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

State of Tenn | SS
Shelby County

On this 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.T. that her husbands name prior to enlistment was Benjamin Delony that he enlisted under the name Benton Delony that this is the reason of the discrepancy existing between his name as borne in the rolls of his Co. and in her claims for Bounty and Pension now on file in this Office Grand Auditor of the Treasry

She further states that she was married to said Benton Delony at Corinth Miss by one Alexander a chaplain on or about August 15 1863 that she believes no record of said marriage was made or kept excepting a Marriage Certificate, that said Certificate was always carried by her husband Benton Delony aforesaid 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 they had lived and cohabited together as man and wife and were so [illegible] recognized by all who knew them

Gracy Delony
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C E Bent | witness
Carl Adolf Lamberg |

Subscribed and sworn to before me day and year as above 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 Delony who has made and subscribed the foregoing affidavit in their presence thaty they know her to be the widow of Benton Delony who was a private in Co. A. 11’ regt that said Benton Delony was known before enlistment as Benjamin Delony but that he enlisted under the name of Benton Delony that they know this to be the truth, on the part of Odell Smith from having known said Benton Delony for a long time prior to enlistment under the name of Benjamin Delony and from having served in the same Co and Regt and from hearing his name called from the roll and by the Orderly Sergt of said Co as Benton Delony and from his having always been known while in the service, by his comrades of said Co & Regt as Benton Delony and on the part of Louisa 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 Delony to be the widow of Benton Delony 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 since said marriage they the said Benton and Gracy Delony have 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 Pension Claim of Gracy Delony aforesaid

Odell Smith
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Louisa Still
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Attest
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 credible 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 not interested in the prosecution of this claim

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