(originally published on "West in New England"
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:
Oxford Co. in the State of
who was a
Private in the company commanded
Captain Benson of the
Col. Cotton in the
Inscribed on the Roll of
at the rate of
33 cents per annum
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1834.
Certificate of Pension issued the
23 day of
1833 and sent to
Arrears to the 4th of March 1833
Semi-anl. allowance ending
4 Sept… 16.66
Act June 7,1832}
Jm Cuffield Clerk
Image 3 is of perhaps the next page in the same notebook. The
right hand page is blank. On the left hand side the following
12th April 1833
Thomas Clark, Esq.
Image 4 is the preprinted Brief of Asa’s claim:
Brief in the case of
Asa Barrows of Hamlins Gore in the State
(Act 7th June,1832)
1. Was the declaration made before a Court or a Judge?
2. If before a Judge, does it appear the applicant is
disabled by bodily infirmity?
3. How old is he?
4. State his service as directed in the form annexed.
There are three entries:
April,1775- 8 months as a Private under Capt. Benson and Col
Dec. 1776 1 month and 12 days as a Private under Capt. Perkins.
July 1780 14 days as a Private under Col. Churchill.
5. In what battles was he engaged?
6. Where did he reside when he entered the service?
7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by
documentary proof, by traditional evidence, by
incidental evidence, or by the rolls?
By a living witness.
8. Are the papers defective as to form or
authentication? and if so,in what respect?
I certify that the foregoing statement and the answers
agree with the evidence in the case above mentioned.
Image 5 is of a largely blank piece of paper, perhaps the outside
of an envelope or folder. Handwritten at the top is “Asa Barrows”
with the numbers “9669” written below it. At the bottom of
the page is the signature, “Thomas Clark, agent.”
Image 6 is the statement of Asa Barrows:
STATE OF MAINE.
20th day of
personally appeared in open Court, before the Court of Probate
Asa Barrows,a resident of
Hamlin’s Gore in the County
Oxford and State of Maine,aged
81 years, who being first duly
sworn according to the law, doth, on his oath, make the following
declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress,
passed June 7, 1832. That he enlisted in the service of the United
States as a private((this part crossed out))under the following named
officers and served as herein stated
((end crossed out portion)) in
April, 1775 at Plymton in the county of Plymouth in the State of
Massachusetts, his then residence, and served for the term of eight
months, in the militia company commanded by Capt Joshua Benson,
in the regiment commanded by Col. Cotton; and mustered in Middlebury,
the ajoining town, marched to Roxbury near Boston,where he
was stationed under Gen. William Heath; at the expiration of
said term was discharged by Gen. Thomas -which discharge he
lost a long time since.
On an alarm in December 1776, he marched as a volunteer in the
militia company from Plymton, under the command of Lieut
Joshua Perkins to Barrington, in Rhode Island; was there
stationed & served about six weeks, at the expiration of which he
was verbally discharged. And on the last of July, 1780,he
marched (inserted later here: “as a volunteer” end insertion)in
the militia company from Plymton aforesaid to Tiverton (under
the command of Capt. Pereg Churchill) in Rhode Island where he
was stationed and served about two weeks,and was there
verbally discharged. He has no documentary evidence to prove
his service as a volunteer as aforesaid, and he knows of no
person whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his
service as volunteer aforesaid.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a
pension or annuity except the present, and declares
that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of
Asa Barrow’s larger and less refined signature is written at the
right hand corner of notation of “before Stephen Emery, Judge.”
It might be the judge’s actual signature or perhaps his clerk
signed his name.
A few observations. I was curious how far Asa marched on
these three occasions and went to the Rand McNally page which
has a mileage calculator. Of course, the distances are driving
distances and Asa and his fellow soldiers might have taken a
more direct cross country route but it still gives a me a good idea
on the marching involved.
Plympton to Boston is 48 miles.
Plympton to Barrington RI is 44 miles.
Plympton to Tiverton RI is 39 miles.
Interesting that Boston is the furthest away of the three.
The march to Barrington must have been in response to the
British under Sir Henry Clinton landing at and occupying
Newport. I must confess that I wasn’t aware that the British
remained in Rhode Island for most of the Revolution and when
you consider that people in this area were still that close to
British forces,it must have been a tense period for them.
Pereg Churchill was, I believe, actually Peleg Churchill
Hamlin's Gore no longer exists. It was annexed in 1872 as I
found out over at Chris Dunham's Maine Genealogy Site.
And Asa Barrows was about to find that someone could swear
to his service in the War after all.