Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Henry Apple (Appel)
(Donated by Betty Shampang descendant of Henry Appel and George Busch.)

S - 44551
            To the Honorable John C. Calhoun, Secretary at War of that Department of the United States
            The Recitation and declaration of Henry Apple, Resident of the town of Minden, County of Montgomery and of the State of New York, settith forth and declares that he is 63 years of age, a soldier of the Revolutionary War.  And further declares that he, the said Henry enlisted (as) a private soldier in the month of April 1776 in the Town of Minden in the County of Montgomery in Captain Seber's (1) Company in Colonel Dayton's (2) Regiment of the New Jersey Line on the Continental establishment for the Space of nine months. Again, he, the said Henry was enlisted in Captain McKean's (3)Company in Colonel Van Schaick's Regiment of the New York line onthe Continental establishment in the month of April 1778 for nine months.  At the end of said nine months, he, the said Henry was discharged Honorably at (the) German Flats in the State of New York.  That the afore mentioned time he faithfully served against the enemy of his country in the whole eighteen months and has no pension from the United States.
            And the said Henry further says that he has no kind of property or any support except by charity and the labor of his own hands and is maintained by the town.
            And the said Henry further prays to be placed the pension list of the United States by the Secretary of War and as is duly bound will ever praying he can produce no further testimony that the subjoined attachment.
(Signed with his mark)  Henry Apple
Sworn before me this 3rd April 1818.  James S. Campbell, One of Judges of the Court of Common Pleas In and for the County of Otsego In the State of New York

State of New York                                                           
Montgomery County
June 14, 1820
            On the fourteenth day of June in  the year of our Lord 1820 personally appeared in open court in the Court of Common Pleas held in and for said county, being a court of Record (and) proceeding according to the course of the common law and having power to fine and imprison. Henry Apple, residing in the said county, aged sixty-six years, who being duly sworn according to the law, doth on his own oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War in a Company commanded by Captain James McKean in the First New York Regiment commanded by Colonel Van Dyck (Van Schaick in previous document).  That he made a declaration
and was placed on the pension list on the third day of April 1818 and that the number of his  certificate is 3734.  And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the eighteenth day of March 1818.
            And that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part there of with intent thereby to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled "an Act to provide for persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War" paged (pledged?) on this 18th day of March 1818. And I have not (nor has any person in trust for me)  any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what in contained to the schedule herein to annexed and by me subscribed that I have no trade.  My family consists of myself and a wife aged sixty-eight years.  (I) am too infirm to support myself at day labour. (Signed with his mark)  Henry Apple          
            Subscribed and sworn to in open court this 14th day of June, 1820.  John Mc Carthy, Clerk
Schedule of property
Real Estate - I have none
Personal Estate - one cow, six knives, 2 forks, 6 cups & saucers, six chairs, one pot, one ox, miscellany clothing for myself & wife                                  
(Signed with his mark)  Henry Apple     

Henry Apple, End Notes

  1. Henry enlisted the 6th March 1776 in Captain Jacob W. Seeber’s Company in Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop’s Fourth New York Continental Regiment.  The Muster Roll is in the General Philip Schuyler Papers, New York Public Library.
  2. He is referring to Colonel Elias Dayton’s Third Regiment.
  3. Henry is mistaken.  Robert McKean resigned from the First New York Continental Regiment on the 29 January 1778 as his wife had died.  His oldest son Samuel was only fourteen years of age.  He is probably referring to 1779, when McKean was appointed Captain in a regiment of New York State Levies.  There is no known muster roll for this company in existence. From the Governor George Clinton Papers and other pensioners McKean’s Company was split into two sections.  Captain McKean took half to Fort Dayton and the other half was at the Sacandaga Blockhouse.    Henry also appears to have served in Captain Jacob Dieffendorf’s Company in Colonel Samuel Campbell’s Regiment of Tryon County Militia.&[First Regiment]

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