Note: be surmised from records filed with the US government when survivors were trying to obtain his Civil War pension. Barbara, his wife, filed toget a widow's pension while Jacob's brother, Louis (who was guardian forJacob's daughter), filed to get a child's pension for Jacob's daughter, Mary.From the records the following story can be put together. Jacob and Barbara's child, Mary, was born 20 Apr 1857 while theydidn't get married until 19 Feb 1857. This probably is the reason that theywere married by a Justice of Peace instead of having a church wedding. Onabout 20 June 1857 Barbara deserted Jacob and her child and went to live (inan unmarried state) with a Fredrich Brandt. She adulterously begot withhim several children. Barbara lived separate from her daughter from thattime on, wholly neglecting her child and refusing to attend to the child's needs. The child, Mary, resided at Baraboo with the Louis Platt family acting as guardian. Barbara Platt applied for Jacob's pension forherself while Louis Platt applied for Jacob's pension for the child. The circumstances surrounding the birth of Jacob and Barbara's childwere also recorded in the documents and are also interesting. Jacob andBarbara lived a considerable distance from a doctor. Thus when the child wasborn, a midwife, Louise Roser, was called. She declared that, besidesherself, the step-mother of the soldier, Christina Magdalena Platt, also wasthere. This is the only reference I have indicating that his father, Georg Andreas, remarried. Jacob Platt enlisted on 15 Aug 1862 at Baraboo in Company 'F', 23rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, to serve three years during the CivilWar. He was mustered into service as a private on 30 Aug 1862 at Madison. Hedied 19 July 1863 on a hospital transport ship, 'Crescent City', between Memphis and St Louis. His death was due to dropsy and chronicdiarrhea, diseases he contracted through exposure in the line of his duty as a soldier. (The Wisconsin Veterans Museum reports his dates ofenlistment as 13 Aug 1862 and death 13 July 1863.) After Jacob's death, a judge in the case seemed to imply that Jacob's wife, Barbara, was unworthy of the pension. Therefore, it was awardedto his child, Mary, and administered through Louis.
Note: Jacob, a farmer in Sauk County, had a difficult married life. This can
Note: Jacob has a stone in Rock Hill Cemetery (between North Freedom and Baraboo, Wisconsin, along County Highway 'W') but it is not knownwhether this is only a monument or if he is actually buried there.
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