Pension Application for Ebenezer Adams
New York Private in Company commanded by Captain Livingston of the Reg’t commanded by Col. Holmes, New York Line. 10 Mos. & 28 days.
b. Dec. 3, 1752 at Killingly Conn. Res. At enl & in 1832 (Rhinebeck, Red Hook) Dutchess Co. N.Y.
State of New York
County of Dutchess SS.
On this twenty fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Dutchess, Ebenezer Adams a resident of the Town of Red Hook in the County of Dutchess aforesaid and State of New York aforesaid, aged seventy nine years 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 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated and first enlisted for the term of six months, and entered the service pursuant to such enlistment at the Town of Rhinebeck (now Red Hook) in the County of Dutchess aforesaid at which place he then resided, in the 4th Battallion of New York Troops under the command of Colonel Holmes on or about the first day of July in the year 1775—
The company in which he served was commanded by Captain Henry B. Livingston, First Lieutenant Jacob Thomas—In this company under the above named officers he marched to the northern part of the State of New York and thence 8into Canada to St. Johns and was engaged in the siege and at the taking of that place—After this he marched to Montreal and was at the capture of that place.—After the taking of Montreal and while there, on the first day of January in the year 1776, his term of enlistment expired, during which term he had continued in service, but he was not permitted to leave on account of the want of troops.—Under these circumstances he again enlisted for the term of three and a half months in a Connecticut Regiment under the command of Colonel Waterbury as near as he can recollect. The officers of the company in which he served in the Regiment were Captain David Smith, Lieutenant Rice and Lieutenant Andrews. In this Regiment he continued in service at the garrison at Montreal from the first day of January 1776 to the first or second day of May following, not being permitted to leave when his term of enlistment expired.
He was then discharged at Montreal, and owing to the difficulty of travelling he was two weeks in reaching his home. After this, but at what time he does not recollect, he was drafted and served for one month at West Point, New York in a company commanded by Captain Andrew Hermance, in the Regiment of Colonel David VanNess as he believes—This service he believes was in the early part of the year 1778—
He afterwards went in the service in the company commanded by the said Captain Andrew Hermance and as he thinks in the same regiment of Colonel David VanNess and was engaged in this service in the Highlands nearly opposite West Point for about two weeks. What period this was, he does not recollect. He went at this time as a substitute, but in whose place he does not recollect.
He was again in service at West Point, but at what time he does not recollect, in a company commanded by Captain John Chum in the Regiment of Colonel David VanNess, as he believes—In this service he was engaged about two weeks. He went at this time as a substitute for whom he does not know—
He was out frequently at other times during the revolution, on alarms, but how often, when, how long, or under what officers he does not now recollect.—He was called out at one time by the Town Committee at Rhinebeck (now Red Hook) and served as one of its guard, and in scouting for disaffected persons, but at what time or how long he does not recollect.
He also served about a week at one time under the Town Committee at Rhinebeck Flats & was then employed in seizing horses and trams for the transportation of provisions to the army.
And this applicant states that the whole time during which he was in the service of the United States as a soldier in the Revolution, amounted to, at least thirteen months.—
And this applicant further states that he was born on the third day of December in the year 1762 at the Town of Rillingsly in the State of Connecticut—When about seven or eight years of age he removed with his father to the Town of Hartford in the State of Connecticut aforesaid, and in the year 1774 in the spring, he removed to Rhinebeck in the County of Dutchess & State of New York, in that part of the Town which is now Red Hook where he lived when called into service, where he has lived since the Revolutionary War & where he now resides—
The names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where he served are General Richard Montgomery, Colonel Waterbury, Colonel Fleming, General Putnam, Captain Henry B. Livingston, Captain Smith, Captain Lamb, (afterwards Colonel) of the Artillery.—
This applicant has no record of his age. He never received any written discharge from the service, to his recollection and has no documentary evidence of his service.
The following persons to whom this applicant is known in his present neighborhood can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution—Gotlope Martin, Nathan Beckwith, Andrew N. Rittle, Gamaliel Wheeler, Philip Pitchers, George A. Shufeldt, Henry Treator, Jacob C. Elmendorf.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever 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) Ebenezer Adams
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid. Henry Traver, Clerk
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