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Pension Application for Thomas Armstrong

S.12004
Private in the company commanded by Captain Sackett in the Regt commanded by Col. Spaulding in the N. York line for 18 months.
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State o New York
Tompkins County, SS.
            On this 17th day of July personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Oyer & Terminer now sitting Thomas Armstrong a resident of the town of Newfield in the County of Tompkins and state of New York, aged sixty seven years, who being first 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 1833.  That he entered the service of the United States, under the following named officers and serviced as herein stated, under the command of Captain Richard Sackett of Westchester County, State of New York he believes that Colonel Spaulding Commanded the Regiment in the town of Bedford in said County of Westchester on or about the first day of April one thousand seven hundred & eighty one that he then resided at the said Town of Bedford that the term of the Inlistment was for nine months, the service for which the company was raised was to guard the lines betwixt the County of Westchester and the British who then  occupied New York, he was in no battle, but was engaged in a skirmish with the Torys at a placed called Round hills near White Plains in said County of Westchester the whole service was guarding the lines in watching the Torys does not recollect that he went out of the County of Westchester during his nine months service there was Continental Regiments or Companies with whom he served under Captain Shelden’s Company of those which he saw occasionally company went next to White Plains and at TarryTown, and this deponent was frequently in scouting parties he was discharged from the service about the first day of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty two that he had no written discharge and no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person, whose testimony he can procure to testify to his service but Elnathan Rundle who affidavit is annexed to this declaration—and this deponent further saith that in the spring of one  thousand seven hundred & eighty two he believes about the first of April he again inlisted at the town of Bedford Aforesaid under Captain Thomas Hunt of Salem Westchester County for the term of nine months that one colonel Wisenfelt had the command of that campaign that he served out his time of nine months and was discharged in the month of January 1783 at Bedford aforesaid the service of the company ton which he belonged was to guard the lines between the Americans & British, there was no continental troops connected or served with them except occasionally Captain Sheldons Company of Horse and that officers was the only one recollects of living that belonged to the Continental Line during this campaign.  That he was in no battles, had no written discharge and has no documentary evidence, and knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service but  Elnathan Rundel who was a soldier & served in the same company with him.-
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and swears that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.  (Signed) Thomas Armstrong.
Saml Love, Clk
            The following questions were propounded by the Court to the applicant.

  1.  Where and in what year were you born?  Ans.  Was born at Bedford West Chester Co. NY in the year 1765.
  2. 2. Have you any record of your age, and if so where is it?  Answer.  I had a record in my Bible but my house was burnt & that with it.
  3. Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived since the Revolutionary War; and where do you now live?  Answer.  I resided at Bedford where I entered the service & lived there awhile after the war—moved into Orange Co. & lived 11 years—Now live in Newfield Tompkins Co. & have lived there for the past 28 years.
  4. How were you called into service; where you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute; and if a substitute, for whom? Answer.  Went once as a substitute for James Holmes.  I then enlisted for nine months.
  5. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops when you served; such continental and militia regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service.  Answer.  I recollect Col. Sheldon & his Regt.  I served in guarding the guarding the frontiers principally--& had some skirmishes.
  6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, and if so by whom was it given, and what has become of it?  Answer.  I never rec’d any written discharge.
  7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood, and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your service as a soldier of the Revolution.  Answer.  Daniel Denton, James Douglass, Abram Dudley, Jared Tompkins, Cornelius Sebring.

We, Daniel Denton residing in the town of Newfield and county of Tompkins and State of New York, and James Douglas residing in the same place, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Armstrong who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, and that we believe him to be sixty seven years of age, and he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.  Daniel Denton, James Douglass.
            Sworn and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid.  S. Love, Clk.

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