Saratoga County, New York

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From: "Ann O'Hara"

I recently sent to the National Archives for the Civil War pension record of William Follett. The file I received is, unfortunately, not for the William Follett I was looking for, and I would like to send it to a good home.

This William Follett was married to Mary Gill on May 24, 1871 in the Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga Springs. William died April 20, 1908 at the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Bath, NY. In her pension application in 1909 she enclosed an affidavit from the current minister of the Bethesda Church confirming the marriage and listing the witnesses: Mrs. M. T. Camp, Mrs. J. M. Marvin, Mrs. H. F. Camp, Miss Marvin and W. G. Hoogbrin.

William served in 175th NY, which was recruited in Albany. He was 23 at the time of his medical discharge (July 18, 1864), 5'5" tall with light complexion, black eyes and brown hair.

William and Mary Follett had one son, Harry, born August 31, 1876.

Although I had requested the complete file, I have a feeling that there may be more - based on other files I have seen, there is little medical information. If any of this sounds familiar to anyone, please email me directly at, and I'll be happy to send everything along. Ann

from "The History of Richland County, Wisconsin" published 1884;
Chapter 34 - Town of Willow

John R. Smyth, the present chairman of the board of supervisors of the town of Willow, settled here in 1863, purchasing at that time his present farm on section 23. It had upon it then about twenty acres of cleared land and a small frame house. He now has 120 acres under improvement, has built two large frame barns and a commodious frame house. He has engaged in raising both stock and grain. His farm is one of the best in the town. He is a native of Ireland, born in county Cavan, Nov. 12, 1830. His family were believers in the Episcopal faith. His younger days were spent in school and on the farm. In 1849 he left his native land and came to America, located in Washington Co., NY, town of Argyle, and lived there two years, employed in farming summers and in attending school winters. He then went to Hadley, Saratoga county, and worked upon a farm summers, and at lumbering winters, until the year 1863, when he came to Willow. He has taken a lively interest in town and county affairs, and has served several terms as chairman of the town board. He has also been treasurer in the school district several years.

He was married Nov. 27, 1860, to Eliza Brien. They have six children ---William H, Maggie A, Joseph L, John R, Edward J and Dora N.

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