Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1881 Request Letter From the Pension Office in War of 1812 Pension Application of Rosannah Lanfear

This week's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1881 Request Letter from the Pension Office in the War of 1812 Widow's Service Pension Application file of Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear:

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

Department of the Interior

Washington D.C.  July 12 , 1881

T.L. Poole
Pension Agent
Syracuse, N.Y.


Please furnish a report as to payment of Certificate No. 27,857
of Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear
who is alleged to have    died   on the   1st    day
of     May    18 81.  The information is desired for use
in the claim of the   ________________ No.  ________
Very respectfully,  W^m W. Dudley


Payment made to include  3rd March, 1881 , without
increase.  The payment was discontinued on the _________ day
of _________, 18   , because of the ________
       Pensioner died 1^st May 1881.
                                                       T.L. Poole                                                           U.S. Pension Agent    
Syracuse N.Y.  14 July 1881

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, page 52 of 201; citing NARA RG15-1812PB-Bx2071.

This page in the pension file documents the death of Rosannah (Laun) Lanfear as 1 May 1881, certainly in Lorraine, Henderson County, New York.

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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