John Van Houten

Private in the New Jersey Militia

Revolutionary War



Van Houten, John P.--   Revolutionary War Pension Application


New Jersey --

Van Houten, John P.R10,876


State of New Jersey, Hudson County}  SS

On this seventeenth day of November eighteen hundred and forty five personally appeared before the orphans court in and for the County of Hudson aforesaid now sitting at Bergen in said County, Hannah Van houten at present a resident of the Town of Bergen in the State and County aforesaid aged seventy nine years and upwards, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838, entitled An Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows.  That she is the widow of John P. Van houten, who was a private in the militia of Bergen County New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.  That he served in the Companies that was Commanded by Captains Romine, Outwater, Blanch, Wards, and Jones and others whose names she has forgotten.  That he was generally stationed at Totosaw, Plaister, Hackensack, and other parts in that County.  That she believes he entered the service in the early periods of the war and served a number of monthly tours, and then he served in the six months service under Captain Blanch in she thinks the year 1779 – and the next year she thinks it was he served in the six month service under Captain Outwater at Hackensack and the next year she thinks it was that he served in the three months service stationed at Second River and Dobbs Ferry.  She does not recollect the Captains name but thinks it was (Han?) Blascum.  That he performed his monthly tours when it came his time and in the other service she understood that he entered as a volunteer.  That she does not now recollect of any Battles that he was engaded (engaged) altho she has often herd him speak of his skirmishes with the Refugees.  That he resided previous and during the war at Pompton in the said County of Bergen and state of New Jersey where she also resided and was well acquainted with her said husband.  That she has no documentary evidence of her said husbands service.  She further declares that he during the war did not use the distinguishing “letter’ “P” in his name, he did not assume that letter until after her marriage to him, when he assumed it to distinguish him from his Father who was by age exempt from military duty and performed none during the war.

She further declares that she was married to the said John P. Van houten on the twenty eighth day of February in the year seventeen hundred and eighty four and that her husband the aforesaid John P. Van houten died on the sixth day of October in the year eighteen hundred and fourteen.  That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four, viz at the time above stated.

Hannah Van houten

Sworn to and subscribed this day and year above written before the Orphans Court

Com. Van Winkle

James J. Mc Donnell

James J Van Bostwick  (or Boskerck?)

I John G. Speer one of the Judges of the court of Common pleas in and for said county do hereby certify that I am well acquainted with Hannah Van Houten who has made the foregoing declaration She being by marriage my Grand Mother, I know her to be the widow of the said John P. Van Houten who it is a matter well known and understood was a revolutionary soldier and there is no doubt but he served as is stated.

Nov. 07th, 1845

John G. Speer,  Judge

Hudson County SS.    

Rachel Riker of said County being duly sworn say that the annexed Record in her original family record as has been Kept in her family Bible in her possession that she is the third child of the same Hannah van Houten, the widow of the said John P. Van houten and that she is the identical person named on said Record as having been born September 6th 1791 and that she believes said record to be true in all its parts, Rachel Riker

Sworn to and subscribed this 17th day of November 1845 before me

John G. Speer.

(Inage?) of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas}

And the said Court do hereby Certify that John G. Speer, Esqr making the above certificate and who is subscribed to the Juror of the above affidavit is a Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for said County And we do further Certify that the declaration and deposition is satisfactory evidence to this Court of the facts therein Contained, as the said Hannah Van houten the applicant and Rachel Riker who has (end of page & document)

(The following exhibit was attached to the above affidavit as evidence of the marriage of Hannah Van Houten as the wife of John P. Van Houten.  It appears to have come from the Riker’s family Bible.)

Family Record


Henry Riker & Rachel Van Houten was married in the year of our Lord 1807, January 10th

Catyan Riker was married to John Garison  (____________)

Hannah Rome Riker was married to John G. Speer 12th February in the year of our Lord 1829

Elen Maria Riker was married to Jon Parkes December in the year of our Lord 1832.

Family Record


Henry Riker the son of Matthew Riker was born in the year of our Lord 1786, February 27

Rachel Vanhouten the daughter of John P Van houten was born in the year of our Lord 1791. September 6

CatyAn Riker the Daughter of Henry Riker was born in the year of our Lord 1807 September 22nd

John (Rich?) Riker the son of Henry Riker was born in the year of our Lord 1810 January 19th

Hannah Rome Riker the Daughter of Henry Riker was born in the year of our Lord 1812 June 19th

Elen Maria Riker the Daughter of Henry Riker was Born in the year of our Lord 1814 October 26th

Nathan Riker the son of Henry Riker was born in the year of our Lord 1817 May the 30th

Eliza Riker the Daughter of Henry Riker was born in the year of our Lord 1820 March 2nd

John Kidney Riker the son of Henry Riker was born in the year of our Lord 1823 June 10th

Power of Attorney

Know all men by these presents that I Rachel Riker, of the town of North Bergen county of Hudson & State of New Jersey hereby constitute and appoint Charles C. Spiker(?) of Washington City, DC my true & lawful agent and attorney to prosecute the claim of John P. Van Houten (my father) for any amount of Revolutionary pension or increase of pension that may be due under the provisions of the Act of September 28th 1850 or any other act or resolution of Congress and I do hereby authorize my said attorney to examine all papers and documents in relation to said claim on file in the departments at Washington City, or elsewhere, to file additional evidence or agreements & to receive the certificate which may be issued for said claim and to appoint one or more substitutes under him for the purposes herein expressed and to do all things that I might or could do were I personally present.  Hereby satisfying & confirming all that my attorney may lawfully do in (process?)

Witness my hand & seal at Hoboken this 20th July 1854

Singed, sealed & delivered in the presence of Saml W. Carey  }

Henry M Riker   }

Rachel Riker

New Jersey Hudson County, SS}On this 20th day of July AD 1854 before me a Justice of the Peace in afore said County & State personally appeared Rachel Riker at Hoboken & acknowledged the foregoing power of attorney to be her act & deed for the purpose therein expressed. 

Acknowledged before me this 20th day of July A.D. 1854

Morris R. Crane

Justice of the Peace