Pension of John Grant & widow Dorothy
Rejected as instead of the nine months service required by law of March 18, 1818
only eight months and 14 days service in Continental Line could be proven, and
For particulars of service she forwarded the application made by her husband in
December 25, 1837, JETHRO LIBBEE, of Allenstown, New Hampshire, 82 years of age,
Revolutionary Soldier, testified that he formerly lived in Epsom, New Hampshire
within a short distance of John and Esther Grant and that they later lived in
Allentown within a few miles of each other; that he (deponent) enlisted in 1775
under Capt Brown of Brentwood and Lieut. Barnum of Deerfield and served eight
months at the island of New Castle, New Hampshire while there frequently saw John
Grant in New Castle, Seavey's Island and The Pines, but as this occurred sixty
years ago and he never expected to be called upon to say how long Grant served
he can not tell definitely. "He was a remarkable strong, muscular man having
a firm constitution, enjoyed good health, liked a military life; and soldiers,
especially such soldiers, then, were in great demand. While he was in the service
at New Castle Samuel Davis, now living at Epsom, and about my age, lived with
his family in Greenland, to do his labor for him"; that Grant served also
in 1777 in Burgoyne's campaign, as was generally believed at the time; that during
Grant's lifetime he (deponent) thought of applying for a pension but Grant told
me his own application had failed as service was considered Militia.
July 22, 1837 Nathan Goss of Allentown, New Hampshire 54 years of age, testified
that he is married to Dorothy, (daughter of John and Dorothy Grant) 55 years of
age and that his wife has two brothers living in Epsom, the adjoining town, Simon
Grant, 65, and John Grant, 57 years of age, both of whom are married and have
January 6, 1838 and August 30, 1838, JONATHAN URIN of Concord, New Hampshire,
Revolutionary Pensioner, testified that he was born in Boscawen, New Hampshire
and knew John Grant very well; that he (deponent) was hired by the town of Boscawen
to serve and rendered such service under Capt. Isaac Farwell of Charlestown, New
Hampshire was at White Plains, New York in the summer of 1778; saw Grant in service
at Peekskill, New York in the spring of 1778 etc.
October 10, 1837 BENJAMIN PAGE of Chichester, New Hampshire, Revolutionary Pensioner,
testified that he saw Grant in service at New Castle in 1775 and also saw him
in 1777 at Bemis' Heights, Stillwater and Saratoga; knew that he was married before
he entered the service; in response to the question if it was common for soldiers
stationed on the islands in Portsmouth Harbor in the early part of the war to
change their Captains etc. deponent said it was not infrequent when more labor
or men were needed to have the men shifted from one island and one company to
another for a day or week as occasion seemed to warrant.
December 8, 1837 SAMUEL DAVIS of Epsom (close by the Allentown line) Revolutionary
Soldier, in his 78th year, testified to living in Rye in May, 1775 and going to
Greenland, New Hampshire to take care of John Grant's affairs, he having enlisted
in the public service; that he was a relative and knew the Grants very well; knows
that neither of them married more than once; knew of the two services of Grant
as he was living in his house etc. "I was myself out in the war of the Revolution
six months and upwards under Capt. Cheeseman of Conn. in 1781 and was at West
Point at the time of the execution of Major Andre, which I saw, and which was
on the 2nd of October of that year. I was then 21 years old. I have never applied
for a pension.
February 12, 1838 THOMAS HAINES of Concord, New Hampshire, Revolutionary Pensioner,
testified that he was born in Hampton, New Hampshire and is now 77 years of age;
that in the early part of the Revolutionary War he enlisted under Capt. Eben Frye
of Pembroke, Col. Joseph Cilley of Nottingham and marched to Ticonderoga; was
then only 13 or 14 years old; served the first year as waiter to Col. Cilley and
after a year was put in the ranks and kept with the army that retreated before
Burgoyne, until it became strong enough to defeat him; "In the last great
battle that preceded the surrender of Burgoyne I was desperately wounded and left
for dead with the dead on the field; but some time after when a detachment of
our army were burying the dead, Lieut. Wilkins, a New Hampshire officer, discovered
signs of life in me, when I was taken from the field of battle and carried to
the hospital at Albany, where I was a patient, and at Schenectady more than a
year. I was, after I was able to do duty, stationed at Fishkill down the Hudson
river" that he knew Grant during the latter part of this time and continued
the acquaintance until Grant's death; they often talked of their experiences etc.
1838 Hall Burgin of Concord, New Hampshire, 68 years of age, testified that in
May, 1818 he was Associate Justice of Court of Pleas, in Rockingham County and
continued to serve until Merrimac County was formed and he was appointed Chief
Justice of the Court of Sessions for Merrimack County which office he held until
the court was abolished; that during his term of office many old soldiers applied
for pension, among them, John Grant, whom he knew very well and whose character
was beyond reproach.
August 14, 1838 Samuel Cochran, Jr. of Pembroke, New Hampshire, 61 years of age,
certified to the good character of Samuel Davis, whom he had known many years;
and also to that of John Grant with whom he had often conversed about the Revolutionary
War, who had worked for him etc.
August 14, 1838 Rev. James McCutcheon, an ordained minister of the Free Will Baptist
Church at Epsom, New Hampshire testified to the good character of Grant, who "was
so obliging and blameless and civil in his deportment that he made no enemies
and every body that knew him seemed to be his friend" also to the good character
of Dorothy, Grant's widow, a member of his church, who is "universally respected
and esteemed in Epsom and generally in the adjoining towns, on account of her
great age, and her charity, meekness, piety and remarkable intelligence."
10, 1838 Josiah Sanborn of Epsom, New Hampshire 75 years of age, testified that
Grant "lived and died within a mile and a half of my house where I have always
lived and where I expect to die." that both Grant and his widow, Dorothy,
sustained a good character etc.
August 27, 1838 Philip Carrigan of Concord, New Hampshire, 60 years of age, testified
to the good memory of Dorothy Grant, that her statements agreed perfectly with
those of her cousin, Samuel Davis, although she did not know what Davis had said
etc; that she has now moved to Epsom etc.
August 10, 1838 SAMUEL DAVIS "aged 80 years if I live until the second day
of next September, " repeated his former testimony in regard to Grant; but
states: "I myself enlisted in the war of the Revolution under a Capt. Jewell
of Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire (Rye and Greenland are on the ??
) and was marched to West Point in New York where I was detached under a Capt.
Cheeseman of Conn. to blast rocks to make a cistern for Fort Putnam that would
hold a vast many hogsheads of water for the use of the fort aforesaid"...."Andre's
execution made an impression on me that I never shall forget while life lasts."
Certificate from S. C. Badger, Clerk of the Superior Court of Judicature for Merrimack County that among the witnesses who have testified in this case Hon. Hall Burgon [sp?, blurred] was formerly Judge of the Court of Common Pleas; Samuel Cochran Jr. is Justice for the Peace; Hon. Josiah Sanborn was formerly a Senator in the State Legislature; and that Philip Carrigan was formerly Secretary of State of New Hampshire.
December 17, 1838 JOHN DURGIN of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, Revolutionary Pensioner,
82 years of age, testified that while at Peekskill, New York in Nov. 1777 he often
heard the name of John Grant called, but does not remember if after he went to
December 28, 1838 JONATHAN FOGG of Pittsfield, New Hampshire, Revolutionary Pensioner,
testified to having spent many an hour talking with John Grant, who was a jovial,
large man, and somewhat addicted to stuttering; that he often told him of his
services at New Castle and in New York state etc.
Jan. 4, 1839 JONATHAN URIN repeated his former testimony.
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