Pension Application for Jacob C. Ittig (Ittick, Edic, Edegh, today is Edick)
of New York
On this eleventh day of October 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Herkimer now sitting Jacob C. Ittig a resident of the Town of Columbia in said county and State of New York aged sixty-eight years who being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following officers and served as herein stated.
That before he was sixteen years (1) of age and he thinks in the year 1779, he volunteered and served in a company of Militia commanded by Captain Frederick Getman at German Flatts where he then resided. That John Roof (2) and Jacob Myers were officers in said company but does not recollect whether Roof or Myers was lieutenant but knows that one was lieutenant and the other ensign. That his duty performed at said time under Capt. Getman was guard duty at Fort Herkimer at German Flatts. That the occasion of his volunteering was the near approach of the enemy and expected attack on said fort.
That at another time and also before he was sixteen years of age he enlisted and served for three months in a company commanded by Captain John Smith (3) that said three months service was also rendered at Fort Herkimer at German Flatts where said Captain Smith was stationed and where he then resided.
That said three months service rendered by him at that time was in guarding and defending said fort. That said Smith was under the command of Colonel Peter Bellinger at the time as he believes.
That afterwards and after he was sixteen years of age in the year 1782 as he now believes he again entered the service of the United States as a substitute for Christian Drisleman in a company of nine months men, in a company commanded by a Captain [Abner] French he thinks and has been lately informed in Colonel Willett’s Regiment and served for the term of three months.
That he served as a substitute in the room of Christian Diesselman who was enlisted into said company of nine months men and served for the period of three months that said service of three months was also performed at Fort Herkimer where he then resided and where said Captain French was stationed that the said Captain French during the whole period that he served under him was stationed at Fort Herkimer where he also remained on duty during the said term of three months.
That he does not now recollect particularly whether he at the end of his term had a written discharge given him or not. That if any discharge in writing was given him that he does not know what has become of the same.
That he has no documentary evidence of any of his service but expects to prove his said term of three months service as a substitute under Captain French and also some of his other militia duty and service by Frederick Shoemaker of the Town of German Flatts in the County of Herkimer. That he expects also to prove some of his other military services hereinbefore mentioned by Conrad Getman of the Town of Columbia in the County of Herkimer.
That at the time when he attained the age of sixteen years which was in the year 1780 as he now believes, he was enrolled in the Militia of German Flatts where he resided under Captain Frederick Getman and Root and Myers his subalterns aforesaid and as a Militiaman served and did duty under said Getman until the spring of 1782 when Captain Getman (4) was taken prisoner at the Little Falls and carried to Canada by the Indians and British. That after Capt. Getman was taken off a prisoner he was under the command of Captain Frederick Frank until the fall of the year 1782 when said Captain Getman was exchanged and returned home and took command of his company again at German Flatts, except that he in the fall of 1782 served as a substitute under Captain French as aforesaid.
That from the time of his enrollment in obedience to the orders of his commanding officers he became and was armed and at all time during the said war kept himself in readiness & march at a minutes warning.
That besides the said service herein before mentioned he served at Fort Herkimer where he was stationed and where his parents and many others of the inhabitants of German Flatts were collected and lived from the year 1780 to the close of the Revolutionary War.
That his said duty and service at said Fort Herkimer from the year 1780 to the close of the war was under Captains Getman and Frank as aforesaid.
That said service was not continual but sometimes worked__?___. That at times when no enemy was discovered or near, no duty at all was required in said fort. That whenever the enemy was in the vicinity of said fort the militia at said fort were put upon duty.
That he and the rest of the militia stationed at said Fort were repeatedly marched in pursuit of the enemy in the vicinity of said Fort.
That he never was in any battle except a skirmish with the Indians on the Flatts on the north side of the Mohawk River near Fort Dayton and another when the enemy made an attack upon Fort Herkimer. (5)
That when stationed at Fort Herkimer he was frequently employed in hotosta in the field with others of the Militia and inhabitants of said fort.
That whenever any labour was to be done on the farms and the times would admit the inhabitants and Militia and sometimes the Regulars stationed at said Fort would go out in parties with their arms and after placing out and posting centinels around them they would perform the usual farm labor that very often when thus engaged in labor attacks were made upon them by the enemy.----
That he cannot ascertain positively how much actual service was rendered by him from the year 1780 and to the close of the war whilst so stationed at Fort Herkimer that there were periods when no service was rendered by him but these periods were generally short.
That from the situation of the country and the continual alarm and danger from the enemy the militia of said Fort Herkimer were most generally on duty.
That from the year 1778 (6) when the houses and dwellings of the inhabitants of German Flatts were burnt the inhabitants of that vicinity lived in Fort Herkimer until the close of the war.
That they remained at said Fort both winter and summer which required the constant defence of said Fort. Then the militia stationed at said fort and in which he served were on duty guarding and defending the said fort and inhabitants as well in the winter and in the summer season.
That the company of militia in which he served and also the company commanded by Captain John Smith were under the command of Colonel Peter Bellinger, who was a colonel of the militia.
That he does not know who were the said officers except Colonel Marinus Willett under whom Captain French at the time of his enlistment under him served.
That Captain French and his company only were stationed at Fort Herkimer and no other nine months or other regulars were at said Fort during the period of his enlistment him.
That he was born at German Flatts in the year 1764 June 30th.
That he has record of his age in church book.
That he was born in German Flatts aforesaid where he entered the service as above stated.
That since the Revolutionary War he has lived first Columbia and German Flatts in the County of Herkimer and State of New York.
That he now lives in Columbia in the County of Herkimer.
That he twice enlisted into the service for the term of three months each and that his said militia service was performed under orders issued in pursuance of a resolution of Congress pass in the year 1775 as he is informed and believes
That he does not recollect the names of any of the regular officers with whom he served except one, John Smith, although there were occasionally regular troops stationed at Fort Herkimer where he served during said war.
That he served in the militia regiment commanded by Colonel Peter Bellinger but he does not now recollect the Lieutenant Colonel but recollects Major Denis Clapsattle. (7)
That he does not know that he ever had any written discharge for his services.
That he is known to Thomas Hawks and Peter H. Marven [or Warven]
Who resides in his present neighborhood and who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution.
And he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever for a pension or annuity except the present and declares that he name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day and year aforesaid.
(Signed) Jacob C. Ittig.
(Signed) F. E. Spinner Dept. Clerk.
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department and after particularly interrogating him as to the facts and in his declaration that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he stated. And the (???) further certify that it appears to them the acquaintance with Conrad Getman and Conrad Ittig and Frederick Shoemaker the person by whose affidavits the said witnesses of the said applicant is also proved, that the said Conrad Getman, Conrad Ittig and Frederick Shoemaker are persons of credibility and that the statements of the said services contained in their respective affidavits are entitled to full credit.
(Signed) Jacob C. Ittig
State of New York
On the eleventh day of October 1832, personally speared in open court before the Court of Common Pleae of said county of Herkimer, Conrad Ittig of the Town of Frankfort in said county who being first duly sworn did depose and say that Jacob C. Ittig of the Town of Columbia as a brother of him the said Conrad.
That the said Conrad was seventy years of age and that said Jacob his brother is about two years younger.
That the said Jacob his brother was during the Revolutionary War enlisted for three months and served said term of three months under Captain John Smith. The said service of said Jacob under said Capt Smith was performed at Fort Herkimer in German Flatts then in the County of Tryon now Herkimer County.
That the said Conrad was enlisted under said Captain John Smith at the same time with his brother Jacob for the same term of service having for three months and that he served with him during said term of three months.
Sworn in open court this eleventh Oct 1832. (Signed) Conrad Ittig.
(Signed) F. E. Spinner.
State of New York
On this sixth day of February one thousand eight hundred and fifty four before the County Court of Herkimer County before the Judge thereof the same being a county record in the State of New York. Catharine Ittick a resident of the Town of German Flatts in the said County of Herkimer and state aforesaid aged sixty-nine 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 provision made by the act of Congress passed on the 3rd February 1853 granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War; that she is the widow of Jacob C. Ittick who was a private in the army of the Revolution and for his services received a pension during his life at the rate of thirty-one dollars and sixty-six cents per annum.
She further declares that she was married to the said Jacob C. Ittick on the twenty-eighth day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one. That her said husband died on the 12th day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty seven, that she was not married to him prior to the second day of January eighteen hundred but at the time above stated.
She further declares that she has continued his widow and is now a widow. That she has no record of her marriage that the marriage was solemnized at the house of her father Frederick Cristman in the said Town of Columbia by the Rev. Mr. Rawl who preached a few years in said town in the Reformed Dutch Church.
(Signed with her mark) Catherine Ittick
Sworn and subscribed in open court this 6th day of February AD 1854 Wm. M. Barry Dep. Clerk.
State of New York
George Ackler aged Sixty ??? years a resident of Columbia in said County of Herkimer being duly sworn says that he is and has been from his infancy been well acquainted with Jacob C. Ittick and was until the death of said Ittick, and also with Catharine Ittick the widow of said Jacob C. having always resided in the said neighborhood he well recollects of the occasion of the marriage of the said Jacob. C. Ittick with the said Catharine, a daughter of Frederick Cristman although he this deponent was not present at the marriage that afterwards the said Jacob and Catharine lived together as man and wife residing in the neighborhood of this deponent, that they had one child, a daughter who is still living, that the said Jacob C. Ittick died about nine years ago. That the deponent was present at the funeral but cannot state the time particularly. That the said Jacob C. Ittick in his life time received a revolutionary pension.
Sworn to February 4, 1854 (Signed with his mark) George Ackler
Before me H. West (?)
April 9, 1929
Emma S. F. Niens?
3 Ann Street
Boonville, New York
I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, W.26155, it appears that Jacob C. Ittig or Ittick was born, June 30, 1764, at German Flats, New York.
While residing at said German Flats, he served from in 1779 as a private to the close of the war doing guard duty at Fort Herkimer under Captains Frederick Getman; John Smith, Frederick Frank and Colonels Bellinger and Willett.
He was allowed pension on his application executed October 11, 1932, at which time he was living in Columbia, Herkimer County, New York.
He died, October 12, 1844.
The soldier married, March 28, 1821, in Columbia, New York, Catharine, daughter of Frederick Cristman, of said Columbia. She was allowed pension on her application February 6, 1854 at which time she was residing in German Flats, New York aged Sixty-nine years. Their only child, daughter, was married and alive in 1854, her name is not given. A son, Jacob, by the soldier’s first wife, was residing in Columbia County, New York in1854 and signed his name “Edick”, the name of the mother is not given.
E. W. Morgan
February 15, 1930.
Mr. Frank D. Deuel
1045 Keyes Avenue
Schenectady, New York
I advise you that Conrad Ittig (W1776) named in Bureau letter of November 22, 1929, in 1825 referred to his wife, then aged about fifty-one years, and also referred to his first wife, but did not give names of either, and at that time a child by first wife was aged about forty years.
His widow Nancy stated they were married in 1810 and her name prior ot her marriage was Nancy Coughnet the widow of John. The name also appears as Coughna.
The name Deitrich does not appear in this claim.
In the claim of Jacob C. Ittig (W.26155) referred to is in same letter, it appears that he married in 1821 Catharine, the daughter of Frederick Cristman of Columbia, New York, also that a son, Jacob by soldier’s first wife, was living in Columbia County, New York in 1854, but the name of his mother is not given.
Kindly state whether you desire hotostat copies of these two claims of which you requested the cost.
Very truly yours,
Earl B. Church, Commissioner
End Notes by James F. Morrison
1) New York’s Military Law stated when a man turned 16 years he would have to enroll in the local Militia Company. Boys under 16 were used as musicians if they had the talent to play a fife or drum. Any service for Jacob before his 16th birthday would not count as actual service.
2) The following were the officers under Captain Frederick Getman—First Lieutenant is blank, Second Lieutenant is Jacob Meyer and Ensign is John Meyer as of June 25, 1778. [Meyer, Moyer, Mayer and Myer]. In Getman’s Payroll for 1779 & 1780 the officer listed besides himself is Lieut. Jacob Myer. In 1779, Sergt Christian Ittig and Pvt George Ittig is listed. NYSL—Special Collections & Manuscripts Tryon County Militia Box 14.
3) John Smith was a lieutenant. These men were raised because they could not get any of the Militia to do duty in Fort Herkimer. As Jacob was under age his name does not appear on the muster. See Public Papers of George Clinton, Vol. 5, p 663, Sergt Christian Ittick, Corp George Ittick and Pvt Conrad Ittick are listed.
4) Capt. Frederick Getman was taken prisoner at the Little Falls grist Mill on 21 June 1782 with several others.
5) He may be referring to the Oct 29, 1780 incident when Capt. Hans Marks Demuth was captured near Fort Dayton. Fort Herkimer and Fort Dayton were attacked on 17 July 1782, by Capt. Joseph Brant and Capt. George Singleton of the King’s Royal Regiment of New York.
6) On Sept 17, 1778 Capt Joseph Brant and Capt William Caldwell of Butler’s Rangers burned the settlements on both sides of the Mohawk River in the German Flatts District and attacked Fort Dayton with little success.
7) Major Augustinus Clapsattle was killed at the Battle of Oriskany on 6 August 1777. The Lieutenant-Colonel was Frederick Bellinger.