I just recieved on Saturday, the Civil War Pension file for William H. Briggs from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C.
There were 24 photo copied pages in all, but one page in particular has the most valuable information.It is stamped March 30, 1915, and was filled out and signed by William H. Briggs, himself.
The top of the printed form reads...
"DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUREAU OF PENSIONS
Sir: Please answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below.The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your widow or children."
Here are the more interesting questions and answers...
No. 1. Date and place of birth?Answer: Oct 31 1839NatickRI
No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment? Answer: FiskvilleRI
No. 3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name.Answer: Mary Ann Briggs, Mary Ann Card
No. 4. When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer:April 29, 1860 FiskvilleRI, Elder Benjamin Cott?ell
No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a seperation? Answer: Deceased
No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead.Answer: William BriggsApril 24, 1862 Johnathan C. BriggsAug 18, 1864 Mary E. BriggsJan 1, 1866 Allen M. BriggsOct 1, 1869 Walter BriggsDied in infancy Eva BriggsDied in infancy Amy BriggsDied in infancy Bessie BriggsDied in infancy Emma BriggsDied in infancy Nathan BriggsAug 14, 1878
That is all for this document.In another document he says that his wife died in August 1878.This is the same month and year that Nathan was born, so the two events may be related.