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Pension Application for Isaac Seaman

W.16399  Margaret Tilman married Isaac on or about the 9th of March 1777 in the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in the City of Albany.   Isaac died in the fall of 1819.
State of New York SS.
County of Schenectada
On this twenty-second day of March 1837, personally appeared before Samuel W. Jones First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County, Margaret Seaman, a resident of the City of Schenectada in the county of Schenectada aforesaid and State of new York, aged eighty 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, that she is the widow of Isaac Seaman who was an officer in and during the war of the revolution, as particularly set forth in her supplemental declaration hereto annexed.
            She further declares that she was married to the said Isaac Seaman on or about the 9th day of March, in the year seventeen hundred and seventy-seven; that her husband, the aforesaid Isaac Seaman, died in the fall of the year 1819 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereunto annexed.  (Signed with her mark)  Margaret Seaman
            Sworn to, and subscribed on the day and year above written before me the said Judge. S. W. Jones

Supplemental Declaration
County of Schenectada SS.
            And the aforenamed Declarant Margaret Seaman, being further duly sworn and examined, doth depose and say, that according to the best of her knowledge, information, and belief, her husband the aforesaid Isaac Seaman, received a Captain’s warrant or commission in the year 1776, and served as such Captain under James  or Jacobus Wynkoop, who was called Commodore, on Lake Champlain, from sometime in the spring of the year 1776 aforesaid (she thinks in the month of April until sometime in the month of December following, when he obtained a furlough and returned to Albany that in the latter part of the month of March 1777, being not many days after her marriage with him, he returned to Lake George, and remained there as she was then informed, and verily believes to be true, & in the service of the United States as aforesaid under said Commodore Wynkoop, for sometime after General Burgoyne landed at Skeenesborough (now called Whitehall) when he the said Isaac Seaman, and all under the command of said Commodore, left said lake, and returned to Albany about the time Burgoyne was captured, to wit, in October 1777.   And this declarant further says, that her said husband Isaac Seaman remained in and about Albany awaiting orders the remainder of that fall, and the following winter, until the opening of navigation in the spring of 1778, when he was ordered to take command of a vessel on the Hudson or North River, and she has been informed and verily believes it to be true, that he was engaged in transporting provisions, arms and other munitions of war, up and down said river, for the use of the army during that season.  And this declarant further says that if her said husband ever preserved him commission or warrant, ti must have been destroyed by the great fire in the City of Albany (where he then resided) on the night of the 4th of August 1797.
            (And this declarant further says that her said husband Captain Isaac Seaman was engaged in the coasting trade between New York and Richmond in the State of Virginia; and that his schooner called “The Seaman”, was captured by the enemy during the late war, and was taken to one of the West India Islands, and he was detained a prisoner there for some time & from which loss he never recovered, previous to his death, which left his family destitute.)  (Signed with her mark)  Marg’t Seaman
            Subscribed & sworn this 22d day of March 1837, before me.  S. W. Jones a First Judge of Schenectada County Courts.        

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