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Pension Application for Phillip (Philip) Caldwell

Land Bounty, Issued Feb.14, 1791.  Warrant number 6979 and Wt. 85-60-55 to Caldwell, Phillip Private, New York Line.  Joseph Caldwell, assignee
Pension Number  W.18861  (Widow, Nancy)

State of New York
Saratoga County SS.
            Philip Caldwell of the Town of Northumberland in the said County being sworn says that he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War of the United States of American—That he enlisted in the First New York Regiment commanded by Col. Van Schaick in the year Seventeen hundred and seventy nine or eighty at Albany and served during the war in Captain Wendell’s (1) company after commanded by Capt. John Ten Broeck—That this Deponent remained in the Service as such Soldier until the Eighth June Seventeen hundred and Eighty three when this deponent received the Discharge hereto annexed.  That this deponent by reason of his reduced circumstances in life stand in need of assistance from his Country for Support.  (Signed with his mark)  Phillip Caldwell

State of New York
Saratoga County SS.  I Thomas Laing one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for said County do Certify that Philip Caldwell to me well known this Eighteenth day of April Eighteen hundred & Eighteen came before me & was by me sworn to the truth of the above affidavit by him subscribed—and I do further certify that I verily believe the above affidavit to be true.  Thomas Laing one of the Judges of Sara. Com’n Pleas.
State of New York
County of Saratoga SS
            On this 22d day of August 1820, personally appeared in open court in the Court of Common Pleas of the said County; the same being a Court of Record for the said County, proceeding according to the course of the common law with a jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount, keeping a record of its proceedings and having the power of fine and imprisonment.
            Philip Caldwell, aged Sixty years, resident in the Town of Wilton in the said County, in the State aforesaid, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath, declare that he served in the Revolutionary war as follows: vis:
            That he enlisted at the City of Albany in the State of New York in the beginning of the year 1778 or 1779 for during the war in the Company first Commanded by Captain John Wandell, but shortly after by Captain John Ten Brock in the Regiment commanded by Colonel VanSchaick in the Continental Establishment, that he continued to serve until he was discharged from the said service in the year 1783 at a place called Snake Hill near the Highlands in the State of New York—That he was slightly wounded in one knee in a skirmish near Fort Stanwix.  That he was in the battle of Yorktown in Virginia at the taking of Cornwallis. (2)
            That his original declaration was made on or about the 18th day of April 1818 and that his Pension Certificate is numbered 3295.
            And I solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or in any manner, disposed of my property or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it, as to bring myself within the provisions of an 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,” passed on the 18th day of March, 1818; and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts or debts, due to me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed.  (Signed) Philip Caldwell
            Sworn to and declared on the 22d day of August 1820 in Open Court. Thomas Palmer, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Saratoga
Inventory
            2 Axes, $3.00
            2 Hoes $.75
            1 Cow $15.00
            1-2 year old Steer $10.00
            1 Hog $5.00
            Total $33.75
            And that I have a wife aged 55 years who is of a weakly habit and unable to support herself and that I have a daughter living with me named Margaret aged fifteen years, not healthy and unable to contribute much towards her support and that I have a grandson who I am obliged to support aged 11 years by the nane of John Manna—and that my occupation is a Labourer and am unable to support myself & family without the assistance of my Country and also that I now owe the following sums of money being debts contracted for article for the support of myself and family. Vis:
            To Nathaniel McClannic $30.00
            Doctor Reynolds $10.00
            Charles Mulford $4.00
            Granger & Van Benthuesen about $5.00
            Esqr. Caw $4.00
            Labourerlau Viele about $36.30
            John H. Steele about $20.00
            Total $109.30
            Witness, William B. VanBenthuesen
(Signed) Philip Caldwell
            Sworn to in open Court.  Thomas Palmer Clerk

State of New York
Monroe County SS.
            On this second day of August in the year 1843, personally appeared before the subscriber Silas Wilkin—a Judge of the county courts in and for the said county Nancy Caldwell a resident of the town of Greece in the said county of Monroe aged seventy nine years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7, 1838 entitled “An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows.”  That she is the widow of Philip Caldwell who was a private in the Continental service in the New York Line.  That he was in Captain Wandells Company but she is unable to state further the names of his officers and this is only hearsay, but the said Philip Caldwell was pensioned under the act 18th march 1818 and she would refer the War department to the evidence on file in the War Department as to the services of the said Philip Caldwell.  That he lived in the County of Saratoga in the said State of New York where he received his pension certificate—She further declares that she was married to the said Philip Caldwell on the fifteenth day of March in the year seventeen hundred and eighty seven that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four viz at the time above stated—that her husband the aforesaid Philip Caldwell died on the fifteenth day of May in the year eighteen hundred and forty one at the town of Greece in the said county of Monroe.
            And she makes the following further declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed 3d March 1843 granting pension to widows of persons who served during the Revolutionary War.  That she is the widow of Philip Caldwell who was a private in the Revolutionary Army she further that the amount of Pension she is entitled to receive under the act 7 July 1838 is eighty dollars per annum and she further declares she is still a widow.  (Signed with her mark)  Nancy Caldwell
            Sworn and Subscribed on the day and year first above written before me, and I further certify that Nancy Caldwell is unable to appear in court by reason of bodily infirmity, that the said Nancy Caldwell is personally known to me and is a person entitled to credit and belief.  Silas Walker, Judge of the County Court of Monroe County.

State of New York
Monroe County SS
            On this 28th day of March 1855 before me personally appeared Nancy Caldwell aged 86 years a resident of Greece County of Monroe and state of New York who being duly sworn deposeth and saith: That she is the widow of the identical Philip Caldwell deceased who was a Revolutionary Soldier & pensioner of the United States and who as such pensioner drew the annual sum of ninety six dollars: that her said husband enlisted into the service of the United States from the state of New York and served in said war for about four years and nine months & was honorably discharged.
            That she is the identical Nancy Caldwell to whom was issued a pension certificate under the act of February 2d 1848 as the widow of said Philip Caldwell, private in the Revolutionary War by which this declarant is entitled to receive & does receive the annual sum of ninety six dollars: That she was married to the said Philip Caldwell at Saratoga N.Y. in the month of March 1797 as near as she can recollect and that her name before marriage was Nancy Lattimore and that her said husband the aforesaid Philip Caldwell died at Greece aforesaid on the 14th day of May A.D. 1841. And that ever since she has continued  & remained the widow of the said Philip Caldwell and is unmarried.
            That neither she nor her said husband has ever applied for nor received Bounty land heretofore.  She applies for Bounty Land under the Act of March 3, 1835.  That there is no public or private record of her marriage aforesaid.    (Signed with her mark)  Nancy Caldwell
            Attest, Philip J. McDowall, Alfred A. Mudge

End Notes—Philip Caldwell W 18861

    1. Philip enlisted as a private on 10 December 1779 in Captain John C. Wendell’s Company in the first New York Continental Regiment for {during war” and joined the company on the 6 of February 1780.  Captain Wendell resigned on April 5, 1781 and First Lieutenant John Ten Broeck Took command of the Company and was commissioned Captain on June 29, 1781.
    2. The Yorktown, Virginia Campaign was from September 28 to October 19, 1781.

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