Elizabeth Kretzer, Ephratah
New York, Albany
State of New York
On the 11th day of September 1838 personally appeared before the Hon. Abraham Mosses David F. Sacia Samuel A. Gilbert John Hanan Stephen Yates Judges of the common pleas in and for said county Elizabeth Kretzer a resident of Ephratah in the county of Fulton (with the said county of Montgomery for Judicial purposes) and state of New York aged seventy five years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress dated July 7th, 1838 titled, "An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows" that she is the widow of Leonard Kretzer who was a Corporal, Boatsman and Private in the army, navy and militia of the United States during the War of the Revolution, that he entered the Service of this Country as a Corporal of the Company of Rangers under the command of Captain Christian Getman on the 8th day of August 1776 and served therein untill the 27th day of March 1777 when they were discharged, that in the Spring of 1778 he enlisted in the Boat Service under Captain John Lefler and served untill the first day of January following a period of nine months in the Company of Volunteers under Captain John Casselman in Col. Jacob Klock, Regiment of Militia and in 1782 a tour of nine months in Captain Abner French, Company of State Troops in Colonel Willett's Regiment that he left the service on the 1st day of January 1783. All of which service she has reason to believe will be found satisfactory by referance to records of the War Department and the proof hereto Annexed and on which she rests her claim.
She further declares that she married the said Leonard Kretzer on the sixth day of January seventeen hundred and eighty four that her husband, the aforesaid Leonard Kretzer died on the 12 day of April Eighteen hundred twenty eight that she was not married to him prior his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four -
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year written above in open Court
Elizabeth Kretzer, her mark
A. G. Clarke
State of New York
On the 29th day of September 1838 personally appeared before the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace in and for Said County, Henry Kretser, who being duly sworn doth depose and swears that he has made diligent search for records in relation to the marriage of Leonard Kretzer and Elizabeth Kretzer (now his widow) but has not been able to find any. The records of the church where he has reason to believe the unity should have been made show no records of marriage from the years 1782 to 1785 and the said Leonard Kretzer having never learned to write kept no family records.
Despondent further swears that he is the son of the said Leonard Kretzer and Elizabeth Kretzer, that he is now in the fifty first year of his age and knows of his own knowledge that his father and mother were man and wife previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four and that Elizabeth Kretzer, the present applicant for a pension has remained the widow of the said Leonard Kretzer since the time of his death which was the 13th day of April Eighteen Hundred and twenty-eight and further this despondent says not
& sworn the 29th day of Sept. 1838 before
Henry Kretser (his mark)
Please note: These records were generously contributed by James F. Morrison.
Copyright ©2004, Web page design, Lisa Slaski
Copyright ©2004, Jeanette Shiel
All Rights Reserved.