Pension Application for Jacob Widrig
State of New York
Herkimer County SS
On the eleventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before Michael Hoffman first judge and John Mahon, Augustus Beardslee & Sherman Mooster Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in the County of Herkimer and State of New York, now sitting, Jacob Widrig a resident of Schuyler in the County of Herkimer and State of New York aged seventy eight years last January who 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 June the seventh in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
The first time or campaign, he volunteered and entered the service in the first year of the Revolutionary War and served one month under Captain [Tygert crossed out] Dygert and assisted to cut a road through from fort [Miller crossed out] Mike in Schuyler to Oriskany. That this was his business during this term or campaign. That he was regularly and honorably discharged from the service at the expiration of his said month’s service but that he cannot state the particular day or month when he volunteered and entered or was dismissed from the service.
That the second time or campaign he volunteered enlisted and entered the service, the second year of the Revolutionary Was and served nine months, under Captain Staring. That during this time or campaign he was in a battle and fought against the Indians men the captains House in Schuyler in the County of Herkimer and State of New York and that in this engagement there were killed, [several lines crossed out] one taken prisoner and five escaped to Fort Mike. That he was stationed during this time or campaign at Fort Mike in Schuyler aforesaid and that his business was marching sentry, guard and scouting. That he was regularly and honorably [dismissed crossed out] discharged at the expiration of his said term of nine months service, but that he cannot state the particular day or month when he volunteered, enlisted and entered or dismissed from the service.
That the third time or campaign he volunteered, enlisted and entered the service of the United States the third year of the war, and served nine months under Lieutenant John Smith in Captain McKean’s Company. That he was stationed during this time or campaign at different places principally at Forts Plain, Herkimer, House, Dayton and Mike. That his business was scouting, marching sentry, and guarding boats and fat cattle up and down the Mohawk River. That he was regularly and honorably dismissed at the expiration of his said nine months service but that he cannot state the particular day or month when he volunteered, enlisted and entered or was dismissed from the service.
That the fourth term or campaign he volunteered enlisted and entered the service in the fourth year of the war under Captain Demouth who had command of the Mohawk Rangers. That he served under him about two months and was in two engagements with the Indians once at Fort Mike, and the other at Fort Dayton and that in the engagement at Fort Dayton. He, the Captain, Frederick Hugh, and John Doxstader, John Harter, were taken prisoner, by the Indians and carried to Niagara, where he was sold by the Indians to a British officers the name of Daniel Serviss as a waiter, that he officer took him to Muchs Island where he staid during the winter, when he returned with the officer to Niagara and staid until late in the fall, when he took him to Quebeck where he staid during that winter and then returned with the officer to Niagara, when he staid until the war was over, when he and two other persons by the names of Oconner and Myers got a bark canoe and made their way home. That while he was the British officer’s waiter, he and Jacob Piper, Sevinnas Dygert, one Carter, one Schell, and one Baborn, also an American previous were tried for an attempt to escape but that he through the influence of his British Master was acquitted and Jacob Piper, Sevinnas Dygert, Carter , Schell and Baborn were found guilty & returned to be whipped a thousand lashes, that he saw them whipped, that Piper had during the execution of his sentence. That the whole of this time, or campaign and imprisonment exceeded two years and a half, but that he cannot state the particular time when he entered the service or when he got released and got home from his said imprisonment. That his services were all in the Militia. That he was born in Germany in the year seventeen hundred and fifty four as he calculates by his age. That he came to Schuyler in the County of Herkimer and State of New York when he was about two years old where he resided. When he entered the service in each case—and that he has ever since resided and now resides in said Town of Schuyler. That he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person, whom testimony he can procure who can testify to his service, except those whose affidavits are hereto annexed.—
First—When and in what year were you born?
I was born in Germany in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four.
Second—Have you any record of your age and if so where is it.
I have no record of my age. I had one but it got destroyed in the Revolutionary War.
Third—Where were you living when called into service where had you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where to you now live?
I was living in the Town of Schuyler in the County of Herkimer and State of New York when I was called into service in each case, where I have ever since and now live.
Fourth—How were you called into service? Were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute? And if a substitute for whom?
There was almost a continual call for men to go into service and I was a Volunteer in each case by me.
Fifth—State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served? Such Continental and Militia regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
I don’t recollect the names of any regular officers that were with us when I served, Colonel Bellinger and Major Andrew Fink [and Ben Scouten is crossed out] of the Militia were with us a part of the time, and I knew General Herkimer, but never took any particular command over us to my knowledge, nor do I recollect any particular regiment, either Continental or Militia, my services were company services against the Indians and Tories. I had little knowledge of regimental or field officers.
Sixth—Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given, and what has become of it?
I never received any other discharge than a verbal discharge.
Seventh—State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the revolution.
I refer to Barton? Silas Clark & Rufus Smith of Schuyler
And 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.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open court.
(Signed with his mark) Jacob Widig
F.E. Spinner Dep-Clerk
Letter in the Pension Application
January 7, 1938
Mr. Robert F. Williams
2 Rock Street
Alexandria Bay, New York
Reference is made to your letter in which you request the record of Jacob Widrig who was pensioned on account of his service in the Revolutionary War, and in 1840 was a resident of Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York.
You are furnished herein the record of the only Jacob Widrig found in the Revolutionary War records of this office. The data therein were obtained from pension claim, S. 11839, based upon his service in that war.
Jacob Widrig was born in January, 1754, in Germany; when about two years of age came to America and settled in Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York, where he was reared.
While a resident of Schuyler, New York, Jacob Widrig volunteered in the first year of the Revolution and served one month as private in Captain Deygert’s Company, Colonel Herkimer’s New York Regiment. He volunteered during the second year of the war, served nine months as private in Captain Staring’s company in the New York troops, during which tour he was in a battle near his captain’s house in Schuyler. He volunteered in the third year of the war and served nine months as private in Captain McKean’s company, Colonel Peter Bellinger’s New York regiment. He volunteered in 1779 or 1780 and served two months as private in Captain Demouth’s company, Colonel Bellinger’s New York regiment; during that tour was in two engagements with the Indians, one at Fort Mike and the other at Fort Dayton in which he was taken prisoner by the Indians, carried to Fort Niagara and sold to a British officer to whom he served as a waiter during his imprisonment of more than two years.
The soldier was allowed pension on his application executed October 11, 1832, while a resident of Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York. He was still living there in April, 1837.
It is not stated whether the soldier ever married.
In order to obtain date of last payment of pension, the name and address of the person paid and possibly the date of death of Jacob Wildrig, the soldier, you should write to the Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city, and cite the following date: Jacob Widrig, certificate #20168, issued August 7, 1833, rate $80 per annum, commenced March 4, 1831, Act June 7, 1832, New York Agency.
Very truly yours
Executive Assistant to the Administrator