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Pension Application for Jacob France  (Franz)

Wife Maria
State of New York
County of Schoharie
            On this [?] day of October 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the court of Common Pleas in the County of Schoharie now sitting Jacob France a resident of the town of CoblesKill in said county of Schoharie aged 72 years & having first duly sworn according to law doth on his oats make the following declaration so to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
            That he the said Jacob France was in the Spring in the year 1779 was drafted by Captain John M. Brown to service in the Militia in colonel Henry Van Rensselaers Regiment at the Mohawk river that a short time in the service in said Regiment.
            That he the said Jacob France enlisted in the company commanded by Captain Pickbreath in the regiment commanded by Colonel Willett in State troops, for the term of nine months served in Herkimer and that vicinity marched under the command of Colonel Willett and his regiment for Fort Stanwiks [Stanwix] after the Indians and Tories, that he was in Samuel Butles? With Indians & during the nine months service that he was honourably discharged from the service in Herkimer by his capt and in the State of New York that he served in the State of New York that he the said Jacob France inlisted again for the term of nine months  on the first of April in the year 1752 in the State of New York in the company commanded by Captain Gray in the regiment commanded by Colonel Van Schaick in the Line of the State of New York in the Continental Establishment.  Served in Middle Fort in Schoharie and in that vicinity, that he served said corps faithfully until the first of January 1783 that he was honourably discharged in the city of Schenectady in the State of New York; by his officers, by word.  That he the said Jacob France, in February in the year 1783,  Served under the command of Colonel Willet State troops volunteered with a  team to carry soldiers and baggage to Oswago, served at least a half a month with this team was discharged and came home all this service was done in the State of New York.  That he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a Pension or Annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of the State of the United States.   That he was born in Sharon and lived in Sharon and in Cobleskill now since the American Revolution, that he was discharged in writing by his officers.
            Sworn and Subscribed the say and time aforesaid in open court.  [?] Behhard Jr. Clk.
            I George A. Lintner a clergymen residing in the Town & County of Schoharie do here by certify that I am well acquainted with Jacob France who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that he is a worthy member of my church and believe him to be Seventy two years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution and that I concur in that opinion.  Geo A. Lintner
            Sworn and subscribed before me this 3d day of October 1832.  Wm. Mann, a Judge Schoharie County Court.
            And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the Investigation of the matter and after putting the Interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states and the Court further Certifies that it appears to him that George A. Lintner who has signed the preceding Certificate is a Clergyman Resident in the Town of Schoharie in the County and is a Credible person and that his Statement is Entitled to Credit.

State of New York
County of Schoharie
            On the fifth day of June in the year One Thousand & Eight hundred & forty three personally appeared before the Court of Common Pleas of Schoharie County the same court being a court of record, Peter France a resident of the town of Fulton in said County aged forty six years who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the pension made by the Act of Congress passed July 7, 1838 entitled “An Act granting half pay & pensions to certain widows”  That he is the son of Maria France who was the widow of Jacob France, who was a private in the Revolutionary Army and a Pensioner under the Act of June 1832 as per $60 per annum—He further declares that his mother the said Maria France was married to the said Jacob France (this declarant’s father) on the twenty ninth day of December in the year Seventeen hundred & Eighty four: that her husband the aforesaid Jacob France died on the thirteenth day of April Eighteen hundred & forty one, that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January Seventeen hundred & ninety four viz on the time above stated—He further declares that the Surname of his ;mother previous to her marriage was Bouck.  That she died on the Eighth day of October Eighteen hundred & forty two aged Eighty two years & upwards and left Six children who still survive her--and that the following is a true statement of the names & ages of the said children and their respective places of residence.  Lany Shafer widow of John Shafer deceased aged fifty seven years.  Eve Bellinger wife of Peter Bellinger aged fifty four years.  Henry France Junior aged fifty one years.  John France Aged forty Eight years, Christopher I. France aged forty four-years, all residing in the town of Cobleskill County of Schoharie & State of New York, and this declarant aged forty six years who resides in the Town of Fulton, County of Schoharie.  [declaration ends here.]

State of New York
Sworn to subscribe on the day & year above written before me in open court.  Peter France
Thos McArthur Clerk of Scho Co.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & office my official seal the 5th day of June 1863.  Thos. McArthur Clerk of Schoharie County.
State of New York
County of Schoharie SS.
            Henry France Jr. being duly sworn deposes & says that he is aged fifty one years that he is the son of Maria France deceased.  He further states that the said Maria France died on the eighth day of October eighteen hundred & forty two & was at the time of her death the widow of Jacob France deceased who died on the first day of May in the year eighteen hundred & forty one—He also states that the facts stated in the foregoing declaration of his Brother Peter France are true of his own knowledge.
(Signed) Henry France
            Sworn & Subscribed the 8th day of June 1843 before me Thos. McArthur Clerk of Schoharie County.

Letter in the pension folder
December 6, 1927
Mrs. JC Moody
117 Orchard St.
Franklin, Pa.
            I have to advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim R. 3737, it appears that Jacob France or Frantz was born in Sharon, New York, date not stated.
            While residing at said Sharon, he was drafted in the spring of 1779 by Captain John M. Brown and served in Colonel Henry Van Rensselaer’s New York Regiment for a short while.  He served nine months in Captain Bigbread’s Company, Colonel Willett’s New York Regiment, and was in several battles with the Indians.  He served from April 1782, nine months in Captain Gray’s Company, Colonel Van Schaick’s New York Regiment.  In February 1783 he served half a month under Colonel Willett, with his team, conveying soldier to Oswego.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed October 2, 1832, while a resident of Cobleskill, New York, aged seventy-two years.  He died April 30, or May 1, 1841 at said Cobleskill.  
            Soldier married Deceubmer 24, 1784 at Schoharie, New York, Maria Bouck or Bouch.  She died October 8, 1842 at Cobleskill, New York.
            Their children were—


Born July 12, 1785

Married John Shafer


Born February 25, 1787


Eva or Evey

Born December 14, 1789

Married Peter Belligner


Born January ___, 1791



Born December 9, 1792



Born September 12, 1794



Born December 9, 1796


Christopher I.

Born December 15, 1798


            The above noted Jacob France (all spellings of that name searched) is the only soldier of that name found on the Revolutionary War records of this Bureau, and in said Claim, it does not appear that he received bounty land from the United States Government on account of Revolutionary War services.
            Respectfully, Winfield Scott, Commissioner.

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