Gertie's Family
Ira Garfield

Civil War Soldier: Union
Enlisted: 8 Aug 1862, Pavilion Twp., MI
Age at Enlistment: 31 years.
Served:  Co. K, 2nd Cavalry, Michigan
Discharge:  4 May 1865 -disability

Military: Invalid pension application on 22 Jan 1877 - Application #330.146; Certificate #157199

War of 1861

State of Michigan, County of Kalamazoo, ss.
  On this 13th day of January One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Seven personally appeared before me, ____________, Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the County and State aforesaid, Ira Garfield,  aged 45 years and a resident of the County of Kalamazoo and State of Michigan who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Ira Garfield who enlisted in the service of the United States at Kalamazoo County of Kalamazoo and State of Michigan on the 8th day of August 1862 as a pvt in Company K commanded by Captain Johustin in the 2nd Regiment of Mich. Cav. in the War of 1861, and honorably discharged at Detroit State of Mich. on the 4th day of May 1865.  That while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of duty as a soldier, at a place called Franklin, Tennessee, in the month of _____ 1863 from exposure he contracted inflammatory sore eyes that became chronic and still continue with permanent great loss of sight, by which he is greatly incapacitated for manual labor.
Received hospital treatment as follows:  1st Gen Hospital No. 3 at Knoxville in the year 1864, then at Gen Hospital No. 3 at Nashville; then at ______ Hospt., Ind -
Since leaving the service he resided mostly at or near Kalamazoo.  His occupation has been farmer.  When enrolled he was a Farmer. And for the purpose of prosecuting his claim he hereby appoints P.H. Fitzgerald, of Indianapolis, Indiana, his attorney in fact, with full power of substitutions.
  His post Office address is Kalamazoo, County of Kalamazoo, State of Michigan.
____________                                             his                  
George Price                                         Ira X Garfield


Army of the United States
Certificate of Disability for Discharge

Ira Garfield, Private, of Captain Baker's Company (K) of the 2nd Regiment of Mich. Cav. was enlisted by  Lt. Whitmore of the _______ Regiment of ________ at Hillsdale, Mich. on the 8th day of September 1862 to serve 3 years; he was born in Ontario in the State of New York, is 31 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, dark complexion, Blue eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Farmer.  During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty __ days.

Station:  Detroit Mich
Date: Feb 16th 1865

  I certify that I have carefully examined the said Ira Garfield of Captain Baker's Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of chronic conjunctivitis incurred as he states,  while in line of duty.  Sixteen months since and during this time he has been in the hospital, but for the exception  of two months and unfit for duty.  He is at present one half (1/2) disabled and unfit for the  V.R.C.   
a.a.  Surgeon
Harper US Hospital

Discharged this 4th day of May, 1865, at Harper ____.

The Soldier desires to be addressed at:  Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Adjutant General's Office
Washington, D.C.
April 13, 1877

  I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your office of application for Pension No. 230.146, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
  It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office that Ira Garfield was enrolled on the 8th day of August 1862, at Kalamazoo, in Co. K, 2nd Regiment of Mich Cav'y Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war, and mustered into service as a Pvt. on the 8th day of August 1862 at Kalamazoo, in Co. K, 2nd Regiment of Mich. Cav'y Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war.  On the Muster Roll of Co. K, of that Regiment for the months of Sept & Oct 1862, he is reported absent sick since Sept 18/62.  Subsequent rolls to Dec 31/63 present for duty.  Jany & Feby  the roll is not on file.  March & April 1864 absent sick in Hosp. Nashville, Tenn.  May & June 1864, sick at Nashville; Feb'y 2/64 - reported absent sick on subsequent rolls to April 30/65.  ___ Roll of ___ reports him discharged for disability May 4/65.

War Department
Adjutant General's Office
Claim No. 324.206
Washington, Dec 15, 1886

  Respectfully Returned to the Commissioners of Pensions..

Ira Garfield, Private of Company "K", 2nd Regiment Mich. Cav'y. Volunteers;
medical certificate dated Kalamazoo,  Mar 29, 1865 and signed by H. O. Hitchcock, M.D. states that claimant suffers from pleurisy and in consequence thereof is unable to report to his regiment in less time than twenty days.
  The records of this office furnished additional evidence of disability.
              I am, sir, very respectfully,
                          Your obedient servant,  
              Assistant Adjutant General
The Commissioner of Pensions,
              Washington,  D.C.        

Widow's Declaration for Pension or Increase of Pension.

  State of Michigan, County of Kalamazoo, ss.
  On this 21st day of February A.D., one thousand eight hundred and eighty five personally appeared before me a clerk of the Circuit Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid Mary Garfield, aged 40 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declarations in order to obtain the Pension provided by Acts of Congress granting pension to widows:  That she is the widow of Ira Garfield who enlisted under the name of ... on the 8th day of Sept, A.D. 1862 in Co "K" 2nd Cav. Mich. in the war of 1861 who contracted disease of Lungs and died on the 11th day of Jany A.D. 1885, who bore at the time of his death the rank of Pvt. in Co. "K" 2nd Cav. Mich.
that she was married under the name of Mary Blodgett to said Ira Garfield on the 22nd day of Feb, A.D. 1859 by E.L. Smith at Pavilion, Mich. there being no legal barrier to such marriage: that neither she nor her husband had been previously married. ...
That she has to present date, remained his widow; that the following are the names and dates of birth of all his legitimate children surviving who were under sixteen years of age at the father's death, viz:
Emily, daughter of soldier, born March 21, 1870 ... 
That she has not abandoned the support of any one of her children, but that they are still under her care or maintenance, that she has not in any manner engaged in, or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States; that no claim made prior has been filed. ...
H.S. Berlin, of Washington, D.C. is her attorney to prosecute the above claim; that her residence is ... and her postoffice address is Scotts, Mich.
________________                                                 Mary Garfield
James E. Chandler                                                  X  Her Mark


Drop Report - Pensioner
Finance Division
20 Jul 1928

Mary Jane Johnson,
former widow of Ira Garfield
Scotts, Mich
233766,  Jul 26

The name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $50 per month to Jun 2, 1928 has this day been dropped from the roll because of death.

June 30, 1928
O.J. Randall
Chief, Finance Division


Application for Reimbursement

State of Michigan
County of Kalamazoo

  On this 20th day of July, A.D. 1928, before me, the undersigned, personally appeared Marion Garfield, aged 67 years, a resident of Scotts, County of Kalamazoo, State of Michigan, who makes the following declaration as an application for, and claim is hereby made for, reimbursement from the accrued pensions for expenses paid (or obligation incurred) in the last sickness and burial of Mary Jane Johnson, who was a pensioner of the United States by certificate No. 233.766, and who died June 30, 1928, at Scotts, Mich. and was buried at Indian Fields Cemetery.
  That said deceased pensioner did not leave sufficient assets to defray the expense of her last sickness and burial.         That the deceased pensioner ___________ leave a widow; that said deceased pensioner did not leave a minor child or children under sixteen years of age.
  That there is no insurance (Including death benefits) in force on the live of pensioner at time of death.
  That said deceased pensioner __________  _______(did or did not) leave any money, realestate, or personal property     - House & lot in Scotts, valuation $700 left to her son & daughter -
  That the following is a complete statement of all the expenses of the last sickness and burial of said deceased:
Dr D.E. Hobbs, Physician, paid $50
Maud Becker & E Marie Miller, Nursing and care, unpaid $809
Sheridan W Haugh, Undertaker, paid $160
Indian Fields Cemetery, Cemetery, paid $10
Total $1029
  That of the above mentioned expense the claimant has paid, or guaranteed the payment of the following items:
Physician, $50 - Nursing, $809 -  Undertaker, $160 - Cemetery,  $10

Marion J Garfield (Claimant's signature in full.)
Scotts, Mich
  Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20 day of July, A.C. 1928; and I certify that the contents of the foregoing application were fully made known and explained to the claimant before swearing, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecutions of this claim.
Mabel E Ralpy (Signature)
Notary Public
Scotts, Mich.
Validity accepted as to execution
Chief, Records Division  Aug 9, 1928 (Official stamp.)