Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1879 Widow's Brief for War of 1812 Pension of Rosannah Lanfear

This week's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1879 Widow's Brief for a War of 1812 Widow's Service Pension filed by Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear:

The extracted information for this pension record is (handwritten portions in italics):

Widow's Brief

*  Claim No.  11838
*  Act of March 9 1878
*  Cert. No. 27,857
*  Reopened from Act of Feb. 14, 1871

Rosannah Lamfear  Lanfear, widow of 
        Isaac Lamfear  Lanfear
*  Rank:  Private
*  Captain:  Gould and Wilcox
*  Regiment:  Militia
*  State:  New York

*  Post Office:  Lorraine , County of  Jefferson,  State of  New York
*  Attorney:  Claimant                      
*  P.O.  As above

*  Application filed:  April 17, 18 76

*  Alleged service:  In Companies of Capt. Gould and Wilcox New York Mil. War 1812
                                from May 27, 1812 to November 14, 1814

*  Record evidence of service:  Third Auditor reports name of Isaac Lamfear not on Rolls of Captain
                                Gould & Wilcox N.Y. Mil.                         

*  Parol evidence of service:  Sterling Wilcox and Danl Calkins testify that soldier served with
                                Captain Gould from Sep. 9 to Sep. 28, 1812 and from 5 to 19 March 1813;
                                under Capt. Wilcox from May 30 to June 7, 1814 and from July 29 to Aug. 24,                                      1814. Service of witnesses verified by record -- Evidence in B.G. case with
                                this claim

*  Length of service:      14 days  or more - 71 days
                                Affidavit of David W. Geonmmer and Malinda Lanfear
                                who fully identify claimant

*  Admitted:   November 7,  18 79, to a pension of EIGHT DOLLARS per month
from  March 9 1879  1878 the date of act

No pension previously applied for
                                                          ???????, Pension Searcher
*   Bounty Land claim:  114.282-160-55 issued
                                                       H.W. Hall, Bounty Land Searcher

*  Approved:  Nov. 10,  18 79
                                Redway, Reviewer

The source citation for this Widow's War of 1812 Pension Application file is:

"War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Files," digital image, Fold3.com (https://www.fold3.com : accessed 27 May 2019), W.O. Pension No. 11,838, Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear, page 11 of 201; citing NARA RG15-1812PB-Bx2071.

This pension file contains 201 pages.  Isaac Lanfear died in 1851, and his widow Rosannah Lanfear applied under the Act of 1871 but it was denied.  She reapplied in 1876, and received the pension in 1879.  Some of the pages in the application are duplicates, so I'm picking the pages that are the most useful.  Some of Isaac's records had the surname Lamfear or Lanifear or Landfear, so there was some confusion over the years during the application process.  By the 1850 time, the family was using Lanfear.

Isaac Lanfear (1777-1851) and Rosina (Laun) Lanfear (1781-1881) are probably my 4th great-grandparents, through an unknown child who had Devier James Lanfear (1839-1894) in Jefferson county, New York, perhaps out of wedlock.  Devier Lanfear was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith of Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, and that family moved to Wisconsin in about 1843.  Devier J. Lanfear went by Smith, and had a formal name change in 1866 by an act of the Wisconsin State Senate.  He is named as "my adopted son, Devier J. Lamphear alias Smith" in Ranslow Smith's will dated 1865, probated in Andrew County, Missouri in 1873.


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