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Pension Application for George Nellis

W.21834
State of New York
Fulton County
            On this 22nd day of February 1841 personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace and for said county Marcus Dusler who being duly sworn doth depose and swear that he is seventy seven years of age and is a pensioner of the United States that he was well acquainted with George Nellis during the Revolutionary War and untill his death.  That the said George Nellis was married to Elizabeth Duesler a sister of this deponent at the Commencement of the Revolutionary War or shortly thereafter.   That the said George Nellis after his marriage laws in the service of the United States as a private soldier in different companies as this deponent was often informed by him the said Nellis but of his own knowledge he cannot specify but one short tour which he performed with this deponent at Fort Plank and this deponent further swears that he has good reason to believe the said George Nellis served as a Batteauman and was for a length of time a prisoner during said war having  derived information of the facts at the time and his connection with the family as above stated this deponent has every reason to believe the same to be true and further he says not.
Subscribed and sworn to before me the day and year above mentioned. Marcus Dusler
Thomas R. Benedict, Justice
            I certify that Marcus Dusler the deponent above named is a man of truth and veracity and that his statement is entitled to credit.  Thomas R. Benedict, Justice
            I certify that the following is a true translation of the family record annexed to the affidavid of George Shout from the German into the English Language.
George Nellis Born October 18th 1751
Christina Nellis Born in the year of Christ 1792 February 2nd
Robert Nellis Born October 21st 1793
            In the year of the Birth of Christ 1771 George Nellis was jointed in the Bonds of Matrimony with Elisabeth Dusler Oct. 19th.

George Nellis W.21834
Declaration. In order to obtain the benefit of the 3rd section of the act of congress passed July 4th, 1836.
State of New York
Herkimer County
      On this 26th day of February 1841, personally appeared before the undersigned, a judge of Herkimer Court of Common Pleas, Elizabeth Nellis, a resident of the Town of Danube in the County of Herkimer and State of New York, aged eighty nine years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of congress passed July 4th 1836.
      That she is the widow of George Nellis who was a private in the militia and a batteauman in the War of the Revolution.  That she has reason to believe his services will appear reference being had to records at the War Department of the United States the Comptroller’s office of the State of New York and the testimony of living witnesses and on which she rests her claim.  She further declares that she was married to said George Nellis before the war of the Revolution by the Reverend Mr. England who was pastor of the Lutheran Church at Stone Arabia, day, month, or year she cannot particularly specify and that her husband the aforesaid George Nellis died more than twenty years ago and that she has remained a widow ever since the period of his death as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  She further declares that before her marriage her maiden name was Elizabeth Dusler and resided in Minden in the said county of Montgomery and that her husband the said George Nellis at the time of their marriage resided at the same place and continued to reside there during the said War of the Revolution.
(Signed with her mark)  Elizabeth Nellis

State of New York
Fulton County
            On this 12th day of March 1841 personally appeared before the Undersigned a Justice of the peace in and for said County John J. Wack who being duly sworn doth depose and swear that the above translation by him certified is true and correct, and he further swears that he is a Clergyman in the Reformed Cutch Church that he was well acquainted with George Nellis in his life time as also with Elisabeth his wife and that she has not intermarried but since his death continued his widow and further he swears that he has know [sic] the original of the above translation as the family record of the said George Nellis and Elizabeth his wife for more than thirty five years and that it was contained in their German Prayer Book.
Jno J. Wack
Sworn to and Subscribed this 12th March 1841 before me Thomas R. Benedict Justice
            I certify that John J. Wack who has sworn to the above affidavit is a reputable and creditable and his statement is entitled to credit that the word “be” was interlined  in the above before execution.
Thomas R. Benedict Justice

State of New York
Herkimer County
            On this 30th day of September 1842, at the surrogates court at the Surrogates office present Lauren Ford Surrogate personally appeared George Shout who on his oath made the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 4th 1836.  That he is the legal representative of Elizabeth Nellis late of Danube in said County deceased who in her lifetime was the wife of George Nellis and after his death his widow until her death.  That the said Elizabeth Nellis previous to her death which event happened on the 1st day of March 1841 made an application for a pension for the services of George Nellis her late husband during the Revolutionary War but did without obtaining it whereby it became Due her heirs or legal representatives.  That as such representative & now renews the application and relies on the proof hereto annexed together with that now on file at the War Department of the United States and which accompany the declaration of the said Elizabeth Nellis and on which he rests the claim.
George Shout.

George Nellis W.21834
            I Lawrence Fort Surrogate of the County of Franklin do certify that George Shout on the 30th day of September.  He appeared before me and sworn oath to the forgoing declaration—I certify whereof I have hereto offered my seal of office & subscribed my name at Little Falls on the day & year and aforesaid.
Lawrence Fort, Surrogate

State of New York
Herkimer County
Surrogate Court
            I, Lawrnece Ford Surrogate of the County of Herkimer do hereby certify, that George Shout of the Town of Danube in the said County was this day appointed by me, the Administer of the Estate of Elizabeth Nellis deceased, late of the said Town of Danube.
            That previous to making said appointment, this said George Shout presented to me satisfactory proof that said Elizabeth Nellis died on or about the first day of March 1841 and that the said Elizabeth Nellis left the following Children to wit: Hannah Murphy  wife of Thomas Murphy, Catherine Shall wife of Leonard Shall, Christina Shank, Lana Cramer wife of Jacob J. Cramer, Robert Nellis
            In witness whereof I have hereto offered my seal of office & subscribed my name at Little Falls.  September 30, 1842
Lawrence Ford, Surrogate

State of New York
Montgomery County
      On this second day of December 1843 personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, Henry Flanders to me well known who being duly sworn doth depose and swear, that he is eighty three years of age and is a pensioner of the United sates.  That he was acquainted with George Nellis during the Revolutionary War.  That he this deponent & the said George Nellis served together at Boatmen under Captain John Leffeller during the year 1778 doing duty that year in boating flour from Poughkeepsie to Tarry Town & Transporting General Washington & his Army and at the place called the King’s Ferry.  Nine months being the period for which we were enlisted & said duty as such boatmen which the deponent knows of his own knowledge having served in the same company & for the same period of time & further says not. (signed with his mark) Henry Flanders
Subscribed and sworn before me this 2nd day of December 1843, Jas. Wilson, Justice of the Peace.

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