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John Lewis

(Father of Sherman S., Sophronia, Lyman L., Henry & Jonathan B. Lewis)

Submitted by BJ Shawd, October 28, 2002

Our ggg grandfather John Lewis was born somewhere between 1780 and 1797 in the Hancock, Delaware Co. area. We are currently trying to find his actual birth information. He married Sarah (Sally) who was born in 1797 and together they had five children. Their children were Lyman L., Sophronia, Sherman S., Henry and Jonathan B. Lewis.

John Lewis served in the War of 1812 officially for a period of 3 months in defense of Hancock, New York. He entered the service on September 2, 1814 and served in the Company commanded by Capt. Elijah Andrews in the 13th NY Militia Regiment commanded by Putnam Farrington.

We have obtained copies of his pay records from his service in the War of 1812 and are currently waiting to receive his pension file.

On December 29, 1858 his widow Sally put in a claim for repayment for equipment and clothing he provided during his time in the service. She received $56.00 for this claim plus it appears there was a 40 acre land grant also received. We have a copy (below) of the original claim form Sally submitted in 1858 which has her actual signature on it.




Transcription of part of the data contained in the 1858
Equipment Claim Form filed by Sally Lewis, widow of John Lewis
who served in the War of 1812



Declaration
United States of America
State of New York
County of Delaware


On this 29th day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight personally appeared before me, James M. Miller, a Justice within and for this County and State aforesaid. Sally Lewis, aged 62 years, a resident of Hancock, Delaware Co. in the State of NY who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of John Lewis who was a private in the Company commanded by Capt. Andrews in the 13th Regiment commanded by Putnam Farrington in the war with Great Britain, declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812.

The following are the items Sally Lewis put in a claim for payment for:

1 Uniform Coat - $8., 1 Ordinary Coat - $8., 1 Vest - $3., 1 Pair Pantaloons - $6., 1 Stock - $1., 1 Blanket - $2.50, 1 Knapsack - $1., 1 Canteen - $1., 2 Pr. Stockings - $1., 2 Shirts - $2., 1 Pr. Suwarrow Boots - $4. and cash reimbursement for transportation $13. plus interest.


Nathan W. Williams acted as Sally's attorney and it appears that James M. Miller was both the notary public and a witness on the form.


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