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Hattie L. Fay Summary
   
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.
BUREAU OF PENSIONS.
WASHINGTON, D. C.,
   
Galesburg, Illinois.
September 10th, 1904.
Sir:--
   
I have the honor to return herewith the papers in pension claim No.809,924, Hattie L. Fay and No.642,271, Amanda C. Fay, alleged widows of Daniel M. Fay, who died at Roseville, Illinois, March 27th, 1904.
The papers in the two claims was [sic] referred for special investigation to determine which, if either, of the contestants is the lawful widow of the soldier and to ascertain whether either or both claims are fraudulent.
The testimony of Hattie L. Fay will be found herewith also testimony of reptuable [sic] witnesses showing she is dependent within the Act of June 27th, 1890 as amended, and that she lived and cohabited with the soldier in Warren County for thirty years or more. She was fully advised as to all her rights and priveleges in the premises. She waived being present during the taking of the testimony herewith presented, notice of any further examination also representation by an attorney.
She is unable to furnish proof of the death of her first husband: that she was married by ceremony to the soldier or that he had been divorced from his first wife. She states that she was fully satisfied her first husband was dead when she married the soldier and that he satisfied her he had been divorced from his first wife, Amanda C. She states that he had notice of the application for divorce by his first wife from some place in Iowa, but declares she does not remember from which county. She also declares she was married to the soldier in the State of Missouri, but cannot remember in what county or town and that she cannot name a single witness to prove her marriage. Deponent Rayburn states he thought he had heard from some source, they had been married near Hannibal, Mo. I have been unable, however, to find any one able to furnish the desired information.
The case should be referred for further examination to determine legal widowhood as follows:
Amanda C. Fay, Dexter, Mower Co Minn.
Very respectfully,
N. E. Ives
Special Examiner.
Hon. Commissioner of Pensions.