DAVID SWINYER'S CIVIL WAR PENSION PAPERS
"...on 13 January 1876, before a notary, stated that David C. Swinyer, aged 48 years, a resident of the Town of Franklin, County of Franklin, State of NY, ...is the identical David C. Swinyer who enlisted in Captain James Pierce's Company C, 118 Regiment, NY Volunteers, Division at Elmira, NY, on the 26 July 1862 and was honorably discharged at Elmira, NY, on 13 July 1865; that his personal description is as follows: Age 48 years; height 5 feet 5 inches; complexion light, hair brown; eyes blue...".
That he was treated in General Hospital No. (Blank) at Hampton, VA, from about April 1st to about May 15th, 1863.
A letter received by the U.S. Pension Office February 17, 1893, states that "we the undersigned petitioners respectfully petition your Honor to make a special matter of the granting of Mrs. Mary J. Swinyer late widow of David C. Swinyer, a pension for the following reasons: She is very poor and has no means of support whatever & is suffering for food and clothing." This petition is signed by 32 neighbors.