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Adam J Setzer, Sr.

Birthplace: Lenore, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Caldwell, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob, Dr. Setzer, I and Mary Magdalene Setzer
Husband of Elizabeth Setzer (Arney)
Father of Jacob Setzer; Lawrence Setzer; Mary Polly YEARWOOD; David (1788) Setzer; Johannes (1789) Adam Setzer, Jr. and 6 others
Brother of John Logan Setzer; Jacob (1756) Setzer, II; Mathias (c1766) Setzer and Frederick (1753) (son of Dr. Jacob and Mary Bovy) Setzer

Managed by: Timothy Paul Setser
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About Adam J Setzer, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of CORPORAL. DAR Ancestor #: A102039

He started recieving his pension in 1781

-Buried, Little John Methodist Church cemetery

-Adam Setser's military pension

Pension Records: Adam Setser, NC

Document 3

Morganton, N.C.

25th August 1840

I.L. Edwards, Esq.

Cas. Pensioner


    I enclose herewith the Declaration of Adam Setzer for a Pension for Revolutionary Service under the Act of Congress of the 7th June 1832.
   The character of the applicant is that of an honest, worthy old man, and in point of strict veracity equal to that of any in the County.
    I have no hesitation in saying that every statement made by him relative to the service performed is true.
                                                                                            Very Respectfully,
                                                                                             Your Servant,
                                                                                             R.C. Pearson
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Document 4

June 7th 1842

I. L. Edwards, Esq.

              Some two years since the Declaration of ADAM SETSER of Burke County, N.C. was filed in your office for a Pension; he alleging he served Five Months as well as I remember.  It was rejected, I think because he had not served six months or more.  Will you answer me for the satisfaction of the old soldier, if there is not another law now passed giving a Pension for Three Months service?  And, if so, can he get anything from the papers filed?

James ?Lynham

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Document 5

     Know all men by these presents that I, WILLIAM SETSER, of the County of Caldwell, State of North Carolina, son and legal heir at law of ADAM SETSER, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and who applied for a pension under Act 7 June 1832 from Burke County, N.C., through the Agency of Robert Pearson, Esq., so constitute and appoint Shimuel Godwin, Esq., of Washington City, D.C., my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name or in the name of my father or in the name of his widow, to ask for and demand the Pension Certificates now due the Representatives of the aforementioned ADAM SETSER and all money or moneys that are now due or may become due hereafter, hereby granting unto my said Attorney all my power and authority in the case with full power to do all lawful acts in as full and perfect manner as I could do were I personally present and acting for myself, and hereby revoking all Powers of Attorney at any time executed by me, or by any one else having, or claiming to have the control of said claim.
    Witness my hand and seal this 24th day of April AD 1854.

   J. Sakiller                                                                                                                                                                
   W. W. Scott                                                            Signed:  Willem Setser
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Document 6.

    On this 24th day of April AD 1854 personally came before me the undersigned, an acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County and State, WILLIAM SETSER, to me known, and acknowledges the foregoing Power of Attorney to be his act and deed for the purpose thereinmentioned, and I certify that I have no interest in,nor am I concerned in the prosecution of said claim.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal on the day and the year last above written. 

Elisha P. Miller, J.P.

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Document 8 28th August 1854


      In the case of ADAM SETZER, of Burke County, N.C., under Act 7 June 1832, you state that he did not serve six months.  His son, William Setzer, says that he was drafted for two 3-month tours, and that he always understood that they were served out.  
      After I sent the Power of Attorney to your office in May last year I examined the Comptroller's Books at Raleigh myself and find that there is nne upon said Books but one Adam Setzer and that he received pay for something (a little) over 6 months and that it was paid to a man of this state and but one one the Rolls.  I now wish to know if you desire this Certificate from the Comptroller.
                                                                      I am you r
                                                                        Very Att  Serv't
                                                                         John B Woodfin

Hon L.P. Waldo

Comm. of Pensions

Washington D.C.

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Document 9

                                                                                                    State of North Carolina
                                                                                                    Comptroller's office

I, William J. Clarke, Comptroller of public accounts in and for the State aforesaid, do hereby cerify that it appears of record in said Office among the payments made by said State to sundry persons for Military sevices in the Revolutionary war as follows:

Adam Setzer

Book No. 17, Page 20 L 13 sig. Specie March '84

 "     "    18,   "    45             L 13 sig. 

Indent or Army Certificate No. 4894. L 13. sig s (?)

Morgan district for Militia Services, Oct 2nd, 1784

                                                                     In testimony whereof I have                                                       
                                                                    hereunto subscribed my name 
                                                                     and affixed the seal of said
                                                                     October 21, 1854
                                                                     Wm. J. Clarke, Compt'r

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Document 10 Asheville, North Carolina

Hon. L.P. Waldo, Commissioner

Dear Sir,

    I have examined the books of the Comptroller, and there is but ONE NAME of SETZER on the rolls.  The other, which has been mistaken for SETZER is SESTER.
    Setzer seved three tours and the Agent who originally filed his Declaration failed to show it becaused the applicant could not furnish three written Discharges.  The Comptroller's certifcate clearly shows that he served over six months, and whatever length of time it shows is doubtfully correct.  The applicant is entitled accordingly.
    I know the Setzer Family well and it has never been questioned that they were entitled.  Discharges are often lost and when this occurs the certificate of Comptroller should be the only evidence to guide the Department.
    There has never been but one ADAM SETZER enrolled on our records as a soldier in the Militia service of the State, and the supposition that there was another had nothing to support it and should by no means prejudice the right of ADAM SETZER  and I am convinced will not upon further consideration on your part.  I beg of you, therefore, to reexamine it and report to me whether there exists any real reason why the claim shall not now (upon these examinations) be allowed.
    I herewith enclose you a power to me to act in this case.
                                                                      Very respectfully,
                                                                      Your obt and humble servant.
                                                                      B.M. Edney



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Location Caldwell County, N.C.

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Adam J Setzer, Sr.'s Timeline

Lenore, Rowan, North Carolina, United States
April 23, 1783
Age 25
Burke, North Carolina, United States
Age 27
Burke, North Carolina, United States
Age 29
Burke, North Carolina, United States
February 11, 1788
Age 30
Burke, North Carolina, United States
Age 31
Burke, North Carolina, United States
May 12, 1791
Age 33
Burke, North Carolina, United States
October 13, 1793
Age 35
Burke, North Carolina, United States
March 14, 1795
Age 37
Burke, North Carolina, United States