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PENSION PAPERS for ROBERT DUNBAR
(alias Robert Danvers)

Private, Company B, 35th US Colored Infantry
Submitted by Ray Credle, Great-Great Grandson of Robert Dunbar

 

SOLDIERíS CERTIFICATE
NO.: 853088

VETERAN:  ROBERT DUNBAR

RANK: PRIVATE

SERVICE:  COMPANY B, 35TH  U.S.C.T INFANTRY

CAN No.:  17504     BUNDLE:  34
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DECLARATION FOR INVALID PENSION
19 November 1890
STATE OF North Carolina     COUNTY of Craven



On this 19th day of November, A.D. One thousand eight hundred and ninety



Personally appeared before me a, Clerk of Superior Court, a court of

within and for the County and State aforesaid, Robert Danvers  Age 45

years, a resident of the Town of Stonewall, County of Pamlico, State of 

North Carolina, who being Duly sworn according to law, declares that he 

is the identical Robert Danvers. 



Who was enrolled on the 22 day of May 1863 in Company B 35th Regt. 

U.S.C.T. in the war of the rebellion, and served at least ninety days 

and was Honorably discharged at Charleston, SC on the 1st day of June 1866. 



That he is two third unable to earn a support by reason of Rheumatism, 

Lost of vision, partial lost of sight of the left eye and taken with 

measles at Polly Island SC in the Fall of 1863.



That said disabilities are not due to his vicious habits, and are to the 

best of his knowledge and belief permanent. That he has not applied for 

pension under any other application.



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 

June 27, 1890. He hereby appoints Fredrick Douglas of New Bern, NC his 

true and lawful attorney to execute his claim, that the sum of ten 

dollars be paid him for his services.



That his Post Office Address is Stonewall  County of Pamlico State of 

North Carolina



Signed / Robert Danvers
MILITARY SERVICE
Name of Soldier
Robert Danvers
TO: Surgeonís Office, U.S. Army 



Bureau of Pensions

No. 971992

June 9 1891 Ė Application for Invalid Pension



SIR:



It is alleged that the above named man enlisted May 22 1863 and served

as a private in Company B, 35th Regt. U.S.C.T and was discharged at 

Charleston SC on June 1 1866.



Please furnish personal description.



Signed / Commissioner of Pension
WAR DEPARTMENT
Record and Pension Division
June 10 1891
Respectfully returned to the

     COMMISSIONER OF PENSIONS.



    The roll show that Robert Danvers mentioned in the preceding endorsement

    was enrolled June 30 1883 and muster out June 1 1866



    Age: 18

    Height: 5 Ft , 5 Inches

    Complexion: Dark

    Eyes:Black

    Hair: Black

    Born: North Carolina

    Occupation: Laborer



    Signed / Surgeon, U.S. Army
Declaration for an Original Invalid Pensioner
17 July 1891
    State of North Carolina, County of Craven  SS: ON THIS 17th day of July

    AD one thousand eight hundred and ninety 1 personally appeared before me,

    a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid Robert Danvers

    aged 45 years, who being duly sworn to law, declares that he is the identical

    Robert Danvers who was ENROLLED as a Private on the 22 day of May 1863 in

    Company B of the 35th Regiment of U.S.C.T. commanded by Col. James Beecher

    and was honorably DISCHARGED at Charleston, SC on the 1st day of June 1866,

    That his personal description is as follow: Age 18 years; height 5 feet 8

    inches; complexion Dark; eyes Dark. That while a member of the organization

    aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Polly Island in the

    State of South Carolina on or about September/October 1865 he contracted

    Diarrhea & Piles by drinking bad water.



    That he contracted Rheumatism in feet & legs and right hip was by cold &

    exposure to standing mud crud water on guard at Polly Island SC & he had

    Measles at New Bern NC June 1863. I was carried on after awhile to my

    company & regiment. I was in the Hospital at Portsmouth VA. I was in the

    hospital about three weeks with measles of which effected my eyes & caused

    blindness for a while. I suffer a loss of vision of both eyes.



    That he was treated in hospital as follow: He was treated in the hospital

    Portsmouth VA, Measles and in July 1864 treated at the hospital at Polly

    Island SC.



    That he has not been employed in the military or navel service otherwise

    than as stated above. He has not been in the military service than stated

    above.



    That he has not been in the military or navel service of the United States

    since the 1st day of June 1866.



    That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in Columbia of

    Tyrrell County in the state of North Carolina, He is now in Pamlico County

    NC, and that is 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 Pvt. of Company B, 35th

    Regiment that he is now more that two thirds 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 Fredrick Douglas of New Bern NC his true and lawful attorney

    to execute his claim that he has not received but has applied for a pension;

    that his residence is P.O. Box 590 (NO of his claim pending 971992) and that

    his post office address is P.O. Box 590, New Bern NC.

S / Robert Danvars

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF PENSIONS
NO. 971992

Robert Dunbar Alias Robert Danvers



Washington D.C. April 25 1892



Sir



It is alleged that Robert Dunbar Alias Robert Danvers enlisted June 30 1863 

and served as a private in Company B, U.S.C.T. Regiment and was discharged 

June 1 1866.



It is also alleged that while on duty at Polly Island SC on or about 

September or October 1863 he was disabled by chronic diarrhea, Piles, 

Rheumatism and affection of eyes and was treated in hospitals.



In case of the above-named soldier the War Department is requested to 

furnish an official statement of the enrollment, discharge, and record of 

service so far as the same be applicable to the forgoing allegation, 

together with full medical history. Please give the rank he held at the 

time he is clamed to have incurred the disability alleged, and records 

show that he was not in line of duty during that period, let the fact be 

stated.



Signed / Commissioner
WAR DEPARTMENT
Record and Pension Division
Washington D.C.
April 26 1892
Respectfully returned to the 

      COMMISSIONER OF PENSIONS.



Robert Danvers, Private, Company B, 35th U.S.C.T Infantry Regiment was 

enrolled June 16 1863 and muster out (M.O) June 1 1866. Also known as 

Robert Dunbar and during that period the rolls show him present for duty 

except as follows:



July 30 1863 (Sick New Bern NC).

Aug 31 1863 (Sick in New Bern NC).

Dec 31 1863 (Sick Portsmouth VA)



The medical records show him treated as follow as:



Robert Dunbar

Private, Company B, 35th  U.S.C.T. Regiment 

November 1, 1865 to December 3, 1865 Scrofula (A Form of tuberculosis 

characterized chiefly by swelling). Returned to duty.



The name Robert Danvers has not been found on the rolls of Company B, 35th 

U.S.C.T. Regiment.



Signed/Surgeon, U.S. Army
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DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Pensions
Washington D.C. - November 26 1897
Certificate # 853088

Robert Dunbar

Stonewall North Carolina



Sir 

Will you kindly 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 family.



Very respectful

Signed/Commissioner  



No 1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wifeís full name, 

and maiden name.

Answer: Yes, Harrette MaCallister



No 2. When, where, and by whom were you married?

Answer: 25 November 1872, Columbia NC (Tyrell County)

By  R.R. Leresey, Columbia - Tyrell County Ė North Carolina



No 3. What record of  marriage exist? 

Answer: None That I know of. There maybe one. I will find out if requested.



No 4. Were you previously married?  If so, please state the name of your 

former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.

Answer: Never before. My present wife is the first and all.



No 5. Have you any children living? If so give their names and dates of 

their birth.

Answer: One, Mandy Dunbar, Born November 3 1878.



Signed / December 3 1897 / Robert Dunbar
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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
CRAVEN COUNTY
6 April 1899
In matter of original claim of NO# 853088 of Robert Dunbar alias Robert 

Danvars late of Company B, 35th Regt. U.S.C.T Infantry on this 6th day of 

April 1899 personal appraised before me a Notary Public only authorized 

to administer oath in and for the County of Craven and state of North 

Carolina.



Mr. Robert Dunbar alias Danvar age 52 years, Residents of Stonewall, NC 

who being only sworn according to law discloses as follows in relation to 

his original claim under general law: 



I enlisted a well and hasty young man June 2 1863 at New Bern, NC on about 

the 20th of July 1863, I was ill with fever. On July 30 1863 my company and 

regiment left New Bern for Polly Island South Carolina. I was sick with 

fever and was sent to the hospital and could not go. I was with John Roe of 

Company A 35th Regt. U.S.C.T. and the others sick in the hospital. When 

released from the hospital we were detached to the 36th U.S.C.T. Regt. 

Commanded by Col. Grafer and were carried to Portsmouth, VA. On or about the 

month of September 1863. Then I became ill with measles, diarrhea and piles. 

I became partially blind. I was in the hospital over four weeks. I remained 

detached to the 36th Regt. U.S.C.T. until about the last of January 1864. I 

was ordered with the detachment to go to my Company B 35th and Regiment, 

which was at Polly Island SC. On the way the Smallpox broke out in the 

detachment. I was sick with the Small Pox and was vaccinated in the left 

arm. I was hospitalized with the Small Pox and treated by doctors and by 

exposure and cold I was sick with rheumatism, which caused the right leg to 

become 4 inches shorter than the other was and caused a limp. The results of 

the measles and Small Pox caused total blindness of the left eye and partial 

blindness in the right eye. The sight of the left eye has been gone over 

three years. I can not see at all out of the left eye. I was continually 

troubled with Diarrhea and the piles. I had it two or three times a week, 

which caused pain in the stomach. The reason I got the testimony of John Roe 

is because he was with me in the detachment when my company and regiment was 

at Polly Island, SC., he was sick too. There are records of my disabilities 

in the Surgeon General office at Washington, DC. I was in hospital at each 

place from the time I was first ill in New Bern, NC (July 1863), Portsmouth, 

VA (September 1863) and Polly Island, SC (July 1864). When I left the 

Hospital at Polly Island, SC I join my company and Regiment on about May 

1864 at Jacksonville, Florida, where my Company and Regiment took part in 

the battle of Honey Hill, SC November 30 1864. I could not go with the unit 

when they took Charleston, SC July 1865, I was ill with rheumatism, diarrhea, 

piles and partially blind. I was also in the hospital during the spring 1866 

and under treatment of Surgeon at the time we were mustered out. I have never 

well a day since. I am totally blind in the left eye and partially blind in 

the right eye. I claim pension right under act of August 4 1886 of congress 

and subsequent acts there to. I canít do anything. I ask that my original 

claim be taken up and settled and that my Post Office address be listed 

Stonewall, Pamlico County, NC."



Witness:                                    S / Robert Dunbar alias Danvers

James M. Harrison                

Joe Mamenbug 



Sworn to and subscribe before me on this 6th day of April AD 1889 at New 

Bern NC and certified that I read over forgoing affidavit to the said 

affiant including dates and pleas and acquainted him of its content before 

me he executed the same; and that I have been personally acquainted with 

the affiant for thirty five years and that he is enable and worthy of 

belief. I have no interest in the claim.



S / Fredrick Douglas Notary Public
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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
CRAVEN COUNTY
17 March 1903
On this 17th day of March 1903 personal appeared before me a Notary 

Public for and within the County of Craven and state of North Carolina, 

Robert Dunbar age 56 years old, residents of Bayboro, Pamlico County NC 

well known to be a respectable and entitled to credit, who being duly sworn 

according to declared law as follow:

 

"I am the identical Robert Dunbar who served as a private in Company B 

35th Regiment U.S.C.T. and who was honorably discharged and that while in 

said service and in line of duty at Portsmouth VA on about November 1863, 

I incurred piles by straining and drinking bad water. I also had diarrhea 

and measles at the same time and was treated in the hospital there 4 or 5 

months for the said disease. I never had piles prior to that time and as to 

incurrance of same I herewith forward you the testimony of comrade Salamon 

Jones a member of my company and regiment and one of Sampson Maclease who 

knew me from a boy and that he was a member of Company D 35th Regiment 

U.S.C.T. Both who has a clear knowledge of the incurrence of the piles and 

have testified to same. I ask that their testimony be accepted as sufficient 

proof to establish the origin of the piles in service and in line of duty. 

I was unable to secure the testimony of another comrade of my company to 

corroborate the testimony of Salamon Jones by reason that he canít located 

anywhere and I unable to secure another one. Therefore I have forwarded the 

testimony of Sampson Maclease Company D 35th Regiment U.S.C.T who has known 

me from a boy and we were frequently together in service and line of duty 

and who has clear conception of the incurrence of the piles and testified 

to same. I ask that his affidavit be accepted in le of the affidavit of 

another comrade of my company as I unable to secure one. I am now a great 

suffer from piles and is frequently sick, confined to my house and bed a 

month at a time by reason of the piles. I am totally disable to do any 

manual labor what so ever. My Post office is Bayboro, Pamlico County NC."



Witness:                                            s/Robert Dunbar 

Chas C. Cox                

Charles Oates

 

Sworn to and subscribe before me on this 17th day of March 1903 and 

certified that the statement was read over to affidavit and that he 

fully understood the contents of same before me. He signed his name 

and that he is credible and worthy of belief. I have no interest in 

his claim.



S/James M. Harrison

Notary Public
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ACT OF MAY, 11, 1912
BUREAU OF PENSIONS

THE PENSION CERTIFICATE SHOULD NOT BE FORWARDED WITH THE APPLICATION.
State of North Carolina                            County of Craven;  ss:



On this 12th day of September, A. D. one thousand nine hundred and thirteen, 

personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and 

State aforesaid, Robert Dunbar, who, being duly sworn according to law, 

declares that he is____, Years of age and a resident of Bayboro, County of 

Pamlico State of North Carolina and that he is the identical person who was 

enrolled at New Bern, N.C., under the name of Robert Danvers (alias - Robert 

Dunbar) on 16th day of June, 1863 as a Private, Co. B, 35 U.S.C. Vol Inf, In 

service of the United States in the Civil War, and was HONORABLY discharged 

at Charleston SC on the 1st day June 1866.



That he was not employed in the Military or Navel service of the United 

States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at 

enlistment was as follows: Height 5 Ft 5 Inches; Complexion Black; color of 

eyes Black; color of hair Black; that his occupation was Laborer; that he 

was born September 6, 1847 at Tyrell County NC. That his several places of 

residence since leaving the service have been as follows; Tyrell County and 

Bayboro, Pamlico Co NC In the Former year to 1890 and in latter place since 

that year.  



That he is pensioner under certificate No. 853088, that he has applied for 

pension under original No._______________.



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          



That his Post-Office address is Bayboro, County of Pamlico, State of N.C. 



Attest: 

(1) s / Jack Gillagan.                             s/Robert Dunbar.

(2) s / W.K. Bastur.



Subscribed and sworn to before me this 12th day of Sept, A.D. 1913 and 

thereby certify that the contents of the above declaration were fully made 

known and explained to the applicant before swearing, including the words 

erased, and that I have no interest direct or indirect, in the prosecution 

of this claim.



My Commission expires on the 17th day March 1915   
s / J.M. Harrison

Notary Public
 

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF PENSIONS
Washington D.C. - October 29 1913

Respectfully returned to the Adjutant GeneraL War Department For:

Age at time of enlistment

Certificate # 853088

Robert Dunbar

Company B, U.S.C.T

Signed / Commissioner

WAR DEPARTMIENT
The Adjutant General's Office
Washington D.C. -
Oct 31 1913

Return to:

COMMSSIONER OF PENSIONS



In case of: Robert Dunbar Alias - Robert Danver, 

Company B, U. S.C.T Infantry.

The records show Age 18 

Signed / Geo.  Andrews, Adjutant General
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PENSIONER DROPPED
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Pensions
AUGUST 9 1920



To the chief, Finance Division:



You are hereby notified that check # 699048 for $151 dated August 4, 1920 

in favor of Post Office:



Robert Dunbar

Bayboro NC



Certificate # 853088

Class Act May 11 1912

Section 4 has been returned to this office by the Postmaster with the 

information that the pensioner died and said check has this day been 

canceled.



Very Respectful 

Guy O. Taylor

Disbursing Clerk



OCTOBER 4 1920 



Certificate # 853088

Soldier: Robert Dunbar

To The Commissioner of Pensions



Sir

I have the honor to report that the name of the above-described pensioner 

who was last paid at $40 to May 4 1920 has this day been dropped from the 

roll because of death. No date given.



Signed/ Chief, Finance Division
 

 

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