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EADES-GANN Pension File

This data was sent to me in 1997. Posting it here for what value it might have for discussion here as well as potential for connecting kinspeople.

Does the denial of his claim rest on the lack of verification that he actually served in the military?

Was this a common occurrence?

This info I mentioned in chat room last night and sent to Also, since you seemed so excited, I wanted to send a copy to you.

Where I have typed (...) it means I couldn't read the words and rather than guess just showed that they couldn't be read.

There is not much in the file, but with him changing his name several times, felt this would be very important if someone was under impression their ancestor's last name was Gann when actually at birth it was Eades ~ this would allow them to continue their "trek" in searching for their ancestors.

Eventhough he is not my ancestor, I just couldn't allow this "golden bit of information" about his changing names to remain obscure to someone who might be needing it for their tree, so I kept it hoping to find someone to share it with or someone who needed it.

I truly hope this bit of info just might be the "key" needed to unlock information for someone.

(in Oklahoma)


Pension Denied
(a/k/a Edmon Eades and E. A. Gann)

Co. D U.S. Colored 115th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry
Civil War - Union

Enrolled in October 1864 at Lebenon, Kentucky, and discharged in December 1864 at Lebenon, Kentucky (according to pension file).


He was born Edmon Eades, a slave, July 4, 1833 in Wayne Co., KY. He enrolled and served in the Civil War under the name Aaron Gann; and after discharge from the service, he began using the name E. A. Gann. In his pension application, he stated he was married but did not give the name of his wife or whether or not he had any children.

Declaration For Invalid Pension dated May 9, 1898 signed by Aaron Gann, age 64, residing at 1008 Lafayette Street, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, and attested to by John Cage, John Norris, George Sullivan, all of Indianapolis, Indiana, who stated they had known Aaron Gann for four years. In this document, Aaron states he "was honorably discharged at Indinola, Texas on the 10th day of February, 1866" and "that he is now unable to earn a support by reason of rheumatism and camps disease".

Letter addressed to Commission of Pensions dated January 3, 1900 from and signed by Aaron Gann. "I take the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I wrote you a letter a bought (about) one month ago and have not received an answer you yet - So as I am in destute condition that I am compeld to write you a few lines to see would send me a ... for examination befor the Bord I am living all most on the charity of the pepole when I tri to get work the Bouse all says to me you can not dou a mans work. There for I can not get a job and it is very discurgen to think that I have surved my country faithful and can not be reward for my servis and have to live on the charity of the pepole. Sir I hope you my claime atition at once if you pleas. my wife have to make all of the living and I hope you will write to me soon. So if you ned any evedentes I will trie to send it to you. Please to let me know if you can do me any good are an not if so pleas let me nowe. I think that you will answer my letter any way so I hope you will give my claime attion at once for that will give me some ... (can't read this part). I ever remain your friend Adam Gann, Company D 115 Colord Regement Ky."

Declaration For Pension dated March 16, 1907 signed by Aaron Gann, age 73, residing at 330 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, and attested to by John T. Lecklider and Hazel Mills. Two other individuals, Jack Schones and Henry McClarty also attested to Aaron's "x" as being his mark. In this document, Aaron states "that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Lebenon, Kentucky under the name of Aaron Gann on the __ day of October 1864 as a private in Co. "D" 115th Kentucky Vol. Infantry in the service of the United States in the Civil war, and was honorably discharged at Lebenon, Kentucky on the __ day of December 1864. That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 9 inches; complexion, black; color of eyes, black; color of hair, black; that his occupation was farmer; that he was born on July 4th 1833 in Wayne Co., Kentucky. That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: lived in Wayne Co., Ky for 9 years after the war, next in Bloomfield, Ind. 3 years, from there to Danville, Ill. For 16 years, since then have lived in Indianapolis."

Letter dated July 26, 1907 to Aaron Gann, 330 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

RE: 1207.777 Aaron Gann D.115.USC Vol. Inf.

Sir: You are informed that the above entitled claim for pension under the Act of February 6, 1907 filed March 18, 1907 is rejected on the ground that the reports from the records of the War Dept. fail to your name on the rolls of Co. D 115 USC Vol. Inf. as alleged."

General Affidavit date-stamped July 8, 1910 by U.S. Bureau of Pensions signed by Charles Rogers, age 51, a resident of Merriam, Wayne Co., IL. In this document, Mr. Rogers states: "That the affiant was acquainted with the soldier Aaron Gann in the year 1881 and that the affiant and the soldier lived at or near West Union Clark Illinois and that in the Fall of the year 1881, the last of September or the first of October, the house of the soldier was burned that the Affiant was present at the time of the fire that he helped what he could in securing what things he could fom the burning building that one room of the building every in it was burned and that the soldier told the affiant soon after the fire that he soldier had all of his papers burned up including his soldier discharge from the army."

Letter from Commissioner of Pensions dated July 9, 1910 to the Hon. A.J. Beveridge, United States Senate. "My dear Senator:- In response to your inquiry of the 6th instant, received the 8th, relative to the pension case, original number 1207,777, of Asron Gann, whose post office address you give as Merriam, Illinois, I have the honor to advise you that his claim for pension under the act of Feb. 6, 1907 was rejected July 26, 1907, on the ground of no title, for the reason that the records of the War Department fail to show that he served in Co. D, 115th U.S.C. Vol. Inf., as alleged. The affidavit of Mr. Rogers, filed by you, stating that the claimant's discharge had been burned in 1881, does not warrant a reopening of the claim."

E. A. Gann signed his pension papers with an "x".

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