Mrs. Tymoxsena Stephenson -
Confederate Pension Application #35926
Information submitted by Annette Keen August 2001


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The information listed below has been taken  from the widows pension application of Tymoxsena Dyer Stephenson.

 

THE STATE OF TEXAS
County of Navarro

I, Mrs.Tymoxsena Stephenson do hereby make application to the Commissioner of Pensions for a pension, to be granted me under the Act passed by the Thirty-third Legislature of the State of Texas, and approved April 7, A. D. 1913 on the following grounds:

I am the widow of  J. C. Stephenson, deceased, who departed this life on the 8th day of August, A.D.1905, in the county of Navarro in the State of Texas.

I have not remarried since the death of my said husband, and I do solemnly swear that I was never divorced from my said husband, and that I never voluntarily abandoned him during his life but remained his tru, faithful and lawful wife up to the date of his death.  I was married to him on the 12th day of July A. D. 1870, in the county of Lawrence, in the state of Alabama.

My husband, the said John C. Stephenson, enlisted and served in the military service of the Confederate States during the war between the States of the United States, and that he did not desert the Confederate service.  I have been a resident of the State of Texas since prior to January 1, A. D. 1900, and have been continuously since a citizen of the State of Texas.  I do further state that I do not receive from any source whatever money or other means of support amounting in value to the sum of $300.00 per annum, nor do I own in my own right, nor does any one hold in trust for my benefit or use, estate or property, either real, personal or mixed, either in fee or for life, of the value of one thousand dollars, exclusive of the home of the value of not over $1,000.; nor do I receive any aid or pension from any other State, or from the United States, or from any other source, and I do further state that the answers given to the following questions are true:

1.  What is your age?   66 years Oct. 20th 1918

2.  Where were you born?   Giles County, Tennessee

3.  How long have you resided in the State of Texas?   37 years

4.  How long have you resided in the county of your present residence and what is your post office address?   About 25 years, Powell   R.1, TX 

5.  Did your husband draw a pension?  If so, give his file number   no

6.  What was your husbandís full name?     John Cunningham  Stephenson

7.  What was the date of his death?  Aug. 8th 1905

8.  In what State was your husbandís command originally organized?   Alabama

9.  How long did you husband serve?  If known to you give date of  enlistment and discharge   About three years, donít know date of enlistment or discharge.

 

10.  What was the name or letter of the company, or number of the battalion, regiment or battery of artillery in which your husband served?  If he was transferred from one branch of service to another, give time of transfer, description of command and time of service  Company D. 4th Alabama Regiment.

11.    Name branch of service in which your husband served, whether infantry, cavalry, artillery, or the navy, or if commissioned as an officer by the President, his rank and line of duty, or if detailed for special service, under the law of conscription, the nature of such service, and time of service.  Calvary

12.  Have you transferred to others any property of any kind for the  Wherefore your petitioner prays that her application for a pension may  be approved and such other proceedings be had in the premises as are required by law.

(Signature of applicant) Tymoxsena Stephenson

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of April A.D. 1918

                                                                                                                       

 H.E. Traylor
County Judge Navarro, County, TX

AFFIDAVIT OF WITNESSES*

(Note, Ė There must be at least two creditable witnesses)

  THE STATE OF TEXAS
County of Navarro

  Before me, H. E. Traylor, County Judge of Navarro County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared A. G.Weems, S. Carpenter, who are personally known to me to be creditable citizens, who, being by me duly sworn, on oath state that they personally know that Mrs. Tymoxsena Stephenson, applicant for a pension as the widow of (left blank) deceased, is in truth and fact the widow of J. C. Stephenson, deceased, that they personally know that she has not remarried since the death of her husband, for whose service in the army she claims a pension, and that they have no interest in this claim.

 

(Signature of Witness) A. G. Weems

(Signature of Witness) S. Carpenter

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 7th day of May, A.D. 1918

H.E. Traylor

(Seal)   County Judge Navarro County, Texas.

 

*This was the 2nd affadavit filed with A.G.Weems and S. Carpenter.

The following is a response from the Commissioner of Pensions dated June 7, 1918

 

Mrs. T. Stephenson,  Powell, Texas.

Dear Madam:

 

            In your application for a pension, your witness, A. G. Weems does not state how loe served with your husband, and as you furnish only one witness it will be necessary that he must have served at least three months with your husband.

  Yours truly,
J.C. Jones,
Commissioner of Pensions

Here is the 1st  affadavit of witnesses by A. G. Weems:

 

Before me, H.E. Traylor County Judge of Navarro County, State of Texas, on this day personally appeared A.G.Weems, who personally known to me to be creditable citizens, who, being by me sworn, on oath state that they are personally acquainted with the foregoing applicant, and that the facts set forth and statements made in her application are correct and true, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and that they have no interest in this claim.  And further make oath to the following facts touching the service of applicantís husband in the Confederate Army: (State fully your source of knowledge) I served in the Confederate Army with J.C. Stephenson the husband of applicant and part of the time in the same company and know that the statements  made by his surviving widow are correct.

(Signature of Witness) A.G.Weems

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of May A.D. 1918

H.E. Traylor

County Judge Navarro County, Texas

 

Tymoxena with Harlan

For Use of Widows of Soldiers Who Are In Indigent Circumstances

 

The State of Texas,  County of Navarro

 

I, Mrs. Tymoxsena Stephenson do hereby make application to the Comptroller of Public Accounts for a pension, to be granted me under the Act passed by the Thirty-third Legislature of the State of Texas, and approved April 7, A.D. 1913 on the following grounds:

I am the widow of John Cunningham Stephenson, deceased, who departed this life on the 8th day of Aug. A.D. 1905, in the county of Navarro in the State of Texas.

I have not remarried since the death of my said husband, and I do solemnly swear that I was never divorced from my said husband, and that I never voluntarily abandoned him during his life but remained his true, faithful and lawful wife up to the date of his death.  I was married to him on the 12th day of July A.D. 1892* in the county of Lawrence, in the state of Alabama

My husband, the said John C. Stephenson, enlisted and served in the military service of the Confederate States during the war between the States of the United States, and that he did not desert the Confederate service.  I have been a resident of the State of Texas since prior to January 1, A.D. 1900, and have been continuously since a citizen of the State of Texas.  I do further state that I do not receive from any source whatever money or other means of support amounting in value to the sum of $300.00 per annum, nor do I own in my own right, nor does any one hold in trust for my benefit or use, estate or propert, either real, personal or mixed, either in fee or for life, of the value of one thousand dollars, exclusive of the home of the value of not over $1,000.; nor do I receive any aid or pension from any other State, or from the /united States, or from any other source, and I do further state that the answers given to the following questions are true:

1.  What is your age?  67

2.  Where were you born? Giles County Tenn

3.  How long have you resided in the State of Texas? 35 years

4.  How long have you resided in the county of your present residence. And what is your post office address?  20 years, Roane, TX

5.  Did your husband draw a pension? If so, give his file number NO

6.  What was your husbandís full name?John Cunningham Stephenson

7.  What was the date of his death?  Aug. 8th 1905

8.  In what State was your husbandís command originally organized?   ALA

9.  How long did your husband serve?  If known to you, give date of  enlistment and discharge. Two years, enlisted 1863. Discharged  Apr.  6th 1865

10.  What was the name or letter of the company, or number of the battalion, regiment or battery of artillery in which your husband served?  If he was transferred from one branch of service to another,  give time of transfer, description of command and time of  service  4th Alabama Cavalry Company K.

  *July 23rd 1871 is the date on record of her marriage to J.C. Stephenson (county records)

11.  Name branch of service in which your husband served, whether   infantry, cavalry, artillery, or the navy, or if commissioned as an officer by the President, his rank and line of duty, or if detailed for special service, under the law of conscription, the nature of such service, and time of service.Cavalry

12.  Have you transferred to others any property of any kind for the purpose of becoming a beneficiary under this law? No

Wherefore your petitioner prays that her application for a pension may be approved and such other proceedings be had in the premises as are required by law.

 (Signature of Applicant) Mrs. Tymoxsena Stephenson

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10th day of June A.D. 1919

H.E. Traylor

County Judge Navarro
County, Texas.

 

The following is the witness statement by A.G.Weems 6-10-1919

 

A.G. Weems states that he served in the same company and regiment in the army and knows that John Cunningham Stephenson served for about two years in the Confederate Army as stated by his widow.

           

The above was certified by H.E. Traylor, County Judge, Navarro County, Texas. And it also was signed by A.G. Weems  


This is a letter written by Tymoxsena Dyer Stephenson regarding approval of her widowís pension. I have typed it as she wrote it including misspellings. Her husband, John Cunningham Stephenson was in the Confederate Army so she was entitled to a widowís pension. The first application was sent in, and no answer from the government regarding approval or denial. She sent this letter as a result.

Roane, Texas July 7, 1918

Gentleman as I have given you time to reply to those pension papers I will write you in reply to same. It has bin a year since I had the first papers sent off never hird any thing more from there after trying a gain and yet fail. donít know why it is I canít get pay after my husban served too years in the war. As long as I was able to work I did not ask for help. Other old ladyes gets their pension it looks like I aught to if you think it is not just for me to have the money please wright me at once and I will not bother you any more.

Thanking you in advance, I remain

Mrs Tymoxsena Stephenson


Notes:

  • Tymoxsena Dyer Stephenson was finally approved and received her pension up until her death in 1938.  She lived with her daughter, Mary Ella Parker (married to James Solomon Parker) in Navarro County, TX her last years of life.  She fell and broke her hip and was bed ridden until her death about a month later according to her great granddaughter, Virginia Parker Keen (who also lived with them.  She was 9 years old when Tymoxsena died)  

  • Tymoxsena's brother, Jerome Dyer, received pension #34476

 


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