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Pension Application for Moses MIGHEL (Miles)
Donated by Kerry (Miles) Patrick

W23970 (Widow, Elizabeth
Service:  New Hampshire
            Elizabeth Mighel widow of Moses Mighel who served in the Revolutionary war, as a private.  Inscribed on the roll at the rate of 96 Dollars 00 Cents per annum, to commence on the 1st  July 1848.  Certificate of Pension issued the 17 day of Dec. (????) and sent to H. D. Johnson.
            Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under the February 2, 1848, Page 22 vol. 1.
            I Moses Mighel of Parsonsfield in the County of York & State of Massachusetts (sic) of fifty (seven??) years of age, do testify & declare that I served as a private soldier in the American Revolutionary War in manner following viz – I enlisted in the month of April 1777 for three years in the company commanded by Capt. Bell of Dover and in the Regiment commanded by Colo. Hale being the 2nd Regiment in the New Hampshire Line and went to Ticonderoga and was at the taking of Birguine (sic); that afterward we marched to Valley-Forge in the State of Pennsylvania & served out the full years of my enlistment and was regularly & honorably discharged from (???) Army & received a written discharge, but that I have lost.  I have no pensions from the United States, and a resident Citizen of the United State; and from my reduced circumstances was in need of assistance from my country for support.
Moses Mighel

April 9, 1810
Commonwealth of Massachusetts ss
            This ninth day of April 1810, the above named Moses Mighel personally appeared before me & in my presence subscribed the above declaration, & made oath to the truth of the same.
            George Thacker One of the Justices of the S.J.C. of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

            York (?????) a Circuit Court of common Pleas for the Two Eastern Circuit, begun and holden at York – within and for the County of York on the first Tuesday being the fourth day of July and by adjournment to Alfred from day to day, on the eighteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty, before the Honorable Benjamin Greene Ch. Justice
            ON this eighteenth day of July in the year 1820, personally appeared in Open Court the same proceeding according to the course of the common law, having jurisdiction unlimited in amount, keeping a record of their proceedings, and having “the power of fine and imprisonment” and being a Court of Record for said county Moses Mighel aged sixty years, resident in Parsonsfield, in said county who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on this oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows, viz. as a private in the company commanded by Capt. Bell in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Hale in the line of the State of New Hampshire on the Continental Establishment, as is more particularly mentioned and described in his original declaration, made on the ninth day of April A. D. 1815, and on which said declaration his Certificate of Pension, numbered 5,693 was granted.  And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the united States on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property, or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress; entitled “An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United State, in the Revolutionary War,” passed on the 18th day of March, 1818: and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts, or debts due to me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed, and by me subscribed; that my occupation and ability to pursue the same together with the number and other particulars of my family, are in fact and in truth as is herein particularly described, and also subscribed by me.  Moses Mighel
            Sworn to and declared, on the 18th day of July A. D. 1820 before Benj. Greene Ch. Justice of the said Court.  Daniel Sewall, Clerk

SCHEDULE of the real and personal estate, (necessary clothing and bedding excepted) belonging to me the subscriber, viz:
3 cows
7 sheep
2 swine
1 old mare lame of no value
1 colt 1 yr old
no furniture of value
I am justly indebted to William Towle esq & others in the sum of 100 dollars

            SCHEDULE of the family residing with me Moses Mighel who, by occupation am a labourer which I am unable to pursue by reason of a lameness in my shoulder:
            wife, Elizabeth, 55 yrs – sickly & wholly unable to work
            daughter Abigail, 22 yrs – sickly & never was able to earn her living
            [signed] Moses Mighel

York ss
            I, W. B. Sewall, Clerk of the circuit Court of Common Pleas within the county of York do hereby certify, that the foregoing oath, and the schedules thereto annexed, are truly copied from the Record of the said Court; and I do further certify, that it is the opinion of the said Court that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is sixty seven dollars and fifty cents.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court, on this twentieth day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and twenty.  W. B. SEWALL, Clerk of the said Circuit Court for the County of York

New York
Moses Mighel
            Private – In the army of the United States during the Revolutionary War.  Inscribed on the Roll of the district of Maine at the rate of Eight Dollars per month, to commence on the 9th of April 1818.  Certificate of Pension issued the 25th of January 18199 and sent to George Thacker Esq. Judge.  Arrears to 4th of Sept 1818, 4 mos. & 26/30 - $30.93.  Semi-anl al’ce ending 4th March 1819 – 40.00 [total] $86.93
{revolutionary claim, Act 18th March 1818}
            Notification sent to David Sewall Esq. Kennebuck Maine 31 July 1820. 
Transfd to New York, 10 Dec. 1825
Let to Hon. Ether Shepley, (Senate H.S.?) Apl $, 1836

State of Maine, County of York ss:
            On this twentieth day of September AD 1838 personally appeared before Nicholas Emery Judge of this Supreme Judicial Court in said State Elizabeth Mighel a resident of Parsonsfield in said County of York aged seventy four 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 7, 1838 that she is the widow of Moses Mighel formerly of Parsonsfield aforesaid, and late of Whitehall New York – who was a soldier in the army of the Revolution – that to the best of her knowledge and belief the said Moses Mighel first enlisted a soldier in said Army in the year 1776 and was in the Battle at Whiteplains – that in 1777 he enlisted again in one Captain Bell’s Company & Colonel Hale’s Regiment and was in the Battle at the taking of Burgoyne – and in 1778 was in the Battle at Monmouth – and in 1778 marched under the command of General John Sullivan into the Indian country and returned and wintered at Danbury Connecticut and in March 1780 was honorably discharged by Colonel George Reed – and that in 1782 the said Moses enlisted and served eight months longer in said Army and was honorably discharged by Colonel Henry Dearborne – that she has no documentary evidence of the said Moses’ services except a document signed by the said Moses Mighel in his own handwriting containing a brief history of his aforesaid services which is to hereto annexed – that the said Moses received a pension for his aforesaid services of $96 dollars per year for many years before his decease – That (several words illegible) full account of his services will be found on file in the War Department to which she would refer this commissioner of Pensions.  That she believes the proof of his death at White-hall New York will also be found in the War Department – That her name before marriage was Elizabeth Page – That after her intermarriage with said Mighel, they lived together at said Parsonsfield until the Fourth day of September 1825 at which time the said Mighel left her and went to Portland and received his Pension there and went from there to White-hall new York where he resided until his death as she has understood.
            She further declares that she was married to the said Moses Mighel at Rochester N. H. on the sixth day of April seventeen hundred and eighty eight – and that her husband the aforesaid Moses Mighel died at White-hall N. Y. in the month of July eighteen hundred and thirty three – that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four viz. at the time above stated – that she has not intermarried since she was married to the said Moses Mighel and that she now remains his lawful widow.  Elizabeth Mighel (her mark)
            Witness Robert Robert B. Cave???  A. Hobbs
            Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written in open courts before me.  Nicholas Emery Jus Supreme Court

            Extract from the Records of the town of Rochester in the county of Strafford and state of New Hampshire under the head of Marriages solemnized by the Rev. Joseph Haven a minister of the Gospel in said town is the following entry viz.
            Married AD seventeen hundred and Eighty eight April Sixth – Moses Mighls of Parsonsfield with Elizabeth Page of Rochester
            I James C. Cole clerk of said town of Rochester depose and say that the foregoing is a true copy of the record with the exceptions of the date which is expressed on the Record in fair legible figures as follows viz. –
            Married AD 1788
            April 6th Moses Mighls of Parsonsfield with Elizabeth Page of Rochester
            I James C. Cole above named depose and say that I hold the office of Town Clerk in the town aforesaid and that the above is a true extract from the records of the said town with the exceptions aforesaid as certified by me.  James C. Cole – town Clerk

State of New Hampshire County of Strafford ss}
            Rochester August 22, 1838 Subscribed and sworn to by the above named James C. Cole before me
            Noah Tebbets Justice of the Peace
            I Noah Tebbets Justice of the Peace certify that James C. Cole above named is well known to me to be a credible witness, that he is entitled to full credit and that he to my knowledge is town clerk of said Rochester.
Noah Tebbets Justice of the Peace in and for the county of Strafford N. H.

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