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Limbaugh documentsWilliam Madison Limbaugh was the son of Mary Hise and Henry Limbaugh.  He was born in 1804 in North Carolina and died February 10, 1857 in Bollinger County, Missouri.  He married Elizabeth Eveline Pearson November 10 1845 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  Elizabeth was born in 1813 in Missouri.

The Deposition below is a request made by Elizabeth Eveline Pearson for a pension on her son Albert Tillotson Brenard Limbaugh for his service in the Civil War.  In this document she names all of the names of her children plus the brothers and sisters of her husband William Madison Limbaugh.

Deposition A

Case of Elizabeth Evaline Limbaugh, No. 155,051

On this 13th day of Sept., 1893, at Philomath, County of Benton, State of Oregon, before me, F. C. Sharp, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Elizabeth Evaline Limbaugh - Client, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: 

Her age is somewhere about 74 or 75.  Cannot tell when I was born.  Have had so much sickness and abuse that my memory is nearly gone.  No occupations as am entirely blind and have been since last June.  Am now dependent on charity for a support and am temporarily staying with Mrs. Mahala J. Kisor at Philomath, Ore. which is now my P.O. address.

I am the claimant for pension as dependent mother of Albert T. Limbaugh who served in the Mo. Arty.  I cannot remember his company and regiment.  I did know until a short time ago - about four year, when I had brain fever and since that I have forgotten and have no memory.  I know my son Albert enlisted in Cape Girardeau, Mo., later in the fall of the year about the middle of the war.  I was a widow at time he went and enlisted with service.  Comrades all living right about our neighborhood 15 mil. out of Cape Girardeau.  I don't remember the directions, it appears like we lived west of Cape Girardeau.  Our P.O. was Edinger.  Kept at a German's house by that name and we lived about 2 miles from the P.O. about north.  I think it was later in the fall when Albert enlisted.  One of the boys who went with him was -- Black, and another was name of -- DePaugh.  Don't recall any more. 

My son's full name was Albert Tillottson Brevard Limbaugh, but he always went by name of Albert T.  I had not other sons in the army.

My maiden name was Elizabeth Evaline Pierson and I was born in North Carolina and my father's name was Nathaniel.  We moved to Ky. and then to Mo. when I was a small girl and settled in Cedar Creek country, Boone Co., Mo.

I married Wm. Limbaugh at my sister Serena, who was the wife of Joseph Compton and they lived in Matterson Co., Mo. at the lead mines called Mine LaMote.  They lived near the county seat but I forget the name.  My sister and husband are dead.  I cannot give the date of my marriage to Wm. Limbaugh.  I was about 18 years old.  Neither of us had been married before.  My husband was about 15 years older than I.  He was raised in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo. and his people lived right there for years, and if he had been previously married I would have heard of it.  His people are from Philadelphia, Pa. and he had three brothers and two sisters.  Their names were Geo., Kate, Danl. and Jake [sic], Sopha and my husband are the children in his family. 

After our marriage we went right back to Cape Girardeau Co., Mo. on his farm and we lived there until he died, for years before the war broke out, on the 10th day of Feby.  I remember it was the 10th of Feby because I had twins -- Sarah Elizabeth and Martha Ann born the 6th of Feby.  Can't give the year.  It was five years before my husband died.

My husband died right there on the farm and was buried there on the farm.  I was married to him by a squire but cannot recall his name.  Yes, it has just come to me -- Eli Richards was his name and he lived there at the lead mines, he afterward came up near us [sic] land.

Wm. Limbaugh and I had born to us five children. 

Lorena Jane Limbaugh

Albert T. B.                     Died Jan 7, 1865

Thos Jefferson                 Died in 1867 or 8

Sarah Elizabeth               twins

Martha Ann                     Dead

I cannot give the dates of the birth of my children since my sickness.  Lorena Jane married her cousin Francis M. Limbaugh and they live at Woodbridge, San Joaquin Co., Calif.  Lorena has the dates of births and deaths in the family, in the large family bible.

Sarah Elizabeth the only other living is the wife of Henry Myers and they live near Alsea P.O. this county.  I had been living with them for the past year but the husband treated me so badly it nearly drove me crazy and finally they put me in [sic] slope and sent me up here starting me for California but I hadn't enough money to go and have [sic] here.  Now I am dependent on the charity of others. 


What property did you own at time your son Albert went in the army?


We had 300 acres of land - a 100 acres or so under cultivation.  Two head of horses, a cow and some yearlings, some hogs and some farming utensils.  Albert was quite young when my husband died, but he was resolute and carried on things will for a boy.  His uncle Geo. advised and praised him and so he carried on the farm.  I was dependent on him to do the work when he was went away in the army.  I think he was about 21 years old when he enlisted.  Dr. Bufford who lived in Cape Girardeau urged Albert to reenlist as the country about then was full of bushwhackers.  We did not know what minute we could be shot down.  Albert sent me home money at different times.  I received$200 after he was dead as bounty money.  I had lots of letters my son wrote me, and on some there was the picture of the hospital where he was under treatment.  He hurt his leg in the Arty. and while in hospital at St. Louis or the other there he had the bone cut out of his leg--some 6 inches of bone.  I was told that erysipelas set in and killed him.  A woman by name of Otis, I think nursed him in the hospital.  I can't be sure of the name [sic] of memory has [sic] so bad.  Don't know where she is.


What has become of these letters you received from your son while in the army and in hospital?


I don't know what has become of them.  When we moved to Calif. 22 or 23 years go almost everything of that sort was burned up.  The children [sic] to have everything destroyed that would [sic] to move.


When did you first file a claim for pension?


I can't give the date, but I was living in Corvallis, Or. with Charles Rose, sewing in the family several years ago.  Cannot say just how long ago.  I had been up here living with my daughter Mrs. Myers in Alsea for about a year, and was on my way back to Calif. and when I went to Corvallis to take the cars [sic] I met the Rose family and went to service for Mrs. Rose.  Her fist name is Lorietta.  Mr. Rose was a pensioner and he urged me to apply.  I lived there for about a year.  That is the first I remembering putting in a claim.  I always went by name of Evaline and that is how my papers come to be signed that way.  I never could read and write much, and did not try to write any after I was married. 


Did you not file a claim while you lived in Missouri--before you moved to California?


I don't remember that I did.  I remember of having some talk about it but it is all like a dream.  It seems as though my son-in-law Francis M. Limbaugh was with me in Cape Girardeau when we had a talk about some pension matters soon after Albert died.  F. M. Limbaugh is the son of Jacob Limbaugh a brother of my husband.


Who is Joseph Limbaugh?


He is a son of Danl Limbaugh, bro. of my husband.


Who is Nathaniel Limbaugh?


I think he is a brother of my son-in-law F. M. Limbaugh, called Nathaniel Kingston Limbaugh.  There were so many of the Limbaugh children in all the family that I have forgotten about them nearly.


In what way were you dependent on your son Albert at the he died?


I depended on him because there was no one to run the farm to make anything after he died, while he was in the army his money come home and that helped us get along.  I hired some. Then soldiers destroyed nearly everything and with what they wanted.  My son Thomas was a sickly boy and died two years or so after Albert died.  There was consumption in my husband's family and Thomas died with that disease.  So did Martha Ann one of the twins.


Was Albert married when he went in the army?


No, sir.


By [sic] do you expect to prove your dependence upon your son Albert at time he died and afterwards.


All the folks back there in Mo. that would know about my circumstances I guess.  I only know of one person Frank Younst [sic], who lived in Calif. that knew my circumstances back in Mo.  He went to Calif. the same time I did.  Frank Younst lives near Redwood City, Calif.  My son-in-law F. M. Limbaugh will know about how I was fixed.  I will have to refer you to my daughter Lorena and her husband for information to show my circumstances and give information as to my financial condition in Mo. and Calif.

While living in Mo. after the war I was living under embarrassing circumstances on account of my son having been in the army.  Many people were shot down in the field after the war was over, and we were threatened.  My son-in-law F. M. Limbaugh was bound to move to California and all the children wanted to keep together so rented the farm to Frank Younst's father for a $100 a year.  It was Jno. S. Younst.  I heard he was dead.  If alive his son will know [sic].  We moved to Calif. the year the Union Pacific R.R. was first put through.  It was before they had depots built, and the R.R. had to be guarded by the soldiers.  We did not get half the rent.  He rented it one year and had charge of it after [sic].

[pages missing] . for about three years, I never knew who had it.  I know we did not get anything [sic] for it.  I went back to Mo. and sold it out to David Smith for $1,000.  I think the P.O. at that time was Millersville, Bollinger Co., as Cape Girardeau Co. had been divided.  I received $500 in cash for the farm and in a year Mr. Smith sent me the balance of $500.  The place was in such a dilapidated condition that it would not sell for any more than a $1,000.  The children had a part of that.

When we moved to Calif. first we settled on the Sacramento River and our P.O. was Rio Vista.  We rented a farm that is my son-in-law and we all lived together and I made my home with him.  We had to work out for wages to make a living.  I sewed and quilted and did all kinds of work to get along.  I remained a widow until I was married to Christian Bollinger several years after I moved to Calif.  I can't give the date of marriage.  I was married to him at his house by a minister but cannot give his name.  None of my family were present.  I had been at Bollinger's house with a lady by name of Wolf three or four days and her husband was there when the marriage took place.  The Wolfs are dead.  Christian Bollinger lives near Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., Calif. or did the last I knew.  I lived with him two years and left him because he abused me.  Then I went to live with Sarah and worked out some.  He came for me and promised to be good and I went back and lived with him two years longer and finally had to quit him again.  I obtained a divorce from Christian Bollinger in San Jose, Calif.  I can't tell the year I obtained the divorce.  I have always gone by the name of Evaline Limbaugh since.  In fact was called by that name while I lived with him.

Yes, sir, I received some money from Bollinger when I was divorced.  I was paid $700 by the clerk and my lawyer.  I was not allowed any monthly alimony, and did not receive any more money from that source afterwards.

No, sir, I have not been married since my divorce from Chris Bollinger.  I had no other property but the $700 after my divorce from Bollinger except a little furniture--bedding. I worked out around after that for my living. I cannot recall the places.  I was able to get along until some 4 years ago or more when I had the brain fever.  Some called it LaGrippe and since that I wasn't able to do anything and my memory is nearly ruined. 

I came sick in Stockton after going back to Calif. after being up here in Corvallis, Or. for the year.  I cannot remember the names the people where I was when sick.  He was a farmer--now I recall his name was Carney [sic]. I had saved up money by cooking or nursing and had money to care for me.  Then I went and lived with my daughter Lorena for [sic] a year.  Then with same friends in Stockton--around at different places.  My eye sight was failing me.  I came up here a year ago last June.

I will have to refer my daughter Lorena and husband and Frank Younst to give the names of people who have known me in Mo. and Calif. and to find out what my financial conditions has been.  I cannot tell any more than I know.  I am the identical Elizabeth Evaline Limbaugh, the mother of Albert T. B. Limbaugh who has applied for mother's pension.  I had same testimony prepared for my case in Stockton, Calif. and attorney Webster lost it.  I have not filed any claim since the one prepared in Corvallis several years ago when Mrs. Rose was a witness and did the writing for me.

Wallace Kerrick made an affidavit before attorney Webster.

I have fully understood all my rights in this case.  I don't care to be notified or represented during any further examination of my claim.  I have heard the [sic] read, have understood the questioning and my answers are correctly recorded


M. J. Kisor

F. C. Sharp

Elizabeth Evaline Limbaugh



July/August 2001 issue

Limbaugh Rare Book Collection

by Joan Stevens, Catalog/Reference Librarian

The Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh, Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, and other members of the Limbaugh family have most generously donated an impressive collection of rare legal treatises to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. This collection was originally owned by Judge Limbaugh's father, the late Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Esquire, who had acquired the books over a period of 50 years. In donating these rare books, they pass on the legacy of the Limbaugh family for the edification of the Eighth Circuit bench and bar.

The Collection was officially donated in 1997, but the books remained in Judge Limbaugh's care until the Courts moved to the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse, at which time the Eighth Circuit Library acquired sufficient space to properly house them. Actual transfer of the books took place in January, 2001 when the District Court for the Eastern District of Missourimoved into the new Courthouse.

The Limbaugh Collection is now on display in the U.S.Courts Library, 8th Circuit, located on the 22nd floor of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. The books are housed in two handsome oak and glass display cabinets, also donated by the Limbaugh family, in the Library's Archives and Rare Books room. Circuit Librarian Ann Fessenden is Curator of the Collection.

The Limbaugh books date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and include the classic works of Blackstone and Coke which are among the cornerstones of Anglo-American law. Most notable are the first English and American editions of Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England . The first English edition is a rebound, four volume set published in Oxford, 1765-69. The first American edition, published 1771-73 in Philadelphia, has Blackstone's four volumes plus a fifth appendix volume including correspondence between Blackstone and others. This set has its original casing. A list of the names of the 1500 citizens of colonial Americawho subscribed to this first edition is set out in volume four. Also in the Collection are Edward Christian et al.'s two volume 1850 edition, George Sharswood's two volume 1877 edition and Bernard C. Gavit's one volume 1941 abridged edition of Blackstone's Commentaries.

The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or a Commentary upon Littleton by Sir Edward Coke also graces the Collection. Published in 1738, this is the 12th edition of what is known as Coke on Littleton. It contains the original text in Latin with Coke's translation and Coke's notes. For a listing of the complete collection, please contact the Eighth Circuit Library.

The Limbaugh family's donation of this important collection of rare books was officially acknowledged by the Court En Banc Tuesday, July 10, 2001 in the Eagleton Courthouse. Speakers present at the ceremony included Chief Circuit Judge Roger L. Wollman, Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Judge Richard S. Arnold and Circuit Librarian Ann Fessenden.

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