Pension Application for Thomas Averill
Private under Captain Stockwell
State of New York
Monroe County SS.
On this fourth day of October A.D. 1832, personally appeared in open Court, before the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Monroe and state of New York now acting, Thomas Averill a resident of Rochester in the County of Monroe and State of New York aged sixty nine 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, 1832:--
That he entered the service under the following named officers, and served as herein stated:--
That about the first of April AD 1779 (as he believes) at the town of White Creek (now Salem) in the County of Washington in said State of New York he enlisted into the company of New York State Troops (as he believes) commanded by Captain Levi Stockwell, Lieut. & Thomas Boggs for the term of nine months, that he marched with said company to Skeensborough where he was stationed during the whole of said term of ten months or more having served one month more than the term of his enlistment, that said Levi Stockwell was commandant of the garrison at said place, that he performed the duty of Adjutant during said term such as drilling the soldiers, and mounting guard; but that he had no commission as such adjutant, that said term of service expired in the winter before the burning of Skenesborough, which happened in the month of March as he believes, he further declares that in the spring of the year 1781 as he believes, at the town of Pollet in the State of Vermont he again enlisted into the service of the United States in the Company of State Troops commanded by Captain Samuel Starks & Lieutenant Johnson in Col. Fletcher’s Regiment for a term of nine months, that he marched with said company to Castleton in the State of Vermont where he was stationed during the whoel of said term, from which place he was frequently engaged in scouting parties, through the surrounding county, that he continued to serve during the whole of said term of nine months, that he received a regular discharge at each time when he left said service but that said discharges were soon after destroyed by fire, that he has no documentary or other proof of said services and is not able to procure any as he believes.
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 any state or territory. (Signed) Thomas Averill.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. L. Adams, Clerk.
State of New York
Monroe County SS.
On this fourth day of October 1832 in open court the said Thomas Averill, who made the above declaration being sworn made the following answer to the Interrogatories prescribed by the war Department as part of his declaration.
1st He was born in Sheffield State of Massachusetts in July 1763.
2nd He has no record of his age, the family records having been burnt at the same time his discharges where burnt.
3rd He resided in Salem, Washington County and State of New York and was called into service that he resided in the Arlington, State of Vermont after the Revolution, from there, moved to [Colehester?] in the same state, thence to Hillsdale in the State of New York thence to Troy, Rensselaer County in New York, thence to Utica, Oneida County, thence to Rochester, Monroe County andState of New York, where he now resides.
4th He was called into the service of the United States by enlistment.
5th He named the officers in his declaration so far as he recollects.
6th He received regular discharges, from the first campaign by Capt. Levi Stockwell from the 2nd by Capt. Samuel Starks, and said discharges were burnt.
7th he said Charles R. Burch and Philander Kelsey know him and can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution. (Signed) Thom Averill
Sworn and Subscribed this day and year aforesaid. L. Adams, Clerk
North Bloomfield, April the 22, 1850
Dear Sir, I take the liberty to address a few lines to you in regard to my Father’s Pension and County Lands which he gave me for taking care of him and which he had the promise of but he died before he succeeded in getting it, he received a pension several years, but there was one years pension due him when he died which came due about the time he died it will be 4 years this summer since he died he died the 29 day of August he also had a brother who enlisted in the service and was in Washington’s life guard and that he was shot and Father had the promise of his pension and Bounty lands which he never got his name was Ebinezer Averill and Father’s name was Thomas Averill. Father saw a man that see him when he was a dying he was a single man and there fore what was due him fell to my father. My husband died 4 years ago this last winter and left me with a large family of children and but a few acres of land and very much in debt for that and being a bout to loose my little place and all that had been paid on it, unless I could get what was justly due to my Father and Uncle which if I could get it would enable me to pay off my little place and keep it and have by a comfortable home for my self and children. I should of tried to have got this long ago but I knew not what step to take or what course to persue to get it and I knew not who to consult about it and as I was a thinking about it, not long ago I recollected of my Father’s going to [?] Jackson after he had left the Presidential Seal and he told her if he was the president then that he should have all of his Bounty lands and his brothers too and all that was due his brother and I thought that you would be the best one to consult about this business and if you will be so kind as to write to me and let me know what can be done and if I can have any thing to send it to me. I should feel very much obliged to you please answer this as soon as possible. Direct you letter to Lima Livingston CO, N. Y. or New York as I am going to spend a few weeks there with a friend of mine. Signed, Mrs.Electra Willet.
General Zackariah Taylor President of the United States of America.
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