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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Valerie J. Thompson
     In his pension papers Nicholas Proctor states that he removed to Butler County, Kentucky and then to Hamilton County, Illinois. Butler County adjoins Logan County.
In 1820 Logan County, Kentucky Nicholas Proctor, who would have been about age 69, married Catherine Leonard, age about 35. They were married about 15 years. Logan County, Kentucky Book 1 1818-1840, page 17 

     Nicholas first attempted to apply for pension in 1828 or 1829 under the "Act for certain surviving soldiers and officers, approved May 28, 1828. Letter from Treasury Department dated 21 April 1829 Hamilton County, Illinois informs that there were insufficient evidence for the service of Nicholas Proctor of Hamilton County, Illinois.

1830 Census of Hamilton County, Illinois

Nicholas Proctor

1 male 10-14, 1 male 20-29, 1 male 70-79; 1 female 5-9 and 1 female 40-49

On 19th day of March 1834, Nicholas Proctor, a resident of Hamilton County, Illinois gave declaration for the purpose of receiving benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

Nicholas Proctor wrote his will the 16th day of July 1835, which was witnessed by his brother, Little Page Proctor, William Bryant, and Lewis Lane. In the will he named his wife, Catherine and his sons, John, Isaac, and William. By statement of his wife, Catherine and John Proctor, Jr., and Mary Proctor, Nicholas Proctor died 26th of July 1835. The will was proved in court on the 4th day of August 1835 by the oath of Little P. Proctor and William Bryant. The original will can be viewed at, Illinois Probate Records 1818-1970 - Hamilton - Will Book Vol. A, page12,13 image 30. It is the only Proctor Will listed in that book.

Little Page Proctor’s pension declaration affirms the relationship of Little Page Proctor to Nicholas Proctor. " He respectfully refers the Honorable Secretary of War to those affidavits as confirmatory of his statement made herein. And, also to the positive oath of his brother Nicholas Proctor who served with him throughout the same service & under same officers – excepting that he was in one campaign across the Ohio more than this affiant was then."

Times Leader, McLeansboro, Illinois newspaper November 12, 1936, interview with Ralph Proctor grandson of Little Page Proctor "According to information received by the Times-Leader, two Revolutionary War Veterans are buried in the Concord Cemetery, Crook township. They are Littlepage and Nicholas Proctor."

After Nicholas died, Catherine, age 69 applied for a widow's pension on April 19, 1854.


On April 22, 1854 in Hamilton County, Illinois John Proctor, Jr., and Mary Proctor gave testimony that Catherine and Nicholas lived together as man and wife, and that they were present at their wedding. (The pension application papers of the widow, Catherine Proctor)

October 28, 1868, Catherine, age 83 filed for an increase in her pension. William Brinkley mentions both Sarah Proctor and Catherine Proctor among the pension papers of both, Nicholas and Little Page Proctor.

One Catherine Proctor, age 93, is listed on the 1870 Census of Hamilton County, Illinois in the household of Sarah Ban.

Note: Shirley Bodersen Ross and therefore, Mrs. June Head (DAR application papers) state that the above  John Proctor, Jr., was the son of Nicholas Proctor and that this John Proctor died 1840-1850. (ISGS Quarterly XIV:1, Spring 1982) (DAR application papers of Member 6445025, for Patriot Proctor A201131)

Ross and Head further assume the children of this John Proctor were Samuel L. M., John J., Nicholas, Ephraim, and Sarah. This was based upon an assumed will of William Proctor, who died in 1841 in Gallatin County, Illinois.

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