This letter from the National Archives' pension records of Leonard Ackler of Canajoharie, Montgomery County, and Columbia, Herkimer County was contributed to us by his ggggg-grandson Jon Franchino. Leonard's brother Captain Henry Eckler was a member of the 1st Regiment of the Tryon County Militia. Jon tells us that "much of the above information is also contained in the Eckler-Ackler-Ackley Family geneaology book, available from the Herkimer County Historical Society."

Letter from A. D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator, U.S. Veterans Administration, to Roger Williams, dated December 23, 1937. The letter is part of Leonard Ackler's pension record (Reference Number W.25335), National Archives, Washington, DC. Williams' hand-scribed letter requesting the record is also available from the same microfilmed file. This letter serves as a somewhat concise narrative of Leonard Ackler's service in the American Revolution:

Mr. Roger F. Williams            December 23, 1937
#2 Rock Street
Alexandria Bay, NY

Dear Sir:

Reference is made to your letter in which you request the Revolutionary War record of Leonard Ackler, who received pension under the Act of June 7, 1832.

The data which follow are obtained from the papers on file in Revolutionary War pension claim, W.25335, based upon the military service in that war of Leonard Ackler.

Leonard Ackler was born on May 22, 1760, at Canajoharie, Tryon County, New York. The names of his parents are not shown.

While residing at Fort Plain, town of Canajoharie, New York, Leonard Ackler enlisted in 1776, served as a private in the company commanded by his brother, Captain Henry Ackler, Colonel Abraham Copeman's New York Regiment, was in the battle of Oriskany, where General Herkimer received a mortal wound and served at various times until the summer of 1779, exact length of service not shown: in the summer of 1779, he enlisted in Captain John Bighead's (probably meant for Captain John Bradbig) New York Company, marched to Fort Herkimer, where he remained on duty for nine months, the time of his enlistment: He enlisted again in 1780, still residing at Fort Plain, for nine months, served as a private in Captain Gerrit Putnam's Company, Colonel Harper's New York Regiment, marched to Fort Windecker on the Mohawk River, thence to Fort Stanwix, and after remaining there for sometime went with a detachment of sixty men under Lieutenant Lansing to Oneida Lake to demolish some boats of the enemy, but before reaching that place, soldier and all his companions were taken prisoners, and carried to Canada. Soldier stated that under any agreement with his captors that he would labor for them on public works, he was not kept in close confinement, but worked as a laborer, always hoping for a chance to escape but was never able to do so and remained a prisoner of war in Canada until the close of the war.

Leonard Ackler was allowed pension on his application executed October 27, 1832, while residing in Columbia, Herkimer County, New York, where he died January 10, 1838.

The soldier married March 11, 1787, Catherine Youngs, born July 4, 1763, place of her birth and names of her parents not shown. They were married at the church in Canajoharie, by the Reverend Londwick Priffle.

Soldier's widow, Catherine, was allowed pension on her application executed February 5, 1839, while residing at Columbia, New York.

No reference was made to children.

In 1832, Peter Ackler, brother of the soldier, Leonard Ackler, was aged seventy-eight years and lived in Columbia, New York. In 1839, one Henry Ackler was aged seventy-three years and resided at Stark, Herkimer County, New York. He stated that he was present at the wedding of the soldier but did not give his relationship.

In order to obtain the date of last payment of pension, the name and address of person paid and possibly the date of death of the Revolutionary War pensioner, Catherine Ackler, widow of Leonard Ackler (W.25335), you should address The Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city, and cite the following data:

Catherine Ackler, widow of Leonard Ackler Certificate No. 486
Issued June 21, 1843
Rate $80.00 per annum
Commenced March 4, 1843 Act of March 3, 1843
New York (Albany) Agency.

Very truly yours

Executive Assistant

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