Pension Application for Richard Albertson
Continental, New York Line
From Orange County, Teamster & Sgt in the Company commanded by Captain Clark Col. Hardenbergh’s Regiment, New York Line, 12 months Teamster, 4 mo & 20 days Serg’t.
State of New York
Orange County SS.
Of theTerm of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four.
On the Eleventh day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirty four personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Orange it being a Court of Record now sitting at the [?] in the Village of NewBurgh Richard Albertson who swore to and subscribed the annexed affidavits a resident of the Village of NewBurgh aged eighty three years who having been first duly sworn in open court doth depose and say that the facts set forth in the annexed affidavits to which his name is subscribed are true and that when he subscribed and swore to the second of said affidavits he was so feeble and infirm owing to ill health and old age as to be scarcely able to move from one place to another and that time it was the opinion of Deponent and his friends that deponent would never so far regain his health and strength as to be able to at any future period to attend this court as deponent has now done with great difficulty.
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the Interrogatories prescribed by the Secretary of War that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states and the Court further certifies that it also appears to them satisfactorily that when the said Richard Albertson swore to and subscribed the second of the said affidavits hereto annexed he was so feeble & infirm owing to ill health and old age as to be unable to attend Court without greatly endangering his life.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal of office this 11th day of February 1834, Asa Dunning Clerk.
State of New York
Orange County SS.
On the twenty fourth day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared before me Gilbert Ogden-Towler, First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Orange aforesaid at the office of Walter Case Esquire in the Village of Newburgh Richard Albertson, aged Eighty two years, resident of the Village aforesaid who having been by me duly sworn, doth make the following declaration for the purpose of obtaining the benefit of the Act of Congress of June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States but under what officers or for what terms of time, or how long deponent served at each time he cannot by reason of old age and the loss of memory state more particularly than is herein after related, viz—In the month of May in the year 1777, Deponent belonged to a company of Militia commanded by Captain Samuel Clark, of the town of Newburgh county and state aforesaid, of which company William Palmer and Francis Handmore were Lieutenants, and deponent Orderly Sergeant. Deponent served with said company at Fort Montgomery in the spring and summer of that year as Sergeant as aforesaid three months in the Regiment of Colonel Jonathan Hardenburgh and deponent also saith that William Mitchell whose affidavit is annexed served as a private in said company at the same time and for the same period; and deponent also saith that in the Fall of the year 1777 after Fort Montgomery was evacuated by the British, he served as a Sergeant in said Company of Captain Clark, six weeks at the Forest of Dean, about two miles west of Fort Montgomery.
Denton who had been appointed in place of Clark was Captain, Martin Wiggant and General Isaac Belknap whose affidavits are annexed were engaged in the same service, as privates in said company and served for the same length of time—
Deponent in the spring of the year 1778 served eight weeks at West Point in the company of Captain Terpenning of Hardenburgh’s Regiment and was employed in building fortifications. Colonel Winn was Engineer, Martin Whygant served at Fort Willis whilst I worked at Fort Putnam.
In the fall of the year 1778 deponent served six weeks at DeWitts at Munbanchason the Indians frontier as a private under the command of Captain Wood, Martin Whygant was Lieutenant Nathaniel Green, Ensign and Eleazer Gidney orderly sergeant. Martin Whygant before named was in the same service with deponent, and served the same length of time—Deponent also saith that in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty he served, as a regular enlisted Continental teamster, one year under Captain James Stitt conductor of teams according to the best of Deponents recollection and belief; and deponent further saith, that he is and for a long time has been afflicted with great bodily infirmity and will not be able to attend the next court of record to be held in this county nor any other court of record, and in answer to the interrogatories directed to be put by the War Department he on his oath saith that he was born at South Hampton on Long Island in this state in the year 1751. That he has a record of his age at his residence in Newburgh. That he was living at Newburgh when called into service and has lived there ever since. That he was enrolled in the company of Militia commanded by Captain Samuel Clark and served therein as before stated. He cannot recollect the names of the continental officers or Continental troops with whom he served, distinctly nor can he state the names of the militia officers or Regiments more particularly than above stated nor the general circumstances of his service—That he never received a written discharge, that he has been known for many years to William Mitchell and Martin Whygant and General Isaac Belknap of Newburgh. That there are no persons living to the knowledge of deponent who knew him or personally served with him except the person before named—
He hereby relinquishes ever 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) Richard Albertson
Sworn to and subscribed this twenty fourth day of June 1833 before me. Gilbert Ogden Towler, first Judge of Orange County.
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