Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Jacob House

R.15176
State of New York
Oneida County
            On this 22nd day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two personally appeared before the Hon. Ralph McIntosh Special Surrogate and local officer in and for the County of Oneida and State aforesaid, at his chambers in Vernon in said County, Jacob A. House aged 68 years and Eva Rickert formerly Eva House residents of the Town of Vernon in said County of Oneida who are the children and only heirs at law of Jacob House and Anna Eva House both deceased. 
            And who being duly sworn according to law, doth upon their oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed 15th of May 1828 and also the act of Congress of July 4th 1836. 
            That Jacob House the father of these declarants, was a resident of Manheim in the County of Montgomery and State of New York in the year 1776 and anterior to that time when in the spring of 1776 or 1777 (1) he enlisted in a company commanded by Captain John McKean in the First Regiment of the Original Five Regiments of New York Troops in Continental Line commanded by Colonel Goose VanSchaick in the War of the Revolution; and that he continued in the actual service of said war as a private to the close thereof, when he was honorably discharged from service which discharge has been by some means destroyed is the reason it is not herewith Presented, that sometime in the year 1778 or 1779 the said father Jacob House was taken prisoner but how long he was imprisoned they are unable to set forth.
            They further say their father the said Jacob House died in the Town of Lenox in the County of Madison, and state aforesaid on the sixteenth (16) day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty six (1836) without having applied for a pension as they have been informed leaving a widow Anna Eva House, formerly Anna Eva Reckert, to whom he was married on the third day of August 1782 who continued to live unmarried at the Town of Lenox aforesaid until the 7th day of July 1847 when she died without having applied for a pension or arrears to which she was entitled as they have understood and believe true, and they therefore make this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the arrears due them as the only children and proper and lawful heirs of the said Jacob and Anna Eva House both deceased. 
            The last named declarant Eva House says that she has now in her possession the old family Bible of her said father Jacob House deceased, and Anna Eva House also deceased and these deponents say that in said Bible there is a record of the marriage of said Jacob House to Anna Eva House and the birth of their children in the hand writing of their said father Jacob House and which Record is as follows. 

To wit:
1782
Aug. 3d Jacob House married to Anna Eva Rickert
Catherine House born Sept 2nd 1783
Eva House born Aug 5th 1785
Jacob House born Aug 27th 1789
Catherine House died 16th March 1820
There is also recorded in the handwriting of their said mother the following:
Jacob House died Nov 16th 1836
Also in the handwriting of one of these declarants:
Eva House which was written many years ago the following or at the time of her death.
Anna Eva House died July 7th 1847
Which is all that is recorded in said family Bible and the whole of said original record which is in the opinion of these deponents true in all respects.
Witness our hands and seals this 22nd day of November in the year first above written.  (Signed) Jacob A. House
Witness: RJ Burn, JP Root, Eva Reckert

The following letter is part of the pension application folder.
            Reference is made to your letter in which you request the records of your ancestor, Conrad and Jacob House who were half-brothers and served in the New York Troops in the Revolutionary War.
            Revolutionary War data furnished by the Veterans Administration are obtained from claims for pension or bounty land which have been made to the United States based upon the military service of soldiers in that war.
            A careful search of the Revolutionary War records has been made and no record of a claim for pension or bounty land having been made to the United States based upon the military service in that year of a Conrad House or similar spelling.
            The record has been found of only one soldier named Jacob House.  His history is furnished herein as found in the papers on file in Revolutionary War pension claim R 15176, based upon his military service in that war.
            The date and place of birth and the names of the parents of Jacob House are not shown.
            Jacob House married August 3, 1782 in Herkimer County New York, Anna Eva Reckert.  The date and place of her birth and the names of her parents are not stated.
            Jacob House died November 16, 1836, in Lenox Madison County New York and his widow, Anna Eva died July 7, 1847, in same county.
            The names of the following children are shown:
            Catharine House, born September 2, 1783, died March 16, 1820.
            Children of Jacob and Anna Eva House continued:
Eva House Born August 5, 1785, married Reckert.
            Jacob A. House born August 27, 1789
            On November 22, 1852, Jacob A. House and Eva Reckert, both residents of Vernon, Oneida County, New York, only surviving children of the soldier, Jacob House and his wife Anna Eva House, made application for the pension which might have been due their mother on account of the services of their father, Jacob House in the Revolutionary War and alleged that while residing in Manheim, Montgomery County, New York their father volunteered in May 1777, served as a private in Captain McKean’s Company Colonel Goose Van Schaick’s 1st New York Regiment, was taken prisoner, place where captured and length of time held in captivity not shown and that he served until the end of the war.
            The claim was not allowed as they failed to furnish proof of service of their father as required by the pension laws.
            In 1852, Mary House aged eighty years and John Q. House aged seventy-two years were residents of Oneida County, New York.  The relationship to the family was shown.

End Notes for Jacob House R.15176

  1. Jacob enlisted as a private in captain Robert McKean’s Company [sixth company] in Colonel Goose Van Schaick’s First New York Continental Regiment on the 14 of May 1777.
  2. Jacob was taken prisoner on the 23 of July 1779 while cutting sod near Fort Schuyler [present day Rome, NY].  Although not mentioned he also fought in the Battle of Monmouth, NJ on the 28 June 1778.

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