Tuesday, December 06, 2022

It was on the day the Ringling Bro's show was here

I posted this on my social media account but thought I should probably mention it in a blog post.  When I find mention of an event in court records I like to check the newspapers to see if there are additional details of the event.

From Samuel H Francis' statement (top of pg 72) of the Henry F Hill Investigation File  He is asked for the date that something occurred and he references the Ringling Bro's Show being in town(Ft. Smith, AR).  


I checked at Newspapers.com  and found that The Ringling Bros Show was there in late Sept 1902 setting up and specifically opening Oct 1st.




Thursday, December 01, 2022

Outline: Henry F Hill File

The following is copy of my working outline of the papers in the Henry F Hill Pension Agent File.  As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I do this as a Finding Aid of sorts for paper packets which are 10+ pages.  You should consider doing this with your larger document files.  The benefits are twofold:  you'll be able to find specific portions in a more timely manner, and gain insight into the events which led to the creation of the documents.  I store my outlines on Google Drive,  but you could store yours in whatever form is most convenient for you.  I don't always publish the outline, but will when I feel it may be of use to others researching people mentioned within the files.


Outline of Henry F Hill Pension Agent Investigation


  1. Outline of Henry F Hill Case File Attorneys  2373 Hill, Henry F  Attorney Residence Ft. Smith Ark. Disbarred 18 Aug 18 1898  Restored:  (blank)  Charges:  Making false jurats to vouchers in his capacity as a notary public.

  2. Pension Office Form dated 27 Mar 1883 requesting information from Henry F Hill

  3. US Pension Office Oath Form of H F Hill Huntsville Ark 2 Apr 1883 Filed 6 Apr 1883

  4. Wrapper of Oath of Hill Henry F  Huntsville Madison Ark Stamped by Pension office 6 Apr 1883

  5. Wrapper Dept. of Interior referred to Mr. Hinricks  Attorney Dist. Law Division

  6. Dept. of Interior Pension Office 27 Aug 1883 To BF Ruble Jasper Arkansas Stamped by pension office 12 Oct 1883 Answering about Ruble's refusal to affix cert. to one of the documents Hill submitted.

  7. Page 2 of above Doc from W W Dudley Commissioner

  8. Letter from B F Ruble  Letterhead of Newton Co Ark Circuit & Co. Court Clerk Jasper Ark 7 Oct 1883 to W W Dudley Washington DC

  9. Wrapper of Correspondence about H F Hill between office and B F Ruble Clerk of Jasper Ark

  10. Letter to Wm W Dudley Dated 3 Mar 1885 from W T Brooks(Storekeeper & Gauger) abt Hill’s practices. Stamped by Pension office 9 Mar 9 1885

  11. Page 2  of above letter

  12. Wrapper of Letter of W T Brooks of Logan Ark. 

  13. Letter from Pension Office to Henry F Hill requesting clarification of address from John C Black Commissioner. Dated 31 Oct 1885 (10 Nov 1885 Stamp from Pension Office)

  14. Henry’s Answer and wrapper  31 Oct - 6 Nov 1885 (stamped 10 Nov 1885)

  15. Letter from Franklin Co Ark (Ozark) T C Moore D.C. to Jno. C Black regarding a claim that they had refused to process submitted by Henry.

  16. Page 2 of Letter Moore to Black

  17. Page 3 of Letter Moore to Black

  18. Page 4 of Letter Moore to Black

  19. Page 5 of Letter Moore to Black

  20. Stamped Dec 20 1888 Handwritten Arrived Jan 21 1889

  21. 4–062 Blank Non-Mineral Affidavit Form which has text “marked” that is in reference to what an officer should do as far as advising someone about the Revised Statutes and oath

  22. Wrapper w/ note Letter of Dept. Clerk Cir Court Franklin Co Ark referring to his office refusal to work for an attorney in pension claims calls attention to the enclosed blank of Interior Dept. 

  23. Letter from the Bureau of Pensions  dated 20 May 1898 to Henry F Hill advising him they have evidence on file in their office that he is not following proper procedure.

  24. Page 2 of Letter Bureau of Pensions to Hill

  25. Page 3 of Letter Bureau of Pensions to Hill

  26. Back of Page 3 Wrapper 20 May 1898 Duplicate Letter to Attorney giving 30 days to show why he should not be disbarred for improper execution of pension vouchers in several cases.

  27. Dept. of Interior Washington 18 Aug 1898 from C N Bliss(Cornelius N Bliss)

  28. Page 2 of above letter

  29. Index to Special Examiner's Report Claim of John Craig No 743813 Summary, Claimant's Statement and Opinion & Recommendation.

  30. Letter from J A McAfee to H Clay Evans. Commissioner of Pensions regarding John Craig’s complainant on H F Hill 

  31. Page 2 McAfee to Evans by McAfee

  32. Page 3 McAfee to Evans by McAfee

  33. Deposition A Case of John Craig No 743813 4 May 1898

  34. Page 2 of Craig Depo by McAfee

  35. Page 3 of Craig Depo by McAfee

  36. Page 4 of Craig Depo by McAfee

  37. Deposition B Case of John Craig No 743813 4 May 1898 John Geyer Deponent 

  38. Page 2 of Geyer Depo 4 May 1898

  39. Deposition C Case of John Craig No 743813 5 May 1898 Moritz Kagin

  40. Page 3  of Kagin Depo 5 May 1898

  41. Deposition D Case of John Craig No 743813 5 May 1898 Henry F Hill

  42. Page 2 of Hill Depo 5 May 1898

  43. Wrapper Stamped 10 May 1898(by Pension Seal

  44. Index to Special Examiner's Report Claim of Moritz Kagin No 332869 Summary, Claimant's Statement and Opinion & Recommendation.

  45. Letter from J A McAfee to H Clay Evans. Commissioner of Pensions regarding Moritz Kagin’s complainant on H F Hill 

  46. Page 2 McAfee to Evans by McAfee

  47. Page 3 McAfee to Evans by McAfee

  48. Page 4 McAfee to Evans by McAfee

  49. Page 5 McAfee to Evans Draw attn to Following cases...

  50. Deposition A Case of Moritz Kagin No 332869 4 May 1898

  51. Page 2 of Kagin Depo by McAfee

  52. Deposition B Case of Moritz Kagin No 332869 5 May 1898 John Geyer Depo

  53. Page 2 Geyer Depo by McAfee

  54. Deposition C Case of Moritz Kagin No 332869 5 May 1898 John Craig Depo

  55. Deposition D Case of Moritz Kagin No 332869 5 May 1898 Henry F Hill Depo

  56. Page 2 Hill Depo  by McAfee

  57. Wrapper 10 May 1898 Refer case to Chief Law Div. by AB Cassellman

  58. Index to Special Examiner’s Report Claim of Benjamin Jones No 837551

  59. Letter from J A McAfee to H Clay Evans. Commissioner of Pensions regarding Benjamin Jones’ complainant on H F Hill 6 May 1898

  60. Page 2 McAfee to Evans

  61. Deposition A Case of Benjamin Jones 837551 4 May 1898 Ben Jones Depo

  62. Page 2 of Jones Depo by McAfee

  63. Page 3 of Jones Depo by McAfee

  64. Page 4 of Jones Depo includes Maggie & Hattie Hill signed as witnesses 4 May 1898

  65. Deposition B Case of Benjamin Jones 837551 5 May 1898 Henry F Hill

  66. Page 2 of Hill Depo by McAfee

  67. Wrapper Refer Case to  Chief Law Div. by A B Cassellman

  68. Index to Special Examiner's Report  Sam’l H Francis Guardian No 540336

  69. Letter from Leighton Hope abt Sam’l Francis Guardian of children of John Francis

  70. Page 2 of the above letter

  71. Deposition A Case Sam’l H Francis Guardian 540336 8 Dec 1902

  72. Page 2 of Francis Depo by Hope

  73. Page 3 of Francis Depo by Hope

  74. Deposition __ Case Sam’l H Francis Guardian 540336 8 Dec 1902 H F Hill

  75. Page 2 of Hill Depo by Hope

  76. Page 3 of Hill Depo by Hope

  77. Mr. Potts S E D form No 540336 15 Jan 1902  Recommendation

  78. Letter from Henry F Hill 25 Jan 1900

  79. Page 2 of Henry’s letter asking for reinstatement

  80. Letter to acknowledge letter from H F Hill

  81. Dept. of Interior Letter to Henry Hill notifying of disbarring

  82. Hill, Henry F Attorney, Residence Ozark to Ft Smith Ark Charges  As to execution of vouchers see report of Special Examiner McAfee  in Case of Geo. L Saxty, Guardian Minors of James W Searle Cert 409.022

  83. Miscellaneous Division Attorneys H F Hill Attorney Huntsville Arkansas

  84. Attorneys   Sleeve Hill, Henry F Attorney Ozark Ark

  85. Letter to Sec. of the Interior detailing H F Hill’s charges and evidence etc. 11 Aug 1898

  86. (cont.) advising Hill was cited to show why he should not be and failed to answer.  Recommending disbarment

  87. Letter to Hill from 31 Aug 1898 Notifying him he has been recommended for disbarment from further practice as a pension claim attorney.

  88. Dept. of Interior Bureau of Pensions letter to Chief of Special Division asking if James W Wilson No 655413 (Ava Douglas Co MO) requesting a deposition inquiring about whether he was sworn before George W Dansby as writing looks like all by H F Hill

  89. (Cont.) asking the papers be completed and returned to the law division.

  90. Papers Not Briefed Discharge Certificates, Powers of Attorney, and Contracts for Fees Not to Be Enclosed Examiners are required to keep the important papers in this wrapper.

  91. Envelopes Taylor &  Neal Van Buren Ark to John C Black and Jasper Ark(Newton Co Ark) clerk to W W Dudley

  92. Envelope 15 Sep 1888 Called in to see why he issued this card 12 Oct 1883

  93. Business Card or Ad of HF Hill Pension Agent

  94. Note on back of Card(cont. On front)

  95. Note Correspondence by Mr. Brooks Can be found 16 Nov 1883



Source:  Case File of Henry F. Hill(Archive Catalog https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147050790); Case Files of Attorneys, Agents, Pensioners, and Others Relating to the Prosecution of Pension Claims and the Investigation of Fraudulent Practices, ca. 1862-1933;Veterans Administration. (7/21/1930 - 3/15/1989),(Most Recent) Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. 1849-1930 (Predecessor) Veterans Administration. Bureau of Pensions. Law Division. (7/21/1930 - 7/1/1931) (Predecessor)Record Group 15 (RG 15); National Archives Building, Washington, DC (NAB).



 

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Oh, Henry! What a mess!

Looks like Henry was already in trouble before he married Tennie Ferguson. The document below is a scan of a letter from the Dept. of the Interior asking Henry to verify his address.  He had written from Ozark, Arkansas which was not the address they had on file for him.  

From the 13th paper in the Henry F Hill Investigation Case File:




There are some pretty strong statements about Henry.  I've included a few below.

W T Brooks -Storekeeper-Gauger (Logan, AR) Mar 3 1885
To Hon. Wm W Dudley Comsr of Pensions Washington DC (Begins on Pg 10 of Case File)

I have just filled out blank for Mr. Samuel Highland, that he recd from the pension office.  I am no atty nor have I any interest in the claim more than that I think all disabled soldiers should be provided for and I am confident this is a deserving claimant and think he would long since have recd his pension if he had not fallen into the hand of one Hill that represented himself as a claim agent.  Hill I know to be utterly worthless as the Records of the U.S. Court at Ft. Smith this state will show.  It is a pity that such men are allowed to butcher up deserving men's claims.
Please give this matter attention until you find that I am mistaken in thinking Highland deserves a pension

T C Moore --Dept Clk Circuit Court Franklin Co(Ozark, AR) Dec 16 1888
To Hon Jno C Black Comsr of Pensions Washington DC(Begins on Pg 15 of Case File)

We would not have written upon this subject were it not for the fact that we wish to place ourselves right with you as far this man Hill we are more than willing that he should make any charge against which he deems proper for this acts are attributable more to his combined cupidity and ignorance than to other consideration and the record of the federal court at Ft Smith might throw some light upon his character.


J. A. McAfee- Special Examiner (Fort Smith, AR) May 6 1898
To Hon. H Clay Evans Commissioner of Pensions Washington DC (Begins on Pg 30 of Case File)

I have the honor to call attention to the irregular and illegal practice of one H. F. Hill an attorney and notary of this city, more particularly described in report in claim of Moritz Kagin No. 332.869 transmitted herewith in the above described claim.

The certificate held by this pensioner shows service in Co M 12 Regt KY Vol Cav but he denies such service and the above named attorney evidently found his name in the Adjutants Reports and claimed for all in sight. This book is his stock in trade and if a soldier does not know his service he selects one to fit the name. 

The pensioner states that H F Hill was more interested in the pension than the solder and induced him to apply and prosecuted the claim for a consideration.

(continuing on further down the page)

The attorney H F Hill is supported by the ignorant pension claimant who believes him to be versed in law and rules of practice when in fact , he is ignorant, careless and without principle or fear of law.
he admits that he regularly executes forty or more vouchers in this reckless manner notwithstanding the fact that he has been warned and instructed time and again and he has not yet awakened to the fact that he has violated any law and seems disposed to vary from the beaten path.


After he failed to answer to the charges against him, Henry was disbarred as a pension claim attorney on August 18, 1898. It appears he continued as a Notary Public. 

Source:  Case File of Henry F. Hill(Archive Catalog https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147050790); Case Files of Attorneys, Agents, Pensioners, and Others Relating to the Prosecution of Pension Claims and the Investigation of Fraudulent Practices, ca. 1862-1933;Veterans Administration. (7/21/1930 - 3/15/1989),(Most Recent) Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. 1849-1930 (Predecessor) Veterans Administration. Bureau of Pensions. Law Division. (7/21/1930 - 7/1/1931) (Predecessor)Record Group 15 (RG 15); National Archives Building, Washington, DC (NAB).

Sunday, November 13, 2022

A few observations on the Henry F Hill Case File

In a previous blog post I mentioned that I would be ordering documents pertaining to Henry F Hill. Henry was the 2nd husband of Tennie Ferguson Hill. Tennie is the step daughter of my great granduncle James Polk Cook(1836-1888). The copy of the file detailing an investigation into the practices of Henry F Hill pension attorney/agent was ordered from NARA on September 8th and arrived yesterday(Nov 12th). It contains 95 pages. I read thru some of it last night and will be doing an outline of what is covered on each page hopefully this week. This is the same process I used with the copies of the TN Supreme Court Cases I'd ordered from TN State Library and Archives. My outline for the papers from Williams vs. Putman has been a great help when I need to find a specific item in the file. So yes...pretty much a finding aid. 😀

The dates on the papers cover the time period from 1883-1902 as given in the archives catalog entry.  The handwriting runs the gamut from beautiful penmanship to "chicken scratch" as shown in the images below.
 




While Henry F Hill's reputation was recorded as good here(Fort Smith?) it was noted as bad in Ozark.  This was repeated throughout the file.  I haven't yet received the pension file but I will post an update when it's received and I've had time to look over it.



Source:
Case File of Henry F. Hill(Archive Catalog https://catalog.archives.gov/id/147050790); Case Files of Attorneys, Agents, Pensioners, and Others Relating to the Prosecution of Pension Claims and the Investigation of Fraudulent Practices, ca. 1862-1933;Veterans Administration. (7/21/1930 - 3/15/1989),(Most Recent) Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. 1849-1930 (Predecessor) Veterans Administration. Bureau of Pensions. Law Division. (7/21/1930 - 7/1/1931) (Predecessor)Record Group 15 (RG 15); National Archives Building, Washington, DC (NAB).

Monday, November 07, 2022

Updated Rules for Issuing TN Marriage License(1939)

In March of 1939, the spread of venereal disease was becoming a major health issue--especially syphilis and its side effects.  Tennessee passed requirements that must be met before a marriage license could be issued.  While searching for a marriage from a few years before that time period, I found that the paperwork explaining the requirements were microfilmed along with the marriage records.  This didn't go into effect until July of 1941.  The snippet below from the pages contains the dates.  More information on the requirements and exemptions can be found in the scans of the paper which was tucked in the Rutherford Co TN marriage books and can be read here(You'll need to log in to FamilySearch but registration is free.) 


I did a search of "syphilis outbreak" in the newspapers for Tennessee during the time period from 1930-1945 and found it mentioned many times.  One in particular, the 23 Sep 1941 edition of The Tennessean on page 4 gave some pretty alarming statistics.  Broadening the search to cover the country rather than just Tennessee showed this outbreak was happening all across the USA during that same time period.

Source:

"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893X-18H5?cc=1619127 : accessed 7 Nov 2022), Rutherford > Marriage records, 1936-1939, vol 14-15 > image 311 of 665; citing Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties.

“Mens Sana in Corpore Sano,” The Tennessean, 23 Sep 1941, p. 4, col. 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 7 Nov 2022).

Friday, October 28, 2022

Mrs. Ruth King Bond (1891-1914)--Dau of Richard Nance King and Parrie Cook

Mrs. Ruth King Bond (1891-1914)--Daughter of Richard Nance King and Parry Cook King

  • Age 23 
  • Born 16th May 1891 in Rover, Bedford Co., Tennessee
  • Died 30th Apr 1914 at Britton OK
  • Lived at Eagleville until age 9(1900)
  • Moved to Triune in 1900
  • Later to Murfreesboro.
  • Married Mr. Dan Bond 11 Dec 1909
  • Moved to OK in 1910.
  • Mr. Bond died in Jan 1914
  • She came to Britton after being widowed to live with her brother Mace King
  • Her health rapidly declined
  • Survivors:
    • 3 year old daughter, Maud
    • Sister--Eula King
    • Brothers, Mace King and Joe King
  • Converted and joined Missionary Baptist Church at Elmer OK in 1911
Source:  Above information from the obituary than ran in the Britton Weekly Sentinel(Britton, OK) 7th May 1914 which can be viewed in digital format at Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/112143371/obituary-of-ruth-king/


Additional information:
Ruth's sister, Eula brought Maud back to Tennessee to live with Ella Cook Martin.  Ella was Parry Cook King's sister who had raised Ruth after Parry's death.  She also raised Maud.  Eula returned to OK and died a short time later.  Ruth, Eula and Dan all died of tuberculosis and are all buried somewhere in Britton OK.
Source Additional information from Charlotte Ralston whose source on this line was Maud Bond Hailey Thomas.

I did find Ruth's listed at FindAGrave in Britton Cemetery however it looks like it was added from her death notice and their is no picture of a stone.  I don't know who would have records of the cemetery.  There is a Stone monument that contains some history of the cemetery located here at FindAGrave.  

From the ok3explore.health.ok.gov website:
Earliest OK death record is 1908 however, vital records weren't required by law until 1917.


This is Ruth's pedigree She, her full siblings and her descendants are kin to me  thru the King line, Cook line with an additional line of the Putmans.  You can get a visual of it by looking at the Thruline icons(the gray ones)