War of 1812 War Widow's Pension Papers


Elizabeth Small Hilts

Wife of

George G. Hilts

Hermon NY & Herkimer NY

Contributed by Jeanne Kline.

State of New York
St. Lawrence Co.

On this 1st day of April A.D. 1878 personally appears before me _____ Johnson Surrogate of said County; the Surrogate Court being a Court of record within and for the County and State Aforesaid, Elizabeth Hilts age 81 years. A resident of the town of Hermon St. Lawrence County & State aforesaid, who being duly sworn according to law declares that she is the widow of George G. Hilts who served the full period of 60 days in the military service of the United States in the war of 1812; & who was the identical George G. Hilts who enlisted in Captain Asa Chatfields Company, Colonel Christopher Bellengers Regiment, & General Brown's Brigade at Herkimer N.Y. on the day of May A.D. 1812. and was honorably discharged at Sacketts Harbor N.Y. on the day of May A.D. 1812.

That the said George G. Hilts received a pension in his life time under the Act of February 1871 & drew the same up to the time of his death: and prior __ received a Land Warrant on account of said service.

That she was married under the name Elizabeth Small to said George G. Hilts on the 17th day of August A.D. 1815 by Rev. Peter Spinner at Herkimer in County of Herkimer in said State there being no legal barrier to said marriage.

That her said husband died at Gouverneur in said County of Laurence on the 14th day of February A.D. 1873 & that she has not remarried since his Death. That at no time during the late Rebellion against the Authority of the United States did she or her said husband ___ to the Cause of the Enemy of the government-giving them aid or comfort or exercise the functions of any office whatever under any Authority or protended Authority in hostility to the United States; that she will Support the Constitution of the United States; that she is not in receipt of a pension under any previous act; that she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on a pension roll of the United States under the previsions of the Act approved March 9, 1878 and hereby constitutes & appoints with full power of substitution & revocation Edward H. Neary of Gouverneur, St. Laurence County N.Y. her true and lawful Attorney to prosecute her claim & precure the issuance of a Pension Certificate to her

That her Post Office address is Gouverneur St. Laurence County N.Y.; that her ____ or place of abode is (the) town of Hermon in said Countyof St. Laurence.

Elizabeth Hilts

NOTE: on 4 September 1878, Elizabeth sent a letter stating she was incorrect on her marriage date. The correct marriage year was 1817. There is a note that the applicant is weak and feeble in mind and body to explain the difference in marriage years.

Also appears William J. Hilts residing at Gouverneuer St. Laurence County New York and Jacob Small residing at Hermon St. Laurence County New York persons whom I certify to be respectable &* entitled to credit & who being by me duly sworn say they were present & saw Elizabeth Hilts sign her name to the forgoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said Claimant & their acquaintance with her that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and at no time during the late rebellion against the Authority of the United States did she or her said husband adhere to the cause of the Enemies of the Government or give them aid or comfort; and that they have no interest in the prosection of this claim.

Wm. J. Hilts
Jacob Small

Sworn to & subscribed before me this 1st day of April A.D. 1878 and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration & affidavit were fully made known to me & explained to the applicant & witnesses before swearing; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the prosection of this claim
D.J. Johnson,
Surrogate of _____ Co. N.Y.

Photographs of George G. Hilts and Family

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