Bill West's Blog – August 2009 Archive (9)

MY BRICKWALL ANCESTOR JOHN CUTTER WEST 1802-1862 PART 2

((Originally posted at "West in New England" on 25Jan 2009))





Negative Searches: Back in November of 2007 I posted "The Search Goes On"

and told about how those of us researching John Cutter West have so far had

no luck in finding any record of his birth in either Plymouth County or the

town of Plymouth, Ma. So far that still remains the case. Randy Seaver kindly

tried his hand at it and… Continue

Added by Bill West on August 5, 2009 at 2:33am — No Comments

MY BRICKWALL ANCESTOR JOHN CUTTER WEST 1802-1862 PART 1

((Originally published at "West in New England" 22Jan 2009))





Miriam over at Ancestories has proposed that those of us with

brickwall ancestors write a detailed post on them with what

we know, what we want to know, results of what we have searched

and where we think we should research next. So here's my first,

John Cutter West. I've used the format Miriam suggested but… Continue

Added by Bill West on August 5, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

ASA BARROWS' PENSION FILE2

(originally posted on "West in New England" 3Nov, 2007)





One of the few complaints I have about the Revolutionary War

Pension Files that I’ve downloaded from Footnotes.com is that

while each image is numbered, they aren’t sorted in chronological

order. Such is the case with Asa Barrow’s file. Rather than to

continue to post them numerically, I'll post them chronologically

and give the… Continue

Added by Bill West on August 4, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

ASA BARROWS' PENSION FILE

(originally published on "West in New England" 2Nov 2007)









Image 1 is of the first page of the file, with the following

written and evenly spaced across the page on one line:



Service Mass. Barrows, Asa Number S. 16038



Image 2 is a preprinted form with handwritten information

added. I’ve bold faced the preprinted words:

Maine… Continue

Added by Bill West on August 4, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

JONATHAN BARKER'S PENSION FILE4

(originally published at "West in New England" 9May 2008)







In my last post about my 4x great grandfather, Jonathan

Barker, I mentioned that after seeing his Revolutionary War

Pension file there were some things that puzzled me. How

had he gone from being a a cofounder and landholder of

Newry, Maine with a wife and family to being penniless and

alone at the time of his pension petition?



I downloaded his file from Footnotes.com in… Continue

Added by Bill West on August 3, 2009 at 3:53pm — No Comments

JONATHAN BARKER'S PENSION FILE3

(originally posted at "West in New England" on 1May 2008)



The preprinted parts of the following documents are boldfaced.)



For some reason, even though Jonathan Barker's Pension

application had been approved and submitted by Judge

Albion K. Parris, he didn't receive his pension right away.

In fact he appeared before Judge Parris again nearly a year

later:



"UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

DISTRICT COURT OF MAINE,…
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JONATHAN BARKER'S PENSION FILE2

(originally posted on "West in New England" 30Apr 2008)



The preprinted parts of the following documents are in boldface.



Benjamin Barker's testimony confirmed that of his brother

and Joseph Jackson:



"I Benjamin Barker of lawful age do testify and say that I am

personally acquainted with Jonathan Barker and knowing to

his serving as a private Soldier in the Revolution was against

the common enemy in the continental establishment… Continue

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JONATHAN BARKER'S PENSION FILE1

(Originally published at "West in New England" 25Apr 2008)





As I've said previously, the Barker family history is an

interesting one, but at the moment I will concern myself with

the three Barker brothers who filed for their pensions. For a

short overview of the rest of it, I recommend Mitch Barker's

page here on his Newry, Maine Website.



In the following transcriptions, preprinted sections of

forms are boldfaced… Continue

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THE BARKER BROTHERS

(originally published on my"West in New England" blog 20Apr 2008)





One of the warnings I've seen given several times to

beginning genealogists is this: if you have heard stories

about how your ancestor and his siblings were the first

settlers and founders of some town, it's probably not

entirely true.





What then am I to make of the Barker brothers? There is

the "Petition for Grant of Land Later Newry" that can be

viewed… Continue

Added by Bill West on August 3, 2009 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

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