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Catharine VanWaggenen

Catherine Wanwaggenen was questioned by Thomas Posey and it was in her home that Harmonus Dumond died. Below this transcription are copies of the actual affidavits in George Washington's Papers in the Library of Congress.

Catherine Vanwaggoner, September 15, 1778, Affidavit on Hermanus Demun [Transcribed from the copy in George Washington's Papers by Robert A. Rowe]

"Catherine Vanwaggoner (wife of Symon Vanwaggoner) of Poughataughen Being duly Sworn Saith that on Wednesday was a week*, a party of Men who told her they came from Schogary, came to her house and Enquired where all the Men was. She told them that they were all gone down to Marbletown by order of Coll. Contine, who had Sent a guard for them, and She Expected another guard and then they were all to goe down to Esopus. They answered She lyed, the Men was all gone to the Indians. She told them they were Not, but was gone down with the guard; that was come to fetch them, the[y] Insisted that She was Dam'd Lyaer. After a little time a waggon was heard. they askt her who that was with the waggon. She told them it was Hermanus Demun and John Barrow, who was come up in order to fetch Some of their goods, that Dumun had Moved down with his family the week before. by this time the waggon was at the house. Dumun was Stop'd, and the Horses taken out of the waggon. Duman and Barrow put on one of the Horses, and So went away with them. Not long after She heard two guns fired, about two hours after Dumon came to her house, and told her he was Shot, and that he believd he was a dead Man. Dumon told her further that the[y] had threatened to carry him to Butler and the [that?] he had told them he would Rather die than be carried to Butler; after which he attempted to Make his Escape from them and was Shot in Making the atempt. Some time after two of the Sd. party came to the House and seem'd very Sorry that Demon was Shot. after this Deponant though[t] the whole party was gone, there came two of the party and threatened to tomhawk Demon as he lay on his Death Bed, took his Shoes, Buckles and hat away with them.this Deponant further Saith that the party took three horse Kind the property of her husband, with Many other things belonging to her,

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and further Saith that Dumon Died Some time after & further
Saith Not.

her
Catherine X Vanwaggoner
mark

Sworn before Me this 15th Day of September, 1778.

Levi Pawling."

[*She was by one week.]

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