Statements made by family &
in the Revolutionary War Pension Paper Records for
NATHANIEL BARRETT Jr
of Nelson, NH
Son of Nathaniel and Abigail [Searl] BARRETT of Mason, NH
Husband to Mercy [Cummings] ~ Brother to Reuben, Isaac and Sybil Barrett
Revolutionary War Pension Papers, W24627 for Nathaniel Barrett, Jr
These papers are printed in the following publication: "Celebration by the town of Nelson, New Hampshire of the One Hundred and Fifthieth Anniversary of its First Settlement 1767 - 1917 / Sketch of the Early History of the Town to Which is Added the Names and Records of the Pioneer Settlers of Packersfield who had part in the War of the Revolution" by Major-General Simon Goodell Griffin, 1917
These papers are transcribed in three parts:
James Withee, age 99, of Mason wrote: Nathaniel
Smith, of Mason,
White of Nelson
Day of Nelson
"Barrett was in a company that went a great way off, south or west. I remember I have heard him and a Mr. Smith tell afterwards how they were crossing a river on logs and both fell in and Barrett came very near drowning, but Smith kept above the water easily. It was a great way off that he and Smith fell into the water. I think that he (Barrett) was at the battle of Bunker Hill and I know he was in the army after that." He also states that he knew Nathaniel Barrett in Mason when he was a boy and remembers that the father of this one was also called Nathaniel.
"He [Barrett] had connections in Mason and I have often seen him in that town. He used often to bring articles which he had manufactured from wood at Nelson, and I remember I have seen a mortar which he had made from a knot for his sister, Mrs. Baldwin, now Mrs. Proctor." .... "Have sat by the hour and heard his stories of the war. I recollect this: He was put upon guard one night at a fort from which the sentinel had been piecked off very night for several nights. He put his great coat and hat upon a stake and kept one side of the usual place. He kept his gun cocked and at last there was a flash and a report from the bushes near. He fired where he saw the flash and the next morning a dead Indian was found on the spot. I remember to have heard him speak of being at the Bunker Hill Fight. I have heard him say that some time or other in the war he enlisted for three years. I have always understood that he lived at Mason previous to the war, and during or after the war that his home was a Milford or Amherst, after the war until her removed to Nelson."
that he knew Nathaniel and Mercy Barrett from his youth, and
"My father was a Revolutionary soldier and I have often heard him and Barrett talk of hardships, trials, and services which they endured. I have heard Nathaniel Barrett say that he was in Captian Isaac Frye's Company and speak of being in other companies, but I do not remember thename of any officer except Captian Freye. I recollect of hearing Nathaniel Barrett tell a story as follows: That he was in service in war of the Revolution, when with a party of Americans he went onto what I think he called Hog Island for the purpose of stealing horses and cattle in the night time and were about crossing Mystic River when they were alarmed by the British and in the hurry and confusion said Barrett was left a little behind and barely escaped by plunging into the river. He seized a colt by the tail, and by the grace of God and the efforts of the colt he was carried safely across and saved from the enemy. Barrett could not swim. I have heard him relate many other incidents."
says he was a neighbor of Nathaniel and Mercy Barrett, and "he further declares that he has often heard the Old Gentleman Nathaniel repeat the story of his services and hardships in the war of the Revolution. That he connot distinctly recollect the names of officers whom he named, but well remembers his saying that he served to the end of the war; that he never heard it doubted among the people. That said Nathaniel ever had the reputation of being a warrior and was so talked of among the boys."
says he knew Nathaniel and Mercy Barrett, and their son, John, and daughter, Hannah, and that there were three other sons and one other daughter, all of whom are dead, except John Barrett of Stoddard. "
says that her maiden name was Relief Stevens. That she knew Nathaniel Barrett very well and often heard him "tell the story of his services in the War of the Revolution. That he used to say he was in Captain Frye's Company; that he served until the end of the war and boasted of it. That her father Daniel Stevens was also a soldier and he and Barrett used to recite often; that she used to listen to the tales and distinctly remembers."
says he knew Nathaniel Barrett, having frequently seen him at Mason "with wooden bowls, trays, etc., which he had made at Nelson and brought from there upon his back." and that he had the reputation of having been a Revolutionary soldier.
James Withee, age 99, of Mason wrote:
Smith, of Mason,
White of Nelson
Day of Nelson
Created 14 December 2006