Nicholas Lybargerís Revolutionary War Pension File

Transcribed by Gary L. Hines

glhines@acm.org

This pension file contains genealogical and historical data on the Lybarger and Ball families of Bedford and Erie counties, Pennsylvania.  Other surnames mentioned include Brindle, Cochran, Devore, Guthrie, Hart, Large, Laughlin, McKee, Miller, Ried, Salisbury, and Sawtil.

Change History

Revision Date Description
- 16 Apr 2000 Original version.
A 1 Jan 2004 Changed transcription of frame 0363. See rationale page for details.

Nicholas Lyberger (as he is called in the pension records, but "Nicholas Lybarger, Jr.", in census records and elsewhere) made application for a Revolutionary War pension on 6 Aug 1832 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. His wife, Christina (called "Christiana" elsewhere), applied for a widowís pension on 2 Apr 1847 and 23 Feb 1849. This document transcribes the papers included in their pension file. Iíve divided the document into the following sections:

It has been very enjoyable doing this transcription, and I would be happy to receive your comments via email.


Introduction

The National Archives has microfilmed the Revolutionary War pension records in two filmings: the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900, Micropublication M-804 (Washington, DC, 1969) and the Selected Records from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Micropublication M-805 (Washington, DC, 1969). The M-805 Selected Records are a subset of M-804.

Unfortunately, the Selected Records for the Nicholas Lybarger pension records (M-805 roll no. 544, frames 0080-0096) ends one document in mid-sentence. The full filming (M-804 roll no. 1604, frames 0361-0416) completes that document and includes many more that arenít in the Selected Records. The transcription that follows is of the full filming.

Donald F. Lybarger, History of the Lybarger Family (Cleveland, OH: The Author, 1959; reprinted Trenton, NJ: Lybarger Memorial Association, 1986), pages 11-13, transcribes part of frame 0371, frames 0372-0374, and part of frame 0375 of Nicholas Lybargerís application. This contains Nicholasís description of his service and is the most exciting part of the file. Lybargerís transcription is mostly the same as mine, but he has normalized more of the spelling and capitalization. Where the text has the name "Cisney," for instance, Lybarger normalizes it to "Cessna," the form more commonly seen in other sources. He also footnotes the transcription with supporting references in the Pennsylvania Archives containing service records.


Contents

The pension documents were unbundled, flattened out, categorized as selected or nonselected, and filmed. In the process, documents that were originally bundled together were separated in the filming. The filming removed some of the original context of the documents. M-804 filmed the documents as follows:
 
Roll no. 1604, frame number Contents
0361 10" x 14" file envelope
0362 SELECTED RECORDS label
0363 List of 6 children in Nicholasís hand
0364 Jacket for Christinaís pension, granted 3 Apr 1849
0365-0366 Jacket for Nicholasís pension, granted 25 Mar 1833
0367-0370 Summary of Nicholasís service from Pension Office
0371-0376 Nicholasís statement of 6 Aug 1832
0377-0378 Christinaís statement of 2 Apr 1847
0378-0379 Elizabeth Devoreís statement of 3 Apr 1847
0379-0380 Ann Mary Guthrieís statement of 2 Apr 1847
0381-0382 Henry Ballís statement of 7 Apr 1847
0382-0383 Mary Largeís statement of 7 Apr 1847
0383 John H. Brindleís statement of 7 Apr 1847
0384 Certification by Wilson King, Prothonotary, 9 Apr 1847
0385-0387 Letter to War Dept., 16 Feb 1940, summarizing file
0388 NONSELECTED RECORDS label
0389 Reply to request for service record, 1928?
0390-0391 Form for photostatic copies, 6 Aug 1928
0392 Letter to Louise D. Hall, 24 Aug 1928
0393 Letter from Louise D. Hall, 20 Aug 1928
0394 Card containing list of correspondents concerning the file, 1907-1940
0395-0396 Christinaís certificate of pension
0397 Incomplete letter from Pension Office, May 1847
0398-0399 Address of letter containing additional proof, 6 Sep 1847
0400 English translation of the list of children
0401 Letter from Pension Office, 17 Sep 1847
0402 Title page of Nicholasís application
0403 Statement by Andrew Cochran, William C. Guthrie, Mathias Brindle, Daniel Sawtil, and John McKee, 2 Nov 1832
0404 Statement by Rev. Edson Hart and John Salisbury, 2 Nov 1832
0405 Certification by Edwin J. Kelso, Clerk, 29 Nov 1832
0406 James Laughlinís statement, 9 Aug 1832
0407-0408 Christinaís application under later Act
0409 Christinaís certificate, issued 22 Sep 1847
0410 Christinaís certificate, issued 22 Sep 1847
0411-0412 Henry Ballís statement, 7 Aug 1847
0413-0414 Samuel Ballís statement, 14 Aug 1847
0415-0416 Mary Largeís statement, 14 Aug 1847
0416 Certification by Wilson King, Prothonotary, 23 Aug 1847

As you can see, the documents are out of sequence. After studying the documents, I believe the sequence of events was probably as follows:

  1. Nicholas applied for a pension, including his statement of 6 Aug 1832 and James Laughlinís statement of 9 Aug 1832.
  2. The Pension Office replied that additional proof was required that Nicholas was a Revolutionary War soldier.
  3. Statements that Nicholas was believed to be a Revolutionary War veteran were taken from Andrew Cochran, William C. Guthrie, Mathias Brindle, Daniel Sawtil, John McKee, Rev. Edson Hart, and John Salisbury on 2 Nov 1832. These statements were certified by Edwin J. Kelso on 29 Nov 1832 and forwarded to the Pension Office.
  4. Nicholasís pension under the Act of 7 Jun 1831 was granted 25 Mar 1833.
  5. Nicholas died 16 Feb 1836.
  6. Christina applied for a widowís pension, including her statement of 2 Apr 1847 and statements from Elizabeth Devore (3 Apr 1847), Ann Mary Guthrie (2 Apr 1847), Henry Ball, Mary Large, and John H. Brindle (7 Apr 1847). These statements were certified by Wilson King 9 Apr 1847 and forwarded to the Pension Office.
  7. The Pension Office replied that more proof was needed that Elizabeth Devore was the daughter of Nicholas and Christina.
  8. Statements that Elizabeth was believed to be the daughter of Nicholas and Christina were taken from Henry Ball (7 Aug 1847), Samuel Ball, and Mary Large (14 Aug 1847). These statements were certified by Wilson King 23 Aug 1847 and forwarded to the Pension Office.
  9. Christinaís pension under the Acts of 7 Jul 1838, 3 Mar 1843, and 17 Jun 1844 was granted 22 Sep 1847.
  10. Christina applied again for a pension 23 Feb 1849.
  11. Christinaís pension under the Act of 2 Feb 1848 was granted 3 Apr 1849.

Transcription

Following is the transcription of the Nicholas Lybarger pension file. Microfilm frame numbers and editorial comments are in brackets and italicized.


[Micropublication M-804, roll no. 1604, frame 0361. This is the 10" x 14" envelope that has contained the file since 1910-1912, when the Pension Bureau unfolded the separate series of bundled papers and interfiled them in one alphabetic sequence.]

Service                                          Number
Penn.        Lyberger, Nicholas        W8075
                                Christina


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SELECTED RECORDS


[frame 0363. This is a list of Nicholas and Christinaís children, written by Nicholas in German script. It is referenced in Christinaís pension application documents below as an attachment. Donald F. Lybarger, History of the Lybarger Family (1959), page 30, refers to this list. The transcription of the fifth name in the list has been changed from "Ernst Leiberger" to "raehl Leibergarin" (for Rahel or Rachel Lyberger). Click here for the rationale behind this change. ]

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Johannes Leiberger ist geboren den 1 Januar 1787
Anna Maria Leibergarin ist geboren den 28 Oktober 1788
Henrig Leiberger ist geboren den 24 September 1793
Andres Leiberger ist geboren den 3 Dezember 1795
raehl Leibergarin ist geboren den 5 Dezember 1797
Cornelis Leiberger ist geboren den 3 Mai 1801


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46,46
Pennsylvania
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Christina Lyberger widow of Nicholas Lyberger who served in the Revolutionary war, as a private

Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of 44 Dollars 97 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1848.

Certificate of Pension issued the 3d day of April 1849 and sent to Hon. J. E. Brady M.C.

Recorded on Roll of Pensioners under act February 2, 1848, Page 241 Vol. 2.


[frame 0365. Looks like the folder for Nicholasís pension application under the Act of 7 Jun 1832.]

11,124
Pennsylvania
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Nicholas Lyberger of Erie Co. in the State of Pennsylvania, who was a Private in the Company commanded by Captain Cisney of the Regt. commanded by Col. Davidson in the Pennsylvania line for 13 m. 15 d. [...] 44.97
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Included in the Roll of Pennsylvania at the rate of 44 Dollars 97 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.
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Certificate of Pension issued the 25 day of March 1833 [...]
Thos. H. Sill Esq. Erie Pa.
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Arrears to the 4th of March 1833 --            89.94
Semi-anl. allowance ending 4 Sept 1833 --  22.48
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                                                                $112.42
                                                                ======
    ( Revolutionary Claim, )
    ( Act June 7, 1832. )
Recorded by John T. Sprague, Clerk,
Book E, Vol. 5. Page 35


[frame 0366. Looks like inside of folder for Nicholasís application.]

19,988
Nicholas Lyberger

Admd.
Private
Bonds, 1507
$44.97

Thomas H. Sill Esq.
    Erie, Pa.


[frame 0367. Reply of the Pension Office to Nicholasís application.]

                                                                                War Department,
                                                                                        Pension Office
                                                                                                _________183_

Sir:

    The evidence in support of your claim, under the act of June 7, 1832, has been examined, and the papers are herewith returned. The following is a statement of your case in a tabular form. On comparing these papers with the following rules, and the subjoined notes, you will readily perceive that objections exist, which must be removed, before a pension can be allowed. The notes and the regulations will show what is necessary to be done. Those points to which your attention is more particularly directed, you will find marked in the margin with a brace (thus: }). You will, when you return your papers to this Department, send this printed letter with them, and you will, by complying with this request, greatly facilitate the investigation of your claim.
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A Statement, shewing the Service of Nicholas Lyberger of Erie County Pennsylvania
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Period when the service was rendered Duration of the claimantís service.

[years - months - days]

Rank of the claimant. Names and Rank of the Company officers under whom he served. Names and Rank of the General and Field officers. Battles in which the applicant was engaged. Country through which he marched. Place of abode when he entered the service and age at the present period. Evidence by which the declaration is supported.
1775 - 1 -14   Cap Cisney Col Davidson   thr. Pennsylvania Bedford County Fractionary Evidence
1775 - 1 -21   "     on scouting Pennsylvania  
1776 - 1 -7   Lieut Oster-     parties aged 78  
1776 - 1 -7   walt          
1777 - -21   "          
1777 - 1 -14   "          
1778 - 1 -21   " Maj Woods        
1779 - 2 -   Cap Cisney          
1779 - 2 -   Cap McIntyre          
  - 13 - 15              

                                                                    I am, respectfully,
                                                                            Your obedient servant,
                                                                                    J. L. EDWARDS,
                                                                                            Commissioner of Pensions


[frames 0368-0369. Reply of the Pension Office to Nicholasís application, pages 2 and 3. These are the printed regulations for applying for pension referenced above -- not transcribed here.]


[frame 0370. Annotation on back of Nicholasís application folded up.]

Nicholas Lyberger
Pension application


[frame 0371. Start of Nicholas Lybergerís statement of 6 Aug 1832.]

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State of Pennsylvania,)
County of Erie, SS    ) On this sixth day of August 1832 personally appeared in open court before the judges of the Court of Common Pleas within and for the County of Erie now sitting being a court of Record in the state of Pennsylvania Nicholas Lyberger a resident of the Township of Springfield in the County of Erie and State of Pennsylvania 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 provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
        That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
        In the year 1775 I was a resident in the Township of Londonderry Bedford County and State of Pennsylvania and in the month of May in the same year in the same county I entered the company of volunteers raised for the defense of the country (against the Indians) under the command of Capt. Charles Cisney. We were employed in scouring the country and defending the inhabitants from attacks of the Indians. We were employed in Bedford County during the time we were in service. I remained in that service and in that company for the period of six weeks when I was dismissed and went home.
        In the fall of the same year 1775, the Indians killed two men at Frankstown on the Juniata River (then) in Bedford County [now in Blair County]. I was then in the month of November of the same year again called out (I having joined said company as a volunteer) to defend the country against the Indians. The company was still commanded by Capt. Charles Cisney. We were again employed in scouring the country and in the protection of the inhabitants from the incursions of the Indians. We were at this time employed in the said


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service for the period of seven weeks and were then dismissed and I returned home.
        In the latter part of the month of May 1776 I was still residing in the said Township of Londonderry and a member of the said volunteer company. Capt. Cisney had removed to Carolina and the command of the company had devolved on Lieutenant Michael Oserwalt. I was at that time again called out for the protection of the inhabitants of that county against the Indians. Our head quarters were at Tygarts Garrison at Frankstown. We were employed every day on scouring parties from the Garrison. Sometimes we were out three or four days before we returned to the Garrison. We continued five weeks in the service at this time and were then dismissed and returned home again.
        In the fall of the year 1776 in the month of November about the 15th the Indians made an incursion into Morrisons Cove in Bedford County and burnt Ulrickís Mill and killed all Ulrickís family but one who was absent at the time. On this occasion all the volunteers and Militia of Bedford County were called out and some from Conegocheague [in Franklin County?]. The[y] were collected at the town of Bedford and Col. Davidson of the militia took the command. I was there as a volunteer in the company commanded by Lieutenant Oserwalt. There were two companies of volunteers and three of militia - Capt. George Inslow commanded one of the companies - Capt. William McCall commanded another. We were marched from Bedford to Morrisons Cove and from thence to Frankstown on the Juniata. We went to Fetters Garrison. The militia kept the Garrison and the Volunteers were kept sentry in the country and looking out for the Indians. We were about five weeks in this service when we were dismissed and went home.
        In the month of April 1777 Lieutenant Oserwaltís


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company of volunteers of which I was still a member were again called out and myself with them to keep Tygerts Garrison at Frankstown and to scout in the country and protect the inhabitants from the Indians. We were marched to Tygerts Garrison and kept on duty at this time about three weeks. Sometimes keeping garrison and sometimes scouting in the country. We were there relieved by a company of Militia from Huntington County (then Bedford County) and were then dismissed and went home.
        In the time of Harvest of the same year 1777 an Indian Trail was discovered by a boy hunting cows, the alarm was given and the volunteers were called out. Our company was called out under Lieutenant Oserwalt. The company of Bedford Scouts commanded by Capt. Richard Delap was also called out. We went in pursuit of the Indians. Our company went along on a ridge of the mountain. The Bedford Scouts went into a gap of the mountains and were ambushed by the Indians and the Captain and all the men belonging to the company except four were killed at the first fire. Our company was on a hill called the Chimney ridge. We went to Tygerts Garrison and soon after we arrived there one of the men who had escaped by the name of Michael Wallack arrived at the Garrison and gave us the information of the companyís having been cut off. They were killed three or four miles from Tygerts Garrison. On hearing the news we went out to the place where they were killed and found the men lying dead on the ground. Thirty men were killed. We buried the dead and then returned back to the Garrison.
        We remained in the Garrison about five days and then scouted the country; we then returned to the town of Bedford and after being in service on this tour about six weeks were dismissed.
        In the month of June 1778 I was again called out


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in what was called the Big Scout in the same company of volunteers commanded by Lieutenant Oserwalt in the Battalion commanded by Major George Woods of Bedford. We rendesvoused at Bedford. The Battalion commanded consisted of two hundred and eighty two men. We were marched from thence to Conemaugh (then in Bedford now Somerset County) from thence to Black lick and from thence to Clearfield and came out into the Bald Eagle Valley (now Centre County) and from thence we came to Frankstown and from thence to Bedford. We were in search of Indians and expected to find them at Clearfield but did not come up with them. We got out of provisions on our march and were three days without any. We were seven weeks on this tour from the time we collected at Bedford to the time we returned there again. We were then dismissed and returned home.
        Early in the month of May 1779 two men were killed by the Indians near George Wisegarberís Garrison. This occasioned an alarm. Our company of Volunteers was at this time broken. I was then called out in a company of Militia commanded by Capt. Eva Cisney to serve for a term of two months. We were employed in scouting the country from Bedford to Frankstown and in the neighboring country. I served two months on this tour and was then discharged and went home.
        Soon after I was discharged viz. in the month of August 1779 -- a man by the name of Thomas McFarron in the same county was killed and a man by the name of Jacob Plum who lived a near neighbour to me was taken prisoner.
        The militia were again called out. I was then called out in a company of Militia commanded by Capt. William McIntire. We were employed in scouting the country and were sometimes stationed at James Martinís Garrison on the Juniata River fourteen miles from Bedford. While we were there George Beck his wife and family residing


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about a mile and a half from the Garrison were killed by the Indians. We went there from the Garrison and I helped them to bury the dead. We were out a scouting till our time expired. I served on this tour for two months and then was dismissed and went home.
        I have no documentary evidence in my possession by which I can support my claim and I do not know of any person whose testimony I can procure who can testify to my service. I have a Brother in the State of Ohio who I heared from about eighteen months ago -- whether he is now living or not I do not know. He would know something of my service.
        He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present one and declares that his name is not on a pension roll of the agency of any state.

The court propounded the following interrogatives to the applicant.

1st. Where and in what year were you born?
2. Have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
3. Where were you living when called into service: where have you lived since the revolutionary war and where do you now live?
4. How were you called into service: were you drafted did you volunteer or were you a substitute? And if a substitute for whom?
5. State the name of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served such continental and militia regiments

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as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service and if so by whom was it given and what has become of it?
7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your service as a soldier of the revolution?
In answer to Interrog. -- he further stated he was born in Frederick County in Maryland & remained a resident of Londonderry Bedford County till he came to this County of Erie about twenty nine years ago & has continued in Springfield Erie County Pa. his present residence. That among his present neighbors are the Revd. Edson Hart, John Salisbury Esq., Thos. R. Miller who can prove his good character.

                                                                                                His
Sworn and Subscribed in                                            Nicholas (X) Lyberger
Open Court August 6th                                                            Mark
1832
        Edwin J. Kelso Prot.


[frame 0377. Christina Lybergerís application under the Acts of 7 Jul 1838, 3 Mar 1843, and 17 Jun 1844.  It was made on 2 Apr 1847.]

Declaration

In order to obtain the benefits of the Provisions made by the acts of Congress of the 7th July 1838 of the 3d of March 1843 and of the 17th June 1844 Granting Pensions to Certain Widows

State of Pennsylvania    ))
County of Erie              )) ss. On the second day of April 1847 personally appeared before the subscriber a Judge of the Courts in and for said County; duly authorized by law to administer oaths Christina Lyberger of Springfield in said County; who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the Benefits of the provisions made by the acts of Congress of the 7th July 1838 the 3d of March 1843 and of the 17th June 1844 granting pensions to Certain Widows -- That she is the Widow of Nicholas Lyberger who was a Soldier in the war of the Revolution and a Pensioner of the United States. That this deponents maiden name was Ried. That she is now eighty four years old. That she was married to the said Nicholas Lyberger in the month of May in the year 1783 Seventeen hundred and Eighty three in the town of Cumberland Valley Bedford County Pennsylvania. That her said Husband was a German and died on the 16th day of February 1836 Eighteen Hundred and thirty six. That the attached family Record is a true Record of the ages of this deponents Children. That it is in the hand writing of this deponents said Husband and was Copyed by him from an old original family Record kept in a family Bible, about thirty years since, for the purpose of preserving a true record of the ages of his and this deponents Childrens ages. That the said old Record is now destroyed & gone. That she knows of no Record of her Marriage and thinks there is none.

                                                                                                        her
Sworn to and subscribed before me                                    Christina X Lyberger
                                                                                                        mark

This second day of April 1847 (
Miron Hutchinson                    (
Associate Judge                      (


[frame 0378. End of Christinaís declaration and start of supporting declaration from Elizabeth Devore, made 3 Apr 1847.]

I Certify that Christina Lyberger who has signed the within Declaration -- is a Respectable person That I Consider her to be of the age Represented by her -- That on account of bodily infirmity she Cannot attend the Court to make this Her declaration.

Miron Hutchinson
Associate Judge

State of Pennsylvania  ))
County of Erie            )) Ss. Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for Said County Elizabeth Devore of the town of Springfield in Said County aged sixty three years -- after being duly Sworn according to law; deposeth and Saith: That Christina Lyberger who is making application for a pension as the widow of Nicholas Lyberger, who was a Soldier in the War of the Revolution and a Pensioner of the United States is this deponents Mother -- and that the Said Nicholas Lyberger was this deponents Father -- That her said parents have lived together as husband and wife from the earliest times of her recollection untill the death of her Said father which took place on the 16th day of February 1836 Eighteen hundred and thirty six -- That he left the above named Christina his widow; who has Since Remained a Widow -- That as long since as this deponent can Recollect her Said father kept a family Record of the ages of his Children written in and old Dutch Bible -- That when this deponent was married her said Father gave her the old family Bible Containing the family Record -- That about Thirty Year Since her Said father Came to her house and Copyed the old Record into another Book and Carried it home and the attached Record is the identicle one that was so Copied by him -- and which has been in the possession of her said parents ever Since it was So Copyed --


[frame 0379. End of Elizabethís statement and start of supporting declaration from Ann Mary Guthrie, made 2 Apr 1847.]

That at the time her Said father Copyed the Said old Record it was much torn and decayed -- the Record of this deponents Birth was torn off and gone on that account it was not Copyed on the present attached Record -- That the Said old Record has Since been destroyed & is not now in existence.

Sworn and Subscribed before me )                                           her
This third day of April 1847          )                            Elizabeth (+) Devore
R. R. Robison J.P.                       )                                           mark

I Certify that the above named Elizabeth Devore is a verry Respectable person -- That her Character for truth and veracity is Good -- and That I Consider her to be of the age represented by her.

R. R. Robison J. P.

State of Pennsylvania   )
County of Erie             ) ss. Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for Said County Ann Mary Guthry of the town of Springfield in Said County aged fifty Eight Years the 28th day of last October who being first duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that Christina Lyberger who is by these presents applying for a pension as the widow of Nicholas Lyberger who was a Soldier and Pensioner of the United States -- is this deponents father -- That Her Said Father died on the 16th day of February 1836 Eighteen hundred and thirty six -- That her Said Mother Still Remains his widow -- That the attached family Record is a true Record of the ages of this deponents Said parents Children Excepting their oldest Child Elizabeth whose age does not appear on Said Record -- That the said attached Record had been in use as much as thirty years to the knowledge of this deponent -- That it is in the handwriting of her Said father -- and was Copyed by him from an old Record which was in the possession of her Said parents -- Since the earliest period of her Recollection -- Except a Short


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time it was in the possession of her Sister Elizabeth.

Sworn and subscribed before me )                                                 her
This 2nd day of April 1847          )                                Ann Mary (X) Guthrie
R. R. Robison J.P.                       )                                                 mark

I Certify that Ann Mary Guthry who has signed the above affidavit is a Respectable person.

R. R. Robison J.P.


[frame 0381. Start of supporting declaration from Henry Ball, made 7 Apr 1847.]

State of Pennsylvania )
County of Erie           ) ss. Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for Said County Henry Ball of Coneaut in Said County aged sixty seven Years; after being duly Sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that for the last fifty three years he has been personally acquainted with Nicholas Lyberger who had the Reputation of having been a soldier in the war of the Revolution and who was a Pensioner of the United States and died in the month of February 1836. That he was equally well acquainted with his wife who is the present applicant for a pension namely Christina Lyberger. That the said parties were living together as husband and wife fifty three years Since, and had the Reputation of being Such. That they Continued So to live untill the death of the Said Nicholas. That at the time this deponent first became acquainted with the Said parties, they then had Several Children, the oldest of which was Elizabeth who was then a girl Ten or Eleven years old, and is the Same individual that has signed the foregoing affidavit as Elizabeth Devore and that Ann Mary Guthry, who has Signed one of the foregoing affidavits, is and always has been Considered one of the Children of Nicholas & Christina Lyberger, and that the present applicant for a pension is the Identical


[frame 0382. End of Henry Ballís statement and start of supporting declaration from Mary Large, made 7 Apr 1847.]

person that was living with Nicholas Lyberger as his lawful wife fifty three years Since, and Continued to do so untill his death and is now his widow.

Sworn and Subscribed before me  )
This 7th day of April 1847             )                                         Henry Ball
Michael Jackson, J.P.                    )

I Certify that the above named Henry Ball is a Highly Respectable person and worthy of full Credit.

Michael Jackson, J.P.

State of Pennsylvania   )
County of Erie             ) ss. Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for Said County Mary Large of Gerard in Said County aged sixty four Years, who being first duly Sworn according to law, deposeth and Saith That for the last Fifty three years she has been personally acquainted with the present applicant for a Pension Christina Lyberger. That fifty three years Since She was living with Nicholas Lyberger as his wife & Continued to do so untill his death which occured in February 1836. This deponent was Equally well acquainted with her Said Husband Nicholas Lyberger, who was a Pensioner of the United States. That Elizabeth Devore and Ann Mary Guthry who have Signed the foregoing affidavits are and always have been Considered Children of the above named parties. That when this deponent first became acquainted with the family, Elizabeth the oldest Child was about Ten Years old, and from this deponents Continued knowledge of the Said Elizabeth She is Shure She must now be over Sixty Years of age.

Subscribed and Sworn before me  )                                         her
This 7th day of April 1847             )                                 Mary X Large
R. R. Robison, J.P.                        )                                         mark

I certify that the above named Mary Large is a highly Respectable person.


[frame 0383. End of Mary Largeís statement and supporting declaration from John H. Brindle, made 7 Apr 1847.]

R. R. Robison J.P.

State of Pennsylvania   )
County of Erie             ) ss. Personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said county John H. Brindle of the town of Springfield in said county aged forty six years, who being first duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith that he is acquainted with Christina Lyberger the present applicant for a pension and was also acquainted with her husband Nicholas Lyberger from his, deponents, Childhood until the said Nicholas Lybergers Death which took place in February 1836 one thousand Eight hundred and thirty six. That this deponent made the coffin for said Nicholas Lyberger and charged it on his day book at the time of making it, and that by referring to said day Book he finds said coffin charged on the 16th day of February 1836. That he has no doubt of the times being correct of making & charging said coffin.

Sworn and subscribed before me
this seventh day of April 1847                                             John H. Brindle
        R. R. Robison
                Justice of the Peace

I certify that the above John H. Brindle is entitled to full credit in the above affidavit.

R. R. Robison, J.P.
 

Report to Thos. Y. Curtis, Huron, Wayne Co. N.Y.


[frame 0384. Wilson Kingís 9 Apr 1847 certification of Hutchinson, Jackson, and Robison.]

State of Penna. )
Erie County ss. ) I Wilson King Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County hereby Certify that Miron Hutchinson whose name appears to the within is now and was at the time of Signing within an acting Associate Judge of the Different Courts of said County, also that Michael Jackson and R. R. Robison whose names also appear to the within are acting Justices of the Peace in and for said County all duly commissioned and qualified and to each of whose official act full faith and credit are due : and further that the several signatures to within purporting to be the signatures of the said Miron Hutchinson, Michael Jackson, and R. R. Robison are genuine.

In Testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court at Erie, April 9th A.D. 1847

(seal)                                                                             Wilson King, Pro.
                                                                                            By A. King


[frame 0385. Page 1 of a typewritten letter to the Memorial Branch of the War Department.]

                                            February 16, 1940

                                            BA-J/AWF
The Quartermaster General                   Nicholas Lyberger
Memorial Branch                             W. 8075
War Department
Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir:

    Reference is made to your letter in which you request the Revolutionary War record of Nicholas Lybarger, Bedford County, Pennsylvania militia, died February 16, 1836 in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

    The data which follow were obtained from papers on file in claim for pension, W. 8075, based upon service of Nicholas Lyberger (as his name is shown in the claim), in the War of the Revolution.

    Nicholas Lyberger was born in Frederick County, Maryland, date not given. It was stated that he was a "German". The names of his parents were not given.

    While a resident of Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Nicholas Lyberger served in the Pennsylvania troops as follows:
    In the spring of 1775, six weeks, in Captain Charles Cisneyís company; in the fall of 1775, seven weeks in Captain Charles Cisneyís company; in the spring of 1776, five weeks under Lieutenant Michael Oserwalt; in the fall of 1776, five weeks under Lieutenant Michael Oserwalt, Colonel Davidsonís regiment; in the spring of 1777, three weeks under Lieutenant Michael Oserwalt; at harvest time in 1777, six weeks under Lieutenant Michael Oserwalt; in the


[frame 0386. Page 2 of the letter to the Memorial Branch.]

                                        2-

summer of 1778, seven weeks under Lieutenant Michael Oserwalt and Major George Woods; in the spring of 1779, two months in Captain "Eve" Cisneyís company; in the summer of 1779, two months in Captain William McIntireís company. His service was scouting against the Indians.

    Nicholas Lyberger was allowed pension on his application executed August 6, 1832, at which time he was seventy-eight years, and a resident of Springfield Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

    He died February 16, 1836.

    Nicholas Lyberger married in the month of May, 1783, in Cumberland Valley, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Christina Ried.

    The widow, Christina Lyberger, was allowed pension on her application executed April 2, 1847, then aged eighty-four years, and living in Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

    Reference was made to the children of Nicholas Lyberger, and wife, Christina.

    Their eldest child, Elizabeth, was about sixty-three years old in 1847; she married ----- Devore, about 1801, and in 1847, was living in Springfield, Pennsylvania; reference was made to her children, names not designated.

    Another daughter, Ann Mary was born October 28, 1788; she married ----- Guthrie, and in 1847, was living in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

    Reference was made in 1832 to a brother of the soldier, Nicholas Lyberger, then living in Ohio, name of brother not given.

    One William C. Guthrie was a resident of Erie


[frame 0387. Page 3 of the letter to the Memorial Branch.]

                                        3-

County, Pennsylvania, in 1832, and Thomas I. Devore was living in 1849, in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Their relationship to the family was not stated.

    The application for headstone for Nicholas Lybarger is returned herewith. There was no correspondence enclosed.

                                        Very truly yours
 

                                        A. D. HILLER
                                        Executive Assistant
                                        to the Administrator


[frame 0388. Start of the "nonselected" records in the file.]

NONSELECTED RECORDS


[frame 0389. This is a form letter in reply to a request for Nicholasís military service record, probably requested by Louise D. Hall in 1928. Not abstracted here, as it adds no new information.]


[frame 0390. This is a form for ordering photostatic copies of 25 pages from the Revolutionary War pension claim of Nicholas Lyberger, W. 8075. The form was originated 6 August 1928 by the Pension Office and was stamped as received 7 August 1928 by the Division of Publication, Department of the Interior. This was probably in response to Louise D. Hallís request. Not abstracted here.]


[frame 0391. Page 2 of the form for ordering photostatic copies. Nothing is filled in on it.]


[frame 0392. A typewritten letter from the Commissioner of Pensions to Mrs. J. Miles (Louise D.) Hall. It is in response to the letter from Mrs. Hall on frame 0393.]

Rev.&1812 Wars Section.

                            COPIED BY ADY

                                                August 24, 1928.

Mrs. J. Miles Hall,
East Springfield,
Pennsylvania.

Madam:

    I advise you that the Revolutionary War records of this bureau fail to afford any information in regard to any soldier named Nicholas Lybarger, other than the one from whose claim you were furnished photostatic copies on the 15" instant.

                                    Respectfully,
 

                                            WINFIELD SCOTT,
                                            Commissioner.


[frame 0393. A typewritten letter from Louise D. Hall to the Commissioner of Pensions. It was stamped as received by the U.S. Pension Office on 21 August 1928. Louise Devore Hall was an early researcher of the Lybarger Revolutionary War service records. She is mentioned in Donald F. Lybarger, History of the Lybarger Family (1959), page 30, and also in John Lavern Lybarger & Lee Hartshorne Lybarger, The Lybarger Descendants (1997), page 135. She applied for membership in the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, on 5 July 1919 on the basis of Nicholas Lybarger, Jr.ís, service. Her application was approved 17 Dec 1919, and she was given a DAR National Number of 150335. Her application was based on data from the Pennsylvania Archives and on Nicholasís pension records. She also applied 13 Feb 1930 on the basis of Nicholas Lybarger, Sr.ís, service (approved 20 Feb 1931). The letter below must be part of her research efforts leading up to the second DAR application. ]

                                            East Springfield, Pa.,
                                            August 20, 1928

The Commissioner of Pensions,
            Washington, D.C.

My dear sir:-

            I am in receipt of the photostatic copies of the Revolutionary record of Nicholas Lybarger, Pennsylvania troops, and Christina Lybarger, his wife.

            I have learned that the father of said Nicholas Lybarger was also in the same regiment. He was named Nicholas. I am writing to ask if there is any record of such a claim in your office and how many pages.

            Thanking you for any information, I remain,

                                    Very sincerely yours,

                                    Louise D. Hall
                                    (Mrs. J. Miles Hall)


[frame 0394. This appears to be an index card of some type. Whatever it is, it isnít contemporaneous with Christinaís application, as it dates to later than 1870. Of most interest are the notations in the left margin. They appear to be a list of people who have been sent information out of this file between 1907 and 1940. ]

Revolution.
        Pennsylvania.

WIDOW, &c.
File No. 8075
Christina Lyberger
    Wid.
Nicholas Lyberger
    Privt Rev War
Act: Feby 2d. 1848
Index: -- Vol. A Page 449
[Arrangement of 1870.]

[The following notations are in the left margin. The abbreviation "cl." probably means "claim." The initials "MMHF" may be for Margaret M. H. Finch, who in 1928 filled out the order for photostatic copies (see frame 0390 above). The correspondence with Mrs. J. M. Hall (1928) and the Memorial Branch (1940) are contained above. It would be interesting to know who Mrs. James Vincent (1907) was!]

1907 Apl. 11. Hist. to Mrs. Jas. Vincent.
1928 - July 24. Mrs. J. M. Hall advised
cost of photos. See cl. of
Cornelius DeVore. MMHF
1928 - Aug. 15 - Photos to Mrs. J. M. Hall.
See copies in Rev. War cl. for
Cornelius DeVore S34219. MMHF
1928 - Aug. 24 - Mrs. J. M. Hall
advised only soldier
of that name etc. MMHF
1940 - Feb. 16 - hist to Mem. Branch


[frame 0395. This filming is very hard to read.]

No. 13337
Christina Lyberger
Pa.
[...]
Act 7 July 1838


[frame 0396.]

No. 13337
Christina Lyberger
widow of Nicholas
Pa.
act 7 July 1838

Married before 1794
husband died Feby 16, 1836

[...] 13 mo. 15 days [...]
$44.97 per ann.

[...] acts. 3 March 1843 [...]
17 June 1844
$44.97 per ann.

John F. Curtis
Huron, N.Y.


[frame 0397. The start of an incomplete letter from the Pension Office, answering someoneís letter of 16 Apr 1847. Looks like reverse side of frame 0396, in the same handwriting.]

                                                                                Pension Office
                                                                                May 1847

Sir,

        In answer to your letter of the 16th ult. I have to inform you that if Mrs.


[frame 0398. Seems to be an address.]

Huron, N.Y.                                                             Free
[...]

                                    Hon. J. S. Edwards
                                            Court of Pensions
                                                    Washington City
                                                            D.C.

[The following was written across the above address]

Sept. 6, 1847
[...]
Christian Lyberger


[frame 0399. On reverse side of paper at frame 0398.]

                                    Huron, Sept. 1847

Additional proof in the Case of Christina Lyberger, Wid. of Nicholas Lyberger of New York.


[frame 0400. This is a scrap of paper listing the Nicholas & Christina Lyberger family. It is written upside down on a printed form for post-1900 pension applications. The list of children with birthdates is an English translation of the German list at frame 0363.]

View the original!

Christina, wife             (         Elizabeth Devore, eldest daughter
of Nicholas Lyberger  (         Maria Guthrie

John, born Jany. 1, 1787
Anna Mary, born Oct.
28, 1788, Henry, born
Sept. 24, 1793, Andrew
born Dec. 3, 1795, Ernest ? Illegible
born Dec. 5, 1797, Cornelius
born May 3, 1801.


[frame 0401. Nicholas died 16 February 1836. Someone was apparently trying to calculate when to begin the pension due his widow Christina. Nicholas must have received a total of $202.36 in pension payments.]

Nicholas Lyberger, Pa. Act 7 June 1832 $44.99 per an.
            To what time was he last paid?
                                                G.C.A.

Pension Office             )
September 17, 1847   )                     Paid to 4th Sept. 1835.
                                                                    B.L.B.


[frame 0402. ]

Nicholas Lyberger
application
for a Pension

Nicholas Lyberger
    19,988


[frame 0403. Statement of Andrew Cochran, William C. Guthrie, Mathias Brindle, Daniel Sawtil, and John McKee, made 2 Nov 1832. ]

State of Pennsylvania   )
Erie County Ss            )
Mathias Brindall And. Cochoran Daniel Sawtil Jesse McGuire William C. Guthrie This may Certify that we have been for many years some of us for more than twenty years Auquainted with Nicholas Lybarger a Resident of the Township of Springfield in the Said County of Erie believed by us to be from sevinty five to eighty years of age and who understand has made application for a Pension under the late act of Congress the said Nicholas Lybarger has been for many years reputed and believed in the nabourhood where he resides to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War and we Concur in that Oppinion and belief

Sworn and Subscribed
before me the 2nd Day of                                             Andrew Cochran
November 1832                                                          Wm. C. Guthrie
    John Salisbury                                                          Matthias Brindle
Justice of the peace                                                      Daniel Sawtil
                                                                                    John McKee

State of Pennsylvania (
Erie County ss.          (     I Edwin J. Kelso, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County do hereby certify that John Salisbury Esquire before whom the above deposition was taken was at the time of taking the Same an Acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County duly commissioned & Sworn. In Testimony whereof I have here unto Set my hand & seal of office this 29th November 1832

    Edwin J. Kelso Clerk


[frame 0404. Statement of Rev. Edson Hart & John Salisbury, made 2 Nov 1832. ]

We the Revd. Edson Hart a clergyman residing in Springfield Township Erie Co. & State Penna. and John Salisbury residing in the Same Township County & State and state aforesaid hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Nicholas Lyberger who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration: that we believe him to be seventy eight years of age: that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion

Sworn and subscribed the )                                         Edson Hart
day and year aforesaid      )                                         John Salisbury
Edwin J. Kelso Pro.          )

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department that the above name applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as he states. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that the above named Edson Hart - who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in Erie County Pa. and that John Salisbury Esq. who has also signed the same is a resident in the County of Erie and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit -- And that Andrew Cochran, Mathias Brindle, Daniel Sawtil, & John McKee whose affidavit is annexed are respectable citizens of same County - Novr. 5th 1832 - Henry Shippes, Pro.

I Edwin J. Kelso clerk of the court of of Erie County do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Nicholas Lyberger for a pension.
    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 5th day of November 1832

                                                                                    Edwin J. Kelso, Clerk

[frame 0405. The following name is in the margin of the page.]

N. Leibarger

[The following is at the bottom of the page.]

State of Pennsylvania   (
Erie County ss.            (   I Edwin J. Kelso, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for theCounty of Erie, do hereby certify that the within (contained on two Sheets and a half of paper attached by a red ribbon on which the Seal is affixed) contains the original proceedings of the Said Court in the matter of the application of Nicholas Lyberger for a pension. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & seal of office this 29th November 1832

                                                                        Edwin J. Kelso, Clerk


[frame 0406. Statement of James Laughlin, made 9 Aug 1832.]

State of Pennsylvania,
            Erie County ss:
                                        James Laughlin of the Township of Girard in the said County, being sworn deposeth and saith, that he is well acquainted with Nicholas Lyberger of the Township of Springfield in the sd. County, who has made application for a Pension, and has been acquainted with him for more than twenty five years, that he has generally been reputed in the neighborhood where he lives to have served in the militia in the Revolutionary war, this deponent knew the sd. Lyberger when he first removed to this county and then understood that he had removed from Bedford County in this State.

Sworn and Subscribed  )
this 9th day of August    )                             James Laughlin
1832 - In open court     )

Edwin J. Kelso, Pro.

Erie County, ss.

I Edwin J. Kelso, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County do certify that I am acquainted with James Laughlin who has Subscribed to the above deposition, and that he is a person of truth & veracity & that his statement is entitled to credit -- Edwin J. Kelso, Clk.


[frame 0407. This is the reverse side of the document at frame 0408.]

Application of Mrs. Christina
Lyberger, widow of Nicholas
Lyberger, of Penna. for
renewal of her Pension
under the Act of 2nd
Febry 1848


[frame 0408. This is a printed form that was filled in for Christinaís renewal application for pension under the Act of 2 February 1848. The filled in portion is in italics.]

DECLARATION.

In order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress of 2d February, 1848, entitled "An Act making further provision for surviving widows of the soldiers of the Revolution.

STATE OF Pennsylvania  )
Erie COUNTY.                 ) ss.

        On this twenty-third day of February 1849 personally appeared before the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace, in and for said county, duly authorized by law to administer oaths, Mrs. Christina Lyberger, a resident of Springfield township in the county of Erie State of Pennsylvania, aged 89 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 the act of Congress, passed the 2d February, 1848, granting pensions to the widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary war; that she is the widow of Nicholas Lyberger who was a Private in the Pennsylvania Militia in the war of the Revolution, and that she has drawn a pension at the rate of forty-four dollars and ninety-seven cents, per annum, under the Act of 17th June, 1844. She further declares that she is still a widow.

In presence of            )                                                            her
Thomas J. Devore     )                                             Christina X Lyberger
R. R. Robison             )                                                            mark

        SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED on the day and year above written, before

                                                                                R. R. Robison, Justice of the Peace.

        I certify that the declarant is personally known to me, and that she is the same individual she represents herself to be in the foregoing affidavit.

                                                                                R. R. Robison, Justice of the Peace.

State of Pennsylvania  )
Erie County ss.             )  I James Skinner, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County, do
(SEAL)                             certify that R. R. Robison Esquire before whom the above Declaration purports to
have been taken and who in his own proper hand writing to me well known has thereunto Subscribed his name is, and at the time of taking and Subscribing the same, was a Justice of the Peace of the Said Commonwealth within and for the Said County duly Commissioned and Sworn to all whose acts as such full faith and credit are [...] right ought to be given throughout the United States and elsewhere.
        In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of Said Court the 24th day of February A.D. 1849

                                                                                James Skinner, Pro.


[frame 0409. This sheet is a printed form that was filled in with Christinaís data. It states that her application was accepted for a pension under the Act of 7 July 1838. ]

10346
Pennsylvania
===================================
Christina Lyberger
Widow of Nicholas Lyberger
who was a pensioner under the Act of 1832
and who died on the 16th Feb 1836,
of Erie Co. in the State of Penn.
who was a Pri. in the Compy.
commanded by Captain Cisney of the
Regt. commanded by Col. Davidson in
the Revolution line for 13 mo. 15 dy.
===================================
Inscribed on the Roll of Philadelphia
at the rate of 44 Dollars 97
Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of
March, 1836
===================================
Certificate of Pension issued the 22 day of
Sept, 1847 and sent to J. F. Curtis
Huron, New York
===================================
Total amount, $224.85
[ Act July 7, 1838.]
Recorded by Th. Dumplein Clerk,
Book D Vol. 7 Page 225


[frame 0410. More of the same. This form states that Christinaís application was accepted for a pension under the Acts of 3 March 1843 and 17 June 1844. ]

8260
Pennsylvania
===================================
Christina Lyberger
Widow of Nicholas Lyberger
who was a Private
in the Revolution
Husband died 16th Feb. 1836
===================================
Inscribed on the Roll at the rate of
44 Dollars 97
Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of
March, 1843.
===================================
Certificate of Pension issued the
22 day of Sept, 1847
and sent to J. F. Curtis
Huron,
New York
===================================
[ Acts of March 3, 1843, and June
17, 1844.]
Recorded in Book A Vol. 2 Page 111


[frame 0411. This is a second statement by Henry Ball, made 7 Aug 1847.]

State of Pennsylvania   )
County of Erie             ) ss. Personally appeared before the Subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said county Henry Ball of Conneaut in said county aged sixty eight next January. After being duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith - That for the last fifty three years he has been well acquainted with Nicholas Lyberger up to the time of his death and also equally well acquainted with his wife and their Children - That at the time this deponent first became acquainted with the said parties they were living together as Husband and Wife and had three children, the oldest of which was nine years old - That the said parties continued to live together as Husband and Wife untill the death of the said Nicholas which took place in Feby. 1836, leaving his widow Christina who is the person that was concidered his wife fifty three years since and is now applying for a Pension as his Widow - This deponent establishes his own age by an old ancient Record of the Births of his Fathers family - This deponent is shure he is not mistaken about the date of his first acquaintance with Nicholas Lyberger and family, from the following facts - viz. - During the fall of the year 1794 this deponents said father mooved from the State of Maryland to the Township of Londonderry in Bedford County Pennsylvania and there settled in half a mile of the said Nicholas Lyberger - During the next summer after this deponent mooved to Pennsylvania, he worked for the said Nicholas - he knows the said parties then had three children the oldest Elizabeth was


[frame 0412. The conclusion of Henry Ballís statement.]

then nine or ten years old - This deponent well recollects that he was married five years after he came to Pennsylvania and by refering to his family record he finds he was married in the year 1799 - he well recollects that he was married when he was nineteen years old and that he was Fourteen years old when he mooved from his native place (Maryland) to Pennsylvania where he first became acquainted with the said Nicholas and wife - That since the year 1794 this deponent has continually lived near the said Nicholas - having moved from Bedford County to Erie County about the same time the said Nicholas mooved - That the said Elizabeth was married about two years after this deponent was married.

Sworn and Subscribed   )
this 7th day of August     )                                                     Henry Ball
1847 Before me --         )
        R. R. Robison
                Justice of the Peace

I certify that I am acquainted with Henry Ball who has signed the above affidavit - That he is a member of the Methodist Church and a highly respectable and intelligent person - and is entitled to full credit.
                                                                                R. R. Robison
                                                                                        Justice of the Peace


[frame 0413. This is a supporting statement by Samuel Ball, made 14 Aug 1847.]

State of Pennsylvania   )
Erie County                 ) ss. Samuel Ball being duly Sworn according to law deposeth and saith that he is fifty five years old - That he established his age by an old family record of the ages of his fathers family - That at the time of his first recollection he was living in Bedford County in the State of Pennsylvania was neighbour to Nicholas Lyberger and family - That this deponent has continued to be well acquainted with the family of Lyberger ever since and knows that widow Christina Lyberger who is applying for a Pension is the same person that was the wife of the said Nicholas as long as this deponent can recollect and this deponent well recollects that the oldest child of the said Nicholas & Christina was Elizabeth who was nearly a young woman as long since as this deponent can recollect and was married when this deponent was nine or ten years old.

Sworn Subscribed before me   )                             Saml. Ball
this 14th day of august 1847     )
        R. R. Robison
                Justice of the Peace

I certify that Samuel Ball who has signed the above affidavit is a respectable person and entitled to full credit.
                                                                            R. R. Robison
                                                                                         Justice of the Peace


[frame 0414. This is on the back of one of the statements.]

Report to John F. Curtis Huron Wayne Co. N.Y.


[frame 0415. This is a second statement by Mary Large, made 14 Aug 1847.]

State of Pennsylvania   )
Erie County                 ) ss. Mary Large of the Township of Girard in said county being duly Sworn according to law deposeth and saith - That she is sixty five years old in November next - That she establishes her age by an old Record of the ages of her fathers family - That she is sister of Henry Ball who has signed one of the foregoing affidavits - That when this deponent was about eleven years old her Father mooved to Bedford County State of Pennsylvania - That they then lived near neighbour to Nicholas Lyberger this deponent soon became intimately acquainted with the children of the said Nicholas, the oldest of which was Elizabeth whose age was a little more than one year younger than this deponent - That the said Elizabeth always had the reputation of being a daughter of Nicholas and Christina Lyberger - who was living together as Husband and Wife at the time this deponent first became acquainted with the family and continued to do so until the death of the said Nicholas who died in 1836 leaving the said Christina his widow who is the same person that was considered the wife of the said Nicholas over fifty years since and is now his widow - This deponent thinks she is not mistaken about the time she first became acquainted with the family of Nicholas Lyberger which was fifty three years since she knows by


[frame 0416. The conclusion of Mary Largeís statement.]

Record that she was born in 1783 and that she was married in 1805 and that she lived in Pennsylvania when she knew the Lyberger family eleven years before she was married and she well recollects that the said Elizabeth Lyberger was married and had two children before this deponent was married.

Sworn Subscribed before me  )                                                   her
this 14th day of august 1847   )                                         Mary   X   Large
        R. R. Robison                     )                                             mark
                Justice of the Peace     )

I certify that I am acquainted with Mary Large who has signed the above affidavit that she is a respectable and inteligent person - and is entitled to full credit.
                                                                                    R. R. Robison
                                                                                            Justice of the Peace

State of Pennsylvania    )
Erie County ss.             )   I Wilson King Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said County do certify that R. R. Robison whose name is subscribed to the papers attached hereto is now and was at the time of signing said papers a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, duly Commissioned and Qualified by the Governor of said Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to all whose official full faith and credit should be given and that the signature ĎR. R. Robisoní to said papers signed is the proper hand writing of said Justice of the Peace and is his genuine signature. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at Erie this 23d day of August A.D. 1847.
                                                                                    Wilson King Prothonotary

Answer to J. F. Curtis Huron Wayne Co. N.Y.



Analysis

We rely on these pension records for much of what we know about Nicholas and Christina. For example, the 14 statements in the records contain evidence for the following assertions:

1. Statement of Nicholas Lyberger, of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA, 6 Aug 1832:

    - Nicholas was born in Frederick Co., MD.

    - Nicholas was at that time 78 years old, placing his birth about 1754.

    - Throughout his service during May 1775 - Oct 1779, Nicholas was a resident of Londonderry Twp., Bedford Co., PA.

    - Nicholas moved to Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA, about 1803.

    - Nicholas had a brother living in Ohio in 1831, but at the time of the statement he didnít know whether his brother was still living.

    - At the time of the statement, Rev. Edson Hart, John Salisbury, and Thomas R. Miller were Nicholasís neighbors.

2. Statement of James Laughlin, of Girard Twp., Erie Co., PA, 9 Aug 1832:
    - Nicholas was an acquaintance of James Laughlin since at least 1807.

    - Nicholas moved from Bedford Co. to Erie Co., PA.

3. Statement of Andrew Cochran, William C. Guthrie, Mathias Brindle, Daniel Sawtil, and John McKee, 2 Nov 1832:
    - Nicholas was at that time 75-80 years old, placing his birth from 1752 - 1757.

    - Nicholas was an acquaintance of Andrew Cochran, William C. Guthrie, Mathias Brindle, Daniel Sawtil, and John McKee for more than 20 years.

4. Statement of Rev. Edson Hart and John Salisbury, both of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA , 2 Nov 1832:
    - Nicholas was at that time 78 years old, placing his birth about 1754.

    - Nicholas was an acquaintance of Rev. Edson Hart and John Salisbury.

5. Statement of Christina Lyberger, of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA, 2 Apr 1847:
    - Christinaís maiden name was Ried.

    - Christina was at that time 84 years old, placing her birth around 1763.

    - Christina and Nicholas were married May 1783 in Cumberland Valley Twp., Bedford Co., PA.

    - Nicholas was a "German."

    - Nicholas copied the birth record of his children John, Ann Mary, Henry, Andrew, Rachel , and Cornelius from "an old original family Record kept in a family Bible" about 1817. This record of births was forwarded along with the pension application.

    - The family Bible was destroyed by the time of Christinaís statement.

    - Nicholas died 16 Feb 1836.

6. Statement of Elizabeth Devore, of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA, 3 Apr 1847:
    - Elizabeth was at that time 63 years old, placing her birth around 1784.

    - Elizabeth was the daughter of Nicholas and Christina.

    - Nicholas died 16 Feb 1836, and Christina remained his widow.

    - Nicholas kept a record of the ages of his children in an "old Dutch Bible."

    - Nicholas gave this old Bible to Elizabeth when she was married.

    - About 1817 Nicholas came to Elizabethís house and copied the family record from the Bible to another book and carried it home.

    - At the time Nicholas made the copy, the original "was much torn and decayed," and the record of Elizabethís birth "was torn off and gone." This is why her birth is not recorded on the copy.

    - The old Bible was later destroyed.

7. Statement of Ann Mary Guthrie, of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA, 2 Apr 1847:
    - Ann Mary was 58 years old last Oct 28, placing her birth 28 Oct 1788.

    - Ann Mary was the daughter of Nicholas and Christina.

    - Nicholas died 16 Feb 1836, and Christina remained his widow.

    - The attached family record contains the births of Nicholas and Christinaís children, except for their oldest child, Elizabeth.

    - The attached record has been in use for as much as 30 years.

    - The attached record was copied by Nicholas from an older record, which had always been in her parentsí possession, except for a short time in the possession of Elizabeth.

8. Statement of Henry Ball, of Conneaut Twp., Erie Co., PA, 7 Apr 1847:
    - Henry was 67 years old, placing his birth about 1780.

    - Henry was an acquaintance of Nicholas and Christina since 1794.

    - In 1794 Nicholas and Christina had several children, the oldest of which was Elizabeth, then 10 or 11 years old.

    - Ann Mary was also a daughter of Nicholas and Christina.

    - Nicholas died in Feb 1836.

9. Statement of Mary Large, of Girard Twp., Erie Co., PA, 7 Apr 1847:
    - Mary was 64 years old, placing her birth about 1783.

    - Mary was an acquaintance of Nicholas and Christina since 1794.

    - Elizabeth, 10 years old in 1794, and Ann Mary were children of Nicholas and Christina.

    - Nicholas died in Feb 1836.

10. Statement of John H. Brindle, of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA, 7 Apr 1847:
    - John was 46 years old, placing his birth about 1801.

    - John was acquainted with Nicholas and Christina.

    - On 16 Feb 1836 John recorded in his day book the charge for making Nicholasís coffin.

11. Statement of Henry Ball, of Conneaut Twp., Erie Co., PA, 7 Aug 1847:
    - Henry was 68 years old next January, placing his birth Jan 1780.

    - Henry establishes his own age "by an old ancient Record of the Births of his Fathers family."

    - Henry became acquainted with Nicholas and Christina in Fall 1794, when Henryís father moved from Maryland to Londonderry Twp., Bedford Co., PA, and settled half a mile from Nicholas.

    - Henry worked for Nicholas during Summer 1795.

    - In 1794 Nicholas and Christina had three children, the oldest of which was Elizabeth, then 9 or 10 years old.

    - Henry was married in 1799, when he was 19 years old.

    - Henry moved to Erie Co., PA, about the same time Nicholas did.

    - Elizabeth was married about two years after Henry was married, or about 1801.

    - Nicholas died in Feb 1836.

12. Statement of Samuel Ball, of Conneaut Twp., Erie Co., PA, 7 Aug 1847:
    - Samuel was 55 years old, placing his birth about 1792.

    - Samuel establishes his own age by an old family record.

    - Samuel was acquainted with Nicholas and Christina in Bedford Co., PA, from his first recollection.

    - Elizabeth was the oldest child of Nicholas and Christina and was nearly a young woman from his first recollection.

    - Elizabeth was married when Samuel was 9 or 10 years old, or 1801-1802.

13. Statement of Mary Large, of Girard Twp., Erie Co., PA, 14 Aug 1847:
    - Mary was 65 years old , placing her birth Nov 1783.

    - Mary establishes her own age by an old family record.

    - Mary was a sister of Henry Ball.

    - Maryís father moved to Bedford Co., PA, when she was about 11 years old.

    - Her family lived close to Nicholas and Christina, and she became acquainted with their children, the oldest of which was Elizabeth, who was a little over a year younger than her.

    - Mary was married in 1805, at which time Elizabeth was already married and had two children.

    - Nicholas died in 1836.

14. Statement of Christina Lyberger, of Springfield Twp., Erie Co., PA, 23 Feb 1849:
    - Christina was at that time 89 years old, placing her birth around 1760.

    - Christina was the widow of Nicholas.

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