Highland Messenger 12 July 1844
Cantrell, John Civil War Pension
ACT JUNE 27,1890
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C.,January 15,1898
In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions below.
FIRST;Are you married?If so please state your wifes full name and her maiden name.
Answer_yes Ellen Cantrell maiden Mints(sic)
Second : When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer: In N.C. by Samuel Sentelle, trial justice in year 1873
What record of marriage exists?
Answer: Living together as man and wife.
Were you previously married?If so please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer: Yes 1st wifes name July(Julia)Hamilton married in year 1845 Death occurred in year 1872
Fifth: Have you any living children?If so please state their names and the date of their birth.
Answer: Names of children of 1st wife.
Volney C. V. born 1845
Joseph born 1857
Solomon born 1853
Mary A. born 1855
William P. born 1856
Date of reply May 7 1898 JOHN CANTRELL
COHABITATION RECORDS BUNCOMBE COUNTY NC
Cohabitation records are post slavery recording of marriages of former slaves and freedmen. Most of these have not survived. There are none for Henderson or Transylvania County. There is a small number in Buncombe. These are located at NC State Archives in the “Road Docket” for Buncombe, in the back of the book, upside down. The dates are recording dates, not marriage dates.
Austin Smith was married to Frances Williams June 1863
Sam Jones to Louisa Murphy 22 May 1866
Hardy McDaniel and wife Jane (freedman) married 35 years 25 Apr 1866
Kitt Stepp & Sarah (freedman) married 28 years 28 Ap 1866
Buttler Burgin & Ruth married 15 years 2 June 1866
Robert Gash & Nancy married 36 years 30 Aug 1866