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Pension Application for John Anderson

W.16812 (Widow: Sarah)
Continental (NY)
State of New York
Greene County SS.
            On this fourth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighteen before me  the subscriber, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Greene appears John Anderson aged 56 years, resident in the Town of New Baltimore, County and State aforesaid who being by me first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress entitled “an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Navel service of the United States in the Revolutionary War.”  That he the said John Anderson enlisted in the Revolutionary War in the State of New York at West Point sometime in the year 1780, as a matross in the company commanded by Capt. Andrew Moody of the second Regiment of New York Artillery—that he continued to serve in the said corps or in the service of the United States until the ninth day of June in the year 1783 when he was discharged at West Point in the said State from service.  That he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of this country for support – that about fifteen years ago he delivered his discharge to John V.N. Yates of the City of Albany to procure pay due him for his services from the United States, and that he has hitherto been unable to procure his discharged from the said John V. N. Yates, and has reason to believe that the said discharge is lost of mislaid—and there he is the person described in the annexed document signed by Arch’d Campbell—that the same is authentic.  (Signed with his mark)  John Anderson
            Sworn to and declared before me on the day and year aforesaid.  Peter C. Adams, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Greene

Letter in file written in response to a request for information, dated October 29, 1930.
            You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, W.16812, that John Anderson enlisted in West Point, New York, in 1778, and served as matross in Captain Andrew Moodie’s company in Colonel John Lamb’s artillery regiment, and was discharged June 9, 1783.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed May 4, 1818, at which time he was living in New Baltimore, Greene County, New York, aged fifty –six years.
            He died September 24, 1834, in said New Baltimore.
            The soldier married January 6, 1785, in Dutchess County, New York Sarah Mansfield.
            She died February 11, 1840, in Coeymans, Albany County, New York.
            In 1820 the soldier referred to the following children:-Isaac aged fourteen years, and to Betsey, aged twenty-four years; also to her three children:--Margaret, aged seven years; John, aged four years, and Sally aged sixteen months.  The name of Betsey’s husband was not stated.
            The following children survived their mother, and were allowed the pension due her:--Margaret Whiteman born October 19, 1785, and in 1850 a resident of Coeymans, New York; Isabella Dutcher, aged fifty-one years in 1850 and residing in Cairo, Greene County, New York; Elisabeth Young and Henry Anderson.

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