Note: Revolutionary War Pension Files Index "On August 24,1836, appeared in the court of Common Pleas, Venango County, Pa.,Jacob Whitman, age about 88. At the time of the commencement of the Revolution he lived in the county of Northumberland, Pa. on the Susquehanna River, about 12 miles below a place called Isle of Que. In 1775 he enrolled in a company of Militia for the protection of the frontiers. He was first called out in the fall of 1775. His company rendezvoused at Isle of Que under Capt. Casper Reed, marched up the west branch of the Susquehanna to a place where Williamsport now stands. They remained there 2 months encamped, for the purpose of watching the Indians and guarding frontiersettlements. Major Jonas Yocum and Col. Husterman occasionally were present. After 2 or 3 months they were dismissed and went home. Sept. 1776 or October, they rendezvoused at Isle of Que under the same Captain and marched in the diriction of Frelingsport. Whitman took sick after 3 weeks and hired a substitute to go in his stead. He returned home. In the fall of 1777, they rendezvoused at Isle of Que, with the same Captain, and marched to Sunbury where they were under the command of Col. Heartley. Whitman acted as Company Deputy Quartermaster for the troops. The Quartermaster's name was Henry Crooker. They were dismissed after 2 months and returned home. They were called out in the spring, 1778 and remained at Isle of Que to protect against Indians. They went up the north branch of the Susquehanna 60 miles to Nescopeck Creek, then up the creek to Sugar Loaf, then down Scotch Valley on Callamisa Creek to Roaring Creek, across the montain to Mahonoy Creek. They came home, but the company was not dismissed. Due to danger from the Indians, the settlement families were sent down the river. Whitman's wife and child went to Lancaster County; some of the other families went to Berks County. Whitman and his company went with the families to guard against Indians. The company returned and acted as scouts for more than six months.
Whitman was born in Lancaster County, Pa.,1748. He could produce no record of his birth. After the Revolution he moved to Big Island on the west branch of the Susquehanna, then to Bald Eagle Creek, then to Venango County in 1800, where he remained.
County Sheriff Samuel Hays and Clergyman William Conelly both swore that they had known Whitman more than 34 years and believed him to be 88 years old.
Power of Attorney for ascertaining whether any increase or arrears of Pension are due the Widow or Heirs of Revolutionary Pensioners.
September 21,1852, Venango County, appeared William Whitman, age 57, son of Jacob Whitman. Jacob died May,1842. His wife, Margaret, died March 24, 1849. Their place and date of marriage unknown. They were residents of Venango County about 55 years. William Whitman resides in Venango County.
The name Isaac Whitman is written on the back of this power of attorney, but what that name signifies is not known.
Jacob Whitman was born in Durlach, Lancaster Co., Pa. 1748 on the old homestead, seven miles north of Lancaster, son of Johannes, grandson of Matthias. He died in 1842.
Jacob Whitman arrived in Venango County, Pa. in 1800 with his wife, Margaret, and family--John,Jacob Jr.,Elizabeth,Jonathan and William. Jacob took up 429 acres on French Creek near David Mead, near the settlement of Utica, Pa. This tract of land was surveyed June 30,1802.
Jacob Whitman, Jr. died not long after their settlement; his will recorded in will book Vol 1 page 16 at Venango County, Pa., dated 18 Jul 1809 but was not recorded until 18 Jul 1843.
"Jacob Whitman, Jr of Sugar Creek Township--to my father Jacob Whitman, silver watch and rifle--to my mother, Margaret, black mare--brother, Jonathan."
Jacob Whitman and his sons were boatmen on the Susquehanna River (John and Jacob, Jr.) and were engaged in the same occupation upon their arrival in Venango County, transporting goods on French Creek.
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