Malinda Wagner1,2,3

ID# 20622, (1854 - 1931)
FatherAbraham Wagner4,5,6 (abt 12 Sep 1817 - 19 Sep 1887)
MotherCatharine Sites4,5,6 (3 Dec 1830 - 24 Apr 1908)

Key Events:

Birth: 14 Sep 1854, Knobville, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania7,8,9
Marriage: 4 Jan 1872, Knobsville, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, George T. Vallance (13 Nov 1844 - 25 May 1911)10,11,12
Death: 15 Jun 1931, Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania6
Burial: 17 Jun 1931, Fairview Cemetery6
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot

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Narrative:

     Malinda Wagner was born on 14 Sep 1854 in Knobville, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.7,8,9 She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Todd Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, in the household of her parents, Abraham Wagner and Catharine Sites.13 She appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Tod Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, in the household of her parents.14
     Malinda married George T. Vallance, son of John A. Vallance and Margaret Flora, on 4 Jan 1872 in Knobsville, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, with Rev. J. B. Clark officiating.10,11,12
     Malinda and George T. Vallance moved to Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, in Aug 1872.15 They appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of West Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, enumerated 12 Jun 1880. Their children Clara, Mary and Helen were listed as living with them.16
     Malinda and George appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of North Woodbury Twp., Blair Co., Pennsylvania, enumerated 6 Jun 1900, reporting that they owned their home, free of mortgage.17
     With her husband an invalid by 1910, Malinda was doing house work for others.18
     Malinda and George appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, at Annie St., enumerated 26 Apr 1910, reporting that they owned their home, free of mortgage.19
     Her husband died on 25 May 1911 in Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania.20,21
     After her husband's death Malinda applied for widow's pension based on his Civil War service. She applied on 22 Jun 1911 and her pension was subsequently approved for $30 per month.22,23,24
     In the 1926-1927 session of the 69th Congress, Malinda's Congressman, J. Banks Kurtz, introduced a bill to increase her pension. The bill was referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions like many similar bills. This seems to have been a process commonly used to increase pensions to amounts beyond those specified by current law. The House Committee on Invalid Pensions operated from 1831 until 1946.25
     Malinda submitted an affidavit 31 Aug 1926 on a form provided by the Committee, providing brief information about her husband's service and their marriage. She said she had a small house and "a few household goods" worth about $500, and no income other than her pension. Two long-time acquaintances filed affidavits about her financial condition the next day. Each said she had only a life interest in the house, which they valued at $600, and about $150 worth of household goods, and not other income. Her doctor filed an affidavit 15 Sep stating that she required "periodical aid and attendance" as a result of a "permanent and progressive" condition caused by chronic myocarditis, rheumatism, and a kidney condition. Apparently no action was taken on her bill in this session.26
     Congressman Kurtz re-introduced the bill in the nest session of the 70th Congress, on 5 Dec 1927. It was again referred to the Committee on Invalid Pensions.27,28 The Committee issued its report 5 Dec 1928 recommending approval of 2,935 cases, including hers, consolidating them into a single bill. They recommended increasing her pension to $40 per month, noting that she was "in condition to require periodical aid and attendance of another person, by reason of affliction from chronic myocarditis, rheumatism, and kidney disease." It also reported that she had title to a home place valued at $600, her pension was her sole income, and no one was legally bound to her support.29 The bill was enacted 13 Feb 1929, increasing her pension to $40 per month.30
     Malinda died on 15 Jun 1931 in Martinsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, at age 76.6 She was buried on 17 Jun 1931 in Fairview Cemetery.6

Children:
     Children with George T. Vallance

George and Malinda had one additional child whose name is unknown, and who died before 1900.35,36
  • Clara Vallance31,32 (20 Jun 1872 - 25 Nov 1933)
  • Mary Lovada Vallance31,33 (7 Nov 1874 - 18 Apr 1927)
  • Helen May Vallance31,34 (3 Jun 1879 - 14 Sep 1950)

Citations

  1. [S6872] Abram Waggnoer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, shows name as Malinda Waggoner.
  2. [S6871] Abraham Wagner household, 1870 U.S. Census, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, shows name as Malinda Wagner.
  3. [S6676] Malinda Vallance, Certificate of Death, shows father's surname as Wagner.
  4. [S6872] Abram Waggnoer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  5. [S6871] Abraham Wagner household, 1870 U.S. Census, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  6. [S6676] Malinda Vallance, Certificate of Death.
  7. [S6676] Malinda Vallance, Certificate of Death, shows date and county.
  8. [S6872] Abram Waggnoer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, shows age 6 and state.
  9. [S6677] Clara Maddocks, Certificate of Death, shows town and state.
  10. [S6869] Malinda Vallance, Civil War pension, National Archives and Records Administration, Affidavit of Milinda Vallance, 15 Jul 1911, shows date, town, county, and officiant.
  11. [S2720] United States Congressional Serial Set, House Report No. 1928, 70th Congress, 2nd session, Report of Committee on Invalid Pensions, H. R. 14800, 5 Dec 1928, pg 261, H. R. 2707, shows date.
  12. [S6680] George T. Vallance household, 1900 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, shows married 29 years.
  13. [S6872] Abram Waggnoer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.
  14. [S6871] Abraham Wagner household, 1870 U.S. Census, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.
  15. [S6869] Malinda Vallance, Civil War pension, National Archives and Records Administration, Declaration for Pension, 23 Feb 1907.
  16. [S6675] George Vallance household, 1880 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania.
  17. [S6680] George T. Vallance household, 1900 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania.
  18. [S6681] George T. Valance household, 1910 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, shows occupation as house work, industry as odd jobs.
  19. [S6681] George T. Valance household, 1910 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania.
  20. [S6673] Geo. T. Vallance, Certificate of Death, shows date, town, county, and state.
  21. [S6683] George T. Vallance, Organization Index to Pension Files, shows date, town, and state.
  22. [S6683] George T. Vallance, Organization Index to Pension Files, shows date of her application and certificate no. 728118.
  23. [S2720] United States Congressional Serial Set, House Report No. 1928, 70th Congress, 2nd session, Report of Committee on Invalid Pensions, H. R. 14800, 5 Dec 1928, pg 261, H. R. 2707, shows amount and certificate number.
  24. [S6869] Malinda Vallance, Civil War pension, National Archives and Records Administration, Affidavit of Milinda Vallance, 15 Jul 1911.
  25. [S2720] United States Congressional Serial Set, Journal of the House of Representatives, 69th Congress, 2nd session, H. R. 13365, pp 8, 579.
  26. [S6905] Malinda Vallance, Records of House Committee on Invalid Pensions, 70th Congress, National Archives and Records Administration.
  27. [S2720] United States Congressional Serial Set, Journal of the House of Representatives, 70th Congress, 1st session, H. R. 2707, pg 62.
  28. [S6905] Malinda Vallance, Records of House Committee on Invalid Pensions, 70th Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, folder, shows date introduced.
  29. [S2720] United States Congressional Serial Set, House Report No. 1928, 70th Congress, 2nd session, Report of Committee on Invalid Pensions, H. R. 14800, 5 Dec 1928, pp 1, 261.
  30. [S6868] The Statutes at Large of the United States of America, Vol. XLV, Dec 1927 to Mar 1929, pp 2049, 2099, H. R. 14800, An Act Granting pensions and increase of pensions..., 13 Feb 1929.
  31. [S6675] George Vallance household, 1880 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, shows the girl as daughter of Mealinda's husband.
  32. [S6677] Clara Maddocks, Certificate of Death.
  33. [S6678] Mary Riley, Certificate of Death.
  34. [S6679] Helen May Lingenfelter, Certificate of Death.
  35. [S6680] George T. Vallance household, 1900 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, shows her as the mother of 4, with 3 living.
  36. [S6681] George T. Valance household, 1910 U.S. Census, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, shows her as the mother of 4, with 3 living.