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Pension Application for Jacob Acker

W.16804 (Widow: Johannah)
State of New York
County of Ulster SS.
            On this first day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty one, personally appeared before me Samuel Stilwell, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County, being a court of record, Johannah Acker, a resident of the Town of Marbletown, in the County of Ulster, aged Eighty one Years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision, made by the act of congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled “an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows”—
            That she is the widow of Jacob Acker, who was a private in the Revolutionary War—that she cannot particularly specify the services of the said Jacob Acker, in the said War, farther than what she recollects, to have heard him state in his lifetime, during the time she and said Acker lived together as husband and wife—that she has heard him tell, other old soldier, and has told her that he entered the service in the year 1776, and continued to serve more or less every season until the end of the war—that he has frequently told her (and has heard him relate the same to others) that he served three months at the taking of Burgoyne in Capt. Philip Swarts’ Company, that he was in the Battle, and that a Musket Ball passed through his hat in that Battle, and shaved the hair off his head—
            She has also heard her said husband tell of having served one season on the frontiers under Capt. Dodge—also has heard him say that some time during the war (cannot tell the year) he heard that they gave very high bounties for soldiers in Dutchess County, that he went over the River to said County, got a very heavy Bounty and served eight or nine months there before he came home—Thinks he stated that he served in a regiment commanded by Col. Livingston—cannot recollect the Captains name, nor all the services the said Jacob Acker has stated to her—
            She further declares that she was married to the said Jacob Acker on the thirteenth day of December, in the year seventeen hundred and eighty seven—that at that time she was the widow of Peter Wiest who also was a Revolutionary Soldier—that before her marriage to said Wiest her maiden name was VanAken, that her husband the aforesaid Jacob Acker died on the fourth day of June 1827, 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 and ninety four, viz at the time above stated.  (Signed with her mark)  Johannah Acker

Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me. Samuel Stilwell, one of the Judges of Ulster County Courts.

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