Thomas Paine Rev War Pension

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Thomas Paine, 1757-1839, served for about 3 years in the Revolutionary War over the course of 3 enlistments, first two as a volunteer, then as a substitute for some rich person who had been drafted. He moved his family to Green River, Albany, New York, around the start of his last enlistment. He later settled in Caroline, New York. After his death his widow, Huldah (Virgil) Paine lived on until 1862, thereby receiving a Rev. War widow's pension of $100 per year until the start of the Civil War. These are the documents regarding the pensions for Thomas and Huldah.

Persons named in these files:

p7: Thomas Paine affidavit, 1832
Capt Sawyer, RI State Artillery (also p. 8)
Col. Elliott
General Sullivan
Capt. Gladding
p. 8: Capt (Simeon) Newell in Col. Willet's[1] Regmt., NY State Militia
p9: William Rounseville
Abiatha G. Rounseville
Edward E. Dodge, clergyman
p10: David Paine, his brother, who served with Thomas
p11: Gen'l Spencer, Gen'l Sullivan
Col. Elliot
Maj. Sawyer
Col. Willet
Dr. Joseph Speed
John James Speed
p12: Ruth Brown, her affidavit (She is found in the 1840 census as a head of household)


p4: 11 May 1843, Huldah Paine affidavit, gives her marriage date 3 Aug 1781, and death date of Thomas Oct 1839
p5: 11 May 1843 affidavit of Elisabeth Ennest, their daughter, age 56. She has an older brother, age 58; and lost one brother who would be over 60. (Here we see Elisabeth providing statements which support the fact that her parents had married, over 60 years ago. She is not being asked to list all of her siblings; she is only defining the eldest children.)
p6: 9 May 1843 affidavit of Isreal Paine age 66; has known them over 60 years; their eldest son couldn't have been more than 5 years younger than Isreal. (Sadly, Israel neither claims nor denies that he is related to Thomas, though we have wondered if they were related. It is certainly implied that he is not closely related. It's also implied that he was located near Thomas's residence around 1781, and therefore may be the son of a relative.)
p7: 11 May 1843 affidavit of Ruth Brown age 76, has known them 70 years; "saw the movements of the wedding at the time" in 1781 in Green River NY; knew the eldest son


p2: 13 Apr 1855; Mentions Capt. Gladdin + Newell[1]; could this be Capt. Gladding and Capt. Newell, mentioned elsewhere?
Huldah and Thomas married in River Holler on 3 Aug 1781 by priest Martin, a minister; her maiden name was Huldah Virgil
witness Lillis Ennest (Daughter-in-law of Elizabeth, Huldah's daughter)
witness Nancy B. Vandermark (Daughter of Elizabeth)

p17 "there is no record of their marriage, we have tried to retrieve it" Aug 1843


p3, list of persons Thomas served under (1st is the Captain, 2nd is the Colonel):
George Brinkerhoff; Roswell Hopkins
Abner Hawley; David Pratt
Nathanl. Henry; Marinus Willett[1]
Simeon Newell; (Marinus Willett)[1]


p2, 11 Dec 1843: witnessed by Benjamin Paine, John W. Quigg, and Phebe Paine (Benjamin was a descendant, and Phebe was his wife)
p3 John W. Quigg, and Ithiel Eldred
p7 and further pages: genealogy inquiry by Rev. Frank Grant Lewis (a genealogist, and a descendant of Thomas and Huldah)

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