Jesse Allen Pension
File

Rev War File # R112

Contributed and transcribed by Gene Eicklor

*Punctuation, Spelling, Underlining and Grammar has been preserved in Transcription


State of New York Greene County  

            Before me John Van Vechten a Justice of Peace in and for the said County personally appeared Gertrude Eiklor a resident of Leeds in said County aged eighty one years who being duly sworn according to Law doth on her oath before & say that she is the widow of John Eiklor and is now a pensioner of the United States that her husband was Brother of Elizabeth Eiklor that she was well acquiainted with said Elizabeth Eiklor and also with Jesse Allen that they lived before and during the Revolutionary war in Catskill in said County of the Cauterskill. That said Jesse Allen joined the army and went to Canada with Gen'l Montgomery and when he returned he was married to said Elizabeth Eiklor by Rev'd John Schuneman then pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church in that place and that it was during this time of the Revolutionary War and that said Jesse Allen was afterwards for sometime in the war That this deponent was married to John Eiklor in the month of April in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven And that said Elizabeth Eiklor was married to Jesse Allen sometime before she this deponent was married And that they had three children one named Ebenezer one named Peter & the third was drowned whose name she not know and Peter was baptized in the Reformed Dutch Church of Catskill by Rev'd John Schuneman in Catskill all before she this deponent was married and they continued to live together as man & wife until they left this section and went to the Susquehanna. 

/s/ Gertrude (her mark - x) Eiklor.  Sworn and subscribed this third day of August 1844 before me.  /s/John Van Vechten, Justice of the Peace. 

I certify that I am personally acquainted with Gertrude Eiklor within named & who made this written affadivit and that she is of good repute for credibility.  /s/John Van Vechten Justice of the Peace. 

Extract taken from the Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the Town of Catskill in the County of Greene and State of New York of Baptisms

One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty four.

May thirtyeth

            Ouders                                    Kinders                                   Getuygen

Jesse Ellen                                          Pieter                                      Catherine Dederick
Elizabeth Ellen 

I William R. L. Betts Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church of Leeds in the Town of Catskill in the County of Greene in the State of New York do Certify that the above is a true copy from the Records of the said Church in my possession with the exception of the date which is extracted in  the record in fair legible figures as follows 1784 May 30. 

/s/Wm R L Betts 

I William R L Betts above named depose and say that I am the Pastor of the above named Church and that the above is an extract from the record of said Church with the exception above named as certified by me

/s/Wm R L Betts

Sworn and subscribed this 30th day of August 1846 before me.  /s/John Van Vechten Justice of the Peace. 

State of New York Greene County

Before me John Van Vechten a Justice of the Peace in and for said County personally appeared the same William R. L. Betts who being duly sworn doth depose and say that he is the pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church in Leeds in the Town of Catskill in the County of Greene and State of New York that he has in his possession the record of said Church and has carefully examined the same and can find no record of the marriage of Jesse Allen to Elizabeth Eiklor nor of any marriage subsequent to 1762 until 1798. 

/s/ Wm R. L Betts.            

Subscribed and sworn this 3rd day of August 1846 before Me. /s/John Van Vechten Justice of the Peace. 

State of New York Greene County  "Before me John Van Vechten a Justice of the Peace of said County personally appeared David Ely who being duly sworn doth depose & say that he is the Town Clerk in the Town of Catskill in the County of Greene and that he has in his possession the records of the said town &  has carefully examined the same and that no record of the marriage of Jesse Allen to Elizabeth Eiklor or of any marriages are subsequent to the year 1837.  

/s/David Ely  Sworn and subscribed this 20th day of August 1846 before me.  /s/John Van Vechten Justice of the Peace  

"No. 11893  Elizabeth Allen a widow of Jesse  Pa  Act 4 July 1836 

State of Pennsylvania County of Bradford 

On this eleventh day of December 1846 personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, now held at Towanda, William Allen a resident of Wysox in said County Aged Sixty five years, who being first duly sworn according to Law, does on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the arrearage of pension which would have been due his mother Elizabeth Allen under the Act of  Congress of July 4, 1836 on account of the services of her husband Jesse Allen, who was a private in the Revolutionary War That at the commencement of the War said Jesse Allen lived on the Cauterskill near Catskill That he knows nothing of the Services of said Jesse Allen only from what he heard him say That he was in the battle of Quebec in Canada - and wintered at Montreal - have heard him speak frequently of this Company under Genl Montgomery - That the only officer he recollects his mentioning as serving under at this time was Major Brown - That he frequently heard him say that he served as Sargeant and private during most of the war - That he frequently spoke of serving under a Captain Whitbeck of Esopus or near there - also of Col. Van Buren and Willett, but the periods where he served or enlisted and the length of time he served, he does not recollect, but believes said Jesse Allen did serve during most of the war as private and non-commissioned officer -

That it has been always so understood in the family of said Jesse Allen - That it is about twenty two years Since said Jesse Allen died, and he, this deponent does not recollect all said Jesse Allen told him of his Services - But he has no doubt that he was with Genl Montgomery in Canada and Continued in Service most of the time until the end of the war - That said Jesse Allen was born in the year 1755 and died in 1824 - That said Elizabeth Allen's maiden name was Ecklor that the year or month she was married to Jesse Allen he does not recollect - That they were married while they lived on the Cauterskill , near Catskill in Greene County, State of New York - That he, this deponent is sixty five years of age the 18th of this month - That said Jesse and Elizabeth Allen had two children before him - William and Ebenezer - that William was drowned in the Cauterskill in infancy - That Elizabeth Allen died on the 5th day of September 1845 in Wysox, Bradford County, state of Pennsylvania, where also Jesse Allen died - That said Elizabeth Allen left Seven Children whose names are William, Peter Allen, Polly Draper, Betsy Wattles, John Allen, Andrew Allen, Phoebe Moody, and that these are the only Surviving Children -  

/s/William Allen 

Sworn and Subscribed in Open Court In testimony wereof I have ______  heard and affixed the seal of said Court this 11th day of December 1846.  /s/A. McKean Prothy. 

State of Pennsylvania, Bradford County  

I, Addison McKean Prothy notary of the Court of Common Pleas of Said County holding in Towanda in and for said County do hereby Certify that satisfactory evidence was exhibited to said Court, that Elizabeth Allen late widow of Jesse Allen, was a resident of Wysox, Bradford County, State of Pennsylvania, and died in Wysox aforesaid in the year Eighteeen hundred and forty five, on the sixth day of September - That she left Seven Children whose names are William Allen, Peter Allen, Andrew Allen, John Allen, Polly Draper, Betsey Wattles and Phoebe Moody and that these are the only remaining children of said Elizabeth Allen. 

In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court this 11th day of December A.D.1846.  /s/A. Mc Kenan Prothy   

State of Pennsylvania, County of Bradford 

On this eleventh day of December 1846 personally appeared before the Court of Common Pleas, now holding at Towanda in and for said County, Peter Allen a resident of Wysox in said County also being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath depose did say that he was born on Cauterskill near Catskill in Greene County State of New York in the eleventh day of April Seventeen hundred and Eighty four - That they had three children older than him was - William, who was drowned in infancy - Ebeenezer also is since dead and William next older than himself - that his father and mother removed from Greene County, State of New York into Bradford County in the latter part of the year 1784 or 1785 and continued to live together as husband and wife until said Jesse Allen died about twenty two years ago.

Sworn & Subscribed Dec 11th, 1846.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of Said Court this 11th day of December 1846.  /s/ A. McKean 

State of Pennsylvania Bradford County 

Before me J. D. Coolbaugh a Justice of the Peace in and for said County personally appeared John Allen who being duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath depose and say that he is the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Allen - that he is fifty three years old on the 18th of last August - That he was born in Wysox in said County where his father and mother then lived, and continued to live until their decease - That he heard his father frequently speak of his being in the Revolutionary Service as a private at the Battle of Quebec, and of his being near to Genl Montgomery when he fell but he not recollect the names of any other officers under whom he enlisted or served except that of Genl Montgomery - nor does be remember any of his other services - Although he frequently heard him in conversation with others speak of his services during the War - That his father and mother removed from near Catskill, State of New York to Bradford County at an early period - That his father the said Jesse Allen died on the twenty fourth day of June 1824 - That from that time, his mother, the said Elisabeth lived with him, this deponent, until she died - that she the said Elizabeth Allen died on the sixth day of September one thousand and Eight hundred and forty five -

/s/ John Allen

Sworn and Subscribed this 11th day of January 1847 before me  /s/ J. D. Coolbaugh  J of Peace

I certify that I am personally acquainted with John Allen the foregoing affiant, and that he sustains a good character for truth and veracity. J. D. Coolbaugh J of Peace 

State of Pennsylvania County of Bradford 

I Addison McKean Prothy notary of the Common Pleas of Said County do Certify that Jared D. Coolbaugh Esq is a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, and the foregoing signature purporting to be his, is genuine.  /s/A. McKean Prothy 

State of Pennsylvania County of Bradford

Before me Jesse Allen a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, personally appeared Polly Draper, who being duly sworn doth on her oath depose and Say that She is the daughter of Jesse and Elisabeth Allen - that her proper name is Mary not Polly, though generally called by the latter name, as is much with those named Mary - That her mother, Elisabeth Allen left to her the family Bible, which contained a record of the births of the children of Jesse a & Elisabeth Allen - That said Bible and record have been in her possession since the death of her mother - That the leaf containing said record in said Bible became detached, and the same is hereunto annexed - That said Leaf contains the only record of the family of Jesse and Elisabeth Allen, left by them, that she knows of

/s/ Mary Allen Draper

Sworn & Subscribed this 11th day of January 1847 before me /s/ Jesse Allen J P

State of Pennsylvania County of Bradford  I, Addison McKean, Prothy notary of the Court of Common Pleas for said County, do Certify that Jesse Allen is a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, and that the signature to the foregoing affidavit and the annexed Paper, purporting to be is, is genuine - In Testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court this 11th day of January 1847 /s/ A. McKean Prothy 

(The Allen Bible Leaf)

William Allen November the 5th 1778
Ebeneezer April 10th 1780
William the 2 December 18 1781
Peter April 11th 1784
Sarah July 20th 1786
Andrew June 5th 1788
Mary November 1 th 1789
Elizabeth August 25th 1791
John August 18th 1793
Chloe April 10th 1795
Phebe October 8th 1796
David February 22th 1798

I certify this to be the paper mentioned in the annexed affidavit /s/ Jesse Allen J of Peace 

(Transcription Note:  There is a page that is impossible to read as the copy is totally black even though it contains words.) 

Next is a form marked "REJECTED Acts of July 14, 1862 and March 3, 1878."  The name is "Elizabeth Allen"

Next is another form labeled "Revolutionary Pension Claim Power of Attorney to Examine Claims /s/V. Ellis Attorney, Present 

"Power of Attorney.  Know all men by these presents:  That I William Allen of the Township of Wysox, County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania do herby constitute and appoint Vespasian Ellis of Washington City, D. C., my true and lawful Agent and Attorney to prosecute the Claim of Elizabeth Allen widow of Jesse for any amount of Revolutionary Pension or increase of Pension that may be due under the provisions of the Act of July 4, 1836, or any other Act of Resolution of Congress, and I hereby authorize my said Attorney to examine all papers and documents in relation to said Claim on file in the Departments at Washington city, or elsewhere, to file additional evidence or arguments, and to receive the Certificate which may be issued for said Claim, and to appoint one or more substitues under him for the purposes herein expressed:  and to do all things that I might or could do, were I personally present.  Hereby ratifying and confirming all that my said Attorney may lawfully do in the premises. 

Witness my hand and seal this third day of June 1854.

In presence of W. L. Scott   /s/ William Allen 

State of Pennsylvania, Bradford County 

On this third day of June 1854, before me the subscribed Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State above mentioned personally appeared William Allen, above named and acknowledged the foregoing power of Attorney to be his act and deed for the purpose therein mentioned.  Witness my hand seal the day & year aforesaid  /s/ J. D Goodenough J.P. 

Then follows two more statements on the printed form.  J. P. Goodenough signed William Allen's affidavit that he is the above mentioned William Allen.  Then Allen McKean , Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas states the Goodenough is the J.P. above and his official are entitled to full faith and credit. 

There is a form issued by the State of New York Comptroller's Office, Albany on 18th Dec 1846 which state that the true extracts from Book No. 2 &  8 now remaining is his offices that Jesse Allen's service for precise dates was under the named officers.  These dates are "in pursauance of a law passed the 27th of April, 1784, entitled 'An act for the settlement of the pay of the Levies and Militia, for their service in the late War, and for other purpose therein mentioned, ' the following certificates have been issued, bearing interest at five percent per annum, viz:" 

"24th June 1779  Jesse Allen Sergt  (in pounds)    1     15     0  (he served under Lieut. Anthy Abeel in Col Anthy. Van Bergen Reg't)

5th Augt 1780     Jesse Allen    Priv                                   8     4  (he served under Capt John a Witber in Col Anthy Van Bergen Reg't)

31 Dec 1782       Jesse Allen    Sergt                      28     13      4  (he served under Capt James Cannon in Marcus Willett Regt.

/s/ by the comptroller whose name is difficult to decipher. 

In addition to the 1854 Affidavits and Power of Attorney, William Allen in 1852 did the same thing and in 1854 asked through his Attorney for the Elizabeth Allen claim to be reexamined. 


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