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Hattie L. Fay Deposition C
Case of Hattie L. Fay, No. 809,924
On this 9th day of September, 1904, at Roseville, County of Warren, State of Ill., before me N. E. Ives, a special examiner of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared James W. Prouty, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogations propounded to him during this special examination of aforesaid claim for pension, deposes and says:
I am 45 years of age. Res. + P.O. Add. Roseville, Ill.
Occupation --Druggist and postmaster
I am personally acquainted with the Claimant, Hattie L. Fay. I also knew her late husband Daniel M. Fay. I have known each of them for about 22 years last past, and during that period of time they lived together as husband and wife. They were so recognized by everyone that knew them as far as I ever knew or heard -- I never had any reason to doubt but that they were husband and wife.
I donot know where or when they may have been married--I never heard that I remember.
I knew in a general way that Mr. Fay had been married twice--He had a son, by a former wife, Homer, who was here one winter- lived with Claimant and Mr. Fay, but I do not know the name of his first wife or what became of her nor where she lived - whether she was divorced from Mr. Fay, or whether she was dead when claimant may have married Mr. Fay, I do not know. All I know about the matter is that they lived together in this village as husband and wife during all the years I knew them and were recognized as husband and wife by all who knew them so far as I ever knew or heard and that they always seemed to get along together all right.
At the date of Mr. Fay's death they, or the Claimant owned a house and lot in this village which they occupied as a home--I understand claimant has recently sold it for $1100 which is all it is worth.
It is or was all the property claimant has owned since Mr. Fays death. She has no income from any source, except her own labor, to my knowledge. She is regarded as a poor woman, but respectable in every sense of this word, and is still the widow of Daniel M. Fay, at least so regarded.
My answers to questions asked have been correctly recorded in this deposition which I have heard read.
James W. Prouty
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Sept., 1904, and I certify that the contents were fully made know to deponent before signing.
N. E. Ives.
Special Examiner.