Affidavits of Grace Deloni, Odell Smith, and Louisa Still, October 24, 1866

State of Tennessee | S.S.
Shelby County

On this the 24” day of Oct. 1866 before me a U. S. Commissioner for the District of West Tenn. personally appeared Gracy Delony who being of lawful age and duly sworn deposes that she is the widow of Benton Delony deceased late a Private of Co. A 11” U.S.C.I. that her husband’s name prior to enlistment was Benjamin Delony, that he enlisted under the name of Benton Delony, that this was the reason for the discrepancy existing between his name as borne on the rolls of his Company and in her claims for Bounty and Pension now on file in Washington in the Office Second Auditor of the Treasury

She further states that she was married to said Benton Delony at Corinth Miss by one Chaplain Alexander on or about the 15 day of August 1863 that she believes no record of said marriage was made or kept excepting a Marriage Certificate which said certificate was always carried by her husband Benton Delony, that when he was killed it was destroyed or lost and she cannot now obtain the same, that she has been unable to obtain evidence of her marriage from Alexander aforesaid, he having gone to parts unknown, that since said marriage and up to the death of her husband Benton Delony aforesaid, they had lived and cohabited together as man and wife and were so reputed and recognized by all who knew them

Witnesses

Gracy Delony
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C. E. Bent
Carl Adolf Lamberg

Subscribed and sworn to before me and on the same day personally appeared Odell Smith and Louisa Still who being of lawful age and duly sworn depose that they are personally acquainted with Gracy Delany who has made and subscribed the foregoing affidavit in their presence, that they know her to be the widow of Benton Delony who was a Private in Co. A. 11” USCI. That said Benton Delany was known before enlistment as Benjamin Delony but that he enlisted under the name of Benton Delony. That they know these facts to be true on the part of Odell Smith from having known him for a long time previous to enlistment under the name of Benjamin Delany and from having served in the same Co and regiment and hearing his name called from the roll and by the Orderly Sergt of said Co. as Benton Delany and from his having always been known among his comrades of said Co & Regt by the name of Benton Delany and on the part of Louis Still from having known him previous to enlistment as Benjamin Delony and after enlistment as Benton Delony.

They state further that they know said Gracy Delany to be the widow of Benton Delany aforesaid from having been present at the marriage of said parties. That the ceremony was performed at Corinth Miss by one Alexander a chaplain on or about the 15” day of August 1863. That they witnessed said ceremony performed. That since said marriage they the said Benton and Gracy Delony had lived and cohabited together as man and wife up to the death of the husband aforesaid. They further state that they are not interested in the prosecution of the Bounty Claim of Gracy Delony aforesaid.

Attest

Odell Smith
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Louisa Still
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C E Bent
Carl Adolf Lamberg

Subscribed and sworn to before me day and year as above and I certify that I believe the deponents to be credibl persons and entitled to credit, that I have read over and explained the foregoing affidavits to the several deponents before signing the same and that I am disinterested in the prosecution of this claim.

H. E. Hudson
U. S. Commissioner
Dist West Tenn.