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Pension Application for Jacob Newkirk

W.19912 (Widow: Caty)
State of New York
Montgomery County SS.
            On this 2d day of June 1838 personally appeared before the Hon. John Hand one of the Judges of the Montgomery County Courts Caty Newkirk a resident of the town of Glen County of Montgomery and state aforesaid, aged 77 years the 24th day of July last who being first duly sworn, according to law doth on her oath make the following decloaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4th 1836 that she is the widow of Jacob Newkirk Deceased who was a private in the War of the Revolution and that she well remembers of Jacob Newkirk Deceased doing duty in Capt. Samuel Pettingal, Company of Militiamen in Colonel Frederick Fisher’s Regiment till the 6th day of August 1777 when in the Battle of Oriskany the above Capt. Samuel Pettingal was killed and that the above said Jacob Newkirk was in the Oriskany Battle and immediately after the Battle served under A. company of Militia Commanded by Capt.  William Snooks, and at different times thereafter in several companies of State Troops & Militia as she has been credibly informed and also in Colo. Albert Paulings or Colonel Wisenfelts, Regiments of State Troops in either coprs—Henry Pauldings or Capt. J. Livingston’s company in which of the companies she cannot now particularly recollect.  And she further states that in October in the year 1780 the said Jacob Newkirk deceased was taken prisoner whilst serving under Capt. Walter Vrooman in Colo John Harper’s Regiment of State Troops of which 100 men were sent from Fort Stanwix to destroy Johnsons Boats but unfortunately were all where Prisoners at Canaseraga before they reached the Boats and that Jacob Newkirk deceased remained a Prisoner in Canada 1 year and six months and she would further more state that the above named Jacob Newkirk Deceased drew an invalid Pension Amounting to 36 Dollars a year Previous to his Death and for the remaining Service she must refer you to the records of the departments as evidence will there more particularly shown.  And that her infirmity and age prevents her from giving more particulars relating to the service of Jacob Newkirk Deceased—And she further declares that she was married to the above named Jacob Newkirk on the 24th day of August 1782 by the Rev. Thomas Romeyn and that her husband the aforesaid the Jacob Newkirk died on the 19th Day of December 1793 and that she has remained a Widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  (Signed) Caty Newkirk
            Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid.  John Hand a Judge of the County Court of the County.
Reply dated June 2, 1927 to a letter of inquiry.
            I have to advise you from the records of this Bureau, it appears that Jacob Newkirk, while residing at Florida, Tryon (later Montgomery) County, New York, elishted in 1777 and served as a private in Captain Samuel Pettingall’s Company, Colonel Frederick Fischer’s New Your Regiment, and was in the battle of Oriskany, where his captain was killed, after which he served inCpatin William Snooks’ Company, length of service not given.
            In 1779 he served six months as guide and interpreter under Colonel Peter Gansevoort and General James Clinton in an expedition to the Indian country.
            While serving under Captains Gerritt Putman and Walter Vrooman, Colonel John Harper’s Ne York Regiment, he was taken prisoner by Indians and Tories, in October 1780, carried to Canada and held eighteen months when exchanged.
            In the fall of 1782, he was called out by Captain William Snook on an alarm against the Tories and Indians, and served more than one week.
            He was allowed pension on account of disability (the nature of which is not stated) from October 22, 1780.  He died December 19, 1793.
            Soldier married August 24 or 25, 1782 in Florida, New York, Caty, her maiden name not given.  She was born July 24, 1760 or 1761, and was allowed pension on her application executed June 2, 1838, while a resident of Glen, Montgomery County, New York.
            There is no data on file as to children.

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