Pension Application for John Cronk
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 and State of New York now sitting John Cronk a resident of the Town of Benton in the County of Yates and State aforesaid aged sixty eight 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 7th 1832.
That he was born the (now) Town of Greenburgh Westchester County, New York in the year 1764 as he believes, but this deponent cannot tell the precise time as his father was taken and died a prisoner during the revolutionary war and the family of this deponent thereby became dispersed so that this deponent never after that lived at home. This deponent resided during the revolutionary war in the Town of Sing Sing in the said County of Westchester. In the Spring of 1778 this deponent volunteered as a private in a company commanded by Captain Ansar. John Oakly Lieutenant in Colonel Cortland regiment and proceeded to a place called Qumpon [or Grumpon] South East of Fishkill with cattle horses and sheep and pastered [sic] them during the season on the farms of the Tories in the beginning of the winter we moved the cattle to back to the North part of Westchester County and this deponent was dismissed and returned home was engaged at this time seven or eight months during the season this deponent suffered severely for want of wholesome provisions particularly bread and salt and the meat provided was often tainted and unfit for use. In the spring of 1779 this deponent volunteered again in the company aforesaid and was occupied as aforesaid in the safe keeping of Horses and cattle & the property of the unprotected inhabitants to prevent the British in New York from obtaining supplies and the Tories from Stealing them and taking them to the British was employed the season all Summer. This deponent never had a written discharge knows of no person living by whom he can prove his actual services, no minister of the Gospel resides in the vicinity of this deponent. This deponent has resided since the revolutionary war in Westchester, Dutchess, and Columbia Counties until about two years ago when he removed to Benton, Yates County where he now resides.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. (Signed John Cronk)
Subscribed and sworn this day & year aforesaid T. J. Nevins, Deputy Clerk
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