Pension Application for John Zimmerman (Timmerman)
State of New York
On this 10th day of May A.D. 1837, personally appeared before the Hon. David F. Lacia, a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, being a court of record in and for said county (can’t make this section out) Who first being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration 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 John Zimmerman who was a Lieutenant in the company of Infantry Militia whose Christian House was Captain in the Regiment where Jacob Klock was the Colonel.
That her said husband served in the War of the Revolution, was often engaged in the service of his country but the great length of time which has elapsed and her age and consequent loss of memory prevent her from stating his service but will attempt these as follows, viz, she recollects of being informed that he said husband in said war had engaged in the service in said company at the Unadilla, went with them to Johnstown, and proceeded ??? and on the way to the Oriskany when the Oriskany battle was held, but the times and dates of said services she cannot state and recollects that her husband was also absent sometime at Ticonderoga, as she believes, that she was not present when said services or others were rendered by him and knows but little of the particulars of any of services and relies mainly on the testimony she may be able to furnish the ??? as to his said services.
She recollect distinctly that her late husband with others were to go to do duty in said war. She remembers that one Jacob Zimmerman now deceased went along, who was a pensioner at the time of his death. Her husband took his gun from the beam of his home where it usually lay and was waiting with it some time, as ??? the others who were to go with him to join him and that her husband said to his father, I believe, I will put my gun back again.
That his father answered, I wish it were so my son, that you could lay by your gun, but the others soon after came and her husband proceeded with these was shot and scalped by the Indians that the report of the enemies guns was heard and some of her neighbors went in the direction and found her husband mortally wounded and carried him to his home where after a short time he expired.
That said Jacob Zimmerman was at the same time wounded in his throat and taken off by the Indians as a prisoner as she always understood and believed same. She further declares that she was married to the said John Zimmerman on the 4th day of November 1770 according to her recollection.
That she has and knows of no record of her marriage or of her birth.
That her husband the said John Zimmerman died on the same day that he was shot and scalped by the Indians aforesaid, which was as she believes on or about the 9th day of August 1781.
That she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. That she was married by the Rev. Mr. Rosencrantz who is long since dead and that Jacob A. Zimmerman her grandson was to search for the records of marriage kept by the Rev. Mr. Rosencrantz (can’t read a section here.) That she had a number of children with her said husband at the time of his death. And further says she is blind and cannot write her name.
(Her Mark) Elizabeth Zimmerman.