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Pension Application for Lathrop Allen

W.17208
            Lathrop Allen of the City of Hudson in the County of Columbia and State of New York aged sixty six years testifieth on oath that he enlisted voluntarily into the service of the Unites States in the month of May in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy five soon after he was attached to the Regiment whereof Goose Van Schaick of Albany was Col. That he served as a sergeant in that Reg. in the expedition against Canada till the short term of the enlistment of its men expired when being at Montreal he thinks about the first day of December of that year a [?] campaign then organizing he was appointed as Lieutenant in the company of Capt. Roswell Beebe of the forces commanded by Genl Woster, [?] as he recollects in February one thousand seven hundred and seventy six Doctor Franklin others as a Committee of Congress arrived in Canada [?] organization of Regiments this deponent had from there the appointment of [?] among the other officers then appointed to form the Regiment of which Samuel Elmore was made Colonel a Mr. Brower (not recollecting his Christian name) Lt. Col. Robert Cochran Major who reviewed? their commissions accordingly afterward signed by John Hancock President & this deponents was dated April the fifteenth of that year.  By means of the subsequent retreat arriving in the state the beginning of the Summer of that year & after and after a while of recruiting and preparation this deponent with the Regiment went into garrison at several posts on the Mohawk River particularly at the German Flatts & at Fort Stanwix, and this deponent all the while remained with it, commanding his company till the term of the men’s enlistment expired, in April 1777 when being relieved by other troops he returned with that Regiment to Albany in the latter part of April aforesaid after which the men being discharged & this deponent with other not being named among the appointed officers for the new Regiments raising to serve three years during the War he applied to Gen. Gates then commanding at Albany to know whither he was also discharged  but was answered in the negative [?] as his commission was delayed in serving the pleasure of Congress it was probable he would soon be placed in his rank in another [?] in this [?] holding himself ready he was variously employed by Genl Gates in Sunday Services & subsequently by other Continental Commanders from time to time & particulary under Genl Stark at the Bennington battle and under Genl Gates at the Capture of Burgoyne in all he was actively out in the continental service at least three years.  That his Captain’s commission above mentioned was unfortunately destroyed by a child about sixteen years since, and that the damage of age and sickness & his [?] of property he needs the assistance of his country for his support.  (Signed) Lathrop Allen.
            Sworn & Subscribed the 10th day of April 1818 before me. Hezekiah Dayton one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Columbia.
State of New York
County of Columbia
City of Hudson SS.
            On this sixth day of November 1818 before me the subscriber Mayor of the City of Hudson & a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas called the Majors Court of said city personally appeared Lathrop Allen resident in the said city aged sixty six years, who being by me first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the late act of Congress entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land & naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary war.”
            That he the said Lathrop Allen entered into the service in the month of May 1775, soon after which he was attached to the regiment whereof Goose VanSchaack was Colonel.
            That he served as a Sergeant in Capt. Baldwin’s company in said regiment, in the expedition against Canada, until the time of his engagement had expired when being at Montreal in December 1775, he was appointed Lieutenant in the company of Captain Roswell Beebe of the forces commanded by General Wooster.
            In February 1776 Doctor Franklin & others arrived in Canada as a committee of Congress and in the organization of regiment which then took place, this deponent received from them the appointment of Captain in a regiment of which Samuel Elmore was made Colonel – a Mr. Brown (Christian name not recollected) Lieutenant Colonel and Robert Cochran Major.
            This deponent raised his appointment as did the other officers of said regiment from the said committee, and afterwards they all received commissions signed by John Hancock as President of Congress.  This commission of this deponent was dated April 15, 1776.  
            The regiment was raised for one year but the time of this deponents commission was “During the pleasure of that or a future congress.”
            This deponent remained with the said Regiment and commanded a company therein until the term of the men’s enlistment had expired in April 1777, when they were discharged at Albany after which the men being discharged, and this deponent with other, not being named among the appointments for the new regiments, raising to serve three years or during the war, he applied to General Gates them commanding at Albany to know whether he was also discharged and was answered in the negative and that as his commission was during the pleasure of Congress it was probable he would soon be appointed in his rank in another corps—In this view & holding himself ready he was variously employed by General Gates in Sunday Services and by other Continental commanders and particularly under General Stark at the battle of Bennington and under general Gates at the capture of Burgoyne – in all he thinks he was in the Continental service about three years if not more.  For the most part of the year that this deponent held the commission of captain in Elmore’s regiment, he with his regiment were in Garrison duty at the several posts on the Mohawk River and particularly at German Flatts and Fort Stanwix.
            This deponent further says, that his captain’s commission above referred to was destroyed by a child about sixteen years ago—That he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support.   (Signed) Lathrop Allen.
            Sworn to & Declared before me this 6th day of November 1818.  Robt. Jenkins Mayor of Hudson.

Declaration:  In order to obtain the benefit of the Third section of the act of Congress of the 4th July 1836.
State of New York
Columbia County
City of Hudson SS.
            On the 20th day of April, one thousand eight hundred & thirty seven personally appeared before the Justices Court of the said City of Hudson in open court, the same being a court of Record, Abigail Allen a resident of the said City of Hudson in the County of Columbia and state of New York aforesaid aged seventy seven years seven months and fourteen days who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4th 1836.
            That she is the widow of Lathrop Allen late of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer and state of New York aforesaid deceased who died on or about the twelfth day of August one thousand eight hundred & twenty six.  That he served as a Captain in the Army of the revolution and at the time of his death he drew as a revolutionary officer for his revolutionary services the yearly pension of two hundred & thirty dollars under the act of 18n March 1818.
            She further declares that her maiden name was Abigail Hazard and that at the time she was married as hereinafter mentioned she resided in that part of the town of Canaan aforesaid , with her father, that was then called “New Britain.”
            She further declares that she was married to said Lathrop Allen by the reverend Mr. Troop in the fall of the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven & shortly after the battle of Bennington in the state of Vermont.  That she was married to said Lathrop Allen a considerable time before the last period of his revolutionary services expired.
            That the said Troop was a Presbyterian minister & preached in a log meeting house as stated in Weltha Ide’s affidavit hereto annexed in “New Britain” then so called in said town of Canaan.
            That her oldest child was Oliver H. Allen now of the City of Hudson aforesaid, who was born the 17th of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine & about fifteen months after he aforesaid intermarriage with said Lathrop Allen—That she this deponent remembers very well that her said husband came home from the army of the Revolution on furlough and that he arrived at home at the time this deponent had a child born as stated by Weltha Ide in affidavit hereto annexed.
            That Philena Hazard whose affidavit is also hereto annexed was the sister of the deponants husband & married this deponent’s brother—
            This deponent further says that she has remained unmarried ever since the death of her said husband, Lathrop Allen and that she now remains his widow as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed to which she would refer, and she would also refer to her said husband’s statement & on file at the war office in the city of Washington in the District of Columbia. (Signed) Abigail Allen
            Subscribed and sworn before said court in open court.  P. Dran Dorrigar, Clerk.

An account of Births and Deaths of Family.
Lathrop Allen Born 18 July 1751
Abigail Allen born 6 Sept. 1759
Was married 23 Novr 1777
Oliver H. Allen born Sunday Morning 7 Janr 1779
Polly Allen Born 7 October 1780~Died 25 day of [?]
Lathrop Allen was born 18th July 1781, lived 23 days.
One datter born 12 June 1782 not named, lived 12 hours.
Next son born 2nd June 1783, not named lived 2? Days.
Next son still born 2nd July 1784
Thos Alen [sic] born 14 July 1785 40 minutes after five o’clock in the morning died 26 Sept. 1786
Thomas Allen 2nd born 26 August 20 minutes after twelve o’clock in the morning 1787-a Wednesday.
Datter born Sunday morning 22 August 1790 half after five o’clock named Henrietta
Henry Allen born 19 May 1793, died the 20th of October following Early in the morning.
Henry Allen the 2nd born 23 July 1794 on Wednesday morning at ten o’clock

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