Pension of Mark Emerson

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PENSION of Mark Emerson

New Hampshire
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 1775 -
Certificate of Pension issued the 18th day of October 1832.

In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832

State 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.
Sworn and subscribed the twenty fourth day of July AD 1832.
Mark Emerson

We 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.
Sworn and subscribed the twenty fourth day of July AD 1832,
David Morrill
John Ham

And 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.
Boswith 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.

BRIEF in the case of Mark Emerson of Epsom in the State of New Hampshire (Act 7 June, 1832)
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or Judge? Probate Court
2. If before a Judge, does is appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily infirmity?
3. How old is he? 68
4. State his service, as directed by the form annexed.

In 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, Mass
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. [affidavits not part of online file]

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 mentioned.
Wm. Ward, Examining Clerk