Pension of Elisha Haynes

S 16864

PENSION of Elisha Haynes

State of New Hampshire, County of Merrimack SS

On the third day of November AS 1831, personally appeared in open court, namely in and before the Court of Common Pleas in said County, Elisha Haynes of Epsom (in said County) aged 70 years October 15th 1831, born in Greenland in the said State of New Hampshire, but has lived in said Epsom ever since he was eleven years old, who first being duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the Acts of Congress the 18th of March 1818 and the 1st of May 1820, that he is the same Elisha Haynes enlisted according to the best of his recollection for three years at said Epsom (in January 1779) in said State of New Hampshire in the company commanded by Capt Amos Morrill in the Regiment commanded by Col Joseph Cilley, in the line of the State of New Hampshire on the Continental establishment and started from Greenland in said State and marched to Peekskill in New York, where he wintered and served all the next summer on command, patrolling near the lines detailed from the main army at Morristown in the Jerseys, went into winter quarters again at Peekskill and served another summer in the Jerseys, and the next winter at West Point, and the next spring marched under Col. Morgan to Saratoga and served on scouting parties between Fort Edward and Lake George, Ticonderoga, Skumsborough, Fort Anne and Saratoga all the next summer where in October he heard of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and was discharged at Saratoga near the close of the war in February 1782, having served upwards of three years on the said Continental establishment without intermission from the date of his enlistment.
That he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension except the present - that his name is not on the roll of any State as a pensioner and that the following are the reasons for not making an earlier application for a pension.
That as he had no children relying on him for support, he had determined never to apply for a pension as long as he should be able to support himself and his wife by his labors.
That about a year since he has taken and laid for eight weeks sick with a fever and although his life was spared, he has never wholly recovered his strength and the infirmities of age increasing upon him, he can no longer support himself and must depend wholly on charity. That my whole family consists of myself and my wife Polly of nearly the same age, and she had been unable for ten years past to do but little labor, indeed none except a little sewing or knitting.
And in pursuance of the Act of the first of May 1820, I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 12th of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property, or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress an Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War, passed on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any properties or securities, contracts, or debts due to me, nor have I any income, other than what is contained in the Schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed.
Elisha Haynes
Sworn to and declared on the 3rd day of November AS 1831 before the Justices of said Court.

Schedule of the property of Elisha Haynes on the 1st of November AD 1831

One pig - $2.00
One bed and bedstead and necessary covering - 2.50
Five shovel tongs and andirons - 2.00
1 table - .50
1 small table - .30
6 chairs 20 cents each - 1.20
1 old case of draws (poor) - .50
1 meal chest - .25
1 frying pan - .34
Iron pot (cracked) - .25
An old spinning wheel - .50
Titak $16.34
Elisha Haynes

4235 Certificate issued March 4, 1834

State of New Hampshire, Merrimack SS

On this seventh day of September AD 1832 personally appeared in open Court in and before the Superior Court of judicature for the State of New Hampshire now sitting in Concord in the County of Merrimack and in the State of N.H., Elisha Haynes of Epsom, in said County of Merrimack, aged 71 years on the 15th day of next October, born in Greenland in said State but has lived in Epsom aforesaid nearly 60 years, and is the same identical Elisha Haynes who made the declaration before the Court of Common Pleas for this said County of Merrimack on the third day of November AD 1831 in order to obtain the provision made by the Acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and the first of May 1820, to which this declaration is annexed and is to be considered as additional thereto.
And in pursuance of the Acts of the first of May 1820 and the 18th day of March 1818, I do solemnly swear that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner, disposed of my property; or any part thereof with intent thereby to diminish it to bring myself within the provision of the aforesaid Act of Congress nor have I nor has any person in trust for me; any property other than what is continued in the schedule annexed to the declaration made before the Court of Common pleas November 1831, except the trifling addition and the privilege and accommodation mentioned and explained herein below, and no other income than the scanty proceeds of my feeble labor; that on the 18th day of March AD 1818 I had not neither have I had at any time between the said 18th of March 1818 and the present time, any property, securities or debts due to me: nor did any person have on the said 18th of March 1818, nor had any person had since then, neither has any person at present in trust for me any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me; that on the 18th of March AD 1818 I had no property whatever except some necessary furniture and have since then owned and possessed no other kind of property; and since the said 18th of March AD 1818, no other change or changes have been made of my property except the ordinary wear, decay of all, and destruction and renewal of part of said furniture (the whole though convenient and necessary for me and wife) being of every trifling value; and would not sell for hardly anything; And the said schedule contained every thing that I own except and axe, hoe and shovel and some other trifling articles not mentioned therein; but not amounting in value at the utmost to five dollars. The rise of a law and the privilege also of feeding it on his land has been granted to me by my son John D. Haynes living in Boston, with also leave to occupy a small tenement of his in said Epsom and cultivate a few acres of his land, lying in said town, and while I was blessed with health and strength, and my wife able to labor, we were able to procure a tolerably comfortable living; and if our health and strength had continued, I should never have applied for the bounty of the Government granted for the __ purpose before mentioned (though I have for many years been advised to apply) but being now troubled with a rupture in my groin, occasioned by a strain revised some years since while assisting to raise a saw mill and with rheumatic pain in addition to the infirmities of age; and my wife confined to her bed with an incurable dropsy; and being able to labor very little myself, and my wife none at all, we must soon wholly depend upon charity for our support and maintenance if I do not obtain the provision for which this application is now made.

My present family consists of myself, my wife, and a young grandchild, named Charlotte Johnson, about 12 years of age, who lives with us to assist us and we three make our whole family.
I have three daughters who are married and live from thirty eight to fifty miles from me. I have four sons, namely John Dearborn, who lives in Boston (Mass) 60 mile from me; James who lives in Fisherville and Jonathan who lives in New Hampton, both in this state, the former 50, the latter 40 miles distance; and Caleb who lives in the same town.
The three first have but small property, and Caleb has none, having recently been compelled to take the poor debtors oath to get released from the precincts of the County Prison. None of my children therefore can assist me without injury to their families; and besides all (but Caleb who instead of being able to afford assistance needs it himself) live too remote from me to afford me that occasional aid (even if they were able) that my necessities require.
Elisha Haynes