Pension Application for John Armstrong
R.253 (Widow: Hannah Lytle)
John was a Captain. He died in June 1822, about age 76. Hannah died in November 1834, about 80 years old.
State of Wisconsin
County of Racine SS.
Be it known that on this the 7th day of August 1852 personally appeared before the undersigned, a Justice of the peace duly authorized, Andrew Lytle who being cautioned and then duly sworn deposeth and saith he was a private soldier in the war of the Revolution in the State of New York and that he was personally acquainted with John Armstrong and knew him to be a captain of the militia engaged in the service of the United States and he believes and that he John Armstrong served more or less throughout the war that he was reported to have been at Saratoga before and at the time of the surrender of Burgoyne. And deponent further saith that he was a soldier in Captain Armstrong’s company and served under him at Fort Ann, Ft Edward, and Granville and that he Andrew Lytle served under hima t different times to amount of six months as near as he can recollect. And he further saith that he was present at John Armstrong’s wedding, that he married Hannah Lytle Sister of said Andrew Lytle that he was married by Rev. Thomas Clark in the Town of Salem and (now) county of Washington, State of New York some time previous to the revolutionary War but can not tell the precise times and that he was acquainted with him for many years after the Revolutionary War and lived in the same neighbourhood with him until he removed with his family to the Town of Lisbon County of St. Lawrence in the State of new York where he lived and died many years ago but he cannot tell how many or the precise time of his death. And deponent further saith that Captain John Armstrong’s widow Hannah lived several years after the Revolutionary War and lived in the same neighbourhood with him until he removed with his family to the Town of Lisbon County of St. Lawrence in the State of New York where he lived and died many years ago but he can not tell how many or the precise time of his death. And deponent further saith that Captain John Armstrong’s widow Hannah lived several years after his death and according to the best information he could get that she was without house or home of her own.
And deponent further saith that he is personally acquainted with John Armstrong Jr. son of said Capt. John Armstrong and once knew Mary Armstrong daughter of said Capt. John Armstrong who is reputed to be the widow of Hugh Gragg both of whom (John Armstrong Jr. and Mary Gragg) he believes are now living John in Wolworth County Wisconsin and Mary in the western part of the State of New York.
And said Andrew Lytle saith that he will be ninety years old on the 28th day of September next and thinks Capt. John Armstrong was a man grown when he (Andrew Lytle) was seven years old but he can not tell the age of Capt. John Armstrong and further deponent saith not. (Signed) Andrew Lytle.
Subscribed and sworn to before me the day and year first above written. L. W. Clark. Justice of the Peace of Mount Pleasant County of Racine.
Letter dated September 5, 1935 in reply to a request for information.
Reference is made to your letter in which you request the Revolutionary War record of Captain John Armstrong, of Washington County, New York.
The record of Captain John Armstrong is furnished you herein as found in pension claim R. 253, based upon his service in the Revolutionary War.
John Armstrong married, date not stated, but prior to the Revolutionary War, Hannah Lytle. They were married in Salem, in what was later Washington County, New York. In the winter of 1805, they moved to Lisbon, Saint Lawrence County, New York.
John Armstrong died in June, 1822, in Lisbon, New York, aged seventy-four years. His wife, Hannah, died in November, 1834, in Lisbon, New York, aged about eighty years. They died at the home of their son, John Armstrong.
John Armstrong, Junior, was born in Salem, New York, and moved in 1804 with his parents to Lisbon, New York, where he resided until the fall of 1839 when he moved to Delevan, Walworth County, Wisconsin. He was living there in 1852, aged sixty-five years. In 1852, Mary Gragg, widow of Hugh Gragg, and the daughter of John Armstrong, Senior, was living in Hemlock Lake, Livingston County, New York, aged sixty-three years. She was formerly of Salem and Lisbon, New York, having moved with her husband, Hugh Gragg, from Lisbon in 1812. John and Hannah Armstrong had other sons and daughter who were then deceased.
On August 21, 1852, Mary Gragg applied, in behalf of herself and her brother, John Armstrong, for the pension which might have been due their father, John Armstrong, or their mother, Hannah Armstrong, on account of the service of their father in the Revolutionary War.
It is shown in the papers on file in support of their claim that John Armstrong served in the New York troops as Captain under Major Thomas Armstrong (relationship not stated) and Colonels Alexander Webster and John Williams; that he served “more or less” through the Revolutionary War; that he served at Fort Ann, Fort Edward and Granville and Saratoga. No other movements of the troops were stated.
Their claim was not allowed as there was no existing law under which they were entitled to pension for the service of their father in the Revolutionary War.
Andrew Lytle, born September 28, 1762, brother of soldier’s widow, Hannah, was living in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1852. He stated that he served under Captain John Armstrong in the Revolutionary War.
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