Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1878 Affidavit Of Daniel Caulkins in War of 1812 Pension Application of Rosannah Lanfear

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

[page 184 of 201]

 [page 185 of 201]

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

[page 184 of 201]

State of New York   } 
Jefferson County      } ss:

Daniel Caulkins of the Town of Lorraine in said County
duly sworn deposes and 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
whos application for a bounty is now pending before the Commiss-
ioner of pensions at Washington DC that the said Isaac Lanfear
served at Sackets Harbor under Capt Gould from Sept 9^th to Sept
28 in 1812 also from March 5^th to the 19^th 1813 also under Capt Wilcox
from May 30^th to June 7^th in 1814 also from July 29^th to August 24^th
in 1814 also held in reserve in Adams under Capt Goodell
and this 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 in existance of said service
deponent is now eighty five years of age reside in Lorraine in
said County Post office Lorraine Jefferson Co. NY was about nineteen
years old when first in service of the war was 5 feet 5 in. high Blue
Eyes Black hair light Complection occupation a farmer born in
Litchfield Herkimer County N.Y. was at the battle at Sackets
Harbor deponent remembers seeing Genl Gray after the

[page 185 of 201]

was shot and before he was removed from where he fell I also
thereafter saw the British retreat to their Boats after the
battle I participated in burying the dead.  Deponent also
remembers assisting in carrying the Cable so called from
the mouth of Sandy Creek to sackets Harbor.
Witness Mark                                               his
E F Ramsdell                                     Daniel X Caulkins

M.L. Overton Subscribed and sworn to before me this
24^th day of April 1878 and I further certify that the said
Daniel Caulkins is a reliable man possessed of a good
memory and that I have no interest in the application
of Rosannah Lanfear for Bounty land.
                                                   Erwin F. Ramsdell
                                                   Special County Judge
                                                   Jefferson County

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 184-185 of 201, affidavit of Daniel Caulkins; citing NARA RG15-1812PB-Bx2071.

These pages in the pension file documents the testimony of Daniel Caulkins 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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