Pension Application for Jonas Belknap
His name appears on a list of applicants for invalid pensions returned by the District Court of the District of New York, submitted to the House of Representatives by the Secretary of War on April 25, 1794 and printed in the American State Papers, Class 7, page 72.
Regt.: col. J. Brooks
Disability: Wounded in the left side in action with the Indians.
When and were disabled: May 30, 1778, Cobuskill (Cobleskill)
Residence: Cherry Valley, Otsego County
Remarks: There are no militia rolls in this office. Evidence transmitted by the District Court. Comp.
State of Kentucky
District of Kentucky Hardin County on the 11th day of December 1820, personally appeared in open court being a court of record in the county and district aforesaid Jonas Belknap aged sixty two years resident in said county and said district who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows:
That he was enlisted for the term during the war in the month of January in the year 1777 in the Town of Northampton in the State of Massachusetts in the company commanded by Keith, the regiment commanded by Colonel Jackson and continued to serve in said corps until about the month of November 1777 when he was transferred into Captain Luke Day’s Company of foot in the 7th Massachusetts regiment commanded by Colonel John Brooks at Albany, New York in which corps he served until during the term of two years when he was discharged from the said service at Newburg in the State of New York by General George Washington.
That he was in the Battles of the taking of Burgoyne, the taking of Lord Cornwallis Battle of Newburn and CobesKill where he was wounded. The number of his pension certificate is 13360 payable in New York.
And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1878 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to moving myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me, any property, contract or security due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed. Viz. Property, I have none, my family consists of my wife named Tanner aged fifty-four years and one daughter, Diantha aged nine years. My occupation is coopering and I am very unable to follow the ??? (Signed) Jonas Belknap
March 25, 1916
Honorable Willie C. Hawley
House of Representatives
My Dear Mr. Hawley:
In response to your personal request of the twenty-fourth instant, I have the honor to advise you that from the papers in the claim S. File No. 36,408 Rev. War, it appears that Jonas Belknap enlisted in Massachusetts, in 1775, names of officers not stated, and served eight months, during which he was in the battle of Bunker Hill. He enlisted at Northampton, Massachusetts, In January 1776, in Captain Keith’s Company, Colonel Jackson’s regiment, and served until November 1777, when he was transferred, as a Sergeant to Captain Luke Day’s Company, Colonel John Brooks’ Massachusetts regiment, and served until June 1782. He was in the battles of Bemus Heights, Cobleskill and Yorktown.
He was wounded in the left side at the battle of Cobleskill and was pensioned from September 4, 1793, on account of said disability.
In 1818, he was a resident of Naples, Ontario County, New York aged fifty-nine years.
In 1820, he resided in Hardin County, Kentucky, and referred to his wife, Tanner, aged fifty-four years, and his daughter, Diantha, nine years of age.