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Pension Application for Robert Beaty (Beatty)

R.685
Ulster Com. Pleas
December eleven one thousand eight hundred and thirty two
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7 June 1832.
State of New York
Ulster County.  SS
            On the eleventh day of December one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, personally appeared in Open Court before the Judges of Court of Common Pleas, held at the Court house in Kingston in and for the County of Ulster now sitting, being a court of record having a clerk and Seal of their own.  Christopher Van Leuvan, aged Seventy three years and John L. Shelden aged forty years, both residents of the town of Olive in the county of Ulster and State of New York, who being first duly Sworn according to Law Do then both make the following Declaration in order to obtain for Robert Beaty of the same town, County and State aged ninety two years, the benefit of the Act of Congress Passed the 7 June 1832.
            That the said Robert Beaty entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
            And the said John L. Shelden and Charles [sic] Van Leuven declare that the said Robert Beaty has wholly lost his memory and become insane, and is also infirm and unable to attend Court, and that they have always understood that he the said Robert Beaty was born in the town of Olive in the County of Ulster and State of New York in the year 1740 and that the record of his age is contained in the baptismal record of the Reformed Dutch Church in the town of Marbletown in said County of Ulster.
            That at the time he was called into Service they have understood and the said Christopher Van Leuvan for himself says he knows that the said Robert Beaty resided in the town of Marbletown now called Olive, that the said Robert Beaty lived in said town since the Revolutionary War, and now lives in said town of Olive in the County of Ulster and State of New York aforesaid, and the said Christopher further says that the said Robert Volunteered and was drafted into the service, and was not a substitute to the best of his knowledge and belief, and that there were no Regular Officers with the troops where the said Robert served and that there were no Continental or Militia Regiments except the Militia Regiment in which he served as a private and that the said Robert Beaty has not now nor ever had a written discharge, but was verbally discharged by the commanding officers from  each and every of the following terms of service.
            And the said Christopher Van Leuvan for himself says that he is well acquainted with the said Robert Beaty a soldier in the Revolutionary War and were an applicant for a pension, that this deponent was in the Revolutionary War in the Militia Service of the State of [sic] the State of New York under different officers and at different times for more than three years, and well knew the said Robert Beaty, that the said Robert Beaty served as a private Soldier during said war in the following  Services for Eight months and three weeks, that is to say.  In the year 1777 for three weeks in the Company Commanded by Captain John Hasbrouck (1) Stationed at Kingston Landing—for one month in the year 1778 under the same officer stationed at Warwarsing Two weeks in the same year in a Scouting party under the Command of Captain Charles [sic] Charles Brodhead (2) in defending the frontier at Minisink.  One month in the year 1779 under the same officers stationed at Leuren Kill at John Broadhead in the fort.  Two months in the Company Commanded by Captain Bowdewine Terpenning (3) stationed at Shandaken in the said year 1779.  One month in the year 1780 in the company commanded by Captain Andrew Bevier, (4) Stationed at Fort Lackauer in Warwarsing.  2 weeks in said year in the company commanded by Captain Frederick Schoonmaker (5) in an expedition to Shawdaken where Huff & Cole were taken prisoners.  One month in said year 1780 in the company commanded by Captain Andries Bevier as a guard stationed in a fort at Johannis Beviers.
            And one month in the year 1781 in the company commanded by Captain Derick Wesbrouck (6) stationed at Jacob Hoornbeeks in the town of Rochester, that all of the foregoing serviced were in the capacity of private soldier.
            And the said John L. Shelden grandson by marriage to the applicant on behalf of the said Applicant Robert Beaty, hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present.
            And the said deponents John L. Shelden and Christopher Van Leuvan declare that to the best of their knowledge and belief, the name of the said Robert Beaty is not on the pension Roll of the agency of any state.
(Signed with their marks)  Christopher Van Leuvan, John Shelden
            Subscribed and sworn in open court the day and year aforesaid.  A. Draper, First Judge & A. G. Hardenbergh, Abm. A. Deyo Judges

Letter in Pension Folder dated March 10, 1932
            Reference is made to your letter relative to soldiers of the Revolutionary War.
            Revolutionary War data furnished by this office are obtained from claims made to the United States for pension and bounty land based upon military service of soldiers in that war.
            A careful search of the records fails to show such a claim on file on account of the services of Boomer Jenks, all spellings of the names searched.
            The record of the only Robert Beaty that is found on the Revolutionary War records of this office is furnished you herein as found in the papers on file in the claim for pension, R.685, based upon his military service in that war.
Robert Beaty was born in Marbletown, that part which was later called Olive, Ulster County, New York in 1740, day, month, and the name of his parents are not stated.  His birth was recorded on the records of the Reformed Dutch Church, in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York.
On December 11, 1832, Christopher Van Leuvan, aged seventy-three years, and John L. Shelden, aged forty years, both of Olive, New York, made application for pension in behalf of Robert Beaty on account of said Robert Beaty’s service in the Revolutionary War.  John L. Shelden was a grandson “by marriage” of Robert Beaty.  The relationship of Christopher Van Leuvan is not shown.  Robert Beaty was then a resident of Olive, New York.  In this claim for pension it was stated that while a resident of Marbletown, New York, Robert Beaty enlisted in 1777 and served at various times to 1781, eight months and three weeks in all, as private in the New York troops under Captains John Hasbrouck, Charles Brodhead, Bardowine Tarpening, Andrew Bevier, Frederick Schoonmaker, and Derick Wesbrook.
The claim for pension was not allowed as proof of the alleged service was not furnished (7) in accordance with the requirements of the pension law.
Robert Beaty died prior to May 31, 1833, date and place of his death not shown, leaving no widow or children.
A brother of soldier was living in 1833, his name, age, or residence are not stated.  There are no further family data.

End Notes—Robert Beaty—R.685

  1. Captain John Hasbrouck’s Company was in the Third Regiment of Ulster County Militia commanded by Colonel Levi Pawling.
  2. Captain Charles W. Broadhead’s Company was also in the Third Ulster.
  3. Captain Bowdewine Terpenning was in the Fourth Regiment of Ulster County Militia Commanded by Colonel Jonathan Hasbrouck.
  4. Captain Andrew Bevier’s Company was in the Third Ulster.
  5. Captain Frederick Schoonmaker’s Company was in the Third Ulster.
  6. Derick Westbrook (Westbrouck, etc.) was the First Lieutenant in Captain Benjamin Kortright’s Company in the Third Ulster.  Derick also served as a Lieutenant in 1779, Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant Albert Pawling’s Regiment of New York State Levies.
  7. Robert’s name did not appear on some of the muster rolls in companies where he claimed service.  But Robert’s name does appear on a petition “Sundry of the Militia of Marbeltown” dated January 30, 1776. 
    “The therein remonstrate against the Committee of said town in denying them the privilege of electing a Captain in the place of Cornelius E. Wynkoop, promoted to a Majority.” (Promoted to Major.)
    Proceedings of the Provincial Congress, Committee of Safety and Convention of New York Relating to Military Matters.  Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, ed.  Bertold Fernow, Vol. XV, page 58, Weed, Parsons, and Company Printers, Albany, NY 1887.  Also called State Archives, Vol. I.

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