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United States



State of Pennsylvania

County of Lycoming


On this sixth day of October A.D. 1832 personally appeared in Open Court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Lycoming aforesaid now sitting John Beaver[1] a resident in Muncy Creek Township[2] in Lycoming County[3] aforesaid aged 73 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 7, 1832-

That he entered the service of the United States, under the following named officers and served herein stated- I was drafted to serve as a Militiaman to serve as a substitute for my brother Nicholas Beaver in Windsor Township in Berks County[4] in Pennsylvania in the month of July 1779 I served in the company of the Pennsylvania Militia commanded by Captain Jacob Shardel- The company belonged to the Battalion commanded by Major Martin Kercher[5], the name of the Colonel I cannot remember- We first marched from Berks County in the month of July 1779 with another company of the Pennsylvania Militia both under the command of Major Kercher to Sunbury, The major and one company went up the North Branch of the Susquehanna, and one company under Captain Shardel marched up the West Branch of the Susquehanna we were stationed at Shoemakers Mills[6] for one month to protect the inhabitants from the Indians- Who were then around the settlements while we lay at Shoemakers Mill one of the settlers George was killed by the Indians- Captain Shardel was wounded at the same time as the expiration of one month, the company was marched to Fort Muncy[7] on the West Branch, about 4 miles from our camp at Shoemakers Mills- I Served in the company at the Fort for another month, when our duty was ended- While we lay at Fort Muncy one of our men was badly wounded and scalped by the Indians- They had no general engagement with them- As the end of our two months for which we had been drafted were marched to our homes in Berks County by Captain Shardel- Almost all the routes we marched being through a wilderness and over mountains

I served as a substitute for my brother Adam Beaver[8] again as a Private in the months of February and March in 1780 in the company of the Pennsylvania Militia commanded by Captain Geist[9]- I entered myself as such substitute in Windsor Township in Berks County aforesaid The company was drafted for 2 months- I served the whole time for which my brother was drafted in Berks County chiefly in guarding the military stores which were at Reading belonging to the Continental Army- Peter Soner of Moreland Township in Lycoming County served with me in another company of the Militia commanded by Captain McMurray on the 2nd tour as a Militia Man- I have no documentary evidence in my possession relating to my service- Philip Gortmen and Peter Dunkleberger both old men and are aware of my services at Shoemakers Mills and Fort Muncy They have long resided and still do so in Muncy Creek Township in Lycoming County-

In answer to the interrogations prescribed by the War Department to be propounded by the court the said John Beaver answers as follows-

1st- I was born in Germany on the 11th day of March 1761

2nd- I have a record of my age in any possessions I can remember,- I received it and retain it according to the usages of the German Luther Church of which I am a member-

3rd- I was living when called into service as I have stated in Windsor township in Berks County in Pennsylvania sine the Revolutionary War I moved to Muncy Creek Township in Lycoming County aforesaid where I have lived ever since and now continue to live-

4th- I served as a substitute as a Militia Man as I before stated

5th- As to the name of the officers, who were with the troops with whom I served and of the Continental and Militia Regiments I can state no further than as stated in my declaration

6th- I never received any discharge

7th- I did not receive any commission during the Revolutionary War-

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension of annuity accept the present and declares his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any state. Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.


                                                                                                            John Beaver



[1] John Beaver, Lutheran, was born in Zweibruecken, Germany in 1761. John married Mary J. Dimner of Germany in 1796 and together, conceived nine children. Before the war, John came to America as a Redemptioner and settled in Berks County with his family. In 1784, he relocated to Muncy Creek Township, Lycoming County and devoted most of his time farming. In 1786, John paid a 19 shilling tax and worked as a laborer.  John and his brothers are responsible for establishing the Emmanuel Lutheran Church located near Clarkstown, Lycoming County. John Beaver, June 7, 1832, Revolutionary War Pension Application, R527; Names of Foreigners who took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania 1727-1775 in Pennsylvania Archives ed. William Henry Egle (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: State Printer, 1892), 17:487; Tax Records, Northumberland County, 1786, in Pennsylvania Archives ed. William Henry Egle (Harrisburg: State Printer, 1897), 19:705; John W. Jordan, Genealogical and Personal History of Lycoming County (New York: Lewis, 1906).

[2] In 1797, Muncy Creek Township, originally Muncy Township, was split into two different territories. Muncy Creek Township is home to Lycoming County’s first settlers. The township also endured multiple factions with the settlers and the Indians during the Revolutionary War.  John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company, 1892), 550.

[3] In 1752, the area that is now Lycoming County originally was a part of Berks County. Twenty years later, the county of Northumberland was formed from Berks and Lycoming County was formed in 1795 from Northumberland County. At the time, Lycoming County consisted of sixteen different counties and the early inhabitants of Lycoming were Iroquoian-speaking Indians.   John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company, 1892), 17-31.

[4] Berks County was the seventh county formed in Pennsylvania in the year 1752. The county’s first inhabitants included European Immigrants of multiple religious denominations. The most prominent ethnic group that occupied the county were German settlers. By 1776, Germans dominated the majority of the population while the Quakers occupied the second largest portion of the population. John B. Frantz and William Pencak, “Berks County,” Beyond Philadelphia (University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998), 67-69.

[5] Martin Kercher, German, born April 18, 1718, served as a Major in the First Battalion of the Berks County Militia from 1777-1778. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Richards, The Pennsylvania-German in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 (Lancaster, Pennsylvania: The New Era Printing Company, 1908), 234.

[6] Shoemakers Mill, located in Muncy Creek Township, is one of three flouring mills located in the county. Shoemakers is the oldest dating back to the 1770’s belong to the heirs of Jacob Cook. John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois: Brown, Runk and Company, 1892), 551.

[7] Fort Muncy, built in 1778 by Colonel Thomas Hartley, was situated on a wealthy Quaker family’s property in Muncy Township, Lycoming County. The fort served as a safe post for the inhabitants of the West Branch Valley. John Franklin Meginness, Otzinachson: A History of the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna (Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Gazette and Bulletin Printing House, 1889).

[8] Adam Beaver, Lutheran, was born on 1754 in Zweibrucken Stadtkreis Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Adam served in the Revolutionary War as he, along with others, searched and killed the enemy. Adam died at the age 87 and was buried in Old Hill Graveyard, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. John Blair Linn, Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania 1755-1885 (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Lanes Hart, Printer and Binder, 1877), 49; Franklin Marshall Eastman, Courts and Lawyers of Pennsylvania 1623-1923 (New York: The American Historical Society, Inc, 1922), 34.

[9] Geist served as Captain of his own company in the Fourth Battalion, Berks County Militia. Sons of the American Revolution, Hawaiian Society of the Sons of the American Revolution: Register for Nineteen Hundred and Twelve with Roll of Members and their Revolutionary Ancestors and other Information of Interest to the Society (Honolulu, Hawaii: Published by the Society, 1912), 71. 

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