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Subj:  Alpheus Crawford Pension file
Date:  6/9/2002 3:53:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (Brotzmans)

Alpheus Benjamin Crawford: January 6, 1837 to December 9, 1916, buried in the Cogswell cemetery, Silvara Pennsylvania with both wives, Harriet Fuller who died in 1907 and Maria A Benscoter who died in 1914.
He was the son of Benjamin and Catherine Bunnell Crawford born at Russell Hill, Wyoming County, PA and resided near Silvara, Pennsylvania.

Military info: Just excerpts from his pension file I read at the historical society.

Alpheus B Crawford, 10th Corps
born at Russell Hill Wyoming County, 1837
His address was South Auburn Susquehanna County when he enlisted,
His wife was Harriet Fuller. He married Harriet  December 13, 1860.  The minister was Rev Welsh. (The family records November 11, 1860)
Jonah Crawford March 1862  dead
Ben Crawford April 18, 1864
Carrie Crawford May 14, 1867
Etta Crawford December 14, 1869
Charles Crawford May 9, 1880 (this date differs from his sons info)

His pension file Number was 63760 Company C Regt 203 Pennsylvania Army, Death date Dec 9, 1916.
There was no widow, both preceded him.
He lost his right arm from a gun shot wound received at Fort Fisher North Carolina.
He applied in Susquehanna County and received an invalid pension October 29, 1866. He served under Captain Asa B Stevens. Alpheus enlisted at Scranton, Pennsylvania at age 38 years. He was 6 feet 11 1/4 inches tall, had a dark complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.
He was wounded at Fort Fisher, North Carolina January 15, 1865.
He was last issued a check November 4, 1916.
He was awarded $50 for an artificial arm but never bought the arm, wanted the cash instead.
He wanted the money  sent to an attorney named John W Mix at Box 443 Towanda, Pennsylvania.  This date was January 13, 1873.
(His wife Harriet and the children stayed right here in Silvara when Alpheus went West. He had gold fever it was said.)
September 4, 1869 he was either in Oregon and or California. He wanted the  money sent to him at both places.
He again wanted the  money sent to him June 8, 1872, care of Attorney Mix in Towanda, Pennsylvania.  He was in the Bradford County jail then.

Just a note regarding Alpheus Crawford.
Alpheus was in the Bradford County Jail  on September 19 1870  and again on December 31, 1872. He only served 103 so the dates or the amount of time spent must have been recorded wrong. For what crime I don't know?  If anyone has the answers to this mystery please unravel them for me!
He was also there in the same  jail January 1, to May 19, 1873, 139 days.  He served a total of 242 days for what I still don't know!  I still have not found the records for his imprisonment.