biographical text for Helen Greenwood Wheelock
June 14, 1904, Francis H. Southwick,
residing at 31 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY, makes a sworn statement before a
notary public, that she was present at the marriage of Helen Wheelock and Socrates
Hubbard, that the marriage was performed by the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, on 17
May, 1877, at Montrose, New Jersey, that neither have been previously married,
and that they have lived together as man and wife until present time. This statement was submitted 23 May 1907
with Helen G. Hubbard's application for a widow's pension.
June 16, 1904, Edward S. Arnold, residing
at 152 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY, makes a sworn statement the same as the
preceding statement. This statement was also submitted 23 May 1907 with Helen
G. Hubbard's application for a widow's pension.
March 20, 1907, a US Navy Department
Report of Death, was completed stating that Commander Socrates Hubbard died
March 12, 1907, 9:00 pm at his home in Englewood, NJ, and that he was buried in
Greenwood cemetery. Edwin Holman, MD,
stated that the deceased had been under his care for the past three years and
that he died of diabetes mellitus and chronic nephritis.
March 22, 1907, Cosby M. Chester, Rear
Admiral, USN, retired, of Washington, DC, makes a sworn statement essentially
the same as the preceding statements.
March 24, 1907, Luther G. Billings, 64
years old, a Pay Director in the US Navy (retired), of Chappaqua, NY, makes a
sworn statement that he has known Helen G. Hubbard for 42 years and has known
Socrates Hubbard for about 30 years.
The remainder of the statement is the same as the preceding statements,
except he was not present at their wedding and that Helen G. Hubbard has not
remarried. Witnesses signing the
statement were Marguerite Storrs Valentine and Laura E. Billings.
March 27, 1907, Helen G. Hubbard, 56,
residing Englewood, Bergen Co, NJ, files a Declaration Of A Widow For Original
Pension. She declares that she is the
widow of Socrates Hubbard who was appointed at Newport, RI on 21 Dec 1861 as a
midshipman in the US Navy. The
remainder of the application contains the same information presented
above. Additionally, she declares that
Socrates Hubbard was born March 18, 1844 at Athens, NY, that she was married
under the name of Helen Greenwood Wheelock, and that there are no children
under the age of 16. This indicates
that their daughter Laura was born before 1891. The application was witnessed by Laura F. Wheelock, residing at
161 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY, and Florence W. Vidaud, residing at the same
address, who both swear that they have known her for 40 years. Application filed April 4, 1907.
May 2, 1907, Socrates Hubbard's medical
history is compiled and submitted to the Pension Office. The report indicates that his diabetes first
appeared May 19, 1885, while he was stationed at the Navy Yard in New York
May 7, 1907, Helen G. Hubbard is granted a
pension of $30.00 per month.
June 23, 1925, the American Consular
Service in Paris, France, returns a letter containing her pension check to
Bureau of Pensions, Washington, DC, stating that Helen G. Hubbard, of 246
Boulevard Raspail died in Paris, May 26, 1925, and that a report of her death
was furnished to the Department of State in a letter dated June 10, 1925.
November 10, 1928, Harris and Price Law
Offices, Suite 517, Guitar Bldg, Columbia, MO, writes to the Commissioner of
Pensions, Dept. of the Interior, Washington, DC, that they are trying to locate
the widow Helen W. Hubbard or the daughter, Laura Hubbard of the late Commander
Socrates Hubbard. They do not state a
reason except to say that it is important to contact them as soon as possible.
November 17, 1928, the Commissioner of
Pensions, Winfield Scott, in a letter to Harris Price Law Offices, states that
Mrs. Hubbard is deceased, that at the time she filed for a pension her address
was 33 Chestnut St, Englewood, NJ, and that the address of the daughter is