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Pension Application for Jacob Weaver

W.25951 (Widow: Margaret)
State of New York
Jefferson County SS
            On this 7th day of August 1853 personally appeared before the Hon. William G. Thompson County Judge of Jefferson County Courts, Margaret Weaver a resident of Adams in the county aforesaid aged ninety years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act of Congress passed the 2d day of February 1848 granting pensions to widow of persons who served during the revolutionary war; that she is the widow of Jacob Weaver who was a revolutionary soldier & pensioned at the rate of eighty Dollars per annum as will be seen by the certificate issued to him which is to accompany this declaration.  She further declares that her name before marriage was Margaret Boom & that she was married to the said Jacob Weaver in Herkimer June 2d 1781 by Dominie Rosecrantz and that she had a record of her marriage which was destroyed in the burning of her house many years since & that her son John Weaver had copied into his family Bible said record & that she has obtained the record which contains the dates of her husband’s birth and death, the date of her own birth & of their marriage and that she believes it to be truly copied from the original except the date of her husband’s death which occurred at Adams on the day stated in said record which is the 9th day of March 1852.  She further says that she has not married since the death of her husband as aforesaid but is still his widow.  She further says that her husband the said Jacob Weaver received his pension to the 4th March 1852 & having died on the 9th day of the same month and years she never applied for the balance and now asks that her pension be allowed to commence on the 4th day of March 1852.  (Signed with her mark)  Margaret Weaver
            Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year first aforesaid & I certify that Wm. Weaver is personally known to me & is entirely unable to make her declaration in open court.  Wm. G. Thompson, Court Judge of Jefferson County NY.

State of New York
County of Jefferson SS
            On this 11th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty two personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Jefferson & State of New York now sitting Jacob Weaver a resident of Rodman in the county of Jefferson State of New York aged seventy three years, who 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 7, 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated.  To wit. That during the Revolutionary War he resided at the place called German Flats on the Mohawk river in the State of New York and at the commencement of the war, & the precise time forgotten, he was enrolled & entered into active service in the Militia in a regiment commanded by Colonel Frederick Peter Bellinger—Maj’r Wetherick, & in a company commanded by Capt. Henry Harter, the names of the other officers forgotten.   The services & duties of the company were as follows.  They were regularly called out for duty every day in the summer & were continually employed some to guard the property of the inhabitants & protect them while laboring from the Indians who were continually making incursions upon them, and others to form scouting parties to search after & fight the Indians in which services he was engaged during the whole of the war, alternately engaged in one & the other.  Some times about the year 1784 the particulars however, not certainly remembered, in the fall of the year he was engaged in a battle with the Indians when they burnt the settlement of German Flats.  Sometimes afterwards he thinks the next year, he went with his company & joined a force commanded by Major Willard who had been fighting the Indians, for several days, but was not able to overcome them.  When the forces were found, they again entered in pursuit of the Indians & came up with chase on what was called Canada Creek opposite to German Flats, where a battle was fought & the Indians were defeated & their leader named Butler, a Tory was killed.  When they was at an [?] the company in which he had served was all discharged at once without giving a written discharge to anyone.
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to any pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.  (Signed with his mark)  Jacob Weaver.
            Subscribed and sworn to the day & year aforesaid.  P. Barchard, Clerk

Letter dated August 20, 1938 replying to a letter of inquiry.
            The data contained herein were obtained from papers on file in the pension claim,W.25951, based on the military service of Jacob Weaver.
            He was born March 17, 1760, at German Flats, Herkimer County, New York.  The names of his parents were not given.
            During the Revolution he lived at German Flats with his father and brothers (names not given) in a blockhouse at Fort Dayton.
            He enlisted the first year of the Revolution and served at various times during the war, amounting to two or three years in all, as private in the New York militia under Lieutenant Peter Weaver (relation not given) and Captain Henry Harter in Colonel Frederick or Peter Bellinger’s regiment.  He was engaged in protecting the inhabitants against the Tories and Indians and was in the battles of German Flats and West Canada Creek.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed September 11, 1832, at which time he was a resident of Rodman, Jefferson County, New York.
            In 1835 he was living in Adams, Jefferson County, New York.
            This soldier died March 9, 1852, in Adams, New York.
            He married June 2, 1781, in Herkimer, New York, Margaret Boom, who was born April 22, 1783.
            She was allowed pension on her application executed April 1, 1853, at which time she was living in Adams, New York.
            Jacob and Margaret Weaver had children but the only name given was that of John F. who was living in Adams, New York, in 1853, aged fifty-one years.
            The widow’s brother, William Boom, was born in October, 1783, and was living in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, in 1853.
            One Arabella Weaver acted as witness for the widow in 1853, relationship not given.
            The papers in this claim contain no further discernible family data.

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