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

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

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

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

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

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

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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