PENSION of Michael McClary
November 15, 1836 Sarah McClary
of Epsom, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, eighty-one years of age,
that she is the widow of Michael McClary, late of Epsom, N.H., who was
a Captain in the Revolutionary War;
that soon after the battle of Lexington, in 1775, her husband "raised
a number of men and marched to Boston; was in the battle of Bunker Hill
where his uncle, Major ANDREW MC CLARY, was killed;"
that January 1, 1776, he was appointed First Lieutenant in the Fifth
regiment of foot commanded by Col. John Stark, and was afterwards made
that her husband continued to serve as Captain until the spring or summer
of 1779 when he resigned on account of ill health "but with fixed
determination of returning to the service should his health be restored;"
that his health had been declining for some time previous to their marriage;
that during his service, her husband was at the capture of Burgoyne,
and she believes at most of the battles fought in the Northern and Middle
that she was married at North Hampton, N.H., by Rev. David Macclure,
then Pastor of the church there, October 1, 1778, her maiden name being
Sally Dearborn; and lived with her father in North Hampton while her
husband continued in service; but when he resigned, she immediately
moved to Epsom, the place of her husband's residence, which was July
and that her husband died March 27, 1824.
November 15, 1836 Josiah
Sanborn of Epsom, N.H., seventy-three years of age, testified that he
lived in Epsom during the Revolutionary war and at that time was "well
acquainted with the late Gen. Michael McClary of Epsom;" knew that
he went to Boston in 1775 as a Ensign; served seven or eight months;
then enlisted for a year; and then was employed to enlist men for three
years for the war; that he was in the expedition to Canada; was at the
Surrender of Burgoyne; then joined Washington's army and was at the
Battle of Monmouth, etc.
October 20, 1834 Rev. Jonathan
French of North Hampton, N.H., testified the records of marriages, solemnized
by his "predecessors in the ministry in this place, commencing
in the year 1767" are in his possession; and that he finds among
them in the handwriting of Rev. David Macclure, the following:
1778, October 1, Michael
McClary of Epsom and Sally Dearborn of North Hampton.
Jona. French, Pastor of the
Church in North Hampton, N.H.
November 5, 1836 DAN WOODMAN of Rockingham County, N.H., eight-eight
years of age, testified that he joined the army under Gen. Gates at
Bemis Heights in 1777 and McClary was there then; remained with the
army except for a furlough, until the summer of 1779.
(The commission of Michael
McClary as First Lieutenant in Col. John Stark's Fifth regiment of foot,
signed John Hancock, President, dated January 1, 1776, is on file in
the Department. BMD.)
Claim allowed and Certificate
582, Concord, N.H. Agency, was issued March 11, 1837, Act of July 4,
1836, Section 3.
(Only Revolutionary Pensioner, named Michael McClary under any spelling
of the name from any state.
From memorandum on file it appears that Sarah McClary, eighty-four,
was living in 1840 at Epsom, N.H., with Jonathan Steele. BMD.)