State of New York
the 14th day of August 1837, personally appeared before me, William Bartlett, a
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, in and for said County of Courtland, Dorothy
Wolleber, a resident of the Town of Truxton in said County of Courtland and
State of New York, aged eighty two years, who being first duly sworn, according
to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the
benefit of the provision made by Act of Congress passed July 4, 1836.
she is the widow of Abraham Wolleber, a soldier of the revolution and who did
duty in the Revolutionary War as a private in the company of militia commanded
by Capt. Michael Ittig in the Regiment of Militia commanded by Col. Peter
Bellinger in the now County of Herkimer and that he was at different times in
the service of his country as a private in said company.
he was a private in a company of drafted militia commanded by a captain
whomever, she the said Dorothy does not recollect which said company was drafted
for services at Fort Stanwix and even marched to that place sometime in the year
1779. And that he the said Abraham Wolleber returned home from the said service
after and absence of two months and twenty seven days, and further that in the
year 1780 according to her best recollection her said husband performed garrison
duty in Fort Dayton Herkimer County for the term of fourteen days and that in
the year following her husband was performing duty as a private in the company
under the command of the said Capt. Ittig in Fort Herkimer in said Herkimer
County during an incursion of the enemy during which time he was sent out to
procure fire wood for the garrison and was while out on this duty wounded and
scalped by the enemy by means of which he was confined to his bed and home six
months before he was enabled to attend to his ordinary affairs and for which
said serving and in consideration of his wounds and sufferings he was allowed a
pension by Congress which he received up to the time of his death.
further declares that she was married to the said Abraham Wolleber on the 25th
day of January 1778 by the Rev. Abraham Rosencrantz in the Town of German Flatts
and now County of Herkimer when her said husband did reside after which they
removed into the now Town of Whembre in said County where they continued to
reside to the time of the death of her said husband which took place on the 6
day of February 1819 after which she has been a resident of the Town and County
of Courtland where she now resides. She further declares that she has remained a
widow ever since that period, which will more fully appear by the proof hereto
(Signed with her mark) Dorothy Wolleber.
of New York
On this twelfth day of April one thousand
eight hundred and forty three before the under named Justice of the Peace in and
for said county personally appeared, Elizabeth Shoemaker of German Flatts aged
seventy seven years the first day of April instant who being first duly sworn
according to law doth on her oath say that in the Revolutionary War she was well
acquainted with Abraham Wolever deceased, who was her uncle. That she well
remembers that the said Abraham was in the service of the United States in the
militia in the Revolutionary War in the company commanded a portion of the time
by Captain Frederick Frank at and about Fort Herkimer. That she frequently saw
the said Abraham go out on excursions with the company and portions of the
company, but she cannot now particularly recollect the years nor the particulars
of the service now how long he was gone at any one time.
she this deponent then was gone at any one time and recollects particularly that
she often saw him go out on tours of service and return to the fort with other
soldiers and she also recollects that she often saw him on duty as
Michael Ittig commanded the company a portion of the time, that at the time the
Oriskany Battle was said, Ittig was captain but Ittig did not go with the
company. The company went and the said Abraham Wolever and his brothers,
who were also uncles of this deponent also went. That after
the battle the said Abraham again returned, but his brothers John and Dederick
were both slain and were recognized by their friends who went after the battle
to bury the dead slain in that battle.
the said Abraham continued in the service afterwards, but the year
she cannot remember, he was taken prisoner by the enemy about a mile east of the
fort and was supposed to have been carried to Canada or killed but the third day
he was accidentally found by a party of men sent by Capt. McGregor, Lieut. Mason
and Ensign Doty who were officers at said fort, about two miles south from the
fort after horses that were kept there. That when he was found he was scalped
and nearly lifeless. That he was brought to the fort and was confined nearly two
years by the injury received before he recovered so as to be able to do much of
he was taken and scalped in the fall of the year, the weather was cold and his
feet were frozen and at an expiration of about two years when he recovered he
again went into the service. She recollects that she saw him go out on
excursions with parties of soldiers after this recovery buy she cannot
said Abraham Wolever was married before the commencement or about the
commencement of the war to Dorothy Bellinger. That he has been dead about twenty
five years leaving the said Dorothy his widow who is still surviving, remaining
his widow. That the said Abraham and Dorothy had no children born until after
they had been married seven years.
she always understood that the said Abraham received a pension in his life
to the best of her recollection he was at least two years confined before he
entirely recovered from his wounds so as to be able to do anything. That while
he was under the charge of the surgeon he was one time taken to Fort Plain and
was there kept about one month or more and was then brought back to Fort
Herkimer and places under the care of Doctor Petrie.
(Signed with her mark) Elizabeth Shoemaker
of New York
Elisabeth Keslar of the Town of Little Falls in
the County of Herkimer and State of New York being duly sworn according to law,
on her oath deponeth and saith that she is the widow of Jacob Keslar late of
said County of Herkimer deceased is aged eighty one years and upwards and that
her maiden name was Elisabeth Miller.
she perfectly recollects being present at the marriage of Abraham Woleben to
Dorothy Bellinger. That it took place sometime during the Revolutionary War and
that it took place in the winter season of the year and was after the Oriskany
Battle but what particular year or month this deponent does not recollect.
deponent further saith that said marriage service was performed by Abraham
Rosencrantz a clergyman of the Reformed Dutch Church and that it took place at
their dwelling house of said clergyman situate near old Fort Herkimer on the
deponent further saith that she perfectly recollects that said Abraham Woleben
was scalped by the Indians after his marriage but how long after deponent does
not recollect and further saith not.
(Signed) Elizabeth Keslar
of New York
On this 25th day of December 1838, personally
appeared before the subscriber, first judge of Otego County Courts, Dorothy
Woleben of the Town of Richfield in the County of Otsego aged eighty three years
and upwards, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make
the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made
by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled an act granting half pay
and pensions to certain widows.
That she is the widow of Abraham Woleben who was a private
soldier in Captain Michael Eddick’s Company in Col. Herkimer’s Regiment of the
New York Militia.
does not recollect the length of times her said husband was in the service nor
the particular services rendered. He was taken by the Indians and scalped and
left by them for dead. He survived and shortly or not many years after the close
of the revolution a pension was granted him by the government of the United
States which he received up to the time of his death for the evidence of the
particular services rendered, she begs leave to refer to the evidence on file
when her said husband was placed on the pension roll.
further declares that she was married to the said Abraham Woleben by Abraham
Rosecrants a clergyman of the Reformed Dutch Church (who is now deceased) on the
twenty fifth day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy
she knows of only one person now living who was present at the marriage above
mentioned and that person is one Elisabeth Miller who is now the widow Keslar
that said widow Keslar now resides on the Mohawk River in the Town of German
Flatts or near there.
her said husband, the aforesaid Abraham Woleben died on the sixth day of
February one thousand eight hundred and nineteen.
her husband did service previous to the marriage and was at the Oriskany Battle
which was previous and what other services she cannot now recollect. She
believes he did some services after the marriage but cannot speak with much
degree of certainly concerning it.
the marriage took place previous to the first day of January seventeen hundred
and ninety four viz at the time above stated.
(Signed with her mark) Dorothy
of New York
On this 22nd day of April 1848 before me the
under named Justice of the Peace in and for said county personally came
of the Town of Herkimer in said county aged seventy four years in
August next as near as he can now ascertain his age (the record thereof being
lost) who being first duly sworn according to law does on his oath say that in
the Revolutionary War he with his father’s family lived at Fort Herkimer on the
Mohawk River in said state.
Abraham Wolever whose name is sometimes spelled Wollaber was an uncle of this
deponent and this deponet was then well acquainted with the said Abraham. That
the said Abraham was in the service of the United State in the said war. That as
this deponent was always informed and believed true and ever believes true, and
such was the current understanding in the neighborhood that the said Abraham
with his three brothers were engaged in the Oriskany Battle. That the said
, the father of this deponent again returned home after
the battle and John and Dederick his two other brothers, were killed in that
battle. That afterwards and this deponent thinks it was in the year 1781, in the
fall of the year the said Abraham was taken prisoner near the said fort and was
taken as was afterwards ascertained about two or three miles length south of
said fort on what was then and is now called shoemaker hill where he was found
on the third day after by a party of men sent out by Captain McGreger who then
commanded at the fort. That when found he had been scalped and was almost
exhausted in which condition he was brought to the fort. He had his wounds
dressed and the next morning this deponent saw him, the weather was cold and the
feet of the said Abraham were frozen so that the flesh came off. That Doctor
Petrie was the surgeon at the fort. That the said Abraham remained confined
under the care of the surgeon of the fort in consequence of his said wounds
until the following spring when he was carried on a little to the Mohawk River
and placed in a canoe and came to Fort Plain to be places under the care of the
surgeon at the place that this deponent accompanied him from Fort Herkimer to
the Mohawk River being a short distance only.
deponent cannot now recollect how long he remained at Fort Plain before he again
was brought back to Fort Herkimer or how long he remained confined of his
wounds, but it was a year or more that after he again recovered so as to be out
and thinks it was in the month of July after a cessation of arms there was an
attack upon the said fort by about seven hundred as was said of the enemy
composed of Indians and Tories. And a severe engagement ensued between Captain
McGregor’s Company and the militia with the enemy.
this deponent was engaged in the said engagement and the said Abraham also took
part therein although not well.
this deponent was informed by Frederick Bellinger who was also a Revolutionary
Soldier and is now dead. That the said Abraham was also engaged in the boat
service and which service the said Bellinger was also engaged.
the said Abraham was married before about the commencement of the said war. This
deponent recollects he was married as early as 1776 to Dorothy Bellinger,
daughter of Peter Bellinger. That eh said Abraham died about twenty-four years
ago leaving the said Dorothy, his widow who still survives him and is his
(Signed) Nicholas Wolber
April 22, 1843
certify that I have been acquainted with Nicholas Wolleber the above deponent
for twenty-five years and that he is a farmer of good standing and his
statements entitled to full credit that he is a man of good moral
J. A. Rasbach, Justice