Pension of Cato Fiske


PENSION for Cato Fisk
Apr. 6, 1818
Cato Fisk
New Hampshire, private
[Note: Cato Fisk appears in the Epsom death records of Jonathan Dolbeer, March 1824]

I Cato Fisk, now of Deerfield in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire testify and declare that I enlisted as a soldier in the company commanded by Capt. William Rowell of the second Regiment in the New Hampshire line of the American Army in the Revolutionary War in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven and served without any intermission from the time of my first enlistment to the seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three at which time I was honorably discharged from ___ and am now in reduced circumstances in live and am in need of assistance from my Country for support.
Deerfield, April 6, 1818
Cato X Fisk (his mark)

Rockingham SS - State of New Hampshire
On the day and year above named the above Declaration was made and sworn before me.
Hall Burgin - Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Rockingham aforesaid.

Schedule containing the whole estate and income of Cato Fisk (his necessary clothing and bedding excepted) on the 18 day of June 1820, and annexed to his oath:

A small hut, small barn standing on another man's land - 40.00
1 cow - 13
1 pig - 3
8 old chairs - 1.50
2 old tables - 1
Iron ware - 1.50
Cooking knives and forks - .75
Scythe and ___ - .75
One old Ox (or axe?) - .67

State of New Hampshire, Rockingham SS
On this 18th day of July 1820, personally appeared in open court at Concord, before John Harvey and Hall Burgin; Esqrs., Justices of the Court of Common Pleas, Cato Fisk aged 60 years, resident in Deerfield, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows: That he enlisted in the spring of the year 1778 into the company commanded by Captain William Rowell of the Second New Hampshire Regiment of the Continental ____ commanded by Colonel George Reed for during the war there he served the full term of his enlistment and was discharged in June 1783 as will more fully appear by his original declaration made in order to obtain a pension which declaration is dated the sixth day of April 1818. That he received a pension the number of his pension Certificate is 5.299.

My occupation is that of a laborer but am not of sufficient ability to pursue it as formerly by reason of age and infirmities I have. In my family residing with me, my wife aged 53 years, two sons, James and Ebenezer, James aged about 28 years and non corpus mentis (?); Ebenezer aged about 24 years who has been sick for several weeks confined to his bed; and a grand daughter Louisa aged three years.

Sworn and declared at Concord on the 18th day of July 1820 before us.
John Harvey and Hall Burgin

W 14719

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Suffolk SS

On this twenty eighth day of December AD Eighteen Hundred and twenty seven, personally appeared before me, William Simmons, one of the Justices Court for the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Elsa Fiske, a resident of the City of Boston in the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth aforesaid, aged bout seventy three years, widow, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision on the act of congress, that she is the widow of Cato Fiske, formerly of Exeter in the State of New Hampshire, deceased, who was a private in the Army of the Revolution, that she hereunto annexes two original certificates by which it will appear that said Cato Fiske received a pension for his revolutionary services and that she presents the particulars of his service will appear in the proper office at Washington.
She further declares that she was married to the said Cato Fiske by the Reverend Nathaniel Trask at Brentwood in New Hampshire in the month of March, as she believed in the year seventeen hundred and eighty three, but she knows that it was before the close of the revolutionary war because the said Cato Fiske was t the time of the marriage apart from the army on furlough and afterwards returned to it and served in it for sometime before the close of said revolutionary war, that she cannot remember the day of the death of her said husband, but he died she thinks about thirteen years ago and that she has remained a widow ever since, as will more fully appear by references to the proof hereto amassed.
Elas X Fiske (her mark)

I Sarah West of Brentwood in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire, aged seventy years and upwards, do testify, declare and say, that in the fall of the year 1780 I used to live with the late Rev. Nathaniel Trask of said Brentwood, and lived with him until I was out of my time, and made his house my home for several years, after I was out of my time and until I was married. Soon after I went to Mr. Trask's a colored woman came to line in the neighborhood of Mr. Trask's, not a quarter of a mile from his house - she used to be called Aunt Sellars (?) - a colored girl by the name of Else Huso used to live with her and was after at Mr. Trask's. I knew her well. She was courted by a colored man, Cato Fisk, and I remember her being published to Cato and I laughed at her about it. This was in the winter of 1782-3 and in the spring of 1783 the said Cato Fisk and Else Huso were married. I was not present at their wedding but I recollect on a Sunday after their publishment was out I heard Mr. Trask say that he was going over to Aunt Sellars to marry Cato and Else and after he returned the same evening - he spoke about the wedding of the colored couple. Jonathan Trask, a son of the minister was invited by Cato to attend the wedding and did attend it, and told me about it after he came home. The next day after they were married I went into Aunt Sellars , and wished Else joy of her marriage. Cato was there at the door cutting wood. Else continued some time at Brentwood after she was married and until Cato and her moved to Exeter which I think must have been the next fall or winter, but I don not remember the time. I several times saw here when she lived at Exeter where she was several years - she had no children until she had been married several years. I have been acquainted with Else ever since her first going to Brentwood and she had always borne a good character for truth and industry, and was much set by her neighbors wherever she lived.

Cato was not much in Brentwood after he was married until after he removed to Exeter. He was a drummer in the Army and a fiddler at home. He continued in the Army several months after he was married as I suppose, and until about the time he moved his wife to Exeter. I went to live with Mr. Trasks in the fall after the dark day, and Cato and Else were married a little more than two years afterwards in the spring and early in the spring, but I cannot remember the day of the month, nor the month with certainty, although I think it was the month of March.
The Rev. Mr. Trask and his son Jonathan have been dead many years and not one of Mr. Trask's children is now living.
Sarah X West (her mark)

State of New Hampshire, Rockingham SS
January 16, 1838
Then the said Sarah West (who I certify __ a fair reputation for truth and whose statements are entitled to credit) made solemn oath that the foregoing affidavit by her ___ is time. (?)
Before me, Joseph Graves, Jus. Peace