Abstract of Revolutionary War Pension Application for Silas Crippen

Contributed by Frances S. Powell

The date and place of birth of Silas Crippen were not given in the deposition, nor were his parents shown. He was living with his father in New Concord, Columbia Co., NY during the Revolutionary War.

Silas Crippen enlisted in the Spring of 1776. He served as a private in Colonel Elmore's regiment, was stationed at Fort Stanwix, and was discharged 1 Jan 1777. He enlisted again in June, 1777, and served six months in Captain Ebeneser Cady's Company, Colonel Whiting's NY regiment, marched to Stillwater. He enlisted 1 May 1778, and served under Lt. Babcock, and marched up the Mohawk River to Cherry Valley.
Silas Crippen married in Feb. 1778 at Spencertown, Columbia county, NY Elizabeth Waterman. She was b. 19 July 1759, and was the daughter of Samuel Waterman, and was living at the time of her marriage with her father in New Concord, NY. Her Mother's name was not given.

Silas Crippen died 7 March 1831 in Worcester, Otsego County, NY.

The widow, Elizabeth Crippen, was allowed pension on her application executed 29 Oct 1838, at which time she was living in Worcester, NY. She died abt. 1845/46.

Silas Crippen and his wife, Elizabeth, had 12 children, Only two were named: Daniel Crippen, aged 53 in 1838 and Schuyler (sp?) (there is a smudge on the copy here and I'm not sure of the name—FSP) Crippen, living in Cooperstown, Otsego Co., NY in 1843.
The widow's brother, John Waterman, was an ensign in the Revolutionary War, and was referred to as deceased in 1838; her sister, Anna Waterman, married Timothy Lord, on the same day and at the same place, that she married Silas Crippen; her brother, Samuel Waterman, was 71 in 1838, then living in Maryland, Otsego Co., NY; Her sister Huldah Waterman, married Henry Stever and he was about 88 yrs. old in 1838, and living in Worcester, NY.

A Lt. Col. Waterman in Col. Whitings's NY regiment in 1777, was the uncle of Elizabeth Crippen.


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