Pension Application for Jacob Hagadorn, Lieutenant
State of New York
County of Otsego SS.
Personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Otsego aforesaid, Jacob Hagadorn, who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that by reason old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service, but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than two years as lieutenant of a company of militia, under a commission duly granted—and held by him during the war. And for this service I claim a pension.
And this declarant further saith that Capt. Rockfeller commanded the company of which this declarant was lieutenant, and that Col. Peter R. Livingston was the commandant of the regiment to which said company was attached, that his services were chiefly performed under those officers, and under one Samuel DeBrook who was the major of the regiment. That when this declarant served at Saratoga and other places in the vicinity during the campaign of the year when Buroiene Surrendered, Major DeBrook commanded the regiment, and was with this declarant as the commandant of the regiment during the whole of his service in this campaign. That this declarant verily believes he served at least three months with the regiment during the year here mentioned from the time the militia were called out on the approach of Burgoine to the time of his return home, besides other service in the same year both before and after Burgoine’s Surrender which he cannot now ennumerate. The[That?] he well remembers seeing Gen. Gates at Sarratoga at the time of the battle, and he also remembers seeing Gen. Arnold at that place. That he understood the Gen. Gates commanded the American forces at that place. That on another occasion and he believes it was the next year after Burgoine’s surrender, Col. Livingston’s regiment, under the command of Major DeBrook again marched to Ballstown and thence to Sarratoga. That this declarant again went as Lieutenantn of his company, that they remained a long time at Sarratoga but he cannot now remember how long.
That they were relieved by the arrival of Col. Gansevoort with a regiment of standing troops, and this declarant then returned home with his company—
That Capt. Rockfeller on all these occasions was with his company, and commanded the same.
That he well remembers being at Half Moon on the North River with a part of Col. Livingston’s regiment where they remained a considerable time in service, but he cannot now specify how long. He also remembers being with his company at Albany, and other places on the North River, which he is now unable to specify. That he distinctly remembers that whenever his company, or any part of it was called out he this declarant always went with them, that he never staid behind. That when not engaged abroad with his company, he spent much time in pursuance of orders from his Superior officers in collecting provisions for the Army, as specified in his first declaration, but this declarant has no doubt that he served more than two years during the war—as Lieutenant of his company under his commission without including in the computation any of the time thus spent in collecting provisions. And this declarant further saith that he has not included in the above mentioned two year of service any time during which he was engaged in any civil pursuit or in any other than the duty of a soldier performed in an embodied corps, either in the field or in garrison, or in marching from place to place with his company while in service.
And this declarant further said that he was born at East Camp within Livingston’s Manor on the East side of the Hudson River about fifty miles south of Albany in the year as he believes 1735.
That his son William Hagadorn has the ancient family record in his bible now in his possession in the town of Herkimer in the State of New York wherein the age of this declarant is recorded.
That he resided at the said place called East Camp when he was called into the service. That after the Revolutionary War he removed to a place near Stillwater on the North River, from thence he removed to Tomhannock in Rensselaer County N.York where he has resided until eight or nine years ago when he removed to his present place of residence in the town of Otsego in the County of Otsego and State of New York.
That he always went into the service of his country—as a volunteer and in no other way.
That he does not remember the names of any of the regular officers than those above mentioned whom he knew in the service, although he did know many of them, but he remembers, the Claverack Regiment, the Kinderhook regiment, the Nobletown regiment, and some others that were with him in service, but he does not remember the names of the commandants except Col. Robert VanRensselaer who commanded the Claverack regiment. That his service was performed by irregular terms, not volunteering for any particular length of time, and not knowing at the commencement of any term how long his engagement or term of service would last.
That he has no written evidence or memoranda of his service, and from loss of memory cannot state—the precise length of any particular term of service—but is certain that he is within bounds in stating the whole at two years as aforesaid. That for many years from his extreme age he has lived a secluded life and that there is no clergyman known to this declarant who can be sufficiently acquainted with him to certify at all concerning him, and he is there fore unable to procure a certificate from a clergyman.
And further saith not. (Signed with his mark) Jacob Hagadorn
Sworn and subscribed this 27th day of June AD 1833 before me, and I certify that the said Jacob Hagadorn resides about seven distant from e, that I did not know the said Jacob Hagadorn until he came before me on the 5th day of September last, and deposed to his services in the revolution. That I have occasionally heard him spoken of since, I have heard nothing against him, he appeared to be a candid and for one of his extreme age a very intelligent man, and I believe him entitled to full credit. Selah Havens, Justice of the peace.
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