of Westmoreland in the State of Pennsylvania who was a private in the
company commanded by Captain Drexter of the Regt commanded by Col. Geiger in the Penna.
militia for six months.
Inscribed on the Roll
of Pennsylvania [illeg.] at the rate of 20 Dollars Cents per annum to commence on
the 4th day of March, 1831. Certificate of Pension issued the 8th
day of Jany 1836 and sent to Hon. [illeg.][Klingensmith?] N.R.
Arrears to the 4th
of Sept. 1835
allowance ending 4 Mch 36 _ 10 $ 100.
Revolutionary Claim Act June 7, 1832 Recorded by Wm. Allison Clerk, Book E. 2 Vol. 5 Page
Order to pay Pitts[illeg.] Accnt June 13, 1837
let to [illeg.] Aug
Let to [illeg.] Act.
[illeg.] 49 [illeg.]
State of Pennsylvania
Westmoreland County [illeg.]
On the Sixth day of
October Eighteen hundred and thirty four Personally Appeared in open Court before the
Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in the County and State aforesaid, Now Sitting, Jacob
Baer, a Resident of Allegheny township in the County and State aforesaid, aged Seventy
Seven years ie 77 years past, Who being first duly Sworn According to law, doth on his
Solemn Oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of
Congress of 7th June 1832. That he entered the Service of the United
States under the following named Officers and served as he states. In the year 1780
In the Month of July about the Ninth I was draughted for Two Months
in Captain Peter Drexters Company. Col. Geiger Commanding. I assembled
with the rest of Capt. Drexters Company at Allentown Lehigh County Penna.
were I was under the Command of Col. William Geiger, from Allentown I marched to
Gushahuppen [Goschenhoppen in Montgomery County] where I remained on duty about twelve
days and from thence I Was Ordered to Philadelphia, where I arrived by the way of
Germanstown a few days after, from Phila. I went to Trenton, and from thence to
Elisabethtown New Jersey, Where I was discharged having been in the service Two Months and
10 or 12 days. In the year 1779. I Volunteered in Capt Peter [Hartzs?] Company Col.
George Brinigh Commanding, I marched from Heidelberg Where I volunteered and entered the
Service, about the Middle of April) [illeg., crossed-out] across the Blue Ridge to East
Penn to the garrison where [scouts?] had been stationed during the Winter to guard the
Settlement against the depredations of the Indians. While in this service I was frequently
in scouting parties, and suffered from Cold and hunger very much, after having been in
this Service two Months I was discharged and returned home, about the Middle of
June In the same year, about the First of August. I was draughted in
Captain Moyers Company the place of rendeveuz was at Allentown in Northampton County
Penna., and from Allentown, I marched [over?] the big pine swamp to Knottenhead
[Gnadenhuetten, near Lehighton], and thence through the Wind Gap to Wyoming, to a station
Called the Wyoming garrison, near the Susquehannah River. The company to which I belonged
consisting of Sixty men, was stationed in the garrison already named, under the Command of
Col. Geo. Brinigh. This service consisted of scouting and guarding the settlements of
Wyoming and Mahanoy Valley from the [illeg.] of the Indians, who came down the river for
[massacre?] and plunder. The Indians having now withdrew I was discharged having been in
the service one Month and twenty six days. By reason of Old age [frailty?] in
[funety?] and the correspondent loss of memory I am unable to state the precise time I
entered the Service, or the precise time I left it, but I am certain I served not less
than the period mentioned below to wit Six
Months and Six Days, as a private, and for such service I Claim a Pension, I have No
documentary evidence of my Service, and I Know of no person Whose testimony I can obtain
who can testify to the same. I Hereby Relinquish every Claim whatever to a pension or
annuity except the present and declare that my name is not on the Pension Roll of the
agency of any State.
Where and in What year were you born?
Ans. [illeg. sentence, crossed out]
And I was born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania on the 12th of March AD
Have you any record of your age, and if so, where is it?
Ans. I have no record of my age,
but I am certain that I have given my age correctly from the Information which I received
from my parents
Where Were you living when you Entered the service, Where have you lived since the
Revolution, and where do you Now live?
Ans. When I entered the
Service I lived in Pennsylvania Northampton
County and from thence I removed to Westmoreland County where I have resided [for? from?]
thirty Six years past.
How Were you Called into the Service Where you drafted, did you volunteer, or were
you a substitute, and if a substitute, for whom?
Ans. I was drafted,
once, and twice I volunteered, as I have already stated.
State the names of some of the regular Officers Who Were with the troops when you served,
such Continental and Miltia Regts. as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of
Ans. For Answer to the
fifth Interrogatory I refer to my foregoing declaration.
Did you ever receive a Discharge from the Service and if So what has become of it?
Ans. I recd but
my [battalion?] discharge to the best of my recollection, that was from Col. Brinigh, but
it is long since lost.
the names of persons to Whom you are Known in your present Neighbourhood, and who Can
testify to your Character for honesty and good behaviour and your service as a Soldier of
Ans. There is no
Person in my Neighbourhood or else were to my Knowledge, that can testify to my Service as
a Soldier of the Revolution. But Jacob Miller and Simon Drum Esquire can testify to my
Character [illeg.] veracity and good behaviour.
Sworn & Subscribed
in Open Court the day & year Aforesaid
before the Randal
McLaughlin [Prot? Prob?]
inter[illeg.] as to the birth place & residence of declarant were madebefore the Oath
Randal McLaughlin [Prot? Prob?]
[illeg.] personally appeared before me The undersigned Subscriber a Justice of the pease
in [illeg.] for Said County George Bare of Washington Township in Said County and after
being Sworn according to Law did Depose & Say as follows To My Certain Knoledge Jacob
Bare Who has made application for a pension last Spring Was in the Revolutionary army two
tours during the Revolutionary War and I am Certain he Was in the Service upward of
[Five?] months at one time But how long he Served altogether I am unable to State Exactly
I am Sixty three years old & my brother Jacob the applicant is Eleven years older than
my Self. I Was Ten years old & upward When Jacob was in the army. We lived in
Northampton County Penna. When he Was in the army that part which now is Caulled Lehigh
near Allenstown sworn to & Subscribed before me this 24th day of August AD
[signature:] Georg Bär
John [W. Quaide?
Greensburgh Dec. 29th 1835
I Received yours of
Dec. 24. relative to the Pension papers of Jacob Baer, of Westmoreland County, you inform
me that a Jacob Bare of Green County Penna. has had a pension granted to him in 1833, and
upon examination of the signature appended to the papers Sent by me they appear to be the
The papers of Jacob
Baer of Westmoreland County have been sent, to your office about one year ago, and as
[appeard by?] a letter from your department, held under consideration.
The coincidence is
very remarkable, but I can furnish any evidence that the department may require, that
Jacob Baer the present applicant is not the same Whose papers were sent from Green County
This fact can be Established that Jacob Baer of Westmoreland County has resided in
Hempfield Township near Greensburgh, West. County for upwards of Twenty years, and the
last five or six years in Allegheny Township in this County. He never lived in Green
County nor did he ever receive a pension [phrase crossed out] or [annuity?] for his
services. He now is and for some time has been a charge upon his relatives who
support him, and being intimately acquainted with him and his circumstances if ever a
pension had been paid to him I would have Known something of it. The Hon. John
Klingensmith, Who is now in Congress is well acquainted with the applicant, and can state
the same facts
I am your J. J.
Edwards Esquire obt. humble servant
John F. Beaver
I was one of the
vouchers for Jacob Baer and am acquainted with the facts Stated above my Mr. Beavers.