Pension Application for John Frank
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
(Note, the quality of this pension is not good and combined with handwriting that is almost illegible, I can’t be certain of many facts. Ajberry, transcriber)
County of Herkimer.
On this twenty seventh day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty three, personally appeared before me, Abjah Osborn, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Herkimer, [?] in the Supreme Court of Judication of said State, John Frank a resident of the Town of German Flatts in the County of Herkimer and State of New York, aged seventy seven years on the twenty third day of March last past, 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 in the months of June 1775, this deponent was appointed a sommitteeman for the town of Herkimer, Kingston, now German Flatts, then part of Tryon County now in the County of Herkimer in the State of New York by virtue of a resolution of Congress that in the fall of that year officers were appointed by the Committee for the Regiment of Militia. Peter Bellinger was appointed Colonel, Frederick Bellinger Lieut. Col., Augustus Clapsattle Major, George Demouth Adjutant, Rudolph Steel, Quarter Master, that deponent was appointed Orderly Sergeant in Capt. Michael Ittiig’s Company in said [?] that Jacob Basehorn was First Lieutenant, Frederick Frank Deponents Brother Second Lieutenant and Patrick Campbell Ensign of said Company that all are now dead but Rudolph Steel.
That there was a report that the Indians were at Stone Arabia that same fall and deponent with the whole of Capt Edick’s Company was ordered down to repel and [?] back the enemy, that the company was [?] to Palatine within a few miles of Stone Arabia when they heard that it was a false alarm & that there had been no Indians there—that this deponent was about four days at this time besides the day they assembled together before setting off—that in the month of January 1776, the whole regiment was ordered [?] at Caughnawaga when a treaty was held with Sir John Johnson that the regiment was paraded on the ice and they were gone seven days at that time—that this deponent can not recollect the several times and places during the residue of that year when he was called out with his company or was sent with the detachments to examine the county and ascertain whether there was Indians in the neighborhood or not, that he recollects being stationed at Fort Herkimer and keeping guard during that year, and some time on skirmishes but can not at this length of time state with any certainty the exact number of times that he was on duty in the fort or the length of time that he remained in said fort or was about on said skirmishes.
That in the year 1777, the tories and Indians collected pretty strong & in the month of July they marched Fort Stanwix which is about thirty one or two miles west of Herkimer, that the Militia of the whole Brigade was called out and assembled at Fort Herkimer & Fort Dayton and waited at those places two days expecting that Gen’l Arnold would come from below with additional forces, that early in August the Army moved on towards Rome, that the first night they spent about eight miles from Fort Dayton above [?] then in the town of [?], that the second day they proceeded as far as Oriskany when the Indians and tories fell upon them, and they were after a great many men were killed, obliged to fall back and retreat in great disorder to Forts Dayton and Herkimer, that the Brigade was kept together on what remained of it after the Battle of Oriskany for two or three weeks until Arnold arrived, that the Battle was he things about the sixth or seventh of August and that Fort Stanwix was relieved on the 26th of the same month, that the militia was out before the battle seven days, and was dismissed a short time after Fort Stanwix was relieved—that he thinks he was out not less than twenty six days—that during this year deponent done duty in the Forts at different times and was on scouting parties but can not recollect the particulars of each tour or time of service—that he still retained the place of Orderly Sergeant in said company under the said Capt. although said Captain was down [?] after the battle of Oriskany, that Lieut. Basehorn also resigned that year and dept. brother had command of the company after that year.
That in the year 1778 the deponent still being such Orderly Sergeant in said company was engaged in that year in different scouting excursions and doing duty in the Forts, that in the month of July the enemy burned off Andrustown a settlement about seven or eight miles from the fort on this Mohawk River, that the company was called out & went in pursuit of the Enemy and deponent was gone this time about three or four days. That in the month of September there was this deponent can recollect that the inhabitants on our about the German Flatts were burned off and deponents house was also burned and the cattle drove off, that Col. Bellinger, sent this deponent out fourteen days under the command of Capt. Aaron Harter after the enemy and over to then Unadilla River in hopes of getting back some of the cattle that had been carried off by the enemy, that they found some of the cattle, and were absent about seven days.—That this deponent lost his horses, cattle, house, barn out houses and carriages & farming utensils when the enemy burned off the country, that after that deponent done duty in the fort a great part of the time—that he built a little chanty near the fort where his family resided after the house was destroyed.
That in the year 1779 this deponent was employed most of the time in the time in the Fort as Orderly Sergeant of the Company, that during this year this deponent recollects volunteering to retake Fort Davis from the enemy, that it was just across the river from Fort Herkimer and during the winter of that year was captured by the enemy—that he was also ordered in that year to carry down a piece of Artillery [?] carry the same from [crossed out] to Fort Herkimer & Fort Plain and was absent as near as he can recollect five days, that Col. Bellinger took this deponent with him to the City of Albany to see Col. Van Schaick who commanded at that place for the purpose of raising men to guard the frontier that they [?] twenty or thirty men and brought them up—that he was about seven or eight days on this business and this deponent was also engaged in scouting parties that year but can not recollect the names sufficiently to state them.
That in the year 1780 this deponent still done duty in the Forts and still held the appointment of Orderly Sergeant in said company and done duty as such during the whole of the war, that he recollects of being out at one service five days in guarding the boats from below up to Fort Stanwix loaded with provisions and other commissaries—that while he was so employed the enemy burned the neighborhood at Fort Plains then almost the whole of this year he was employed and done duty regularly in the Fort generally at Fort Herkimer which was near the farm which they then resided on—that Schoharie was also burned by Sir John Johnson & Van Rensselaer pursued them up the river to German Flatts and from there they were pressed through the woods, the militia was there called out that deponent was also engaged in the pursuit and followed them towards the Unadilla that he was about at that tour about six days as near as he can recollect.
That in the year following deponent was engaged in the pursuit of Butler & Ross to the West Canada Creek when Butler was killed, that the reason was while at Johnstown and pursuit by Col. Willett and the Militia were ordered out when he came up, and joined in the present, it was a cold snow storm & the en went out in the woods and suffered extremely, that he was about at this time seven days—that during the residue of the war as for the last two or three years deponent was most of the time in the services in the Forts on duty and defending themselves from the enemy—that during the whole war he was engaged in and about the fort Herkimer and Dayton and in various scouts and engagements that at this length of time he can not distinctly recollect or state with sufficient accuracy & satisfy his own mind—that in August after the declaration of peace a strong party of tories & Indians again burned off this place & what remained of it plundered the inhabitants of ?]
And this deponent further says that he was [?] of the committee there in the commencement of the war as above stated, that he was then about nineteen years of age, that his father died two years before the commencement of the war and this deponent came in possession of his farm and on which he has from that time to the present resided—that he recollect of standing three different drafts, and that he spent two days at each time, that he was once at the Little Falls when the mills there were burned by the enemy—that he was once called out at Germantown and after the enemy had burned off Schoharie, that he was out when the Indians burned in the Unadilla & was also at Warren as a Scout, & at Andrustown, but this deponent can not state with any certainty the exact time that he was engaged in each of the excursions, that from the great length of time & the consequence loss of memory he can not specify more particularly than he has, that he thinks he was not totally engaged during the whole time less one year and six months and that during that time he was a sergeant in the company, that he did not engage for any particular time, except that he entered to serve when required as long as the war should continue, and that he did so faithfully for at least the term above specified and for such service he claims pension.
And this deponent further says that he was born in the present town of German Flatts in the County of Herkimer, on the third day of March 1756, and he has a record of his age in a large family Bible kept by his Father & still has said record & that when he entered into the service he resided in the town of German Flatts aforesaid and has continued to reside there ever since. That he was a Volunteer and done duty in the Militias—that he was acquainted with Col. Marinus Willett. Col. Van Schaick, Col. Gansvoort, Col. Dayton and Maj. Bloomfield. That deponent saw Genl Arnold and Genl Washington but was not acquainted with either of them—That he never received a discharge from the service and has the affidavit of Rudolph Steel to prove his service during part of the above mentioned service and this deponent expects to prove his reputation for truth and veracity & the belief of his services of the above, John Malone, Jacob L. Woler, esq, and other his neighbors.
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—And that he has not any clergyman that he can call for a certificate.
(Signed) John Frank
Sworn and Subscribed August 27, 1833 before me. A. Osborn In Herk.Co. Courts
Letter in the pension folder.
Mildred R. Staunton
30 Cray Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York
Reference is made to your letters in which you request the Revolutionary War record of Abraham Wolever, pension claim No. R. 17772, and the Revolutionary War service and family record of Lieutenant Jacob Basehorn, Pesausie or Passage, whose pension claim number you have learned is S. 23644.
There is not claim for pension on file based upon the service in the Revolutionary War of the above named officer under any spelling of his surname. The pension claim number S. 23644 is that of John Frank, who served under that lieutenant.
The papers in pension claim, S. 23644, based upon the service of John Frank have been examined and the information four therein pertaining to his lieutenant is as follows: Jacob Basehorn or Basshone was appointed in the fall of 1775, 1st lieutenant in Captain Michael Ittig’s company in Colonel Peter Bellinger’s New York Regiment, sometime in January, 1776 the regiment was ordered out by General Schuyler to “Caughnawaga”, where a treaty was held with Sir John Johnson, length of service seven or eight day; later in 1776 the company was ordered to stone Arabia to repel the Indians, out about four days, and in 1778 the company was out in pursuit of Indians, was stationed in Fort Herkimer, did much guard duty, and in frequent skirmishes; sometime in July 1777 when St. Leger laid siege to Fort Stanwix, the whole brigade was ordered out, was in the battle of Oriskany, where Lieutenant Jacob Basehorn (Basshone) commanded the company, length of this service twenty-six days, lieutenant Jacob Abaehorn resigned his commission shortly after the battle.
It was stated on August 27, 1833, that all the officers in this regiment were dead, with the exception of Rudolph Steele, quartermaster.
The papers on file in this claim contain no reference to the family fo Lieutenant Jacob Basehorn.
The record of Abraham Wolleber is furnished herewith, also.
Very truly yours,
A.D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator.