Sunday, June 23, 2013

Martha Ann Cameron's Petition

Found in Microfilm # 857998 (British) (Certificates of birth, baptisms, marriage and death, : with wills, administrations, statements of services and personal papers of officers and their families...alphabetically arranged, 1776-1881, plus eight bundles of similar certificates, 1755-1908. (W.O. 42/1-51)
Author: Great Britain. War Office)

To The Right Honorable The Secretary At War

The Petition of Martha Ann Cameron of Halifax in the County of Halifax and Province of Nova Scotia, Widow of Archibald Cameron late a Lieutenant in the King's Carolina Rangers commanded by Lieut. Col. Browne

Most humbly showith, that your petitioner's late husband Archibald Cameron served his Majesty as a Volunteer in the Revolutionary War in America & that in the Year 1780 his Excellency Sir Henry Clinton Commander in Chief of his Majestys Forces in America was pleased to grant him a commission to serve as Lieutenant in the Kings Carolina Rangers commanded by Lieut Col. Browne - in which capacity he served his Majesty until the Year of the Peace in 1783 (being a period of three years & upwards) when the Regiment was reduced at Halifax Nova Scotia on the 8th Day of November 1783, from which date your Petitioner's late husband continued to receive half-pay as a Lieut. in His Majestys Service -- That your petitioner was married to her late husband Archibald Cameron at Country Harbour in the County of Halifax and Province of Nova Scotia on the sixteenth Day of Dec. 1807.  That your petitioners late husband died in the parish of Saint George in the Town of Halifax on the 3rd Day of March 1828 - leaving your petitioner a Widow with a young & helpless family of seven children (the eldest nineteen & the youngest only three years of age) That your petitioner with a young family of seven children are in consequence of the death of the late Archibald Cameron deprived of the means of support & left in very destitute circumstances.

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that you will be pleased to take the present state of herself & helpless family into your favourable consideration & grant her the usual pension of the Widows of deceased officers of her late husband's rank, and such pension from the Compassionate Fund for her orphan family as your Lordship in your charitable consideration of their destitute circumstances may think fit to bestow -- And your Petitioner as is duty bound will ever pray -- 

Martha Ann Cameron

Halifax  March the 24th, 1828

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