Monday, December 31, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Martin Carringer's Revolutionary War Pension File: Post 4: Court Declaration of Widow's Death (1851)

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme several years ago called Amanuensis Monday. What does "amanuensis" mean? John offers this definition:

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is a document from the Revolutionary War Pension File of Martin Carringer (1758-1835) of Mercer County, Pennsylvania (accessed on and digital image obtained from

The transcription of this document is (the 12th image in the Fold3 filmstrip):

State of Pennsylvania }
County of Allegheny  } SS

I William McCandless prothonotary of the Supreme Court held in and for said county do hereby certify that at a session of said court held on the Eighth day of September 1851 satisfactory proof was exhibited in Open Court that Mary Carringer who was a Revolutionary pensioner of the United States at the rate of 80$ per annum (wife & widow of Martin Carringer who drew a pension under act of 18 March 1818 at the rate of 96$ per annum) died in the county of Mercer State of Pennsylvania on the thirty first day of August in the year eighteen hundred and fifty (1950) leaveing six children only surviving her whose names are Jacob Carringer, Catherine Cazbe, Henry Carringer, George Carringer, Joseph Carringer, and Elizabeth McCartney who died on the 14th of November 1850.  That the said Mary Carringer did not again intermarry but died the widow of the aforesaid Martin Carringer.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto
subscribed my official signature &
annexed the seal of said Court
on this Eighth day of September 1851.
Wm. McCandless
Prothy. West. Dist. Penna.

I don't know why the death of Martin Carringer's widow, Mary Carringer, concerned the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, but I'm glad that it did.  This document provides the death date of Mary Carringer and of her daughter, Elizabeth (Carringer) McCartney, in addition to naming the six children that were alive when she died.  

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