James is buried at Gouldtown Memorial Park cemetery, Gouldtown, Cumberland Co, NJ.
(Photo taken 19 Aug 2002).
ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
Pension #XC 2517516 (alternate numbers 1016380, 1080382)
Louisa's residences during the pension period: Camden, Camden Co, NJ (as of Feb 1908)
Among the affiants / witnesses for James and/or Louisa:
W. Ricco, Jr. of Camden, NJ, [likely a relative of James' 3rd wife,
OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE:
death certificate is contained in the pension records, and it lists
his parents as follows:
Adelia Lloyd Munson's (James' 2nd wife) death certificate is contained in the pension records.
*In Draper Jackson's affidavit, he stated that his father had raised James. His full statement, dated 29 Jan 1908 when he was 65 years old, is as follows:
"I, Draper Jackson, do swear that I was acquainted with James Munson for fifty years [.] knew him since boyhood[.] knew that he married Elizabeth Bond his first wife before he went to war Dec 7, 1863 and knew that she died in 1876 and was acquainted with his second wife[.] I was acquainted with her and knew that she also was dead before he married Louisa Munson. The reason that I know about Mr. Munson was my father raised him[.] lived with us until he married and we also went to war together and can swear that he was a widower each time before he remarried again."
James is listed at various times as 5' 2 & 1/2" tall, 5' 3" tall, or 5' 4" tall, with "black," "colored," or "dark" complexion, "black" or "brown" eyes, and "black" or "gray" hair.
When asked in an affidavit dated 06 Jan 1902 if he had ever been a slave, James responded, "Never was in slavery."
James claimed to have suffered hearing loss as a result of being near the firing of artillery while in the war (as well as other ailments).
James was in the field hospital near Petersburg, VA from approx. Nov 1864 - Mar 1865.
residences as noted in the pension records:
OTHER ITEMS PERTAINING TO JAMES MUNSON, NOT FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
On the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC, James' name is displayed on Plaque B-39.
2. Does anyone have any further info on the son of James & his first wife Elizabeth (James H. Munson, b. 1864)?
3. In reading through the pension documents it appears James was finally (after multiple attempts) granted a pension on 25 May 1904, a little over a year prior to his death. James' 3rd wife Louisa Ricco Syers Munson then attempted to receive a widow's pension and there is much documentation included through her efforts to acquire it. Although it appears her claim for a pension was "allowed" (granted?) as of 18 Mar 1908, it also appears that it was subsequently denied on the grounds of "the widow has no title to pension under the act of April 19, 1908, as she married the soldier subsequent to June 27, 1890." Therefore, since she herself was apparently not pensioned at the time of her own death, the pension records do not contain a record of her death date. The last document bearing her signature is dated 18 Feb 1908. Does anyone know her date of death?
4. Does anyone know of a photograph of James?
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