PENSION FILE FOR AMOS LAWRENCE
PUB #: M804
PUB TITLE: Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
PUBLISHER: NARA
STATE: MA
PENSION #: S.31804

The following Pension files for AMOS LAWRENCE have been transcribed by me, to the best of my ability, however some of the records and handwriting are difficult to read. If you can shed light on any of the missing words or phrases I have missed, please contact me with the information and I will correct it.


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Service: Mass
Laurance, Amos or Lawrence
Number: S.31804
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MAINE 18.303
AMOS LAWRENCE of Warren in the State of Maine who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Cowell of the Regiment commanded by Col. Turner in the Mass. Militia line for 15 mo 1 day.

Inscribed on the Roll of Maine at the rate of 57 Dollars 32 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831

Certificate of Pension issued the 8th day of August 1833 and sent to A. Lawrence - Warren

Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 $102.64
Semi-ann. Allowance ending 4 Sept 25.66
--------------------------------------$128.30


Revolutionary Claim, Act June 7, 1832

Recorded by W. L. Williams Book E Vol 1 Page 32

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15 mos. 12 days
J. Goodwin, Esq
Alfred, Maine
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BRIEF in the case of Amos Lawrence of Warren in the State of Maine (Act 7th June, 1832)

1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge? Open Court
2. If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant is disabled by bodily injury?
3. How old is he? 77 years
4. State his service, as directed in the form annexed.
January in 1776 (he thinks) 2 months as a Private under Capt. Cowell - does not remember the field officers
First of June 1776 for 3 months as a Private under Col. McIntosh
Middle of May 1777 for 8 months as a Private under Col. Turner, Col. Poor
May 1778 (Enlisted for nine months was discharged __________) General Glover
No date discharged in Rhode Island 1 month 12 days under Capt. ____________

5. In what battles was he engaged? None
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service? Franklin, Massachusetts
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by documentary proof, by traditionary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by the rolls? By living witnesses
8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication? And if so, in what respect? The clerk's certificate is defective not being attached to the roll or according of sequence.

X Certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.

(Signed) Richard Cutts, Examining Clerk

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Amos Lawrence 27.7565 Voucher
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DECLARATION
In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th June, 1832
State of Maine, County of Lincoln, SS

On the eighth day of August personally appeared in open Court, before the Judges or Justice of the Court of the Common Pleas now sitting, Amos Laurance a resident of Warren in the County of Lincoln and State of Maine, aged seventy seven years, who being duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7th, 1832.

(Handwritten)
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein states. That he was born at Franklin in the State of Massachusetts in the year 1755. That he knows of no record of his birth or age. That at the time of his enlistments as hereafter stated he was residing in said Franklin and after I quit the service hereafter named I continued in said Franklin about two years and them removed to Union then to Warren aforesaid where I have ever since lived. That in the month of January 1776, he enlisted in the Company of Capt. Lemuel Cowell of Wrentham Asa Pond Lieutenant, the many of the field officers he does not now remember. The marches to Dorchester point with said company and was there employed in the erection of the forts and breastwork to drive the British from Boston which was effected as the enemy evacuated said town as soon as we had completed said works, that he served in said Company for the term of two months the time for which he enlisted and was then discharged. That about the first of June of the same year 1776, he enlisted in the Company of Capt. Samuel Fisher of Wrentham a Mr. Guile being Lieutenant of said company in Col. McIntosh's Regiment. He marched with said company to a place called the Saw Pit near the White Plains where he continued for the term of three months. The last six weeks of said term he belonged to a corps of Rangers and was constantly employed on duty every day, and continually engaged in skirmishes with the Hessians at the close of the said three months he was discharged by his officers. That about the middle of May 1777, he again enlisted at said Franklin in the Company of Capt. John Ellis of Medway in the Regiment of Capt. Thomas Poor, the Lieutenant Col. or Major now being Turner. With this company he marched to the said White Plains where said company remained at different stations two or three months then we...(cont'd next page)

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And there we marched up the river about a day and a half, march and then crossed the river to West Point where we remained precisely five months and seven days which brought him to the close of this term for which he enlisted viz. eight months and was there discharged say about the middle or last of January. That in May of 1778, he enlisted into continental service for the term of nine months and marched to join the Continental Army in New York. He marched as far as Springfield, Connecticut where the recruits were ordered to muster there he was taken sick and after remaining there a month or six weeks and continuing disabled from joining the army from sickness he was discharged from the service by John Glover Brigade General and returned home to Franklin and remained sick for the remainder of the season unable to do a days work for at least four months. He further declares that he again enlisted under Capt. Joseph Lovell and served at Rhode Island for the term of six weeks. That the whole term of his service was sixteen months. That his discharges had been lost from the lapse of time. He further says that he is known to John Miller, Amos H. Hodgeman, Edwin Smith, Esq. Who are his neighbours and can testify their belief on his services in the army.
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He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity, except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the Pension Rolls of the agency of any state (Signed) Amos Laurance

Sworn to and subscribed to the day and year aforesaid. (Signed) John Ruggles

I, John Miller, residing in the town of Warren hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Amos Lawrence who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be seventy-seven years of age; that he is reputed and believed, in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn to and subscribed to the day and year aforesaid. (Signed) John Miller

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier, and served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it appears to then that John Miller, Amos H. Hodgeman are credible persons and that it was not convenient for them to attend in Court.

(Signed) John Ruggles
(Signed) Nathaniel Coffin

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STATE OF MAINE, LINCOLN, SS

I, Nathaniel Coffin, Clerk of all Judicial Courts within and for the County of Lincoln, do hereby certify that the annexed paper, signed by the Judge and attested by the Clerk, contains the original proceedings of the Court of Common Pleas, at a special session there of holden at Thomaston in said county, by the Hon. John Ruggles one of the Judges of said Court on the eighth day of August A.D. 1832, in the matter of the application of Amos Lawrence for a Pension. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of said Court this 14th day of August A.D. 1832

(Signed) Nathaniel Coffin, Clerk

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31804
Revolutionary INVALID
File No: 31804
Amos Lawrence
Prvt. Rev. War.

Act June 7th, 1832
Index:---Vol 8 Page 237

1930 April 28 - Photos mailed to Edward H. Gould, See David Kelloch, W.7979.9 N.Y.

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Copy for Requisition for Duplicating April 22, 1930
See Request in David Kelloch, W.7976

Request to copy 2 pages from the Revolutionary Pension file of Amos Lawrence

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Second page of Requisition form
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Alfred, York County, Maine
April 16, 1833

James L. Edwards, Esq.
Comm. Of Pensions
Washington City

Sir,
By mail of last evening amongst other applications of Pensioners returned for correction, I received the enclosed papers in the application of Amos Lawrance of the town of Warren, Lincoln county, Maine, which application was not forwarded by me, and therefore I return it to your department in order it may be transmitted to the agents to me unknown, who forwarded it to your office.

Respectfully your Off. Servant,
Jeremiah Goodwin
PostMaster at Alfred, Maine

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The Deposition of Nathaniel Adam
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CommonWealth of Massachusetts
Norfolk, SS at Franklin July 25th, 1832

I Nathaniel Adams of Providence in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, now in the Eighty second year of my age testify and say that in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy six I was in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War, Mr. Amos Lawrence now living in the State of Maine in the county of Lincoln in the town of Warren. ____ at the time I went in to the army with him he was then of Wrentham in said county of Norfolk. I with said Lawrence was drafted to serve three months in the service, after we _____ at camp said Lawrence was in Capt. Samuel Fishers Company & Col. MacIntoshes Regiment. The first place we were at was at the Saw Pitts in the state of New York & many other places in said state, and I know well that said Lawrence served the full term of said three months and then ________ the Deponant with not.

(Signed) Nathaniel Adams

Norfolk, SS July 25th 1832, Then personally appeared the above named Nathaniel Adams, made solemn oath that the above certificate by him subscribed is correct and true.

Before me (Signed) Lewis Fisher, Justice of the Peace, Norfolk County

Norfolk, SS
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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I Nathan Woodard of Franklin in the County of Norfolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts do depose and say, that, I enlisted for the two months service to go to Roxbury the same year the British left Boston, and Amos Lawrence, then of Wrentham (now Franklin) but now living in Warren in the state of Maine, did enlist and did serve the said two months through, under Capt. Samuel Cowell of Wrentham, the above statement is according to the best of my recollection and further your Deposant with not.
July 11th, 1832

(Signed) Nathan Woodward

Norfolk, SS Ju;y 11th, 1832, Then the above named Nathan Woodward made solemn oath that the above certificate by him subscribed is true.
Before me Calvin Fisher, Justice of the Peace

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This may certify to whom it may concern that I the subscriber, did enlist, and actually serve eight months in the Revolutionary War at one term; and that Mr. Amos Lawrence, now an inhabitant in the state of Maine, but then belonging to Franklin in Massachusetts did actually enlist and serve in said Revolutionary War the same term of time with me as a Private soldier, the Col. Of the Regiment to which we belonged, was Thomas Poor, and the captain which we were both under during said term was John Ellis. We enlisted into said service in the year seventeen hundred and seventy seven; according to the best of my recollection.

July 9th, 1832
(Signed) Jesse Daniels

Norfolk , SS July 9th, 1832 then personally appeared the above named Jesse Daniels and made solemn oath that the above certificate by him subscribed is true before me.

(Signed) Stephen Metcalf, Justice of the Peace

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Affidavit of Jason Ware for Amos Lawrence
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I Jason Ware of Union in the County of Lincoln and State of Maine in the seventy seventh year of my age do testify and say, that I was in the service of the Revolutionary War in the year one thousand seven hundred & seventy seven or 78. In the company in which I served John Ellis of Medway, Mass was Captain; & Lieutenant was _____ of Braintree; ____ Lieutenant was -Griggs of Roxbury; Among the superior officers were Col. Thomas Poor and Adjuntant Bridges. In this company I served for the term of eight months, and that Amos Lawrence formerly of Franklin in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts but now of Warren in the County of Lincoln, aforesaid was a Private soldier in said company during the whole term of said time.
I further testify and say that soon after this campaign I served in the company commanded by Joseph Lovel of Medway, Mass.; --the Lieutenant was Holbrook; -- the Sergeant was Stephen Kingsbury; -- in the company said private.

State of Maine
To All Whom It May Concern
Lincoln, SS - I Nathaniel Coffin, Clerk of all the Judicial Courts within and for the county of Lincoln, do hereby certify that John, S. Abbot, Esq. Whose name is affixed to the annexed paper, asa Justice of the Peace is legally commissioned and duely qualified to act as such, and that the name so affixed is his own proper signature, to me well known.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the Court of Common Pleas this 25th day of October A.D. 1832.

(Signed) Nathaniel Coffin, Clerk

The above affidavit by the subscriber is true according to the best of recollection.

Before me, I certify that Jason Ware aforesaid is a credible person; _____ his statement is entitled to credit.

(Signed) John S. Abbot, Justice of the Peace

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Affidavit of Titus Metcalf for Amos Lawrence

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I Titus Metcalf of Appleton in the County of Waldo and State of Maine do testify and say that I was in the service of the Revolutionary War in the year 1780 according to the best of my recollection; --in the company commanded by Capt. Nathan Hayes of Medway, Mass on the march from Franklin to Springfield; I went in company with Amos Lawrence of Warren in the County of Lincoln and State of Maine. Said Lawrence had enlisted for the term of nine months in the Continental Service. I was not in the same company with him, and therefore cannot testify thus that he served for said term of time, but I know that he enlisted for said time, according in order to commence serving, and from my acquaintance with said Lawrence I should have no doubt that his statement that he served said term of time is correct.

(Signed) Titus Metcalf (This Mark)

State of Maine
TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
I Nathaniel Coffin, Clerk of all the Judicial Courts within and for the County of Lincoln, do hereby certify that John S. Abbot, Esq. Whose name is affixed to the annexed paper, as a Justice of the Peace, is legally commissioned and duely qualified to act as such, and that the name affixed is his own proper signature, to me well known.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the Court of Common Pleas this 25th day of October A.D. 1832.

(Signed) Nathaniel Coffin, Clerk

Above named Titus Metcalf, and being nearly or quite blind could not subscribe with distinction the above affidavit but wrote the above for his name; and the above affidavit being distinctly read to him, he made oath that it is true.

Before me, I certify that Titus Metcalf aforesaid is a credible person;

(Signed) John S. Abbot, Justice of the Peace

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