Daniel Brackett, Sr. of Avon, Ontario County, New York

Daniel Brackett, Sr. was born in April of 1757, perhaps in Falmouth, Maine.  He was a resident of Falmouth in 1776.  Daniel came with his son Daniel Brackett Jr. to Clarendon, Orleans County, New York.  Daniel Brackett was a soldier of the Revolutionary War.  He has a pension file for his service during the Revolutionary War, File # S44682.  This file is dated 04 Jun 1818 and was filed in Ontario County, New York. 

Daniel Brackett’s pension file reads: 

“State of New York

Ontario County

            On this 4th day of June 1818 before me Stephen Phelps a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the said County and State appears Daniel Brackett aged 61 years resident in the town of Avon in Said County and state who being by me first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath doth make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the late act of Congress entitled an Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War.  That he the said Daniel Brackett enlisted in March or April 1777 in the town of Falmouth in the County of Cumberland and District of Maine in the Company commanded by Capt. Nicholas Blaisdell in the Regiment commanded by Col. Wigglesworth of the Massachusetts line on the continental establishment.  That he continued to serve in the service of the United States until March or April of 1789 when he was honorably discharged from service at the Highlands in the State of New York.  That he was at the Capture of Burgoyne and at the Battle of Monmouth and that he is in reduced circumstances and stand sin need of assistance of his Country for support and that having lost his discharge he has no evidence now in his power of his said Services-       Daniel Brackett


State of New York

County of Cattaraugus

            On this 8th day of November 1820 personally appeared in open Court, being a Court of record for said County Daniel Brackett, aged sixty three years next April, resident of Olean in said County of Cattaraugus, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on his oath declare, that he served in the revolutionary war as follows; that I served in Capt. Nicholas Blaisdell’s Company in the regiment commanded by Col. Wigglesworth in General Glover’s Brigade in the Massachusetts line on the Continental Establishment, which said service commenced in January 1777, and continued three years as by  my original declaration bearing date on the fourth day of June 1818 on file in the office of the Secretary of War of the United States will fully and at large appear.  That I have obtained a pension certificate under the act of Congress of the 18th of March 1818 granting pensions in certain cases which certificate bears date on 30th day of July 1818 and is numbered 1999.  And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner whatever disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress Entitled “An Act to provide certain persons engaged in land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war” passed on the 18th day March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto annexed and by me subscribed-



I have no real Estate whatever.  Personal estate-one cow worth ten dollars one … worth 50 cents one draw shave 50 cents one ax worth 75 cents one hand saw worth one dollar one square & compasses worth 50 cents one sythe tackling worth 25 cents one razor and case worth 37 ½ cents-shoemaker tools as follows, one hammer one knife one pigging awl, pincers & 3 sewing awls worth in all one dollar-Debts due to me as follows-one order drawn by William Whitney on Henry Conrad in my favor for one barrel of salt and accepted by said Conrad-An Account against Ashabel Whittemore for 15 days labour-I have a claim against Daniel Brackett Junior for fifty two Dollars cash advanced to him-the said Daniel Brackett is my son and too poor to pay me any thing and the said fifty two Dollars was money I received by my aforesaid pension-All the above mentioned articles in the forgoing schedule enumerated were bought by me with my pension money and the order above mentioned for a Barrel of salt I obtained by advancing six dollars of my pension money-I have not sufficient clothing to make me comfortable-I have no trade-my occupation formerly been that of a farmer, but from old age, the Rheumatism & general debility I am unable to do much labour-I am totally deaf in one of my ears and very thick of hearing in the other which was caused by my having the small pox in the revolutionary war and which is a great inconvenience to me-I have no family but make my home at present with William Thomsons in said town of Olean-


Sworn to and declared in open court     Daniel Brackett

This 8th day of November 1820

before me


Ebenezer Lockwood Clerk of the Court

Of Com. Pleas of Cataraugus County


            I Ebenezer Lockwood Clerk of the court of Common Pleas of the County of Cattaraugus in the State of New York, do hereby certify, that the foregoing oath and the schedule thereto annexed, are truly copied from the records of the said court and I do further certify, that it is the opinion of the said court that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is fifteen Dollars & seven cents-In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said court on this twenty fifth day of November 1820

                                                                                                            Ebenezer Lockwood Clk”


It is reported in the History of Clarendon from 1810to 1888 by David Copeland was published in Buffalo, New York by the Courier Company, Printers in 1889 that Daniel Brackett was buried in the “Old Christian cemetery” (Pettingil) in Clarendon, Orleans County, New York.   On page 355, Clarendon Graves: “About one mile west of Clarendon, on the Pettengil road, is the old Christian graveyard. At present this has a new fence, which improves the appearance generally, and if the sunken graves had head-stones we might be able to give the names of many more who once helped to make Clarendon what it is in this day of fine farms and fruitful orchards.  Listed as being buried here is “Daniel Brackett, Sr., an old Revolutionary soldier, somewhere about 1826, age not known.” Also buried in this cemetery are his son Daniel Jr. with his wife Lydia and their son Levi Brackett.   His son Daniel was living in Clarendon at the time of Daniel Sr.’s death.  The name of the wife of Daniel Brackett, Sr. has not been found.  He had one known son Daniel Brackett, Jr. who was born on 14 March 1784 in Falmouth, Maine.   Some genealogists indicate that Daniel Brackett Sr. married Mary Andres and had children Mary aka Polly Brackett, Daniel Brackett Jr. and Sarah aka Sally Brackett.  Mary or Polly Brackett married Daniel Austin on 09 Nov 1795 in Bridgton, Maine and she died in Clarendon, Orleans County, New York about 1845.

Landmarks Of  Orleans County New York ,was edited by Hon. Isaac S. Signor of Albion New York, assisted by H. P. Smith and Others and was published in Syracuse New York by D. Mason & Company Publishers in 1894.


On page 573 you can read: “Daniel Brackett took up land in the northwest part of the town in 
1819. His place was afterward owned by Deacon Lemuel Pratt. He was born in 1784, and died in 1865. His wife, Lydia, died in 1871. His father, Daniel Brackett, sr., a Revolutionary soldier, came with him and died here.  On page 579 you can read:  “The old Christian cemetery, a mile west of Clarendon village, contains the remains of Daniel Brackett, sr., a Revolutionary soldier, who was buried there about 1826.”


Compiled by William Brackett November 2014