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From the Rev. War Pension Application:

#W787

Abraham FAIRCHILD m. Phebe RUSSELL, 18 May 1780 by Presbyterian minister of Hanover, where they lived. Soldier died 4 July 1843, Hanover, Morris Co., NJ. Widow died 24 Nov. 1846, Hanover; survived by John and Solomon FAIRCHILD, Morris co., NJ; Ezra FAIRCHILD, Plattville, WI; Matilda, wife of William SAYER, and Amelia, wife of Peter B. SHAFER, of Morris Co. and Electra, wife of Robert KING, of Passaic Co., NJ.

Contributed by Robert H. Smith


Rev. War Pension Records:

W-16981

Benjamin FAIRCHILD m. Marcy RODGERS, 4 Oct. 1771, Branford, CT. Soldier died 15 Jan. 1802, Hanover, NJ His brother, Abraham FAIRCHILD, Hanover, NJ, aged 87 in 1840. In 1836 widow, aged 87, Cayuga Co., NY.

Bible Record:
Most of eleven children baptized in Hanover.
Hannah W. FAIRCHILD was born 3 July 1772
Eunice FAIRCHILD was born 28 August 1774
Terza FAIRCHILD was born 22 June 1776
David FAIRCHILD was born 23 Oct 1778
Catherine FAIRCHILD was born 8 Oct 1780
Sarah FAIRCHILD was born 23 April 1783
Philemon FAIRCHILD was born 22 Feb 1785
Martha W. FAIRCHILD was born 28 July 1788
Lent W. FAIRCHILD was born 28 March 1791
Mary G. FAIRCHILD was born 22 Jan 1794
Lucy B. FAIRCHILD was born 23 April 1796
David FAIRCHILD married Rachel MORRIS 14 Dec 1800, Presbyterian Church Record, Hanover, Morris Co., NJ
Hannah WINCHEL, Eunis and Tirzah (FAIRCHILD) were baptized 18 May 1777.
David (FAIRCHILD) was baptized 24 Jan 1779.

Contributed by Robert H. Smith


Rev. War Applications:

W- 851

Phinehas FARRAND m. Jemima KITCHELL, in the spring of her 19th year by a Presbyterian Minister. Soldier died 5 Oct 1822, Hanover, Morris Co., NJ. Widow was born 6 March 1753 in Hanover, daughter of Joseph KITCHELL and sister of US Senator Aaron KITCHELL, and John KITCHELL, who removed to Ohio. Heirs-at-law, 1851, Montville, NJ, Samuel FARRAND and Henry BEACH; wit. James Y. CAMPBELL and Walter G. BEACH.

Family Record:
Abigail was born 25 June 1775
Ebenezer was born 25 June 1776
Joseph was born 8 Aug 1778
Nancey was born 27 May 1780
Lecta (?) was born 4 March 1785
Bets was born 13 May 1787
Samuel was born 20 Dec 1789
Paga (?) was born 18 July 1792
Mary Mariah was born 24 Oct 1794
FATHER departed this life 22 Jan 1777
Anner departed this life 25 Jan 1777
Mother departed this life 30 Jan 1777
Mother KITCHEL departed this life 24 Dec 1789
Father KITCHEL departed this life 22 Mar 1779
Ebenezer departed this life 4 July 1790
Bethuel departed this life 26 May 1794
MCHM (?) KITCHEL departed this life 9 Jan 1807
Phebe KITCHEL departed this life 12 March 1807
Ebenezer departed this life 21 July 1807
Sarah Lindly departed this life 16 Dec 1811
Capt. Phineas FARRAND died 5 October 1822

Contributed by Robert H. Smith


Rev. War Pension Application:

W-17894

Bethuel FARRAND m. Rhoda SMITH, daughter of Samuel SMITH, on 26 Dec. 1763. Soldier died 27 May 1794, Pequannock, Morris Co., NJ. In 1837, widow was aged 90; her sister Cloe WARD, born Hanover, Morris Co., NJ, aged 87, of Cayuga Co., NY. Daughters Hannah HAYWARD and Nancy MERRILL, Addison Co., VT, named thirteen children. Widow died 30 June 1839.

Children of Bethuel and Rhoda FARRAND:
Daniel FARRAND died Feb. 1829, aged 45 years
Nathan FARRAND died April 1802, aged 35 years
Isaac FARRAND died in infancy
Betsey FARRAND died 17 June 1836, aged 66 years
Moses FARRAND living in 1837, aged 64 years
Hannah FARRAND HAYWARD living in 1837, aged 62 years
Rebecca FARRAND living in 1837, aged 60 years
Samuel FARRAND died in infancy
Samuel FARRAND (2) living in 1837, aged 55 years
Bethuel FARRAND living in 1837, aged 53 years
Richard FARRAND (twin) died Feb. 1817, aged 30 years
Eleanor FARRAND (twin) died Jan. 1809, aged 22 years
Nancy FARRAND MERRILL living in 1837, aged 46 years

Contributed by Robert H. Smith


Rev. War Pension Application:

W19240

Nathaniel FAIRCHILD m. Elizabeth MUNSON, 24 June 1779, Morris Co., NJ. He was born 8 Jan. 1752; his parents of Bernards Twp, Somerset Co., NJ. he died 21 Jan.1837, Atlas, Genesee Co., MI. In 1838, widow, aged 75 (born 12 Feb. 1763), Lancaster, Erie Co., NY. Two surviving children in 1897, Mary PERRY, Grand Blanc, Genesee Co., MI and Elizabeth M. DAVISON, Flint, Genesee Co., MI. Also Sarah A. HARTWELL, aged 73, Hadley, Lapeer Co., MI, eldest of four surviving children of Nathaniel FAIRCHILD, Jr.

Children of Nathaniel FAIRCHILD and Elizabeth his wife of whom survive in 1897, Mary PERRY and Elizabeth M. DAVISON:
Elizabeth FAIRCHILD was born 5 November 1780.
Ann or Nancy FAIRCHILD was born 22 April 1782
Phebe FAIRCHILD was born 20 Sept. 1784
Margaret M. FAIRCHILD was born 6 July 1787 (m. DAVISON)
Sally FAIRCHILD was born 2 Nov. 1789
Mehitable FAIRCHILD was born 4 Sept 1792
Nathaniel FAIRCHILD was born 19 March 1795
Mary FAIRCHILD was born 21 Oct 1797 (m. PERRY)
Almira FAIRCHILD was born 19 Dec 1802

Contributed by Robert H. Smith


Rev. War Pension Application:

W-485

Joseph GREEN m. Anna FRAREY, 14 April 1788, Hanover, Morris Co., NJ by Rev. Jacob GREEN, Presbyterian (his son Calvin GREEN). Soldier b. 1759, Hanover Twp, Morris Co., NJ, d. 3 Dec 1842, Livingston, Essex Co., NJ. In 1838, widow aged 70 resided in Livingston Twp, Essex Co., NJ

Contributed by Robert H. Smith


Rev. War Pension Application:

W-7619, BLWt.8334-100

George GWINNUP m. Margaret SIMPSON, 7 Feb 1784 by Mr. BOBBETT, JP, Morris Co., NJ. In 1818, soldier aged 64 resided in Hamilton Co., OH, died 16 Aug 1840. In 1844, widow aged 78. Eldest son, John, b. 17 March 1785, Morris Co., NJ. Widow's brother David SIMPSON resided in Morgan Co., VA, witness to marriage.

Contributed by Robert H. Smith


Morris County Pension Applications of Revolutionary War Veterans as contributed by Henry W. Pilch from the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey from 1949.

Thomas MITCHELL

Aged 66 years, a resident of the Township of Morris County, NJ, declares "that he served in the war of the Revolution in Colonel William WINDS regiment in the year 1776 in Captain Joseph MORRIS's Company of said Regiment then the first Regiment of the New Jersey troops .....  that my original declaration for a pension was made as I think on the first day of April 1818 and that my pension certificate is Numbered 4,496 that my Occupation has been that of a common labourer. I have a wife aged sixty three years very decrepit and infirm unable to help herself. I have one daughter aged sixteen years ..... I have no house no land."
Application dated July 8, 1820.

Alexander CAMRON

Aged 74, a resident of Hanover Township, Morris County, declares "that he served in Colonel Holmes Regiment in Canada in the year 1775 in war of the Revolution. I also served in Colonel Alexander McDougles Regiment at New York and Long Island in the year 1776......that my original declaration was made for a Pension on the 11th of April 1818, and that my pension certificate is numbered 2983 --- that my occupation has been that of a Common labourer that from old age infirmity and a fall from a wagon I am unable to support myself. I have no land, no house. I have a wife aged fifty nine years, one Son aged ten years."
Application dated July 8, 1820

Theophilus HATHAWAY

Aged 60 years, a resident of Hanover township, Morris County, declares "that he served in the third Jersey Regiment Commanded by Colonel Elias Dayton in the Revolutionary war under Captains Peter Dickerson and Jeremiah Ballard as a private Soldier during the war aforesaid.....   that my original declaration for a pension was made on the 4th of September 1819 ---  my pension certificate is numbered 16, 516. I have no trade. I was formerly an Invalid pensioner, which I abandoned on the 4th of September last. I have no Lands nor houses nor goods or chatles except six earthen boals valued at thirty seven and half cents and 1 shovel and tong valued at thirty seven and half cents. I have a wife aged fifty six and sister and grandchild to support."
Application dated July 8, 1820

Jacob WITCHELL

Aged about seventy two years, resident of Morris Township, declares "That he served as a private in the army of the Revolution in Colonel Maxwells Regiment under Captains Furman and Meads, in the New Jersey line --- that his declaration for a pension was made on or about the 3rd of April, 1818 -- and that his certificate of pension is numbered 1738....... that I am by occupation a farmer, but by reason of age and infirmity, unable to labor, except to a trifling amount --- that my family consists of my self and my wife only, her name is Hannah, aged about forty seven years, now totally unable to labor, being a maniac or lunatic, and requiring constant care and nursing. That I have been for nearly seven years a pauper, supported by Morris township until since I have received my pension from the United States ---- That I have no children."
Application dated July 8, 1820

Cornelious MILLS

Aged 59, a resident of Hanover Township, Morris County, NJ., declares "that he served in the first regiment in the Jersey Line commanded by Colonel Matthias OGDEN in the companies commanded by Captain MORRISON and Captain PIAT -- that he made his original declaration as he believes on the 25th of March 1818, and has received a pension warrant No. 652...... that I am fifty nine years old, by occupation a mason, that I am lame of a wound which I received , not in battle, but from an axe, while I was in the revolutionary service, and am thereby partly but not totally disabled to follow my trade---- That I have a wife named Catherine aged fifty eight years nearly able to support herself but subject to occasional returns of illness when she is helpless for a month or more at a time --- my family consists of two sons and one daughter, namely, John aged 24 years able to support himself ---Benjamin aged 21 years also able to support himself --- and Eliza aged 20 years who occasionally bestows her care and labor in my house."

Supplemental declaration of Cornelious MILLS dated July 7, 1823, states that he is in his 63rd year, and recites as follows: "Cornelious MILLS enlisted for the term of three years, in the month of January 1777 in the State of New Jersey, in the company commanded by Captain MORRISON, afterward by Captain PIATT, in the regiment called the 1st Jersey Regiment, commanded by Colonel Matthias OGDEN, in the line of the state of New Jersey, on the Continental establishment; that he continued to serve in the said corps, until the 26th day of February, AD, 1780, when he was regularly discharged from the said service in New Jersey, at Mendham, by Colonel OGDEN, a copy of his discharge being on file in the War Office, with the first declaration of this applicant. That his name has been placed on the pension list and dropt there from on account of his property." An inventory of his estate attached to the declaration includes, among other things the following item: "Twelve acres and 25/100 of land in Hanover, in said County, with one dwelling house, built of wood, in or about 1783, containing only one room very leaky and much out of repair, no barn or stable, the fences poor and land much exhausted and poor..... And this declarant further states that he is by occupation a mason or Brick layer, but from his age and infirmities, is unable to earn but a trifle, and finds very little employment in his trade, ---His wife, aged about 61 or 62, has been unable to earn anything for forty years past, and during the greater part of that time, has been attended by physicians and nurses hired for that purpose. That the expenses incurred by the long illness of his wife, has kept him always much embarrassed by debts, notwithstanding his constant labour at his occupation, whenever he could leave his family and find employment --- He has 3 sons, viz. Cornelious, aged 31 years, married and provides for himself, -- John, aged 27 or 28 years, living at home, and able to labour, and assists in maintaining his parents, -- Benjamin, aged 23 years, married and provides for himself. he has 3 daughters, viz. Polly, aged 40 or 41, married and provides for herself; Elizabeth, single, living at home, enjoys tolerable health, aged 22 or thereabouts, -- Catherine, aged 34 married and provides for herself."

Application dated July 8, 1820

Ezra BROWN

Aged 68 years, resident of Morris Township, declares "that he served in the first Jersey Regiment commanded by Lord Stirling afterwards by Colonel Winds in Captain Joseph Morris's Company that he made his original application or declaration for a pension on the 6th day of April 1818 that he has received a pension warrant which is numbered 4499....... that I am sixty eight years old; my occupation is that of a laborer, but by reason of a lame hand and the weakness of old age am not able to do half a days work in a day that my family consists of my wife named Bethia aged 67 years afflicted with rheumatism occasionally and not able to support herself; and of my granddaughter named Ann aged only 12 years not able to support herself but of some service to us in our advanced age."

Inventory includes 42 acres of land. Application dated July 11, 1820.

Supplemental declaration dated July 7, 1823; Ezra BROWN, aged 71 years declares "that he the said Ezra BROWN enlisted for the term of one year on the 29th or 30th of October 1775 in the State of New Jersey in the County of Morris in the Company commanded first by Lord Stirling and afterwards by Colonel Winds in the line of the State of New Jersey on the Continental establishment, that he continued to serve in the said Corp., until the expiration of his term of enlistment that he was sent by his commanding officer to attend at the Hospital and continued to serve there and was not with the Regiment when it was discharged that his name has been placed on the pension list and was dropt therefrom on account of his property."

Inventory includes "forty one acres and twenty nine hundredths of an acre of Land upon which there are no buildings of any Kind."

Further declares "That he is a laborer by occupation but by reason of infirmity he is entirely unable to labor, and not even to put on or off his Clothes without help that he has a wife aged about sixty nine years who is a hearty woman and some what able to labor and attends to the ordinary concerns of the household, that he has three children, all married but they live at a great distance from him, and are able to take care of themselves and are not dependant upon him and the youngest is more than thirty years of age... The house has been sold about two years since and the proceeds used for the support of his family also his wagon and harness... and owing to the depreciation of the value of landed property he is apprehensive the land will not be more than sufficient to pay the balance for which it is incumbered That the last payment due upon his land will become due in October next and he has no means whatever to pay the balances due upon it except by a sale of it, which in all probability must take place as soon as the debt becomes due That when he first received his pension, he supposed it was to be permanent and in consequence thereof purchased the land mentioned in his schedule, and has paid out all his funds toward it and since his pension has stopped he has been unable to pay any thing upon the land except some debts which was due to him and the land has now taken all his means, and will not if sold fetch but very little more than the sum that is yet due upon it."

Uzal MUNSON

Aged 66, resident of Morris Township declares "that he served 1 year in the first Jersey Regiment commanded by Lord STERLING and afterwards by Colonel WINDS in Captain Silas HOWELL's company, afterwards in SPENCER's Regiment and Captain SEELY's Company in 1776 and 1777 that he made his original application for a pension on the sixth day of April 1818 --- That he has received a pension certificate which is numbered 4500...... that I am sixty six years old; that my occupation is that of a bloomer for the making and drawing of bar iron; but am entirely disabled to pursue it as well by failure of sight as by rheumatic afflictions attending old age; my family consists of my wife named Mary in the sixty third year of her age languishing for many years past and still with the consumption and wholly unable to support herself or defray the expenses of her Physician; my daughter Hannah aged 32 years whose labors are charitably devoted to the care of her parents; my son Luther aged 22 years an Idiot weakly in health requiring almost constant care; and a granddaughter named Eliza MUNSON aged about fourteen years not able to earn her own support."

Inventory includes "Ten Acres of Land Improved" --- mentions indebtedness to numerous persons.

Supplemental application dated July 7, 1823, recites his age as 69 years -- also that 'Uzal MUNSON enlisted for one year on or about the 5th November 1775 in the State of New Jersey in the County of Morris in the company commanded by Captain Silas HOWELL in the Regiment commanded first by Lord STIRLING and afterwards by Colonel WINDS in the line of the State of New Jerseyan the Continental establishment that he continued to serve in the said corps until the expiration of his term of enlistment that he was sent by his commanding officer to the hospital where he was confined by sickness for two months and was not with the regiment when discharged, but was discharged by the Surgeon of the hospital who gave him a certificate of his discharge which was burnt in his fathers' house about the year 1798. That afterwards he enlisted for three months in Captain SEELY's company in SPENCER's regiment in 1776 and 1777. That his name has been placed on the pension list and was dropt therefrom on account of his property."

Inventory includes "nine 82/100 acres of land the house and barn are both small and very much out of repair -- the house and barn are both of wood and very old."

"He further states that he is very infirm and very little able to labor. That he is by occupation a bloomer, but is unable to pursue his occupation by reason of his age a defect in his sight, and a paralytic affection -- his wife is in the 67th year of her age and totally unable to labor and she has been confined to her bed most of her time for twenty five years with a consumption and has been a constant bill of expense, instead of a help to him -- That he has one son at home with him who is an idiot and requires constant care and attention, to watch him and keep him from harm -- he is 25 years of age and weakly in his health -- He has a daughter living with him, whose name is Hannah and who devotes the whole of her labor for the benefit of her parents, and occasionally he has with him a granddaughter named Eliza MUNSON about 17 years old, and while with him she assists his family with her services.....  that the value of his real estate is much diminished by reason of the fall in the price of land and the decay of his house which is scarcely tenantable and his barn almost useless by reason of decay and want of covering. This declarant further saith that his daughter has now become the main stay and support of his family, that should he be deprived of her services he should become at once an object of public charity, and that he has no control over the services of his daughter, other than the natural affection she has for her parents"

Application dated July 11, 1820

 

Contributed by Robert H. Smith

 

 

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