The Commonwealth of Kentucky began granting Confederate pensions in 1912. Copies of pension applications for Kentucky residents are available from the Kentucky Dept of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Mrs. Joeanna Ellis of Carrsville, Livingston County, Kentucky filed for a pension as allowed by the General Assembly to indigent widows of soldiers. She was born Joeanna Moss on 29 Jan 1853 in Ghent, Carroll County, Kentucky.
Her late husband, David Ellis, was born 17 Sep 1838 in Newcastle, Henry County, Kentucky. The couple married in Carroll County 9 Sep 1873.
David Ellis enlisted in 1862 in Company F, 4th Kentucky Cavalry, C.S.A..
Mrs. Ellis owns a farm valued at $1,000 and personal property worth $200. She has rental income of about $150 a year or less. Her husband died 30 May 1904 at Carrsville, Kentucky.
James M. Truesdale of Carrsville was a witness in support of Mrs. Ellis’ application. He stated he had known her about 40 years and she had lived in Livingston County since 1877. He had also known David Ellis for 40 years.
Albert Likens, another witness, stated he knew personally the same facts stated by James M. Truesdale.
Prisoner of war records show that David Ellis was captured 14 Jun 1864 at Cynthiana, Kentucky, paroled at Camp Morton, Indiana and forwarded via Baltimore, Maryland to Point Lookout for exchange by orders from Washington, DC 14 Feb 1865.
Widow’s pension No. 4532 for Joeanna Ellis was allowed 28 Nov 1928. Mrs. Ellis did not live long enough to enjoy the pension as she passed away 1 Jan 1929 and was buried the next day in Carrsville Cemetery.
Published 5 September 2008, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/