Pension Application for Alexander Anderson
Private NY Line, Captain Fisher
State of New York
County of Schenectady SS.
On this twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Schenectady now sitting, Alexander Anderson a resident of the first ward of the City of Schenectady in the State of New York aged seventy six years and upwards 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.
This deponent says that he was born in Shireness in England that he came to this country at about the age of twelve years and landed at the City of New York and from thence he came soon thereafter to the City of Albany in the said State of New York where he continued to reside until the year one thousand eight hundred and ten when he removed to the Fourth Ward of the City of Schenectady now Town of Glenville and has continued to reside there and in the first ward of the City of Schenectady ever since. He was born according to the best of his knowledge on the seventy day of May A.D. 756 in Shireness aforesaid. That he has no record of his age. That in the year A.D. 1776 he entered the service of the United States in the war of the Revolution as an enlisted soldier for nine months into the company of Troops commanded by Tunis Fisher he does not recollect who had the command of the regiment, General Gates had the command at the different places where this deponent was stationed and this deponent says that although he well recollects the length of time he was out on duty and the different times he was so out yet it is so long since the services were rendered that many circumstances and facts relating to his services have been obliterated from his mind and that this deponent has always been very poor and indigent and has therefore for a long time lost in some degree the communication which more favourable circumstances would have afforded him with the persons who served with him during the Revolutionary war and that almost all of his early acquaintances are either dead or gone to parts unknown to this deponent.
And this deponent says that he enlisted at Albany and was marched to Skeensboro and from thence to Lake George and from thence to Fort Edward and continued there for two or three months and then the company to which he belonged with the Regiment retreated to Beemis Heights and continued there until the surrender of General Burgoine doing duty faithfully as a soldier all the time that during this enlistment he was known to General Gates, General Schuyler, Colonel Henry Van Rensselaer in [?] time of the war he knew Captain Stark & Vrooman & Major Fonda, & Tunis Fisher aforesaid .
He knew a great many other officers but now his recollection is so much impaired he can not recollect any more than he has above mentioned except Captain DeForest, he believes from the best of his recollection that he inlisted in February 1776 and was discharged in November following he was Honrorably discharged but has not now any recollection of having had a written discharge.
And this deponent further says that in the year A.D. 1779 that he was drafted into the company of Militia commanded by Jacob Deforest for the term of three months that he then resided at Albany aforesaid that the company mustered at Albany in June and marched from thence to Schoharie to a place called Vrooman’s land and continued there at the fort in that place doing duty as a militia man in said company on guard and watching the country adjacent to said place for said term of three months and until the month of September when he was discharged at the expiration of the term for which he was drafted and returned to Albany without any written discharge the regiment was commanded by Colonel Peter Vrooman he has no documentary evidence of this or any of his services.
And this deponent further says that in the year A.D. 1779 he went with the regiment of Militia commanded by Colonel Mynderse as deponent believes into the company of Captain Sharp, that he was drafted at Albany and marched from that place to Stone Arabia for the term of three months he continued doing duty as a soldier most of the time he was stationed at Fort Paris at Stone Arabia to keep watch and guard and protect the Country adjacent thereto against the common enemy that at the expiration of three months he returned to Albany and was discharged in the winter of 1780. He has no documentary evidence of this service he knows only one person who can testify to this service viz. Philip Carner a member of the same company.
And further this deponent says that in the summer (the month he does not recollect) of the year 1781 he again entered the service as a militia man into the company of the said Jacob DeForest at Albany under colonel Henry K. VanRensselaer that the company was mustered at Albany and marched to Schenectady that this deponent did not march any further west with the company than Schenectady called Yankey Hill that a number of the company were detached from the company to do military duty at Schenectady that he served one month as a militia man this time that he went on an expedition of Fort Edward that he was honorably discharged and has no written discharge.
That he knew Major or Captain Jellis Fonda and General Gates, General Schuyler, Colonel Henry VanRensselaer, Captain Sharp, Captain Fisher, Captain DeForest, Captain Vrooman.
That he is known to the following persons who can testify to their opinion and belief of his having been a soldier in the war of the Revolution and of his general good character for truth and veracity to wit. Philip Carner, Simon J. VanAntwerp, Mayhew Daggett, Cornelius Burke, Andrew Yates, Junior & Garret W. Veeder—Jacob Clute.
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.
And this deponent further says that he received a wound while on fatigue at Fort Edward which has occasioned a wen between his shoulders that is incurable and is not the size of a man’s head that the wen continued to increase until about twelve years of this date.
And this deponent further says that he is not a member of any church that he is a believer in the Gospel of Christ but is not acquainted with any clergy man who can certify for him. (Signed with his mark) Alexander Anderson
Subscribed and sworn in open court this 24th day of January 1833. John S. Vrooman, Clerk
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