Eloped". I am not sure what this means.
I looked at the definition of eloped in the dictionary and it was:
Elope -- 1. to leap up, run away, secretly, esp. in order to get married.
2. to run away
Taking this definition literally, and reading between the lines, I would
interpret this to mean she ran away from CSH, -- escaped. If so, this
brings up a lot more questions. I am sure that there is much more to the
story, but we may never be able to find out all the details.
According to the Family Bible that was in the possession of her son, Thomas,
she died November 25, 1860. Her husband, George, and children, Thomas,
Delorus, Florence, and William were with her mother-in-law, Mary Hamilton on
June 13, 1860, when they were recorded. At that time she would have still
been at Central State Hospital. I need to look at the Fayette County Court
Records to find more details on her commitment.