Jacob Grantier (see post entitled Sunday Serendipity-Jacob Grantier) was my maternal 5th Great-Grandfather. I found the following on the Tri-Counties Genealogy and History website about Jacob:
“Jacob Grantier (Granteer, Granadier), a native of the province of Lorraine, Germany, came to America about two years before the Revolutionary War, locating in Schoharie county, N.Y. Here he joined Morgan's famous riflemen and served until the close of the struggle for Independence.”
I decided to do some further research to see what I could find out about Jacob and Morgan’s famous riflemen and Jacob’s military service.
- The age of enrollment or enlistment during the Revolutionary War was 16 years of age. They were able to serve until age 50.
Transcription: Jacob x (his mark) Granetier four months 13 Dollars 3/4
Transcription: Appears as shown below on a Receipt Roll under the following heading: “We the Subscribers of Lieut. Dietz’s Company do acknowledge to have Received of Col. Peter Vroman of us the Sums affixed to our names as a Bounty Collected from Exampts in Schohary agreeable to an act passed by the Legislator for the Raising Seven hundred men.” Roll dated, Schohary Jan. 27, 1779.
Jacob X (his mark) Granetier four months 13 Dollars 3/4
I was able to also find the following listing of Jacob being paid for his service:
Transcription: We the Subscribers for ourselfs or some other person for us Do acknowledge to have Received of Peter Vroman the Respective sums opposite to our names in Certificates Issued by Garard Banker Esq State Treasurer pursuant to an act of the Legislature passed the 27th April 1784 for Services performed in the Militia in the Late war-
Date Persons names No. of ceritifcates Amount L S D Signers names Witnesses to persons making marks
1784 Nov 3 Jacob Kranatier Pv 10 7 11 6 2/3 Jacob Granteer
7 Pounds- 11 Shillings - 6 2/3 Pence
From New York State Legislative Records:
- 12 Pence/pennies per Shilling and 20 Shillings per pound. As best as I can figure probably the equivalent of about $150 in today’s currency.
- I find it interesting the way the clerk wrote his name in the ledger and how, I am guessing, he signed his name on the right.
Transcription: Certificates issued or to be issued by virtue of an act, entitled An act for the settlement of the pay of the levies and militia, for the services in the late war, and for other purposes therein mentioned, passed the 27th day of April, 1784.
I have not been able to determine what the certificates were ever worth to the soldiers, perhaps Land Warrants?
This is additional confirmation of Jacob's Military Service:
Transcription of gravestone: Jacob Granteer Vrooman’s N. Y. Mil. Rev. War
I so love it when all the pieces fit together so nicely and information from a variety of sources is consistent information. I also find it interesting the many spellings of the name Grantier and Vroman. I am guessing that the spelling of Jacob’s name may have changed since it looks like initially he was unable to write his name and then must have learned how and spelled it his way.
I am continually thank-full for the service of my ancestors and all Veterans in shaping this great country!
If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,