Berilla E. Rose filed a Civil War Widow's Pension claim as the widow of Benjamin Ryder. Her first husband served in 2nd Company, 27 Regiment of Michigan S. S. Volunteers. (S. S. is the abbreviation for Sharp Shooters). Her second husband, Peter Johnson Shively, also filed a pension claim. He also served in the 2nd Independent Company of the S. S. attached to the 27th Regiment of Michigan Infantry Volunteers.
In the pension file is a copy of the following marriage: State of Michigan, Ionia County)
I certify, that on the 31st day of April A.D. 1863, at _______in the County aforesaid, I M Ingersol Smith joined in marriage Benjamin Ryder of Keene in the State of Michigan aged ___ years and Berrilla Rose of Keene in the State of Michigan aged ____years; that the parties did then and there solemnly declare that they took each other as Husband And Wife, and that there were present as witnesses Chancey Rose and Elizabeth Rose.
Also in the pension file is a copy of the second marriage of Berilla to Peter Johnson Shively:
Peter J. Shively Rec'd for Record March 5, 1867
Berilla Ryder E. M. Marble, Clerk
State of Michigan)
Ionia County) I certify that on the 20th day of November A.D. 1866 at Prairie Creek, Michigan in the County aforesaid, I A. Benton Morse, a Justice of the Peace, joined in marriage Peter J. Shiveley of Ionia in the State of Michigan aged 23 years and Berilla Ryder of Ionia in the State of Michigan aged 21 years; that the parties did then and there solemnly declare that they took each other as Husband and Wife and that there were present as witnesses Daniel Shively of Ionia Mich. and Phebe A. Shively of Ionia Michigan.
Dated at Ionia Mich. this 20th day of November A.D. 1866
The following information was extracted for Benjamin Ryder: "On the Muster Roll of 2nd Co. S.S. of that Regiment, for the months of July and August 1864, he is reported a Private "Missing in action near Petersburg July 30th/64" On Roll for Nov & Dec 1864 reported "Died in Hosp. at Annapolis Md. Sept 9th 1864 of chronic diarrhea. Paroled Prisoner"
The following letter was included in the file:
Ionia September 19 1916
Sir I have sean by the papers that the Bil has ben pased for All Widows at seventy years old wil git 20 dollars A month. Wil you pleas tel me what I have got to do to git it. I wil be 71 the 29 of this mont. Pleas let me no as soon as you can and Ablige
Berilla E Shively
Peter J. Shively's Original Invalid Claim was rejected: "Rejection on the ground that the claimant had never been finally discharged from the US Service as shown by the records of the War Dept." Per the Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension it is learned that: In the State of Michigan, County of Ionia, On this 30th day of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety four appeared.......Peter J. Shively aged 51 years........That his personal description is as follows: height 5 feet 9 inches; complexion light, hair dark; eyes hazel.....in the service and in the line of duty at Annapolis in the State of Md on or about the month of April 1864, he contracted chronic diarrhea caused by the privations and hardships of camp life. Also that while a member of the aforesaid organization in the service and in the line of duty at the Battle of the Wilderness (Va.) on the 6th day of May 1864 he was wounded in his left hand by a mini ball causing the loss of the first joint of the index finger and the first and second joints of the second finger of his said left hand. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: in Ward F. of a hospital in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. in May 1864. That he has not been in the military or naval service of the United States since he was furlowed and given transportation to his home in Michigan the latter part of May 1864. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the City of Ionia in the State of Michigan, and that his occupation has been that of a Laborer."
The Michigan Death Certificate for Peter Johnson Shively lists his birthdate of May 26, 1843 and birthplace as Ohio. His parents are listed as Peter Shively and first name unknown Foster. His date of death is listed as February 6, 1913. From the research of other Shively's Berilla E. Rose Ryder Shively was born September 29,1845 in Keene, Ionia County, Michigan and died October 14, 1921 in Saranac, Ionia County, Michigan. She was the daughter of Cyrus Rose and Belinda Hacock.