Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1878 Affidavit Of Sterling Wilcox in War of 1812 Pension Application of Rosannah Lanfear

This week's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1878 Affidavit of Sterling Wilcox in the War of 1812 Widow's Service Pension Application file of Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear:

[page 181 of 201]

 [page 182 of 201]

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

[page 181 of 201]

State of New York  } ss
Jefferson County    }

Sterling Wilcox of the town
of Worth in said county being duly sworn
says that he was a soldier in the war
of 1812 and was well acquainted with
Isaac Lanfear who was a soldier in said
war and was the Husband of  Rosannah
Lanfear whose application for bounty is now
pending before the Commissioner of Pensions
at Washington D.C. that he said Isaac
Lanfear served at Sackets Harbor under
Capt Gould from Sep 9 to Sep 28 in 1812
also from March 5 to the 19th in 1813, also
under Capt Wil;cox from May 30 to June
7 in 1814.  Also from July 29^th to Augudt
24^th in 1814.  Also held in reserve in
Adams under Capt Goodell.
And the deponent has no interest either
direct or indirect in the application
of Rosannah Lanfear for bounty land
and that he makes this affidavit from
a distinct recollection of said service.
and also from memoranda he has of
parts of said service.  Deponent is now
eighty six years of age, reside in Worth in
said County, P.O. Worthville, was twenty two
years old when first in service of the war
5 feet 10 in high, Black eyes, Dark hair,

[Page 182 of 201]

fair complexion, occupation a farmer,
born in Litchfield, Herkimer County
N.Y. In battle at Sackets Harbor witness
remembers seeing General Gray fall shot
dead - saw that he remained on the ground
about half a day before being removed.
I saw immediately after the fall of Gray
the British retreat and return to their
Boats.  The British landed on Horse Island
and deponents company were regiment 
was in ambush, having notice of the
coming over of the British. Our troops opened
fire when the British first made effort to
land and the British landed under fire.
A neck of land from the main shore
reached out toward Horse Island over
which the British waded across to the
main shore. Our troops had to give back
and the British advanced till about
on the site of the present village
of Sacketts Harbor or a little south of it. After
the battle was ended I well remember
assisting in the care of the wounded
of both armies. I paid taxes at this time
in the town of Worth aforesaid.
                                Sterling Wilcox

Subscribed and sworn to before me
the 23^d day of April 1878 and
I further certify that the said
Sterling Wilcox is a reliable
man, possessed of a good memory
and that I have no interest in
the application of Rosannah Lanfear
for Bounty Land.
                              Bradley ?. Brown
                              Justice of the Peace

The source citation for this paper in the 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, pages 181-182 of 201, Sterling Wilcox affidavit; citing NARA RG15-1812PB-Bx2071.

This page in the pension file documents the testimony of Sterling Wilcox who served with Isaac Lanfear in 1812 to 1814 during the War of 1812.  

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 Lanfear'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 the Smith family moved to Wisconsin in about 1843.  Devier James Lanfear went by Smith, and had a formal name change from "Lamphier" to "Smith" on 21 March 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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