Nicholas Spoon

Widow's Benefit Application

State of New York County of Herkimer

On this sixth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Nine personally appeared before the Judges of the Court of common Pleas of the County of Herkimer in open court the same being a court of record. Catharine Spoon a resident of Herkimer in the County of Herkimer and State of New York aged Seventy two years the 20th of March next. 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 the act of [illegible] July 7th 1838 entitled an act granting half pay and [illegible] to certain widows. That she is the widow of Nicholas Spoon deceased who was a private in the service of the United States during the Revolution War as he after their marriage and during his life time always told her that he was enlisted in the nine months service and served the term of nine months and at another time was enlisted and served three months. That previous to his enlistment at one of the times he resided at Fort Plain and went from there in company with John Devendorff to Albany and that he and the said Devendorff there enlisted for nine months. That one Henry Devendorff enlisted there but she donít know what commission the said Henry Devendorff held. That he was in the battle of Johnsontown [?] under Col Brown but cannot say who his Captain was. That he always said that he was in pursuit of Butler at the time Butler was killed. That she often heard him speak of the hard times that he then underwent. That he had nothing to eat. That he and some of his comrades pounded bones fine and eat them having nothing else to eat. And that she frequently heard him say that he with a portion of the company to which he belonged had to wade the West Canada Creek when it was so cold that the ice froze to their legs and had to lie out nights in this wet and on the wet ground so that they were all wet. That he was at Saratoga. That he was at Fort Herkimer and was in service there. At from there he went out on scouts frequently that at [illegible] times he went on a scout towards Cherry Valley. That she cannot recollect the years in which he served neither can she state the officers under which he served. Is positive that he always said he was enlisted and served two terms of enlistment, one of nine months and another of three months. The [illegible] states that she was married to the said Nicholas Spoon in the month of June, the precise day she cannot tell, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty five or six. That her husband the aforesaid Nicholas Spoon died on the twenty seventh day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty. That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four [illegible] at the time above stated.