THIS WIDOW, SILENCE BONNEY LIVED TO BE 103 YRS OLD
THE OLDEST LIVING RECIPIENT OF REV. WAR PENSION
4119 - Silence Bonney, formerly widow of Clement Drake, who died on the 28 Feby 1788 of Berkshire, in the State of Mass. who was a Private in a company Mass.
Inscribed on the roll of Massachusetts at the rate of 27.88 per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831.
Revolutionary War Claim Act July 4, 1836 Recorded by F. S. Swann, Clerk, Book C Volume I, Page 49;
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Berkshire County; Town of Pittsfield;
On this 30th day of September, 1844, personally appeared before the Hon. Wm. T. Walker, Judge of Probate for the County of Berkshire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Silence Bonney, a resident of Pittsfield in said county, 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 benefits of the provision made by Act of Congress passed July 4th, 1836 and the act explanatory of said act passed March 3rd 1837. That Clement Drake, her former husband enlisted as a private into the army of the Revolution in the year of 1775 from the town of Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, that he was first called out on an alarm and before he returned he enlisted for eight months in a company commanded by Capt. Macey Williams in Col. Walker's Regt for which services she claims a pension.
That she was married to the Said Clement Drake at Easton on the 31st day of March 1774 and that her husband the aforesaid Clement Drake died on the 28th day of February, 1788 at said Easton and that she afterwards married William Bonney who died on the twenty fifth day of July AD 1806. That she was a widow on the fourth day of July 1836 and still remains a widow as will more fully appear by reference to the proofs hereunto annexed. Signed: Silence Bonney;
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A statement from John Selee regarding the death of Clement Drake, made affidavit that he checked the deaths of Easton, Bristol County, Mass. and found that Clement Drake died 28 February, 1788 and interred March 1st 1788. Signed by Tisdale Harlow, Justice of Peace. These names show up also at Sharon/Harlow & Tisdale along with the Drake lines.
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William & Silence (Drake) Bonney had son Edson that writes also within this one. (1844).
A W. L. Bonney wrote for information on Silence's pension back August 25, 1937; which she states she believed that her husband died about 1805 leaving a widow Silence who administered his estate at Taunton. He died per her letter, at Mino, Me. She lived to be 103, at Pisefield and was the oldest pensioner in the US. This W. L. Bonney resided 504 - 1/2 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA.