Selected Papers From
The Civil War Pension Application Records

Selected portions of the Civil War pension application pertaining to the service of George H. Borst were contributed by Carol Perry, Town of Stark section editor. All spellings are as appear on the original records.

"This info pertains to my g-greatgrandmother Amy Eldridge, daughter of John Eldridge and Amanda Ford, and g-greatgrandfather George H. Borst, son of Julia Ann Hayes and Benjamin Borst (who lived to his 100 birthday and also served in the Civil War). George originally sent for his pension and upon his death Amy sent and applied for her widow's pension.

For Amy there were others to sign depositions in her application for accrued widow pension:
Abram Smith, Abram Wagner, listed as neighbors, witnessed. Samuel Denison of Fort Plain acted as an attorney. Jane Hollenbeck, a teacher and resident of VanHornsville, a guest at their wedding in 1858, testified in an Affidavit 'of said marriage' of the two."


State of New York County of Herkimer   SS:

    In claim no. 128629 of George H. Borst of Co. G of 121 Regt. of NY Vols. Personally appeared before the undersigned duly authorized to administer oaths and for said County, James H. Smith aged 52 years whose P.O. is Van HornesVille, County of Herkimer, State of New York, who being duly sworn, states in relation to said claim as follows to-wit;

    I have known George H. Borst for 34 years and was in the same regiment with him, have known him to be unfit for duty in November of 1862 caused by taking cold. While layin on the ground through the fall. Without Shelter tents, for over six weeks. While in camp near Stafford Corthouse Va. in November /62 he took a sivere cold, and was relieved from duty for some time being confined to his quarters attending sick call regularly. While at White Oak Church Va. Said George H. Borst was sent to a regimental Hospital and was in the Hospital until the last of December 1862 with a Lung diesese. he was with the regiment until November 1863 was sent to the general hospital and did not return to the regiment again discharged. I cannot tell how asthma comes or by what means he got it.

    he had a cough and was unable to breath freeley when he left the regiment have known him since discharge, he has the asthma very bad when there is a change in the weather. I have no interest in this whatsoever.

James H. Smith Co. E 121 NY Vol

Affiant further states that he has no interest in this claim or its prosecution.

        James H. Smith
       Affiants signature.

SWORN to and subscribed before me on the 1st day of January 1889 and I hereby
certify the the contents of this affidvit was fully made known to the affiant
before signing and I have no interest in this claim or its prosecution.

         R.T.G. VanHorne

        Notary Public


Certificate No 128629
Department of the Interior,
Name George H. Borst
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.  January 15 1898

In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please forward me by returning this circular to him with
replies to the questions enumerated below.

Very respectfully,
[appears to be] H. Clay Evans
Commissioner of Pensions

[it is stamped received FEB 1898 Buffalo, NY]

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and maiden name.

Answer. Maiden name wife Amy Eldridge, Mrs. Amy Borst

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?

Answer. Fords Bush by Geo. W. Hempley

Third. What record of marriage exists?

Answer. Marriage Certificate

Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.

Answer. No

Fifth. Have you any children living?  If so, please state their names and dates of their birth.

Answer.  Estella Borst born Nov 8, 1858     George D. Borst x March 9th 1861     Lilly M Borst July 28th 1865    Robert W. Borst Jan 19th 1868     Frank N. Borst x Feb 1st 1870    Kate Borst May 20 1872    Leroy N. Borst x June 13 1879

     Joseph W. Gray
     Justice of the Peace

["x" above indicates "deceased"]


State of New York, County of Herkimer, ss

In the matter of the application for pension of Amy Borst widow of George H. Borst.

On this 16th day of January, A.D. 1908, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths  aged 69 years, a resident of Starkville and State of New York whose Post-Office address is Starkville Herkimer Co. N.Y. and well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:

That I am the widow of George H. Borst of 121st Regt. Co. G. N.Y. Vols. who died Sept. 21, 1907.

That I have no personal property except what is held by chattel mortgage. That my real property consists of a house and about 1/2 acre of land. The value of said property would not bring perhaps three hundred dollars or less.  I have no other property whatsoever.

I was married to George H. Borst at Fords Bush Parsonage January 29th 1858. Neither George H. Borst the soldier or myself were ever married before January 29, 1858. Neither were we divorced. We lived together as man and wife until his death Sept 21, 1907. That I have not remarried since his death.

[stamped US Pension Office May 14 1908]

She further declares that she is the widow in said case and-----concerned in its prosecution.

Abram H. Smith                  Amy Borst
witness                      affiants

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