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Pension Application for Joseph B. Allison

S.22620
State of New York
Rockland County SS.
            On this thirteenth day of November in the year A.D. 1832 personally appeared in open court, before the Judges of the  Court of Common Please [sic] now sitting Joseph B. Allison, a resident of the town of Haverstraw, in the County of Rockland and State of New York aged seventy one years, the thirteenth day of December 1831, 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.  That he first entered the service in the month of April, in the year 1777, in a company commanded by Capt. Derick Acker, in a Regiment commanded by Col’n A. Hawkes Hay, and served therein for three months a[t] guarding at Stony Point and at different places along the river in the said town, then in the month of May, in the year 1778, he volunteered in c Company commanded by Capt. John Gardner, in the aforesaid Regiment, and served in said company for four months, the greatest part of the time was as a guard along the river from Stony Point to Closter and some part of the time was spent in scouting through different parts of the country after the refugees who frequently was in the practice of stealing and plundering the inhabitants of everything of value that could be easily moved, then in the month of April 1779 he again entered the service in a company commanded by Capt. Peter Allison in the aforesaid regiment and served therein for four months, in guarding and scouting as aforesaid the greatest part of the time was guarding near Stony Point during the time the British troops was in the possession thereof.  Then in the year 1780 he again entered the service under the aforesaid Capt. And served therein for four months as a guard at Stony Point, and sometimes they were ordered out on scouting parties as far as Nyack and in the mountains to pursue horse thieves, that he has no documentary evidence of any of his services, as he did not at any time receive a discharge in writing and there is yet a few men remaining that is known to some of his services.  That from his infancy he has resided in the town of Haverstraw aforesaid where he always entered the service and was discharged where he is well known and any of the Citizens thereof can testify as to his character for veracity.  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) Joseph B. Allison
            Sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid in open court, David Pye, Clerk

State of New York
Rockland County SS.
            On this third day of December 1833, personally appeared before the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Joseph B. Allison of said county aged 2 years who being duly sworn saith as follows viz.
            That he is the same Joseph B. Allison who on the 30th day of November 1832 made a declaration before the court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Rockland, which was then sitting, to obtain a pension under the law of June 7th 1832 whose declaration has been returned as defective in its specification, and also as to the Interrogatories.
            That to the Interrogatories prescribed by the war department and put to him by the court on the 30th day of November 1832, he did answer as follows.
            To the 1st.  That he was born in the Town of Haverstraw in the year 1760.  To the 2d.  That he has a record of his age, contained in his father family Bible, now in his possession.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.  That he in April 1777 volunteered for three months under Capt. Derick Acker in a Regiment commanded by A. Hawks Hay, then stationed near Stony Point and at Haverstraw, now in the County of Rockland and was engaged in doing guard duty along the shores of the North River and the landing places, as the British shipping were continually coming up the River and frequently sent out their boats and landed their men & committed various depredations upon the property and persons of the Inhabitants—that he thus served out his time and was then dismissed.
            That in the month of May 1778 he volunteered under Capt. John Garner for four months, and was engaged in guarding the shores and landing places from Stoney Point to Closter in Bergen County in New Jersey.  He thus served out his time and was discharged.
            In the month of April 1779, he again volunteered for four months in a company commanded by a Capt. Peter Allison and during the time were stationed at Haverstraw doing guard duty.  The British at that time were in possession of Stoney Point and would often sally out and plunder the inhabitants, in which time we had several skirmishes.  That he thus served out his time and was discharged.
            In the summer of 1780 he volunteered again for four months under Capt. Peter Allison and was employed in guarding the shores and landing places from Stony Point Nyack in Rockland County.  That he served out his time and was discharged. That the company of Capt. Peter Allison was a part of the Regiment of col. A. Hawks Hay as well as the other companies above mentioned under whose Captains he served as above stated.
            That he is fully satisfied that he has faithfully served his country for the full period of fifteen months as a private being in actual service in the field for each time alleged—and was not employed in any Civil pursuit during the time of the above mentioned services, for which he claims a pension from the United States under the act of congress of 7th June 1832.  (Signed) Joseph B. Allison
            Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me.  G. S. Allison, Justice

            Sept. 9, 1851, in a deposition, Clerk of the Court of Oyer and Terminer in a letter the following information was recorded.  Joseph B. Allison died the twentieth day of December one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight and left nine children him surviving, whose names are, Abraham Allison, Rebeca, widow of Cristopher Cosgrove, Margaret, widow of Joseph Demarest, Samuel Allison, Thomas Allison (since Dead), Hanah wife of Jonas Deboice, Catharine, widow of Benjamin Coe, Jonas Allison, and Christopher Allison.

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