PAIR OF “AFFIDAVIT FOR WIFE” DOCUMENTS – 49TH WISCONSIN; WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER AID FUND

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A group of two documents, each sized 6”x7 ½  titled “Affidavit for Wife” for the purpose of securing financial benefits from the Wisconsin Volunteer Aid Fund.  Each document pertains to a soldier from the 49th Wisconsin Infantry.  The first applicant, Margaret McGiffin, was the wife of Private James McGiffin of Fulton, Wisconsin.  James enlisted in February 1865 and served in the 49th Wisconsin Infantry.  He ultimately died of disease in September 1865 in Edgerton, WI.  Her affidavit is dated March 1865.  The second applicant is Eunice Snyder, wife of Private James A. Snyder, who also enlisted in February 1865 into the 49th Wisconsin.  James was discharged for disability in August 1865.

Documents are in fine condition with all print and ink writing clearly legible.  The affidavit is dated for March 1865, for Margaret McGiffin, attesting that she and their two children were dependent upon James for financial support.  Margaret signed the document with her mark (“X”), as did Eunice Snyder.  The affidavit for Eunice Snyder is dated April 1865, confirming James Snyder as the provider for his wife and six children.  Both are signed by the Justice of the Peace and have 5 cent tax stamps affixed. [JC] [ph:L]

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