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Pension Application for John Spankable (now written Sponable)

State of New York
Herkimer County
            On the 24th day of September 1836 personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for the said county Johnan Jost Scholl who first being duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath depose and say.
            That in the year 1777 he this deponent was a commissioned officer (viz an Ensign) in Captain Richolas Richtors Company of Militia in Col. Jacob Klocks Regiment and Gen. Nicholas Herkimer’s Brigade.  That John Spankable was a private soldier in the said company of Catp. Richtor and that about the 1st of August 1777 the company was ordered and marched to Fort Stanwix and was engaged in the Battle at Oriskany on the 9th (1) day of August 1777.  That the said John Spanknable while on the march and on duty was taken prisoner by the enemy and conveyed to Canada where he remained until the end of the war.  That he was acquainted with the aforesaid John Spanknable before the Revolutionary War and that he was married to Elisabeth Spanknable his present widow and had a small family previous to his being taken a prisoner.  That after the close of the war the said John Spanknable returned to his family and continued to reside with them in Montgomery County in the State of New York until the time of his death which took place about ____ (left blank) years ago and that the said Elisabeth Spanknable has ever since that period remained his widow and further the deponent says not.
            Sworn to and subscribed this 24th day of September 1836 before me. George N. Schuyler, Justice.
Signed Johan Jost Scholl.
            I certify that the above named Johan Jost Scholl is a man of truth and veracity and that his statement is entitled to credit, that he is in every respect a credible witness.  Geroge N. Schuyler Justice.

State of New York
Montgomery County
            On this 11th day of October 1836, personally appeared before me Mr. David F. Sacia a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, being a court of record, Elisabeth Spanknable a resident of the Town of Ephratah in the County of Montgomery and State of New York aged eighty 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 4th 1836.  That she is the widow of John Spanknable who was a private soldier in Captain Nicholas Richtor’s (2) Company of Militia in Colonel Jacob Klock’s Regiment and General Nicholas Herkimer’s Brigade that he was ordered and marched with the company for Fort Stanwix about the first of August 1777, and that on the march and in duty in the service of his company he was captured (3) and taken prisoner by the enemy and conveyed to Canada where he as such prisoner remained for upwards of four years.
            She further declares that she was married to the said John Spanknable on the 9th day of February 1770 or Seventeen hundred and seventy that her husband the said John Spanknable died on or about the 20th day of December 1825 (4) and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.
            Sworn and Subdcribed to the day & year above named before me.  D. F. Sacia Judge of Montgomery Courts.  Elisabeth Spanknable (her mark)

End Notes

  1. The Battle of Oriskany was fought on the 6th of August 1777.
  2. John served as a private in Captain Nicholas Richter’s [Rechtor] company [Sixth Company] in Colonel Klock’s Regiment [Second Regiment] of Tryon County Militia.
  3. John was taken prisoner by a party of Indians on the 5th of August 1777.  He was released on the 3rd of September 1781.
  4. John is buried in the Tilleborough Cemetery, Town of Ephratah [Tilleboro Rd.], Fulton County.

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