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or Watrous, Benjamin
Number: W.22.527

Albany, N. York
Elizabeth Watrous
widow of Benjamin Watrous
who was a private in the Revolution
Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 80 Dollars Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1843
Certificate of Pension issued the 22 day of May 1844 and sent to Hon. W. S. Hubbell House of Reps.
{Act of March 3, 184?}
Recorded in Book A. vol. 1 Page 269

New York

Benjamin Waterous of Benton in the state of New York who was a private in the regiment commanded by Colonel Meigs of the Connecticut line, for the term of five years
Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of 8 Dollars per month, to commence on the 14 of April 1818
of Pension issued the 4 of Mary 1819 and sent to John Nicholas Esquire Canandaigua New York
Arrears to 4th of March 1819                            $85.56
Semi-anl. all’cc ending 4 Sep 1819                   $48.
[total] $133.56
{Revolutionary Claim, Act 18th March, 1818.}

State of New York, Steuben County ss}     On this 22 day of November 1843 personally appeared before me Jacob Larrow a Judge of the Court of Comon Pleas in and for said County Elizabeth Waterous late of Burton Ontario County and now a resident of Pultney in the County of Steuben aged seventy seven years who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed July 7, 1838 entitled An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows That she is the widow of Benjamin Waterous who was a private in the Army of the Revolution and served during the War that he drew a Pension under the Act of the 18th of March, 1818 of ninety six dollars per annum. She further declares that she was married to the said Benjamin Waterous on the 4th day of December 1786 that her husband the aforesaid Benjamin Waterous died on the 21st day of January 1843. That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four VIZ at the time afore stated Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me.
Elizabeth Waterous
J. Larrow First Judge of Steuben County
I certify that Elizabeth Waterous the person making the Aon declaration is in my opinion, by reason of advanced age and bodily infirmity unable to appear in open court. Given under my hand this 22 day of Nov 1843
J. Larrow First Judge of Steuben County

State of Connecticut New London County ss. Town of New London A. Be it known that before me William C. Crump a Justice of the Peace in & for the county aforesaid personally appeared Sally Keeney of said town & made oath in due form of law. That she is the sister of Mrs. Elisabeth Watrous formerly of said Town of New London but now a resident of in the State of New York & who is the widow of Benjamin Watrous – that she is herself about sixty seven years of age & her memory from time & trouble is not to good as it has been, but she remembers very well what she supposes to have been the marriage of her said sister Elizabeth to the said Benjamin Watrous  is she thinks took place when she was about seven years of age. Her father John Lester was at that time keeper of the light house at the mouth of New London Harbor. She remembers the assembling of the people to the marriage, and that her brother John was sent to procure some proper person to perform the ceremony- [?] Squire Joseph Harris came us she supposes for that purpose – Exactly what he said to her said sister & the said Benjamin Watrous she does not know, but they two were together & Squire Harris up & addressed himself to them particularly – and she supposes married them. At any rate they lived together as husband and wife at New London for several years after that time, & she would think about fifty years ago moved together away to the Genesee County in the State of New York at the time they removed, she would think they had four children, at any rate they had several – The ceremony above described that she supposes to have been her said sister Elizabeth’s marriage took place at their father’s house, which was the house attached to the light-house at the mouth of New London Harbor – the deponent remembers that her mother was opposed to the match between her said sister & Watrous, and that at the time mentioned she left the room, putting her handkerchief to her face & saying that she would not see the marriage. After the ceremony the deponent remembers that the company sat down to a table & had a kind of feast. Squire Joseph Harris aforesaid deponent knew for many years after that time, & knows that he acted as, [?] reputed to be a Justice of the Peace for a long period of time – she has no doubt that her said sister Elisabeth was then & there married to the said Benjamin Watrous, [?] always so supposed but will not swear that [?] was the fact, because she does not remember the words nor what it was that Squire Harris said to them at that time, nor what they said, of any thing – She was herself a young girl at the time – should think about seven years old although she might have been three or four years older.
Sally Keeney
Sworn & subscribed before me the 31st day of October A.D. 1843 & I certify that the [?] in paper ink in the foregoing & the additing & filling is therein with paper ink were made & done prior to the subscription & oath of the deponent. In testmony whereof  I have hereunto set my hand at New London aforesaid this 3d day of November A.D. 1843
William Crump
Justice of the Peace
State of Connecticut, County of New London & Town of New London. Be it known that before me William C. Crump a Justice of the Peace within & for said county personally appeared James H. Turner & made oath in due form of law that within three months last part he thinks sometime in the month of September last he made search on behalf of this Elizabeth Watrous formerly of New London but now a resident of the State of New York & the widow of Benjamin Watrous, in the records of marriages in the Town of New London to see if he could find a record of the marriage of the said  Elisabeth with the said Benjamin, but his search was fruitless he could find no record thereof
J. H. Turner
Sworn & subscribed before me this 3d day of November A.D. 1843
William C. Crump
Justice of the Peace
State of Connecticut County of New London ss. I John DeWitt clerk of the County Court of New London County aforesaid, certify that William C. Crump is a Justice of the Peace in this & for said County as above & so has been for a long time last past and that the signatures to the foregoing affidavits of Sally Keeney & James H. Turner purporting to be his are genuine In testimony whereof, I have hereunto fixed

State of New York Ontario County} ss. On this seventeenth day of August 1824 personally appeared in open court being a Court of Common Pleas in and for said county and Constituted a Court of record by proceeding according to the course of the Common Law with a Jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount and keeping a record of its proceedings and recognized as such Court by the laws and Judicial decisions of said State, Benjamin Waterous aged sixty three years resident in the town of Seneca in said County who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows: that he enlisted in the Cap Humphrey’s Company of Infantry in the sixth Connecticut Regiment Commanded by Col. Jona. Meigs in the year 1778 for and during the war – that he served until June 1783 when he was honorably discharged – that he was engaged in the attack on Stony Point – was on duty in New Jersey in 1780 at Staten Island during the hard winter under Lord Sterling and was at the surrender of Cornwalis at Yorktown in Virginia under Genl. LaFayette and that he made application for a Pension on the fourteenth day of April 1818 and that he received a Pension Certificate No. 10.261 – And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States on the eighteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and eighteen and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner desposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any properly or securities Contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed and by me subscribed – viz.
16 acres of land worth say -$200.-
1 Cow $12.        
Hog 2 $14.
1 Bureau & 1 chest $12.
1 old loom & wheel $5.
Potts Kettles pans etc. $7.
Earthenware $4.
Chairs & Tables $3.
and Irons & tongs $3.
15 or 20 Bs. Wheat & Rye $5.
[total] $
I owe debts to the amount of  $62
Dolls $195
Benj. Waterous
Sworn to and declared on the day of August 1824 before me in open court}
Micah Brooks a Judge in said court}
State of New York Ontario County} ss. John Watrous of the town of Benton in the County of Yates in said state being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he has [?] the annexed affidavit of Benjamin Watrous so far as the same relates to the property and the estimate of the value thereof of the said Benjamin Watrous and that he this deponent verily believes the said statement and valuation to be in all respects true and correct and further saith not
John Waterous
Sworn and subscribed in open Court this 17th day of August 1824 before me
Micah Brooks one of the Judges of said court of Common Pleas for Ontario County
State of New York Ontario County} ss. I Ralph Lester Deputy Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County do certify that the foregoing oath and the schedule thereunto annexed are truly Copied from the record of said Court and I further certify that it is the opinion of the said Court that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is two hundred and fifty seven dollars In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court this 20th day of August 1824
Ralph Lester Dep Clk

State of New York Steuben County ss} On the 8th day of April 1844. Personally appeared before me S.A. Johnson a Justice of the Peace in and for said County Elizabeth Waterous and made Oath in due form of law that soon after her marriage to Benjamin Waterous, which took place at the time set forth in her declaration to wit on the 4th day of December 1786. her once her said husband Commenced keeping a family Record in a small bible which they then had that their own Marriage & Births and the Births of their children were then set down as they occurred. That said Bible and record remained in their family until about twelve years ago when it became so worn and mutated by time and use that it became necessary in order to preserve it to have it transcribed that it was then drawn off by her son, Ethan Waterous, on the sheet hereunto annexed, that this a true transcript of the original and that this has remained in the family ever since and that the original record is contained same.
Elizabeth Waterous
Sworn and subscribed Before me the day and year above written.
S. A. Johnson J.P.
State of New York Steuben County ss} On the 8th day of April 1846 before me S. A. Johnson a Justice of the peace in and for said County personally appeared John Waterous and made oath in due form of law, that he is the son of Elizabeth Waterous, that he is now forty five years of age that he has resided in and near the family of his said mother during most of the said period of time, and that the facts as set forth by his said Mother in rejoice to the record hereunto annexed are substantially true. That is that then was an original record as described by his said Mother, and that the same was drawn off by his said brother Ethan Waterous, about twelve years since on to the sheet hereunto annexed accept the death of his Father Benjamin Waterous which took place at the time set down upon the record – and that said original Record is contained same.
John Waterous
Sworn and subscribed the day & year above written, before me
S. A. Johnson J. P.
I certify that I have been for some time acquainted with Elisabeth and John Waterous the persons making this above affidavits that they are persons of good moral character, and that full [?] may be placed upon Their depositions on oath given under my hand this 8th day of April 1844
S. A. Johnson J.P.
State of New York Steuben County ss} I William Hamilton Clerk of said County do certify that Samuel A. Johnson, Esq. before whom the foregoing affidavits purport to have been sworn was at the date of the same one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said County, and that I am acquainted with his hand writing and verily believe his name subscribed to the said affidavits and also his name subscribed to the above certificate to be his proper hand writing and signatures.
Witness my hand and seal of office this 12th day of April 1844
Wm. Hamilton Clerk
Benja Waterous and Elizabeth Lester the wife of Benja Waterous Dec. 4 1786
Benja Waterous  Feb 8th 1762
Elizabeth Waterous Nov 4th 1767
Sarah Waterous Feb. 3 1788
Benja Waterous Feb. 27th 1790
Patience Waterous July 4 1793
Ethan Waterous Oct 12th 1795
Iona Waterous Nov. 12 1797
John Waterous July 29 1799
Elizabeth Waterous Jun 12 1803
Clorina Waterous Sep 20 1804
Francis Waterous Nov 21 1805
Pheby Waterous Jan 12 1808
Eber Waterous Sep 22 1812
Eber Waterous Departed this life . . . . . .July 17th 1827 he was 13 years & 10 months & ll Days old when he was called to leave the shore of mortality
Benjamin Waterous D. Jany 21 1843

Rev. and 1812 War Section.
October 29, 1885.
Mrs. A. D. Smith
609 E. North St.
Tampa, Fla.
I have to advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, W.22527, it appears that Benjamin Waterous was born February 8, 1762, place not stated.
He enlisted in May 1776 and served as a private in Captains Elijah Humphrey’s, Clanghorn’s Samuel A. Barker’s, and Hopkins’ Companies, Colonels Jonathan Meigs’, Gimat’s, and Samuel B. Webb’s Conneticut Regiments, he was at the battle of Stony Point, and the surrender of Yorktown, and was discharged in June 1783.
He was allowed pension on his application executed April 14, 1818, while a resident of Benton, Ontario County, New York. In 1834, he was living in Seneca, New York, he died January 21, 1843.
Soldier married December 4, 1786, Elizabeth Lester (born November 4, 1767), at the home of her father John Lester, Light House Keeper, at the mouth of New London harbor. She was allowed pension on her application executed November 22, 1843, while a resident of Pultney, Steuben County, New York.
Their children were –
Sarah               born                 February 3, 1788.
Benjamin, Jr.                           February 27, 1790
Patiance                                  July 4, 1793
Ethan                                       October 12, 1795.
Jona                                        November 12, 1797.
John                                        July 29, 1799.
Elizabeth                                  June 12, 1803.
Clorina                                    September 20, 1805.
Francis                                    November 21, 180.
Pheby                                      January 12, 1808.
Eber                                        September 22, 1812,  died July 17, 1827.
Winfield Scott Commissioner.