Pension Application for Andrew Finck or Fink
B.L.Wt.729-300-Capt. Issued Oct 9, 1790
State of New York
County of Montgomery SS.
On this eighth day of May 1818 before me the subscriber one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Montgomery personally appeared Andrew Fink aged Sixty Seven years on the first day of February [?] last as he says and so is the appearance, a resident in the town of Palatine in the County aforesaid who being by me first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the late act of Congress entitled an Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service in the United States in the revolutionary war. That the said Andrew Fink entered the service of his country at an early period in the campaign of 1775 in the State of New York as a commissioned officer to wit a first Lieutenant in the company commanded by Captain Christopher P. Yates in the then 2d New York Regiment commanded by colonel Goose VanSchaick that on the 15th day of February he was promoted to a captain in said regiment from which time it was still the first regiment in the New York line or in the service of the United States until the close of the campaign of [1781?] the first five Regiments of the New York Line being then [?] reduced and by General orders ordered to be consolidated into Two Regiment and in the year 1781, he was promoted to a major and served under Lieut Colonel Marinus Willett on the frontiers of the Mohawk and Schoharie and else where to the close of the year 1783. He also served as Deputy Muster Master and Inspector during the two years of the above service until 1783 when he the said Andrew Fink was discharged from service it the village of Schenectada in the State of New York. He had been at the taking of St. Johns, Chamblee, Montreal were at the mouth of the river Sorrell, capturing and destroying Military and Warlike Stores before either of the above mentioned Fortresses was taken except Chamblee. He was sent by General Montgomery 14 or 15 miles into the interior of the Enemies Country, down the River Sorrell to James Livingston to bring a pack of Shoes and within that pack of shoes a bagg of Guineas which he brought safe to General Montgomery into Camp.
In the Campaign of 1777 in retreating from Lake or Fort George at the time Ticonderoga was evacuated skirmishing with the enemy at Sandy Hill. He this deponent lost his first Lieutenant Tobias VanVechten who was killed by the enemy and buried by him, this deponent the day following. In the campaign of 1778 the only year that he was ordered to be with the Grand Army under the immediate command of General Washington. He was in the Battle of Monmouth in the state of New Jersey on the 28th of June 1778, and that he was cooped up at and in Fort Schuyler now called Rome for upwards of two years where sundry skirmishes had taken place. During that period, in the campaign of eighty one, he was in the Battle of Johnstown near Johnson’s Hall against Major Ross of the British Army. We took there 37 or 39 British read [red] coated Soldier prisoners. In pursuing of him through the wilderness for five days successfully up the West Canada Creek when Captain Walter Butler of the British Army was Slain and at least 10, 12 or 15 of his soldiers. After their crossing the West Canada Creek 20, 30 or perhaps 40 miles from the German Flatts in the then County of Tryon but now Herkimer, and he this deponent on his oath farther says he is in the decline of his life half blind and in reduced circumstances at present and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support and that he has no other evidence now in his power of his said services but the old revolutionary soldiers and other Citizens on the Mohawk River who many be in the land of the living and the commission hereunto annexed. (Signed) Andrew Finck
Commission hereunto annexed. Sworn and declared to before me the day and year aforesaid. Daniel Walker, one of the Judges of the Courts of Common Pleas for Montgomery County aforesaid.
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