This is one of my favorite pieces of paper to find in a Civil War pension packet.  It is often the only place you can find a marriage record or exact birth dates for children.  This also lists his wife’s maiden name and who married them.  Thankfully, I have several of these in my collection.

This one is for my 3rd great-grandfather, John Henry Becker.2013-10-20_028

Are you lucky enough to have any of these for your ancestors?

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This is the appraisment of the estate of Silas Moorman, dated 31 March 1777.  He was my first cousin, 7 times removed.

I have left out the worth of the items, simply because it’s hard for me to write them here.

Unfortunately, it is only the first half of his appraisal.  I actually was making a copy of the document on the previous page, which continued onto this one (I was in a REAL time crunch since I had 5 kids and a tired husband waiting in the car for me while I was making copies in the courthouse).  So here, is half of the appraisal.:(

2013-10-21_014The appraisement of Silas Moorman Decd Estate March 31st 1777

To four sides of Tan Leather To one Mans Saddle Cloth
To 1 Small Shott Gun To One Larg Shott Gun
To three Raw Cow hides To one set of Cart Boxes
To one pr of Saddle Bags To one Womens Saddle
To one Chern + can To one Bed Cover
To Working Tools To two Bells
To one pr Pinches + one hand Saw two Chessels one gouge one Drawing Knife

To one Brass cettle To 1 Pan
To one shovel + Tongs To two Potts + Pott Hooks
To one Tea Cettle To three flat Irons
To one Linen Wheel To one Cotton Wheel
To Six Cheers To 1 Chest
To one Hare Trunk To one Safe
To one small Trunk To two bowls To one Tumbler To five Earthen Plates
To four Cups + ? one milk Pott To one glass ?
To three Books To two small Trunks
To one picker To Six small Jugs
To four Bottles To one Spice Morter + Pestle
To Three Butter Potts
To four Basons four Dishes one dozen Plates + Seven Spoons
To knives and forks to small Box To one Table
To one Candlestick and Snuffer

  • Melanie Frick - November 21, 2013 - 9:08 am

    I liked your explanation of why you only have half of the appraisal – at least it seems to have been a lucky find on the back of the other document! :) I tried to view the image larger to be able to see the terms you had questions about, but it doesn’t seem I’m able to do that. You’ve got to love the eighteenth century spellings, though!ReplyCancel

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The man on the right is my husband’s great-grandfather, Rev. Nicholas Van Cossaboon {1877-1949}.

It looks like this may have been taken at some sort of a lodge function (just my guess).  He was a member of many different organizations, including: Rebekahs, I.O.O.F., Ancient Arabic Order, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, Free and Accepted Masons.  Any guess as to which this could be?2013-10-20_007

  • Nick Woods - November 22, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    This was a picture of him with other leaders of the Masonic Order. Elizabeth, Nick’s his grandson.ReplyCancel

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My 3rd great-granfather, John Henry Becker, served for the Union during the Civil War – out of Missouri.  Here is an affidavit for his pension.  He was receiving it because of deafness, caused during a battle.


.John H. Becker, aged 61 years…
… I am the claimant above described and state that I incurred partial Deafness on or about the 7th day of October 1864 at Jefferson City, Missouri and that it came upon me under the following circumstances to wit:
That on said date when Occured my deafness I was a member of Co. I 43 regt En? Missouri Militia and was then and … commanding said company as Lt and was … near… Jefferson City Mo and my company was sustaining a Battery of Artillery and in battle with the enemy and the cannonading affected my ears and caused my deafness, that for a few weeks after that battle it was difficult for me to hear and my deafness has continued from that date continually.

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