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Pension Application for Abraham Garrison

State of New York
Ontario County SS

On this twenty seventh day of August in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty two personally appeared in Open Court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Ontario now sitting Abraham Garrison a resident of the town of Gorham in the County of Ontario aforesaid aged seventy one 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 provisions 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 stated.

In the month of May or June of 1780 served “by a class of Militia” to serve for the term of Nine months as a soldier and immediately proceeded to Saratoga in the State of New York where he was attached to a company under Capt. Silas Gray (1) in Col. John McKinstry's Regiment. He continued to serve as a soldier in the said Company and Regiment till the expiration of the said term of nine months during all which time he was stationed at Saratoga. Upon the expiration of the said term he immediately enlisted for during the war in the same company and Regiment. In the spring of 1781 he marched with the said company and regiment from Saratoga to Fort Edward and after remaining at that Fort a few days returned to Saratoga where he continued to do duty till intelligence of peace was received when he received an [rest is missing]

7 th That John Francisco of the town of Gorham aforesaid and Jerome Van Nest of Pittsford in the County of Monroe are the only persons know to him who are nos living who have personal knowledge of his said service or a part of the same—

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 Garrison

End Notes

  1. Abraham's name or any Garrison is not listed on Captain Silas Gray's Company PayRoll in Colonel Marinus Willett's Regiment of New York State Levies. He does not appear in Book 4, Descriptive Book for Willett's Regiment. Document Number 11105, Special Collections and Manuscripts, New York State Library, Albany, NY. He is listed as enlisting on the 14 September 1781 by Lieutenant Pliney Moore for 3 years. He obtained Hector Robinson as a substitute to serve in his place on July 21, 1782. Hector is listed as serving in Captain Job Wright's Company in Colonel Willett's Regiment. Abraham served and may not have been assigned to a company but there is no payroll or muster roll for Wright's Company in 1782.
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