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Pension Application for Henrich Schafer or Shafer

Declaration in order to obtain the quantity of land due to Susannah Shafer as the widow of Henrich Shafer under the Act of March 3, 1855.
State of New York
Schoharie County SS.
            On this twentieth day of March A.D. One thousand eight hundred and fifty five, personally appeared before me Henry W. Herron a Justice of the Peace within and for the county and State aforesaid Susannah Shafer, a resident of the town of Richmondville in said County of Schoharie, aged about seventy nine years, who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the widow of Henrick Shafer, deceased, who was a Soldier of the United States in the War of the American Revolution from the aforesaid County of Schoharie in said State of New York, where he then resided and as she believes served as a private in the companies of Captain Gray (1) and Harrison in the Regiment of New York troops commanded by Colonel Willet and continued in actual service in said war for a period of nine months.  She believes that he served also with the Militia of said Schoharie (2)  in said War.
            She further declares that she was married to the said Henry Shafer, deceased in the month of March in the year eighteen hundred and three, by the Rev’d John D. Shafer a minister of the Gospel who then lived and preached in Cobleskill in said County of Schoharie, and that her name before her said marriage was Susannah Appleton.
            That her husband, the said Henrick Shafer died at Richmondville aforesaid in said County of Schoharie on the twenty ninth day of September in the year One Thousand Eight hundred and fifty one, and was at the said time of his death a Revolutionary Pensioner, of the United States at the rate of Thirty dollars per annum, under the act of 7th June 1832, and that Declarant continued to be and is now his widow.
            She further declares that she is now a Pensioner of the United States at the rate of thirty dollars per annum under the act of February 3, 1853 as the widow of said Henry or Henrick Shafer deceased.
            She respectfully refers to the proofs on file at the Pension Office in the City of Washington in the matter of the application of her said husband for his Pension under the act of June 7th 1832 and also in the matter of her application for her own pension under the said act of February 3, 1853.
            She makes this Declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which she may be entitled under the Act approved 3rd March 1855, and she hereby appoints Teunis S. Slinglerland her Attorney to act for her in the premises and to receive the certificate or warrant therefor from the Secretary of the Interior.  (Signed with her mark)  Susannah Shafer.
            We Henry A. Shafer and Ezra Fuller residents of the said Town of Richmondville in the county of Schoharie and the State of New York, upon our oaths declare that the foregoing Declaration was signed and acknowledged by the said Susannah Shafer in our presence; and that we believe from the appearance and statements of the applicant that she is the identical person that she represents herself to be.  Henry A. Shafter & Ezra Fuller

State of New York
Schoharie County SS.
            On this second day of October 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of common Pleas in the County of Schoharie; now sitting: Henrich Schafer Junr., a resident of the Town of Cobelskill in the county of Schoharie aged 68 years, being first 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 7th June 1832, that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers as herein stated.
            That he the said Henrich Schafer Junior enlisted in Schoharie for the term of nine months on the first of April 1782 in the company commanded by Captain Gray, in the regiment commanded by Colonel Van Schaick, in the Line of the State of New York, on the Continental Establishment; that he served his term of enlistment out faithfully in said corps in Middle fort until the first of January 1783; that he was honorably discharged from the service in the City of Schenectady in the State of New York; that he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State of the United States, that he was mustered in Schoharie that he has been informed that the muster roll was lost or distrued [destroyed], this must be the reason that the names of the nine month men which enlisted with him is not on the roll in the State of New York.  That he was born in Cobelskill May 20th, 1764.  That he has the record of his age in his bible in his possession that he lived in Cobelskill and has lived there ever since the American Revolution that he was discharged by his captain by word.  (Signed) Henrich Schafer, Junr.
            Sworn and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open court.  John Gebhard Jr. Clk

End Notes—Henrich Schafer

  1. Henrich served as a private in Captain Silas Gray’s Company in Colonel Marinus Willett’s Regiment of New York State Levies in 1782.  As Captain Gray was unable to enlist enough men to fill his company he was discharged and the men that had enlisted were put into other companies.  Henrich was put in Captain Joseph Harrison’s Company.
  2. Henrich served as a private in Captain Christian Brown’s Company in Colonel Peter Vrooman’s Regiment of Albany County Militia (Fifteenth Regiment.).

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