The Pension File of Eliza Derreberry Webb

Eliza married Daniel S. Webb on July 13, 1847.

He served as a private in the Company G, 8th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers.

They had 4 children: Juletta P., born October 27, 1853; Benjamin B., born September 4, 1855; James F., born October 11, 1860; and Rachel T., born March 1, 1862. The midwife, Catherine Porter, certified that she attended Eliza Webb professionally when the children were born, and she is able to fix the dates of birth by her book accounts which bears the dates. She also remembers “the names from an intimate acquaintance with the family”.

Back in the day, when I was obsessed with finding all the family pension files, I ordered this one for Daniel S. Webb. I also ordered his widow’s death certificate. As it turns out, I couldn’t prove that there is any relation to all the previous Webbs that I’ve written about.

Still, this is another pension file that is rich in information. There are some conflicting statements.

On September 14th, 1868, while living in Sweetwater, Tennessee, on her widow’s claim for pension, Eliza states:

“that said Daniel S. Webb, her husband, died in the service of the United States as aforesaid at Sallisberry in the State of North Carolina on or about the 12th day of July 1864 of disease and starvation contracted in the service and in the line of duty while a prisoner of war.”

On April 27, 1871, while living in Loudon, Tennessee, Eliza states:

“that said Daniel S. Webb, her husband, died in the service of the United States as aforesaid at Andersonville in the State of Georgia on or about the 12th day of July 1864, of Disease. She (refuses? refurrs?) to the proof filed with her claim.”

Another official form reports the proof of Daniel’s death:

Surgeon General reports that “It appears as reported by the Commissary General of Prisoners that Private D. Webb Co. G. 8th Reg’t, Tenn. Vol. Cav., died July `12th 1864, at Andersonville Ga. of Scorbutus.”

Eliza’s daughter Mrs. Mizell reported to the Commissioner of Pensions on October 3, 1917, that her mother had died on August 26, 1917.

On the death certificate, the informant is listed as Mrs. Docia Mizell.

But who is she? Juletta? Rachel? Or someone else…

Let’s go with the theory that Docia is shortened from Theodosia, which is what the middle initial T. stands for in Rachel T.

Thoughts, anyone?


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