Pension Papers for John L. McAllister

[This transcription was contributed by Karen Souhrada in January 1998.]

Karen states:

Please accept the following pension papers for someone I hope, is an ancestor! Enlistment from Washington county into Company K, 1st. Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry.


Pension papers and mother's pension papers for Civil War veteran John L. McAlister.

[Note: variants on surname will be McAllister, McAlister]

Pension # 305690

Parents of soldier; James McAllister (b. abt. 1810; died February 6, 1871); Jane McAllister (b. abt. 1816 (a resident of Braddock, Allegheny county, PA in 1883; a resident of Duquesne, Allegheny county in 1891)

They Attest: That said soldier was their son, who never married and died a single man, and left neither widow or children surviving him. John L. McAllister (age abt. 19 years), enlisted as a Private of Captain J. H. Williams' Company 'K', 1st Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, Volunteers; enrolled on the 4th day of September, 1861, at Camp Wilkins, Pennsylvania, for a term of 3 years.

Muster Rolls: Reported on roll to Oct. 31, 1861 as present, soborne February 28, 1862. March & April of 1862 reported absent, sick in General Hospital at Washington, D. C.; soborne to August 31, 1862. September and October 1862 he is reported absent, detailed as cook in Fairfax Seminary Hospital, Virginia; soborne to February 28, 1863. March & April, 1863 absent on fatigue duty at Bell Plain Landing. May & June, 1863, reported absent at Dismounted Camp. July & August, 1863 reported as present, soborne to April 30, 1864. May & June of 1864, reported absent, sent to Dismounted Camp.

He was mustered out with company on September 9, 1864 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at expiration of term of service.

He is also borne as JOHN L. MC ALLISTER on rolls of said company.

Description at time of discharge: John L. McAllister was born in Washington County, in the State of Pennsylvania (dob abt. 1842); is twenty two years of age, five feet ten inches high; light complexion, dark eyes and fair hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a carpenter.

From witness affidavit of August 1891: George W. McFeely, aged 47 and a resident of Monongahela City, and Thomas Conner, aged 60 years, a resident of Monongahela City state:

'That they were well acquainted with said soldier; that they were members of the same company and Regiment with him; that during the winter of 1861 and 1862 whilst in camp at Camp Pierpont in Virginia, he became sick with measles, and was never altogether well after that, during his term of service. He was better ... from time to time, and able at times to do a little duty, but most of the time he was not able for duty. That they knew soldier after he came home from the army in 1864, and on up to the time of his death and know that he was sickly most of the time from his discharge to the time of his death."

John McAllister, Private, Company 'K', 1st Regiment of PA Cavalry, volunteers, died March 11, 1872 (noted that cause of death was pulmonary consumption/measles related which was contracted in the line of duty.

Surviving brother, who was under sixteen years of age at death of veteran: George C. McAllister, born January 1860.

The varied forms were witnessed by many people, one of whom is named NICHOLAS WILLIAMS, signed at P.O. address of Braddock, PA and dated November 11, 1884. This is possibly the same Nicholas Williams married to my ancestor Hannah Anne McAlister, and who might be the sister of said John L. McAlister. Relationship not proved as of January 1998.

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