The following is from the Application of Widow, Christian Ann Formby, which shows that she is the widow of the William J. Formby who served in Co. H, 8th Ga, Reg. Thought this might be of help to you in your quest.
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Application of Indigent Widow of Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy for pension dated Dec. 6, 1899 made by Christian A. Formby, age 75 years, residing in Cooke County, Texas and had lived in that County for seven years. P. O. Vilot, Texas. Husband W. J. Formby and they married Sept. 27, 1842 in Newton County, GA. He died July 30, 1962 and had served in Co. H, 8th Ga. Reg. Vol. Inf.; Served from March 18 to July 30, 1962.Christian Ann owned no property of any kind.Resident of Texas since 1869. Signed with her mark X before B. J. Mitchell, County Judge of Cooke County, Texas on 12/6/1899. Affidavit of Witnesses: I. C. Caldwell (Isaac C. Caldwell, son-in-law) and J. R. Sewell.
Application together with proof in support thereof was submitted by Hon. B. J. Mitchell, County Judge of Cooke County, to the Commissioners Court of Cooke County on 16th of Feb. 1900 and was approved by Commissioners and signed by them 16th day of February, 1900 in Gainesville, Texas. Eli D. Sellars Geo. M. Roussian (sp ?) John Alexander F. M. Savage
Note: Attached is Interrogatories to Witnesses in Pension Claims; This was done because she had no one in Cooke County to serve as witness of facts so was sent to Floyd County, Ga. and Moses Formby and Martha A. Formby of Floyd County, GA were deposed: Dated 1/22/1900. 1. Moses Formby, age 79 years and Martha A. Formby aged 74 years. 2. Have known Christian Ann & W. J. Formby, his widow, both since childhood. 3. Have known Christian Ann for 70 odd years and first knew W. J. Formby in Walton County, GA. 4. Know that W. J. Formby enlisted in service of the Confederacy and performed the duties of a soldier. 5. Know W. J. Formby enlisted in Company H Eighth Georgia Regiment. We think W. J. Formby enlisted in March, 1862 and died 30th of July of the same date (1862). 6. We have not seen Christian A. Formby the widow of W. J. Formby in nearly (30) thirty years and cant answer in the positive but from the best information that we can get we would say she is not by any means able to support in her present condition. (Answers to Cross Interrogatories) 1. Our knowledge of these facts is because we know him and his surroundings from childhood to the time he enlisted into the Confederate Service. There was no other man in Company H Eighth Georgia Regiment by that name (W. J. Formby). 2. We are positively certain W. J. Formby was the identical man the husband of said Christin A. Formby, Applicant for Pension. 3. We can say we have had information several times that she was in need of subsistence and apparel. her immediate neighbors can give you more satisfaction on that point than we can. 4. We know W. J. Formby never deserted the service of the Confederacy.
Moses Formby Martha A. Formby
Note: Also attached is hand written Affidavit from Moses Formby and Martha A. Formby dated August 4, 1899 from Floyd County, Georgia: Personally appeared before me this day A. M. Lewellen a Notary Public Exaficioof the Peace, Moses Formby and Mrs. Martha A. Formby who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that they personally know that the applicant for a Pension is the widow of William J. Formby, Deceased and we further say that the said W. J. Formby, Deceased enlisted in Company H Commanded by Capt George Yarbrough of the Eighty Georgia Regiment the said W. J. Formby, Deceased enlisted in the Confederate service some time in March 1862 and performed the duties of a soldier as claimed by his said wife and we further knew to the best of our knowledge that C. A. Formby the widow of W. J. Formby Deceased is not able to support herself in any way by her own labor. Sworn to and subscribed before me this August the 4th, 1899. Moses Formby Martha A. Formby C. M. Lewallen, NP & Exoff JP