Archive:Mexican War Pension File, James O. Whitney
From the Mexican War Pension File of James O. Whitney
Widow: Sallie M. Whitney
Widow's Application #8768, Claim Rejected
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Carpenter, Quartermaster's Department
On 22 Feb 1890 Sallie M. Whitney signed a Claim of Widow for Pension, Mexican War. She is fifty-six years old, a resident of the District of Columbia, and the widow of James O. Whitney. James had volunteered at Washington, DC, or at Baltimore, MD, and served during the war until its close. At the time of his enlistment he was about 21 or 22 years old; 6 feet 1 or 2 inches in height; with a florid complexion, brown hair, blue eyes, and was by occupation a contractor. She married James O. Whitney at Moore's Landing, St. Mary's Co., Maryland on 21 Sep 1853. They were married by Father Woodley, who was a Catholic Priest. Her maiden name was Sallie M. Moore, and neither she nor her husband had been previously married. Her husband died at Washington, DC, on 20 Sep 1859. He had resided there since his discharge from the service. She resides at 1217 L St., Washington, DC. The claim is witnessed by M. J. Briscoe and Charles K. Hatfield.
James O. Whitney was found to have served as a carpenter in the Quartermaster's Department from 10 January 1847 to 23 April 1847. There was no law granting pensions to civilian employees. Therefore, the claim was rejected on the ground that her husband was a civilian employee, and not an enlisted man in the Army or Navy of the United States.
1880 Census of Washington, DC:
- Whitney, Sarah M., female, 45, boarding housekeeper, b. MD, parents b. MD
- Whitney Katie, dau., 22, b. DC, father b. DC, mother b. MD