Civil War Pension File Abstract / GEORGE MORHART, Woodford Co, IL; Johnson Co, MO He was born in Woodford Co, IL and lived in Adams Co, IL and later, in Johnson Co, MO.

GEORGE MORHART, Private, Co E 18th Illinois Infantry
Cert. No. 1,132,404
Enlisted Feb 27, 1865 at Camp Butler, IL
Discharged Dec 16, 1865 at Pine Bluff, AR
Description at enlistment: height 5′ 7″; complexion light; eyes blue; hair brown; occupation farmer.

GEORGE MORHART

  1. Mar 31, 1846 at Woodford Co, IL
  2. aft. Jun 23, 1916, date/place not given

Married Sep 14, 1869 at St. Mary’s Church, Quincy, Adams Co, IL by Rev. Father Bruener

CATHARINE FUCHS

  1. date/place not given
  2. aft. Apr 8, 1915, date/place not given

Children, living or dead, of George Morhart and Catharine Fuchs (questionnaire 4/8/1915):

  • JOHN HENRY MORHART b. Jul 14, 1870 “(dead)”*
  • GEORGE WILLIAM MORHART b. Jun 24, 1871
  • CLARA ANNA MORHART b. Feb 28, 1874
  • LAWRENCE FRANKLIN MORHART b. Oct 1, 1879
  • WALTER WENDLIN MORHART b. Aug 14, 1881
  • IRENE EULELIA MORHART b. Apr 17, 1888

*Questionnaire date 10/30/1906 which asks only for living children does not include John Henry.

Declarations, affidavits, etc. in support of pension claim:

Oct 9, 1906–GEORGE MORHART, aged 61 years, resident of Holden, Johnson Co, MO; declaration for invalid pension; stated that since leaving the service he has lived at Adams Co, IL, Monroe Co, MO and Holden, MO; claimed disability due to kidney and bladder trouble; witnesses J.M. Haggard and J.F. Ritner.

Oct 30, 1906–Bureau of Pensions questionnaire signed by GEORGE

MORHART, resident of Holden, Johnson Co, MO; witness WALTER W. MORHART:

When were you born?: Mar 1, 1846 [all other references to birth date give date Mar 31, 1846].

Where were you born?: Woodford Co, IL.

Where had you lived before you enlisted?: Kickapoo, IL.

What was your post office address at enlistment?: Kickapoo, IL.

Where have you lived since discharge?: Woodford Co, IL from 1867 to 1869; Quincy, IL to fall 1870; Paris, Monroe Co, MO to 1884; Holden, MO to present time.

What is your present occupation?: Harness maker.

Apr 3, 1908–GEORGE MORHART, aged 62 years, resident of Holden, Johnson Co, MO; declaration for pension; stated he was born Mar 31, 1846 at Woodford Co, IL; witnesses JESSE BOWER and O.C. BYLER.

May 20, 1908–GEORGE MORHART, aged 62 years, resident of Holden, Johnson Co, MO; stated “that the copy of family record marked Exhibit A accompaning this affidavit was copied from the family bible kept by my Father and used by him as a record of the births and deaths of his children”.

May 20, 1908–J.W. GREENWOOD, Justice of the Peace for Madison Twp, Johnson Co, MO, certified “Exhibit A – Copy of family record”:

“1846, den 31st Mardz ist maen sohn George zur weld geboren” [Translated from the German – ‘A.D. 1846, on the 31st of March, my son George was born'”]

The Justice of the Peace certified that “the above and foregoing is a true copy of family record made showing date of birth of the claimant George Morehart [sic]…and certify that the Bible in which the above record is made bears date of the year of 1847 and bears no marks of erasure or alteration, and from the appearance of the writing I believe the entries to have been made about the dates given”.

May 21, 1912–GEORGE MORHART, aged 66 years, resident of Holden, Johnson Co, MO; declaration for pension; stated he was born Mar 31, 1846 and served 9 months & 19 days during the Civil War; witnesses WESLEY F. FEZLER [?] AND LEVI SUSTER [?].

Apr 8, 1915–GEORGE MORHART, Holden, MO; questionnaire from Bureau of Pensions; stated that his marriage was recorded at “Court House Quincy, Illinois St. Marys Church Quincy Illinois Both Since Destroyed by Fire”; that he was not previously married when he married CATHARINE FUCHS and that she was not previously married; that he is now living with his wife.

Jun 23, 1916–GEORGE MORHART, aged 70 years, resident of Holden, Johnson Co, MO; declaration for pension; witnesses C.M. JONES and G.W. LANNING.

– Janet Schwartz-

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