PENSION FILE FOR WILLIAM FARRIS
SOURCE CITATIONS:
PUB #: M804
PUB TITLE: Revolutionary War Pensioner & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
PUBLISHER: NARA
STATE: MA
PENSION #: W.644

The following Pension files for William Farris 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. Name - William Farris Number: W.644
Name - Martha Farris Number: B.L.Wt.36765-160-55
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MAINE
Martha Farris widow of William who served in the Revolutionary war, as a private Mass Troops

Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 33 Dollars 33 Cents per annum, to commence on the 3rd February 1853

Certificate of Pension issued the 3rd day of February 1853 and sent to
G.W. Morton, Augusta, Me
Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under Page 3, Vol A, February 3, 1853

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MAINE 11.402
William Farris of Kennebec Co. in the state of Maine who was a Private in the Company commanded by Captain Lewis of the Regiment commanded by Col. Putnam in the Mass Troops

10 Mo Private 33.33
Inscribed on the Roll of Maine at the rate of 33 Dollars 33 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.

Certificate of Pension issued the 28th day of April 1833 - and sent to RC Vose Augusta, Maine

Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 66.66
Remnant allowance ending 4 Sept 1833 16.66
83.31

Revolutionary Claim Act June 7, 1832

Recorded by J.T. Sprague Clerk,
Book E Vol 1 Page 15

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Martha Farris widow of William Farris for Pension under 2d Sec. Act. Feb 3, 1853

George W. Morton Atty, Augusta, Maine

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Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Feb. 3, 1853
State of Maine

Kennebec County S.S.

On this thirteenth day of June 1853 I personally appeared before the Open Court of Probate for said county of Kennebec, it being a County of Record. Martha Farris a resident of China in the county of Kennebec and State of Maine, aged seventy years who first being duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oaths, make the following declaration to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed on the 3rd February 1853, granting pensions to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War; That she is the widow of William Farris, who was a revolutionary pensioner of the United States under the Act of June 7, 1832, at the rate of $33.33 per annum, that his pension was payable at the U. States Agency for paying pensioners in the State of Maine, when it was paid during his life time to September 4, 1841.

She further declares that she was married to the said William Farris on the eighteenth day of March eighteen hundred and six, that her said husband died on the nineteenth day of October 1841, that she was not married to him prior to the ____ of January, eighteen hundred, but at the time above states. She further declares that she is now a widow

Witness Asaph R Nichols
Martha Farris (who made her mark X on signature)

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Sworn to and Subscribed on the day and year within written. Rec June 13, 1853 in Open Court Before me (Signed) D. Williams, Judge
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State of Maine
Kennebec County of Probate Office

I the subrscriber Register of the Court of Probate for the said County of Kennebec, hereby certify, that the Honorable Daniel Williams before whom the foregoing proceedings were had, is the Judge of said Court, and that the foregoing contains the ______ proceedings of said Judge, in the matter of the application of Martha Farris for a pensioner.

In the testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand, and affixed the seal of said Court, this sixteenth day of said court, this sixteenth day of 1853.

Wm R Smith, Register of said court

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William Farris
Private - Mass Troops
Lewis Co. Putnam's regt - 2months
Gray's Co. Carey's regt - 2 months
Russell's Co. Basset's regt - 6 months

8 months service as a private approved by credible witnesses. Not in applicant's power to furnish further evidence.

Declaration in Open Court March 23rd, 1833

10 Months at 33.33

R.C. Vose Augusta, Maine

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DECLARATION
In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th of June, 1832.

STATE OF MAINE - Kennebec County, SS

On this thirteenth day of July A.D. 1832 personally appeared before the Hon. Nathan Weston, Jun'r, a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, of said state, William Farris a resident of China in the county of Kennebec and State of Maine, age seventy six years, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832. That he enlisted in the Army of the United States in the year 1775 with Captain George Lewis and served in Col. Putnam's regiment of the Massachusetts line or troops under the following named officers:

(Handwritten)
Lewis Putnam Col. That he enlisted into said company on the 1st of November 1775 for what remained then two months of the first eight months service. This period he served out and was verbally discharged by his officer at Cambridge, Massachusetts. That in February 1776 he again enlisted as a private in the same service for two months in the company commanded by Capt. Joshua Gray in the regiment commanded by Col. Carey of the Massachusetts Troops. This period he served out and was verbally discharged by his officers in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In April or May 1776 he again elisted as a private into the same service for the term of 4 months in the company commanded by Capt. John Russell and regiment commanded by Col. Bassett of the Massachusetts Troops. This last period he fully served out in October or November of the same year at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, he took his final honorable verbal discharge from the army.

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And to the interrogatories propounded under the instructions of the war department, he answers: (handwritten)
That he was born in the year 1755 at Yarmouth, Massachusetts and presumes his age to be of record in that town, that he made that place of Falmouth in the same state his home during the revolutionary was & afterwards until he removed to Vassalboro, Maine about thirty years ago and resided there until he removed to China about twelve years ago & now resides there. That during the period of his first service he was stationed at Cambridge in Massachusetts & employed in building breastworks & other fortifications: that during his second service he was employed at Dorchester in the same kind of service & guard duty; that in the latter service he was guarding the shore at Martha's Vineyard. That he enlisted at the several times he was stated & was not drafted or received as a substitute, never received a written discharge but was discharged verbally. General Alfred Marshall & Ebenezer Shaw & John Brackett, Esq. of China can testify as to his character for veracity & their belief of his revolutionary services.
Barnabas Parker & Samuel Taylor can also testify to his services as he has stated.

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 Roll of any agency in any state. William Farris (Signed)

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before Nathan Weston

And the said Judge does hereby declare his opinion that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier, and served as he states. Nathan Weston

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I Samuel Taylor of __________________________________ seventy two years do upon oath testify & declare I know William Farris an applicant for a pension, that I served with him in Capt. Russell's Company in Col. Bassett's regiment of the Massachusetts Troops in the War of the Revolution in the year 1776. I well know that said Farris served as he states from April or May 1776 to October or November in the same year. I having served with him said Farris is a man of veracity & as such entitled to a full credit.

(Signed) Samuel Taylor

Subscribed and sworn to July 13, 1832, that informant being a credible witness before Judge Nathan Weston

STATE OF MAINE
Kenebec, SS - I, John A. Chandler, Clerk of all the Judicial Courts held within or for the County of Kennebec, hereby certify that the Hon. Nathan Weston, Jr., before whom the within proceedings was had, is a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of said State; I also certify that the within contains the original proceedings of the said Judge, in the matter of the application of William Farris for a pension.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the said Court, this 13th day of July, A.D. 1832
Signed J.A. Chandler

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227.102
Martha Farris
Widow of William
MAINE
For Bounty Land, Act 3 March 1855
Revolutionary Pensioner.
See her papers.
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Widow's Declaration: Revolutionary Pensioner For Bounty Land
County of Kennebec
State of Maine

On this fifth day of October, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty five personally appeared before me, a justice of the peace, within and for the county and state aforesaid Mrs. Martha Farris aged seventy one years, a resident of China, in the State of Maine, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of William Farris, deceased, who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain________, in the regiment of Massachusetts Continental, commanded by ________ in the Revolutionary War, for which he was a Pensioner under the Act of 7 June 1832, at $33.33 per annum, and she is now a Pensioner at the same rate under the Act of.

She further states that she was married to the said William Farris, and that her name before her said marriage was Martha Long and that she is now a widow.

She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled under the "act approved March 3, 1855" and for proof of her marriage, and of her Husband's service she refers to her Pension papers on file; and further, that she appoints Samuel L. Harris, Esq. Of Washington City, her attorney to prosecute this claim.

(Signed) Martha Farris

We Nathl. Riggin and John A. Brackett, residents of China, in the State of Maine, upon our oaths, declare that the foregoing declaration was signed and acknowledged by Mrs. Martha Farris in our presence, and that we believe, from the appearance and statements of the applicant, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be.

(Signed) -Nathaniel Riggin & John A. Brackett

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STATE OF MAINE - COUNTY OF KENNEBEC, SS

I hereby certify that Jacob S. Marshall, Esq. Before whom the within written declaration and affidavit was made, was at the date thereof a Justice of the Peace for the said County, duly commissioned & sworn, and that his signature thereto is genuine. Witness my hand, and the seal of our Supreme Judicial Court for the said County this sixth day of October, A.D. 1855

(Signed) Wm M Stratton - Clerk of said court

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Pension Office
1st September 1853

Sir, _______ to inform me, to what time the within named pensioner was paid on the date of his death.

Very Respectfully,
S. Cole
Act ________________

William Farris
Act 7th June 1832 $33.33 p.an.
Died 19th October 1841, Paid to his death
(Signed) F. Bush

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
June 20, 1853
Application of Martha Farris widow of William, Kennebec Co. Maine
No. 2248

Act 3rd July, 1853
$33.33 Per Annum
Comm - Feb 3rd, 1853

George W. Morton
Augusta, Maine

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36.765
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Rec: Ev: Ma: 18th Oct 1841

(Signed) Boynton

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Rev'y WIDOW, &c
File No. 644

Martha Farris
Widow of William Farris
Private Rev. War

Act: Feb 3, 1853
Index: Vol H, Page 226

[Arrangement of 1870]

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Farris
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Brief in the case of Martha Farris, widow of William, Kennebec County and State of Maine
Act 3 February 1853

Claim "Original"
Proof exhibited,
Is it documentary, traditionary, or supported by rolls? If either, state the substance,

Husband was a Pensioner under the Act of 7 June 1832

Record evidence of Marriage

George W. Morton, Esq
Augusta, Maine

Examing Clerk - S.C. Boynton

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I Barnabas Parker of Vassalborough County of Kennebec and State of Maine being of lawful age do testify and say that I was well acquainted with William Farris who then resided in Yarmouth on Cape Cod in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the year 1776, and that the said William Farris was enlisted into the Company Commanded by Joshua Gray and marched to Roxbury near Boston and continued then two months the returned home to Yarmouth _____ there a few days. Then enlisted under John Russell who commanded a Company and went to Martha's Vineyard and then served seven months under said Captain John Russell was then discharged and returned home to Yarmouth. The Regiment to which Capt. Russell's Company belonged was commanded by Berckiah Bassett Lieut. Col. Commandant this last seven months service was performed in the year 1776.

(Signed) Barnabas Parker

Kennebec, SS July 12, 1832
Then personally appeared the above named Barnabas Parker and made oath to the foregoing statement by him subscribed to be true and correct.

Before me Zech. Butterfield, Justice of the Peace

Barnabas Parker the deponent is a credible witness and Zech. Butterfield, Esq. is a Justice of the Peace
(Signed) Nathan Weston

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Augusta, Maine
June 16, 1853

Sir,
I here with transmit a declaration with accompanying papers, in order to have Martha Farris (widow of William Farris) pensioned under 2d Sec. of the Act of Feb 3, 1853. William Farris was pensioned under act of June 7, 1832 at $33.33 per annum was paid his pension at the Agency in Maine to Sept. 4, 1841, he died October 19, 1841, the balance of pension due at the time he did receive from Sept. 4, 1841 to Oct. 19, 1841 has not been paid his widow and his missing Pension Certificate does not account any his papers, because she has ______ papers in order to secure the _______ balance due to his death to be collected from the ______ of the United States and the certificate making a _______ of the voucher. Should the papers be ___________ I would respectfully request you to allow her claim for pension and send me a certificate for her.

Very Respectfully your ______ Servant,

(Signed) George W. Morton

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Mr. William Farris and Miss Martha Long both of Vassalboro were joined in marriage March 18th 1806 by Elder Jesse Martin

I James Rowe depose and say that I hold the office of town clerk in the town of Vassalboro, County of Kennebec and State of Maine and that the above is a true extract from the records of said town.

(Signed) James Rowe, Clerk of Vassalboro


State of Maine, Kennebec
I on the 27th day of May A.D. 1853, subscribed and sworn to by James Rowe known to me to be town clerk of the town of Vassalboro as stated by him.

(Signed) A. Fletcher, Justice of the Peace

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I Samuel Farris of China, in the county of Kennebec and State of Maine, do depose and say that my late father William Farris was a Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States under the Act of June 7, 1832 at the rate of $33.33 per annum. That he died in said town of China on the nineteenth day of October 1841. That his widow Martha Farris in now living in said town of China having remained unmarried ever since his death.

(Signed) Samuel Farris


State of Maine- Kennebec County, SS

On this thirteenth day of June 1853 personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace within and for the said County of Kennebec, Samuel Farris, he being a respectable person and under oath to the truth of the claim office avic by his subscription.

(Signed) Asaph R. Nichols, Justice of the Peace

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STATE OF MAINE
COUNTY OF KENNEBEC, SS

I William M Stratton, Clerk of all the Judicial Courts holden within and for the County of Kennebec, hereby certify that Alfred Fletcher and Asaph R. Nichols, Esq. Before whom annexed proceedings were had, and who has thereto affixed ten genuine signatures, were at the time of so doing were Justice of the Peace, in and for the said County of Kennebec, duly commissioned and qualified, and that full faith and credit are due to their official acts done aforesaid.

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of our Supreme Judicial Court this Sixteenth day of June A.D., one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.

(Signed) ______________________________ (can't read - too faded)

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STATE OF MAINE
KENNEBEC COUNTY, SS

At the Supreme Judicial Court, begun and holden at Augusta, within and for the County of Kennebec, on the first Tuesday of October, A.D. 1832, and thence by adjournment on the 26th day of March A.D. 1833

Personally appears in Open Court William Farris by whom the annexed declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress of June 7th, 1832, was made before the Hon. Nathan Weston, Jr. on the 13th day of July A.D. 1832, and makes oath, in due form of law, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states.

(Signed) Nathan Weston, Justice of the Peace

I, John Alphonso Chandler, Clerk of all the Judicial Courts held within and for the County of Kennebec, do hereby certify, that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of William Farris for a pension.

In testimony whereof, I hereunto affix the seal of said Supreme Judicial Court, and subscribe my name this 26th day of March A.D. 1833.

(Signed) J.A. Chandler

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227.102

Act December 13th, Martha Farris widow of William Farris, Mass.

Revolutionary War, Pension Act 7th June, 1832

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