Pension Application for Job Austin
Private in Captain Heyatt’s Company in Col. McDouglall’s Regiment in the New York Line for 17 months.
State of New York
County of Putnam SS.
Job Auston of the town of Carmel County of Putnam & State of New York on this 12the day of September in the year 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the Court of Common Pleas of the said County now sitting, the said Job Austin, aged 74 years last March, and he 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 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States, early in the year 1776, he enlisted in YorkTown in Westchester County NY as a private in the company of Capt. Ezekiel Hyatt for one year, soon after his enlistment, the company joined the Regiment commanded by Colonel McDougle in the City of New York. He continued to serve for the period of his enlistment, in New York on Long Island & up the Hudson River as far as Peekskill. A man by the name of Edwards was the Lieut. Col. of the regiment.
That in the next year 1777 or 78 he again entered the service in what was then called Fredericksburgh, in a company commanded by Capt. Smith Hadden for three months; that after about a month of service had elapsed, Capt. --- Hallet took the command of the company & kept it until the expiration of the term of enlistment. This service was performed on the lines and the company was not attached to any Regiment.
That afterwards but in what particular hear he cannot say, he served under Capt. Waterbury one month at Peekskill, the company of militia to which he belonged was required to furnish a certain number of men, and he was detached as one of the number.
That he was detached on another occasion & served for one month in & about Peekskill under Capt. Comfort Ludwig, Servenius Joseph Gregory was the Lieutenant. That the reg’t of Militia to which he belonged was commanded by Col. Henry Ludington, that on numerous occasions, the soldiers of that regiment were called upon to perform short tours of duty, the country was often alarmed when they would assemble sometimes at Peekskill, sometimes Fishkill & remain for different periods until the alarm had subsided or they performed the particular service for which they were called out. The whole of such service in alarms he believes to be at least nine months.
Whenever he went into the service, he lived in what was then called Fredericksburgh but now the town of Carmel in Putnam County. That before & since the Revolutionary War, up to the present time he has lived on the same farm where he now lived in Carmel aforesaid.
That he never received any discharge from the service, the regiment or company to which he belonged were dismissed, but no discharges given so far as he knows.
He was born in the year 1758 in Carmel aforesaid, that there is a record of his age in the family Bible, which is kept in his family & was formerly kept in the family of his father.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
And this deponent further saith that he was born in the year 1758 in that section of the county now called Carmel in the County of Putnam, that he always lived in the said Town when called into the service & since the revolution he has continued to reside in the same place.
His first service was an enlistment for one year, the other services for specific terms of service were all cases in which he was detached or drafted, the cases in which he was called in alarms was by an order of the commandant of the company of militia to which he belonged, he never was a substitute. That this deponent whilst in the service was acquainted with Col. McDougle, Col. Edward, Adjutant ----Taylor, General Washington, General Putnam and General Sullivan were with the army in & about New York. General Lee, Capt. Ledyard, Capt. Johnson, Capt. Liebaut, Capt. Steenrad were among the officers who he saw & knew during his service.
He never received a written discharge from the service. This deponent is acquainted with Harry Garrsion one of the Judges of this court & with Joseph Crane of Carmel whom he believes can testify to his character for veracity & truth and of his services as a soldier of the revolution. (Signed) Job Austin.
Sworn in open Court September 12th 1832. J. Morehouse, Clk
Putnam County SS. Job Austin of the town of Carmel in the County of Putnam & State of new York being duly sworn—doth depose & say in explanation of his affidavit or declaration upon which he has made an application for a pension & which together with other papers in support of such application are hereto annexed. That, the firs service which he performed in 1776 was in a company commanded by Capt. Ezekiel Hyatt, Caleb Hobby & Joseph Degroot were the two Lieutenants to the company, the company was attached to the regiment commanded by Colonel McDougle a Mc Edwards or Zedwards was the Lieutenant Col. of the regiment, he was the man who was apprehended for possessing the the water in what was then called Ten water [?] in New York and the deponent was one who assisted in apprehending him for this act. What became of him afterwards, deponent does not know. During this year’s service of deponent Col. McDougle was promoted to General & his place was supplied by Capt. Ledyard on whom the command of the regiment devolved and it was commanded by said Ledyard when engaged in the battle of White Plains in which engagement the deponent had a part with the second company & brigade, Gen. Washington, Gen. Putnam, & Gen. Lee were also at White Plains during the battle but not in the actual engagement.
That the three months service in which the declarant was engaged in 1777 or 78 under the command of Capt. Smith Hadden for a part of the time & the residue of the time under Capt. ----Hallett. This company was raised for the purpose of protecting the country & moved constantly from place to place about the county of Westchester, the provisions for the company were drawn from the continental stores at Peekskill, when the company was first raised William Gaylord was a Lieutenant. The same was not to the knowledge of declarant attached to any regiment, General Heath &b Putnam declarent believes were at this time in command at Peekskill from whence their supplies were drawn. The declarant cannot now recollect with any more particulars the officers of the company to which he belonged or the officers of the line, than he has above related & was detailed in his original declaration, when he was out in the service under Waterbury as captain & under Comfort Ludington as Captain the company was engaged in and about Peekskill but declarant cannot say that the company was attached to any regiment. The provisions for the company were obtained from the continental stores, at a place called continental village a few miles perhaps three from the village of Peekskill. The declarant further says that when he was out on alarms, the provisions or supplies for the soldiers were drawn from the public stores at Continental Village. (Signed) Job Austin
Sworn and subscribed this 14th day of January AD 1833 before me, Jonathan Morehouse, Justice of the Peace.
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