Pension of John Blake

W 17317

PENSION of John Blake

December 1819, Orleans County, VT

State of Vermont, Orleans County

At a special court holden at Derby this thirteenth day of June 1843, personally appeared Mehitable Blake, a resident of Stanstead in the Province of Canada aged 85 years who being 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, untitled an act granting pensions to enter in widows;
That she is the widow of John Blake who served in the war of the Revolution; that soon after her marriage which was in November 1775 her husband enlisted for two months to go to Winter Hill near Boston and was gone nearly three months; that he served in the said war several other periods of which she thinks was under Captain Marston of Deerfield, New Hampshire; that she is not now able to state the names of other officers under whom he served; that at the time of their said marriage she and her husband resided in Epsom, New Hampshire and also during the said war; that after the said war they removed to Pittsfield and afterwards to Gilmanton, N.H., where her husband died in December 1819. She further declares she was married by the Rev. Mr. Upham, Minister of Deerfield on Thanksgiving Day (she thinks) the 25th of November 1775. She further declares that before her marriage her name was Mehitable Locke, that she was married to the said John Blake previous to his last period of service viz; at the time above written and that since his death she has continued his lawful widow.
Mehitable X Blake (her mark)

Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written, before me.
Isaac Parker, Judge

I Edmund Rand of Deerfield in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire do hereby __, that I am the Town Clerk of said Deerfield and I have the records of said town in custody; and that the following is a true extract from said records, to wit: "A Record of Marriages by the Revrd Timothy Upham of Deerfield"
"John Blake to Mehitable Lock both of Epsom" November the thirtieth in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy five.
I hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the record with the exception of the date which is expressed on the record in fair legible figures as follows; "November 30, 1775."
Edmund Rand