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Pension Application for Nathan Armstrong

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of New York
County of Steuben SS.
            On this twenty sixth day of November in the year 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Judge of the Circuit Court of the sixth Circuit now sitting in Bath in the County of Steuben aforesaid Nathan Armstrong a resident of Cohocton in said county aged seventy five years who being 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 7th 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated.
            That he was born at Dover in the County of Dutchess in the state aforesaid on the seventh day of February in the year 1757—that his age is recorded in his family bible and was transcribed into it from his father’s family bible—that he resided at Dover aforesaid until 14 years of age when he removed to White Creek in Washington County in said State & there resided until 19 years of age when he moved to St. Croix (now called Hoosick) in Rensselaer County where he volunteered and enlisted for six months in Captain Samuel Hodge’s Company & in which Fenner Palmer was Lieutenant and Nathan Smith Ensign; said company belonged to Col. TenEyck’s Regiment—that shortly after he enlisted (which was in May or June in the year 1776) said Regiment marched to Fort George under the command of John VanRenselaer the Major of said Regiment it neither the colonel or Lieutenant Colonel being present they stayed at Fort George about two months & were employed in keeping guard & in building a hospital—they were then ordered to march to Albany and proceeded on their march as far as Half Moon when the orders were countermanded & they marched to Fort Ann-that they built a picket fort where Fort Ann formerly stood.  They were set to work the roads and at the end of the six months for which they were enlisted, they were discharged at Fort Ann-there were no regular troops with them—and this deponent returned home with Captain Hodge—the captain drew his pay at Albany & paid this deponent—he (this deponent) returned to Hoosick aforesaid & shortly after his return married Hannah Cooiler—he resided about five years at Hoosack & then removed to Hartford in Washington County in said state of New York where he resided about six years, he then removed to Charlestown Montgomery County and resided there about 19 years, he then removed to Butternuts Otsego County & resided there about five years, he then removed to Couhocton [Cohocton] in the said County of Steuben where he has resided about 20 years & now resides.—
            That he did not receive a written discharge & has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person who can testify to his services.
            That Richard Moulton, Henry Snyder, Timothy Dewey and Paul C. Cook are his neighbors & can testify to his character for truth & 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 & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.  (Signed with his mark) Nathan Armstrong
            Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid.  M.S. Rumsey, Dep. Clk, Steuben County

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