Sunday, July 15, 2007


A reminder that all spelling, abbreviations and punctuation is as
found on the document.

In that regard, it seems poor General Putnam 's name is written
as Putman for the second time in the file!

There are parts of the document that are preprinted forms. I've
put those parts in boldface.

Image 6 appears to be handwritten on the back of the next
page as the printing of a form is visible from the other side.

Center top is written: 11.634

The following is handwritten below:

“John Ames

April 20th 1833

Obj(?) 2(?). 3.5(?)

died 7 April 1833
Private 8 mos 10days

Letter 30 Sept 1833

John Ames, Jonathan P. Ames,
Ralph Ames, Sally
Fuller, Betsey Putnam &
Polly Poland, children of
the deceased.

William Allen Jr.
Norridgewock, Maine.”

Image 7 is the other side of the page from the one on
Image 6. It’s a preprinted form. At the top the figures
11.634 are once more handwritten in:

Brief in the case of John Ames
County of Oxford in the State of Maine
(Act 7th June, 1832)

1. Was the declaration made before a Court or Judge?

2. If before a Judge, does it appear that the applicant
is disabled by bodily infirmity? (illegible two lines that might
be a y and s)

3. How old is he? 76.

4. State his service as directed in the form annexed.

At this point the form is divided into four columns
across the page. I can’t reproduce it in that form here
but here is the information under each heading as written in:

Period: In 1775

Years, Months, Days,: about 8 1/2 months
(having enlisted for 8 months.)

Rank As a: Private

Names of General and Field Officers under whom he
Capt. Parker, Col. Prescott
Genls. Putman, Lee, and Washington.

5. In what battles was he engaged? Lexington

6. Where did he reside when he entered the service?
Groton, Massa.

7. Is his statement supported by living witnesses, by
documentary evidence, by incidental evidence, or by
the rolls? A Credible Witness who proves 8 months service.

8. Are the papers defective as to form or authentication?
and if so, in what respect? Correct

I certify that the foregoing statement and the answers agree
with the evidence in the case above.

F. Waugh examining clerk
March 12.1833

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