Pension Application for Henry Hager [Son of Captain Jacob
Hager, 15th Regiment of Albany Co. Militia
Comments added by James F. Morrison
On the third day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, personally speared in open court before the Judges of the court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Schoharie now setting Henry Hager a resident of the Town of Blenheim in the county and state aforesaid, aged sixty seven 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 Act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832. That he enlisted and entered the service of the United States under the following named officers viz two Lieutenants, George Process [Passage] and Low [John Low] and in a regiment commanded as he understood by Colonel [Marinus] Willett, the time he first enlisted in the service was above stated to the best of his recollection, was on or about the last of March [April] or the first of April [May] in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty one and the engagement was nine months and he thinks to the best of his recollection the company top which he belonged [Captain Benjamin Debois] was discharged and he left the said service about the last of December or the first of January following and the next spring as near as he can recollect on or about the last of March or the first of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two he again enlisted and entered the second time into the said service of the United States for nine months again as aforesaid as in the year before in a company commanded by Silas Gray, Captain and others and in a regiment commanded by Col. VanSchaick [Willett] and that he continued and served again in the said servi8ce as before untill the last of December or the first of January following at which time the company to which he belonged was discharged at the City of Schenectady, he resided when he enlisted at the City of Schenectady, he resided when he enlisted into the service as aforesaid in Schoharie at a place called the Upper Fort and then in the County of Albany and State of New York, that the battles he was engaged in against the enemy viz, the Indians was two [November 1781] one not far distant from the aforesaid Upper Fort [Bouck’s Island near Route 145 today’s Fultonham area, Schoharie County] at a place called Bouck’s Island and another battle he was engaged in the County of Delaware [then Tryon County] and in the state aforesaid at a certain lake called Utsayantha [the enemy were under Capt. Joseph Brant in both skirmishes].
The country through which he marched during his engagements in the aforesaid services he marched through various directions of the country now included in the counties of Schoharie, Delaware, Green and Albany. He also thinks the company to which he belonged and had enlisted in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty one was discharged at the aforesaid Upper Fort.
He hereby relinquishes any claims whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of aforesaid state.
(Signed) Henry Hager
Subscribed and sworn in open court the day and year aforesaid.
John Gebhard, Jr. Clerk
Willett’s Regiment was raised in April 1781 and finally discharged or
disbanded in January 1784. Throughout those years there were companies
raised for a term of four months, six months, and nine months. Col. Willett
was also authorized to recruit men for 2 or 3 years service as well.
Capt. Benjamin Debois Company was raised in May 1781 for nine months. In 1782, Captain Silas Gray was recruiting for a new company but he was unable to fill the company and his recruits were put in other companies and Captain Gray was discharged from the service. Henry Hager was transferred to Captain Joseph Havin’s Company.