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Pension Application for Jonas Secor

United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York
State of New York SS.
            On this twenty sixth day of November personally appeared before the Circuit Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York in the Second Circuit, Walter Secor a resident of Bergen County and State of New Jersey aged forty four years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed seventh day or June 1832 and the several supplements thereof the act of 4th of July 1836, states that he is one of the children of Jonas Secor a soldier in the Revolutionary War who enlisted as the accompanying deposition will testify & the deponent verily believes, in captain Jonathan Lawrence’s company of infantry with Peter S. VanOrden in the year seventeen hundred eighty as a private that he marched with said company from Dobb’s ferry now called [?] landing on the Hudson river State of New York to Kings ferry where he embarked with said company to Fishkill where they encamped at short time before they were ordered to Albany thence to Schenectady preparatory to their going to Fort Plain on the Mohawk River that he was according to the accompanying deposition, in several engagements, during his enlistment personally and as a substitute for a man  named  Abraham Peppinger for nine months at which time he as deponent verily believes from the affidavit of his Aunt Elizabeth Bishop was then under the command of Captain William Slow or Slason of Haverstraw then Orange now Rockland County that his said father from the family record as well as from the evidence of his said Aunt Elizabeth was married to his mother by the Revd George Brinkerhoof in Rochester County on August 1797, that he died in the year 1817 leaving four children young younger & two older than himself, Timothy, Mary Ann, & George the youngest all which will more fully appear from the affidavits of his Aunt Elizabeth who named him & his sister, & brother & his neighbour & fellow soldier of his deceased father hereto annexed.  (Signed)  Walter Secor
            Sworn to & subscribed on the day & year above written in open court.  Alix Gardiner, Clerk of the Circuit Court of the Untied States for the so. Dist. of New York.

Letter dated April 25, 1908, written in response to a request for information.
            In reply to your letter dated the 16th and received the 18th instant, you are advised that from the papers in pension claim R. file 9348, it appears that Walter Secor aged 44 years, and a resident of Bergen County, New Jersey, applied on November 26, 1845 for pension which might have been due his father Jonas Secor who enlisted when he was a little over sixteen years of age, and served two years under Captain William Slow of Haverstraw; and enlisted in 1780 and served 9 months in Captain Jonathan Lawrence’s company, New York troops.
            Soldier married in Rochester County, [does he mean Rochester in Ulster County?] New York, in August 1798, name of wife not stated; she died in 1810, and he died in Ramapo Township, Rockland County, New York, in 1817, leaving four children, Timothy, Mary Ann Bragg, George, and Walter.  Soldier had brothers named John, James, and Isaac Secor.
            This claim was not allowed, for the reason that Jonas Secor died in 1817, before there was a law granting pensions for services in the Revolution, consequently there was nothing due him at his death which his children could recover.
            Statements of the military services of Benjamin Secor S. File No 22,975 Andrew Secor S. File 15,222, James Secor S. File 15,227 and Isaac Secor Wid. File 17,793, are herewith furnished you; the first three soldiers allege that they served under Captain Acker instead of Ackerson.
            The Revolutionary War pension records fail to afford any information in regard to Daniel, Jacob, Josiah, Samuel or Warner Secor (or similar name) or to James Secor described by you.

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