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REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION PAPERS - ASA THOMPSON

Submitted by Charles K. Henrikson

National Archives Microfilm Publication,  Microscopy #804, Roll 2373

Thompson, Aaron - Thompson, Burwell

Transcription of the serviceman’s pension application records of the Revolutionary War soldier, Asa Thompson, who served in 1779, 1780, and 1781, and the widow’s pension application records of Asa’s wife, Nancy Thompson.  (There were 56 frames on the microfilm pertaining to Asa and Nancy Thompson’s records.  Most were photographs of the letters written in support of their applications; some were of the envelopes in which the letters were sent; and a very few were of printed forms.)
 

Frame #1
Service - Mass
Thompson, Asa
Nancy
W18127
 

Frame #2
Selected Records
 

Frame #3
24687 New York
Asa Thompson of Madison Co. in the State of New York who was a Private in the Compy commanded by Captain Keep of the Regt commanded by  Col. Wells in the Mass line for 7 months + 12 days.
Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of 24 Dollars 65 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 5 day of Febry 1834 and sent to Hon. W.K. Fuller, his rep.
Arrears to the 4th of Sep ‘33                      $61.62
Semi-anl. allowance ending 4 March ‘34       12.32
                                                                  $73. 94
Revolutionary Claim
Act of June 7, 1832
Recorded by Ira Cromwell, Clerk
Book E       Vol. 4      Page 82
 

Frame #4
Mr. Thompson
Family Record
 

Frame #5
 
October 2, 1723 Daniel Thompson was born our father
October 20, 1726 Hannah Thompson his wife was born and mother
October 14, 1750 Sibel Thompson was born first child
August 30, 1752 Daniel Thompson, Jr.  was born
February 8, 1758 Lucy Thompson was born
January 5, 1763 Asa Thompson was born
February 9, 1770 Abial Thompson was born
July 12, 1772 Jacob Thompson was born
October 30, 1767 Nancy Thompson born wife of Asa T. in dark month
May 14, 1790 Louis Thompson was born in Holland, Fryday
February 7, 1792 Pardon Thompson  was born in Holland, Tusday
October 3, 1795 Harriot Thompson  was born in Holland, Saterday
 

Frame #6
State of New York
County of Onondaga Ss

Pardon Thompson of Manlius in said county being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he was well acquainted with Asa Thompson the father of this deponent and the husband of the declaimant to the annexed declaration Nancy Thompson the mother of this deponent, that this deponent is as he has always been informed and believes of the age of fifty three years and upon and having been born the 7th of February 1792, that the annexed memorandum of the ages of the said Asa to be his father’s family and his own family is all in the handwriting of the said Asa and was taken from a small account book of the said deceased by cutting out the leaf on which it was written and this deponent believes the said account or memorandum or family record to be accurate and true and to be the only family record left by the said deceased who lived near this deponent and who supposes this deponent has seen and examined this deponent further saith that he has known that his said father had a pension and was present at his drawing his money on his pension and this deponent believes that his pension was about twenty-four dollars a year.

Pardon Thompson

Sworn and subscribed this twelfth day of July 1845 before me Amasa H. Jerome, Judge of Onondaga County Court , Superior Court Com.  I the said Judge certify that Pardon Thompson the above named deponent with whom I am well acquainted is a creditable person and that full credit and confidence should be given to his statement.

Amasa H. Jerome, Judge of Onondaga County Court, Superior Court Com.

Frame #7
State of New York, County of Onondaga Ss
Azariah Smith of Manlius being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he assisted Asa Thompson to obtain his pension under the Act of Congress 7-18-32 that he drew about twenty-four or twenty-five dollars a year, that this deponent was well acquainted with his hand writing and saith that he has no doubt that this annexed record of his and his father's family is wholly in the handwriting of the said pensioner, Asa Thompson deceased and that this deponent has for many years been acquainted with the said Asa Thompson and Nancy Thompson and that they resided together as husband and wife and this deponent has no doubt they were married as stated in his declaration as he has every reason to claim them both husband and wife to be persons of truth and sincerity.

Azariah Smith

Sworn and subscribed before me this 12th July 1845
Amasa H. Jerome
Judge of Onondaga County Court, Superior Court Com.

I the said Judge do hereby certify that Azariah Smith the above named deponent is a person with whom I am well acquainted, that he is a creditable person and that full confidence and credit should be given to his statement.

Amasa H. Jerome, Judge
 

 Frame #8
Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress of the 7th July 1838, of the 3d March 1843 and of the 17th June 1844 State of New York, County of Onondaga Ss:
On this 12th day of July 1845 personally appeared before me, Amasa H. Jerome, a Judge of Onondaga County Court of the degree of Comptroller at Law and Superior Court Commissioner, Nancy Thompson, widow, a resident of Manlius in said county who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the pension made by Acts of Congress passed 7th July 1838, 3d March 1843 and 17th June 1844 granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War, That she is the widow of Asa Thompson, late of Manlius who died that place on fourteenth day of July 1836, That the said Asa served in the war of the Revolution as a Private and for several years claimed a pension under the Act of 7th June 1832 up to the fourteenth of March previous to his death of about twenty four dollars a year, this declaimant saith that though she has often heard her husband speak of his Revolutionary service is at present from age and loss of memory unable to state any particulars of his service except a general recollection that he served three different tours of three months each in the Massachusetts services.
 

Frame #9
She also declares that she was married to the said Asa Thompson in the month of January 1790 by the Rev. Ezra Reeve at Holland in the County of Hampshire, State of Massachusetts, that her husband the aforesaid Asa Thompson died on the fourteenth day of July 1836 that she was not married previous to the time of his being in the service, but the marriage to place prior to the first of January (1794) seventeen hundred and seventy four viz. At the time above stated and that she has never since been married but is still the widow of Asa Thompson.

          Her
Nancy + Thompson
        Mark

Sworn and subscribed this day and year aforesaid before me.
Amasa H. Jerome
Judge of Onondaga County Courts
Superior Court Com.

I Amasa H. Jerome one of the Judges of Onondaga County Courts hereby certify that from advanced age and infirmity the within named declaimant, Nancy Thompson, is unable to attend the regular sitting of the court in this county without endangering her health and from the same cause she is unable to write her name and from information believe her to be a woman of strict truth and veracity.
Amasa H. Jerome, Judge of Onondaga County Court, Superior Court com.
 

Frame #10
12121
Aug. 1, 1845
Nancy Thompson
July 7, 1838  N.Y.  Married in 1790
Husband died July 14, 1836
 

Frame #11
State of New York, Onondaga County Clerk’s Office Ss:
I certify that the Honorable Amasa H. Jerome was on the twelfth day of July 1845 one of the Judges of the County Courts in and for the said county commissioned and sworn, that I am well acquainted with his handwriting and verily believe that the several signatures to the annexed papers purporting to be his are genuine.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the Court of Common Pleas of said County at Syracuse this 14th day of July AD 1845.
Linnis J. Gillet    Dep. Clerke        Clerk absent
 

Frame #12
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
County of Hampden Ss:  William A. Webber being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he this deponent is Town Clerk of the Town of Holland in said County and states that the following is a true abstract from the records of said Town in the custody of this deponent a record of the marriage of Asa Thompson and Nancy Gray both of Holland.  Said record of the marriage is dated January Nineteenth Seventeen hundred and ninety, Jan. 19th 1790.
The above marriage was solemnized by the Rev. Ezra Reeve late of Holland deceased.
Wm A. Webber Town Clerk of Holland

?? And further this deponent saith
Subscribed and sworn to before me this twenty eighth day of Oct AD 1845.
David B. Dean, Justice of the Peace
I David B. Dean the above named Justice hereby certify that the above named William A. Webber is Town Clerk of Said Holland and full faith and credit may be given to his affidavit.
Holland Oct 28, 1845 David B. Dean, Justice of the Peace

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
County of Hampden Ss:
I, Justin Willard, Clerk of the Probate Court within and for said County do hereby certify that David B. Dean before whom the above deposition was verified is a Justice of the Peace within and for said County duly qualified to act as Justice.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court at Springfield this fourth day of November AD 1845.  Justin Willard
 

Frame #13
12121
Aug. 7, 1848
Nancy Thompson
July 7, 1848
Col. J.L. Edwards
Com of Pensions
Washington
 

Frame #14
I Jacob Thompson of Monson in the County of Hampden and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Esq. of lawful age certify and say that I was present at the marriage of Asa Thompson and Nancy Gray in the month of January AD 1790.  The marriage took place in the District of Holland in the County of Hampshire the same place being now the town of Holland in said County of Hampden.  They both belonged in said Holland at that time.  Their marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Ezra Reeve who was at that time the settled clergyman in Holland.  The said Asa Thompson was my brother and I had previously known him as a soldier of the Revolution and he was the same person who has since been a Revolutionary Pensioner.  He afterwards removed to Hartsville in the County of Onondaga and State of New York where he continued to the time of his decease.  I received his pension while he resided there.  Since his decease, I have been at Hartsville and seen the said Nancy, his widow.  It was about six years since that I last saw her and she was then a resident of Hartsville.
Jacob Thompson
 

Frame #15
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hampden County Ss:
March 13, 1844
Then Jacob Thompson personally appearing made oath to the truth of the within deposition by him subscribed.  Before me Reuben A. Chapman, Justice of the Peace.
I, Reuben A. Chapman, the aforementioned Justice certify that Jacob Thompson the within deponent is a creditable person and that the foregoing affidavit made by him is entitled to full credit.
R. A. Chapman, Justice of the Peace
 

Frame #16
(Printed material)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hampden Ss:
I, Richard Bliss, Clerk of Judicial Court of the Commonwealth, for the County of Hampden, do certify that Reuben A. Chapman, Esquire, whose signature is affixed to the certificate on the paper hereto annexed, was at the date thereof, one of the Justices of the Peace, within and for said County, duly commissioned, and acting under the authority of this commonwealth; and that full faith and credit are and ought to be given to his acts and attestations done in that capacity; and that I am acquainted with the handwriting of the said Chapman and believe his signature to said certificate is genuine.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the court of Common Pleas the said Commonwealth this thirteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four.
Rich Bliss, Clerk
 

Frame #17
Col. Edwards
Manlius, NY
2 Aug. 1845
I           the declaration of Asa Thompson, widow Nancy Thompson for a pension.  Mr. Thompson was a pensioner at about $26.00 a year accd. Act of 1832, I think he stated that he was not able to prove all his services which I maintain were three months services in Massachusetts Militia.  We shall be satisfied to have his pension at the same rate as he husband.  Will you suggest if it be necessary to send to Boston or elsewhere for proof.
Yours,
A. Smith
 
 

Frame #18
18166
Asa Thompson
Madison Co.
New York
Hon. W. K. Fuller
Chittenango
Madison, NY
 

Frame #19
(Printed material)
War Department
Pension Office
23 May 1833
Sir:
The evidence in support your claim, under the act of June 7, 1832, has been examined and the papers are herewith returned.  The following is a statement of your case in a tabular form.  On comparing these papers with the following    and the    notes you will perceive that objections     which must be removed before a pension can be allowed.  The notes and the regulations will show what is necessary to be done.  These points to which your attention is more particularly directed, you will find marked in the margin with a brace thus }  You will when you return your papers to this Department send this printed letter with them, and you will by complying with the request, greatly facilitate the investigation of your claim.
Statement, showing the service of Asa Thompson, Madison County, New York
 
 
Period when service was rendered:  Volunteer, 1779  Volunteer, 1780 Enlisted, 1781
Duration of claimant’s service:  1 mos, 12 days  About 6 months 3 months
Rank of the claimant
Name and rank of the company officer under whom he served Capt. Keep  Capt. Browning 
Capt. Pierce 
Capt. King
Lieut. Crow
Names and ranks of the generals and field officers Col. Wells
Country through which he marched Claverack 
Albany
Springfield
Red Hook
Peekshill
West Point
Albany
Saratoga
Place of abode when he entered the service, South Brimfield, Massachusetts
Age at present 69

 Evidence by which the           Tradition: one witness proves 1st and 3rd tours of service,
   declaration is supported               another proves the 2nd tour.

I am respectfully Your obedient servant, J.L. Edwards, Commissioner of Pensions
 

Frames # 20 and 21
(Printed text about: Regulations under the Act of June 7, 1832)
 

Frame #22
Asa Thompson
??? Please direct our                                                 to W.K. Fuller, Chittenango, NY
 

Frame #23
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hampden Ss:
I, John Ingersoll, Clerk of the Common Pleas Court being a Court of Record in the County of Hampden do hereby certify that Jacob Thompson, Esq., is a Justice of the Peace within and for the County of Hampden duly commissioned and qualified, agreeable to the laws of this commonwealth and that full faith and credit are and ought to be given to all acts done by him in said capacity and that I believe his name subscribed to the papers hereto annexed to be his true and genuine signatures.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Common Pleas Court at Springfield on this Eighth day of September the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty two.
John Ingersoll, Clerk
 

Frame #24
I, Bradley Webber, of Holland in the County of Hampden in the State of Massachusetts of Lawful age testify and say that I was a private soldier in the Militia of the Revolutionary Army then belonged to South Brimfield in said county which now is Holland, that I marched under Capt Joseph Browning of Brimfield and that Asa Thompson was one of the company, that we marched to Springfield then to Great Barrington stayed a few days, then to Red Hook, then to the highlands, then to West Point, there taried a number of days and was then put under Capt. Pierce of Worcester.  We then remained on the lines and served out time out which as near as I can recollect was six months and then we were discharged.  This was in the year 1780.  I think.  It was the time that Arnold turned Traitor and Andre was taken as a Spy.  Said Thompson then belonged to South Brimfield and County of Hampshire and state of Massachusetts and I am informed belongs now to Sullivan, County of Onondaga and state of New York.  I was in the company with him during the time above stated and we received our discharges together.
Bradley Webber

Hampden Ss:
On the 8th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two the aforesaid deponent  ???
 

Frame #25
I, Peleg C. Janes, of Brimfield in the County of Hampden and Commonwealth of Massachusetts testify and say that I was in the Revolutionary War I think in 1780 or 81 and that Asa Thompson then of South Brimfield in said County and now as I am informed of Sullivan in the County of Onondaga and state of New York, was with me at Ticonderoga in a service for three months.  We were under Capt. Jeremiah May of South Brimfield, Lt. Jonathan Brown of Brimfield and Lt. Jonathan Craig (Coye, Crow?) of Monson - the said Thompson served under the same officers and during the same term served two months and were dispersed by the enemy, rec’d our pay for that time.
Peleg C. Janes

Hampden Ss:
September 9th 1832 the aforesaid deponent was examined and cuationed and sworn agreeable to Law to the Deposition aforesaid by him subscribed taken at the request of Asa Thompson of Sullivan County of Onondaga and State of New York.
Janes is old.  He was not certain that the service was not at Saratoga.
Jacob Thompson, Justice of the Peace

Hampden Ss:
September 12th 1832
Thereby  certify that I am well acquainted with Bradley Webber and Peleg C. Janes above named and that they are men of truth and veracity.
Jacob Thompson, Justice of the Peace
 

Frame #26
State of New York, County of Onondaga Ss:
On this twenty eighth day of August 1832 before Asa Nuiss, a Justice of the Peace in the said county personally appeared Hooper Bishop of Pompey in said county who being first duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that  during the Revolutionary War his residence was in South Brimfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  He is of the age of sixty nine years and upward, that during the Revolutionary War he was acquainted with Asa Thompson then a resident of South Brimfield now of Sullivan, County of Madison.  That this deponent served in the same company with the said Asa Thompson in the company of Captain Keep of Monson about six weeks, was stationed at the Barracks in Albany in the year 1779, that they had expected to go against the enemy on the Mohawk, but were dismissed before the three months for which they were engaged expired, because the expedition was given up, that about 1 August 1781, this deponent and the said Asa enlisted for three months in Captain Keep’s Company and served together the whole tour of their enlistment at Saratoga having marched through Albany, that they were stationed near the place of Burgoyne’s Surrender and stayed in the service till after the news of the Capture of Cornwallis reached them, that both these periods of service were under the Massachusetts Militia service, that the said Asa Thompson and this deponent left home together and were discharged together.
Hooper Bishop

Subscribed and sworn this day and year aforesaid before me
Asa Nuiss,  J.P.

I certify that Hooper Bishop the above deponent is a person of truth and veracity and that full credit may be given to his deposition.
Asa Nuiss, J.P.
 

Frame #27
State of New York
Onondaga County Ss:
I Reuben L. Hess, Clerk of said County hereby certify that Asa Nuiss was at the date of the within affidavit a Justice of the Peace in said County and that I am acquainted with the handwriting of the said Justice and verily believe the signatures to the said affidavit and the certificate following are in the proper handwriting of the said Justice.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed the seal of the Court of Common Pleas of said County at Lysander (?) this 30th day of August 1832.
Reuben L. Hess, Clerk

 Frames #28, 29 and 30
State of New York, Madison County Ss:
On this ninth day of October 1832 personally appeared in open court before James B. Eldridge, William K. Fuller, Sylvanus Tabor (Seber?), Elisha Randall and Bnak (Barark?) Beckwith (Buknath?), Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of County of Madison in the State of New York, now sitting Asa Thompson, a resident of the town of Sullivan, in the County of Madison, aforesaid aged sixty nine years on the fifth day of January last past, who being first 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 officiers and served as herein stated.  In the summer of the year 1779 at South Brimfield in the State of Massachusetts, he the said applicant volunteered for three months service for the purpose as was supposed at the time, to go up the Mohawk River to Fort Stoneway(?).  He volunteered in Capt. Keep’s company of Militia, who belonged to Monson, adjoining South Brimfield.  We marched to Claverack in the State of New York and then rendezvoused and then marched to Albany and were stationed at the Barrack in Albany near where the capitol now stands.  We remained in Albany about six weeks and were then dismissed, because the expedition up the Mohawk River was given up.  Hooper Bishop was in the same company with applicant and is now living and has testified to this term of service.  In the last of the spring or the fore part of the summer of the year 1780 at the town of South Brimfield aforesaid, he again volunteered in the service of Capt. Joseph Browning company of Militia.  Our company marched to Springfield, then to Great Barrington, Mass, then to Red Hook, then to Peekskill and then to West Point (NY).  We remained at West Point for a week.  At West Point he, the said applicant, was drafted out of Capt Brownings Company and put in Capt Pierce’s Company.  Our company, Capt. Boutwell’s company and another company under Col. Wells of Roxbury (Mass.) marched to North Castle and was there in company with Col. Sheldon Lighthorse.  Our time was spent in scouting and in watching the enemy and in guarding the inhabitants and preventing the Tories from carrying off the property of the Whigs.  We served out our time out on the lines principally for what was about 4 months and was then dismissed.  While we were in the lines Andre was taken.  Bradley Webber was with me during the whole time and is now living at Holland, formerly South Brimfield and has testified to my service.  In the month of August in the year 1781 at the town of South Brimfield aforesaid, we enlisted for three months in Captain King’s company of Militia.  One Jonathan Crow was Lieut. of the companies.  We marched to Albany and from there to Saratoga and were stationed in the Barracks at Saratoga, now where Burgoyne surrended.  Remained at Saratoga until the expiration of the three months, and until after the news of the surrender of Cornwallis.  While at Saratoga we were chiefly engaged in scouting parties and one night five spies were taken, one was hung and the others were put aboard a prison ship.  Hooper Bishop was also in the same company with me and has testified to my service.  He has no documentary evidence of his service and never received any written discharge from the service.  He was born at South Brimfield, Massachusetts on the 5th day of January 1763.  He has a record of his age and of all his family in a Book for that purpose and a record of his age is also in the Town Clerk’s office at South Brimfield.  Was living at South Brimfield when called into the service and since the Revolutionary War has lived in South Brimfield, Brimfield and Sturbridge, Worchester County (Mass), Manlius, Onondaga county (NY) and Sullivan in the county of Madison his present place of residence.  The witness, Bradley Webber, has stated that Sullivan, the residence of Applicant, to be in Onondaga county.  He is mistaken Sullivan is in Madison County and adjoins Onondaga County.  He is known to William K. Fuller and to Henry Richtmeyer who lives in his neighborhood and can testify to his character for veracity and to their belief of his service in the revolution.  He honestly believes in his every claim whatever to a pension of annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed
This day and year, first aforesaid.
Asa Thompson
A.S. Sloan, Clk

We, William K. Fuller and Henry Richtmeyer of the Town of Sullivan in the county of Madison, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Asa Thompson, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration.  That we believe him to be sixty nine years of age and upwards, that he is respected and believed, in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn and subscribed this day and year first aforesaid
Henry Richtmeyer
W.K. Fuller
A.S. Sloan, Clk.

And the said court do hereby declare this opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations proscribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states.  And the court further certifies that it appears to them that William K. Fuller and Henry Richtmeyer who have signed the preceding certificate as residents of the town of Sullivan in Madison County aforesaid and as creditable persons and that their statement is entitled to credit.
I, Andrew S. Sloan, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Madsion in the State of New York do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Asa Thompson for a pension.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this ninth day of October 1832.
A.S. Sloan, Clk
 

Frame #31
Asa Thompson
18166
Declaration and proof to obtain a pension
 

Frame #32
County of Madison
Surrogate Court Ss:
On the 18 day of June 1833 personally appeared before me Joseph Clark the undersigned, one of the Judges of the court of common pleas of said county Asa Thompson, who being by me duly sworn deposeth that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service but according to the last of his recollection, he served not less than the periods mentioned below and in the following grades: for six weeks in the year 1779 at Albany in Capt Keep’s Company and in Col. Chapin’s Regiment.  I served as a private.  I think this six week service was in Col. Chapin’s Regiment, although I may be mistaken as to the name of the Col.  For three months in the year 1780 on the lines in Capt Browning and Capt Pierce’s Company and Col. Wells Regiment I served as a private.  My impression is that I served long on this line, but I cannot state positively more than the said three months.  For three months in the year 1781 at Saratoga in Capt. King’s Company.  I served as a private.  I think Capt. King’s company was in Col. Parson’s Regiment although I cannot sware positively and for such service I claim a pension.
Asa Thompson
Sworn and subscribed before me the day and year first aforesaid.
Joseph Clark
Judge of Madison County Court

I certify that the said Asa Thompson who has signed and sworn to the above affidavit a creditable person and his statement entitled to credit.
June 18, 1833
Joseph Clark, Judge of Madison County Court
 

Frame #33
State of New York
County of Madison Ss:
I Andrew S. Sloan, Clerk of the said County do certify that Joseph Clark before whom the within affidavit purports to have been sworn and also whose name is subscribed and to the within certificate was at the date of the same, one of the Judges of the County Court in and for the said County and that I am acquainted with his handwriting and verily believe his name subscribed to the said affidavit and certificate to be his proper handwriting and signatures.
Witness my hand and seal of office this 18th day of June 1833
A.S. Sloan, Clk
E. Barnard, Dep. Clk.
 

Frame #34
Nonselected Records
 

Frame #35
Rev.  Widow   & c.
No. 18727
Nancy Thompson
Widow of Asa Thompson
Pri. Rev. War
Act: Feb. 2d ‘48
Index: - Vol. M    Page 272
[Arrangement of 1870]
 

Frame #36
9877
New York
Nancy Thompson
Widow of Asa Thompson
Who was a pensioner under the Act of 1832 and who died on the 14th July 1836 of Onondaga in the State of N. York who was a privt in the compy commanded by Captain Keep of the Regt commanded by Col. Wells in the Mass line for 7 mo 12 days.  Inscribed on the Roll of Albany at the rate of 24 Dollars 65 Cents per annum, to commence on the 14th day of Feb. 1836 when he died.
Certificate of Pension issued the 18th day of Feb 1846 and sent to A. Smith, Manlius, N. York
Total amount  $
[Act July 7, 1838]
Recorded by Tho. Lumpkins, Clerk
Book D    Vol. 1    Page 183
 

Frame #37
7575
New York Albany
Nancy Thompson
Widow of Asa Thompson
Who was a Private in the Revolution
Inscribed on the roll at the rate of 24 Dollars 65 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March 1843
Certificate of Pension issued the 18th day of Feb. 1846 and sent to A. Smith, Esq.
Manlius, New York
[Act of March 3, 1843] and 17th June 1844
Recorded in Book A    Vol. 2     Page 81 (87?)
 

Frame # 38
State of New York
Onondaga County
On this fourth day of September personally appeared before this subscriber a Justice of the Peace of the county aforesaid Nancy Thompson a resident of the town of Manlius, in the county of Onondaga and State of New York aged seventy nine 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 Act of Congress passed on the 2 (5?) February 1848 granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War.  That she is the widow of Asa Thompson who was a private in the Revolution and is inscribed on the pension list at the rate twenty four dollars and sixty five cents per annum and this amount she drew annually under the Act of 17th June 1844.  That she has not intermarried but continues to be the widow of said Asa Thompson.
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me
Robert Gilman (Gilmor?), J. Peace
       Her
Charles Smith Witness to signatures  Nancy     +     Thompson
       Mark
 

Frame #39
I certify that the said Nancy Thompson is the identical person who drew a pension as stated by her in the annexed affidavit.
Robert Gilman (Gilmor?),  J. Peace

State of New York
Onondaga County
Clerk’s Office
Ss:
I certify that Robert Gilman (Gilmor?), Esq. was on the date of the foregoing affidavit and certificate a Justice of the Peace in and for the said County Elected and sworn, that the foregoing signatures purporting to be his are genuine.
Given under my hand and the seal of said County at Syracuse, September 27, 1848
V.W. Smith, Clerk
 

Frame #40
7575   45
No. 12121 Act 45   8451
  Act ’44    457
Nancy Thompson
Widow of Asa
NY
Act 7 July 1838
Allow.  7 mo. 12 days for $24.65 per an.
From 14 July 1836 to 4 March 1841
( ? )  Acts 3 March 1843 and 17 June 1844
$24.65 per ann.
A. Smith
Manlius, NY
 

Frame #41
Dec. 18, 1845
Adal. to Case
Nancy Thompson
Com. of Pensions
Washington City
 

Frame #42
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Secretary’s Office, Boston
Dec 6, 1845
I hereby certify, that, from an examination of the Books and Documents relating to Military Services in the War of the Revolution which remain in this Department, it appears that the name of Asa Thomson is borne upon a Pay Roll of Capt Caleb Keep’s company in Col. Israel Chapen’s regt. as a private from October 18 to November 21, 1779 and 6 days allowed for travel, 1 month and 11 days.  Upon a Pay Roll of Capt. Joseph Browning’s company in Col. Seth Murray’s regt. as a private from July 17 to October 10, 1780 inclusive, and 7 days allowed to return home, 3 months and 1 day.  Upon a Pay Roll of Capt Abel King’s company in Col. Sear’s regt. as a private from 20th August to 20th November 1781, inclusive, 3 months.  The above is all the evidence of service which can be identified with the individual described in the annexed application.
 

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And I further Certify, That, before search made for evidence of said facts, the application hereto annexed was filed in this Office, in the form in which the same now appears, that the search was made by myself and my clerks alone, and that said application, and the certificate above set forth, contain all the facts and circumstances within my knowledge, pertaining to the case.
In testimony Whereof, I have hereunto affixed the Seal of the Commonwealth the date above written.
John G. Pomroy
Secretary of the Commonwealth
 

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Manlius, NY  27 Sept. 1845
Sir:
Having made application for a pension under the Act of Congress of 1838 and subsequent granting pensions to widows I am informed by the commissioner of Pensions that it is necessary for me to sustain the services of my deceased husband Asa Thompson by the certificate of the Secretary of Massachusetts.  In his declaration the said Asa Thompson stated his service to have
 
In May 1779 1 month 12 days  Capt. Keep’s Company
1780 6 months Capt Browning’s Co., Col. Wells
1781 3 months Capt King’s Company
 

At the time of his service I believe he resided in the town of Holland in the State of Massachusetts.  You will please examine the Record and papers of your state and certify the services of the said Asa Thompson in the Revolutionary War and send the certificate by mail to Azariah Smith.
Manlius, Onondaga Co. New York
Yours respectfully,

    Her
   Nancy + Thompson
    Mark

Signed and acknowledged this 27th September 1845
Before me Amasa H. Jerome, Judge of Onondaga County Court
 

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Sir:
The above is the evidence of service of Asa Thompson on which Nancy Thompson, his widow, claims a pension a I suppose about 24-67.  You will please examine the case and forward this certificate to me at your earliest convenience.  ??? has been a great day at Boston.

Yours,
A.H. Smith
Manlius, NY Dec 12, 1845
 

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Hon. Wm L. Marcy
Sec. of War
Washington City, D.C.

Oct 2, ‘48
Manlius, NY Sept. 27, ‘48
Charles Smith
Enc. Declns. for pensions for
         Jane Everson
         Nancy Thompson
         Hannah Ruggell
         L.(or S.) 429.   Rec. Oct 2, ‘48
 

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Hon. W.L. Marcy
Secretary of War
Sir,
Enclosed I send their applications for Pension certificates under the Act of Feby 2, 1848.  The proof, I believe, is such as your printed circular requires and I hope you will find all right.  If so will you send at your convenience the certificates enclosed to my direction and oblige.
Yours very respy.,
Charles Smith
Manlius
Sept 27, 1848
 

Frame #48
Washington   Jany 16, ’49
Col. J.S. Edwards
Sir,
I have the honor to enclose to you several letters from my friends and to ask an answer to the inquiries these contain and also to ask a reply at your earliest convenience to several communications,  I have heretofore had the honor to send you.
Respectfully yours,
Obt. Sert
D. Gott
 

Frame #49
Mr. Asa Thompson
Kirkville Post Office
Manlius, Onondaga Co.
New York
 

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(Printed material)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Secretary’s Office
December 3, 1833
Sir,
I have received your letter requesting me to examine the rolls in the office for evidence of the service of Asa Thompson in the Revolutionary War.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
Edward D. Bangs, Sec.
 Mr. Asa Thompson
 

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War Department
Pension Office
Sept. 28, 1833
Sir,
The claims of Asa Thompson have been examined and his papers herewith returned.  Sworn information lately received, it is understood that there are in the office of the Secy of State of Massachusetts, rolls of Col. Wells regiment, and as the regulations require the best evidence in the power of claimants to produce, it is necessary that he should furnish the certificate of E.D. Bangs, Esq., Secy of State, Boston in relation to his alleged service.
I am Respectfully
Yr. Obt. Servt.
J.L. Edwards

W.K. Fuller, Esq.
Chittanago, N.Y.
 

Frame #52
War Department
Pension Office
Washington City

Nov 17 1845
Adal to case
Nancy Thompson
 

Frame #53
Manlius   12 Nov. 1845
Sir,
Some weeks ago at the time I wrote for the certificate of  marriage of Nancy Thompson with Asa Thompson I enclosed to the Secretary of State of Massachusetts, Boston, Mrs. Thompson’s request signed before the Hon. A.H. Jerome, Judge of Onondaga County to the Secretary to certify her late husband Asa Thompson’s service.
Since then so much time is elapsed that I suppose the secretary’s certificate must have been forwarded to you.  If so I suppose this marriage certificate tho’ I think somewhat informal, but all I could get for $4.00.  I hope it will pass.  Will be all the documentary proof necessary in order to grant Mrs. Thompson a certificate.

Yours,
A. Smith

Col. Edwards
 

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Chittenango   Jan. 15, 1834
Genl Fuller,
I am requested by Mr. Thompson to send his pension papers to you again with the addition of a deposition from Mass which you will find among them.  He says you understand the papers and will know what to do with them.  I know nothing of them.  He says the evidence from Mass is all that is needed to make his application successful.
The old man is anxious to hear his fate soon.  A mistake be in his papers stating that he served under Col. Wells and he says they were detached and placed under the Command of Wells tho’ not enlisted under him.  The name of his Col. he cannot recollect but his Capt. was Browning.
Y.G. Warner
If you have to return in any way, please direct to me.
 

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I Jacob Allen of Sturbridge in the County of Worchester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts testify and say that I am now seventy three years of age, that in the year 1780 I enlisted a soldier in the Revolutionary service under Capt. Alton of Charlton in sd County marched to West Point was there detached and put under Capt Pierce and Asa Thompson then of South Brimfield then County of Hampshire - now Hampden - was there belonging to Capt Joseph Browning company of Brimfield, he was also detached with others and put under the same captain.  We were marched on to the lines, he the said Thompson was in the same mess with me.  We enlisted for and served three months.  Maj. Andre the spy was taken near where we were stationed a part of the time.  We were then both discharged and came home and Bradley Webber of South Brimfield was in said Browning’s Company.  He served the same three months.  He came to me for a deposition.  He seemed to have forgotten the time.  He said the term he believed it was six months but was incorrect.
Jacob Allen
 

Frame #56
Hampden Ss:
January 2, 1834
Personally appeared, Jacob Allen who made Oath to the truth of the above deposition by him subscribed before me Jacob Thompson, Justice of the Peace.
I hereby certify that I have been acquainted with Capt Jacob Allen above named, that he sustain a good character and is considered a competent witness, that I took the deposition of Bradley Webber for Asa Thompson and that he appeared to be some forgetful.
Jacob Thompson
 
 

Submitted by Charles K. Henrikson, great great great grandson of Asa and Nancy Thompson.  If you would like more information about Asa and Nancy Thompson or would like to share information on this Thompson line, please contact me at 6330 Waterford Rd. Madison, WI 53719 or (608) 273-0151 or Henriksc@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu
 

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