of Mark Emerson
Mark Emerson of Epsom in the State of New
Hampshire who was a musician in the Company Commanded by Captain McFarland in
the Company commanded by Col. Nixon in the Massachusetts line for 8 months in
Certificate of Pension issued the 18th day of October 1832.
order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832
of New Hampshire
County of Merrimack ss
On this twenty fourth day of
July AD 1832, personally appeared in open Court, before the Judge of the Court
of Probate for said County, now sitting, Mark Emerson, a resident of Epsom, in
the County of Merrimack and State of N.H. aged 68 years, who being first duly
sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order
to obtain benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832.
That he entered
the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served
as herein stated:
That he enlisted in Haverhill, Massachusetts in April 1775
for eight months under Capt. Moses MacFarland of Haverhill, Mass and marched directly
to Cambridge, Mass and there joined the Regiment commanded by Col. John Nixon,
then marched to Winter Hill and there served the eight months under the above
named officers and dismissed but have no written discharge - that he cannot say
positive by what names the troops were called but according to the best of his
recollection Colonel Nixon was a continental Officer - Colonel John Starks Regiment,
Colonel Putnam's Regiment and Colonel Reeds Regiment were at Winter Hill at the
time he was stationed there.
That he was born in Haverhill Mass in the year
1764 - that he had a record of his age by has lost it, that when he first enlisted
he lived in Haverhill, Mass that since the Rev war he has lived in Hawke and Gilmanton
and for the last forty years in Epsom, all in New Hampshire.
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.
and subscribed the twenty fourth day of July AD 1832.
David L. Morrill residing in Concord, NH and John Ham residing in Epsom, NH, hereby
certify that we are well acquainted with Mark Emerson, who has subscribed and
sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be 68 years of age; that
he is reputed and believed, in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been
a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.
subscribed the twenty fourth day of July AD 1832,
the Court certifies, that it appears to them that David L. Morrill, late Governor
of NH who has signed the preceding certificate, is a resident in the town of Concord
and that John Ham, who has also signed the same is a resident of the town of Epsom,
NH, and are credible persons, and that their statement is entitled to credit.
Stevens, Judge of Probate.
I Henry B. Chase, register of the Court of Probate
do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of said
Court in the matter of the application of Mark Emerson for a pension.
in the case of Mark Emerson of Epsom in the State of New Hampshire (Act 7 June,
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or Judge? Probate Court
If before a Judge, does is appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?
How old is he? 68
4. State his service, as directed by the form annexed.
1775, duration of service 8 months, as a Fifer under Moses McFarland, Capt. John
Nixon, Col. Stark, Putnam, & Reed were at Winter Hill
5. In what battles
was he engaged?
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? Haverhill,
7. Is this statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof
by traditional evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls? Governor Morrill
and John Ham, to general belief, affidavits of Benjamin Eastman and Jacob Quimby
of the same Company, that Emerson enlisted as a fifer and served as he states.
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8. Are the papers defective as to form
or authentication? And if so, in what respect? Correct
I Certify that the
foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above
Wm. Ward, Examining Clerk