Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Moses Earl

S.12417
State of New York.
[Can’t read the top part of the first page of this deposition.  The little that is legible is like the beginning of every other deposition.]
            In the fall of the year 1778 this Declarant was drafted to go to the Highland under Capt. Van Allen, Van Buren was Lieut; Ensign: Cabas Wyngalt; marched by land down to the Highlands at this time was drafted for three months; but was injured in the woods;, where he with others were cutting wood for the army; served his time and returned home, was drafted in the fall of that year.
            In the early part of the Fall of the year 177[?] this declarant was [can’t read the next two sentences] was marched from Kinderhook by Land on the east side of the River to Rhinebeck—crossed over; marched to Kingston and Mamakating Hollow, where Washington was with his Army; and encamped.  John Rowe was Captain, does not recollect the names of any other officers, was [?] to serve 3 months; served half of the time, and returned home, after being discharged.
            This Declarant further states that he entered the service of the United States under the following officers; and served as herein stated.  In the Fall of the year 1780 as this deponent recollects; this deponent with the Kinderhook Regiment of Militia was called out to go up the Mohawk River to repel the aggressions of the Indians—marched from Kinderhook to Albany; from that place marched to Kiskauna [Niskayuna?] from thence to Schenectady; from that place marched to Fort Hunter; from there to Fort Plain; where they had a battle with the Indians at Stone Arabia in which Col. Brown was killed; but they [the or this?] applicant with his company was not in the battle—from thence, was marched to Canajoharie; thence to Fort Herkimer; afterwards encamped in the wilderness.  Marched as far as Lake Sago, after the Indians, who were commanded by the Indian Chief Brandt; had to return, on account of the want of provisions to Fort Herkimer; from thence, was marched through Albany home, to Kinderhook. The officers were Gen. VanRensselaer, from Claverack, VanAlstyne, colonel From Kinderhook, Isaac Hoes [Goes] Major, Gershom Turesdell Capt., Jonathan Chapman Lieutenant was on duty two months at this time.  In the Fall of the year following, was drafted to go to Schoharrie under Capt. Turesdell and Col. VanAlstyne; was on duty there one month and marched home.
            During the intervals, between the periods before mentioned, this applicant with his company was organized into a company of Rangers; to protect the Inhabitants from the incursions of the Tories; ;and as a guard of defence in and for the County of Columbia at different times, in the whole at least 3 months; the officers in these expeditions, were Capt. Truesdell, sometimes was under the command of Lieutenant Vosburgh; at one time was under the command of Sergeant Chapman; several times was out under the command of Orderly Sergeant Root—this service terminated with the war.
            This applicant states that he has no documentary evidence, and knows no person whose testimony can be procured, except those hereunto annexed.
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension, except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any State.  This Declarant served as a Militia soldier, during the periods above mentioned.
            This deponent further states, that the reason why he has not obtained the certificate of a Clergyman is, because he is not acquainted with any one who can make the required certificate; that there is no one living in the county where this declarant made his former resident, to wit in Chatham formerly Kinderhook aforesaid.
            And this deponent further states that he reason why he makes oath to this declaration in the County of Columbia is because it was the place of his residence.
[Rest of handwritten document is most difficult to read, the word is light and the curly cues on the end of the words dark.]
Letter dated November 17, 1937, written in response for information.
            Reference is made to your letter in which you request the Revolutionary War record of Moses Earl of Kinderhook, New York, in 1790.
            The data given herein are shown in pension claim, S.12417, based upon service of Moses Earl in the Revolutionary War.
            Moses Earl was born in the year 1760, in Dutchess County, New York; the names of his parents are not shown.  He lived at the time of the Revolutionary War in Kinderhook, Dutchess County, New York.
            In 1775 and 1776, Moses Earl belonged to Captain Gershom Truesdell’s company of minute-men or rangers, and was called out frequently against the Tories, and served over a period of two years, no specific dates given.  He enlisted in the fall of 1778, and served three months as private in Captain Van Allen’s New York Company; he enlisted in the fall of 1779, and served one and one-half months as private in Captain John Row’s New York Company near Kingston, New York; he enlisted in the fall of 1780, and served two months as private in Captain Gershom Truesdell’s company, Colonel VanAlstyne’s New York regiment, during which he was engaged in the campaign against the Indians; he enlisted the next fall and served one month under the same officers, stationed at Schoharie; he served out her tours in the New York troops, protecting the inhabitants from the Indians, in all at least three months, under sergeant Chapman, Lieutenant Vosburgh, Captain Truesdell and others.
            Moses Earl continue to reside in Kinderhook, called later Chatham Columbia County, New York until about 1830, then moved to Durham, Green County, New York.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed February 1, 1832, at which time he resided in Durham, New York.
            The soldier stated that he had resided in Chatham, Columbia County, New York, where he had many relatives, but did not designate their names.  He made no reference to wife or children.
            One John Earl made affidavit in 1840 before a Justice of the Peace in Green[e] County, New York, regarding the pensioner but did not state any relationship to the family.

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