Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Jacob Acker

W.16802 (Widow: Jane) Married Jacob 1778 or 1780.
Sergeant
State of New York
City and County of New York in Jacob Acker of the said City being duly sworn saith that his name had been placed on the pension roll for a wound he received during the Revolutionary War about thirty nine or forty years ago.  That he is well acquainted with Jacob Acker of the Town of Greenburgh in the County of West Chester who also was wounded in the Revolutionary War that in the commencement of the said War they both belonged to Col. James Hammonds Regiment but was attached to dependant companies.  (Signed) Jacob Acker
            Sworn this 3rd day of June 1826 before me. W. P. VanNess Dist. Judge US

State of New York
City and County of New York SS.
            Samuel Youngs of the County of WestChester in the said State being duly sworn saith that he is well acquainted with Jacob Acker of the City and County of New York and also with Jacob Acker of the Town of Greenburgh in the said County of WestChester.
            That the said Jacob Acker of the City and County of New York has been on the pension list for more than thirty years.  That the said Jacob Acker of the Town of Greenburgh in the said County of WestChester is now making an application for a pension for a wound he received on his head during the said Revolutionary War.  That he well recollects being one of the party when the said Jacob Acker of Greenburgh received that wound.  That it was in the latter end of the winter of the year 1782 or in the beginning of the spring of that year.  That the deponent was then a Lieutenant and commanded as such on that expedition.  That the American Party was composed of the inhabitants of the county of West Chester County and was commanded by Capt. Israel Honeywell that they were mounted and equipted as horsemen.  That they surprised the Brittish Regugees hutted in Morrison Woods.  That the number of the American party was one hundred and five men.  That they whole number of the Brittish refugees in their huts was about three hundred, that Americans took forty prisoners and left about ten of them killed or severely wounded in their huts.
            That on the retreat of the Americans they lost several of their party.  That the deponent well recollects the names of Abraham Dyckman and John VanWort—who were mortally wounded in the said retreat and died in a few days afterwards.  That the said Jacob Acker of Greenburgh in the said County of WestChester was also wounded and taken prisoner by the said Brittish Refugees.  That the wound of the said Jacob Acker was a sword wound by about across his head.  That the said Jacob Acker of Greenburgh has often informed this deponent that he had for a long time and still continued to suffer much from the pain of the said wound.  He has been so afflicted by the said wound that for several years past he has been unable to stoop or to make use of any hard or violent exercise.  That at the commencement of the said Revolutionary War both the said Jacob Acker belonged to Coll James Hammond’s Regiment but as he has been informed to [???]  (Signed) Sam’l Young.
            Sworn this 3rd day of June 1826 before me.  W.P. VanNess, Dist. Judge.

Increase of Pension
            It is hereby certified that Jacob Acker formerly a private in Captain Daniel Marttings company in a Regiment of New York State Militia in the service of the United States commanded by Lieut Col. James Hammon, who it appears by the accompanying certificate was placed on the pension roll at the rate of four 80/100 dollars per month on account as he states of having received six wounds whilst engaged with a British forces during the Revolutionary War—three  of which were severe and caused his present disabilities—one from a Sabre which partially divided the Traparsus and dettoid muscles and apparently fractured the superior edge of the left as Scapulaus—another from a musket ball which divided flexor muscles of the left forearm about a hands breadth below the elbow—the other from a musket ball, which produced a fracture of the cranium rear the Sagital Luture in the left parirtalis while in the line of his duty and in said service—two of the above mentioned, on or about the seventeenth day of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine at or near a place called Morrissania and the other at or near a place called Singsing in the State of New York—is not only still disabled in consequence of the said injuries but in my opinion is entitled to three 20/100 dollars per month more than he already receives as a pension.  J. Everett, Surgeon. L.A.
            Given at New York Oct. 10th 1821.

United States of America
Southern District of New York SS
            Fayette Cooper and Stephen D. Beekman, of the city of New York, Doctors of Medicine, being severally duly sworn, depose and say that Jacob Acker, in the certificate within written mentioned, has received six wounds.  That by the means of two wounds from a sabre he has lost the use of his left arm—that the said two wounds from a sabre are on the shoulder, in addition to which he has received gunshot wounds in the forearm and that the hearing of said Acker has been partially injured by a wound received on the head by means of a sabre.  Stephen D. Beekman, Fayette Cooper.
            Sworn before me this 29th September, 1826.  Wm. Ironside.  Commissioner in the U.S. Courts for the Southern District of New York.

March 17, 1932, letter to the Veterans Administration.
Gentlemen:
            I appreciate very much your letters of February 13th by Mr. A.D. Hiller, Assistant to Administrator, and if you would be so kind as to look up the record of Jacob Acker for me, I shall appreciate it very much.
            Jacob Acker was baptized April 25, 1758 at Tarrytown, NY in the Old Dutch Church.  He died Nov. 5, 1832.  His widow Jane ____? Died in 1839 at 75 years of age and I understand she applied for a widow’s pension Jan. 11, 1837, then living in Mt. Pleasant, Westchester Co., NY.  I believe Jacob Acker was in Capt. Acker’s Co., Phillipsburg or Tarrytown, NY and later was made a Captain.

 

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