Pension of Isaac Knowles

W 26769

PENSION of Isaac Knowles and Prudence his widow

Isaac Knowles, private, Massachusetts line, in the army of the United States during the Revolutionary War, certificate of pension issued February 1819. State of Maine, #6534

Prudence Knowles, widow of Isaac Knowles who died on the 4th of April, 1822; of Kennebec in the State of Maine, who was a private in the company commanded by Capt. Cogswell of the Regt. Commanded by Col. Gerrish in the Massachusetts line, time served 1 year 8 months.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

I, Isaac Knowles, aged 66 years, a citizen of the United States, born in Rye in the State of New Hampshire, but now resident in Chesterville in the District of Maine, upon oath testify and declare, that in May 1775, I enlisted as a private soldier in the war of the revolution against the common enemy, upon the revolution continental service, for the period of eight months in the first eight months service, in Capt. Thomas Cogswell's Company and Col. Garish's regiment; after Col. Baldwin's regiment, Massachusetts troops or line. This period I served out and re-enlisted at Brookline, Massachusetts in January 1776, as a private soldier in the same company and regiment, then commanded by said Col. Baldwin for the period of one year. This period I also fully served out and again enlisted as a private soldier at Trenton, New Jersey in January 1777 for the period of six weeks, in the same company and regiment. This period I also fully served out and took my final and honorable discharge from the army at Amboy, New Jersey in February 1777 - my discharge is lost and not in existence to my knowledge. I was in the battles at Bunker Hill, White Plains, Frogs Point, Trenton and at Princeton. The above facts together with the deposition hereunto annexed are all the evidence of my service now in my power to furnish. From my reduced circumstances in life I am in need of assistance from my country for support.
Isaac Knowles (his mark)

State of Maine
Kennebec County ss

On this fourteenth day of June 1820, personally appeared Isaac Knowles, aged sixty eight years, resident at Chesterville in the County of Kennebec, first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath, declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows, viz. in the Company commanded by Captain Cogswell and Regiment commanded by Colonel Baldwin of the line of the State of Massachusetts upon the Continental Establishment for the period of one year and six weeks having previously served in Cogswell's company and Garish's Massachusetts Regiment eight months and was in the battles of Bunker Hill. Long Island, White Plains and of Trenton and Princeton, and that his original declaration was made before Judge Weston on the 27th day of April 1818.
Isaac Knowles (his mark)

I am by occupation a farmer but from age and infirmity I am unable to labor, and have been sometime under the doctor's hands. My family at home consists of myself and my wife Prudence, aged sixty seven years, who is entirely unable to labor or to dress or undress without assistance. Except the foregoing, and my necessary clothing and bedding, I have no property or income whatever.
Isaac Knowles (his mark)

Boston June 9, 1837

I Louisa Drake, of Boston, in the county of Suffolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, wife of Samuel G. Drake, who is the grandson of Rev. John Tuck, do upon oath say that the original Ecclesiastical Records of the Parish in Epsom in the State of New Hampshire over which the said John Tuck was pastor are now in the custody and possession of my husband and have been for the past four years; that the said records have the appearance of being genuine and are believed by me to be genuine and that the following entry in the handwriting of the said John Tuck is found, viz. "1773 March 4th Isaac Knowles & Prudence Locke were joined in marriage"
I have reason to believe that these records are authentic from the fact they were given to my husband my his father, now deceased, who received them after the death of the said John Tuck and retained them in his possession until his own death when they came into the possession of my husband, the said Samuel G. Drake.
Louise Drake
Attest Samuel P. Shaw

In order to obtain the benefit of the third Section of the Act of Congress, of the 4th July, 1836
State of Maine
Kennebec County ss
On this sixth day of February AD 1837, personally appeared Prudence Knowles, formerly Prudence Locke, a resident of Chesterville, in the County of Kennebec and State of Maine, aged eighty four years, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration - that she is the widow of Isaac Knowles, late a revolutionary pensioner of the United States, for a particular account of his services, she refers to the war department where his pension was established, the said Isaac Knowles was a resident in said Chesterville. She further declares that she was married to the said Isaac Knowles on the fourth day of February in the year seventeen hundred and seventy three; that her husband, the aforesaid Isaac Knowles, died on the fourth day of ____ 1822; and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.
Prudence Knowles (her mark)

[The widow, Prudence Knowles, was allowed pension on her application executed February 6, 1837, at which time she was eighty four years of age and a resident of Chesterville, Maine. Reference was made to the following children of Isaac and Prudence Knowles: Betsey, the eldest child, aged 63 years in October 1836; and then the wife of John C. Knowles; and Samuel L. Knowles who was forth-three years of age in 1837