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Soldier: Alger, David

Widow: Alger, Catharine

Service: Pvt., Capt. John Fleming’s ml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Co., N.Y. Mil.

Enlisted: Aug. 27, 1814

Discharged: Nov. 8, 1814

Numbers: O.W.I. File 46792; O.W.I.C. 336; O.W.W.F. 12075 Rej.; W.O. 34268; W.C. 21053

Bounty Land: 87602-40-50; Duplicate (Cancelled) 89401-120-55

Residence of Soldier: 1847, Hartsville, Steuben Co., NY

Residence of Widow: 1853; 1855; 1857; 1858, Steuben Co., NY; 1879, Bennetts Creek, Steuben Co., NY

Maiden Name of Widow: Catharine Badgrow

Marriage of Soldier & Widow: Feb. 6, 1814 Ovid, Seneca Co., NY

Death of Soldier: May 27, 1847, Hartsville, NY

Death of Widow: About 1882

Remarks: Soldier’s pension certificate in brief, Duplicate B.L.W. 89401-120-55, cancelled, in brief.


No. 21,053.

WAR OF 1812. – WIDOWS’ PENSION.

Act. Feb. 14th, 1871.

New York

Catharine Alger, widow of David Alger

Rank: Private

Company: Capt. John Fleming’s

Regiment: N. Y. Mil.

Canandaigua Agency

Rate per month – Eight dollars. Commencing Feb. 14th 1871.

Certificate dated March 14th 1879 and sent to Pension Agent 25 March 79

R. B. Schwickard, Clerk.


SERVICE PENSION, War of 1812.

Canandaigua

Claim No. 34,268

Act of Feb. 14, 1871

Cert. No. 21,053

Original Case. – March 9, 1878

WIDOW’S BRIEF.

Claim No. 34, 268

Catharine Alger, widow of David Alger.

Rank: Private

Captain: John Fleming

Regiment: Militia

State: New York

Post Office: Bennetts Creek, County of Steuben, State of N.Y.

Attorney: None

Application filed: Jan 8, 1879

Alleged Service: Served in Capt. Flemming’s Co., N.Y. Mil. From July 14, 1814 more than sixty days and was discharged Nov. 14, 1814.

Record evidence of Service: Third Auditor reports the service of David Alger in Capt. John Fleming’s Co., N.Y. Mil. Entered service Aug. 27, 1814. (Time indefinite) wounded Sept. 17, 1814 and furloughed; paid to Nov. 8, 1814.

Length of Service: 74 days

Proof of identity: By affidavits of N. Jeffers & Minerva Clark, who have known the claimant 30 and 22 years.

Admitted: Jan. 29, 1879, to a pension of Eight Dollars per month from Feb. 14, 1871 the date of the Act. No pension previously applied for Alex. R. Spell, Pension Searcher.

Bounty Land Claim 89401-120-55 issued.

N. E. Robinson, Bounty Land Searcher.

S. F. Kampf, Examiner.

Approved: Jan 29, 1879

L. Holtzlander, Receiver.

SUMMARY OF PROOF.

Marriage – Date Feb. 6, 1814, of David Alger to Catharine Badgrow, as testified by claimant and Henry T. Badgrow, an eye witness to marriage (filed in B.L. case.) – Wm. Hamilton & Joseph Almy testify to cohabitation – See incidental matter.

Proof as to capacity to marry. – No legal barrier to marriage.

Death of soldier. – Date May 27, 1847, as testified by claimant & Joseph Almy. Wm. Hamilton testifies to the fact, but does not state the date.

Widowhood. Claimant, Wm. Hamilton & Joseph Almy testify that the claimant has not remarried since soldier’s death.

INCIDENTAL MATTER.

Soldier received an Invalid Pension. Claimant applied for a pension under Act of July 14, 1862, but claim was rejected on ground that cause of death was not result of service. Claimant states that she cannot furnish better evidence of marriage. See slip of Wm. Sacoger as to Commissioner’s decision and date of marriage. Claimant swears she cannot furnish better evidence of marriage.

Post Office Bennetts Creek

Mar 14, 1879

To the Commissioner of Pensions

Sir your letter in regard to Catharine Alger Widow of David Alger is at hand, I would say she is living in this place, she is the widow of David Alger. She is 84 years old. David Alger was a Soldier of the War of 1812 and was wounded in the war and drew a Pension..

Respectfully yours,

Post Master

Bennetts Creek

Steuben Co., NY

3-405.

Pensioner Dropped.

U.S. Pension Agency

Syracuse NY

September 30, 1885.

Genl. John C. Black, Commissioner of Pensions.

Sir:

I hereby report that the name of Catharine Alger, Widow of David, who was a pensioner on the rolls of this Agency, under Certificate No. 21,053, and who was last paid, at $8, to 4 June, 1882 has been dropped because of statute limitation.

Very respectfully,

T. L. Poole, Pension Agent

Every name dropped to be thus reported at once.


WAR OF 1812 – Act of 1853.

WIDOW’S PENSION.

(ORIGINAL WITH INCREASE.)

Catherine Alger, widow of David Alger; Rank Private, Company, Capt. Fleming, Regiment, War of 1812 N.Y.

Residence of claimant, Steuben County, and State of N.Y.

Post Office, Bennetts Creek, Steuben Co., NY

Payment on all former certificates covering any portion of the same time to be deducted.

Rejected Jan 9, 1879. Lewis C. White, Examiner.

Rejected as death not a result of wound. See claim 34.268 act March 9 1878.

DATES SHOWN BY PAPERS

Enlistment,  in August, 1814.

Discharge, November, 1814.

Death, May 27, 1847

Invalid app. Filed, in 1814.

Invalid last paid to May 27, 1847.

Widow’s app. Filed, Oct. 13, 1857

Right accrued, Feb 3, 1853

Claimant’s marriage to soldier, Feb 6, 1814.

CAUSE OF DEATH, not result of wound. PLACE OF DEATH, Steuben Co., NY

PROOF AS TO DEATH

DATE OF FILING. Served during war of 1812 from August to November 1814. Wounded in Battle and pensioned for wound.

Died May 27, 1847.

Bounty Land allowed to widow.


No. 164065.

Treasury Department

Third Auditor’s Office

April 27, 1853

David Alger, a Private in Captain John Fleming’s Company New York Militia, Entered the service 27 August 1814, (time indefinite). On the muster roll, He is reported wounded 17 Sept. 1814, and furloughed. He is paid to 8 November 1814, the expiration of the Service. This is all the service can be found for him in the above Company.

Further information is necessary.

M. Callahen for Third Auditor.


Greenwood, Steuben Co., NY Feby 28th 1853

Sir, Enclosed I send the application of Catherine, widow of David Alger for bounty land under the act of 1850. I do not know how much service the papers on file in the pension office will show. I have no doubt but he served sufficient time to entitle his widow to 160 acres but she is not intelligent and cannot give the time of his service or the reg’t or officer with who he served and I suppose his pension papers will only show enough to entitle him to his pension as an invalid. I can only regret that she may be dealt by as liberally as the nature of the case will admit. It is said that W. B. Jones of Canisteo made application on behalf of this widow some year & a half since but recd no answer to his communication if that paper reached your department. I respectfully suggest if it should not entitle her claim to take place on the files at the time it was Recd.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this & advise with communication if Mr. Jones was recd.

Your Servant, B. S. Brundage.

Com. Of Pensions

The affidavit of M. Badgrow is taken but you will ? it as it is only a fair specimen of the timber of which we make. Justice of the Peace in the enlightened age.

State of New York

Steuben County } on this 11th day of March 1858 personally came before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid Catherine Alger widow of David Alger. ? who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the identical person to whom was issued Land Warrant No 89.401 for 120 acres of land under the act of March the 3, 1855. That as she is advised by letters from the commissioner of Pensions the said warrant was delivered as forward to W. A. Sawyer per his use that she has not seen W. Sawyer since but has learned that he has absconded and therefore she cannot produce his application per a duplicate that she has not received the said Warrant and has not sold assigned or transferred the same nor in any way voluntarily parted with her right and interest to an in the same she makes this declaration per the purpose of obtaining a duplicate of said warrant and for the proof of her claim to such warrant she refers to the papers on file in the pension office on her original application and also on her application under the act of 1850.

Catherine Alger {her x mark}

Sworn & Subscribed before on the day & year above written and I certify that I have proved for her a warrant for forty acres of land under the act of 1850 & have known her as the widow of David Alger from that time to this date. B. S. Brundage J.P.

Signed in presence of J. M. Brundage, H. C. Morris


State of New York

Steuben County ss.} This 12th day of March 1858 personally came before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid Martin Adsit who being duly sworn says he is acquainted with Catherine Alger, the person who made the foregoing declaration and knows her to be the widow of David Alger & the person she represents herself to be.

Martin Adsit

Sworn before me the day & year above written and I certify that Martin Adsit is a Banker and Merchant in the Village of Hornellsville for credibility and integrity stand with the first gentleman of the county.

B. S. Brundage J.P.

State of New York

Steuben County ss.} Catherine Alger a resident of the Town of Canisteo in said County aged Sixty Two years being duly sworn according to law says she is the widow of David Alger late of Hartsville in said County, deceased. That the said David Alger died at Hartsville on or about the twenty seventh day of May 1847 and was at the time of his death a pensioner of the United States at the rate of ninety six dollars a year. That she was married to said Alger about the 6th day of February 1814 at Ovid, in the County of Seneca by a Justice of the Peace named Taylor whose Christian name she doesn’t recollect. That she has not again married but remains the widow of said David Alger and has not Recd any pension since the death of her said husband but has received a warrant for forty acres of land under the act of 1850 which she has disposed of and cannot give the number. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining such pension and arrears as she may be justly entitled to under the laws of Congress relating to pension and refers to papers on file on her application for land under the act of 1850 for proof of her identity & claim.

Catherine Alger (her x mark)

Subscribed before me the 14th day of Sept 1857.

B. S. Brundage Justice of the Peace in & for said county.

State of New York

Steuben County ss.} Cyrus M. Harmon being duly sworn deposes and says that he is the Editor and Proprietor of the National American, a newspaper published weekly at Hornellsville, in said County, and that a notice, a copy of which is hereunto annexed, was duly published in said paper for ten consecutive weeks commencing Nov. 7, 1857, and terminating Jan 16, 1858.

LAND WARRANT LOST. – All persons are cautioned against purchasing Land Warrant No 89,401 issued to Catharine Alger, on the 31st December, 1856. As the said Warrant is said to have been forwarded to A. Sawyer, for her and has never been delivered and she has not disposed of her right to the same and has taken measures to procure a duplicate of the same,

Dated October 31, 1857

CATHARINE ALGER.”

C. M. Harmon

Subscribed and sworn before me this 16th Jan. 1858.

H. Holliday, Justice.


Greenwood, Steuben Co., NY March 15th 1858

Enclosed herewith I send the declaration of Catherine Widow of David Alger per a duplicate land warrant permit me to ask that it be attended to as promptly as the business of the office will permit. The old woman is needy, cannot even pay the clerks fees. By the regulation you sent me I see it is desirable that the agent who applied for the original warrant should join in the application. This is impossible, he has absconded and has most probably forged aforementioned this & other warrants & disposed of them. I understand he procured a number that have not been delivered.

Yours Truly

B.S. Brundage

Coms. Of Pensions

A. Sawyer was the agent who procured the warrant.

HONOR TO THE BRAVE.

This certifies, that David Alger a Private in Capt. J. Fleming Comp. commanded by Leuit. Col. Hugh W. Dobbin being one of those who generously and bravely Volunteered their services and crossed the lake to Fort Erie in September last, for the relief of the American Garrison, then closely invested by a superior force, and having faithfully performed his term of service, is most honorably discharged.

Batavia, Nov. 2nd 1814. John Fleming Capt.

Henry T. N. Badgrow came personally before me and made oath that he saw Catherine Alger Married to David Alger in the Town of Covert, Seneca Co. by Esy Taylor in the Month of February 1814

Henry Tn Badgrow

Sworn and subscribed before me this first day of June 1852 – Luther S. King JP


CLAIM OF WIDOW FOR SERVICE PENSION,

Under the provisions of Sections 4736 to 4740, (inclusive,) Revised Statutes, and the Act of March 9th, 1878.

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State of New York

County of Steuben} SS:

     On this fourth day of January, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and Seventy Nine, personally appeared before me, Clerk of the County court, the same being a record within and for the county and State aforesaid, (1) Catherine Alger, aged 84 years, a resident of Steuben Co., in the State of New York, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of (2) David Alger, deceased, who was the identical (3) David Alger, who served under the name of (4) David Alger as a (5) Private in the company commanded by Captain Flemming, in the N.Y. Regiment of Ml. commanded by Col. Dobbins, in the war of 1812; that her said husband (6) on or about the 14th day of July, A.D. 1814, and continued in actual service in said war for the term of (7) sixty days or more, and whose services terminated, by reason of (8) Discharge, on the 14th day of Nov., A.D. 1814. She further states that the following is a full description of her said husband at the time of his enlistment, viz. (9) about six feet high, light complexion, eyes blue, hair dark. She further states that she was married to the said David Alger, at the city (or town) of Ovid, in the county of Seneca, and in the State of  New York, on the 6th day of February, A.D. 1814 by one Taylor, who was a Justice of the Peace; and that her name before her said marriage was Catharine Badgrow; and she further states that her said husband David Alger, died at Hartsville, in the State of New York, on the 27 day of May, A.D. 1847, and that she has not again married; and she further declares that the following have been the places of residence of herself and her said husband since the date of his discharge from the Army, viz: (14) Ovid, Seneca County, Canandaigua, N.Y., Hartsville, N.Y. & Canisteo, N.Y. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the pension to which she may be entitled under Sections 4736 to 4740, (inclusive,) Revised Statutes, and the Act of March 9th, 1878, and she further declares that she has heretofor made an application for (15) pension on account of her husbands death as a result of his service which was numbered #12,075 and was rejected as death was not caused by his military service, that her husband was a pensioner on account of wounds received at the battle of Erie, and that she also received a land warrant and that her residence is the town of Canisteo, county of Steuben, State of New York, and that her post-office address is Bennetts Creek.

Catharine Alger (Her x Mark)


ATTEST:

N. Jeffers

Minerva Clark

     Also personally appeared N. Jeffers, aged 63 years, residing at Canisteo, and Minerva Clark, aged 64 years, residing at Canisteo, NY, persons who I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they have known the said Catharine Alger for 30 years and for 22 years, respectively, that they were present and saw her sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and they further say that they are able to identify her as the person who was the wife of the identical (16) David Alger who rendered the service alleged in the above application in the company of Captain Flemming in the regiment of Mil. Col. Dobbins in the war of 1812 and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

N. Jeffers

Minerva Clark

     SWORN to and subscribed before me this 4th day of January, A.D. 1879; and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witness before swearing, and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

L. A. Waldo, Clerk of the County Court.


Washington, 16 Jan 1819

     IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED, That David Alger, late a private in the company of Captain John Fleming in the Militia Regiment in the service of United States, commanded by Col. Dobbin is rendered incapable of performing the duty of a soldier, by reason of wounds or other injuries inflicted while he was actually in the service aforesaid and in the line of his duty, viz:

     By satisfactory evidence and accurate examination, it appears that on the 17th day of September in the year 1814 being engaged with the enemy at or near a place called Fort Erie in the State, District, or Territory of U. Canada he received a musket ball in his right arm, which passed through the same, and he is thereby not only incapacitated for Military Duty, but, in the opinion of the undersigned, is one third disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor.

O. C. Comstock, M.D. G. Mem. Congress


West Greenwood April 13, 1850

Dear Sir,

     David Alger was a volunteer in the war of 1812 & has drawn a pension of 96 dollars per annum. He died on the 27 day of May 1847 in the Town of Hartsville, Steuben Co., N. York. His widow, Catharine Alger has not until now asked for a pension. The lawyers ask so much for doing the business. Will you be so grand as to inform me whether she is not entitled to a pension & instruct me how to proceed to obtain it for her as she is very needy. As a neighbor I am willing to assist her in obtaining it and whether she is not entitled to some land.

     Please direct your letter to West Greenwood, Steuben Co., NY and much obliged.

Your humble servant,

Alvin Mead


Application for an Increase of Pension.

It is hereby certified that David Alger formerly a private of Captain Fleming’s Company in a New York Regiment of militia commanded by Col. Dobbins who it appears by accompanying certificate was placed on the pension roll at the rate of two Dollars and sixty six & two thirds cents per month, on account as he states, of having received wounds, one by a ball passing through the right arm, having fractured the bone in a complicated manner, and also a wound in the leg by a cutting instrument, while in the line of his duty, and in the said service, on or about the seventeenth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and fourteen at a place called Fort Erie in the province of Upper Canada, is not only still disabled in consequence of the said injuries, but in our opinions is entitled to receive five Dollars & 33 1/3 cents per month, more than he already receives as a pensioner which would amount to Eight Dollars per month, being disabled to a degree amounting to a total disability.

A. E. Belden, Samuel Olin; Surgeons


WAR DEPARTMENT

Invalid Pension.

     I CERTIFY That in conformity with the Law of the United States, of the 24th of April 1816, David Alger, late a private in the company commanded by Capt. Fleming of the Regt. Of New York Militia commanded by Col. Dobbins is inscribed on the Pension List, Roll of New York Agency, at the rate of two  dollars & 66 2/3 cents per month, to commence on the third day of November, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen.

     Payable semi-annually, the first payment on this certificate will be made on the 4th of March next, at the Branch Bank, U.S. City of New York.

    Increased to $8 per month to commence April 19, 1845. Send cert to Charles Lefferts, Hornellsville. Delivered to the Honorable W. Comstock, Steuben County, N. York.


State of New York

Tompkins County } ss.  On the twenty-first day of November eighteen hundred & eighteen before me Harry D. Burto one of the Justices of the peace of said county Doct. Reuben P. Brown under oath certifies, that he is a surgeon, regularly licensed to the laws of the state of New York, that he has examined, the right arm of David Alger, which has apparently been injured by having a musket ball shot through the same – that his opinion and belief is that the said David Algar is not able in consequence of the said injury to earn more than two thirds of his support, or that he is not as able to earn his living by one third as he would be, in case he had not received that injury – that he was acquainted with the said David Algar before he received the said wound, and has been acquainted with him since he received the said wound and he is sensible independent of his opinion as a surgeon that the said David Algar is much less able to earn his living by labour than he was before he received the said injury.

Nov 1818

Before me H. D. Burto

State of New York

County of Steuben} ss.  On this 24th day of January AD 1853 personally appeared before me a justice of the peace in and for the county and aforesaid Catherine Alger aged fifty eight years a resident in the state of New York who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the widow of David Alger late of the town of  Hartsville in the county aforesaid, deceased, and that her name before her said marriage was Catherine Badgrow, that her said husband died at the Town of Hartsville aforesaid on the twenty seventh (27) day of May one thousand eight hundred and forty seven (1847) and that she is still a widow and that she was married to the said David Alger at the town of Ovid in the county of Seneca & state of New York on the sixth (6) day of February eighteen hundred and fourteen (1814) by one esq Taylor whose given name she does not recollect and that Henry T. Badgrow was present where affidavit is herewith presented. She further says she is not able to state the particulars of the time or places of her said husbands services nor the officer under whom he served but has always heard him say he served at three different periods amounting together to eighteen months that he served one time she thinks at Fort Erie after she was married and the other service was rendered prior to her said marriage. That he was wounded in the service and was on the United States Pension rolls and she refers to the paper on file in the pension office. This declaration is made for the purpose of obtaining the bounty to which she may be entitled under the act passed September 28th 1850.

Catherine (her x mark) Alger

Witness B. S. Brundage

Sworn & subscribed before me the 24th day Jany 1853 and I certify that I believe the said Catherine to be the widow of said David Alger and that she is of the age above stated.

A. S. Brundage J.P.


IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED, That David Alger a private in the company of Capt. Fleming in a regiment commanded by Col. Dobbins is rendered incapable of performing the duty of a soldier, by reason of wounds or other injuries inflicted while he was actually in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, viz:

     By satisfactory evidence and accurate examination, it appears that on the seventeenth day of September in the year eighteen hundred & fourteen being engaged in the sortie at or near a place called Fort Erie in the district or territory of Upper Canada he received a gun shot wound in his right arm carrying away a portion of bone and which at this time presents an apostasies of the upper portion of the humorous and general atrophy of the whole limb and said Alger also exhibited three other cicatrices two on his left knee by the entrance of buck shot and one on his arm by a bayonet all which he states he received in the service of our country and which we have every reason to believe is true and he is thereby not only incapacitated for military duty, but, in the opinion of the undersigned, is wholly disabled from obtaining his subsistence from manual labor.

Sworn before me this 16th day of April 1844} Chas Lefferts, Justice

Samuel Olin M. D. Surgeon.

A. E. Belden Surgeon.

I hereby certify that Samuel Olin & C. E. Belden the surgeons who made the above affidavit are reputable in their possession.

Chas Lefferts Justice.