Pension Application for Peter Anthony
NY Line from Dec. 1775 till June 1783.
To the Hon. John C. Calhoun, Secretary at War of the United States.
The petition & declaration of Peter Anthony of the Town of Springfield, County of Otsego and State of New York aged seventy five years and upwards humbly on oath setteth forth and declares that he the said Peter in the month of December 1775 he enlisted in Captain Austin’s Company in Col. Gansevorts Regiment of New York Troops, that he afterwards enlisted in the first New York Regiment commanded by Col. VanSchaick and served a part of the time in George Syke’s Company in said Regiment and in Captain Johnson’s Company in the said Regiment, that he continued to serve in said Regiment until the 8th day of June 1783 when he received a discharge from the commander in chief which he yet has in his possession, and which is in the words & figures following.
By his Excellency George Washington Esquire General and Commander in Chief of the forces of the United States of America.
These are to certify that the bearer thereof Peter Anthony Private in the First New York Regiment having faithfully served the United States seven years & six months and being enlisted for the war only is hereby discharged from the American Army.
Given at Head Quarters the 8th June 1783. Go. Washington. By his Excellency’s command. J. Trumbull Junr. Scy. Registered in the Book of the Regiments, per H. H. Wendell, Adjutant.
The abovePeter Anthony is honoured the badge of Merit for Six years faithful Service. Jno. Graham Major
The said Peter Anthony on oath further declares that he has for several years been wholly destitute of any kind of property whatever, and has no means whatever of support except by the labour of his own hands,
And he also says that he is advised that by a law passed at the present session of Congress, it is in the power of the Secretary at War to place him on the pension list.
And the said Peter Anthony therefore prays the Secretary at War to place him on the pension list agreeable to the directions of the said act and as in duty bound will ever pray. (Signed with his mark) Peter Anthony
State of New York
Otsego County SS.
Be it remembered that on the twenty fourth day of March 1818 the above named Peter Anthony to me known came before me James S. Campbell one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Otsego & State of New York and made oath that the facts in the foregoing petition & declaration are true.
And I the said James S. Campbell the Judge as aforesaid do certify that the said Peter Anthony has produced to me his original discharge mentioned in his said petition & declaration and that as well from the evidence advanced to me as from my own knowledge I am satisfied that the facts set forth in said declaration are true and that the said Anthony is by reason of his very reduced circumstances in life absolutely in need of assistance from his country for support and that the application of said Anthony to the Government is in all respects [?] Dated March 24th 1818. James S. Campbell.
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