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Trappers of New York
or a BIOGRAPHY of NICHOLAS STONER & NATHANIEL FOSTER;
TOGETHER WITH ANECDOTES OF OTHER CELEBRATED HUNTERS,
AND SOME ACCOUNT OF SIR WILLIAM JOHNSON AND HIS STYLE OF LIVING
by Jeptha R. Simms
A Reprint with New Supplementary Matter
Printed by Enterprise and News
St. Johnsville, N.Y. 1935

Albany: J. Munsell, 82 State Street. 1850

THE STONER PENSION PAPERS

Also the Pension Papers of Hannah Stoner, His Widow. Schedule of His Wealth. Proof of His Service and Duration of Same.

Something of the service of the old Scout and Trapper of the North Woods may be gleaned from the pension papers of Hannah Stoner, widow of Nick Stoner and also, the papers of Nick Stoner.

The following copies are from the pension papers owned by N. Berton Alter of Nelliston.

The papers establish the term of service of the applicant as from 1777 to the close of the war of 1783. His pay was eight dollars a month and his widow evidently received the same.

The inventory of Stoner's possessions at the time of his application in 1820 shows that he was not endowed with many worldly goods. One notes the 13 traps and the old gray mare (presumably she was gray) but looks in vain for the old musket. Possibly the gun was exempt. Who would not give the appraisal value of $5 for the chest of drawers listed as old?

Major Stoner's Pension Papers

Note: This is a copy of the outside of Nicholas Stoner's pension application.

Nicholas Stoner, Private. New York line-1777. 6 years. In the army of the United States during the Revolutionary War.

Inscribed on the Roll of New York at the rate of 8 Dollars per month, commencing the 8th of April, 1818.

Certificate of Pension issued the 30 of June, 1818 and sent to Pensioner at Johnstown, New York.

Arrears to 4th of September, 1818. 4 months 27-30, $39.20.

State of New York)
Town Unknown,) ss.
County of Montgomery)

Nicholas Stoner of the County aforesaid being duly sworn says that he served during the revolutionary war as Musician in Captain Pells-Company Colonel James Livingstons Regiment, and afterwards in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Van Cortlandt of the New York line from the year 1777 until the peace of 1783 when he obtained an honourable discharge at New Burgh in the State of New York which discharge is inclosed.

And this deponent further says that by reason of reduced circumstances he needs the assistance of his Country for support and that he receives no pension at present from the United States.

N. STONER.

Supporting Affidavits, Proof of Service

Subscribed and sworn to this 8th day of April, 1818 before me James Hildreth One of the Judges for the county of Montgomery and State of New York.

State of New York)
County of Montgomery)ss.

Richard Dodge of the county aforesaid being duly sworn says that he served in the revolutionary war, that he was well acquainted with Nicholas Stoner the above Deponent, and knows him to have Served as Stated by him in his affidavit, from the year 1780 until the end of the revolutionary war.

RICHARD DODGE.
Attested by James Hildreth

Sworn and subscribed before me this 8th day of April, 1818, James Hildreth, One of the Judges for the County of Montgomery.

State of New York) ss.
County of Montgomery)

I, James Hildreth one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Montgomery State of New York do certify that upon an examination in pursuance of the Law entitled an Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and Naval Service of the United States in the revolutionary war, passed the 18th day of March in the year 1818 1 do find that Nicholas Stoner Served as a Musician in the revolutionary war from the year 1777 until the peace of 1783 when he obtained an honourable discharge at New Burgh in the State of New York, and that the said Nicholas Stoner agreeable to the provisions of said Act of Congress is entitled to a Pension of Eight Dollars pr. Month.

Given under my hand at Johnstown this 8th day of April In the year 1818.

JAMES HILDRETH.

James Hildreth's signature is attested by John McCarthy, clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County.

Nick Stoner's Claim, 1820

State of New York)
County of Montgomery) ss.

---On the fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord 1820 personally appeared in Open Court of common pleas of said County, being a Court of Record for said County constituted by the statutes of said state according to the principles of the common law with power of fine and imprisonment, Nicholas Stoner aged about fifty years resident in said county who first being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows to wit in Captain Pell's Company Colonel Cortlandt's Regiment New York Line that the date of his pension certificate is the 30th day of June, 1818, is numbered 1695 and I do solemnly swear that I was resident citizen of the United States On the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by Gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby to diminish it so as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval services of the United States in the Revolutionary War: passed on the 18th day of March, 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed to wit Real Estate none, occupies 29 acres of land as tenant at will Personal estate One mare One cow three hogs two calves some fowls one chest of Drawers old some 4 pots and kettles half Dozen Knives and forks half Doz tea cups and saucers, few other pieces crockery thirteen Hunting Traps One Plough One Iron chain His family consists of four persons his wife Anna aged about fifty seven years infirm in health his son Obadiah aged nineteen years his daughter Catherine aged eighteen years That by occupation he is a Farmer or day Laborer.

N. STONER.

Sworn to and declared on the 15th day of June 1820 in Open Court. JOHN McCARTHY, Clerk.

Nick Stoner's Worldly Possessions

Schedule of property real and personal now owned and belonging to Nicholas Stoner dated this fifteenth day of June 1820 to wit.

Real Estate now occupies a lot of land as tenant at will.

Personal Estate

One mare-----------------------------$40.00
One Cow------------------------------$12.00
3 Hogs--------------------------------$1 1/2 $4.50
1 Calf---------------------------------$5.00
Some fowls---------------------------$1.00
Some Old Knifs & forks abt 1/2 Doz-$1.00
1 chest of drawers-old---------------$5.00
Some pots and Kettles Value--------$7.00
Some tea cups and Crockery --------$0.50
13 Traps for Hunting-----------------$9.75
I plough------------------------------$3.25
1 chain iron---------------------------$2.00
$91.00

and that he the said Nicholas Stoner is Indebted for the above and Other articles to an amount exceeding the above sum of 91 dollars. Deduct 5 Dollars in the price of the mare leaves the whole amt. of personal property at the sum of 86 dollars.

N. STONER.

State of New York) SS.
Mont. Co. Clerk's Office)

I, John McCarthy, Clerk of the County of Com. pleas in and for the said County do hereby Certify that the foregoing Oath and schedule thereto annexed are truly copied from the Record of the said Court and I further Certify that is proved to the satisfaction of the Court by the Oaths of creditable witnesses and that it is the opinion of the said Court that the total amount in Value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is $86 in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court On the 15th day of June, 1820.

JOHN McCARTHY, Clerk.

THE WIDOW'S PENSION CLAIM

Nick Stoner received a pension in the amount of $96 per year and after his death which according to the widow's claim below, occurred November 24, 1853, his widow Hannah made application for a widow's pension, which was granted in the sum of $96 per year and went into effect November 24, 1853, the date of Stoner's death as shown by the following:

Note, The outside of the widow's claim is copied below:

3958
New York - Albany

HANNAH STONER

Widow of Nicholas Stoner, N. Y. who served in the Revolutionary war as a private.
Inscribed on the roll at the rate of 96 dollars, 0. Cents per annum, to commence on the 24 November, 1853.

Certificate of Pension Issued 31st day of March, 1854 and sent to Claimant, Johnstown, Fulton Co., N. Y.

Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under act February 3, 1853, Page 86, Vol. A.

The Widow's Application

State of New York)
Fulton County*) ss.

On this 13th day of March, 1853 personally appeared before the County Court of the County of Fulton and State of New York Hannah Stoner a resident of the Town of Johnstown in the County of Fulton, and state of New York aged Sixty two years who being first duly Sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the Following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed on the 3rd February, 1853 Granting pensions to Widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary war; that she is the widow of Nicholas Stoner deceased who was a private & Fifer in the army of the Revolution; That the said Nicholas Stoner on account of his said service was awarded a pension under the act of Congress passed 18th March, 1818 at the rate of Ninety Six dollars per annum; That his services were rendered in the New York State Line in said army; which fact and other particulars regarding said services are set me 13th day of March, 1854.


* Fulton county was erected in 1838 from the northern part of Montgomery county. Stoner's application is described as Montgomery county, it being dated prior to 1838, while the widow residing in the same place appears in Fulton county. No change of residence, but rather a geographical change of name.


Forth in his papers on file as declarent has been informed and believing in the matter of his application for a pension under said Act of 18th March, 1818 She further declares that she was married to Said Nicholas Stoner on the twenty Second day of April one thousand Eight hundred and forty At Johnstown by Jas. T. Hildreth Esqr. a Justice of the Peace of the town of Johnstown, Fulton County & State of New York and he has moved off to the State of Wisconsin, That her said Husband died on the twenty-fourth day of November one thousand Eight Hundred & fifty three, that she was the widow of Henry Frank deceased before she was married To the aforesaid Nicholas Stoner. That she was not married to him prior to the Second day of January Eighteen Hundred but at the time Stated above: She further declares she Hannah Stoner is now his widow and still unmarried

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HANNAH(X) STONER
Mark

Sworn to and subscribed before me 13 days of March, 1854.

N. J. JOHNSON,
County Judge of Fulton County.

Supporting Affidavits, Proof of Marriage

I John Plye of the Town of Johnstown in the County aforesaid being first duly sworn according to Law do on my oath depose and Say that I am Thirty five years of age. That I have known the within declarant some time before she was married to Nicholas Stoner, That I knew the aforesaid Nicholas but a Short time before he was married to the Widow Hannah Frank, that I this deponent was Present at the Time Nicholas Stoner was married to the Widow Hannah Frank which took place at the village of Johnstown at the House of Tunis Van Vleet on the twenty Second day of April one thousand eight Hundred & Forty, that my wife Hannah M. Pye was also Present with me, that They were Married by James T. Hildreth, Esqr. a Justice of the Peace of that Town of Johnstown & County aforesaid, that the aforesaid Justice has Moved off to the State of Wisconsin. The Reason I do well know of the Marriage of Nicholas Stoner with the Widow Hannah Frank Viz. I was married to Harriet M. Frank two months before Nicholas Stoner was married to Hannah Frank, to day I have the Certificate of my marriage which dates Feby. 22nd, 1840 that makes the marriage 22d April, 1840.

This deponent further Saith that Nicholas Stoner died on the twenty fourth day of November, Buried on the Twenty Sixth of November one thousand eight Hundred and fifty Three. That this deponent & His wife attended the funeral on the 26th November 1853 went up to Caroga with a waggon to attend the funeral the reason I do well recall I got the waggon & horse from W. Oatter to attend the Burial for which I gave him Credit; the Credit dates the 26th Novemr. 1853. I the Deponent further say that Hannah Stoner Still continues the widow and is unmarried. JOHN PYE.

Sworn to before me this 13th day of March, 1853.
N.J. JOHNSON, County Judge of Fulton

Town Clerk Sworn, Records Missing

I Philip P. Argersinger of the Town of Johnstown County of Fulton & State of New York being first Duly Sworn according to law Do depose & say that I am the Town Clerk of the Town of Johnstown county aforesaid & that I have Charge of the Records of Said town of Johnstown That I have the book Containing the Dockets & Records -of James T. Hildreth Late a Justice of the Peace of said Town, That I have Duly examined the Said Book & Records, That I cannot find The Marriage of Nicholas Stoner with Hannah Frank on the Records aforesaid.

PHILIP P. ARGERSINGER.

Sworn to before me this 18th day of March, 1854.

N. J. JOHNSON, County Judge.

I Harriet M. Pye of the Town of Johnstown in the County aforesaid being first duly sworn according to Law, do on my oath depose and Say I am thirty six of age, that she knew the widow, the Hannah Frank the Declarent in the above case from her earliest recollection, she Is the deponents mother, she knew Nicholas Stoner but a short time before he was married with the mother Hannah Frank, Nicholas Stoner was married with the Widow Hannah Frank on the twenty Second day of April one thousand Eight Hundred & forty by James T. Hildreth a Justice of the Peace at the House of Tunis Van Vleet at the Village of Johnstown, that Nicholas Stoner two months after the time she was married to John Pye which makes It the 22d day of April, 1820 the Date of Deponents Certificate of marriage to John Pye is the 22d of Feby., 1840, which makes this deponent so well recollect.

her
HARRIET (X) PYE,
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Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 13th day, 1854.
A. J. FULTON, County Judge of Fulton County.

Charles R. Bellows was the Undertaker

I Charles R. Bellows of the Town of Johnstown & Village of Gloversville Undertaker aged thirty eight years, who being duly sworn according to Law do on my Oath say that this deponent as undertaker furnished the Coffin for Nicholas Stoner also the Hearse to convey the Coffin from the House to the Grave Which was done on the twenty Sixth day of November one thousand Eight Hundred & fifty three I this (cannot read) have the Record which is the 26th day of November 1853.
CHARLES R. BELLOWS.
Sworn to before me this 22nd day of March, 1854.
N. J. JOHNSON, County Judge of Fulton County.
I hereby certify that the above named witnesses John Pye and Harriet Pye and Charles R. Bellows are respectable and creditable witnesses.
Dated, Johnstown, March 22d, 1854.
N. J. JOHNSON, County Judge of Fulton County.

State of New York) ss.
Fulton County)

I Margaret Perry of the Town of Johnstown & the County aforesaid aged forty three years being first duly Sworn -according to Law do on my oath depose & Say I well knew Nicholas Stoner and the Widow Hannah Frank Before they were married and often up to the death of Nicholas Stoner I still know the Widow Stoner. I was Present at the time Nicholas Stoner was married With the Widow Hannah Frank at the village of Johnstown at the House of Tunis Van Vleet who was then my first Husband and is now dead they were married by James T. Hildreth a Justice of the Peace In the latter part of the month of April one thousand Eight hundred and forty; This deponent and my husband Tunis Van Vleet Removed from the I-louse where they were married & took another house and moved the first of May; the Same Spring which makes me know; It was but a few Days before we moved which I well Recollect That She Hannah Stoner is still unmarried & remains his widow.

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MARGARET (X) PERRY,
mark

Subscribed & sworn to before me this 18th day of March 1854 and I hereby certify that the said Margaret Perry is a creditable witness.

N. J. JOHNSON, County Judge.

Declaration by Hannah Stoner

Declaration of a Revolutionary Widow who claims a Land Warrant Under Act March 3, 1855.

State of New York) ss.
Fulton County)
On this 23rd day of March A. D. One Thousand and eight hundred & fifty five personally appeared Before me a Justice of the Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid Hannah Stoner aged sixty three Years. A resident of the Town of Johnstown County of Fulton & State of New York, who being duly sworn according to Law Declares that She is the Widow of Nicholas Stoner deceased who was a soldier Private & fifer in the Revolutionary War & was awarded A pension for his services Under Act 18th March, 1818 at $96 per annum. She further Declares She is a pensioner Under the 2d Section of the Act of 3 February, 1853 at $96 per annum for services rendered by her husband the aforesaid Nicholas Stoner, She more particularly refers to her papers on file at the Office of the Commissioner of Pensions She further States she was married to the said Nicholas Stoner in the Town of Johnstown on the twenty third day of April A. D. 1840 by one James Hildreth a Justice of the Peace that her name was Hannah Frank that her said Husband died at Garoga on the twenty fourth day of November A. D. 1853, and that she is now a widow.

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HANNAH (X) STONER.
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She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty land to which she may be entitled under the Act approved March 3, 1855, And she hereby bequests the Commissioners of Pensions to Forward her warrant to Abm A. Van Horn, Fonda, N. Y. and him by attorney to receive the same for me.

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HANNAH (X) STONER.
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Supporting Affidavits

We John Pye & Jemis,on Giles Residents of the Town of Johnstown, Fulton Co. In the State of New York upon our Oaths declare that the foregoing declaration was Signed and Acknowledged by Hannah Stoner in our presence, and that we believe from the appearance and statements of the application that she is the Identical person She Represents herself to be.

JOHN PYE.
JIM GILES.

The foregoing declaration and affidavits were sworn to and Subscribed before me, on the day and years above written, & I Certify that I know the affiants to be creditable persons, that the Claimant is the person she represents herself to be, and that I have no Interest In this Claim.

J. W. JOHNSON,
Justice of the Peace.


State of New York)
Fulton County Clerk's) ss.
Office)

I A. Anderson clerk of the said County do hereby CERTIFY that J. W. Johnson Esq., whose name is subscribed to the Certificate of Proof or Acknowledgment, a Justice of the Peace in and for that County aforesaid, dwelling in the said County, and duly authorized to take the same: That I am well acquainted with the handwriting of the said Justices and verily believe that the signature to the said Certificate of Proof or Acknowledgment is genuine And that the said instrument is executed and acknowledged according to the Laws of the State of New York.

Seal in Fulton County.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal, this 23rd day of March 1855.

A. ANDERSON,
County Clerk of Fulton County.

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