Friday, February 22, 2013


I don't know whether John Hastings' application for his father's Revolutionary
War pension was rejected in 1848 or if he failed to follow up on it after he
received the information he wanted from Massachusetts. Whatever the
case, he made another attempt to collect it three years later. What puzzles
me is that John gives the same names of two officers he believed Amos had
served under in the War as he did in 1848, despite the fact that the official in
Massachusetts had found no record of Amos serving under Captains Clapp
and Malone.

Here's my transcript of the three page 1851 declaration:

State of Maine
Oxford SS
On this sixteenth day of September
in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and fifty one personally
appeared in open court before the Honorable
Job Prince Judge of Probate in and
for said County of Oxford,
John Hastings, a resident of Bethel
in the County and State aforesaid
aged fifty five years, who open oath
makes the following declarationin
order to obtain the benefits of the
acts of Congress passed July 7 1838,
March 3rd 1843, June 17 1844 and February
2nd 1848- And the declarant states
that he is one of the children of Amos
and Rebecca Hastings, both deceased.

He states that his Father was a
soldier of the Revolution. He believes
he was a volunteer in the Lexington
alarm, and again in the alarm  at
the battle of Bunker Hill, but as he
believes he was not in the battle, as  the
Companyh to which he belonged having
been on fatigue during the night    

(page 2)
previous to the battle, were relieved from duty
during the engagement. He further states
that his father was in the service in the
winter of 1775-1776 at Cambridge and
Dorcester at the time the British troops
were shut up in the town of Boston,
and that this service was two months
or more. That he was again in the
service in 1776 and was at Crown Point
and Ticonderoga, which service was five
months. And that he was under Capt.
Clapp and Capt Maloon at other periods
of the wat, and that he was in the
service at least seventeen months besides
serving for some time as a substitute
for his brother Jonas Hastings.

His father was a resident of Haverhill
Massachusetts in the time of the Revolution.
He also further states that his father
the said Amos Hastings died in Bethel
on the twenty eighth day of A D 1829 
and that his mother, Rebecca Hastings,
survived him and remained a widow
until the time of her death which took
place on the twelfth day of May A D 1846
and that Amos Hastings, Jonas Hastings,
Betsey Russell, Lucinda Fletcher, Huldah
Barker and John Hastings your declarant,

page 3
are the children and the only surviving
children of the said Rebecca Hastings
deceased- and that evidence of David
Gage and Benjamin Barker, Revolutionary
Pensioners, touching the said Revolutionary
services of the said Amos Hastings, and as
he believes, upon the files of the Pension office
at Washington and which he prays may
be examined--
John Hastings.

State of Maine
Oxford SS
Probate Court at Bethel
September 16th 1851, then personally
appeared, John Hastings and made
oath to the truth of the foregoing Dec-
laration by him Subscribed in open
Court -Before Me
Job Prince Judge

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