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John Whitaker, Pension Application, Service W9001 (14 pages in file, partial record below)

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Harrison County Circuit Sct.

On this 17th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court before Henry O'Brien a Circuit Judge of the Commonwealth of Kentucky of the 2and judicial
district at a court held in the courthouse in Cynthiana in the county of Harrison and Commonwealth aforesaid John Whitaker, 79 years of age in May last and a
citizen of said county of Harrison who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the
provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832, That in 1776 he lived in the state of Maryland in the county of Hartford about 40 miles from
Baltimore, that he was enrolled in the militia in a regiment commanded by Col. Jno.. Rodgers in a company commanded by Capt. Aquilla Hall, where Lieutenant
was Saml. Griffith, that they received orders to hold themselves in readiness in a minutes warning and under these orders __ or trained on Saturday, that
sometime in the fall of that year in conquence of an alarm or affright at Baltimore the company to which he belonged were ordered to ___ and did ___ at
Hartford Town then sometimes called Bush or Burk Town that ___ ____ Capt. Hall did not command the company in service but that it was commanded by the
Colonel John Rodgers, Samuel Griffith acting as Lieutenant and James Giles as ____ and said John Whitaker as Sargeant; that they marched to Baltimore and
continued as long as then thought necessary and was discharged and returned home; the whole term of this service as well as he could now remember
continuing about three weeks.

Said Affiant further declares that in the early part of the next year  there was a call for a company of Light Infantry to continue in the service until 1st of December
following; as well as he could recollect the call was from Washington upon Maryland for such troops. The company was __ in Hartfort County.  Captain Holland
___, Captain Wm. Young, 1st. Lieut. Jno.. Carlisle, 2and Lieut. Robert Morgan Ensign and said affiant 1st ____ Sargeant. He entered in the first part of June but
did not march until about the last of June, that said company marched first to Philadelphia where they remain 10 or 12 days; thence to Perth Amboy where
they remained for perhaps 3 months; thence to Trenton and Reretan the place of encampment where he continued until discharge which was the 1st day of December
of the same year. At this place said affiant stated that he say Genrl Washington with his Army who were encamped upon the hill. Said affiant further states that
soon after ___ the next year there was a call for a militia from Hartfort to guard against the approach of the amory; that Samuel Griffith then acted as Captain
Jacob Edward as Lieutenant and said affiant as 1st or orderly Sergeant, that they were ordered to the mouth of Swain Creek where the company  ___ in the
service of between 30-40 men continued several weeks; thence were ordered to Drews Point 10 to 15 miles down the Bay where they continued several weeks
longer and were finally discharged at Drews Point 1st of November after a service in the whole of their tour of about 3 months. Said affiant further states that when
discharged they were ordered ___ to continue in readiness for the service whensoever they might be called upon. Said affiant further states that he continued to
reside in Hartford County, Maryland until about 1784; thence removed to York County, Pennsylvania where he resided until 1789 or thereabouts; thence removed
to Washington County, Maryland where he continued until about 40 years of age when he removed to Kentucky and resided in Bourbon County near Paris until
upwards of 20 years ago when he removed to Harrison County where he has resided ever since and still continues reside and said affiant further states that he has
no documentary evidence and he knows of no person where testimony where he can procure who can testify to the particulars of his service.
Said John Whitaker hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the ___ and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of
any agency in any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
John Whitaker

We John Hamilton, a clergyman residing in the town of Cynthiana and the county of Harrison and Samuel Chadd residing in said county hereby certify that we are
well acquainted with Jno. Whitaker who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be 70 years old and said Chadd who has known
said Whitaker near 40 years states he has all __ time been reputed and believed in the neighborhood and said Hamilton and Chadd each state that he has been
and still is reputed a man of veracity and that they concur in the opinion that said Whitaker has been a soldier of the revolution.
John C. Hamilton
Samuel Chadd
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after

The amendment of John Whitaker to his declaration made the 17th of September 1832 in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
In answer to the first interrogatory prescribed by the War Department - I state that I was born in Harford County, Maryland on the 21st of May 1753. In answer to the
second interrogatory I state that my age is recorded in my family bible now in my possession. In answer to the 3rd interrogatory, I state that I received no discharge
at the expiration of my first term of service, but was merely discharged by a verbal order. At the end of my second term of service I received a discharge but it has
been long since lost. To the 4th interrogatory, I answer that I am known to the Reverend John C. Hamilton and Samuel Chadd both residing in Harrison County
State of Kentucky, who have testified to my character for veracity and their belief of my services as a soldier of the Revolution. And, I do further state that by reason
of old age ___ ___ of memory I cannot answer positively as to the precise length of my service but according to the best of my recollection I served not less than
the periods mentioned below and in the following grades when I was enrolled in the Regiment commanded by Col. John Rodgers.  I was made a first Corporal and
continued in that grade for a few days but I cannot remember the exact length of time but according to the best of my recollection I served in that grade at least
one week. I was made 2and Sergeant, the same company, and in that grade I served until I was discharged and according to the best of my recollection I served at
that time in Col Rodgers Regiment at least three weeks. When I served in Captain Holland's company of Light Infantry I served in the grade of first or duty Sergeant
and continued in the service at that grade for at least 3 months and for such service I claim a pension.
John Whitaker

Kentucky Harrison County Sct
I Stephen B. Curran a Justice of the Peace for the county aforesaid do certify that the foregoing amended declaration of John Whitaker was subscribed and sworn
to by said Whitaker before me on this 16th day October 1833 and I do also certify that said Whitaker cannot from bodily infirmity attend the court of Harrison
County. Given under my hand this 16th day 1833.
S. B. Curran

State of Kentucky
Harrison County Sct
I Samuel Endicott, Clerk of the County Court of the County aforesaid do certify that Stephen B. Curran who has signed the foregoing certificate is a Justice of the
Peace for said County and a Justice of the County Court of said county the same being a court of record and the signature of said Curran annexed to said
certificate is genuine.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of my office this 16th day of October 1833.
Samuel Endicott, Clk HC

Also the deposition of Ann Whitaker taken at her place of residence in Harrison County, state of Kentucky on the 16th of October 1833. The despondent states she
is the wife of said John Whitaker who claims a pension for his service as a soldier in the War of the Revolution. That she was married to said John Whitaker in
Hartford County, Maryland on the 28th of December 1776 as appears by the record thereof in our family bible. That previous to our marriage we both resided in said
county of Hartfort about 25 miles apart. That a short time before our marriage said John Whitaker informed me that he was going to the Army and afterwards he
informed me that he had performed a



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