This is a transcription of an affidavit from the widow's pension case file of Mary J. Whalin, the widow of Patrick Whalin.
Case of Mary J. Whalin, No. 773265
On this 18th day of May, 1903, at Chicago, county of Cook, State of Illinois, before me, J. H. Stibbs, a special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Fannie Rearden, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says: I am 32 years of age, am the wife of James Rearden & reside with him at 121 East Huron St Chicago Ill.
I am a daughter of this claimant. From my earliest recollections, my Father & mother lived together as man & wife, until he died, never were divorced or legally separated and she has not remarried since his death.
I was present when my Father died. He died at their home, 1059 Columbia St. I know they were living together at that time.
My Father served in the 90th Ill . Vols. This was the only service he ever endured in the army or Navy, that I knew or heard of.
Since Father’s death, Mother has had no property of any kind, & no income from any source aside from her own labor.
The house where she lives belongs to my crippled brother. This place was paid for with the $2000 which he got from the R.R. Co. I brought the suit for him as his next nearest friend. Mother has not been able to pay the taxes, & I fear they will loose the place. The water has been shut off for two years.
From what I have known of the family history, I feel sure that neither my Father or Mother were married prior to their marriage to each other.
I have understood questions & the above which has been read to me is correct.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 18th day of May 1903, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.
J. H. Stibbs