BENJAMIN WAGES - REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN TOMBSTONE
In order to attain the benefit of the act of Congress of 7th July 1838, entitled An Act presenting half pay and pensions to include widows. State of Kentucky Morgan County On this 3rd day of January 1845, personally appeared before James Hammon, a Justice of the Peace for Morgan County, Mary Wages, resident of the County of Morgan, aged one hundred and two years. Who, being first duly sworn according to law doth make on her oath, the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed 7th July 1848 entitled an act of granting half pay and pensions to certain widows. That she is the widow of Benjamin Wages, who was a Private in the Army of the Revolution. That she does not recollect the particular services undertaken by her decd husband. She does not now recollect what officers he served under. For this, she refers to the Declaration and paper filed in the War Office granting a pension to her decd husband. That she was married in the state of North Carolina, in the County of Rowan in the year 1779 or 1780. That she has no record of this marriage and knowing no person living by whom she can prove her marriage. That she is illiterate & kept no record in the family. She further relates, does not now recollect the month, nor day of the month, but that she was married to Benjamin Wages in the year 1779 or 1780. That her husband died on the 8th day of June 1844. That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January 1774. She is unable to attend court from bodily infirmity.
The "R" first appears in the Wagers name during the 1920 census.... every census prior to 1920 has the spelling Wages.