Archive:War of 1812 Pension File, Joseph Whitney (c1792-1875)
War of 1812 Pension File, Joseph Whitney
Widow: Jane Whitney
Invalid's Brief: Application #SO10362, Cert. #SC6218
Widow's Brief: Application #SO29785, Cert. #SC22370
National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
Captain John Moss' Company, New York Militia
Joseph Whitney signed a Declaration for Pension, War of 1812, from Barry County, Michigan on 26 September 1871. He is seventy-nine years old and a resident of Carlton, Barry Co., Michigan. He is married, and his wife's name was Jane Franklin, maiden name Potter. They were married at Strongsville, Ohio on 17 June 1837 (sic). He served the full sixty days as a private in Captain John Moss' Company, Colonel Pike's Regiment of New York Militia. He enrolled in May of 1812 near Plattsburgh, New York and was honorably discharged at Lake Champlain in December 1812. He also served again under Captain Ostrander in 1814 in Colonel Stuart's Regiment. He has received bounty land. The declaration is witnessed by Albert Cheney and Varney Jones, both of Carlton, Michigan. Joseph made his mark in place of an actual signature.
Jane Whitney signed a Claim of Widow for Pension, War of 1812 on 24 July 1878 from Barry Co., Michigan. She is seventy-nine years old and a resident of Carlton, Barry Co., Michigan. In reference to her husband, Joseph Whitney, she adds that he enlisted at Fort Ann, Washington County, New York for a term of three months, from which service he was honorably discharged. He afterwards re-enlisted and served fourteen days. She describes her husband at the time of his enlistment as having been eighteen years old, with dark hair, black eyes, dark complexion, and occupation farmer. His birthplace was Fort Ann, Washington Co., New York. She was married to Joseph Whitney at Strongsville, Ohio on 17 or 18 June 1837 (sic) by Mr. Stone (sic), J.P. Her name at the time of her marriage was Jane Franklin, and she has not remarried since the death of the soldier. Both she and Joseph Whitney had been previously married. Her previous husband was Lyman Franklin, who died at Fort Ann, New York about 1831. Joseph Whitney's former wife, Betsey Hutchinson, died in April 1837 at Jackson, Michigan. Her husband, Joseph Whitney, died at Carlton, Barry Co., Michigan on 27 April 1875. Since the date of his discharge, she and Joseph had resided the first five years at Jackson County, Township of Rives, Michigan, then in Carlton, Barry Co., Michigan about fourteen years; then in Dwight, Livingston Co., Illinois for 2 years; and since then in Carlton, Barry Co., Michigan. Her claim is attested by Abner and Ebenezer Cheney, and she made her mark in place of an actual signature.
Jane Whitney signed additional testimony on 19 March 1879. She was married to Joseph Whitney at Strongsville, Ohio on 17 June 1837 (sic) by Esquire Stone (sic), Justice of the Peace. Joseph Whitney died at Carlton, Barry Co., Michigan on 27 April 1875, and she has not remarried. She and Joseph Whitney lived together as husband and wife continuously from their marriage until his death. They lived together in Carlton for the thirty years prior to his death. Stephen Potter, who now resides in Livingston County, Illinois was present at the marriage. Joseph had received a pension, the certificate of which has been returned to the pension office, and land warrants of an unknown number.
A Certificate of Marriage was provided by Daniel R. Tilden, Probate Judge of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It certifies that Joseph Whitney and Jane Franklin were married 18 June 1837. They were legally married by H. Stoner, J.P.
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