Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Jeremiah Barnhart
Transcribed by Kenneth Lifshitz

            Jeremiah Barnhart, Marlboro in the State of New York was a private in the company commanded by Col. Weissenfels in New York for 9 months and 20 days.  Pension was granted for $32.20 per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1834.

State of New York
Ulster County SS
             Personally appeared before me the undersigned First Judge of said County.  Jeremiah Barnhart  who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory, he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below in the following grades:  viz.  For three weeks actual service at Nichols point in 1776.  I served as a private soldier, for two weeks actual service on alarms in 1777.  I served as a private soldier--For two weeks actual service guarding the Court House in Poughkeepsie.  I served as a private solider,-- for eight months actual service in the year 1779.  I served as a private soldier and for such service I claim a pension.  In the last term of service I have not included several days from the time I was drafted until I commenced actual service which was spent in preparation.  Nor then have I included the time spent in reaching home after my discharge from Col. Weissenfel's.  (Signed)  Jeremiah  Barnhart
            Subscribed and Sworn March 9th 1833 before me A.D. Loper
            I hereby certify that I am personally acquainted with the above named Jeremiah Barnhart, that he is the same person who made the declaration for a pension hereunto annexed and that he is a man of veracity and entitled to credit as a witness.  March 9th 1833.  A.D. Loper, First Judge.  

State of New York
Ulster County
            On this tenth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open Court before the judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Ulster aforesaid, now sitting at the Court House in Kingston in said County, Jeremiah Barnhart of the Town of Marlborough in the County of Ulster aforesaid aged seventy three years of age, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832-That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.--In the summer of the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy six at the Town of Marlborough aforesaid, I was hired by Elanthon Foster to take his place as a substitute in a company of militia commanded by Captain Terpenning.(1)  I entered said company at Nichols Point on the West Side of the Hudson river in the Town of New Windsor in the County of Orange and served therein for three weeks during which time we were engaged in fortifying the Point, at the expiration of the time for which I was engaged I was honorably discharged.--There is no person living within my recollection by whom I can prove the term of service.  In the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven I belonged to Captain Jacob Woods (2) company of Militia in the town of Marlborough aforesaid in the beginning of the month of October in this year I was called out with the whole of said Company on an alarm given that the British regulars were about to take Fort Montgomery. We marched immediately to Newburgh at which place we intended to go by water on board of a sloop to the said Fort, but when we arrived at Newburgh we were informed that said Fort (3) was taken.  I with some others was ordered to Nichols Point to procure provisions for the company and Captain Wood with a part of his Company went in pursuit of the lost and wounded men supposed in the Highlands in the vicinity of said Fort.  In two or three days the British began to ascend the river, first in Row Galleys afterwards with their ships.  When I joined our company and we were engaged in guarding the shores of the river until the British after burning Kingston (4) returned down the river below the Highlands. We then returned home.--after having been out on service at this time between two and three weeks.--Joseph Dayton whose affidavit if hereinto annexed is the only person living that I know of by whom I can prove this service.  He was with me, most of the time.--In the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight.--I removed into the County of Dutchess near to Poughkeepsie.  In the fall of this year I was called into service for the purpose of guarding the Court House in Poughkeesie in which several Tories were confined.  We were under the command of a sergeant whose name I cannot remember.  I was occupied in this service for two weeks.  When I was relieved and returned home.  I do not know of any person living by whom I can prove this service  except my brother Peter Barnhart whose affidavit is hereunto annexed.
            In the month of April one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine at the house of Captain Lemuel Conklin (5) about five miles from Poughkeepsie, his company of militia which I belonged were required to stand a draft for nine months service.  Every eleventh man to be drafted for service.  I stood my draft and did not draw one.  I then stood the draft for another person in the company whose name I have forgotten and drew one.--I was ordered to Poughkeepsie where I passed muster, my height,--and a description of my person was taken.  From Poughkeepsie I went to Colonel Frears, about one mile off & received some money.  From there we marched to Fishkill and were put under the command of Captain Wood, a captain of the militia After remaining at Fishkilll about one week, Captain Wood with his company were ordered on board of a sloop then laying at the landing on the river.  In this sloop we were transported to Albany, at which place are encamped on the hill, a number of our company were selected out to go to the west under Captain North, (6) a Continental officer.  I was one of the men selected.  We marched under Captain North to Fort Stone Robby in Schoharie (7) were we joined Colonel Weisenveldts Regiment. (8)  We lay here eight or ten days during which some of us were out on scouts against the Indians.  Others were employed in cutting a road through to Otsego Lake.  Our regiment marched to the lake taking with us some boats which had just been built.  We went down the Lake and encamped at Cooperstown.  At this place we joined General James Clinton's Brigade.  I remember Col. Weisenveldts, Col. Dubois, Col Gansevoort and Col. Butler (9) with his regiment.--I was transferred for a short time to Captain Sackets Company and then into Captain Fowler's (10) Company in Col. Butler's regiment.  From Cooperstown we went down the Susquehannah River to Tioga Point in Pennsylvania where we joined the army of General Sullivan (11) and in a few days thereafter we marched under General Sullivan in pursuit of the Indians.  We had a battle with them at a place called Newtown.  (12) After pursuing the Indians for some time we returned to Wyoming, thence to Easton on the Delaware River.  At this place I was transferred from Colonel Butlers Regiment to Colonel Weisenveldts Regiment again. 
            From Easton we marched to Sussex Court House in the State of New Jersey.  Thence to Pomptown, hence to Morristown (13) and thence to Bearskin ridge in New Jersey where the regiment built huts and went into winter quarters.  At this place deponent having served out his term of time was honorably discharged by Colonel Weiseveldt in the month of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty.  The winter being very severe and the snow deep, I was three weeks from the time of my discharge before I returned home.  Colonel Weisenveldts gave an order to let us draw provisions on the way home at the public stores but none were to be had until we arrived at Newburgh.  Deponent further says that he does not know of any person living who was with him as a soldier in the last mentioned service who can testify to the same.--The best evidence of this term of service thinks the deponent has been able to procure is the affidavit of his brother Peter Barnhart  hereunto annexed.--
            Deponent further says in answer to the questions put to him by the said Court in the county of Ulster he was born at Hackensack in the County of Dutchess and State of New York on the fifth day of November one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight.--He has a record of his age in the family bible.  Deponent lived in the Town of Marlborough aforesaid at the time of his first and second,--and ever since the Revolutionary War he has lived in the towns of Marlborough and New Paltz in the County of Ulster aforesaid and that he now lives in the said Town of Marlborough.—[*See note].
            Deponents first term of service was as a substitute for Elnathan Foster, the second and third times as a volunteer and the last time he was drafted as above set forth.-- Deponent recollects Lieutenant Hunt (14) in Captain Fowler's company in addition to the officers above named.  He does not recollect any other Regiment or circumstances of his services than above contained in this declaration.  Deponent received a written or printed discharge and a bill to draw provisions from Colonel Weisenveldt at the expiration of nine months service.--These papers were burnt with the house of his mother about two years thereafter.
            Deponent is known to the Reverend Joseph Winslow and Allen Lester Esq. in his neighborhood who can testify to his character for veracityand their belief of his service
as a soldier of the Revolution. 
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state,--(Signed)  Jeremiah Barnhart
            Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid  AD Loper, First Judge, Abm. Hardenburgh, Abm. A. Deyo

            We Joseph Winslow, a clergyman residing the town of New Paltz and Allen Lester residing in the town of Marlborough in the county of Ulster and State of New York, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Jeremiah Barnhart who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration.  That we believe him to be seventy three years of age.--that he is respected and believed in the nieghbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion..—Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.  Joseph Winslow, Allen Lester
            A.D. Lopes, First Judge C.D. G. Hardenbergh, Abm. A.Deyoe, John Jansen
*Note.  Missed paragraph.  His first and second term of service, and at Poughkeepsie in the County of Dutchess aforesaid at the time of his third and fourth terms of enlistment.

    Pension Corrections and End Notes by James F. Morrison
    Jeremiah Barnhart S.12112

    1. Captain Bordawine Tarpenny in Colonel Johanthan Hasbrouck’s Regiment of Ulster County Militia (Fourth Regiment).  On February 27, 1779 Johnannes Hardenberg Jr. was promoted to Colonel.
    2. Captain Jacob Wood was also of the Fourth Ulster County Militia Regiment.
    3. Fort Montgomery was captured by British and German Troops on the 6th of October 1777.
    4. Kingston, New York was destroyed on the 13th of October 1777.
    5. Captain Lemuel Conklin in Colonel John Freer’s Regiment of Dutchess Militia (Fourth Regiment).
    6. Perhaps he is mistaken on the last name.  There was a First Lieutenant Nathaniel Norton in Colonel Frederick Weisenfelts’ Fourth New York Continental Regiment.
    7. Fort Stone Arabia better known as Fort Paris is located at Stone Arabia near the Mohawk Valley area.  The Fort in Schoharie were called the Lower, Middle and Upper Forts.
    8. Jeremiah Barnhart enlisted on May 1, 1779 as a private in Captain Samuel Sacket’s Company in the Fourth New York Continental Regiment for nine months.  First Lieutenant Norton; belonged to this company.
    9. Colonel Lewis DuBois of the 5th New York Continental Regiment, Colonel Peter Gansevoort of the 3rd New York Continental Regiment and Colonel William Butler of the 4th Pennsylvania Continental Regiment.
    10. Theodosius Fowler was also Captain in the 4th NY Continental Regiment.  Fowler was not part of the 4th Pennsylvania Regiment. But companies might have been detached from various regiments to form a bigger detachment for special duties such as advance, flank or rear guards, etc.
    11. Major General John Sullivan of New Hampshire.
    12. The Battle of Newtown (present day Elmira, NY) was fought on the 29th of August 1779.
    13. The winter encampment at Morristown NY was worse than the one at Valley Forge, PA.
    14. First Lieutenant Thomas Hunt in Captain Benjamin Walker’s Company in the 4th NY Continental Regiment.

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