Adjutant General's Office
Washington, Dec 29, 1886
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions:
Michael Adrian, a Private of Company D, 27 Regiment Iowa Infy Volunteers was enrolled on the 14 day of Aug 1862, at Guttenberg, 3 years and mustered in with Co. Sept. 13, 1862. On roll from Oct 3/62 to Dec 31/62 -- first muster roll on file-- he is reported present. Same to June 30/65. He was mustered out with the Co. at Clinton, Iowa, Aug 8/65, a Pvt.
Regt was in action at Pleasant Hill, LA, April 9/64.
The record of this office furnished no evidence of wound alleged, neither do they afford any additional information in the case.
Casualty lists do not cover June 1864.
R. C. Drum
Assistant Adjutant General
Another (unreadable) signature.
State of Iowa
It is certified, that the records of this office show that Michael Adrian was enlisted as a Private in Company D, Twenty Seventh Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry on the 14th day of August 1862 at Guttenburg, Iowa by Capt. D. E. Meyers. and was mustered into the United States services as such for the period of three years on 3rd day of October 1862, at Dubuque, by Capt. Pierce, U.S.A. Mustering Officer, and that the said Michael Adrian was mustered out August 8th, 1865 at Clinton, Iowa by reason ......(Note: the rest of the line is unreadable.)
In Testimony Whereof, witness my hand and seal, at Des Moines, this Fourteenth day of January 1889.
W. B. Alexander
Inv. let No. 542590
Co. D, 27 Reg't Ia Inf.
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C., Nov., 24, 1897
Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family.
Mr. Michael Adrian
Chippewa Falls, Wisc.
No. 1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife's full name, and her maiden name.
Answer: Yes; Lizzie Adrian, Ms. Lizzie Grames
No. 2. When, where and by whom were you married?
Answer: February 10, 1886, Eau Clair Wisconsin, Justice of the Peace.
No. 3. What record of marriage exists?
Answer: Record in Register of Deeds, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.
No. 4. 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, Kate Fredericks, Divorced 1881.
No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, Please state their names and dates of their birth:
Answer: Annie Adrian, born April 18, 1887,
Mary Adrian, born Feb 20, 1892
Florence Adrian, born January 25, 1895
Dora Adrian, born Sept. 12, 1896.
Date of reply, November 30, 1897
Signed: Michael Adrian
Act June 27, 1890
Certificate No. 542590
Name Michael Adrian
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C., Jan 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 enumerated below.
Commissioner of Pensions
First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer: Yes, Katie Trasko. Katie Adrian
Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer: Sept. 15, 1865, Iowa
Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer: Register of Deeds
Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and date and place of her death or divorce.
Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer: Annie April 20, 1867
Mary September 12, 1878
Date of reply, July 4, 1898
signed: Michael Adrian.
Stamped: Pension B. U.S. Office Dec 3, 1923
State of Wisconsin
In Circuit Court, Eau Claire County
Catherine Adrian, Plaintiff
Michael Adrian, Defendant
The above entitled action having been duly reached in its order upon the calendar and coming on for a hearing upon the application of the plaintiff for judgment therein upon failure of the defendant to answer or appear in said action, upon due proof taken in open court, the court finds all of the material allegations of plaintiff's complaint true and proven, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court from due proof of service on file herein that the summons in said action were personally served upon said defendant during the month of September, 1901, and it further appearing from the affidavit of plaintiff's attorney on file herein that more than twenty days have elapsed since the service of the summons herein upon the defendant and that no answer nor demurrer to the plaintiff's complain herein was served upon plaintiff's attorney or received at the address mentioned in the summons herein, and that said defendant has in no manner appeared in said action and is now in default.
The Court finds from the evidence taken herein in open court: That the parties hereto were duly married to each as in the complaint herein alleged; that both of said parties have continuously resided in the state of Wisconsin for more than one year next preceding the time of the commencement of this action; that the said parties have lived entirely separate and apart from each other for the space of more than five (5) years next preceding the time of the commencement of this action, and that sufficient reasons exist for the entry of a decree of divorce herein and that the plaintiff should be divorced from the defendant and her name changed to Catherine Frederick, her name prior to her marriage with the defendant, and that sufficient reasons exist for the entry of this judgment and decree and that it is proper so to do.
Now, therefore, on motion of W. H. Stafford, attorney for the said plaintiff, it is ordered, adjudged and decreed that the plaintiff be and she is hereby divorced from the defendant, and that the bonds of matrimony heretofore existing between the plaintiff and defendant be and the same are hereby dissolved, and the plaintiff's name be and the same is hereby changed to Catherine Frederick, her name prior to her marriage to the defendant.
Made and signed on this 19th day of November, 1901, a day of and during the General 1901 term of said Court.
By the court,
Act of February 6, 1907
DECLARATION FOR PENSION
The Pension Certificate should not be forwarded with the application.
State of Wisconsin
County of Chippewa
On this 24 day of April A. D., one thousand nine hundred and twelve personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and State aforesaid, Michael Adrian, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 70 years of age and a resident of Town of Cleveland, County of Chippewa, State of Wisconsin; and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Guttenburg, Iowa, under the name of Michael Adrian, on the 14 day of August 1862, as Private, in Company D., Twenty Seventh Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was honorably discharged at Clinton, Iowa, on the 8 day of August 1865.
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height: 5 feet 3 inches; complexion, dark; color of eyes, blue; color of hair, dark; that his occupation was Farmer; that he was born November 16, 1841 at ___________.
That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Has lived in Chippewa Co, Wis. continually since the War.
That he is now a pensioner. He is a pensioner at present (542590).
That he make this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of February 6, 1907.
That his post-office address is Holcomb, County of Chippewa, State of Wisconsin.
signed: Michael X Adrian
Also personally appears Jas Jardieu, residing in Holcombe and C. W. Rodecker, M.D., persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Michael Adrian, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 2 years and 1 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Signed James Jardieu
C. W. Rodecker, M.D.,
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 24 day of April A. D., 1912 and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc. were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing including the words "Jas Jardieu" erased and the words ______________ added and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
signed: Bert Glenn
Justice of the Peace.
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D. C., January 2, 1915.
Sir: Please answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below. The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your widow or children. Use the inclosed envelope, which requires no stamp.
GM Saltzberg, Commissioner
No. 1. Date and Place of birth:
Answer: 15 Day of November in Brushin Near the Rine.
The name of organizations in which you served:
Answer: In Dubuque and was mustered out August 8th 1865 at Clinton, Iowa.
No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment?
Answer: At Guttenburg
No. 3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer: Mrs. Michael Adrian, Miss Lizzy Myers.
No. 4. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer: In the year 1886 in Eau Clair, Wis. by the Justice of the Peace.
No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage? If so, where?
No. 6. Were you previously married? Is so, state the name of your former wife, the date of the marriage, and the date and place of her death or divorce. If there was more than one previous marriage, let your answer include all former wives.
Answer: Mrs. Catherine Frederick. Married in 1865. The Divorce was made out the 20 day of November 1901.
No. 7. If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name of her former husband, the date of such marriage, and the date and place of his death or divorce, and state whether he ever rendered any military or naval service, and if so, give the name of the organization in which he served. If she was married more than once before her marriage to you, let your answer include all former husbands.
Answer: Yes, she was married to Mr. Jim Graham. He died 5 day of January at Chippewa Falls, Wis. He was just a labor man. Mr. Jim Graham the first man. Mr. Michael Adrian the 2nd.
No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation?
Answer: I am living with my wife.
No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer:
Mrs. Anna Kemp, born the 12 day of April in 1888.
Mrs. Mamie Beaulieu, born the 22 of September in 1893
Mrs. Florence Arts, born the 15 day of January in 1895.
Miss Dorothy Adrian, born the 26 of April 1897.
Miss Vernie Adrian, born May 30, in 1898
Mr. Clyde Adrian, born December 22 in 1900.
Miss Nora Adrian, born in December the 6 in 1906.
The birth of the dead ones:
Mattie Adrian, born the 26th day of September in 1889
Miss Francis Adrian, born the 16th day of May in 1898
Miss Marion Adrian, born the 20 of April 1899.
Signed Mr. Mitchel Adrian
March 19, 1915.
Drop Report -- Pensioner
Service D 27 Iowa Inf.
Class: Act May Group 1.
Feb 15, 1923
Check No. 7083717, $72.00, dated Feb 4, 1923, and Check No. 7598696, $72.00 dated March 4, 1923, Section 1 returned by the postmaster with information that the above-described pensioner died Jan. 27, 1923, has been canceled.
E. E. Miller
Feb 15, 1923
The name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $72 per month to Jan 4, 1923, has this day been dropped from the roll because of death.
O. J. Randall
Chief, Finance Division.
Declaration for Widow's Pension
Act of May 1, 1920
State of Wisconsin, County of Chippewa
On this 1st day of March 1923, personally appeared Elizabeth Adrian, before me the undersigned, who makes the following declaration as an application for pension under the provisions of the act of Congress approved May 1, 1920.
That she is 56 years of age, that she was born January 15, 1867 at Richland County, Wisc., and that her Post-0ffice address is Cornell, Wisc.
That she is the widow of Michael Adrian who enlisted as a private at Guttenberg, Iowa, under the name of Michael Adrian, in Co. D., 27th Iowa Infantry Vol. and was honorably discharged August 8, 1865, having served ninety days or more, or was discharged for, or died in service of the United States of a disability incurred in the service in the line of duty, during the Civil War, and who died January 29, 1923, at Cornell, Wisc. That he also served in (none) and that, except as herein stated, said soldier (or sailor) was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States.
That she was married to said soldier January 11, 1888 at (rest is blank)
That she was not divorced from the soldier (or sailor) and that she has not remarried since his death.
That the following are are the only children of the soldier (or sailor) who are now living and are under sixteen years of age. (If he left no children under sixteen years of age, the claimant should so state): None -- all married.
That she has not heretofore applied for pension; that said soldier (or sailor) was a pensioner, the number of his pension certificate being 542590.
Signed: Elizabeth X Adrian
Signature of first witness: Miss Lula Gilbert
Signature of second witness: C. W. Rodecker
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 1st day of March 1923 and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration were fully made known and explained to the applicant before swearing, including the words ________ erased, and the words _________ added; and that I have no interest direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
C. W. Rodecker
Justice of Peace
Declaration accepted as a widow's claim under Act of May 1, 1920,
H. P. Willey, Chief, Law Division.
H. R. 9978, Elizabeth M. Adrian, aged 61 years, whose post-office address is R.F.D. No. 1, Box 101, Racine, Wis., is the widow of Michael Adrian, late a private, Company D., Twenty-seventh Regiment Iowa Infantry, from August 14, 1862, to August 8, 1865, who was a pensioner under certificate No. 542590, at the rate of $50 per month and who died January 29, 1923.
He and this claimant were married January 11, 1888. She has been denied pension as the soldier's widow on the ground that she cannot be accepted as his legal widow under existing laws, for the reason the soldier had a living undivorced wife at the time that he and this claimant contracted marriage. Soldier's first wife secured a divorce from him November 19, 1901.
From the date of their marriage the soldier and claimant lived and cohabited as husband and wife and were recognized as such for a period of 35 years. She bore him seven children. Under the circumstances your committee is disposed to give her a pensionable status.
Medical evidence shows she requires the aid and attendance of another person by reason of myocarditis and senility. She has no property and no income. No one is legally bound to her support. It is recommended her name be placed on the pension roll at the rate of $30 a month.
Private No. 537
Approved Mar 4, 1927.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws--
The name of Elizabeth M. Adrian, widow of Michael Adrian, late of Company D, Twenty-seventh Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and pay her a pension at the rate of $30 per month.
I hereby certify that the above is a true copy of that part of the act relating to the beneficiary named, as it appears in copy certified by Department and on file in Law Division.
O. L. Garland
Mar 28, 1927.