Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Mark Crantz, or Grants, or Crants

Note: This one is difficult to read and so the only thing used here is the following letter which was included in the pension file.
January 23, 1938.
Mr. Roger F. Williams
2 Rock Street
Alexandria Bay, New York
Dear Sir:
            Reference is made to your letter in which you request the record of Marks Grants, cited from the Census of Pensioners for 1840 as a resident of Columbia, Herkimer County, New York, aged seventy-eight years.
            The data given herein are shown in the papers on file in pension claim W.6758, based upon service in the Revolutionary War of Mark or Marcus Crantz, or Crants, the name shown also as Grants.  The name was borne on the pension rolls as Crantz and Crants.
            Mark Crantz enlisted, the date and place not shown, served as a private in the New York Infantry, and was discharged June 18, 1783, at which time he was a private in Captain Parsons’ company, Colonel Van Schaick’s 1st New York Regiment.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed June 27, 1828, at which time he resided in Columbia, Herkimer County, New York.  He was a resident of Columbia, New York in 1835, at which time he stated that he had resided there more than thirty years, and had resided previous to that time in Herkimer, New York.  The solider died May 17, 1841, in Columbia, New York.
            Mark Cravitz married April 15, 1805 in Herkimer (called also German Flats), New York, Catharine House.  He name was borne on the marriage record Marcus Crantz.
            Catharine, the soldier’s widow, was allowed pension on her application executed August 4, 1853, at which time she resided in Columbia, Herkimer County, New York.  She was aged then seventy-nine years; the date and place of her birth and the names of her parents are not shown.  She was allowed 60 acres of bounty land on warrant #111, Act of March 3, 1855, on account of the service of her husband, Mark Crantz, in the Revolutionary War.  She signed by mark, Crants also Grants.
            In 1853, Catharine Crantz, the above noted widow, referred to her son who had left for California sometime after the death of Mark Crantz; she did not state the name of this son, nor refer to any other children.  The widow resided at the home of John C. House in 1853; he was aged then thirty-eight years.  No relationship between said Catharine and this John C. House was stated.
            In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension, name of person paid, and, possibly, the date of death of this pensioner, you should apply to the Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city, and firnish the following.
            Catharine Grantz (Crantz), wodow of Mark Crantz
            Certificate #3155
            Issued December 9, 1853
            Rate $80 per annum
            Commenced February 3, 1853
            Act of February 3, 1853
            New York Agency
            Very truly yours,
            A.D. Hiller
            Executive Assistant to the Asministrator

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