From the pension file of James W. Hart and wife, Sarah Jane Spillers Raney Hart:
State of Arkansas, County of Crawford In the pension claim of Mrs. Sarah J. Hart
Personally appeared before me a notary public in and for the aforesaid county and state H.W. Spillers aged 48 years whose Post office address is Mulberry Crawford County, Arkansas well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows.........
I am a brother to the claimant herein, Mrs. Sarah J. Hart. I was born in Mississippi and came to Logan County, Arkansas with my family when about four or five years old. I have lived with or near my sister, the claimant herein all my life. I know my sister's former husband, George W. Raney and that he died about the year 1863. I know my sister was married to the soldier James W. Hart about 1872 and that he died about August 20, 1898. I also know that my sister has never remarried since the death of her last husband and that she is now a widow.