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Monday, January 02, 2006

Pension Record of Benjamin Russell of Newry

The following account of the service of Benjamin Russell of Newry is taken from his Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land-warrant application file [W22139, BLWT14521-160-55].

Also in the file are two depositions made by his widow—the first dated July 17, 1844, in Somerset County (she then residing in Mercer), the second dated Apr. 23, 1855, in Oxford County. Mehitable (Abbot) Russell indicated that she was married to Benjamin "in Andover Massachusetts on the twentieth day of September A.D. 1787 by one Jonathan French a Minister of the gospel," and that her husband "died at Newry Maine on the twenty first day of August A.D. 1842." A certified copy of their marriage record is also included.
STATE OF MAINE
COUNTY OF Oxford SS.
ON this 17th day of September A.D. 1832, personally appeared in open Court before the Court of Probate now sitting, Benjamin Russell a resident of Newry in the county of Oxford and State of Maine, aged 69 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 as herein stated.

Enlisted in the Month of August AD. 1781 for three months at Bethel in the county of Oxford and State of Maine, into a Company of volunteer Militia of Massachusetts commanded by Captain John Evans and was set to guard the frontier inhabitance from the depredations of the Canada indians and while some of the company were ingaged in building a fort at said Bethel was employed with others as a spy and reconnoiter[e]d the wilderness from Bethel to Lake Umbagog and after the fort was completed was marched to said lake and there a Boat was built and he with two others of said company were sent over the lake in Night to see if they could discover indian fires and was discharged in January 1782.

Also in June 1782 enlisted at Bethel aforesaid into a company commanded by Stephen Farrington for six months and was Kept as a guard at the fort in said Bethel to watch the Canada indians, marched three times to the lake and towards Canada line and was discharged in December 1782.

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