Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for George Helmer

Little Falls, Herkimer County
New York
Oct. 26, 1843

J. L. Edwards, Esqr.
            Sir: On the 14th day of September 1786 Abraham Ten Broeck and Peter Gansvoort Junr.  Under the law written an act making provision for officers, soldiers and seamen who had been disabled in the service of the United States passed the 22d April 1786 gave to George Helmer of this state and for many years a resident of the Town of Columbia a certificate that he was a Lieutenant in Capt.  Small’s Company in the regiment of Militia commanded by Peter Bellinger, that he became disabled in the service of the United States in consequence of a would in his left arm in the Oriskany Battle on the 6th day of August 1777, and they under this act stated that said Helmer was entitled to receive thirteen dollars per month.  Which said Mr. Helmer continued to receive to the time of his death.
            His heirs all informed that there is back pay of an archival sum due the old gentleman and that that fact is noted in the books at Washington.
            Will you have the goodness to inform me of the $13 per month to the old gentleman I will at the request of the ??? of the old man who will be much obliged by your answer.
            I have the honor to be
            Respectfully your Obed Servt
J. N. Sake

The following letter is part of the pension application file.
October 24, 1929
Mrs. W. H. England
5707 McPherson Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri

Dear Madam:
            I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S.27971, it appears that George Helmer served as Lieutenant in Captain Small’s Company in Colonel Peter Bellinger’s Regiment; dates of service not given.  He was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777.
            He was allowed pension from September 14, 1786, on account of disability resulting from the above noted wound.
            He resided in Columbia, New York, for many years.
            There are no data as to his family.
            In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension and possibly the date of the soldier’s death, you should apply to the Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city.
            Very truly yours, Earl D. Church

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