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Birth: Apr. 21, 1846
Indiana, USA
Death: May 4, 1924
Payne County
Oklahoma, USA

Civil War Co A 9 Michigan Inf

Hmarried Luvina Culler on July 1, 1866, in St. Joseph County, Michigan.

Asa enlisted in the Union Army on August 25, 1864 as a private, at the age of 18. He enlisted at Jackson, Michigan, in Company A. 9th Michigan Infantry.

In the 1900 census Asa and his family were living in Payne County, Oklahoma. Asa was listed as a farmer age 53 born April 1847 in Indiana, his wife Lovina age 52 born April 1848 in Indiana, their children listed were: Orsena age 24 born December 1876 in Indiana and Maude age 16 born February 1884 in Indiana. The census also stated that Lovina was a mother of 6 children, but only 4 were still living at that time.

In the 1910 census Asa was living in Union township, Payne County, Oklahoma. He was still listed as a farmer age 62, and his wife Lovina age 62.

In the 1920 census Asa and Lovina were still living in Payne County, Oklahoma.

This little article was found in a book titled History of Payne County, Oklahoma.

Making the run from the north boundary and staking claims in the southwest quarter of section 15-18-5 East and in the adjoining northwest quarter of section 22-18-5 East, where Asa T. Donaldson { 1846-1924 } and his son Arbie E. Donaldson { 1871-1956 }. These claims were filed at the Guthrie Land Office on March 31, 1892.

This is a letter that Asa wrote to help Jonathan Culler to get his pension.

State of Kansas, Ford County, SS.
In the matter of original invalid pension claim of Jonathan Culler, late a private in Co. A, 9th Reg't Mich. Volunteer Infantry.
Personally appeared before me, a notary public in and for aforesaid county and state, duly authorized to administer oaths, Asa Donaldson, age 42 years, who is a person well known to me to be respectable and entitled to credit, whose post-office address is Fonda, Ford County, Kansas, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid claim as follows:- -
I have been well and personally acquainted with the claimant since 1862. He and myself went to school together in LaGrange County, Indiana, before we enlisted together in Co. A, of the 9th Reg't Michigan Infantry Volunteers. Before his enlistment he was a sound and able-bodied young man in every respect so far as I knew. Our home was in LaGrange County at the time of our enlistment, but our parents objecting to our enlistment, we ran away from them and enlisted together at Jackson, Michigan, in the aforesaid company and regiment. I was with him during the whole time of his service and came home with him. Except for two short periods when he was on detached duty we were bunk and mess mates during the entire time of our service. At Chattanooga, Tennessee, sometime about the first of March, 1865, claimant, after his return from about twenty days at guarding a boat during a trip from Chattanooga, Tenn to Decatur, Alabama, and return, during which service he had caught a violent cold, was on the same night of his return, taken with a fever. Our regiment left Chattanooga the following morning for Nashville, Tenn. I took care of him during the trip in a box car, in which we rode alone, with some baggage belonging to the regiment, on which I made him a bed. His cold seemed to have settled on his lungs, which were sore and badly affected at this time. At Nashville he was excused from duty, but did not go to the hospital. He remained in our tent, where he was treated by our regimental surgeon, and where I took care of him until about the first of the following April, before he was able to do further duty I am not sure what kind of fever it was he had, but it affected his lungs most severely, and left them in a very bad condition on his recovery. His hair all came out from the effects of the fever. Our duty from this time until our discharge was light, and he never reported sick any more, but remained in a very weak and enfeebled condition, with weak lungs and a cough. Since his return home I have known him well, and have seen him and been with him frequently. He has always complained of trouble with his lungs and has always had a cough, and has always claimed to me that he never recovered from the effects of the fever he had during his service, as above described. In my judgment he has been, during each year since his discharge. Disabled from performing manual labor by reason of this trouble with his lungs. I am a brother-in-law to the claimant, but have no pecuniary interest whatever in the prosecution of his claim for pension. I make this affidavit truthfully at the claimant's request, because, having taken care of him during his sickness in the service I know of his condition and of the incurrence of his aforesaid disability better than any other comrade whose testimony he can secure.
Asa Donaldson

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20 day of Feb. 1889; and I certify that I read over the foregoing affidavit to affiant and fully acquainted him with all the matters therein set forth before he executed the same.
H. Sillett Notary Public Cert. on file.

Family links: 
  Luvina Culler Donaldson (1844 - 1939)
  Arbie Eli Donaldson (1869 - 1957)*
  William F Donaldson (1871 - 1928)*
  Orsena Donaldson Faulls (1875 - 1906)*
*Calculated relationship
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Company A, Ninth Michigan.In 1910 he resided in Winfield, Cowley Co., Kansas.
- Marilynn Johnson, contributor
 Added: Apr. 25, 2014

- PAPA Ross
 Added: Dec. 15, 2009

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