WILL OF H.L. NAPIER

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WILL OF H.L. NAPIER

Know all men by these present that I H.L. Napier being of sound mind and disposing memory do make this which I declare to be my last will and testament here by revoking all testimony documented, which I may here to fore have written or signed.  I give and bequeath to my oldest daughter Nancy a certain tract of land lying on the head of Trace Fork and Short Creek; this is to be hers in addition to what I may here after bequeath to her.  I give my son William a tract of land lying on the Trace fork of Mintsey ??  Creek on Sugar Camp Branch containing about one hundred acres and I hereby require my son William to pay to my wife or in the event of her death to my five girls the sum of fifty dollars, which sum of fifty dollars is to go towards paying what I owe on the house place. I give to my son A.B. Napier a certain tract of land laying on Minstey Creek below where he now lives and I require him to pay fifty dollars in the same manner and way as I required William to do.  I give my son Lincoln Napier a certain tract of land laying on Mintsey Creek and adjoining that which I give to my son A.B. Napier requiring my son Lincoln to pay fifty dollars in the same way and manner as I have required of my two sons William and A.B.   I desire and give to my three, William, A.B. and Lincoln to have a lot of Poplar Timbers that I own on the lands of R.E. Smith.  I give to my wife Kissie all of my home farm and other effects to have and enjoy the same during her life and at her death to be equally divided between my five girls, Nancy Napier, Sarah Jane Napier, Mourning Woods, Mollie Napier, and Rebecca Napier.  In witness where of I have set my hand 31st. day of September 1885.
H.L. Napier
E. Hubbard
Carr Couch
James Woods
(Notes on side)
All signed June 18, 1890 (except a Catherine Napier signed instead of Nancy Napier)
This is to certify that the above was procured in open court and is being stated that this was the will of H.L. Napier, the original having been lost or destroyed.

****  Transcribers note– H.L. Napier was married to Kissie Sizemore (daughter of John “Rockhouse” Sizemore and Nancy Bowling)
***  H.L. Napier and Kissie had one more child, not mentioned in his will.  His name was James Napier  (he was killed by William Sizemore, prior to the death of H.L. Napier)

submitted by Phyllis Sizemore Hefelfinger

Will of James B. Napier

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WILL OF JAMES B. NAPIER

Know all men by these present that I James B. Napier of the county of Leslie and the state of Kentucky, being in ill health and sound and dispensing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament, all former wills made by me at any time here to fore and as to my worldly estate and all the property real, personally as mixed of which I shall die sayed and proposed or to which I shall be entitled to at the time of my demise I divide, bequeath dispense of there of in a manner following to wit:  I do here by will my home farm which consists of one hundred and fifty acres to my wife Sidney Napier during her lifetime for the propose of supporting herself and infant children and after her death it falls to Jacob Napier my youngest son, also I do will the rest of my land lying on the Beech Fork, except the rocky hollow including the eland I bought from Solomon Buckheart, to John Napier my son, also a cow and three calves and one rifle gun that he has claimed here to fore, also I do will Susan Napier my daughter one yearly heifer that she has claimed here to fore, also I have one steer and two bulls and one cow and calf, I do will to my wife Sidney Napier as her own property also my mare and mule colt to her the same and twelve head of hogs.  I do also make William Gross power of attorney to collect all my debts.  In testimony where to I the said James B. Napier have to this my last will and testament contained on sheet of paper there have subscribed my name and fix my seal this the 18th November 1884.  Signed sealed and published and declared by said James B. Napier for his last will and testimony in the presence of who at his request and his proclamation and in presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness there to.

WM. Gross                                    his
S.C. Buckheart      X  James B. Napier
George Buckheart            mark

I do certify that the fore going will was recorded in my office, given under my hand this the 15th day of December 1884.
J.M. Howard

submitted by Phyllis Sizemore Hefelfinger

Leslie County Court Records, Pension Dropped for Martha Osborne Napier

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PENSIONER DROPPED

UNITED STATES PENSION AGENCY

Louisville, Kentucky
August 2, 1907

Certificate No. 510.897
Class    widow
Pensioner   Martha Napier
Soldier       Ezekial Napier
Service      Private, Company L, 14th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry

The Commissioner of Pensions

Sir: I have the honor to report that the above- named pensioner who was last paid at $8.00, to November 4, 1906, has been dropped because of death January 15, 1907

Very Respectfully,

A Wood
United States Pension Agent

Leslie County Court Records, Martha Osborne Napier

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GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER, private, Company L, 14th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry
On this 4th day of March, A.D. 1901, personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, TAYLOR SIZEMORE aged about 40 years, a citizen of Leslie County and State of Kentucky and JAMES N. NAPIER, aged 48 years, a citizen of  Leslie County and State of Kentucky whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
Taylor Sizemore states that he lived a neighbor to the said Martha and Ezekial Napier at and prior to the death of the said Ezekial Napier at the time of his death and was present and helped to bury him and that he departed this life on the 5th day of September 1899

James N. Napier states that he lived a neighbor to the above named parties at and prior to the death of the above named Ezekial Napier and that he departed this life the 5th day of September 1899 and that he officiated in the burial, which was on the 6th day of September 1899.

They further declare that they have no interest in said claim and is not concerned in its prosecution.
his
William M. Howard                                                                  Taylor X Sizemore
John Lewis                                                                                 James N. Napier

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of May, 1901
James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

Leslie County Court Records, Martha Osborne Napier

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GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER, private, Company L, 14th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry
Personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, JOHN DAVIDSON aged 56 years, a citizen of, Leslie County and State of Kentucky and whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
I was acquainted with the above named soldier at and prior to his enlistment into the said service. I lived a near neighbor to this soldier ever since the war until his death. He had the appearance of a sound and healthy man at his enlistment and sometime shortly after the war of the rebellion I noticed he was coughing and continued coughing and had lung troubles until his death. I believe from my own knowledge and acquaintance with said soldier and by being a near neighbor to him that the above named disease was the sole cause of the death and from what I know of him I believe he contracted same while in the said service and further state he had no physician with him in his last illness.
I further declare that I have no interest in said claim and am not concerned in its prosecution.

John Davidson
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of February, 1901
James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

Leslie County Court Records, Martha Osborne Napier

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GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER
Personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, FRANKIE SIZEMORE aged 58 years, a citizen of, Leslie County and State of Kentucky and whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
That she is a sister to Martha Napier and further states that she was present and saw Martha Osborne now Martha Napier and Ezekial Napier married and that they were married at the house of Rainey Napier in Clay County, Kentucky on or about _ day of July 1860. That Lilburn Woods J.P.C.C. married them and they lived together until his death. I further state neither of them were ever married to any other person and further state that this claimant has not remarried since the death of her late husband Ezekial Napier.
I further declare that I have no interest in said claim and am not concerned in its prosecution.

John Lewis
John Couch                                                                                  Frankie X Sizemore

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of January, 1901
James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

Leslie County Court Records on Martha Osborne Napier

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State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

On this 9th day of March 1900
Personally appeared before me a County Court Clerk within and for the County and State aforesaid, MARTHA NAPIER, widow of Ezekial Napier deceased, age 55 years, a resident of Leslie County, Kentucky and whose post office is Hyden, Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the identical Martha Napier who married Ezekial Napier on the 22nd day of July 1860 under the name of Martha Osburn.
The affiant further declares that she does not know why nor how that her name appears Nancy Osburn in the copy of the license and that her name is Martha and as always been so and that same must be mistake of the Clerk.

Witness:                                                                                               her
J.M. Howard                                                                            Martha X Napier
John Lewis

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9th day of March 1900
J.M. Howard, Clerk

NAPIER – SIZEMORE – BEGLEY CEMETERY DRYHILL, LESLIE CO. KENTUCKY

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Cemetery set on hill above Middlefork River, at the mouth of Cutshin Creek. It is accessed now by turning off lower McIntosh road
onto “Red” Will Napier Road.
The front part of this cemetery is newer (Napier – Sizemore). In the rear is an older Begley Cemetery. I combined the two together as they are now.
Recorded by Phyllis Sizemore Hefelfinger

Ambrose, Franklin Robert b. Dec. 4, 1937 d. May 6, 1995

Ambrose, Lettie Lou b. Aug. 9, 1940 d. Jun. 3, 1999 D/O Ruck & Lucy

Asher, Hugh b. Jan. 10, 1863 d. Apr. 12, 1918 S/O Stokley

Asher, Ida b. Nov. 9, 1909 d.—————- OSW Ruck
( married Aug. 29, 1926)

Asher, J.H. b. ?? ? 1884 d.?? ?? ???

Asher, Jerry b. ?? ? ?? d. Aug. 31, 1978 S/O Ruck & Ida

Asher, Ruck b. Apr. 1, 1894 d. Mar. 26, 1975 S/O Hugh

Begley, Cynthia b. Jul. 15, 1819 d. Nov. 10, 1884 OSW Hiram

Begley, Delda b. Mar. 31, 1871 d. Oct. ?, 1871 by Martha Begley

Begley, Delia b. Mar. 31, 1870 d. Oct. 29, 1876 Baby of Andy

Begley, Elmer b. Oct. 18, 1909 d. Oct. 18, 1909

Begley, Eunice b. Jan. 26, 1903 d. Jul. 19, 1908 D/O Martha & W.E

Begley, Hiram K. b. Mar. 25, 1802 d. Apr. 13, 1867 OSW Cynthia

Begley, Martha b. Nov. 4, 1865 d. Apr. 28, 1905

Begley, Myrtle b.?? ?? ?? d. ?? ?? ?? by Felix Muncy

Begley, Samuel L. b. Oct. 14, 1838 d. Nov. 5, 1885 Co. Judge S/O Ned

Begley, Susan b. Feb. 2, 1846 d. Nov. 24, 1911 W/O Sam D/O Hiram Begley

Begley, Unmarked (Infant) D/O W.E. & Martha Begley

Begley, W?? Unreadable 1841? Date

Colwell, Milford Ray b. Apr. 5, 1960 d. Oct. 18, 1982 G/S of Hugh & Ida Asher

Dixon, Nannie (Napier) b. Apr. 21, 1926 d. Apr. 20, 1983 D/O Will & Susie

Elam, Benjamin H. b. Jan. 10, 1953 d. Jan. 2, 1987
(S/O Raymond & Ader Elam H/O Janice Sizemore)

Elam, Benjamin R. b. Jul. 17, 1973 d. Apr. 15, 1991
(S/O Benjamin & Janice Elam- Grandson of Ruck & Lucy Sizemore)

Feltner, W.B. b. Dec. 29, 1838 d. Sep. 20. 1884

Messer, Martha A. b. no date d. no date

Muncy, Felix b. May 6, 1890 d. Apr. 27, 1948
(John & Armelda Sizemore Muncy)

Muncy, Joshua (no dates)- CO. 8 KENTUCKY INF.

Napier, Bige b. ?? ? 1904 d. ?? ? 1981 OSW Stella S/O Will

Napier, Elizana Begley b. Jan. 12, 1857 d. Oct. 30, 1930 W/O Hiram

Napier, Hiram C. b. Oct. 3, 1847 d. Aug. 18, 1886 H/O Elizanna

Napier, Will b. May 216, 1881 d. Jan. 16, 1958 S/O Hiram

Napier, Susie Sizemore b. Nov. 10, 1884 d. Apr. 10, 1859 W/O Will

Napier, Joe C. b. Jan. 30, 1877 d. Oct. 21, 1906 S/O Hiram & Elizana

Napier, John b. Jan. 28, 1915 d. Nov. 23, 1988 S/O Will

Napier, Leila Adams b. Nov. 21, 1919 d.____________ W/O John

Napier, Joe b. Nov. 10, 1906 d. Sept. 29, 1984 S/O Will

Napier, Lindsey b. Mar. 1, 1921 d. Oct. 20, 1990 S/O Will

Napier, William “Pig” b. May 5, 1903 d. Dec. 10, 1965 S/O Will

Napier, Lillie b. Dec. 3, 1912 d. Jan. 29, 1925 D/O Will

Napier, Jim b. Mar. 10, 1910 d. Jan. 2, 1983 S/O Will
(S/O Will on stone with Isabelle (wife) married March 4, 1954)

Napier, Isabelle Rice b. Jan. 5, 1932 d. Dec. 1, 1996 Sister of Claude

North, Thomas b. Dec. ?? 1815 d. April 6, 1891

Pace, Bobby b. Jan. 27, 1947 d. May 5, 1960 S/O Ed

Pace, Edward b. Feb. 12, 1909 d. Sep. 22, 1980 H/O Rose

Pace, Rose Napier b. Apr. 7, 1919 d. Jan. 21, 1985 W/O Ed– D/O Will Napier

Pace, Fred b. Jan, 25, 1907 d. Apr. 13, 1989 B/O Edward

Shepard, Wilson b. Aug. 16, 1928 d. Oct. 8, 1981

Sizemore, Don b. Mar. 8, 1917 d. ?? ? 1975 S/O Johnnie & Prudie

Sizemore, James b. Jul. 4, 1885 d. Nov. 9, 1918 B/O Johnnie & Susie

Sizemore, Johnnie b. Dec. 12, 1879 d. Oct. 9, 1970 S/O Abijah & Peggy (Asher)

Sizemore, Maulty b. May 20, 1915 d. Oct. 4, 1915 D/O James & Zeru

Sizemore, Prudie b. Dec. 20, 1888 d. Feb. 8, 1966
( W/O Johnnie Sizemore–
D/O John and Armela (Sizemore) Muncy G/D Joshua Muncy)

Sizemore, Regina b. May 11. 1919 d.————- W/O Roy OSW Roy

Sizemore, Roy b. Nov. 17, 1915 d. Oct. 2, 1986
OSW Regina S/O Johnnie & Prudie.
(Children on stone- Patricia, William, Robert)

Sizemore, Paul “Bill” b. Mar. 7, 1919 d. Apr. 23, 1980 S/O Johnnie & Prudie

Sizemore, Ruck b. May 1, 1911 d. Feb. 14, 1983 S/O Johnnie & Prudie

Sizemore, Lucy Calwell b. Nov. 10, 1919 d. Feb. 3, 1983 W/O Ruck

Sizemore, Earl b. Feb. 2, 1913 d. Apr. 2, 1986 S/O Johnnie & Prudie

Sizemore, Wanda Fisher b. Nov. 23, 1915 d. ————- W/O Earl

Sizemore, James b. Feb. 14, 1921 d. Nov. 3, 1987 S/O Johnnie & Prudie

Woods, D.E ( Only thing on field stone marker)

There is a lot of unmarked graves, and a lot of field stones – some have intials carved into them: Here is a list of these that could be read.

P.E b. 1859 d. 1928

R.B. ?????

?? ?? b. March 12, 1894 d. May 9, 1895
H.T.B

W.N.

W.M. ??? 184?

M.S. Dec. 16, 1902

E. ??Porr ?T? 1855

Also buried here is suppose to be Lucinda (Begley) Muncy wife of Joshua Muncy, grave next to Joshua is unmarked.

KEY
OSW=On Stone With H/O=Husband Of W/O=Wife Of S/O=Son Of D/O=Daughter Of G/D= Grandaughter Of G/S=Grandson Of B/O=Brother of

Civil War Pension file of Ezekial Napier

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Civil War Pension file of Ezekial Napier
DECLARATION FOR AN ORIGINAL INVALID PENSION

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

On this 17th day of March, A.D. 1890, personally appeared before me, a Clerk of the County of Leslie, A Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid, EZEKIAL NAPIER, aged 51 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Ezekial Napier who was enrolled as a Private soldier on the 10th day of December, 1862, in Company L of the 14th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers commanded by Captain W B Eversole and was honorably discharged at Camp Nelson on the 24th day of March, 1864. That his personal description is as follows: Age 51 years; Height __ feet __ inches; complexion ___; hair___; eyes ___. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Irvine, in the State of Kentucky, on or about the _ day of February, 1863, he was taken with Typhoid Fever and the next December following he was taken down with the same kind of fever and from which resulted with coughs and pains in right side from said disease. I never recovered.
That he was treated in hospitals as follows: I never was treated in Hospitals, but was treated in private house by Dr. Way**.
That he has never been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above in Company (L) of the 14th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry.
That he has not been in the military or naval service of the United States since the 24th day of March, 1864. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Leslie in the State of Kentucky, and that his occupation as been that of a farmer. That he is now totally 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, W.B. Eversole of Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has never received nor applied for a pension; that his post office address is: Hyden, County of Leslie, State of Kentucky.

John Couch
M V Davidson Ezekial Napier

Also personally appeared John Couch, residing at Hyden, Kentucky, and M V Davidson residing at Hyden, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Ezekial Napier the claimant sign his name to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance and acquaintance with him that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

John Couch
M V Davidson
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 14th day of March, A.D. 1890
J M Howard, Clerk
EX-SOLDIER’S PENSION CLAIM

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

MR. EZEKIAL NAPIER being duly sworn says;
My post office address is Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky.
My occupation is that of a farmer. I was born in Clay County, Kentucky on the 6th day of May, 1838. My personal description is as follows; Height 5 feet 10 inches; complexion Fair; color of hair Light and of eyes Blue.
I am married; my wife’s name is Martha Napier
My places of residence since the war have been: from about 1864 to about 1878 in Clay County, State of Kentucky, my P.O. address being Big Creek, Kentucky, from about 1878 to about 1890, in Leslie County, State of Kentucky, my P.O. address being Hyden, Kentucky.
The following is a full and complete statement of all the service ever rendered by me in the military or naval service of the United States; I enlisted at Boonville, on the 10th day of December, 1862, to serve one year, in Company L of the 14th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry and was honorably discharged there from at Camp Nelson on the 24th day of March, 1864.
I now have the following injuries, diseases, or disabilities, each of which was caused or incurred as stated opposite thereto and neither of which is the result of vicious habits on my part:

Name of disease What part of body? What caused it? When and where
Or injury

Fever Pain in breast and side caused by exposure result of fever at Irvine, Ky. February 1863

Each of said disabilities is permanent in character, and they incapacitate me from manual labor in such a degree as to render me unable to earn a support.
I hereby claim pension under the law of June, 1890, hereon printed, and revoking all other powers, of attorney, I appoint W B Eversole my attorney, with full powers of substitution, to prosecute this claim.

Witness:
William Hall Ezekial Napier
John Couch

Also personally appeared William Hall, residing at Hyden, Kentucky, and John Couch residing at Hyden, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Ezekial Napier the claimant sign his name to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance and acquaintance with him that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; that they have resided in the same neighborhood with said ex-soldier for the past fifteen years, and are acquainted with his habits and his capacity for work, and thy say that, by reason of the disabilities for which he claims pension in the foregoing statement, he is incapacitated for manual labor to such a degree as to render him unable to earn a support, and that no one of said disabilities is the result of vicious habits on his part and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

William Hall
John Couch

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th day of August, A.D. 1890
James M. Hoard, Clerk LCC

WAR DEPARTMENT
RECORD AND PENSION DIVISION
Washington, D.C. December 29, 1890

Respectfully returned to the commissioner of pensions
EZEKIAL NAPIER
Company L, Regiment 14th Kentucky Cavalry
Was enrolled December 10th, 1862
And M.O. with Company March 24, 1864
From December 10, 1862, to April 30, 1863
He held the rank of Private
And during that period the rolls show him
Present
The records furnish nothing additional upon
This case.
The Medical records show him treated as
Follows:
No record found
By authority of the Secretary of War:

DECLARATION FOR WIDOW’S PENSION

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

On this 9th day of March, A.D. 1900, personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk, in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, MARTHA NAPIER, aged 55 years, a resident of the post office of Hyden, County of Leslie, State of Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of Ezekial Napier, who enlisted under the name of Ezekial Napier at Irvine, Kentucky, on the 10th day of December, 1862, in Company L, 14th Kentucky Cavalry Volunteers, in the war of the Rebellion, and served at least ninety days and was honorably discharged. He was not in the military or naval service prior to December the 10th, 1862 or subsequent to his death September 5th, 1899, that he died at his residence on September 5th, 1899.
That she was married under the name Martha Osburn to said Ezekial Napier on the 22nd day of July, 1860 by Lilburn Woods J.P., at his father’s home, neither had been previously married and that claimant and soldier lived together up to the date of his death as man and wife, neither having applied or received a divorce. That she has not remarried since the death of said Ezekial Napier.
That she is without other means of support than her daily labor.
She has heretofore applied for pension the number of her application is 706.761
That the soldier was a pensioner under certificate No. 560.919
That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed of the roll of the United States under provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890. She hereby appoints Bowie Roberts of Washington, D.C. her lawful attorney to prosecute her claim, and agrees to allow him the fee of ten dollars. Her post office address is Hyden, County of Leslie, State of Kentucky
her
John Lewis Martha X Napier
E L Lewis

Also personally appeared John Lewis, residing at Hyden, Kentucky, and E L Lewis, residing at Hyden, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Martha Napier, the Claimant, make her mark to the forgoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the said claimant and their acquaintance with her for 30 years and 12 years, respectively, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
John Lewis
E L Lewis

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of March, A.D. 1900
James M Howard, Clerk LCC

WIDOW’S CLAIM FOR PENSION

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie
On this 9th day of October, 1899, personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk of a Court of Record in and for the County and State aforesaid, MARTHA NAPIER, a resident of Hyden, in the County of Leslie and State of Kentucky, aged 65 years, who being duly sworn, makes the following declaration, in order to obtain the pension provided by the Act of Congress approved July 14, 1862. That she is the widow of Ezekial Napier who was a Private in Company L, commanded by Captain W B Eversole in the 14th Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry Volunteers in the war of 1861; that her maiden name was Martha Osburn and that she was married to said Ezekial Napier on or about August or September 1858 at Renny Napier’s in the County of Clay and State of Kentucky by Lilburn Woods, J.P.C.C., and that she knows of no record evidence of said marriage.
She further declares that said Ezekial Napier her husband died at his residence in Leslie County, in the State of Kentucky, on or about the 5th day of September, 1899 of Heart Dropsey.
She also declares that she has remained a widow ever since the death of said Ezekial Napier and she has not in any manner been engaged in, or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; and she hereby appoints Bowie Roberts of Washington, D.C. as her lawful Attorney, with power of substitution and authorizes him to present and prosecute this claim. The following, the name, date of birth, and place of residence of all the children of her deceased husband who were under sixteen years of age at the time of his death, no children under sixteen years.
My post office address is Hyden, County of Leslie, State of Kentucky.

James L. Lewis
T Lewis Martha X Napier

Also personally appeared James L. Lewis residing at Hyden, Kentucky, and T G Lewis, residing at Hyden, Kentucky, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Martha Napier, the Claimant, make her mark to the forgoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the said claimant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and know that said deceased recognized said applicant as his lawful wife, and that she was so recognized by the community in which they resided; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
James L. Lewis
T G Lewis

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of October, 1899
J M Howard, Clerk LCC

ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT

Whereas, I, MARTHA NAPIER- widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER- 560.919
Late Private in Company L of the 14th Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry Volunteers, War of 1861, having made application for pension under the laws of the United States
Now this agreement witnesseth. That for and in consideration of services done and to be done in the premises, I hereby agree to allow my Agents William Fitch and Co. of Washington, D.C., the fee of twenty five dollars, which shall include all amounts to be paid for any service in furtherance of said claim, and said fee shall not be demanded by or payable, to my said agents, in whole or in part, except in case of the granting of my pension by the Commissioner of Pensions, and that the same shall be paid to him in accordance with the provisions of sections 4768 and 4769 R, S.
her
John C. Bowling Martha X Napier
J M Matingly Hyden, Kentucky

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

Be it known, that on this, the 4th day of November, A.D. 1899, personally appeared MARTHA NAPIER, the above named, who after having had read over in the hearing and presence of the two attesting witnesses the contents of the foregoing Articles of Agreement, voluntarily signed and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed.

James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

And now, to wit, this 20th day of November, A.D. 1899, I accept the provisions contained in the foregoing Articles of Agreement, and will to the best of my ability, endeavor faithfully to represent the interest of the claimant in the premises. I hereby certify I have received from the claimant above named the sum of _ dollars and no more; _ dollars being for fee, and the sum of _ dollars being for postage and other expenses; and that these agreements have been executed in duplicate without additional cost to the claimant, as required by law, in excess of the fee above named, the said agents making no charge therefore.
Witness my hand the year and day above written.
Bowie Roberts
By. Margaret J. Caywood

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

On this 9th day of March 1900
Personally appeared before me a County Court Clerk within and for the County and State aforesaid, MARTHA NAPIER, widow of Ezekial Napier deceased, age 55 years, a resident of Leslie County, Kentucky and whose post office is Hyden, Kentucky, who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the identical Martha Napier who married Ezekial Napier on the 22nd day of July 1860 under the name of Martha Osburn.
The affiant further declares that she does not know why nor how that her name appears Nancy Osburn in the copy of the license and that her name is Martha and as always been so and that same must be mistake of the Clerk.

Witness: her
J.M. Howard Martha X Napier
John Lewis

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9th day of March 1900
J.M. Howard, Clerk

State of Kentucky
County of Leslie

Personally appeared before me, MARTHA NAPIER, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER deceased claimant for pension who after being duly sworn by me states as follows: That she has property listed in her name for the year 1900 as follows:
Five acres of land Assessed at $75
One Mule Assessed at 30
One Cow Assessed at 15
One Hog Assessed at 3
One Sewing Machine Assessed at 5
Household and Kitchen furniture at 10

That she has no income from any source and no ****** held or against said assessed property and that there are no persons legally bound for claimants support.

Witnesses: her
Carr Couch Martha X Napier
John Couch

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of August 1900
J M Howard

State of Kentucky
County of Leslie

Personally appeared before me a Clerk of the Leslie County Court, JOHN COUCH age 59 and CARR COUCH age 39 whose post office is Hyden, Kentucky, after being duly sworn by me states as follows:
They are well acquainted with Martha Napier, widow of Ezekial Napier deceased, that we have examined Martha Napier’s list of Real and Personal property and that we believe same to be correct and that we know that she has no income from any source and that there are no persons legally bound for her support.
John Couch
Carr Couch

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of August 1900
J.M. Howard, Clerk

State of Kentucky
County of Leslie

I J.M. Howard, Clerk of the Leslie County Court in the State of Kentucky do certify that I am custodian of the records in my office and that this is the property assessed in the name of MARTHA NAPIER for the year 1900 as follows:
Five acres of land Assessed at $75
One Mule Assessed at 30
One Cow Assessed at 15
One Hog Assessed at 3
One Sewing Machine Assessed at 5
Household and Kitchen furniture at 10

The above is all the taxable property born of the rolls in the name of the claimant for the year 1900 and the assessed value is about the true value. There are no mortgages in this office against any of said property and not incumbered in anyway.

Given under my hand this 4th day of August 1900
J.M. Howard, Clerk

MARRIAGE LICENSE

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

To any minister of the Gospel or other person legally authorized to solemnize matrimony you are hereby permitted to solemnize the rites of matrimony between EZEKIAL NAPIER and NANCY OSBORNE the requirements of law having been complied with.
Witness my signature as Clerk of the Clay County Court this 20th day of July 1860
G W PRICE, Clerk

CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE

This is to certify that on the 22nd day of July 1860. The rites of matrimony were legally solemnized between E. NAPIER and MARTHA OSBORNE at his father’s house in the County of Clay in the presence of W. WOODS and PLEAS. SIZEMORE
Signed. L. WOODS, JP

State of Kentucky
County of Clay

I H J Clark, Clerk of the County Court for the County and State aforesaid certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the marriage license and certificate attached there to between Ezekial Napier and Martha Osborne as it appears from the records on file in my office.
Witness my hand this 8th day of August 1900
H J Clark, Clerk

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER
On this 4th day of March, A.D. 1901, personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, MARTHA NAPIER aged 57 years, a resident of the County of Leslie and State of Kentucky and whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
I am the widow of Ezekial Napier, Private, Company L, 14th Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry and that he departed this life on the 5th day of September 1899. I further state that there was no physician attending at the time of his last illness.
I further state that the discrepancy in my statement as to the date of my marriage. The mistake was my fault as I had no record of our marriage and that the evidence now on file showing that we were married on the 22nd day of July 1860 is correct. I further state that there is no public record of deaths kept.

E L Lewis her
John Lewis Martha X Napier

Sworn to and subscribed before me this day
James M. Howard

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER
Personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, JOHN COUCH aged 59 years, a citizen of, Leslie County and State of Kentucky and whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
That he was well acquainted with the claimant at and prior to her marriage and was present and saw claimant and Ezekial Napier married to each other. They were married at Rainey Napier’s in Clay County, Kentucky on or about the month of July 1860 and that Lilburn Woods a Justice of the Peace of Clay County, Kentucky married them. Further states that claimant’s name was Martha Osborne before she was married to Ezekial Napier now Martha Napier. He further states that they lived together as man and wife until the death of Ezekial Napier, husband of the claimant and that neither of them were ever married to any other person except to each other and that said claimant has not remarried since the death of her late husband above named.
He further declares he has no interest in said claim and he is not concerned in its prosecution.

John Couch

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of May, 1900
James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER
Personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, FRANKIE SIZEMORE aged 58 years, a citizen of, Leslie County and State of Kentucky and whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
That she is a sister to Martha Napier and further states that she was present and saw Martha Osborne now Martha Napier and Ezekial Napier married and that they were married at the house of Rainey Napier in Clay County, Kentucky on or about _ day of July 1860. That Lilburn Woods J.P.C.C. married them and they lived together until his death. I further state neither of them were ever married to any other person and further state that this claimant has not remarried since the death of her late husband Ezekial Napier.
I further declare that I have no interest in said claim and am not concerned in its prosecution.

John Lewis
John Couch Frankie X Sizemore

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of January, 1901
James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER, private, Company L, 14th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry
Personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, JOHN DAVIDSON aged 56 years, a citizen of, Leslie County and State of Kentucky and whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
I was acquainted with the above named soldier at and prior to his enlistment into the said service. I lived a near neighbor to this soldier ever since the war until his death. He had the appearance of a sound and healthy man at his enlistment and sometime shortly after the war of the rebellion I noticed he was coughing and continued coughing and had lung troubles until his death. I believe from my own knowledge and acquaintance with said soldier and by being a near neighbor to him that the above named disease was the sole cause of the death and from what I know of him I believe he contracted same while in the said service and further state he had no physician with him in his last illness.
I further declare that I have no interest in said claim and am not concerned in its prosecution.

John Davidson

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of February, 1901
James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

State of Kentucky, County of Leslie

In the matter of the application of MARTHA NAPIER, pension claim, widow of EZEKIAL NAPIER, private, Company L, 14th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry
On this 4th day of March, A.D. 1901, personally appeared before me, a County Court Clerk in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, TAYLOR SIZEMORE aged about 40 years, a citizen of Leslie County and State of Kentucky and JAMES N. NAPIER, aged 48 years, a citizen of Leslie County and State of Kentucky whose post office address is Hyden, Kentucky, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows:
Taylor Sizemore states that he lived a neighbor to the said Martha and Ezekial Napier at and prior to the death of the said Ezekial Napier at the time of his death and was present and helped to bury him and that he departed this life on the 5th day of September 1899

James N. Napier states that he lived a neighbor to the above named parties at and prior to the death of the above named Ezekial Napier and that he departed this life the 5th day of September 1899 and that he officiated in the burial, which was on the 6th day of September 1899.

They further declare that they have no interest in said claim and is not concerned in its prosecution.
his
William M. Howard Taylor X Sizemore
John Lewis James N. Napier

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of May, 1901
James M. Howard
Clerk, Leslie County Court

PENSIONER DROPPED

UNITED STATES PENSION AGENCY

Louisville, Kentucky
August 2, 1907

Certificate No. 510.897
Class widow
Pensioner Martha Napier
Soldier Ezekial Napier
Service Private, Company L, 14th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry

The Commissioner of Pensions

Sir: I have the honor to report that the above- named pensioner who was last paid at $8.00, to November 4, 1906, has been dropped because of death January 15, 1907

Very Respectfully,

A Wood
United States Pension Agent

The Civil War Through Photographs and Documents

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in | Posted on 15-10-2018


This is not a history book, but a sneak peek in to the lives of a few soldiers through photographs and documents. Most information came from sworn oaths, statements and depositions of those who served, and their families who helped to tell their story so long ago. You will read through the original documents that have aged with time! You don’t have to be related to these soldiers to enjoy learning about them, and their families! Pvt. Aaron Collins UNION Pvt. Robert Robin Collins UNION Pvt. Swintfield Collins/Roberts UNION Pvt Carr Couch UNION Pvt. Eli Couch UNION Pvt. John Squire Couch UNION Corp. Benjamin Daniel Davidson UNION Pvt. Woolery Eversole UNION Other Eversole’s UNION and CONFEDERATE Pvt. Ezekiel Napier UNION Pvt. Andrew Napier UNION Pvt James Napier UNION Pvt John H. Napier. UNION Pvt. Franklin Parker UNION Pvt. Pvt. Wallace Parker UNION Pvt. Russell Sizemore UNION Pvt. Wilkerson Sizemore UNION Pvt. Jesse Turner UNION Pvt John Ranson Blevins CONFEDERATE Pvt David Blevins CONFEDERATE Pvt. William Blevins. CONFEDERATE Pvt. Wright Bowling/Bolin UNION Pvt. Greenberry Wells UNION Pvt. Elijah Bolling UNION Pvt. James Estep UNION

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