Like many of us, I never had the capacity while my grandfather Edward was alive
to ask him about his father Jesse, including any stories he was told about his father’s
service in the Civil War. In 1997 I received copies of Jesse’s pension file,
and the file of his widow’s application for a pension, from the National Archives.
I highly recommend the process because of the wealth of information that may be
contained therein. The price has certainly increased since 1997 when I received
Jesse’s 6-pound file for $46. Copies can now be requested online: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/pre-ww-1-records.html
Jesse’s declaration for Pension dated 12 June 1912 states he was 67 years
old, and had “lung and eye troubles”. He states he enrolled at Shawneetown,
Kansas on 14 August 1863 as a private in N. H. Morrison’s Co. A. 15th Regiment,
Kansas Cavalry Volunteers in the Civil War, and was honorably discharged at Ft.
Leavenworth, Kansas on 19 October 1865. He was 5’10”, fair complexion,
grey eyes, light hair and occupation farmer, and he was born 14 June 1944 at Wayne
Co., Illinois. His widow’s file for pension benefits include a copy of their
Marriage license: Jesse W. Mullennix of Humbolt aged 24 years and Mary Amanda Shigley
of Independence aged [blank] married on 3 July 1870 at Independence, Montgomery
Co., Kansas. The file further informs that Jesse “was pensioned at $8 per
month from 13 March 1883 for disease of the lungs due to his service. This rate
was increased from time to time to $30 per month, which he drew until his death
5 May 1915.” The file also contains an affidavit signed with his mark by Jesse’s
father Nathaniel Mullenix, and co-signed by Martha Jane Daniels, a sister. They
stated Jesse was “afflicted with heart disease to such a degree as to render
him unable to perform manual labor about all the time.” This document dated
21 December 1891, when Jesse would have been 47 years old.