Morrison's Pensions


S.23562
Pension of Frederick Bumpus residing in the State of Ohio, Richland County who was a private in the Regiment of Col Willitt of New York for 10 months from 1781. Discribed on the role of the Petersburgh Agency of the State. $33.33 to commence on the first day of March, 1831. (As transcribed by Marlow Bumpus 18 Feb. 2004)
Updated 2/28/04

State of Ohio, Richland County.
On this Seventh day of September, A.D. 1832, personally appeared in open council before the Supreme Court, said County of Richland now sitting. Frederick Bumpus a resident of Washington township, Richland County, Ohio, age Sixty Eight years in May 1832, who being duly sworn according to law doth, on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the law of congress passed June 7th 1832.

That the same Frederick Bumpus a veteran into the service of the United States at Petersburgh, then called Little Hoosick in Albany County in the state of New York. (Supposed to be now in Rensselaer County.) about the first of April in 1782 for the term of nine months and as a private soldier and was mustered at Albany in the company commanded by Captain Henry belonging of the New York Regiment commanded by Colonel Willett that he continued said Regiment for the span of nine months and until the 31st of December 1782 at which time his term of enlistment expired when he was discharged (????? received no written discharge or certificate of service) at Fort Plain on the Mohawk River in the State of New York. That the latter part of this time he served in Capt Tierce company who he thinks belonged to the Continental Army but does not know certainly. He joined the Regiment at Albany soon after he entered the service, staid there 14 days and was instructed in military exorcises then marched from Albany to Schenectady, staid there of few days, the smallpox persisting in that place, he marched with the Regiment to Johnstown where he remained in a fort 4 or 5 months. Here Lieutenant Johnson commanded. He thinks Johnson was a Continental Officer. From this place he marched to Fort Plain under the same officer, staid there a few days in a barn. From this place he and one John Woodcock was scent to Fort Herkimer and was attached to Capt Tiene’s Company. He was frequently out on scout but fought no battles. He recalls that Firndy was the name of the adjutant. He was generally in a small detachment and keeping garrison and therefore does not remember the names of many officers. From Fort Herkimer he returned to Fort Plain and was discharged by Lieutenant Johnson. He has no documenting evidence of his discharge and service since he knows no person living whose testimony he can pursue who can testify to his service except the affidavit of Laurence Spencer taken the 11th day of may 1818. Captain John Nicholas Esq. first Judge of Onterio Co. New York and he doesn’t know whether the said Spencer is now living or if alive, where he resides. At the time he entered into the service he was residing in Little Hoosick now Petersburg in the state of New York to which place he returned after he left the Army. About six years afterwards, he removed to Rensselaerville, living there about 19 years, then removed to Spencer in Tioga County New York. From that he removed to the town of Hector, Cayuga County then to Benton in Ontario County where he resided two years and from there to his present residence where he has settled about 13 years.

He understands that unless a sufficient number would agree to go there must be a draft and he volunteered to go into the service supposed he was considered a drafted man.

He was born in the town of Cornwall Connecticut. He has no record of his age except what he made himself from information. William A Randal, William Glenn and Alexander Mann reside in his present neighborhood and can testify to his caricature for truth and honesty and their belief of my service as a soldier of the revolution. He further states while residing at Hoosick aforesaid, he was drafted in the month June 1781 and served as a drafted soldier while under Lt. Gray. He was first sent to Albany and from there he went to the Mohawk C????ly to Johnstown from which place he returned to Albany and was dismissed having served about one month and received no written discharge or any documentary evidence of his service or discharge.

And the said Frederick Bumpus further states that in 1878 in Ontario County New York he made application for a pension and that the proof of his service was taken and is on file in the war department and he here by relinquishes his every claim whatsoever to the pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension role of the agency of any state to his knowledge.

Signed, Frederick Bumpus

Sworn to ?????? in open court the date above. Ellzry Hedges

We the undersigned, William A Randall, William Glenn and Alexander Mann, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Frederick Bumpus who has sworn to the above and ?????tion that he is respected and believed him to be 68 years of age, that he is a man of truth and veracity and that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution and we concur in that opinion.

Signed by all three men.

And the open court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories presented by the War Department that the above named applicant was a revolutionary war soldier and served as he states. And that court further certifies that it appears to them that William Glenn, Alexander Mann and William A Randall who have signed the preceding certificate are residents of the County of Richland, State of Ohio and are acquainted persons and that their statements is entitled to credit. Ellzry Hedges Clerk of the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio for the County of Richland do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceeding of hear said in the matter of the application of Frederick Bumpus for a pension. In testimony whereof I have hereinto set my hand of seal of said court at Mansfield this 14th day of Sept, AD 1832. Signed Ellzry Hedges, Clk.

Notes:

An effort was made to use the spelling as it is in the original document.

This fixes the birth of Frederick Bumpus as May 1764, Cornwall (previously thought to be Sharon) CT. and establishes his service in the Continental Army during the revolutionary war. It also establishes his arrival in Richland County Ohio at about 1819.

Present day Hector is in Yates County on the east shore of Seneca Lake. Benton is now in Schuyler County, which was formed after Frederick left.

An Alexander Mann married Frederick’s daughter Mariah in Richland County OH. Probably the same man.

Children of Frederick were:
Frederick
James
John b. 2-11-1792
Reuben b. 1800 Married Jane wells, 1835, Pricilla Colby, 1553
Mariah 1-17-1803 Married Alexander Mann
Effy
Elizabeth

Fredericks father, Edward Bumpas/Bumpus, singned the Rev. War Pledge and served in that and other Wars for America.

Frederick’s brother Reuben Bumpus often used the name Bump, served 5 hitches in the Rev. War and was a founder of Bumpville, Bradford Co., PA. near Rome PA.


Pension Application of Frederick Bumpus of 1818
Transcribed by Marlow Bumpus on March 1, 2004

State of New York, County of Ontario.

On this seventh day of May, AD 1818, before me, the subscriber, First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Ontario aforesaid, personally appears Frederick Bumpus, aged fifty four years, resident in the County aforesaid, who being by me, first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War;” That the said Frederick Bumpus enlisted at Petersburgh, then called Little Hoosack in the state of New York in the year AD1782 for the term of nine months, in the company commanded by Captain Henry, belonging to the New York Regiment commanded by Colonel Willet; that he continued in service in the said Corp until the thirty first day of December, in the year AD 1782, at which time his term of enlistment expired, when he was discharged at Fort Plain in the State of New York; that when he was in the service aforesaid he was generally knows by the name of Frederick Bump, and that he is in reduced circumstances, and stands in need of the assistance of his Country for support; and that he has no other evidence except for the affidavit of Truman Spence hereunto annexed of his said services.
Signed by Frederick Bumpus
Sworn and declared the day and year aforesaid, before me
Signed by John Nicholas

I John Nicholas first judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Ontario aforesaid do certify that it appears to the satisfaction, from the aforesaid affidavit and that of Truman Spencer; that the said Frederick Bumpus did serve in the Revolutionary war as stated in the proceeding declaration against the common enemy; and I now transmit the proceedings and testimony taken and had before me, to the Secretary of the Department of War; pursuant to the directions of the aforementioned act of Congress --- Dated the 11th day of May 1818.
(Signed) John Nicholas

State of New York
Ontario County
I Truman Spencer of the town of Benton and County aforesaid, being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that he, this deponent, was in the service of the United States in the year 1781 or 1782; that he belonged to the same Regiment in which Frederick Bumpus was then a soldier; that he will recollect he frequently saw said Frederick Bumpus in the service aforesaid and doing the duties of a soldier; that he believes that from his recollection that the said Frederick faithfully served in the service aforesaid during the whole term of his enlistment; that he and the said Frederick were discharged from the service aforesaid at the same time at Fort Plain in the State of New York; and that said Frederick was generally known as Frederick Bump.
(Signed) Truman Spencer
Sworn and subscribed this
11th day of May before me (Signed) John Nicholas

Ontario County.
I Hezekiah Townsend of the town of Milo in the said County, deposeth and saith that he is well acquainted with Frederick Bumpus of the same town and knows he is in indigent circumstances and depends on his labor for his support and being far advanced in life and having a large family dependent on him that he stands in need of assistance of his country. Sworn to and subscribed this 19th day of Sept 1818 before me.
(Signed) Hezekiah Townsend

I John Nicholas, first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Ontario County in the state of New York, do certify that I am well satisfied that Frederick Bumpus, the person named in the preceding affidavit indigent circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his Country. 19 Sept 1818.
(Signed) John Nicholas

State of New York
Ontario County
Clerks Office
In testimony that John Nicholas, whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificates was on the day of the date of the same, first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Ontario and that the same signature is hereunto subscribe my name and affix the County seal at Canandaigua this 21st day of September 1818.
(Signed) ???? McNair Clk.

Notes:

  1. An effort was made to use the spelling as it is in the original document.
  2. This fixes the birth of Frederick Bumpus as May 1764, Cornwall (previously thought to be Sharon) CT. and establishes his service in the Continental Army during the revolutionary war. It also establishes his arrival in Richland County Ohio at about 1819.
  3. Present day Hector is in Yates County on the east shore of Seneca Lake. Benton is now in Schuyler County, which was formed after Frederick left.
  4. An Alexander Mann married Frederick’s daughter Mariah in Richland County OH. Probably the same man.
  5. Children of Frederick were:
    Frederick
    James
    John b. 2-11-1792
    Reuben b. 1800 Married Jane wells, 1835, Pricilla Colby, 1553
    Mariah 1-17-1803 Married Alexander Mann
    Effy
    Elizabeth
  6.  Fredericks father, Edward Bumpas/Bumpus, singned the Rev. War Pledge and served in that and other Wars for America.  Frederick’s brother Reuben Bumpus often used the name Bump, served 5 hitches in the Rev. War and was a founder of Bumpville, Bradford Co., PA. near Rome PA.

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