Archive:Mexican War Pension File, Russell Rawson Whitney
From the Mexican War Pension File of Russell R. Whitney
Private, Battery M, 1st US Artillery, 9th US Infantry, 1847Company F, 15th U.S. Infantrybr /> Invalid's Application # 6974, Certificate # 1596
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
On 8 Feb 1887 from Woodbury Co., IA, Russell R. Whitney signed a Claim of a Survivor of the Mexican War for Pension. He is 63 years old and a resident of Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA. He had served sixteen months as a private in Company F of Captain Augustus Quarles' 15th Wisconsin Volunteers, which was commanded by Colonel Morgan. He was discharged as a private at Baton Rouge, LA, in August of 1848. (Records show he enlisted 24 Apr 1847 and was discharged 25 Jul 1848.) He participated in the Siege of Pueblo, and in several engagements fighting guerillas. Since his discharge he has resided in Troy, Walworth Co., WI, for two years, then three years mining in California, then until 1863 in Troy. He then lived two years in Montana, and since the year 1866 in Sioux City, IA, where his present address is 914 Front Street.
He was married at Bradford, Rock Co., WI, on 27 Sep 1849 to Emily Steele, who is now deceased. He was born at Delhi, Delaware Co., NY. He is 63 years of age; 5 feet 6 inches in height; with a ruddy complexion, gray eyes, and is by occupation a farmer. He had also been a farmer prior to his service. (Survivor's Brief shows he was born in Sep 1823.)
Russell was granted a pension of eight dollars per month commencing 29 Jan 1887. On 29 May 1890 the Commissioner of Pensions was informed that Russell R. Whitney, a Mexican Survivor, was last paid at eight dollars per month to 4 Mar 1890, and was dropped from the role due to his death.