The Pension Application of Mary (Morris) Pipes

On this third day of November in the year 1837 personally appeared before me Charles F. Burton, a Justice of the Peace for the state and county aforesaid, and one of the Judges of the Mercer County Court. Mary Pipes, widow and relic of John Pipes who was a Lieutenant and Captain during the war of the Revolution who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed July 4, 1836. That she is the widow of the said John Pipes and seventy seven years old, that she was married to the said John Pipes in Morristown, State of New Jersey, in the month of August, in the year 1777 or 1778. She was then in her seventeenth year, he the said Pipes was on furlow from Washington's Army, then encamped at Elizabethtown. Several officers of the Regiment to which he belonged were at the wedding, among them were Captain Wade,Lieutenant Horn, and my uncle Joseph Morris, who was wounded in the Battle of Brandywine and died of his wound, and was buried with honours of war. He held the commission of Major. Mr. Pipes was then acting under the commission of lieutenant, during service in New Jersey, he was sometimes attached to Cummen's and Dayton's Regiment--before his marriage. Mr. Pipes commanded a company and was in the battle of Ticonderoga. He served one year and received his discharge. He then joined the army of Genl. Washington, and was in actual service with him for two years as a regular. His regiment were nearly all killed up and they had more officers than they wanted, and he was offered to return home at half pay, but he refused to do so. This offer was made to him by General Washington in person. Sometime in the year 1779 or 1780 he received an honorable discharge and they removed to North Carolina where his father then lived and joined the army under Gates and Green, not as a Regular but subject to regular draft as a minute man.

Her husband John Pipes was in sixteen battles during the war of the Revolution. She will further attest that she has had by her said husband John Pipes, eleven children, four of them were born before husband's services closed in the war of the Revolution. Then is second Evidence of his service in New Jersey she knows it to be the fact that he served (2) two years as Lieutenant and (1) one year as Captain. She farther attests that her said husband departed this life on the 6th day of August 1821, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid in the presence of witnesses.

D. Bolling (signatures) Mary X Pipes

N. B. his commission and discharge have long since been lost. She forwards a piece of old money her husband received for his services.

Mary X Pipes

The affidavit of Peter Harman and Dred Boling taken at the same time and place the affidavit being of lawful age and first duly sworn according to Law state that they have been intimately acquainted with Old Mrs. Pipes widow of John Pipes did for the space of forty years past, and that they were intimately acquainted with old Capt. John Pipes in his life time for a number of years, that they know the fact that he was reputed and believed by all who knew him to have been a soldier and an officer in the war of the Revolution--and they farther state that the said Mary Pipes is the widow and relic of the said John Pipes and a highly credible person sworn to and subscribed. This day and year aforesaid.

Peter Harman

D. Bolling