Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Jacob H. Walrath, (1) Corporal

R11093 and R11904
State of New York
Montgomery County
            On this eighth day of November A.D. 1842 personally appeared before Hon Stephen Yates a judge of Montgomery County Courts of the degree [?] of the Counsellor  in the supreme court Jacob H. Walrath, a resident of the Town of St. Johnsville County of Montgomery and state aforesaid aged eighty four years on the 17th day of November last past who first being duly sworn according to law doth on; his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States in the spring of 1776 and served first under Captain John Breadbeck in Col. Jacob Klock’s (2) Regiment and General Herkimer’s Brigade two months and a half at Stone Arabia and Oswagatchie.
            That in the next campaign 1777 he served under the same officers as above stated as a corporal in the militia in the said Capt Bradbecks company and was stationed in Fall Hill and German Flatts until the month of August of said year when he was ordered to march to the relief of Fort Stanwix that he marched by the way of the Mohawk River and Herkimer to Oriskany at which latter place a battle was fought between the militia under General Herkimer and a large party of British and Indians and that he was wounded in the right shoulder in said Battle of Oriskany by a musket ball which was not extracted until several years afterwards and that he served during this campaign three months.
            That the next service rendered by him as corporal in the militia under Capt Bradbeck was at Palatine and Johnstown the length of time he served during this campaign of 1778 was one month and a half.  That in the next campaign he served he thinks under Capt Van Slyke (3)about one month at Stone Arabia and that he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of but one person living at this time whose testimony he can procure and who was also in the same battle in which he was wounded and who can testify to some of his services and whose affidavit is hereunto annexed.
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state and he further testifies that the first interrogatory mentioned in the form that he was born in Palatine district then (Tryon county) now Montgomery county New York on the 17th day of November 1758 To The second he testifies that he had a record of his age until recently but that it is now lost or destroyed.
            To the Third that when called into service he was living at the place where he was born as above stated and that he has since the Revolutionary War lived in the same county Montgomery and lives now in the Town of St. Johnsville in the county aforesaid. 4th That he was called into service as a volunteer or went when ordered by his officers to the 5th he answers in the beginning as to the names of the officers to this 6th he testifies that he never received a discharge from service to the 7th the names of some persons to whom I am known in my present neighborhood and who can testify as to my character for truth and veracity and he belief of my services as a soldier of the Revolution are named in the following certificate.
(Signed) Jacob H. Walrath
State of New York
Montgomery County
            Subscribed & Sworn before me this 8th day of November 1842.
Stephen Yates, Judge of Montgomery County Court or the degree[?] of Counsellors in the Supreme Court.

United States of America
Territory of Wisconsin
Racine County
            On this twenty-first day of June A.D. 1847, personally appeared before the undersigned one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said county.  Jacob H. Walrath a resident of the Town of Raymond in said county and territory aged ninety-one years being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 27, 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.  That on or about the fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord Seventeen hundred and seventy seven he entered the service of the state of New York as a corporal in the company of Captain John Breadbake, which said company was attached to Colonel Jacob Klock Regiment.  This declarant further states, that he was in the Battle of Oriskany on the sixth day of August A.D. 1777.  And that he was wounded in said engagement by a musket ball which entered his right shoulder.
            Which wound disabled this declarant from the service during the war and that he has been disabled even since in consequence of said wound.  This declarant further states that when he entered the service he resided in the town of Palatine in the County of Montgomery and State of New York and that he was drafted and that while he was in the service he marched through to Fort Stanwix and Oriskany and that he remained in the service from the term of his draft until the time of said Battle of Oriskany was fought and that he then left the service for the reasons above disclosed.
            This declarant further states, that he now applies for a pension for the sole purpose of obtaining the necessary means of support and that he should have made application before now if had not heretofore had the means of maintaining himself that he has lost his property and by reason of age is unable to support himself that he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service.  He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any state or territory.
            This declarant further states that by reason of old age and consequent loss of memory he cannot state the term of his service any more definitely than he has herein stated and that by reason of infirmity his is unable to go before the district judge of this district for the purpose of making this declaration sworn and subscribed fore here the day and year aforesaid.
(Signed)  Jacob H. Walrath.

Letter in Pension Folder.
Marion Brown Gruening
119 N. 34th Street
Omaha, Nebraska
February 20, 1929
Madam:
            I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim R.11093, it appears that Jacob W. Walrath was born in 1756 or November 17, 1758 in Palatine District (then Tryon County later Montgomery County), New York.
            He applied for pension November 8, 1842, at which time he was a resident of St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, New York, and alleged that he enlisted in the spring of 1776 and served two and one-half months as a private in Captain John Bradbick’s or Breadbake’s Company, Colonel Jacob Klock’s New York Regiment; and that he enlisted in 1777 served three months as a corporal under the same officers and was in the battle of Oriskany where he was wounded in his right shoulder by a musket ball; and that in 1778 he enlisted and served one and one-half months as a corporal in Captain John Bradbick’s Company, Colonel Jacob Klock’s New York Regiment and that he later served one month under Captain Van Slyke, no dates or details of service given.
            His claim was not allowed as he failed to furnish proof of service as required by the pension laws.
            He remained in Palatine, New York, until 1845, then moved to the State of Illinois.  In 1847 he was living in Raymond, Racine County, Wisconsin.
            There are no data concerning his family.
            The Revolutionary war records of this bureau fail to afford any information in regard to Nicholas Walrath, all spelling searched.
            Respectfully, Winfield Scott, Commissioner.

End Notes

  1. Walrath is spelled variously as follows: Wallerath, Walradt, Walrad, Walroad, Walrade, etc.
  2. Captain John Breadbake’s company [Fifth] in Col. Jacob Klock’s Regiment of Tryon County Militia [Second].
  3. There is no Captain Van Slyke in Klock’s Regiment.  Major Nicholas Van Slyke was killed at Oriskany.  Jacob’s name does appear in Captain John Zeely’s and Captain Rudolph Koch’s Companies in Col. Klock’s Regiment.
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