PENSION FILE FOR CHARLES MAKER
PUB #: M804
PUB TITLE: Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
PUBLISHER: NARA
STATE: MA
PENSION #: B.L.Wt. 21823-160-55

The following Pension files for CHARLES MAKER 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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Charles Maker & Elisabeth Pension # B.L.Wt. 21823-160-55
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128.908 Act - March 3, 1855

May 10th, 1855
Elizabeth Maker widow of Chas. Macker, Pin
Mass. Nil

Revolutionary War
___ 160 ___ April 9, 1856

(Signed) Boynton
Vol M Page 15

(Signed) Earl Hodges, Norton, Mass

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To the Honorable John G. Palfrey, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massahusetts.

I, Charles Maker of Rehoboth in the County of Bristol and Commonwealth of Massachusetts aged Eighty Four years, do testify and say that I was in the service of the United States in the war of the Revolution. The first campaign, I enlisted for one month in said Rehoboth to go to Providence in the state of Rhode Island. I served that term in the company of Capt. Fisher & Lieut. Philip Peck. I do not know the names of any other Officer Edward Kelton? Now living in Rehoboth served with me during that campaign and will testify to the same. The next campaign I enlisted for six months in said Rehoboth to go to Rhode Island and served that term in what was called "Sullivan's Expedition". I was first in said Capt. Fisher's Company and afterwards in several other companies the name of the officers I do not recollect, Sullivan was the General.

The reason why I have not applied for a Pension before, is because I always thought living testimony would be required, and I have not been able to find any _____ for last term. I hereby request your Honor to search the Rolls and Regiments in your possession and if you find my name there on to issue a Certificate accordingly.

(Signed) Charles Maker

Rehoboth June 10, 1846
Witness Leml. Morse

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State of Massachusetts, County of Bristol, SS June 10th, 1846

I Personally appeared the written names Charles Maker who is a credible witness, and is personally known to me, and made oath that the within affidavit by him subscribed is true.

Before me Lem. Morse - Justice of the Peace
Please to direct your communication to Lem. Morse Rehoboth

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State of Massachusetts, County of Bristol

On this twenty-eighth day of April A.D., 1855, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace, in and for said County, Elizabeth Maker aged seventy-six years, a resident of Rehoboth in Mass, who being duly sworn according to law, declared that she is a widow of Charles Maker deceased, who, was a Private, in the company commanded by Captain Samuel Fisher, in the Massachusetts Militia, commanded by John Carpenter in the war of the Revolution., that her said husband was enlisted at Rehoboth on or about the thirteenth day of August A.D. 1779, for the term of one month or more and was honorably discharged at Rhode Island on or about the twelfth day of September A.D. 1779, as will appear by reference to the rolls, that he received no printed or written discharge, and that neither he nor she ever received or applied for, or is entitled, to bounty land for any other service.

She further states that she was married to the said Charles Maker in Rehoboth, on the sixteenth day of October 1848 by Charles Luther, clergyman, and that her name before her said marriage was Elisabeth Goff that her husband died at Rehoboth on the thirty-first day of August 1854, that she makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled under the Act of Congress, passed March 3, 1855, and that she prays that the certificate thereof may be sent for her to Earl Hodges, Norton, Mass.

(Signed) Elizabeth Maker

Subscribed and duly sworn to, the day and year first above written. I certify that she is the identical person above described. I have no interest in the case.

(Signed) R.P. Hodges, Justice of the Peace

STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, COUNTY OF BRISTOL
We, Philip Maker and Jasper Wheeler having been duly sworn, depose and say that we well know Charles Maker who was a Private in the war of the Revolution with Great Britain, whose widow now applies for bounty land, ---- that we knew him for more than five years before his death, which occurred in Rehoboth about one year ago, --- that we know that he died about that time, because we attended his funeral; That we are residents of Rehoboth;
That we have known his said widow from his death to this time-that she has remained unmarried, and that we are disinterested, --that her declaration was signed and acknowledged in our presence, and that we know that she is the identical person she represents herself to be.
(Signed) Philip Maker
(Signed) Jasper Wheeler

Subscribed and duly sworn to before me, this twenty-eighth day of April A.D., 1855
(Signed) R.P. Hodges, Justice of the Peace

It is hereby certified that satisfactory proof has been exhibited before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace, by the affidavits of Philip Maker and Jasper Wheeler of the said County and State, who are personally known to me, who are entitled to credit, and who swear that they have no pecuniary interest in the result of the above application and that Elisabeth Maker of the late Charles Maker, who was a Massachusetts Militia man, and that the said Charles Maker died at Rehoboth on or about the thirty-first day of August A.D. 1854.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto, set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April 1855. I have no interest in this claim.
(Signed) R.P. Hodges - Justice of the Peace

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STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, COUNTY OF BRISTOL, TOWN OF REHOBOTH

Married Mr. Charles Maker, eighty-two years of age to Miss Elisabeth Goff aged sixty-four both of Rehoboth, October sixteenth day eighteen hundred and forty three. Elder Childs Luther

I Certify that the above is a true copy of the record, with the exception of the date, which is expressed on the record in fair and legible figures, as follows:
October 16, 1843
(Signed) Cyrus M. Wheaton - Town Clerk

I, Cyrus M. Wheaton above named, depose and say that I hold the office of Town Clerk, in the town, county and state aforesaid, and that the above is a true copy from the records of said town, with the exception above-named ascertified by me.
(Signed) Cyrus M. Wheaton

Subscribed and duly sworn to before me, this thrice day of May, A.D. 1855, and I certify that I am not interested as agent, or otherwise concerned in the prosecution or result of Elisabeth Maker widow of the above mentioned Charles Maker.

(Signed) Joseph Wilbur - Justice of the Peace

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Suspended Case - Elisabeth Maker
No. 128.908
Earl Hodges, Norton, Mass.
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Act Mar 3 1855
Additional Evidence suspended Case
Elisabeth Maker No. 128.908

Earl Hodges, Norton, Mass.


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21.823

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
Secretary's Office, Boston, May 7, 1855

I Hereby Certify that at the date of the attestations hereunto annexed, R.P. Hodges and Joseph Wilbur were Justices of the Peace for the County of Bristol, in the said Commonwealth, duty commissioned and constituted; and that to their acts and attestations, as such, full faith and credit are and ought to be given in and out of Court.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto affixed the Seal of the Commonwealth, the date above written.

(Signed) E.M. Wright
Secretary of Commonwealth

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
Secretary's Office, Boston, March 11, 1856

I hereby certify, that at the date of the attestations hereunto annexed, Cyrus M. Wheaton was a Justice of the Peace for the County of Bristol in the said Commonwealth, duly commissioned and constituted; and that to his acts and attestations, as such, full faith and credit are and ought to be given, in and out of Court.

In testimony of Which, I have hereunto affixed the Seal of the Commonwealth, the date above written.

(Signed) F. DeWitt
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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State of Massachusetts County of Bristol

We George L. Horton and John C. Marvel residents of Rehoboth in said County having been duly sworn depose and say that we well knew Charles Macker alias Charles Maker for many years whose widow Elisabeth Macker has applied for Bounty Land under the Act of the 3rd March A.D., 1855 which application No. 128908 has been suspended; That he always had the reputation of being a soldier in the Revolution; That we have often heard him speak of being in said war and that he was the identical person whose services in the war of the Revolution are set-forth in the certificate issued by Hon. John G. Palfrey, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts July 21, A.D. 1846 which certificate has been filed in support of said Elisabeth Macker's claim and that we are disinterested.

(Signed) George L. Horton
(Signed) John C. Marvel

Subscribed and duly sworn to before me this eighth day of March A.D., 1855 and I certify that I know the deponents to be credible witnesses and I have no interest in the case.

(Signed) Cyrus M. Wheaton, Justice of the Peace

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ACT OF MARCH 3, 1855
REVOLUTIONARY CLAIMS

PENSION OFFICE, February 8th, 1856

Sir,
The claim of Elisabeth Macker for bounty land under the act of the 3rd March, 1855, No. 128.908, has been examined and suspended.
The revolutionary service of Charles Maker, the husband of the applicant, does not appear of record in this office.
The 3rd section of said act requires a service of fourteen days to be established by "Record Evidence".
Upon the production of such evidence of service, the claim will be favorably considered.
In all applications for bounty land under this act, the papers of the soldiers, or their widows, who have applied for pensions, as well as the rolls in this office are carefully examined for word evidence of service, before this circular is issued.

Respectfully,
J. MINOT
Commissioner

(Signed) Earl Hodges, Esq., Norton, Mass

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Secretary's Office, Boston, October 28, 1852

I hereby certify, that, from and examination of the Books and Documents relating to Military Services in the War of the Revolution, which remain in this Department, it appears that; the enclosed certificate of July 21, 1846, contains all the evidence in the case of Charles Macker.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto affixed the Seal of the Commonwealth, the date above written.

(Signed) Amasa Walker
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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MAKER - THE NAME OF MACKER NOT FOUND

And I further Certify, that, before search made for evidence of said facts, the application hereto annexed was filed in this Office, in the form in which the same now appears; that the search was made by myself and my clerks alone; and that said application, and the certificate above set forth, contain all the facts and circumstances within my knowledge, pertaining to the case.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto affixed the Seal of the Commonwealth, the date above written.

(Signed) John G. Palfrey
Secretary of the Commonwealth