Monday, September 17, 2007


One of the cool things about the Revolutionary War Pension Files
from the National Archives at is the glimpses you
catch either of people’s lives or of how things were done back in
earlier times, such as how far genealogy research has come.

Here is another exchange between Jessie Tuttle and
Commisioner G.M. Saltzgaber:

"4650 Fremont Ave So.
Minneapolis, Minn., May 29,1916
Commissioner of Pensions
Dear Sir:-
Will you please inform me how many pages there are in the
Rev. War pension claims of the two following:

Moses Barrows enlisted 1780 Res at enlistment, Plympton,
Ma. Married Elizabeth Colby at NewTown, N.H. July 29, 1789.
She was pensioned as his widow-application dated Oct 20,

1838. Res. at date of application Irasburg, Vermont. He enlisted
1780 under Capt David Holbrook and Colonel Shephard, Mass.
Lemuel Stimson
Enlisted May 1775-8 mos. Nathan Fuller Capt. Thos. Gardiner,
Enlisted May & June 1776. 5 mos. Capt Charles Miles, Col. Reed.
Date of Application Oct 16-1832 Res at date of application
Ashburnham, Mass. Born July 11 -1758 Weston, Mass.
died Ashburnham Sept 22, 1840
and greatly oblige
Mrs. Geo. E. Tuttle"

There is a round U. S. Pension Office postmark of May 31, 1916
By this time Jessie must have been noticed by the clerks of the
Pension Dept. Image 51 of the file seems to be some sort of inner
office memo about this request:

“Moses Barrows, Born in Mass. where he lived until after the
Revolutionary war. Presumably in a Mass. Regt. Died in Irasburg
Vt. His wife Elizabeth is said to have drawn a pension. It is not
known whether he did. Mrs. Barrows also died in Irasburg, Vt.

Lebbeus Hammand, said to have been in troops of the Conn. line.
The Company was raised, however in Westmoreland Co. Penn
(Wyoming) He is spoken of as the “famous Indian scout.” Escaped
from the massacre of Ft. Wyoming in 1778. Drew penson. Died in
Tioga Co. N.Y.

Lemuel Stimson, of Weston Mass. Seems to have been at Bunker
Hill with Col. Gardner who was killed there.

I do not know precisely what is wanted but, but presumably the
service. I suppose also the lady thinks that there will be a full
history of the soldier’s experience. If the record should show
anything more than the bare service any particulars would of
course be thankfully received. I imagine that it will be pretty
difficult to verify the service.

H.E. Warner
Bureau of Pensions
Thro Marsh’s Desk"

And so a reply was sent to Jessie Tuttle:

"June 5, 1916,
Mrs. G. E. Tuttle
4650 Fremont Ave South,
Minneapolis, Minn.

In reply to your letter of the 29th instant, you are advised that
under the Act of August 24, 1918, a charge of 15 cents is made

for each sheet photographed, with 25 cents additional for
certification if that is desired. If a certified copy be ordered it
will be necessary to place on the certificate a ten cent internal
revenue documentary stamp. Each stamp should be forwarded
and not included in the remittance.

The proper amount should be forwarded by certified check,
draft, money order or cashier’s check.
In the pension claim, Lemuel Stimson, Widow File 7222,
Revolutionary War, there are eleven sheets to be copied, the
cost would be 1.65 uncertified, or $1.90 certified and a stamp as
described above.

In the pension claim, Moses Barrows, Widow File 18560, Rev-
olutionary War, there are ten sheets to be copied, the cost
would be $1.50 uncertified or $ 1.75 certified and a stamp also.
Very respectfully,
G.M. Saltzgaber
Commissioner "

Handwritten below the last paragraph and off in the is the

“The ten sheets are 6 pieces, namely -
widow’s decla. of Oct 20 1838-
letter of F. S. Durwage dated Boston Sept. 9,1840
town record of Concord Feb. 26, 1839
affidavits of Joshua Johnson &
Experience “ } Oct 17,1838
& unsigned memorandums.
These are the only essential papers.”

But as we shall see, Jessie Tuttle didn’t quite yet obtain her

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