Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Adam Armstrong

S.44,554
State of New York
& County of Oneida SS.
            Adam Armstrong of Lee in the County & State aforesaid on the sixth day of April in the year eighteen hundred & eighteen personally appeared before me, Joshua Hatheway one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Oneida aforesaid, & being duly sworn declareth & saith that he enlisted into the service of the United States as a fifer three years & four months before the date of the discharge hereunto annexed to wit into the company commanded by Capt. Parsons, in the First New York Regiment commanded by Col. VanSchaick & that he was discharged on the eighth day of June 1783 as will more fully appear by the discharge hereunto annexed, and that he is a resident citizen of the United States & that by reason of his reduced circumstances, he needs the assistance of his country for support—That a part of his discharge is lost by accident, but that the remaining part of it is the same which he received on the day of his discharge.  (Signed with his mark)  Adam Armstrong
            Sworn to & Declared before me the day & year aforesaid.  Joshua Hatheway
            [Discharge dated June 8, 1783 was signed by G. Washington and states he served three years and four months, that he enlisted for the War only.]

The People of the State of New York, by the Grace of God Free & Independent.  To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern, Greetings.
            Know Ye, that I having inspected the records and proceedings remaining in the clerk’s Office of the County of Herkimer in the State aforesaid, do find there a certain application for a Pension made under the Oath of Adam Armstrong in the Words and figures following, to wit.
State of New York
Herkimer County SS.  Personally appeared, Adam Armstrong who being first duly sworn, doth upon his oath declare as follows, vis:  That I enlisted under Capt. John Parsons in Col. Van Schaick’s Regiment in 1780, in the Revolutionary War, in the New York line on the Continental Establishment and was honorably in 1780 discharged, and his discharge was sent to the War Department with his original application for a pension under the Act of Congress, which application was made and is dated as the deponent believes, the sixth day of April 1818, that being the day mentioned in my Pension Certificate signed by the Hon. J.C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, which pension certificate is numbered 10.499.  And I do further solemnly swear, that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th 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 thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it, as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled, “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land & Naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War”, passed on the Eighteenth day of March 1818, and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities, contracts of Debts Due, or belonging to me, nor have I any income, or property other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed—real estate none of any name or nature—personal property, none of any kind whatsoever, except my wearing apparel, which is very common, old and necessary, in all worth about $25.  And the said Adam Armstrong on his oath aforesaid saith, that he is fifty years of age, and is by occupation a labourer, and is of infirm health—That his wife is dead, has three children who all have to provide for themselves as this deponent has hitherto been and still is unable to aid them in a livelihood. And further says he now does and has for some time past resided in the Town of German Flatts and said County of Herkimer.  (Signed) Adam Armstrong
            Sworn and subscribed to this 3d April 1821 before me.  David Holt.
In a later deposition October 24, 1844, two surviving children apply for his pension, Elizabeth wife of Moses Seger of Lowville in said county, and Polly wife of Gaylord Griffin of Herkimer NY.

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