(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
"UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DISTRICT COURT OF MAINE, ss.
At a District Court of the United States begun and
holden at Portland within and for the District of
Maine, on the first Tuesday being the sixth
day of June and by adjournment from day to
day, on the twenty ninth day of June in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty,
before the Honorable
ALBION K. PARRIS, Judge of said Court.
ON this twenty ninth day of June in the
year above written, personally appeared in open Court,
the same having "the power of fine and imprisonment",
and being a Court of Record for said Maine District,
Jonathan Barker, aged sixty six years, late of Newry now
resident in Portland in said District, who being first
duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath
declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as
follows, viz. as a Private in the company commanded
by Capts. Davis and Carr in the Regiments commanded
by Colonels Frye and Wesson in the line of the State of
Massachusetts on the Continental Establishment, as
is more particularly mentioned and described in his
original declaration, made on the 24th day of April
A.D.1818, and on which said declaration his
Certificate of Pension, numbered 7704 was granted.
And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen
of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818;
and that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or
any manner disposed of my property, or any part
thereof, with intent thereby so as to diminish it as to
bring myself within the provisions of an Act of
Congress, entitled "An Act to provide for certain
persons engaged in the land and naval service of
the United States, in the Revolutionary War",
passed on the 18th day of March 1818: and that I
have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any
property or securities, contracts, or debts due to me;
nor have I any income other that what is contained
in the schedule hereto annexed, and by me
subscribed; that my occupation and ability to pursue
the same, together with the number and other
particulars of my family, are in fact and in truth as
is particularly described on the back hereof, also
subscribed by me.
sworn to and declared on the twenty ninth day of
June, A.D. 1820 before Albion K. Parris, U.S District Judge
for the District of Maine."
Jonathan's "signature" is in different handwriting than on his
initial affidavit and it appears to be identical to Judge Parris'
The other side of the page has the "schedule" of Jonathan's
relatives and possessions:
"SCHEDULE of the real and personal estate, (
necessary clothing and bedding excepted) belonging
to me the subscriber, viz:
Real estate___ I have none___ Personal estate__ none
I have no family, nor have any income____ I am by
occupation a laborer.
Sworn to June 29 1820
Before Albion K. Parris
U.S. District Judge. "
The following page is a statement by the Court Clerk, and it
would seem he was the person who signed Jonathan Barker's
name to the statement:
"MAINE DISTRICT, ss.
I, John Mussey, Junr. Clerk of the District Court of
the United States for the Maine District, do hereby
certify, that the foregoing oath, and the schedules
thereto annexed, are truly copied from the Record of
the said Court; and I do further certify, that it is the
opinion of the said Court that the total amount in
value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid
schedule, is one cent and no more.
In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand
and affixed the seal of the said Court, on this twenty
ninth day of June A.D. one thousand eight hundred
John Mussey Junr,
Clerk of the U. States District Court for the Maine
And so now Jonathan Barker received his pension.:
of Newry in the Dist of Maine
who was a private in the regiment commanded by
Colonel Wesson of the Massachusetts
line, for term of nine months.
Inscribed on the Roll of the District of Maine
at the rate of 8 Dollars per month, to commence
on the 24th of April, 1818
Certificate of Pension issued 16th of Nov 1819
and sent to A.K. Parrish, Esq,
Arrears to 4th of Mar 1819 (illegible) 82.89
Semi-anl. all'ce ending 4th Sept 1819 48.00
Act 18th March 1818"
The page had been folded in half and it might have been used
as a folder to hold the other documents. Written vertically
along the fold to the left is the following:
"Died July 11th, 1824" (in dark ink)
"Notification sent to John Mussey Jr. Esq.
Portland, Maine." (all in lighter ink)
Several questions arise from reading Jonathan's pension file.
How did he go from being an original settler and landholder
in Newry to being penniless?
What was he doing in Portland in 1820?
And how could he say he had no family when, since I am one of
his descendants, he obviously did?
I'll discuss the answers in the next post on Jonathan Barker.