- On July 8, 1818, as a resident of Know County, State of Indiana, Jesse McKinzey (sic) personally appeared before the Circuit Court of that county and made certain depositions of his service in the Revolutionary War in order to qualify for a pension under the Congressional Act of 1818.
The said Jesse McKinzey swore that early in the spring of 1780 he enlisted for three years at Frederick Town, Maryland in the company of Captain Michael Boyer of Colonel Weltner's Regiment. His outfit marched to Baltimore and there he was transferred to the company of Captain Hamilton, having marched to Baltimore under a captain Williams. From Baltimore his outfit marched to Annapolis where he was placed in the company of Captain Truman.
He participated in the siege of York under Baron de Steuben, afterwards he was transferred to Captain Price's company in the Maryland Regiment of Colonel Stewart. He participated in the South Carolina campaign where the Maryland troops suffered great casualties. He was stationed at one time at Ashley's Bridge in South Carolina.
In 1783 at Frederick Town, Maryland, he received his discharge from Captain Catrell who was in command of that place. He furthermore stated that he was 56 years of age, and that his formal discharge had long since been lost.
He died testate at Vincennes, Indiana on November 3, 1818. His last will and testament bequeathed his entire estate to his wife, Catherine McKenzie.
On October 15, 1838, Catherine McKinsey (sic), aged 80 years, the widow of Jesse McKinsey, a late soldier of the Revolutionary War, applied for a widow's pension before the court of Ross County, Ohio.
She stated under oath that her husband died at Vincennes, Indiana on November 3, 1818, where they had lived, and that they were married in Allegany County, on January 22, 1784.
She furthermore swore that three children were born to her and her husband - John McKinsey, December 9, 1788, deceased by 1838; Bennett McKinzey, born January 5, 1791, deceased by 1838; and Eleanor, born April 10, 1793, then alive. Her first son John McKinzey, was an officer in the "late war" and afterwards went to South America and had "never been heard of".
John McKenzie of Ross County, Ohio, stated in April 1839, that he well knew Jesse McKinsey and his wife, Catherine, when they were living near Cumberland, Maryland, as man and wife, as early as 1792.
Correspondence with the Commissioner of Pensions show that the widow was living as late as 1848.
On April 8 1796. the veteran Jesse McKinzey, had been issued a bounty-land warrant for 100 acres as a late soldier of the Continental or Maryland State Line. Ref: BL Wt 11512-100.
The claim was approved for the widow.
Ref: Revolutionary Pension Claims, W 7432, National Archives, Washington.
- collected May 10, 1796; one male, one female