Monday, January 14, 2013

Amanuensis Monday - Martin Carringer's Revolutionary War Pension File: Post 6: son George's 1851 Declaration

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 paper (image 17 on the Fold3 filmstrip) is:

State of Pennsylvania }
County of Mercer .... } SS

On this 28th day of August 1851 personally appeared before me Thos Robinson a Justice of the Peace in and for said county George Carringer aged 56 years resident of Perry Township in said county Who being first duly sworn doth on his Oath make the following declaration under act of Congress passed first July 1848 & 2d February 1848.

This declarant further states that he is the lawful child of Mary Carringer who was the lawful wife & widow of the aforesaid Martin Carringer that the maiden name of this declarants Mother was Mary Hoax and that she the said Mary was a pensioner of the United States at the rate of 80$ per annum and that the said Mary Carringer died in said county on the thirty first (31) day of August in the year eighteen hundred and fifty leaving six children only surviving her whose names are Jacob Carringer, Elizabeth McCartney deceased on the 14th day of November in the year 1850, Catherine Cazbe, George, Henry and Joseph Carringer.

Sworn and subscribed to
on the day and year first .......................................... George Carringer
above written before me
Thomas Robinson J. P.

I certify that I am well acquainted with George Carringer and that the above written declaration subscribed to by him is believed to be correct and true and that his testimony is entitled to full credit and beleif.
.................................................................... Thomas Robinson J.P.

This paper in the Martin Carringer Revolutionary War Pension File provides the death date of his mother, Mary (Hoax) Carringer, the death date of his sister, Elizabeth (Carringer) McCartney, and the names of four other siblings of George still alive.

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