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Melvin O. Dutton
David Wesley Freemyer
John Herron (external link) Oct 28
Joseph E. Multer
Submitted by Byron R. Hawley
Stephen Bouck's Civil War Pension Papers and Widow's Request for Pension
I've attached my Great-Great Uncle Stephen Bouck's Civil War pension papers and widow's request for pension
He was from Middleburgh, NY in Schoharie County and was one of Christian
Bouck's descendants. His father was Bartholomeus Bouck and mother Elizabeth
Mattice. His paternal Grandparents were Johannes Bouck and Margaretha Gertrude Vrooman.
He was a farmer up until the time of his enlistment. He died on August 15th, 1895 at the age of 58. He was married to Lovina Esterbrooks on October 24th, 1859 in Broome County, NY. I found an old newspaper clipping in a file cabinet at the Middleburgh library announcing the marriage.
He served in the 18th NY Light Cavalry Regiment (aka Cornish Light Cavalry). He enlisted in Albany in September 1864 and mustered out in either Louisiana in 1865 or Brownsville, Texas in 1866. The papers implied both. This Cavalry was involved initially as a state militia in quelling the infamous New York (Gangs of New York) riots before being impressed into service in the Civil War. Based upon other records, the privations of disease caused more casualties to this unit than the war did. He was a Private throughout the war. His pension papers indicated that he never applied for a pension, although his widow did.
My Great Grandmother Eva Bouck Hawley handed down stories about him getting his thumb cutoff by an angry Virginia farmer that he tried to befriend (farmer to farmer). In his pension papers, it referenced an injury to his right hand around Christmas 1864, which would have placed him at/around LaFourche Plantation and Bonnet Carre, LA at the time of his injury. So the story's topic (a scythed thumb) was probably accurate, but it was Louisiana and not Virginia. I'm guessing that his thumb still roams the Louisiana swamps at night looking to be reunited with his body. Stephen Bouck is the namesake for three generations of Hawley's (my Dad, Brother, Nephew). The story is the basis for a family curse involving injury to the thumbs of male members of the family.
Submitted by Jeff Lape (http://home.twcny.rr.com/lape/joseph.htm)
JOSEPH E. MULTER CIVIL WAR PENSION FILES
Joseph E. Multer was born in 1840, at South Worcester, Otsego, NY, the son of Phillip Multer & Mary Comstock. His mother was the the granddaughter of Peregrine Comstock, a Revolutionary soldier who was in Col. Latimer's regiment of militia, which lost heavily at the battle of Saratoga. Joseph's early days were spent in South Worcester and in Charlotteville, Schoharie, NY. Like his father and his grandfather, Joseph E. Multer was a farmer.
Philip Multer, father of Joseph E. Multer, was the son, and one of thirteen children of Joseph Molter and Susan Becker. They lived in South Worcester, Schoharie, NY. Joseph Molter was an extensive farmer, having at one time as many as one thousand acres of land. He erected a spacious colonial style home overlooking the Charlotte valley. Joseph Molter was a soldier in the War of 1812 and made Captain of the militia. He served in New York City. "He was a large built man, very active and stirring, and was a hard worker." Joseph Molter, the senior, was the son of Dr. Joseph Molter.
Philip Multer was "born just before the breaking out of the War of 1812, during hard times and suffering of the masses, he was early put to labor. At about ten years of age he was set to plowing, and kept at hard labor early and late, hardly knowing a holiday or rest, except on the Sabbath days. An idle day of recreation was unknown to him when able to move. At about the early age of 16 yrs., through means of hard toil and exposure, he contracted the Catarrh, which finally culminated in the Asthma, with which he was afterwards afflicted more or less up to the time of his death. He was a life of toil, of suffering, and almost without a ray of sunshine. With a shattered constitution so early obtained, he sank to an early grave. He was an incessant reader when not at work and his mind was well stored with Ancient and modern history. He was strictly temperate, but of quick impulses, and if he had his faults, few had less than he, as he was outspoken and honest in his views. He has left a wife and four children, an aged mother, six brothers, six sisters, and numerous other relatives to mourn his loss. Language would fail to express our feelings, while we pen these few lines in commemoration of our brother, whose decease has broken the family circle."
In response to the Civil War call, Joseph E. Multer mustered in as a Private, Company C, 134th New York Volunteers, on 22 September, 1862, at Schoharie, NY. He was described as a farmer; single; private. Joseph Multer was 21 when he enlisted in August 1862. The 134th was serving with Coster's Brigade (1st Brigade), XI Corps, when on July 1, 1863, it slowed the onslaught of Confederate General Hay's Louisiana Tigers allowing the balance of the Union army to fall back to Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, PA.
PVT Multer did full service until he was shot in the left leg below the knee on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. He was initially treated in a fetid field hospital, probably at the Culp Barn, and later transferred to St. John's College Hospital at Annapolis, MD.
The commander of C Company, CPT Solyman G. Hamlin, was captured at Gettysburg during the same battle as PVT Joseph Multer. CPT Hamlin was taken to Richmond, VA, where he was detained at Libby Prison. A disheartening letter written by CPT Hamlin, in which he described the despicable conditions of prison life, was published in the Schenectady Republican in November 1863. CPT Hamlin, after an eight month's stay at Libby Prison, was transferred to Macon Georgia, then to Charleston, and finally to Salisbury Confederate Prison, NC, where he escaped on November 24, 1864, to rejoin the 134th NYV at Savannah during General Sherman's "march to the sea."
Joseph rejoined his regiment in October 1863 in Lookout Valley, Tennessee and fought with General Sherman. While building breastworks he was wounded in the left side by a log thrown down by comrades after a Confederate shell explosion at Rocky Face Ridge, Marietta, GA. Joseph was treated at Nashville, TN, for internal injuries to his lungs and his left elbow. He rejoined the regiment at Savannah and spent the rest of his time with the regimental quartermaster. Joseph Multer's injuries are described in his Invalid Pension Certificate:
State of New York
County of Delaware SS
In the matter of the increase of the Invalid Pension Certificate to 118648 of Joseph Multer.
Personally came before me County Clerk & Clerk of the County Court a Court of record in & for the County and State above named Joseph Multer late a private in Co. C 134th Regt. Of New York Vols. a citizen of the Town of Summit in the County of Schoharie & State of New York well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn declares in relation to said case as follows: that his claim for increase Cert. No. 118648 was rejected on the ground that he was receiving all that was entitled to on account of gun shot wound in his left leg & that he is not disabled by injury to his left side. The claimant wishes to amend his said application for increase and add to the same as follows: That the extent of his disabilities contracted while the military service of the U.S. as a member of the above named organization is as follows, that he is now drawing pension at the rate of four dollars per month for gunshot wound in the left leg the ball entering the leg in front about six inches above the ankle and emerging at the back of the leg passing near the bone and cutting the tendons & muscles of the leg. That in consequence of said wound the left foot is numb, the ankle swollen and he believes himself entitled to a very much larger pension on account of the same than he is now receiving. He further says that near Marietta Ga. About June 14, 1864 while a number of the above named organization and in the line of his duty while engaged in building breastworks that a number of soldiers with claimant was carrying a heavy log when a shell from the batteries of the Confederates came very near and past of his comrades who had hold of the log let it go & the log fell upon deponent across his body and his left arm nearly crushing him injuring him severely in the left side and also badly injuring his left arm. That when said log was removed from his body he was unable to get up or walk & that when the Regt. moved deponent was taken in an ambulance & put into the General Hospital No. 3 at Nashville, Tenn.
He further says that the injury to his side was internal & injured his lung and that said lungs have troubled him ever since; that he is frequently entirely disabled by said injury to his side & becomes so weak that he can scarcely speak aloud; that he suffers great pain in his side so severe at times that he is unable to move or speak.
He further says that said injury has resulted in disease of lungs & that he wishes to amend his application by claiming for disease of lungs. He further says that at the time he was injured as before said the said log fell also upon his left arm and badly injured the elbow joint so that he has never since been able to straighten his left arm. That he is greatly disabled by said injury to his arm and desires to have said application amended so that he may claim for the same. He further says that while in said service at Fairfax Court House VA he contracted mumps and while sick with the same in his tent a storm came and blew down his tent & he was thoroughly drenched. This was about Jan 1862. That in consequence of said exposure his mumps became very much worse & his jaws have troubled him ever since sometimes cramping so that for a time he is unable to shut his mouth. Also in consequence of said exposure to mumps he is now and has ever since suffered with partial loss of hearing. Also in consequence of said exposure to mumps he is now and has ever since suffered with deformed and painful testicles, that when he takes cold they are very painful and troublesome & greatly disables him and he wishes to amend his application in that respect as to his disabilities which have resulted from mumps. That he hereby appoints with full power of substitution J. I. Goodrich of Delhi, New York as his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim.
His Post office address is Charlotteville, Schoharie Co., N.Y.
22 June 1886
August 26th 1886
Hon John C. Black, Com.
In my claim for Invalid Pension No 118648. In reply to yours enclosed of the 16th. The Claimant Joseph Multer late of Co. C 134 NY Vols. has ever since discharge lived at Charlotteville N.Y. My occupation has been farming. While in the service of US near Fairfax Court House, VA, 1862 I was sick with the mumps. During a violent wind & rain storm the tent I with comrades was occupying was blown down by exposure to the storm the mumps became much worse. I was taken to regiment Hospital received treatment by Dr. Wm. H. Hoag surgeon of my regiment. By results of mumps I am now and have ever since suffered with deformed and painful testicles, cramping of lower jaw & partial loss of hearing. July 1st 1863 at the battle of Gettysburg I received gun shot wound in my left leg. By reason of wounded leg I am sometimes compelled to use a crutch. About June 14th 1864 at the Battle of Kennesaw mountain near Marietta Georgia I was helping comrades lift a log over our front line for breast works, a bursting shell near us caused the log thrown down. I was caut (caught) under the falling log and crushed to the ground injuring my left side and arm. This occurred before or about midnight. I stayed with my company until morning. The regiment received orders to move. I was unable to walk by reason of the injury I received to my side. I was sent to Gen. Hospital at Nashville Tennessee for treatment. I had violent coughing spells and passages of blood and difficult breathing. After partially recovering from my injury I was examined and advised to join the Invalid Corps for I would not be able to endure active service again. I preferred to join my regiment, which I did at Savannah. I wasn’t able for duty. I stayed with our quartermaster most of the time until discharge. Ever since the injury to my side occurred my lungs have been troublesome as indicated by difficult and labored breathing on exertion, hard coughing spells and since 1868 I have coughed and raised a good deal of offensive matter every time I take cold. My injury is aggravated and worse. I have never since said injury been able to do hard or heavy work and a large portion of every year I am unable to do any manual labor. I have had treatment by Dr. Norwood of Schoharie, NY. I have every year taken medicine for cough and pain in my injured side such as Ayers Cherry Pectoral & Halls Balsam and other cough mixtures which partially relieves my suffering but fails to permanently cure.
Yours very respectfully
Co. C. 134 N.Y. Vols.
Submitted by Jeff Lape
CHARLES NEER REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION FILES
Charles Neer was born 7 Nov 1753, in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, the son of Barent Neher Neer and Anna Barbara Treber. His grandfather, Johann Karl Naeher (Neher, Near, Neer, Nayer) was a Palatine Immigrant to America, who fled Germany with his wife, and two sons first to Rotterdam, then to England. They sailed for America on the Midfort, across the Atlantic, and up the Hudson River to Red Hook, NY. During the trip, it is assumed that the wife passed away as she is not listed in any records after their arrival. Johann Karl Naeher's gravestone is still standing in the churchyard cemetery of the "Old Stone Church" in North Rhinebeck, NY. The construction of the church was one of Karl's last projects before his death.
Charles Neer enlisted in June 1776 into the Company of CPT Husted, of Colonel Stephen Schuyler, Albany County Militia. He was with this company for six months during which he embarked at Albany "on a sloop" with the rest of his troops for the "Highlands." He later enlisted with the rangers and was afterwards "out upon numerous occasions, for a number of months, in the garrison and fort of Schoharie." While at Schoharie he was out on many occasions on "scouting expeditions with the noted Tory Hunter, Timothy Murphy, having been selected from among the soldiers in the fort for that purpose." In 1778 Charles Neer "being duly enrolled in the militia of Greenbush of which Henry van Rensselaer was Colonel," he was "out with said Regiment or a portion then of to the northern frontier for the period of three months."
Charles married Catherine Hidley on June 06, 1777, daughter of John and Anna Catherine Ziegler Hideley, at Greenbush, Rensselaer, NY. They leased a 79 acre farm adjacent to Samuel Lape, Sr., in Greenbush, Rensselaer, NY, but removed to Lutheranville, Summit, Schoharie County, NY, between 1791-1795.
In Summit, Charles Neer purchased a 148 acre farm and he was an Elder of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lutheranville, NY, at its founding. Samuel Lape, Sr., in 1814, moved to Lutheranville, NY, and was a next-door neighbor of the Charles Neer family. Charles Neer's daughter, Lany, married Samuel Lape Junior in 1817.
Charles Neer died on July 14, 1826, and is buried in the Lutheranville Cemetery. Catherine Hidley Neer, after the death of Charles, applied and received a widow's pension on March 8th, 1843, at the age of 83 years. She received a total of $476.58.
Following is Catherine Neer's affidavit for pension:
In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congrefs pafsed July 4, 1836.
State of New York
On this 8th day of March 1843, personally appeared before me John Westover one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Schoharie in said state Catherine Near of the town of Summit in said county aged eighty three years & upwards who being first duely sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by an act of Congrefs pafsed July 4th 1836, entitled an act granting half pay & pension to certain widows.
That she is the widow of Charles Near or as he was called in Dutch Carl or Carel Near (Carl or Carel being the same as Charles) that her husband the said Charles Near was a soldier during the war of the Revolution and served in the army of the United States from the beginning until the end of said war, that much of this service this Declarant particularly remembers but that many of his expeditions with the militia she cannot call to mind with sufficient clearnefs to declare them under oath. That her husband the said Charles Near at the commencement of said war resided in the town of Greenbush opposite the City of Albany that in the month of June of the year 1776, he enlisted therefrom into the company of Capt. Henry Van Renfselaer (or as he was called Hank Van Renfselaer) said Van Renfselaer was then a Capt. in the regular army and her husband the said Charles Near was thus enlisted into the regular Army to serve for a period of six months. That the declarant more particularly remembers the particulars of this service from the following facts, that she was in Albany at the time he started for the Highlands & that he gave her a present to remember him by & that she saw him embark on board of a Sloop with the said Captain Van Renfselaer & the rest of the troops for the Highlands, That she was married to said Charles Near on the 6th day of June 1777. That he remained on duty at the Highlands for the full period of six months, there is no fact in Declarant's history more vividly impressed upon her mind than this. That after said service under said Capt. Van Renfselaer her said husband enlisted in the rangers she thinks under Capt. Sharp.
That in the next year 1778 (the next year after her marriage) her husband the said Charles Near being duly enrolled in the militia of Greenbush of which Henry Van Renfselaer was Colonel was out with said Regiment or a portion thereof to the northern frontier for the period of three months. He was afterwards out upon numerous occasions among which Declarant more particularly remembers that he served for a number of months in the garrison and fort of Schoharie. That she well remembers his service at said forts & of hearing him relate at the time & upon numerous occasions since that when at said fort he was out on scouting expeditions with the noted Tory Hunter Timothy Murphy having been selected from among the soldiers in the fort for that purpose. Declarant is particularly afsured that her said husband was on duty at the Schoharie forts and on scouting expeditions during the latter years of the war for a period in the aggregate of at least six months.
And declaiment further saith that she was duely married by the Rev. Mr. Westerlo a Dutch Reformed Clergyman on the 6th day of June 1777. That she particularly remembers the date from many circumstances among the most prominent of which is that she was married in the house of one Mr. Hertsbeger & that Burgoyne and his army surrendered the following fall after her marriage the Declarant further saith that her husband the said Charles Near died on the 14th day of July 1826 at Summit in the County of Schoharie since which time she has remained his widow, single, and unmarried and is still unmarried. Declarant further saith that the residence of said husband was in the town of Greenbush opposite of Albany until after the treaty of peace with Great Britain and this deponent also saith that her maiden name was Catherine Hidley.
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Submitted by Doug Boyer
MILITARY PENSION FILES FOR CORNELIUS SNYDER
The following reproduced documents show handwritten material in italics.
Act of July 14, 1862.
Alida C. Snyder
Schoharie Co. NY
Cornelius D. Snyder
Priv. L. 7th NY H Art.
Died at Anderson, Ga.
Oct. 8, 1864 'Starved'
Received Nov. 27, 1869
Alida C Snyder
Cornelius D Snyder
Rank Private, Co. L
Regt. 7 N. York Arty.
Rate per Month, $ 8
Commencing 27 Nov. 1869
Additional sum of $2 per Month for each of
the following children, until arriving at the age of
16 years, commencing 25 July 1866
Caroline 5 Aug 1868
Maria C 24 Mch 1870
Charles H 14 May 1872
Lorenzo 5 May 1875
Levi 25 Sept. 1878
Mary C 24 Mch 1880
Certificate dated 28 Jany, 1870
Sent to Thos D. Makelee
Act 14th July, 1862.
Block C Vol. 10 Page 51
ARREARS OF PENSION
From Sept 16 1864
To Nov 26 1869
Issued Dec 13 1879
Dated Dec 18, 1879
Reg 7 N.Y.A.
Surgeon General's Office
Record and Pension Division,
Washington, D.C., Mch 4th, 1870.
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner
The death-records of this office furnish
no information in this case.
By order of the surgeon general:
Bvt. Lt. Col. and Asst. Surgeon, U.S.A.
Admitted Jany 13/70
H. Van A---
Surgeon General, U. S. A.,
Room No. 19
of N.Y. Hvy Artey, who is reported to have died
at Anderson, Ga, on the 8th day of
Oct, 1864, of Starvation
If the soldier was in hospital, give full record, embracing
date and cause of admission; for what treated; and, if furloughed or
discharged, on what account and at what date.
Please return this circular with your report.
No. 181.939State of New York
On this 22nd day of February AD 1869 before me a Notary Public for Albany County N.Y. personally appeared Jonathan Slacosen(?) to me well known whence I certify to be respectable and --- --- --- who being by me duly sworn says that he was a Private in Battery L of the Seventh heavy Artillery of the State of New York, that he was well acquainted with Cornelius D Snyder who was a private in Company L commanded by Capt. James Kennedy in said Seventh heavy Artillery in the war of 1861. That deponent and said Cornelius D Snyder were both taken prisoner on the 16th day of June 1864 at Petersburgh in the State of Virginia and were both taken to Andersonville Prison in the State of Georgia and confined therein as Prisoners of War. That soon after our arrival at said prison deponent was appointed Sergent of the 91st detatchment and afterwards called the 69 detatchment in which detatchment said Snyder belonged. That on or about the 8th day of October 1864 the said Cornelius D Snyder died that deponent knew when he said Snyder died and that he died of Starvation and chronic diarrhea and exposure, while in said prison. And deponent further says that he has no interest either direct or indirect in said claim.
Subscribed and Sworn to this Jonathan Slacosen (?)
22 day of February 1869
before me. and I further certify that I have no interest either direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim
Joseph w Russell
Albany County, NY
John B Judson being
duly sworn says that he is a Physician & has been an acting Physician for twenty years. further that he resides in the Town of Broome in said County- further that he is personally acquainted with Alida C Snyder who was the wife of Cornelius D Snyder. Further that he attended the said Alida Snyder in each of the following cases on confinements to wit: Deponent says that he attended the said Alida Snyder in her confinement August 6th 1852 in which the said Alida Snyder gave birth to a female child which was afterwards named Caroline Snyder. Also further says that he attended the said Alida Snyder in her confinement May 6th 1859 in which the said Alida Snyder gave birth to a male child afterward named Lorenzo Snyder. And deponent further says that he attended the said Alida Snyder in her confinement March 25th 1864 in which the said Alida Snyder gave birth to a female child afterward named Mary C Snyder. And further that I have no interest in the claim for pension.
Subscribed & Sworn John B Judson, M.D.
before me this 8th day of Jan 1868
John H Mattice
Justice of the Peace
I certify that the above named Deponent John B Judson M.D. is entitled to full credit and a man of --- reputation and that I have no interest --- in the above claim
John H Mattice J.P.Wm Van Marter Thomas D. Wakelee
Wm. Van Marter & Co.
Attorneys-at-Law, Patent Attorneys & Claim Agents
Washington, D. C., Nov 26 1869
I would respectfully file the enclosed application for widows pension with 7 children of Alida C Snyder widow of Cornelius D Snyder --- co "L" N.Y. H arty. died at Andersonville --- prison Ga. With proof of marriage & proof of birth of children.
Thos D Wakelee
Court of Pensions
Sally Snyder of -----ville in the County of Albany being duly sworn says that she has been acquainted with Alida Snyder wife of Cornelius D Snyder for 26 years and was present at the births if the 2 following named children of the said Elida & Cornelius D Snyder -- acting midwife on both occasions that Levi Snyder was born on the 26th day of Sept 1862 and that Maria Catharine Snyder was born on the 25th day March 1854 both at Broome in the County of Schoharie. --- that she has no interest in the claim for pension.
Subscribed & sworn to before me
the 25th Day of Oct 1869
And I certify that the affiant is respectable & entitled to credit & that I have no interest in the Claim for Pension.
John H Mattice J.P.State of New York
Christine Mulberry of
Broome in the County of Schoharie being by me duly sworn says that she has been well aquainted with Alida C Snyder wife of Cornelius D. Snyder for the last 25 years that she knows verry nhear the age of all of said Alida C Snyders children & knows the exact age of Maranda Snyder & Charles H Snyder the son & daughter of the said Alida & Cornelius D. Snyder that she attended at the confinement & births of both of said children & acted as midwife on both occasions that the said Maranda Snyder was born on the 6th day of March 1850 at Broome in said County & that Charles H Snyder was born on the 15th day of May 1856 at the same place.
And Deponent further says
that she has no interest either direct or indirect in the claim for pensions.
Duly --- & sworn Christina Mulberry
to before me Oct 25th
1869 & I certify that the above named Christina Mulberry is respectable & entitled to credit & I further certify that I have no interest in the claim for pension
John H Nutter J.P.
APPLICATION FOR ARREARS OF PENSION.
To the Commissioner of pensions:
I Alida C Snyder widow of Cornelius D Snyder
a pensioner under pension certificate 139.027 hereby apply for the arrears due me, under act
granting arrears of pensions, approved January 25, 1879. My post office address is:
Broome Center Schoharie County, N.Y.
Alida X C Snyder
State of New York
County of Schoharie
Signed in my presence, by Alida C Snyder
who is known to me to be the person she describes herself to be, and at the time she exhibited to me her pension certificate, which is numbered 139.027
Wm Swank Notary Public
Application for Arrears of Pension under act of Congress Approved
January 25th, 1879.
TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PENSIONS.
I Alida C Snyder a pensioner
of the United States, under Pension Certificate Number 139027 hereby make application for the Arrears due me, under the act granting arrears of Pensions, approved January 25th, 1879. My Pension certificate is in my Possession
My Post Office address, where all communications should be sent, as follows:
P.O. Broome Center
County of Schoharie
State of New York
Alida C X Snyder
Attest two witnesses
State of New York County of Schoharie
I hereby certify, that the foregoing application was signed in my presence by
Alida C Snyder , who is known to me to be the person
she describes herself to be, and at the same time she exhibited to me her Pension Certificate No 139027
A.A. Walker Notary Public
Washington, D. C
Dec. 30, 1869.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your office of application for Pension No. 181.939, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that Cornelius D Snyder was enrolled on the 12th day of Jany, 1864, at Troy N.Y. in Co. "L", 7th Regiment of N.Y. Arty Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a pvt. & --- on the 3d day of March 1864, at Ft Reno D.C., in Co. "L". 7th Regiment of N.Y. Arty. Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "L" of that Regiment for the months of May & June 1865, he is reported "Missing in action from June 16/64 & Died at Andersonville Ga. Sept 15/64 where a prisoner of war."
I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Assistant Adjutant General.
On this, --- Day of May 1866
before me a Justice of the Peace of Broome in the county of Schoharie personally came before me James Burnett to me well known whom I certify to be respectable & entitled to credit who being by me duly sworn says that on the 1st day of April A D 1848 he was an acting Justice of the Peace in Broome in said county & Duly authorized to solmnize marriages that on that day at Broome aforesaid he duly served in matrimony Cornelius D Snyder & Miss Alida C Halenbeck both residents of said county that he made no public or private record of said marriage nor knows of none being made & --- there may never been any made & as the deponent is informed & --- the said Cornelius D Snyder was a private in Co L of the 7th NY H. Art that he entered at Albany about the 12th Day of Jan 1864 & died at Andersonville Ga ...State of New York
On this 22d day of September A.D. 1866, personally appeared before me a special Deputy Clerk of the County Court, a Court of Record within and for said County, Alida C Snyder a resident of Gilboa in the County of Schoharie and State of New York aged 37 years, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, approved July 14, 1862: That she is the widow of Cornelius d Snyder deceased who was a private in Company L commanded by Captain ___________ in the 7th NYRegiment of NY Heavy artillery in the war of 1861, who died on the 8th day of Oct 1864, or thereabouts, at Andersonville in the State of Georgia and that his death was caused by Starvation & Chronic Diarrhea. She further declares that she was married to the said Cornelius D Snyder on the 1st day of April in the year 1848, that her husband, the aforesaid Cornelius D Snyder died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in or aided or abetted the Rebellion in the United States. And she further states, that she believes there is no public record of her said marriage and there is no private or family record thereof, and the best evidence she is able to procure of her said marriage is the affidavit of James Burnette & D O Hess which will be herewith filed, and that her Post Office address is Broome Center NY. That the following is the name, age and residence of each and all the children of the said declarant and the said children are, now living, who were under sixteen years of age at the time of their said father's death.
Maranda Snyder March 6th 1850
Caroline Snyder August 6th 1852
Charles H Snyder May 15 1856
Maria C Snyder March 25 1854
Lorenzo Snyder May 6 1859
Levi Snyder Sept 26 1862
Mary C Snyder March 25 1864
She hereby constitutes and appoints Thomas D Makelee, of Washington DC her attorneys to prosecute this claim, and authorizes him to receive her pension certificate.
Alida C X Snyder
Witnesses, Norman Powell
Also personally appeared Norman Powell & Diana Lee residents of Gilboa in the County of Schoharie and State of New York, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn say that they were present and saw Alida C Snyder make her mark to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim. And they further swear that they were well acquainted with the said declarant and her said husband before he entered the service, and know that they lived together as husband and wife and were so reputed, that she is the widow of the identical Cornelius D Snyder who performed the military service mentioned in said declaration, and has remained a widow ever since his death, and has not in any way been engaged in or aided or abetted the Rebellion in the United States, and that the following is the name, age and residence of each and all the children of the said declarant and the said Cornelius D Snyder now living, who were under sixteen years of age at the time of their said father's death, viz:
Maranda Snyder March 6th 1850 Broome Schoharie County NY
Caroline Snyder August 6th 1852 " " " "
Maria C Snyder March 25th 1854 " " " "
Lorenzo Snyder May 6 1859 " " " "
Charles H Snyder May 15th 1856 " " " "
Mary C Snyder March 25 1864 " " " "
Levi Snyder Sept 26 1862 " " " "
That they are able to state the foregoing facts from the following circumstances, that they have both been well aquainted with Cornelius d Snyder & Alida C his wife for the last 20 years previous to Cornelius Death & have lived within 2 miles of them for the most of the term & know verry near the age of all of the above named children and that the said Alida C Snyder is a respectable and credible person.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22d day of Sept 1866 and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim, and that the foregoing declaration and testimony was read and fully explained, respectfully, to the said Norman Powell & Diana Lee before they subscribed or swore to the same, and that they severally assented thereto. In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my official seal.
J. J. Jackson --- Deputy Clerk
State of New York
County of Schoharie
I Henry Kingsley
Clerk of the County Court, in and for the County and State above named, do hereby certify that J J Jackson esq., before whom the foregoing affidavits were made, and who has hereunto signed his name, was at the time of so doing, Deputy Clerk in and for the county and State above named, duly commissioned and sworn, that all his official acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit, and that his signature thereto is genuine, and that I have no interest in this claim.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto signed my
name, and affixed my official seal, this
22 day of Sept 1866.
BRIEF FOR ARREARS OF Widows PENSION.
Name Alida C Snyder ; Widow of
Soldier Cornelius D. Snyder Company L
Regiment 7 NY Arty
P.O. Address Broome Center, County Schoharie , State N.Y.
Date of soldier's discharge, 18
Date the soldier died Sept 15, 1864, while in service.
Soldier was pensioned from, 18
Widow pensioned from Nov 27, 1869
Arrears of Pension due at the rate of $8 per month, from Sept 16,
to Nov 26 , 1869 , when it terminates
Date Dec 2 , 1879
A M Goodwin
Approved for Issue: $498.93
S W Cole
CLAIM FOR WIDOW'S PENSION, WITH MINOR CHILDREN.
Brief in the case of Alida C. Snyder Widow of
Cornelius D. Snyder
Private Co. "L" 7th Reg't N.Y. Arty Vols.
Resident of Schoharie County, and State of New York
Post Office address: Broome Centre
Declaration and identification in due form.
Service. A. G. U.S.A. reports the soldier "Enrolled Jany 12/64"
and "Missing in Action June 16/64" and
Death. Died at Andersonville, Ga. Sept 15/64 while a prisoner of war"
Marriage. Cornelius D. Snyder and Alida C. Halenbeck - Married April 1 1848 - Affidavit of Officiating Magistrate - Best Evidence obtainable
Names Caroline born Aug 6, 1852 who will be 16 years old Aug 5 , 1868
and dates Maria C March 25 1854 March 24 , 1870
of birth of Charles H May 15 1856 May 14 , 1872
children. Lorenzo May 6 1859 May 5 , 1875
Levi Sept 26 1862 Sept 25 , 1878
Mary C March 25 1864 March 24 , 1880
Proof of Affidavits of Attending Physician and Midwives
Agent Thos D. Makelee
and his P. Present
issue certificate for Eight dollars per month, commencing Nov 27 , 1869 , and two dollars per month additional for each of the above-named children, commencing on the 25 day of July , 1866.
Wm A Webster, Examiner.
Passed January 13, 1870.
Submitted by Fred Swart
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION APPLICATION FILE OF BARTHOLOMEW SWART
of Schoharie in the State of New York
who was a private in the comp’y commanded
by Captain Stubrack of the Reg’t commanded
by Col. Vroman in the New York
line for 24 months
Inscribed in the Roll of New York
at the rate of 80 Dollars per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.
Certificate of Pension ifsued the 4th day of March
1833 and sent to Hon. J. Bouck
A of R
Arrears to 4th of Mar ’33 $160
Semi-anl. allowance ending 4 Sep 33, 40
Act June 7, 1832
Recorded by Geo. C. Stiles, Clerk
Book E. Vol. 4 Page 31
State of New York
On this fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, personally appeared in open court, before the judges of the court of common pleas of the county of Schoharie, now sitting, Bartholomew Swart, aged sixty-nine years, and riding of ten month, a resident of the town and county of Schoharie, 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 congrefs, pafsed June 7th, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following officers and served as herein stated.
That in the month of May, 1778 he entered the service of the United States at Schoharie, then county of Albany, where he then resided, in Captain Christian Stubrach’s company in Colonel Vroman’s regiment he was sworn in to the Service by Captain Stubrach. That he served in said company and regiment which was stationed at the lower fort in Schoharie aforesaid, till late in the fall of the year when he was discharged at the place aforesaid, but the discharge was not in writing, that in the spring of the year 1779 he again was called into the service in the same company and regiment and continued in it till late in the fall of the year. That he was again called into he service the next spring thinks it was as early as April 1780 and continued in the service in the same company and regiment till in the month of November, he thinks. That he was discharged at the fort aforesaid. That in the month of April or May 1781 he again was called into the service in the same company and regiment at Schoharie aforesaid and continued in the service till sometime in the month of November when he was discharged at the fort in Schoharie aforesaid. He was again called into the service in the spring of 1782 and continued in the service till late in the fall in the company and regiment aforesaid. And in the spring of 1783 was in the service about 20 days when they were all discharged at Schoharie. That during the period of his service he was on scouting parties and helping guard the fort and the inhabitants against the hostile Indians which were continually infesting the country, and Schoharie then being a frontier settlement the inhabitants were greatly distrefsed by the hostile Indians who murdered and scalped a great many, and took and carried off a great many prisoners, that the whole town was burnt the 18th October 1780 by the savages and British.
To the first interrogating of the court he answered that he was born in Schoharie the 19th of November 1762. 2nd His age is recorded in the high dutch reformed church Book of the town and county of Schoharie, a certificate of which is annexed. 3. He answers he was living in Schoharie aforesaid when ordered into the service and had lived there […..] and lives there now. 4th He answered ordered into the service by Captain Stubrach. 5th He answers that he does not recollect the names of the […..] officers as there were would have been regular troops if any stationed [near] the town past where he served that he recollected of. 6th He never received a written discharge. 7th He is known to Jacob Schoolcraft, John Schoolcraft, Jacob Becker, Henry Becker, John Becker and others who can, he thinks, testify as to his answers for veracity and of their knowledge of his service in s…. of the Revolution.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any [sort].
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Sworn and subscribed the day
and the year aforesaid in open /s/ Bartholomew Swart
court. John Gebhard Jr. Clk.
State of New York
Jacob Schoolcraft of the town and county of Schoharie, being duly sworn according to law doth say; that he is seventy years and nine months old and that he is well acquainted with Bartholomew Swart, who had subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration and was well acquainted with him before and during the Revolutionary War, and that he knows that the same Bartholomew Swart served in the Revolutionary War in Captain Christian Stubrach’s Company of Militia in Colonel Peter Vroman’s Regiment from the time Schoharie was burnt which he thinks was October 18th, 1780, till May, 1783, that he, this informant served in the same company and informant was orderly sergeant of said company during the time of the service of the said Bartholomew Swart and before he entered the service. But during the winter season of each year they were not [with] the service but were called in to the service in the spring of each year & continued till late in the fall after the said Bartholomew Swart joined which was he thinks about 18th October 1780 as before stated .. and that he [believes] he served as he stated in his declaration.
Sworn in open court the day and year aforesaid
John Gebhard Jr. Clk. Jacob Schoolcraft
State of New York
John Schoolcraft of the town and county of Schoharie being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that he is sixty seven years old and that he is well acquainted with Bartholomew Swart who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration and that he was well acquainted with him before and during the Revolutionary War and he knows that he the said Bartholomew Swart served in the Militia in the Revolutionary War in Captain Stubrach’s company in Col. Vroman’s regiment that this informant served in the same company and regiment from the year 1780 in the spring of the year till late in the fall of the same year and from the spring till late in the fall of 1781 and that the said Bartholomew Swart is a man of [virtue, veracity?] and that he believes his statement of his service to be as he has stated in his declaration.
Subscribed and sworn in open court
the day and year aforesaid
John Gebhard Jr. Clk. John Schoolcraft
Abraham Bergh of the town and county of Schoharie being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he is seventy-two years of age and that he is well acquainted with Bartholomew Swart, who has signed and sworn to the foregoing declaration, and that he was well acquainted with him during the Revolutionary War, and according to his best recollection and belief the said Bartholomew Swart served in the Revolutionary War from the time Schoharie was burnt which was according to the best of his belief on the 18th of October 1780 till May 1783, in Captain Stubrach’s company in Col. Peter Vroman’s regiment in Schoharie aforesaid excepting the winter season in each year that this deponent was in the same company and regiment. And he further saith that the said Bartholomew Swart he believes is reputed to be a man of truth.
Sworn in open court the
day and year aforesaid. /s/ Abraham Bergh
John Gebhard Jr. Clk.
And the said court do hereby declare there [sic] opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogating prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the court further certify that they are acquainted with Jacob Schoolcraft, John Schoolcraft & Abraham Bergh residents of the town and county of Schoharie who have subscribed and sworn to their verbatim affidavits above are credible persons and their affidavits entitled to full credit.
/s/ William Beekman
/s/ Wm. Mann
/s/ Henry Shafer
I, John Gebhard, Junior, clerk of the court of common pleas of the county of Schoharie, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Bartholomew Swart for a pension.
In testimony whereof I have set my hand
and seal of office this sixth day of October
John Gebhard Jr. Clerk
Submitted by gbushaw
WAR OF 1812 PENSION OF JOSEPH VanZANT
WAR of 1812 Pension shows Joseph Vanzant served in Capt. Jeremiah Brown's Co., NY Militia from September 12, 1814 to December 12, 1814. He enlisted (drafted) at Carlyle, NY and discharged at Plattsburg, NY on Dec. 18, 1814. "Enclosed herein check for $45.76 being amount apportioned to you out of the $100,000 appropriated per Chap. 523, Laws of 1870, towards redemption of the certificated for claims for serviced in the War of 1812", Respectfully yours, A. P. Nicols, Comptroller. The soldier was pensioned at $8 per month from Feby 14, 1871 and was last paid on the Albany NY Rolls up to May 1st, 1874, date of his death.
Submitted by David A. Henry
CIVIL WAR PENSION AND WIDOW'S PENSION PAPERS OF WILLIAM WAYMAN OF FULTONHAM
Supplementary Proof of Disability
Sate of NY County of Schoharie
In the Matter of the Pension Claim of William Wayman, late of Co. Y of the 134th Regiment, NY Vols;
Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County and State, CHARLES ALLEN, of Middleburgh, County of Schoharie, State of New York, who being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid claim that his age is 42 year; that he is he identical person who served as Private in Company D in the 134th REG, NY VOLs and knows the above named solider who was a member of Co Y (or G), of the 134th Reg NY Vols; , that while in the military service of the United States in the line of his duty, and without fault or improper conduct on his part, on or about the 20th day of July, 1864, at or near PEACHTREE CREEK, State of GEORGIA, said Soldier:
"was taken prisoner or captured and confined in Andersonville Prison, and from exposure to the elements and without the necessary covering, said William WAYMAN contracted Rheumatism and vericose veins in his right leg as soon as released from Prison. Saw bunches and right leg swollen. Did not hear Applicant complain of Rheumatism or vericose veins previous to being taken prisoner" Charles (his mark) ALLEN.
State of New York, County of Schoharie
In the matter of Selia Wayman, as widow of William Wayman, appeared JACOB VROMAN, aged 48, a resident of Middleburgh NY:
"that he has known William Wayman and Selia Wayman this claimant since Childhood and has lived within 2 miles of them continuously during that time, except when Wayman was in the Army. That neither said Wm or Selia Wayman has ever been previously married before they were married to each other; and they had been, this deponant from his extensive acquaintance would have known this fact. That now deponant lives within 1/2 mile of Claimant, that she has not remarried since the death of her husband, that deponant attended the funeral of said William Wayman husband of Selia Wayman, on the 2nd or 3rd day of April, 1895, he having died March 31st. That she owns no property except a little household furniture not to exceed $15.00. That her only income is from working and occasionally when she can obtain work, cleaning the neighbors farmers at 50 cents a day. That she has worked for deponant and is in poor health. She occupied a small piece of ground which her husband attempted to clear and his tree broken (??). That get gets off the said land is a few vegetables not worth over 12.00 or 15.00 a year."....Signed, JACOB VROMAN
WIDOWS GENERAL AFFIDAVIT
State of New York, County of Schoharie:
ON this 23rd day of September, 1895, appeared SELIA WAYMAN, aged 59 years, a resident of Fulton, Schoharie County, and declares as follows:
"that she is the claimant in the above entitled Claim that she owns personal property except her household furniture which is not worth to exceed $20.00 She owns no real estate, that about six years before her husband William Waymans death, he cont4racted to purchase a hillside tract of land with house and barn on it consisting of about 10 acres agreeing to pay George ROCKEFELLER $555.00 for the same and when the $555.00 was paid, ROCKEFELLER was to give Wm Wayman a deed, that but $280.00 has been paid on that contract and William Wayman got no deed before his death and claimant has not got any Deed. The said Real Estate is not ever worth $350. That not over one acre (garden) is cultivated land. That there is no income from it except a few potatoes and vegetables in garden. that it is assessed at $300.00 and is described as follows: Being in the town of Fulton, bougng North by Seneca Wayman, West by Mansford HOLMES, South by Mr. Holmes, east by P. Warner, contains 10 acres more or less. That no person is legally bound do support claimant. That Claimants health is poor, she occasionally can get work with farmers at 50cents per day but not regularly, then she can not to exceed $15.00 per year. That her total income for the past year did not exceed $50." Signed, SELIA (X) WAYMAN
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