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Pension Record
William L. Argy

William L. Argy, age 27, credited to Bradford, Vermont (but a native of Ireland), enlisted 19 September 1861, and mustered in as a private in Co. B, 6th Vermont Infantry on 15 October 1861. He took ill, and died of 'heart disease' on 12 September 1862 at Harewood Hospital, in Washington, D.C.

Just more than a year before enlisting, on 5 July 1860, William had married, in Clairmont, New Hampshire, Margaret Hoban, daughter of William and Ellen Hoban of Laconia, New Hampshire. Three months prior to his departure for the seat of war, their marriage was blessed with the birth of a daughter, Mary, on 6 June 1861, in Newport, New Hampshire.

After William's death, Margaret hired lawyer Austin Corbin, of Newport, to assist her in applying for a widow's pension. Her application was approved and she began receiving $10.00 a month, $2.00 of which was designated for her daughter Mary.

By 25 September 1866, Margaret and Mary were living in Lawrence, Mass., where she hired another lawyer, John K. Tarbox, to surrender her previous widow's pension and applied for and obtained an increased rate of pension as authorized by the Act, "Increasing the Pension of Widows and Orphans," as approved on 25 July 1866.

On 13 April 1872, Margaret married Daniel Holland, of Galena, Illinois. Six weeks later, Daniel and Margaret, then living in Hanover, Illinois, applied for legal guardianship of Margaret's daughter, Mary, age 11. Mary's pension was approved, and scheduled to expire on the 16th birthday, in 1877.

Sources: 1892 Revised Roster, information from Margaret's widow's pension application (Application #3991, Certificate #4098, and her application as guardian of Mary Argy, a minor Child's pension application (Application #204947, Certificate #160193), in possession of John R. Argy, Sedalia, Indiana, great-grandson of William P. Argy, 6th Vermont Infantry, who was 1st cousin to William L. Argy above.