Peter Schaeffer - War of 1812 Pension
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...it is a letter I received when I was applying for pension records for Peter Schaeffer (a relative of the Gunckels).  It was in with all his military records, and pretty much sums it up...the letter is dated March 16, 1936, and is addressed to:  Mrs. Robert Thena, 125 N. Beaver St., York, PA (no zip) and is from the national archives.
 

"Dear Madam:

Reference is made to your letter in which you request information regarding Peter Schaeffer, a soldier in the War of 1812, who was buried in Germantown, Ohio.

The data given herein are found in the papers on file in pension claim, W.C. 27879, based upon service of Peter Schaeffer in that War.

Peter Schaeffer enlisted in Millheim, Centre Co, Pennsylvania, and served  from September 25, 1812 to November 12, 1812 as a sergeant in Captain Joseph Klecker's company of Pennsylvania militia.

The soldier resided in Centre Co, Pennsylvania, until the spring of 1815; the town in which he lived there was shown Orangeburg, evidently meant for Aaronsburg.  From Centre County he moved to Germantown, Montgomery Co., Ohio.

Peter Schaeffer applied June 20, 1855, while a resident of said Germantown, for bounty land on account of his service in the War of 1812; he was then aged 65 years.  The date and place of his birth and names of his parents are not shown.  He was allowed forty acres of bounty land on warrent #39606 under the Act of 1850, and one hundred twenty acres of bounty land on warrant #58267, under the Act of 1855.

The soldier died April 27, 1864 in Montgomery Co., Ohio.  Peter Schaeffer married December 25, 1810, in Ogangeburg (?) Centre County, Pennsylvania, Catharine Straw or Strau.  Catharine Schaeffer, the soldier's widow, was allowed pension on her application executed May 28, 1879, at which time she resided in Germantown, Montgomery Co., Ohio.  On February 26, 1880, she gave her age as 89 years, ten months, and nine days, but she did not state the place of her birh, nor the names of her parents.  Catharine Schaeffer, the soldier's widow, died May 31, 1884, in Germantown, Ohio.

Peter Schaeffer, the soldier, and his wife, Catharine, had eleven children, the first three of whome were born in Centre Co, Pennsylvania, and are given  as follows:  Sarah Schaeffer, born Sept. 28, 1811, baptized by L. Ilgen  Pastor, sponsors Henry Schaeffer and his wife, Barbara; Julia or Julian, born about seventeen months after Sarah, and died about 1868 and was buried in Knightstown, Indiana; John, born about 18 months after Julia or Julian, served in the Civil War, died in 1865 and was buried in Raysville, Henry Co., Indiana.  The name of their sixth child was David C., and in 1879, he gave his age as 53 years, and his residence, Montgomery Co., Ohio.  The names of the other children of the soldier were not designated.

In 1879, the above noted daughter, Sarah Schaeffer East, resided in Montgomery Co., Ohio; the name of her husband was not stated.

Very Truly Yours,
G.H. Sweet
Acting Executive Assistant to the Administrator"
 

My Notes:  Sarah's husband was John East
There is also a handwritten note on the letter that says:  The Aaronsburg,
PA, is probably correct and is called Orensburg also.  Shown on old atlas as
close to Millheim, Centre Co., PA
 
 

 
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