Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1876 Deposition of Rosannah Lanfear in War of 1812 Pension Application of Rosannah Lanfear

This week's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1876 deposition of widow Rosannah Lanfear in her War of 1812 Widow's Service Pension Application file concerning the service of her husband, Isaac Lanfear:

[page 191 of 201]

 [page 192 of 201]

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

[page 191 of 201]

State of New York } ss

Jefferson County    }
Rosannah Lanfear
of Lorraine in said County being
duly sworn doth depose and say that
the reason that her husbands name
Isaac Lamfear does not appear
upon the Rolls of Capt Gould or
wilcox or of any of his Co  Rolls of
Col Clark Allens Regiment she is not
able to say but she knows that she is
not mistaken as to the Captains name
under whome he served and that
Capt. Stirling Wilcox himself swores
that the said Isaac Lamfear did
serve under him that my said
Husband did not receive any
land warrant but intended to
make application for but was sick
and unable to attend to it before
he died I fix the date of the three
different services from distinct ?????
of the same and history of the line
knowing that he was out of all of the
times when said Comparings were and
also knowing that he was out at various
other times and did serve during the
War of 1812 not specified in her

[page 192 of 201]

application as this deponent could not
give the exact dates and times of said
service.                                          her
Sworn to & subscribed }    Rosannah X Lanfear
this 8 day of May June }                   mark
1876 before me and     }
I certify that I have no interest either direct or
indirect in the application of Rosannah Lamfear
the wife of Isaac Lamfear App 11838 for a
                                 Joseph B. Wilcox  J 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 191-192 of 201, deposition of Rosannah Lanfear dated 8 June 1876; citing NARA RG15-1812PB-Bx2071.

These pages in the pension file documents the 1876 affidavit of widow Rosannah Lanfear whose husband Isaac Lanfear served 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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