Monday, November 29, 2010

Amanuensis Monday- Josiah Stone’s Pension Papers

Susanna Stone's application for a pension
under her husband, Josiah Stone
Pension Number B. L. Wt. 11191-160-55, page 9
My 3x great Grandfather Peter Hoogerzeil was born on 28 October 1803 in Dordrecht, Netherlands. He had stowed away on a Rotterdam ship to America. It was supposedly full of hemp bound for the ropewalk in Salem, Massachusetts. According to family lore, he married the Captain’s daughter. This story always bothered me because of two reasons. #1, a stowaway was a criminal, and wouldn’t the captain of the ship be angry at this young man? #2, I could never find the name of Peter’s mother and father-in-law in the records. He married Eunice Stone on 30 December 1828, according to the Beverly, Massachusetts Vital Records.

In the Beverly Vital Records, there was no birth record for Eunice Stone. Her death record lists her parents as Edmond Stone and Susanna Hix of Beverly. There was no marriage for an Edmond and Susannah in the records. There was a marriage for a Josiah Stone and Susannah Hix on 25 January 1795 in Beverly.

In the Revolutionary War Pension records on I found a record for Josiah Stone that cleared up all the confusion. Apparently the death record was wrong Eunice’s father was Josiah Stone. Josiah Stone served in the Revolutionary War, his pension file names Eunice Hoogerzeil, Daniel Woodbury, Hezekiah Foster, and Susanna Stone. Pension Number B. L. Wt. 11191-160-55.  Apparently Captain Josiah Stone forgave his stowaway?

Partial transcription:

“….On this thirtieth day of March, A.D. one thousand eight
hundred and fifty-five, personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace and notary Public with and
for the County and State aforesaid, Susanna Stone aged
----- years, a resident of Beverly in the State
of Massachusetts who being duly sworn according to law declares
that she is the widow of Josiah Stone deceased, who
was a private as she believes, in the company commanded by Captain
John Kettell; Major Heath Detachment, stationed at
……That her said husband was mustered into service at Boston on or about
The first day of September A. D. 1779 for the term
of ---------- and continued
in actual service in said war for the term of more than fourteen days and
was honorably discharged at Boston on the 30th day
of September A. D. 1779.
She further states that she was married to the said Josiah Stone
in Beverly on the twenty fifth day
of January A. D. 1795, by one Rev. Joseph Nahum then a
clergyman of Beverly, and that her name before said marriage
was Susanna Hicks, that her said husband died
at Beverly on the 20th day of April A. D. 1848
and that she is now a widow….”

Family Group:
Josiah Stone (Josiah, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John) born 25 December 1763 in Beverly and died 20 April 1848 in Beverly; married first to Mary Wales on 16 May 1784 in Beverly, she died on 2 July 1794; married second to Susannah Hicks/Hix on 25 January 1795.
Children with Mary Wales in the Beverly Vital Records
1. Betsy, born 20 May 1788
2. Edmond, born 7 December 1791
3. Josiah, born 17 September 1793, died October 1820 in New Orleans
4. David Wales Stone baptized on 27 July 1794 in Beverly.
Children with Susanna Hicks in the Beverly Vital Records, except for Eunice
5. Polly Stone, born 22 October 1795
6. Joanna Stone, born 31 August 1797
7. Louise/Lois, born 20 September 1799
8. Eunice Stone, born about 15 May 1807 (calculated from an obituary) married Peter Hoogerzeil.

Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. So many of us have a sea captain's daughter story. Most of us can't document any of it. Delighted to see this. It'll keep me hunting.