Civil War Pension Record: WC-439-867
Randolph Certificates of Record of Marriage:
John Burke married Martha Beard 25th day of January 1877
James P. Edwards married Martha Burk 26th day of April 1884
John Burk married Martha Beard 25th day of January A.D. 1877
Children’s addresses in papers as of November 1895 are:
John M. Baird Marceline, Linn County, MO
Ellen (Baird) Rolf 1429 North Ninth Street, City of St. Louis, MO
Proof of Disability
State of Illinois, County of Randolph, SS.
ON THIS 12th days of October, A.D. 1888 personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths in the County of Randolph and State of Ills and who being duty sworn according to law, state that I was acquainted with Wm. M. Beard who enlisted or volunteered as a Corp in Company K 142 Regiment of Illinois vols., and who was Discharged at Camp ______, Chicago, Ill on or about the _____days of October, 1864 by reason of Expiration of term of Enlistment.
That the said Wm M. Beard while in the line of his duty, at or near White Station in the State of Tennessee did, on or about the _____day of July, 1864 become disabled in the following manner, viz.: that he took Camp Diarrhea & complained of Piles and was subject to same at intervals from that time until mustered out in Later end of October 1864 at Expiration of term of enlistment. That the facts stated are personally known to the affiant by reason b being in Command of Co. During all of the time.
(Signed) John Starenser
Capt Co K 142 Ill Vol Inf
Declaration for Pension or for Increase of Pension of Children under Sixteen years of Age.
State of Illinois, County of Randolph, S.S.
On this 10th day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight personally appeared before me a clerk of the Circuit court a Court of Record, within and for the County and State aforesaid John M. Baird & Jesse Baird, Ellen Baird resident of Sparta, County of Randolph, State of Ills. Aged 23 & 25, 16 years respectively, who being duly sworn according to law, make the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Act of Congress for children under sixteen years of age. That they are the legitimate children of William M. Baird who enlisted under the name of Wm. M. Baird at Sparta, Ills on the 4th day of May A.D. 1864 Corp. Co. K – 142 0 – Regt. Ills. Infty. Vols. in the war of 1861-65. Who died of a disease contracted in service & line of duty at Sparta on the 21 day of Nov. A.D. 1873 and who bore at the time of this death the rank of _____, in ________ that he left a widow surviving who remarried on the 8th day of March 1878 Jany 25, 1877 that the above-named are the only surviving legitimate children of William M. Baird who were under sixteen years of age at the time of his death, of whom Samuel A. Baird, born Dec. 23, 1858 & died Nov. 8th 1875. that said children were the issued of soldier, as follows, the dates of their birth being as hereinafter stated:
Samuel A. of soldier by Martha Baird, born Dec. 23 1858 (died)
Jesse of soldier by “ “ , born Sept. 22 1862
John M. of soldier by “ “ , born Sept. 19 1864
Ellen of soldier by “ “ , born Sept. 25 1872
That the mother was married under the name of Martha Hathorn to Wm. M. Baird, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that the said children have not aided or abetted the rebellion; and that a prior application has been filed by the widow but not prosecuted to completion that declaration appoint with full power of substitution and revocation John E. Latimer of Washington, D.C. their attorney to prosecute the above claim; that their post office address is Sparta, Randolph Co., Illinois.
(Signed) John M. Baird, Jessie Baird, Ella Baird
(Witnesses) A. Crozier (There is one additional illegible signature)
Declaration of a Widow for Restoration of Pension.
Act of March 3, 1901, Amending Section 4708, Revised Statutes.
State of Illinois, County of Randolph, SS:
ON this 18th day of January, A. D. one thousand nine hundred and two, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, Martha Edwards, aged 59 years, a resident of Sparta, County of Randolph, State of Illinois, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration for the purpose of having her name restored to the Pension Roll under the Act of March 3, 1901, amending section 4708, Revised Statues:
That she was formerly pensioned as widow of William M. Baird who died December 21st 1873, by reason of wound or injury received or disease contracted while serving as Corporal in Company K 142d Rgt Ill Infty, in the war of the Rebellion (1861). That she was his lawful wife during the period of his service in said war, and that she remained his lawful wife to the date of his death. That her pension was paid by the United States pension agent at Chicago Illinois and that the number of her Pension Certificate was (not numbered). That she never received any other pension from the United States no made any other application for pension.
That her pension was terminated because of her marriage to John Burk. That said marriage took place April 20th, 1876, at Chester Illinois. That said husband died July 5th, 1878, at Mobanly, Missouri and she was married to James R. Edwards on the 26 day of April 1884 (or) That she divorced from said husband James R. Edwards upon her own application and without fault on her part, on the 19th day of September, 1898, at Chester Illinois. That said James R. Edwards husband did not serve in the Army or Navy of the United States. The said John Burk did not serve in the army or navy of the United States.
That she did not marry again after the death of the soldier except to John Burk and James Edwards named above.
That she is without other means of support than her daily labor and an actual net income not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars per year. She hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation herself claimant herein of Sparta Illinois her true and lawful attorney to prosecute the above claim.
That her Post Office address is Sparta County of Randolph, State of Illinois.
ATTEST: W. P. Askins