Viropa Man, 108
Wants a pension

Article published in Clarksburg Exponent 1923

      Wilson Jones of Viropa is 108 years old, and he says in a letter received by Mrs Cartane. Lockman, of Clarksburg, executive secretary of the Red Cross, and he wants his pension. Mr Jones does not state whether he has been entirely overlooked by the government since his discharge from the army in April, 1866, but he is in earnest in urging the Red Cross to help him out.

The text of the letter follows:
      I want to know if you can get my pension for me, please mam. If you can get it for me I wish you would try for me. My age is 108 years. My last birthday was the 5th day of February, 1923, and I have not got it yet. I fought in the Old Silver (Civil) war, my Company B, 17 Ridagement. I was discharged on the 25th day of April in the year 66 and I am old. Have not had a penny yet. My captain's name was Tom Hambo, Sigen (sergant) John William. My name is Wilson Jones. Please let me hear from you at once."
Yours truly,
Mr Wilson Jones,
Box 43 Viropa, W. Va

17th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry      Organized at Nashville, Tenn., December 12 to 21, 1863. Attached to Post of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to December, 1864. 1st Colored Brigade, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to April, 1866.

SERVICE.-Duty at McMinnville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., till November, 1864. Battleof Nashville, Tenn., December 15-16. Overton Hill December 16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-27. Decatur December 28-30. Duty at Post of Nashville, Tenn., and in the Dept. of Tennessee till April, 1866. Mustered out April 25, 1866.

The following is listed in U.S. Union Civil War Records;

Wilson Jones
17th US Colored Infantry
Company B
Rank inducted: Pvt
Rank mustered out: Pvt

I could not find whether Wilson Jones received his pension. Wilson lived to be 112 years old and died in 1927.