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Pension Application for Nicholas Eacker (Eaker)
Barbara Eacker, Widow of Nicholas who died on 11 Dec 1815

W.22988
Declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the 3d section of the Act of Congress passed on the 4th July 1836.
State of New York
Montgomery County SS
            On the 21st day of April 1838 personally appeared before me David F. Sacia, Judge of Montgomery Court, being a court of record, Barbara Eacker [Ecker, Ekker, Eaker, etc.] of the Town of Palatine, County and State aforesaid, aged seventy-four 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 provisions made by the Act of Congress passed July 4th, 1836.
            That she is the widow of Nicholas Eacker deceased, who was a private in the Regiment of Militia commanded by Colonel Jacob Klock in the Revolutionary War, according to the best of claimant’s knowledge and belief, that he has and did render United States Service from the year 1775, from year to year during the whole war until the termination of the aforesaid Revolution.  Occasionally alike others of the militia, that frequently in conversation with her said husband, apparently did not quit any tour, draft or excursion when ordered out by he superior officers, that she recollects and heard him say that he hath been drafted in the winter 1776 (1) to Ticonderoga and continued for three months until returned to his place of residence, likewise heard him say that he hath been engaged in what is called Col. Brown’s Battle (2) in Stone Arabia, against Sr. John Johnson with his associate incendiaries from Canada sometime in October 1780.
            The applicant further states and declare that her husband did belong to the Company of Militia Commanded by Capt. John Breadbeg, Lieut. John Zielly, and Lieut. 2nd Jacob Eacker, in the said Regiment aforesaid as always, understood and instructed and as the verily believes to be true, from the year 1775, to the 6 August 1777, when Capt. Breadbeg (3) was seriously wounded at Oriskana Battle when after Zeilly acting as Capt. And Lieut. Eacker as 1st Lieut. from year to year until Oct 1781, at the time of Johnstown Battle under the Command of Col. Willett against Major Ross & Capt. Butler with a large force from Canada when Capt. Zielly was taken prisoner to Canada when immediately after Lieut. Jacob Eacker succeeded to the command of said company and continued in command until the conclusion of the Revolution. 
            Although claimant finding it impracticable to specify the number of tours and the service rendered by her husband to the United States but well assured that tho militia soldier belonging to Col. Klock’s Regiment he has entered the service in the year 1775 and who has continued from year to year during the war to the close, thereof, possibly can fall short of two years service rendered to the United States during said period.
            She further declares that she was legally and lawfully married to the said Nicholas Eacker by the Revd Abraham Rosencrantz on the 4th day of May seventeen (4) hundred and eighty-three.  That her husband the aforesaid Nicholas Eacker died on the 11th day of December 1815, according to the best of her knowledge and belief that he was born in the year 1756.
            That she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by referring to the proof hereto annexed. (Signed with her mark) Barbara Eacker
            Sworn and subscribed on the day and year above written before D. F. Sacia Judge of Montgomery County

End Notes, Nicholas Eacker W.22988

  1. Nicholas was actually there at Fort Ticonderoga in January or February and until about April of 1777.  A detachment from the Tryon County Militia Brigade was sent there to help in building the floating bridge and other fortifications.
  2. The Battle of Stone Arabia was fought on the 19th of October 1780.
  3. Captain John Breadbake [Bradpick, Bedbig, Bedbig, etc.] was Captain of the Fifth Company in Colonel Jacob Klock’s Regiment of Tryon County Militia [Second Regiment]. He was seriously wounded at Oriskany but recovered enough to serve again as a Captain of a Company of Rangers in 1778 and as a Captain in 1780, Colonel Lewis DuBois’ Regiment of New York state Levies. First Lieutenant John Zeely [Zielie, etc.] served as Captain of the Fifth Company in Breadbake’s absence.  Zeely when captured at the Battle of Johnstown on the 25 of October 1781 was serving as Lieutenant.  Breadbake was also at Johnstown and he is mentioned in Colonel Marinus Willett’s official report of the battle.
  4. In an affidavit by Town Clerk of Palatine, Montgomery County, Jacob G. Snell on examining the Dutch Reformed Church Book of Stone Arabia confirms the marriage of John Nicholas Eacker to Barbara Suits [Suts].  The affidavit is dated July 17, 1837.

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