Most of the information about this family was derived from the research ofJane Cocke, June Williams and Martha (Valliant) McClain. It was compiled from Revolutionary War pension applications, census, family records, marriage records and other sources.
The following is a transcript of a letter dated November 22, 1928, from Winfield Scott, Commissioner, to W. Guy TETRICK, Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Sir, I have to advise you that from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim W.7952 it appears that Jacob KAYSER, or KEYSER, enlisted in Frederick County, Maryland February 13, 1779, served as sergeant in Captain BALTZEL'S Company, Colonel WELTNER'S German Regiment, was in several battles, not named, in Pennsylvania, and was discharged in August 1780, and re-enlisted (this word is questionable) in Colonel ADAMS' Maryland Regiment, was at the surrender of Cornwallis and was discharged in February 1782.
He was allowed pension on his application executed May 20, 1818, while a resident of Harrison County, Virginia, aged sixty-two years. He died February 6, 1834, in Harrison County Virginia.
Soldier married in October 1785 (marriage bond dated October 11, 1785) in Loudon County, Virginia, Pamelia JOHNSTON, born April 6, 1764, of Shelburne Parish, Loudoun County, Virginia. She was allowed pension on her application executed January 21, 1839, while a resident of Harrison County, Virginia. She died November 5, 1844.
They had eight children: Hester who married _______ ROSIER, his given name not stated, George of Harrison County, Virginia, in 1852; Pamelia, Elizabeth, Jonas, and Joseph born about 1806, other two names not given.
Signed: Respectfully, Winfield Scott, Commissioner.
In Jacob's pension application, he stated he was a hatter but was, "afflicted with a hernia which renders me incapable of labor. My wife is 56 years of age. My son, Joseph 14 years; Sally DAVIS, an orphan child, 8 years of age, constitute my family residing with me. 3 of family unable to support themselves." Signed: "Jacob Kayser, Sworn to and declared on the 22nd day of June 1820 before said court."
Jacob KAYSER'S will was signed 20 February 1823. It reads as follows:
I, Jacob KAYSER (Sen?) of the county of Harrison and State of Virginia being weak in body and imperfect in health but perfect in mind doth will and bequeath unto my well beloved and lawful married wife Parmelia KAYSER all my personal estate and effects moveable and immoveable all bedding and household furniture and everything I possess, notes by hand money and to be my only heir. To have and to hold and dispose of as she thinks proper. I do have executors (Parmelia KAYSER my lawful married wife and George BUMGARDNER) to settle and fix the above bequeath according to law. Given under my hand this 20th day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirty-three.
Will of Pamelia KAYSER
I, Pamelia KAYSER of
Harrison County and state of Virginia, do hereby make this my
last will and testament in the manner and form following: First,
it is my desire that after the payment of all my just debts,
that the balance of my personal estate shall be disposed of as
follows, to wit; I will and bequeath to Mary Kayser,
my daughter-in-law, one woman's saddle, one cupboard, furniture
and feather bed and all the bed clothing, one small bureau, one
trunk, one folding leaf table, one ____ _____, one rocking
chair, one split bottom chair, one chest, one _____ kettle, one
copper tea kettle, one pot, one skillet, one knife box and
contents, ______ scissors, six knives and forks, six spoons, one
pair of _____, and all my carving _______, and all my wearing
apparral, and all the note of hand that I have in my hands at my
death; one fire shovel, one pair of fire irons. I appoint and
nominate ______ _______ executor of this my last will and
testament. Witness my hand and seal this ____ day of September
in the year eight__ hundred and forty four.
Signed: Pamelia KAYSER - mark
Attest: ______WILKINSON, _________ WILKINSON
Children of Jacob and Pamelia KAYSER
*Information is from Marriage Records of Harrison Co., Virginia 1784-1850, by Morriss, page 118; John Wolf, Jr. (father: John) married Pamelia Kyser (father: Jacob) Jan 8, 1821, by Shadrack Johnson.