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Pension Application for Samuel Andrews

S.12932  Capt. Banitt’s, Company, Col. Gansevort’s Reg.
The declaration of Samuel Andrews in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of New York
Delaware County SS.
            On this 8th day of October 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas now sitting Samuel Andrews a resident of the Town of Kortright in the County of Delaware and State of New York aged Seventy five years last February who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath depose and say and make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That he entered the service of the United States as a volunteer in the Militia of the New York State Troops in the month of January 1776 in a company commanded by Captain Barritt and first rendezvoused at Johnstown in the State of New York on the Mohawk River under the command of Colonel VanRensselaer and served in said company six weeks or more and then returned to Spencertown and in the spring of the year 1776 on the first of April I volunteered in a company for five months under Captain James Spencer and served with him for that time in a Regiment of Malitia [sic] commanded by Colonel Ganzevort [sic] and were stationed a part of the time at Forts George, Ann & Edward in the State of New York.
            In the month of May in the year 1777 I entered as a volunteer in the militia in the same company under Captain Barritt and rendezvoused  first at Spencertown and marched with the company to Albany & there joined the regiment under Colonel VanRensselaer and then marched through the country to the north to Fort Edward there we met General Schuyler with his command and then we returned to Saratoga and there erected breast works.  From Saratoga an detachment of about four hundred Americans soldiers were marched up the Hudson River about 4 miles of which I was one of the party we there met the British and Indians with which we had a battle or scrimmage and the Americans retreated and returned back to Saratoga and joined the Army at that time I saw General Arnold during the before mentioned expedition after this we marched to Stillwater where General Gates took the command of the American Army & marched to Bemant’s [Bemis] Heights under Genl Gates & there we remained until Burgoyne with the British Army came down.  I was in the Battle of Saratoga & was present when Burgoyne surrendered his army to General Gates, after that I was marched to Albany where I was discharged about the first of December and I then returned home to Spencertown making about seven months served in this year.  In the month of April 1778 I volunteered and first rendezvoused at Albany in a company of Militia and marched from there to Schoharie and was stationed there in the Middle Fort. Colonel Vrooman had the command & I think Colonel Harper a part of the time each.  I remained there during the summer and I was marched to Albany and was then discharged and returned to Spencertown after a service of seven months.
            In the month of December 1778 I entered the services again as a volunteer under Captain Israel Spencer and rendezvoused at Spencertown and marched from there to Westchester and was stationed at Ward’s house & from there they were marched to Kingsbridge and different places on the lines during the winter and in the spring of the year 1779 in the month of May after about five months since I was discharged and returned home to Spencertown.
            In the months of June as near as I can recollect I again volunteered under Captain Barrett at Spencertown and marched to Albany and was stationed there about two months from then we were marched to Nobletown during this summer.  I was a Corporal in said company during this summer, I was a corporal in said company during this summer I served in all about four months.
            Then in the year 1780 I again volunteered under Captain Barrett in the month of May and rendezvoused at Spencertown and marched from there to Albany from there to Schenectady there up the Mohawk river under the command of colonel Gansevort.  In the month of August this year Brant dame down the Mohawk River with 4 or 500 Indians & Tories, Colonel Brown had the command and was killed at the Battle in Fort Stone—robby.  [Stone Arabia] I was on the other side of the Mohawk River under Colonel VanRenselaer.  I was in the Battle at that time after that I returned to Albany late in the fall and was then discharged after a service of about six months and from this time to the close of the Revolutionary War I was occasionally called upon on scouting parties to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants from the depredations of the tories about the country where I lived in and near Spencertown.
            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.
            The following interrogatories were propounded by the court.
            When and in what year were you born.  In Stamford in the State of Connecticut in the year 1757.
            Have you any record of your age.  I have in my father’s Bible.
            Where were you living when called into service in Spencertown and serve the revolution.  I have lived in Kortright where I now live.  I was always a volunteer.  I have stated all the regular officers in the fore part of this declaration that I can remember.
            If I ever had any written discharge it is lost & gone.
            The names of persons to whom I am known in my present neighborhood and who can testify as to my character for veracity and their belief and their belief [sic] of my service as a soldier of the revolution are John Jaqush & John Bangs.  (Signed with his mark)  Samuel Andrews
            Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open court.  C. B. Sheldon, Clerk.

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