Seidenstricker/Silknitter Family
War of 1812 - 1814

Jacob Silknitter, son of the Jacob Silknitter who served in a
Lancaster County militia unit in 1777, served for six months in a
regiment of the Virginia Volunteers during the War of 1812–14.

Born 13 January 1780, probably in Robeson Township, Berks
County, Pennsylvania, he was only nine years old when his parents
left Pennsylvania for Virginia. They eventually settled in Augusta
County, Virginia, during the period 1797–1808 and, in 1809,
migrated to Greenbrier County—now West Virginia.

Jacob remained with his parents until 1812, for his name appears
on the tax rolls of Greenbrier County through that year. He
apparently returned to Augusta County then for on 4 September
1813 he enlisted for six months in the Fourth Regiment of Virginia
Volunteers, commanded by Captain Daniel Mathews. His discharge,
signed by Capt. Dan Mathews and Lt. Col. John Koontz, reads:

Jacob Silknetter, a Soldier from Augusta
County, now at Norfolk, in the 4th Regiment,
and under the command of the Subscriber,
having completed his tour of six months’
Service, is, by Brigade Order, hereby
discharged—January 10th, 1814.

In his application for bounty land, dated 16 October 1850, Jacob
Silknitter stated that he served at Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia.
This application for bounty land, under the Act of September 28,
1850, reads:

On this 16th day of October A.D. one thousand
eight hundred and fifty, personally appeared
before me, a Justice of the Peace, Hanson B.
Jacobs within and for the county and State
aforesaid, Jacob Silknitter aged 70 years, a
resident of Churchtown in the State of
Pennsylvania who being duly sworn according
to law, declares that he is the identical Jacob
Silknitter who was a volunteer in the
Company commanded by Captain Daniel
Mathews in the 1st Regiment of Volunteers
commanded by Daniel Mathews in the War
with Great Britain, declared by the United
States on the 18th day of June, 1812; that he
served his time at Richmond and Norfolk on
or about the 4th day of September A.D. 1813
for the term of six months and continued in
actual service in said war for the term of six
months and was honourably discharged at
Norfolk on the 14th day of January A.D. 1814.

Jacob signed his name, but it was written with difficulty, in a
trembling hand.

In 1851, William F. Ritchie, Public Printer, published a book
entitled Payrolls of the Militia Entitled to Land Bounty Under the
Act of Congress of September 28, 1850. On p. 29, "Private Jacob
Silknetter" appears on the payroll of Capt. Daniel Mathews'
Company, One hundred and Sixteenth Regiment of Virginia
Militia, Rockingham County, of the "Flying Camp" commanded by
Col. James McDowell from 7th July to 28th September 1813. Time of
service is shown as 1 month, 14 days.

Jacob apparently received a land warrant for 80 acres but sold it
since his application for additional bounty land under the Act of 3
March 1855 reads:

On this Twenty Eight day of May, A.D. one
thousand eight hundred and 55, personally
appeared before me, a justice of the peace
within and for the county and State aforesaid,
Jacob Silknetter aged 75 years, a resident of
Lancaster County in the State of
Pennsylvania who, being duly sworn
according to law, declares that he is the
identical person who was a private in the
company commanded by Captain Danil
Mathews, in the 1st regiment of Volunteers
commanded by Col. McDowel in the war with
Great Britain, declared by the United States
on the 18th of June 1812, for the term of 6
months, and continued in actual services in
said war for 14 days; that he has heretofore
made application for bounty land under the
act of September 28, 1850, and received a land
warrant, No. forgotten, for 80 acres, which he
has since legally disposed of, and cannot now
return. He makes this declaration for the
purpose of obtaining the additional bounty
land to which he may be entitled under the act
approved the 3rd day of March, 1855. He also
declares, that he has never applied for nor
received, under this, or any other act of
Congress, any bounty-land warrant except the
one above mentioned.

This application was signed with his mark and witnessed by Lot
Rogers and Joseph Spotts.

Jacob Silknitter died 15 February 1856. His widow, Hannah, then
applied for his land warrant. Her application reads:

On this 16th day of October A.D. 1856,
personally appeared before me a Justice of the
Peace in and for said county and state
aforesaid Hannah Silknitter aged sixty-two
years resident of Churchtown Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania, who being duly sworn
according to Law declares and says that she
was married on the 2nd of January, 1815, to
Jacob Silknitter by John Haistens, Esq., of
Churchtown, Lancaster County, Pa., and that
the Docket or record of Haistens cannot be
found. It has been lost or destroyed, and due
diligent search has been made for the same.
She further states that her husband, Jacob,
died on the 15th of February, 1856. She makes
this declaration for the purpose of obtaining
the Bounty Land Warrant issued to him for
80 acres No. 41756, issued September 9, 1856
and herewith returns the same.

She signed with her mark.

To support her statement, Lot Rogers and Thomas McCormick of
Churchtown signed an affidavit "that they are personally
acquainted with Hannah Silknitter, widow of Jacob Silknitter, and
that they lived and cohabited together as man and wife, were so
owned and reputed in the neighborhood and had children together,
and their marriage never was disputed and that the said Jacob
Silknitter died at Churchtown, Lancaster County, Pa., on the 15th
day of February, 1856, and that we personally acquainted with the
said Jacob Silknitter, now deceased, and Hannah Silknitter, his wife,
and that we are disinterested witnesses and have no interest in this
her Bounty Land claim."

Hannah Silknitter later applied for a widow's pension based on her
husband's service and was issued Certificate No. 986 in July 1868
(PA:6:9:584).

Jacob and Hannah are buried beside one another in the churchyard
of Caernarvon Presbyterian Church at Churchtown. His gravestone
reads "Jacob Silknitter, Died February 15, 1856. Aged 76 years, 1
month, and 2 days." Her gravestone reads "Hannah, wife of Jacob
Silknitter. Died December 9, 1875. Aged 81 years, 11 months, and 6
days." See William Frederic Worner, Tombstone Inscriptions from
Graveyards in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. MS dated 1935 at
the Lancaster County Historical Society, Lancaster, Pa. v. 2, p. 94.

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