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Pension Application for Abraham Forgason (Ferguson, Furguson)

W.4197 (Widow Polly)
State of New York
County of Herkimer SS.
            On this 12th day of February in the year 1833 personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Herkimer aforesaid the same being a Court of Record having by Law a clerk and seal now sitting February of said court in the year aforesaid Abraham Forgason a resident of the Town of West Brunswick in the County of Herkimer aforesaid in said State aged seventy seven years and upwards 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 after stated:--
            In the year 1776 he this deponent resided in the Town of Beekman in the County of Dutchess and State of New York and in the month of July as he believes but he does not remember the day in the year 1776 he enlisted as a volunteer at Beeekman aforesaid into Capt. Israel Veille’s (1) Company in Col. Swartwout’s Regiment in the State Service for five months and after being mustered at Beekman aforesaid he was marched under command of Capt. Veille to Kingsbridge near Cortland Hill Barracks where he with his company joined Col. Swartwout’s Regiment and was stationed there until the Battle of White Plains and then he was marched with his company under the command of Capt. Veille to White Plains and from thence (after the British retired on board of their vessels in the north river) he was marched with his Company under the Command of Capt. Veille to Peekskill and staid there sometime and from thence he was marched with Capt. Veille’s Company to Fort Consitituion on the East side of the North river and staid there until his time had expired and then he was discharged in December about the time of Holidays in 1776 but he took no discharge in writing—The officers under whom he served were Capt. Veille, Lieut. Charles Platt, Col. Swartwout.  Maj. VanBenschoutten and Dr. Mead was surgeon of the Regiment -- And he this deponent served five months as above stated.—
            In the month of January but he does not remember the day in the Year 1777 he this deponent enlisted as a volunteer at Beekman in the County of Dutchess aforesaid where he then resided into Capt.Veille’s Company in Col. Swartwout’s Regiment in the State service of six weeks and was marched under the Command of Capt. Veille’s to East Chester and was stationed with the company under the command of Capt. Veille at Gen. Ward’s house in East Chester aforesaid to guard the lines and he served at said station under the command of Capt. Veille until his term expired and he served as above stated under Capt. Veille six weeks and then was discharged as he believes some time in February 1777 but took no discharge in writing—And he served under the following named officers viz. Capt. Veille, Lieut. John Van DeVorst, Col. Swartwout—
            And this deponent further saith that in the Month of January 1780 the sleigh and span of horses of this deponent’s father whose name was John Forgason, were pressed at Beekman in the county of Dutchess aforesaid by a forage master, whose name was Adams as he this deponent believes but he is not certain for the purpose of conveying provisions from Peekskill to Fishkill for the use of the Army and also for drawing timber out of the woods to Fishkill Barracks for making sleighs and also for drawing wood to Fishkill barracks for the use of the Army, and he this deponent enlisted as a volunteer at Beekman aforesaid to take charge of said team and that he this deponent drove said teams and was employed under the command and direction of the said forage master in conveying provisions and some from Peekskill to Fishkill aforesaid for the use of the Army who were then in winter quarters at Fishkill and also in drawing timber for making sleighs and also in drawing wood for the use of said Army and as near as he the said deponent can recollect he served as above stated under said forage masters a fortnight—And he this deponent did not enter said service under any contract for pay nor does he remember that he received any pay for his services and he believes he did not have any pay for the same but he volunteered and served as above stated and he was discharged at Fishkill aforesaid sometime in January 1780—Her served under the forage master Adams as he believes his name was—And this deponent served at different times as above stated a period of seven months & two weeks—

  1. And this deponent further said that he was born at Beekman in the County of Dutchess in the State of New York on the 14th day of December 1757—
  2. He has no record of his age, but his father kept a record of his age in the bible which was last he knew in the hands of Francis Forgason who now resides in the western part of the State of New York but he does not know the place of his residence.
  3. He was living when called into the service as above stated at Beekman in the County of Dutchess aforesaid and since the Revolutionary War he lived at Beekman aforesaid nearly twenty years & from thence he moved to Broad Albin in Montgomery County in the State of New York and resided there about fifteen years as he believes and from thence he moved to Norway now the Town of West Brunswick in the County of Herkimer of Herkimer [sic] in the State of New York and has resided where he now resides more than ten years last past.
  4. He this deponent further states that the names of the persons to whom he is known in the present neighborhood are David Thorp and John D. Hiemstreet and who can testify to this deponents character for truth and veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution and also Gilbert Forgason and Ephraim Edick Clergyman in the same place who can testify to the same—And this deponent further states that he knows of no person living whose testimony he can procure to prove his revolutionary service except that his brother Abraham Forgason of West Brunswick aforesaid who did not serve with this deponent but he knew he this deponent was gone from home into the Revolutionary service as the this deponent has above stated in his five months service and his six weeks service—
  5. He does not remember that any regular officers served with the Troops where he served except that there were regular officers at White Plains when he marched there after the British but he does not recollect their names.—
  6. He never received any discharge in writing from the service.—

            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 Forgason (2)
Sworn to and subscribed this 12th day of February 1833 in open court. Julius C. Nelson Clerk

End Notes—Abraham Forgason W.4197

  1. Captain Israel Vail (Veal, Veille, etc.) in Colonel Jacobus Swarthout’s Regiment of 1776.  Abraham was listed on the August 5 muster roll as enlisting as a private on August 2.  His age was 18, he was born in Dutchess County, NY and his occupation was listed as labourer.  He volunteered from Captain Vail’s Company of Militia and was “Inlisted” by Captain Vail.  His stature was 5 feet 6 ½ inches.  His description was light brown hair, pale complexion.  Revolutionary War Rolls  1775-1783, Series M-246, folder 146, Roll 76, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  2. Abraham’s wife Polly applied for widow’s benefits on November 1, 1838.  She was living in Watervliet, Albany County, NY, then 81 years old.  She stated she had married Abraham in 1779 in the Town of Beekman, Dutchess County, NY.  She also stated that Abraham died at Watervliet on July 4, 1837.

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