1.) From the pension papers of Mary Ann [Andrews] Crenshaw, widow of Oliver B. Crenshaw, pvt. in Capt. Herberts Company, Co. E , First Regiment, Texas Mounted Riflemen
Record and Pension Office, War Department
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions
The rolls show that Oliver B. Crenshaw, Capt. Herberts Co., 1st Regt Texas mtd Rifles. J. C. Hays, Mex. War was enrolled May 18, 1946; mustered in June 10, 1846; at Point Isabel, Tex; and Discharged Sept 11, 1846, at China(?), Mex. And that the stations of the Company between muster-in and the last-named date were as follows: Aug 31 1846, Passa Jacarta (?); Ranch Mex.; Oct 21, 1846, Monterey, Mex.
Report dated May 27, 1897.
2.) Affidavit in pension application papers for pension for Mary Ann [Andrews] Crenshaw
The State of Texas, Burnett County
Before me the undersigned authority on this day personally appeared, George S. Turner Known to me to be a credible citizen of Burnett County, Texas, and now a merchant at Marble Falls said County who being by me first duly sworn says on oath that he affiant is 73 years of age, that he has resided in Burnett Co., Texas since the year 1891 & that he resided in Colorado Co. Texas during years 1839 to 1854, that he affiant was a member of Captain C. C. Herberts Company from Colorado County, Texas, Texas Volunteers in the Mexican war & that he served in said Company in said war: That he affiant was well & familiarly acquainted with Oliver B. Crenshaw, he having first become acquainted with him in 1845. That said Oliver B. Crenshaw was also a member & soldier in said Captain C. C. Herberts Company, Texas Volunteers Mexican war & served in said Company in said war, said Crenshaw having enlisted in said company from Colorado Co. Texas; That he knows that said Oliver B. Crenshaw was in said company & served in said Company as a soldiers in said was from the fact that he affiant served with said Oliver B. Crenshaw in said company in said war.
Affiant further states that said Oliver B. Crenshaw was married to Mary A. Andrews. That he affiant was well acquaisnted with said Mary A. Andrews as well as with said Oliver B. Crenshaw prior to their marriage & that neither of them was married to any other person prior to their marriage to each other & that they lived together as man & wife & had children all of which facts affiant states he knows of his own knowledge from an intimate acquaintance and association with said Oliver B. Crenshaw & Mary A. Crenshaw whose maiden name was Mary A. Andrews as aforesaid.
Signed by Geo. S. Turner on 3rd day August 1897
3.) 2nd affidavit for pension of Mary A. Crenshaw
State of Texas, County of Llano
Before me, Wm. J. Berne Jr., a notary public in and for said State and county, on this day personally appeared L. M. Mayes, known to be to be a credible citizen of Valley Springs, in said State and county, who, first having been by me duly sworn, under oath says that he is the postmaster of the town of Valley Springs, in said state and county, and is sixty-five years of age, and formerly resided in Colorado county Texas; that he was personally and familiarly acquainted with Oliver B. Crenshaw, and became acquainted with him about the year 1850 in said Colorado county and knew him from that time until the time of his death, which was about the year 1863. Said Crenshaw was a married man when affiant first knew him, and remained until the time of his death, his wife during all of that time being Mary A. Crenshaw: that affiant, about 1850, married a sister of said Mrs. Mary A. Crenshaw, and that affiant has been acquainted with said Mrs. Crenshaw continuously from about the year 1850 until the present time, and that the latter is still living. Affiant further says under oath that aforesaid Oliver B. Crenshaw and Mary A. Crenshaw lived together as man and wife continuously from the time when he first knew them in 1850 until the death of Oliver B. Crenshaw in the year 1863, that during all this time affiant was a near neighbor to them, they both were strict members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in good standing. Affiant further says that he first went to Colorado county in 1850 and resided near the village of Oakland, and found said Oliver B. Crenshaw and Mary A. Crenshaw living there as man and wife when he went there, and at that time they had one child, a little girl born as the fruit of that marriage, and that it was well know in that neighborhood and throughout Colorado county at that time that they had been married in said Colorado county about three years prior to 1850
Affiant furthered says under oath that Said Oliver B. Crenshaw is now death, he having died in Colorado County about the year 1863; that affiant was in the army at the time of his death, but on his return there-from learned the fact from the neighbors and friends and family of said Crenshaw, and that affiant has often seen the grave of said Crenshaw in the burying ground near aforesaid village of Oakland.
Affiant further says that he has often heard said Crenshaw speak of his experiences in the Mexican War, and has heard him often say that he was a member of Captain Herberts Company, Texas Volunteers, in that War; that when affiant went to reside in Colorado county as aforesaid, said Capt. Herbert was then residing in that county and continued to reside in that county until his death, which occurred sometime after the late Civil War: and that affiant often heard said Crenshaw relate occurrences that happened while he served in said company, one of which was how a Mr. Carroll, who was at the time of the relation of the occurrence by Crenshaw, the presiding elder of the Methodist Church for the district in which Colorado county lay, acted during a certain battle, which was the battle of Salado and fought near San Antonio to the best of affiants recollection. When Crenshaw told this story Mr. Carroll was his presiding elder. This story was that during that battle Mr. Carroll would take very careful aim just before he fired at a Mexican, and after he fired he would say aloud each time, and very deliberately, "God save his soul."
Affiant further said under oath that the Mary A. Crenshaw mentioned above in this affidavit now resides in Brady, in McCulloch county Texas, and is the same person who has made application for a pension as widow of said Oliver B. Crenshaw; that said Oliver B. Crenshaw was never married to any other person than said Mary A. Crenshaw from 1850 until his death in 1863, nor has said Mary A. Crenshaw, nee Andrews, been married since 1850 to any other person than said Oliver B. Crenshaw; that from 1850 continuously until 1863, the death of said Oliver, said Oliver Crenshaw and Mary A. Crenshaw continuously lived together as man and wife and were never divorced; and that consequently said Mary A. Crenshaw is the widow of said Oliver Crenshaw.
Signed L. M. Mayes 14th day of June 1897
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm