I mentioned in an earlier post that I would be exploring the

Revolutionary War service of my ancestor Elisha Houghton.

I'm starting off with his testimony from his Pension Request

file as given to Justice Samuel Putnam :

"Commonwealth of Massachusetts
(“District of” crossed out) Berkshires of Commonwealth of

Massachusetts .
On this sixth day of May 1818 Before me the subscriber one of

the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court of said Commonwealth

personally appears Elisha Houghton aged sixty eight years

resident in the town of Adams in said district who being by me

first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the

following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made

by the late act of congress entitled `an act to provide for

certain persons engaged in the land and naval services of the

United States in the revolutionary war ‘ that the said Houghton

enlisted as a private in May 1778 in the town of Harvard in the

state of Massachusetts in the company commanded by Captain

Joshua Brown of the fifteenth Regiment of commanded by Col.

Timothy Bigelow.That he continued in the service of the United

States until May 1781 when he was discharged from service

at West Point in the State of Newyork. That he was in the

Battles of Bunker Hill Stillwater Monmouth and Newport and

that he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the

assistance of his country for support and that he has no other

evidence now in his possession of his said services and
relinquishes all claim to any other Pension but what he now

asks for.

Sworn to and declared before me this day and year aforesaid S.
Putnam Just
May 6 1818 S.J. Court of

I Samuel Putnam one of the Justices of the aforesaid Court do

certify that it does appear to my satisfaction that the said Elisha

Houghton did serve in the Revolutionary war as stated in the

preceding declaration against the Common enemy and I now

transmit it the preceding and testimony taken here before me to

the Secretary of the Department of War. Given under my hand

at said Court.

S. Putnam Justice S.J. Court of Massachusetts"

Bunker Hill is squeezed into the document and appears to have been

added later. Elisha's signature is written above the words " the year


We'll start exploring the facts of the statement next.

I posted this today to take part in "Amanuensis Monday" which is a

blog meme started by John Newmark at his TransylvanianDutch blog.

John's definition of an amanuensis" is "a person employed to write

what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

In which case, Samuel Putnam was Elisha Houghton's amanuensis and

I in turn am his!

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