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Pension Application for Israel Anthony

W.20607 (widow, Elizabeth)
State of New York
Rensselaer County SS.

On this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open court, before the Court of Common Pleas called the Mayors Court of the City of Troy now sitting Israel Anthony a resident of the city of Troy, in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York aged Seventy two years 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—

Field Officers—Colonel Francis Nichols, Lt. Col. Philip Schuyler, Major Abraham Fonda.

That Lt. col. Philip Schuyler was promoted to the command of the regiment (he believes) in the year 1777—

Company Officers—Captain Henry Oothout, First Lieutenant Lavinuss F. Lansing, Second Lieutenant Jacob Lansing, Ensign Timothy Hutton.

That Henry Oothout was removed from the command & Lavinuss F. Lansing appointed Captain. That he entered the service in February 1775.

That in the month of February 1775—he went in service went as far as Johnstown and Canajoharie & was out one week—

That in the Spring of the year 1776—he was marched with his Regiment to Fort Ann & Fort Edward, by the way of Saratoga and was out three weeks.

That in the latter part of July the regiment was again marched to Fort Ann & Fort Edward and that he served on that tour two weeks and more.

That in the fall of the same year 1776 they were again marched to Saratoga & that he served on that tour two weeks.

That in the spring of the year 1777 they were again marched to Fort Edward & Fort Ann & that he served on that tour three weeks.

That in the summer of the same year about harvest time they were again marched to the same places & were engaged at that time in breaking up the road & bridges for the purpose of retarding the progress of the enemy & that he served on that tour four weeks.

That in the fall of the year 1777 they were at Stillwater with the American troops at the time Burgoyne surrendered & that he served on that tour thirty three days.

That in the month of May in the year 1778 they were marched to the West to German Flats & Fort Hunter & that he served in that tour three weeks.

That in the summertime, about harvest, they were marched to Schoharie and that he served in that tour three weeks.

That in the fall of the same year, they were again marched to Schoharie and that he served in that tour four weeks and five days.

That after the year 1778 and during the years 1779—80—81--&--82 his company was divided into four classes & that they served by classes, that the class to which he belonged was marched four times each year to Schoharie and that he went with them, and that he served on each of those tours two weeks at least and that they were out sometimes rather longer than two weeks—marching the whole time that he served in this manner eight weeks each year, and in the whole four years thirty two weeks.

That besides his services in his class during these four years being the musician of his company and of the regiment he also served his country with the regiment and company as follows.—

That he went one tour with the regiment to Saratoga after Burgoyne's surrender, and that they lay at that time at Beckers on the North river and that he served on that tour three weeks.

That he also went one tour with his regiment to Fort Plain, that they went from Fort Plain about a days march until they met Col. Hen, K. Van Rensselaer's Regiment—when they all returned, when they arrived at Schenectady they were inspected by Genl. Gansvoort in a place called the poor meadows from thence his regiment was marched to Albany—thence to Saratoga, and from thence to Niskayuna where they were discharged—that he served on this tour six weeks.

That in the month of September in the year 1778 he went with those selected from his own regiment and the regiment of Col. Stephen I. Schuyler to Beaver dam and assisted in removing the people from thence to Greenbush on the Posten Kill in Rensselaer County, and that he served on that tour one month.

That in the fall of the year 1779 he went with his regiment to Schoharie and that he served on that tour six weeks.

That in the year 1782 he went with his company to Schoharie, and that he served on that tour six weeks this he believes was about the last tour he made west.

That he also volunteered during the war & [?] with his arms in pursuit of Walter Myers and his party from Canada, which he believes was in the year 1779 and was out in search of him one week.

That the regiment also went to Cherry Valley at the time that place was burned that he was with them & served that tour four weeks.

That the clergyman with whom he was partially acquainted has removed to Philadelphia, and there is no clergyman in his neighborhood who is sufficiently acquainted with him to certify in his behalf.

Answers to the Interrogatories prescribed by the War department—

  1. That he was born in Fishkill in the County of Dutchess State of New York on or about the seventeenth day of December one thousand seven hundred and sixty.
  2. That he has a record of his age now in his possession taken from his fathers family bible.
  3. That at the time he entered the service of the United States he resided in the town of Watervliet county of Albany, State of New York. That he has resided in said town of Watervliet ever since the revolutionary war until within about six years, when he removed to Schaghticoke, and that he has resided in the town of Schaghticoke until within six weeks when he removed to the City of Try in the County of Rensselaer where he at present resides.
  4. That he was a volunteer in the militia.
  5. That he does not recollect the names of any of the regular officers except Genl Gansvoort of the Regular line and Colonel Stephen I. Schuyler & Col. Henry K. Van Rensselaer of the Militia. That he was the only musician in his company and the musician for the regiment, that he was fifer until the year 1778, and that the fore part of that year he was appointed fifer major to the Regiment and served in that capacity the remainder of the war, and whenever the regiment or company were called out he went with them, & that for the year 1777 he always carried his arms with him.
  6. That he never received a written commission or discharge.
  7. That he is known in his present neighborhood to Col. Pawling, Samuel Wilson & Stephen Andres--& Albert Hemstreet, & Christopher Yates of Schaghticoke & others who can testify as to his character for veracity & their belief of his services as a soldier of the revolution.

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) Israel Anthony

Sworn to and subscribed in open court the day & year aforesaid. Henry R. Bristol, Clerk.

 

Israel Anthony died 22 October 1835, and his wife Elizabeth died 25 November 1845.

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