Edward Marden Sr. – Pension Records (part 1)

Well folks, I am sorry to take so long in getting back to the blog. I wish I could say it was a relaxing break, but Mother Nature had a different plan for me. I live in Maine where we experience “Winter Weather Conditions” (WWC for short) on a regular basis this time of year. I have been doing what seems like an endless series WWC chores since last Friday!

Today I will start posting about the wonderful information found in Edward Marden’s pension record. It can be found at Footnote.com (starting at this address if you subscribe) as well as Heritage Quest and consists of 51 images. I will be posting selected documents from the file on the blog and in our genealogy database.

The first document I will examine is the pension application dated 9-Apr-1818 and transcribed below.Pension Application Click on the image to enlarge it.

State of New Hampshire.
On this ninth day of April 1818, before me the subscriber, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for said County personally appears Edward Mardin aged sixty seven years, resident in Lyman in the said State, who being by me first duly sworn
according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress, entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war.” That he the said Edward Mardin enlisted in
December 1776 in the State of Vermont in the company commanded by Captain Benjamin Whitcomb of the Rangers for during the war, & after serving therein four years was transferred to Capt Moody Dustin in Col. Henry Dearbons Regiment; that he
continued to serve in the said corps, or in service of the United Sates until the month of June 1783, when he was discharged from service in Newburgh State of New York; that he was in the battles of Fort Ann and that he is in reduced circumstances, and stands in
need of assistance of his country for support; and that he has no other evidence now in his power of his said services.

What the document tells me?

  • Edward Marden was living in Lyman, NH on 9-Apr-1818
  • On that date he was 67 years old
  • He enlisted in December of 1776 in Vermont
  • He served with Capt. Benjamin Whitcomb for 4 years
  • He was transferred to Capt. Moody Dustin’s company under Col. Henry Dearbon
  • Edward was discharged in June of 1783 at Newburgh, NY
  • He fought in the Battle of Fort Ann

I learned a little more about Edward’s military service, but not much else. However, the information it does have (name, age, & location)matches up very well with what I know about Edward Sr. So, this confirms the pension record I found is for the man I am researching. To a novice researcher this may not seem important. But, if you have ever spent valuable time researching the wrong person, it is a lesson you probably won’t forget. I already know from my prior research that there is probably other men alive in 1818 by the name of Edward Marden. But I also know this pension record is for the one I am researcher and not one of the others.

Do any of my readers know about the Battle at Fort Ann?

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