following material found in the pension applications for John Crippen
and his wife Harriet Crippen (her widow's pension) appears to be
for John6 Crippen, son of David5 Crippen and Elizabeth (Worden)
Crippen [Roswell4, John3, Jabez2, Thomas1].
John Widow: Harriet Crippen; Service: Co. A N.Y. Infantry.
Invalid Application #388.432, Certificate #400.038, filed 25 Jun
1880. Widow's Application #416.834, Certificate #275.974, filed
10 Mar 1890 from Kansas.
John Crippen's original invalid pension was filed 14 Jun 1880,
from his residence in Russell, Russell Co, Kansas. On this date
John listed his age as 52 years.
In this declaration we learn that John enlisted on 20 Dec 1861, at Rockland,
Sullivan Co, NY, as a private in Company A of the 101st New York Infantry,
commanded by Captain W. C. Allen. He was honorably discharged at Fort Monroe,
Virginia, on 24 Oct 1862 (by reason of medical disability for "chronic
diarrhea and piles, and with shortness of breath from an old injury of the
chest from the kick of a horse").
Personal information regarding John noted at time of his enlistment were: age,
34; born, Tioga County, Pennsylvania; height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion,
dark; hair, brown; eyes, grey; occupation, farmer.
John's residences since his discharge were listed as: Purvis P.
O., Rockland Twp, Sullivan Co, NY (in 1874 moved to Westfield Flats
in same locality); Taswell
Co, VA (in a later listing of residences this Virginia location is omitted?);
and in 1878 to Russell, Russell Co, KS.; then finally to Buffalo Park, Gove
Co, KS. His occupation was always listed as "farmer."
John's medical history is also a part of this file. In addition to the maladies
that caused his discharge from service, which he suffered from the remainder
of his life, he also became profoundly deaf in his later years. Immediately
after his discharge, he was under the care of Amos Mansfield, M.D. at Roseville,
Tioga Co, PA. But a month later he moved back to Rockland Twp., Sullivan Co,
John died 20 Jun 1889 at Buffalo Park, Gove Co, Kansas. Soon thereafter, his
wife, Harriet (Rose) Crippen, filed for her widow's pension. Her pension continued
until 9 Mar 1903, when it was dropped due to her remarriage (no information
on her second marriage was given).
We are always fortunate when these pension files include an application for
widows, parents and minor children, because these are the ones where family
members have to prove certain life events. In this case, unfortunately, there
are no children given. Since John was born in 1827/28, I would imagine that
if they had any children, they were over age 16.
In Harriet's application she stated: "No children living at date of soldier's
death who were under 16 yrs of age
And that neither she or her said husband
had been previously married." Harriet later retracted the later part of
this statement in an affidavit dated 24 Sep 1890, she said: "That in my
declaration for pension, I stated that neither myself or husband had been previously
married; I now wish to make a further statement and say that my husband, John
was previously married to Prudence Rose, on or about January
1, 1853, and said wife died January 10, 1854 in the town of Rockland, Sullivan
Co, New York."
John and Harriet Rose were married 18 May 1856 in Sullivan Co,
NY. To prove her marriage, Harriet submitted a letter written by
R. S. Apply that stated: "I
Rensselaer S. Apply of the town of Rockland, Sullivan Co, NY
was a Justice
of the Peace
and on the 18th day of May  I married John Crippen
and Harriet Rose
Other affidavits filed with John and Harriet's pensions were from:
Asa A. Bennett, M.D., of Roscoe, Sullivan Co, NY (family physician), who stated "
Crippen] moved away from my care to West Virginia and I have not seen him since.
I think he moved away in 1877 or 78.
John and Mary A. Heckman neighbors in Buffalo Park, KS.
P. Z. Heinz physician in Buffalo Park, KS.
James Vernovy (sp?) and John H. Cotter both residents of Rockland,
Sullivan Co, NY.
Samuel Shafer and Elbridge Shafer neighbors in Buffalo Park,