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Revolutionary War Pension of Charles Bush and Joanna Bush McAdams

Contributed by Jane McAdams Taylor

Any questions concerning this document should be directed to Jane McAdams Taylor.

State of Pennsylvania McAdams, Joanna W. 4545 (former widow) County of Erie Charles Bush

On this the twentieth day of February AD, One thousand eight hundred and thirty nine, personally appeared before the subscribed. One of the Judges of the court of Common Pleas in said County of Erie who in bodily (infirvinity) is scheduled to appear in court Joanna McAdams a widow of the township of Springfield in said County. Aged seventy five 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 Provisions made by the act of Congress passed. July 7th 1838 entitled the act of half pay and pensions to certain (Melnos). That she was the widow of Charles Bush soldier of the Revolution, that according to the best of her recollection of what she has knowledge of this, states, that he entered in the service in 1779 or 1780 and stayed till the close of the war. She does not know the names of the officers in which he served. When he entered the army he served in the town of Egremont in the County of Berkshire, and state of Massachusetts. She heard him speak of being, during his service, in the country near the (Hudson?) River, and that she has no documentary evidence of support of her claim. She further declares that she was married to the said Charles Bush on the fourth day of July in the year of Seventy hundred and ninety, and that her husband the referenced Charles Bush died on the Eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and twelve, that she was not married, prior to the first day of his leaving for service. But that the marriage took place previous to the first day of January 1790. His wife at the time above stated that she has since been married to Andrew McAdams.

Sworn and subscribed in the above day and year before Miron J. (Hutchinson?) Judge.

State of PA, County of Erie. I, Wilson King Proclimentary of the court of common Pleas, in and for said county, do in and hereby certify that Miron Hutchinson whos name appears to above is now and was at the time of Inquiry the above and acting associate Judge of said court in and for said county, duly compliant and qualified, and as all whose officials acts full faiths and credits are due, and further who’s above signature, reported to be his in genuine, with my hand and the seal of the said county of Erie September 16th 1839 Wilson King by authority.


State of Pennsylvania
Erie County

Harriet Hamilton, spinster, age over forty years and of sound mind and memory, and a free white person, being duly sworn deposeth and sayth that she is the daughter of Charles Bush and Joanna Bush. Declares In late or formerly the wife of said Charles Bush deceased before her is the wife of one McAdams. Deposed further saith that she has resided and lived with the family of the said Joanna McAdams for forty years next succeeding her birth, and that from her this despondence earliest knowledge of events or of baptismal transactions this despondent is positive and sure that no record of births, marriages and deaths was ever kept in the family of or by the said Joanna McAdams formerly the wife of Charles Bush deceased nor by her said husband Charles Bush. Nor by the said Joanna McAdams and her said last husband at present living with her. And further despondent said not etc, etc.

signed: Harriet Hamilton

Subscribed and sworn to and before me a Justice of the peace for the County of Erie, State of Pennsylvania, this Twelfth day of November AD 1839 Anderson Hubbard Justice of the Peace.

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