War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrant Application


Nicholas G. Hilts

Herkimer NY

Transcribed and Contributed by Carol Grainger.

Many thanks to Loretta Marriott, who first ordered pension papers for Nicholas Hilts and got the ball rolling for military records.

"Nicholas G. Hilts was my gggg-grandfather"
Carol Grainger. His full name was Johannes "Nicholas" George Hilts (aka Hannes, but most of the time Nicholas G.)

Herkimer, May 26, 1852

Dear Sir,
    Sometime ago we sent you the application of Nicholas G. Hilts for Bounty Land under the act of Congress passed Sept., 1850, in answer to which we received a letter from your department saying that the records of your office show that he entered the service Oct. 5, instead of the 5th, as alleged in this application. And that to allow him the time he claimed you require the testimony of two Officers or Privates to prove the time he claimed. This we herewith send you. And allow us to add that we think the figure 1 before the 5 so as to make 15 is a mistake of transcribing the rolls for there is no question but that Mr Hilts served as long as any one in Capt. Bellingers Co. The "affivavit" of Bellinger and Folts which we send you and the "affidavit" of Conrad Fulmer endorsed on the back of the application must be satisfactory. If not, we can send you the "affidavit" of George Smith, Frederick Dockstsder, Christopher C. Bellinger, & others who are still living and were members of the same Company. We send the application of Peter M. Folts. Send the warrant to us if approved.

                        Respectfully your's

                        signed ___ R. Earl

CAROL'S NOTES: Peter M. Folts, while not a direct relation, was the father-in-law of Benjamin Lyon. Benjamin Lyon was the brother-in-law to Nicholas's daughter Helen Hilts Lyon. Conrad Fulmer was Nicholas's cousin once removed.

Deposition of Frederick P. Bellinger

State of New York.
Herkimer County.

Frederick P Bellinger of the town of Herkimer and the afresaid being duly sworn doth depose and say that he is fifty six years (fifty six was then crossed out) sixty years of age - That in the war with great Britain declared on the 18th day of June 1812 he was mustered in the service of the United States in the company of Captian Frederick Bellinger in the Regiment of New York Militia commanded by Col. Matthew Myers. And deponent says that the company was mustered into service on the fifth day of October A.D. 1814 at Herkimer and on the following day of soon there after Started for Sacket Habor which was the place of destination and without delay reached there.

That deponent at the time the company was mustered was orderly Sergeant but was promoted to Sergeant Major on the way. And before reaching Sacket Harbor. And deponent says that while he was orderly Sergeant it was his duty to call the roll of the company and did so. And Distinctly recollects Nicholas G. Hilts was well acquainted who was a member of said company and that he accompained deponent to Sackets Harbor and continued there in service until the company was discharged - And deponent says that he has a distinct and positive recollection of aiding Hilts being with the company and answering to his name as a member thereof on the way to Sacket Harbor. And deponent Nicholas that said Hilts served as long as any member of said company. And further deponent says not.
Subscribed & sworn to before me this 12th day of May 1852.
David Rasbach Justice (his signature).
F.P. Bellinger (his signature)

Deposition of Conrad Fulmer

State of New York.
Herkimer County.

Conrad Fulmer of said county and duly sworn says that he is Sixty three years old and is well acquainted with Nicholas G. Hilts in the above declaration mentioned and Knows that the said Hilts served in the late war with Great Britain as above stated in his said declaration. And deponent says that he started with said Hilts and in the same company to go to Sackets Harbor from Herkimer on the fifth day of Oct A.D. 1814 went with him there and continued with him in service there until on or about the fourteenth of November in said year 1814 in the company commanded by Capt Frederick Bellinger in the Regiment commanded by Col Matthew Myers.

And deponent says that he received his discharge at the same time with said Hilts after being discharged together - And deponent further says not.
Sworn to before me January 1, 185_.
J.A. Rasbach Justice (his signature).
Conrad Fulmer (his mark).

NOTE: Conrad's mother was Elisabetha Hilts Fulmer. Conrad Fulmer & Nicholas Hilts were 1st cousins and also half 3rd cousins.

Deposition of Peter M. Folts.

Deposition given on behalf of Nicholas G. Hilts for purpose of obtaining land bounty.

State of New York.
Herkimer County.
Peter M. Folts of the town and county of Herkimer in the aforesaid being duly sworn doth depose and say that he is fifty six years old and served in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18 day of June A.D. 1812. That he was a member of Captain Frederick Bellingers Company in the Regiment of New York Militia commanded by Col. Matthew Myers.

And deponent says he was mustered into service on the fifth day of Oct A.D. 1814. And that he directly recollects that Nicholas G. Hilts also of the town of Herkimer with whom deponent was ___ ___ and ever since has been well acquainted, Entered the service of the Untied States for the ___ at least of one month and was not discharged from the said service until deponent had been discharged - And that deponent was in the service at Sacket Harbor for the spase of one month and then was Honorably discharged in consequence of a ___ foot and said Hilts was then Still in ___ service and continued in said service for about one week longer And further the deponent says not.
Sworn to before me
May 26, 1852.
David Rasbach Justice. (his signature)
Peter M. Folts (his signature)

State of New York
Herkimer County
    On this 20th day of March 1855 before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State personally appeared Nicholas G. Hilts aged fifty eight years a resident of the town of Herkimer in said County who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical Nicholas G. Hilts who was a private and served in the Company of Capt. Frederick Bellinger in the 40th Regiment of New York State militia commanded by Col. Matthew Myers in the War with Great Brittain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812 having entered the said Service under General Orders in the ___ Militia at Herkimer in the State ___ said on or about the 5th day of October 1814 and about the 14th day of November of the same year when he was honorably discharged at Sacketts Harbor, and that he has received for the said services a Bounty of Land Warrant for forty acres of Land under the act of 28th September 1850 which warrant he has sold and parted with and cannot remember nor does he know nor can he state its number nor can he return the ____.

    He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the additional Bounty of Land to which he is entitled under the act ____ March 5, 1855, never having received Bounty Land except as above stated and he hearby c_____ Charles Gray of Herkimer N.Y. his Att___y to _____his claim and secure his warrant
witnesses                        Nicholas G. Hilts (his mark)

Notes for Nicholas G. Hilts by Roberta Barnes, a paid researcher.

Nicholas G. Hilts.
BLW No. 71265-40-50 & No. 5609-120-55. War of 1812 service.
Nicholas located 40 acres in Ionia County, Michigan on 31 Aug 1852 under the Bounty Land Act of September 28, 1850. On 13 September 1852 he sold it to John A. Rasbach (sale price not disclosed). Noted that J.A. Rasbach wrote most of the declaration relating to Nicholas & Anna's marriage. Nicholas then located 120 acres near Traverse City, Michigan on 2 June 1855 under the Bounty Land Acot of March 3, 1855 (which allotted a total of 160 acres per Warrent). Nancy (Anna) Hilts sold it to John McNab on 23 November 1860 for $150.00 (thought she wasn't paid until January 1868). Nancy sells it as administrator for Nicholas.

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