MASSACHUSETTS - PRIVATE FOR 8 MONTHS - $26.66
AFFIDAVIT BY CLERK OF SHARON, MASS - JEREMIAH RICHARDS
I Jeremiah Richards of Sharon in the County of Norfolk and state of Massachusetts hereby certify and say that I am at this time, the clerk of the town of Sharon in said county of Norfolk and have the custody and keeping of the books and records of said town and that on those records it appears that Oliver Drake and Ruth Drake were married on the thirty first day of October anno-domini, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine by the Rev. Philip Curtis which appears by an entry in the following words, "married by the Rev. Philip Curtis, Oliver Drake and Ruth Drake, both of Stoughtonham, October thirty first anno domini one Thousand seven hundred and seventy nine."
And I hereby certify that the above extract is a true copy of the record with the exception of the date which is expressed on record in the legible figures as follows: Oct 31, 1779 (October thirty first) one thousand-seven hundred and seventy nine.
As this town at the time of this marriage was called Stoughtonham.
Sharon, August the sixth day Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and thirty eight. (note the error of 1738?? )
Then an affidavit for proof on above certified by a Jeremiah Gould, Justice of Peace.
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts
County of Bristol
On this twenty eighth day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before Hadijah Baylies, Judge of probate, within & for the county of Bristol, the court of probate now setting at Taunton in said county by duty of, Oliver Drake, a resident of Mansfield in said County of Bristol, labourer and commonwealth aforesaid, aged seventy eight years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he was born in the town then called Stoughton Ham in the County of Suffolk but now Sharon in the County of Norfolk in the commonwealth aforesaid as he was informed by his parents, on the fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & fifty four, that he resided in said Stoughtonham in the latter part of April or the fore-part of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy five, at which time he enlisted as a volunteer in the army of the revolution into the company of which Samuel Payson was Captain for the term of eight months as a private soldier in said company carrying to the regiment of which Joseph Reed was _____? that he did the duty of a private soldier in said company in & near Roxbury in the then county of Suffolk during the said eight months and was discharged but not in wrighting that Benjamin Billings of said Mansfield Esq & physician was a private soldier in said company during the term aforesaid and Samuel Billings of Foxborough in the County of Norfolk, gentleman, was sergeant in said company during the term aforesaid - and the reason why he is not produced as a witness in Court is that he says he is over eighty one years of age & very infirm and that he knows of no other person now living who belonged to the said Payson's company, but his affidavit is herewith annexed - that he resided in the Town now called Sharon where he was born until after peace of 1782 & afterward removed to said Mansfield where he has resided ever since - that he has no documentary evidence of any of the above facts, that he marched from said Stoughtonham through Stoughton, Melton, Dorchester to Roxbury and did duty in guarding the sea coast; the British ships of war then laying in & near Boston harbour, that he was in no battle and that he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, I declare that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Signed by: Oliver Drake
Sworn to and subscribed the day & year first above mentioned,
signed: H. Baylies, Judge of Probate
Nov. 6, 1832
We Benjamin Billings. . . . . .residing in Massachusetts and
David Gilbert. . . . . . . .residing in the same town hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Oliver Drake-who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be about seventy eight years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he residesto have been a Soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.
Signed: Benj. Billings
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year last aforesaid
H. Baylies, Judge of Probate
I Samuel Billings of Foxborough in the County of Norfolk, Gentleman, being eighty-one years of age and being so infirm I am unable to attend court, do testify & say that I was a sergeant in the company of Capt. Samuel Payson & Regt of Col. Joseph Reed in the eight months service in 1775 near Boston in the army of the Revolution in the Massachusetts line & that Oliver Drake of Mansfield in the county of Bristol did the duty of a private Soldier in said company during the term of eight months.
Signed: Saml Billings
Bristol Mass, August 4th 1832 then the above named Samuel Billings made oath to the truth of the above affidavit by him subscribed before me David Gilbert, Justice of Peace.
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Following on widow's claim:
State of Massachusetts
On this seventeenth day of August eighteen hundred and thirty eight, personally appeared before the Honorable Oliver Prescott, Judge of the Court of Probate within and for the County of Bristol, Ruth Drake a resident of the Town of Mansfield in the said County of Bristol, aged seventy five 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 provisions made by the Act of Congress passed on the 7 day of July, 1838. entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows" That she is the widow of Oliver Drake late of said Mansfield deceased who was a private in the war of the Revolution.
She further declares that she has no documentary evidence of his service and she cannot particularly describe it, she therefore refers to his declaration for a pension and the accompanying evidence made under the Act of Congress of the 7 June 1832 for proof of his services and rank in said war which one now on file in the pension office at Washington and upon which he was pensioner.
She further declares that she was married to the said Oliver Drake on the thirty first day of October in the year seventeen hundred and seventy nine and that her said husband the aforesaid Oliver Drake died on the sixth day of April eighteen hundred and thirty eight. That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four, viz; at the time above stated and that she has remained the widow of the said Oliver Drake ever since the time of his death stated above, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof which is hereunto emitted.
Signed: Ruth (X) Drake
Witnesses: James Carpenter
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year above written before:
Signed: Oliver Prescott
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Another widow's claim Affidavit followed but not written in full here, it was dated 1st of July 1848. She received $26.66 per annum Another affidavit in 1843 which again is signed by Ruth Drake;
Then another by Stimpson Austin (this is the individual that both Oliver and Ruth resided with in their final years.
Another affidavit signed and proof given of Oliver's service by Benjamin Billings in 1832.
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Within the Micro-filmed Revolutionary War Records, there was as follows:
FROM MASS. SOLDIERS & SAILORS IN REV. WAR VOL IV PG 952