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Hattie L. Fay Deposition B
   
DEPOSITION
   
Case of Hattie L. Fay, No. 809,924
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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 George W. Rayburn, 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 47 years of age. Res. + P.O. Add. Roseville, Ill.
Occupation --Banker
I am personally acquainted with the claimant, Hattie L. Fay. Also knew Daniel M. Fay. Knew each of them for some thing like 30 years last past or ever since they moved to this village. During all the years I knew them they lived together as husband and wife and so far as I ever knew or heard they were always recognized as husband and wife by every one that knew them.
I donot know where or when they may have been married--but have heard from some source they were married some place in Missouri--near Hannibal I believe--but as I was never especially interested in the subject I never made an investigation as to whether or not they were married--but I never had any doubt about it: they lived together as husband and wife and were certainly recognized as such during the years I knew them.
Claimant has had no income from any source since Mr. Fay's death, except from her own labor--she owned a house and lot in this village which they occupied as a home and which I understand she has recently sold for $1100, which is all the property is worth. I understand too, she owed something like $200. on the place.
Claimant and Mr. Fay had no children--I understand that he had been married before he married the Claimant. I do not recall to mind any special or particular conversation I ever had with either of them regarding the whereabouts of his first wife--but I have the impression Mr. Fay advised me she was dead. I never heard him say anything about having been divorced from his first wife--I do not know whether or not Claimant and Mr. Fay were legally married.
My answers to questions asked have been correctly recorded in this deposition which I have read carefully.
George W. Rayburn
   
George W. Rayburn
Deponent
   
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.