Pension Application for William Campbell
State of New York
Yates County SS.
On the 28th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Yates now sitting William Campbell a resident of the Town of Benton County and State aforesaid seventy three years of age who 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 7th 1832.
That he was born in the Town of Orange, Ulster county State of New York in the year 1759 but this deponent cannot give the precise time as his father was killed in the French War, by means whereof his family became in a great measure dispersed. This deponent resided in Ulster aforesaid during the Revolutionary War, in the fall of 1776 this deponent was called out in the militia of Orange County and proceeded in a company as a private under Captain Tuttle (1) to ClarkesTown to prevent the British from overrunning the County. They having at that time possession of New York [City], remained at this time about three or four weeks and was then discharged. In 1777 according to the best of the recollection of this deponent in the militia of Orange County aforesaid this deponent was called out and proceeded as a private in a company commanded by Captain DeWitt (2) to Peenpack an other places thirty or 40 miles from his home to chase Tories and Indians who had burnt and plundered the property and destroyed the lives of the inhabitants & was engaged at this time about three weeks. In the summer of 1779 this deponent was drafted in the militia of Orange County aforesaid and as a private in a company commanded by Captain William Forkender (3) in Col. Pauldings regiment Adjutant Ellsworth of Poughkeepsie and Major Benscouten of the same place, proceeded to Lackwack on the Naversink River where there was a fort and blockhouse and there remained a short time when with five hundred men & 100 pack horses loaded with provision and 12 axmen to cut a road we continued our march towards the Chemung river expecting to fall in with the main army under General Sullivan: Sullivan’s army arrived at the Chemung some time before the force to which this deponent was attached came up and it was understood waited three days for us and then proceeded on without us General Sullivan leaving a letter on a tree as this deponent further understood directing us to make the best of our way back knowing that we should not have along with us sufficient provision to subsist on and he having no more to spare the commander of the force to which this deponent was attached followed the directions and retraced our steps suffering innumerable hardships wading rivers and streams fearful of attacks from Indians, and almost wholly destitute of provisions so that this deponent subsisted for two whole days on a dry biscuit many of the men were completely exhausted and more [caned?] Along and placed upon the poor worn out horses and got forward the best way that could be devised on arriving back at Lackawack with only about 6 horses left, we halted a short time & procured refreshment and recruited up a little.
In about three weeks his orders came on to proceed to Fishkill, and we went by the way of Poughkeepsie with the exception of one company that cut across the country on arriving at Fishkill we went into tents a New England regiment layed close by shortly orders came on to march to Peekskill then to cross the North River to Stoney Point about 2 miles from which we pitched tents and daily were on fatigue duty tearing down the British forts and batteries And constructing new ones under the direction of a French Engenore [engineer] ; The snow during some of this time was half leg and over provisions poor and scanty the officers had hard work to keep the men together; on New Year’s Day the time of this deponent expired. Our officers having marched us to Poughkeepsie to discharge us and we were there discharged by a speech from Col. Paulding and this deponent returned home having been in the service at this time eight months. This deponent knows of no person living in this region of country by whom his actual service can be proved.
He continued to reside in Orange County till about 25 years ago when he moved to Benton Yates County, New York where he now resides. This deponent never had a written discharge.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever 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. (Signed with his mark) William Campbell
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. T.J. Nevins, Deputy Clerk
End Notes, William Campbell S12404
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