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Pension Application for Sampson Marble

W.15874 (Former Widow: Sarah Babcock.
New York & Vt.
In order to obtain the benefit of the third Section of the Act of Congress of the 4th July 1836 and the joint resolution of July 6, 1838.
State of New York
County of Chenango SS.
            On this 29th day of August 1849 personally appeared before the Subscriber County Judge of said County, Sarah Babcock a resident of said County and State aged eighty seven 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 passed July 4, 1836 and joint resolution of July 7, 1838; That she was the widow of Sampson Marble who was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, that he resided in Clarendon Rutland County Vermont, that her said husband was in service prior to her marriage to him, she well recollects that fact, and of his returning from the service in the summer or fall of 1779 before her marriage to him, and that he was out in the service in the spring of 1780 after her marriage to him, he left home within two months after her marriage to him and was absent in the service at that time two or three months when he returned home, that he was often called out and in service & seldom home but a short time, that in the spring of 1781, he entered the service and was absent all summer and till late in the fall, and then from time to time he was called out, this deponent cannot be sure as to name of officers, but she well recollects of the name of Capt. Safford and Capt. Stark, and thinks some of his service was under those officers, that in 1782 early in that year she & her said husband removed to Albany State of New York, that in the spring of 1782 her said husband left home, entered the service and as this deponent believes under Col. Willett he went up the Mohawk to Stone Arabia and other places, some of her relation were also in the service with him and were absent till the winter of 1783 when they returned, reported her said husband as having been killed in battle, that he had not by her or any person to her knowledge been seen since the last of Dec 1782 or first of January 1782 been heard of, she has no doubt the died at that time—She further declares that she was married to the said Sampson Marble in January 1780 by Esq. Hammond, that her name before marriage was Sarah Shephard, that she was married in Clarendon, Rutland County, Vermont, near a place called Otter Creek, that her husband the said Sampson Marble died about the first of January 1783 or the last days of Dec. 1782 that she had at the time of his death one child, which was born in August 1782, that she was afterwards married to William Babcock who died on the 30th of June 1834, that she was a widow on the 4th July 1836, and that she still remains a widow as will more fully appear by the attached proof.  (Signed with her mark)  Sarah Babcock
            Sworn and subscribed before me this 29th day of August 1849, Smith M. Purdy, County Judge of Chenango County.

Letter of reply to a request for information, dated February 4, 1931.
            You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, W.15874, that Sampson Marble, while living in Clarendon, Rutland County, Vermont, enlisted and served in the Vermont troops, as follows:
            From June 20 to August 20, 1779, as private in Captain Thomas Sawyer’s company; from August 1 to November 17, 1779, as private in Captain Parmalee Allen’s Company; from March 5 to May 8, 1780, as private in Captain Jesse Safford’s company.  Major Ebenezer Allen’s detachment; from early in 1781 to June 30, 1781,  as sergeant in Captain John Stark’s company; from July 1, to October 10, 1781, as private in Captain John Stark’s company, Colonel Samuel Fletcher’s battalion.
            Early in 1782 he moved to Albany, New York and enlisted that spring, as a private in Captain Peter B. Tearse’s company, Colonel Marinus Wileltt’s New York regiment, was killed in a battle, name of which is not stated, and news of his death was reported to his wife about December 1782 or January 1783.
            He married in January 1780, at Clarendon, Vermont, Sarah Shepard.  They had one child, Mary, born in August 1782, who married Moses Field.  The widow, Sarah, Married William Babcock, date not stated, and he died June 30, 1834.
            Sarah Babcock was allowed pension on account of the services of Sampson Marble, on her application executed August 29, 1849, while living in Chenango County, New York, aged eighty-seven years.

End Notes—Sampson Marble W.15874

  1. Sampson enlisted as a private on May 15, 1782 by Col. Willett for 2 years.  Born in New Hampshire.  Age [blank], Size 5 ft 10 in, Complexion Light, Hair Brown, Eyes Gray, Occupation Labourer.  FROM: Descriptive Book, No. 4, Willett's Regiment, Doc No. 11105, New York Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections, Albany NY.
  2. Sampson is listed on Captain Peter B. Tearce’s Company of Light Infantry in Colonel Marinus Willett's Regiment of New York State Levies for 1783.  He is listed as serving 12 months and had been paid £26..60 and was owed £53..30.  He therefore did not die in battle or in the service.  FROM: Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 78, Folder 173, National Archives, Washington DC.

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