Pension Application for Abraham Conklin
State of New York
Rockland County SS.
On this twenty nintt [six] day of November in the year A.D. 1832, personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Please [sic] now sitting Abraham Conklin, a resident of the town of Orange, in the County of Rockland aged eighty one 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 7, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated. That in the month of March 1776, I volunteered in a company called minute men, then raised in the town of Orange, then Orange now Rockland County in which town I resided, for three months, of which company John Blauvelt was Capt. and James Smith was Lieut, and went to New York, were [where] he was attached to a regiment commanded by Col. Heyer, a Mr. Sloutenberg was major and served that time in New York after that time was expired and about the first of August I enlisted at New Windsor for three months in a company commanded by Capt. James Humphrey, James Wilkins Lieut. in a Regiment commanded by Col Hathorn, and went to Fort Montgomery where I served until that Fort was taken by British army when I made my escape in the night with some other of my fellow officers and men and continued with the remains of the company until my time of service was expires, then in the month of April 1778 I again enlisted in a company commanded by Capt. John Belll, Tunis Tallman was first Lieut for nine months, in a Regiment commanded by Col Wm Graham, Peter Fell Major and served a short time guarding along the river, then crossed the Hudson and marched to White Plain and there lay enamp’t near the Continental army for some time, then was ordered to Hackensack in the State of New Jersey and lay at a place called the New Bridge where we lay until the British army came there and drove us off, we then went to Paramus where we lay some time and then marched to Tappen where we lay until the first of January 1779 and was then discharged. After that time was expired I served under my aforesaid officers to the close of the war, and was most of my time, (except in the severity of the winter) employed in guarding along the river, from Sneelens to Haverstraw and am positive that the time I spent in the actual service of my country exclusive of my enlistments far exceeds one year. 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 the agency of any state. (Signed with his mark) Abraham Conklin.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open court. David Pye Clerk
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