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Pension Application for Aaron Hale

W.17041 (Hannah)
B.L. Wt. 1203—200 Issued Jan 25 or 26, 1827
Conn. Continental, New York
Warrant No 1203 Issued to Lieut. Hale of the Connecticut Line for 200 acres of land.  January 26th 1827.
State of New York
Saratoga County SS
            On this seventh day of April 1818, before me the subscriber, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Saratoga and state of New York, personally appears Aaron Hale aged Seventy Seven years, resident in the town of Greenfield in the County of Saratoga in the said state, who being by me first duly sworn, according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the provision made by the late act of Congress, entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war:” That the said Aaron Hale entered into the service in the year 1776 for the term of one year as second Lieut in the state of Connecticut in the company commanded by Captain Abraham Tyler in Col. Jedediah Huntington’s Regt and served the said term of time out and at the beginning of the year 1777 was appointed a first Lieut. in Capt Christopher Darrows comp’y in Col. Huntington’s Regt in the Continental Army for 3 years of during the war that he continued to serve in the said corps, or in the service of the United States until sometime in the year 1779 he being in ill health rec’d a furlough to return to his family for the purpose of regaining his health after his recovery was ordered by Huntington (now General) to the minuet service & was called out in an expedition to New London for 3 months which time he served.  Previous to which he served three months at New Haven & in the year 1781 he served 4 months as Captain under Col. Willett at Schoharie, in New York—being the last of his service & never had a written Discharge from a superior officer.  That he was in the battles of Long Island, New York, White Plains, QuibbleTown, Monmouth, Schoharie & many skirmishes and that he is in reduced circumstances, and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support; and further he declares that he has lost or mislaid his commissions.  (Signed) Aaron Hale
            The above facts sworn to by the same Aaron Hale April 7th 1818 before me Salmon Child.

State of New York
Saratoga County SS.
            On the 21st day of April 1818 before me the subscriber Judge & as aforesaid came Aaron Hale Junior who being by me duly sworn maketh oath that he has in years past frequently had two Lieutenants Commissions listed to the above named Aaron Hale his father as Lieut in the revolutionary war and that he verily thought them to have been among the important papers of his said father, but has earnestly searched for them and they are not to be found.
            Also applicant before me the said Judge Roger Youman who being by me duly sworn maketh oat and saith that he was personally knowing to the above named Aaron Hales’s serving as Lieutenant in Captain Christopher Darrows Company—Colonel Huntington’s Regiment of the Connecticut in the year 1777 and 1778.  Roger Freeman
            Sworn to and declared before me, the day and year aforesaid.  Salmon Child

Department of War

Regulations for the Officers and Soldiers of the Revolutionary War who acquired a right to Land from the United States, but have not received it.
            By an Act of Congress of the 16th September, 1776, it is provided, that the Officers and Soldiers who engaged for, and continued to serve, during the War, or until discharged by Congress, shall receive in proportion to their rank.
            N. B. Those who engaged for three years, or for any other period than during the war, are not entitled to land from the United States.
            The following declaration must be filled up and sworn to by the claimant:
State of New York
County of Saratoga SS
            I, Aaron Hale aged Eighty Seven years, do upon oath, testify and declare, that, in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven, I was commissioned for the term of “during the war,” and served in the regiment No. one as a Lieutenant under the command of Colonel Huntington of the Connecticut line; and that I continued in the service aforesaid until the close of the war, when I was regularly discharged from the regiment, commanded by Colonel [?]
            I further declare, that I have never received a warrant for the Bounty Land promised to me on the part of the United States; nor have I ever assigned or transferred my claim in any manner whatsoever: therefore,
            KNOW all men by these presents, that I, Aaron Hale aforesaid, do hereby constitute and appoint John W. Taylor to be my true and lawful attorney, for me and in my name to demand and receive from the Secretary of war of the United States a warrant for the quantity of Land due to me as aforesaid; and my said attorney is hereby fully authorized and empowered to constitute and appoint one or more substitutes or attorneys under him, for the special purposes above expressed.
            Attest, Beroth Bullard, Aaron Hale
            I, Beroth Bullard, aged fifty seven years, do, upon oath, declare that I have been long acquainted with Aaron Hale who has subscribed the above declaration in my presence, and well know that he is the identical person he therein represents himself to be; and further, I know, or do believe, that he did perform the military service therein stated.
            Attest, Beroth Bullard, Smith Whieber
            Before me, John Pettit one of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Saratoga personally appeared the above named Aaron Hale subscriber to the foregoing declaration, and in my presence acknowledged the power of attorney thereto subjoined, to be his free act and deed; and, likewise, personally appeared Beroth Bullard who hath subscribed the above certificate of identity, both to me well known to be men of respectability and truth, and made solemn oath to the truth of the depositions by them respectively subscribed, this fifth day of January 1827.  John Pettit  Justice of the Peace.

State of New York
Saratoga County SS
            In testimony that the above written John Pettit was a magistrate authorized to administer oaths, and take acknowledgments, &c., in the State of New York at the above date, and that his name here subscribed appears to me to be his usual signature, I have hereunto affixed the county seal, and subscribed my name and quality, at the Village of Ballston Spa in this Sixth day of January 1827.  Thomas Fulmer Clerk &c of Saratoga County.

Declaration – In order to obtain the benefit of the third section of the act of Congress of the 4th July 1836.—
State of New York
Allegany County SS.
            On this twenty Eighth day of November Eighteen hundred and thirty six personally appeared before Andrew C. Hull Esquire first Judge of the Court of Common pleas of the said County of Allegany, being a court of record, held in & for the said County & State aforesaid Hannah Hale, a resident of the town of Pike—in the said County of Allegany and State of New York aforesaid aged eighty six years, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 4, 1836.  That she is the widow of Aaron Hale, who was a lieutenant and a Captain in the War of the Revolution—that before his entering the service of the United States he resided in Chatham in the County of Hartford in the State of Connecticut—that he entered the service Sometime in the year Seventeen hundred and seventy five and was at Boston—and in the year seventeen hundred and seventy six he served as a Lieutenant in Captain Abraham Tylers Company in Colonel Jedediah Huntingtons Regiment in General Parsons brigade—at the Commencement of the year seventeen hundred and seventy seven he entered the Regular Army as Lieutenant in Captain Christopher Darrows Company in Colonel Huntingtons regiment.  After two years service in Captain Darrow’s Company he returned home in consequence of will health and was several times called into service—In the year Seventeen hundred and Eighty one he was appointed a Captain in Colonel Willets regiment of New York State troops, at which time he served one summers campaign—and that he was inscribed on the pension list roll of the United States under the act of Congress of the 18th March 1818.—
            She further declares that she was legally married to the said Captain Aaron Hale at Chatham in the County of Hartford in the State of Connecticut by John Norton a minister of the Gospel residing at Chatham aforesaid on the thirteenth day of November in the year 1766 and that her husband the aforesaid Aaron Hale died on the twenty sixth day of May 1829—and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  (Signed) Hannah Hale
            Sworn to and Subscribed on the day and year above written before me and I do further certify that the above named applicant Hannah Hale cannot from bodily infirmity attend the said Court of Common Pleas of the said County of Alleghany.  Andrew C. Hull First Judge of Allegany Common Pleas.
            I hereby further certify that the said Hannah Hale is a credible person and her oath is entitled to implicit credit.  Andrew C. Hull First Judge of Allegany Com. Pleas.

State of New York
Saratoga County SS.
            On this Twenty Second day of August 1820 personally appeared in open court, (being a court of record in and for the said County according to the solemn adjudications of the Supreme Court of this state, and being a court which proceeds according to the course of common law; with a jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount; keeping a record of its proceedings; and possessing the power of fine and imprisonment) Aaron Hale aged Eighty years, resident in the Town of Greenfield in said County who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare, that he served in the revolutionary war as follows:--he served in Captain Tyler’s Company in Huntingtons Regiment in the Connecticut line for two years—then in Captain Darrows Company in same Regiment & line during the war—In which company he was promoted to a Captain & transferred to the Regiment commanded by Colonel Willett—That his original declaration is dated 7th April 1818 & that the number of his pension certificate 1694.  That he is now enfeebled by age & debility & is entirely unable to pursue any occupation for a livelihood—That he has a five of seventy years old who lives with him & whom he supports—that he has no children who live with him or who contribute at all to his support & that he lives & depends solely on his pension for his support & livelihood what both himself & his wife are altogether unable to Labor & do not enjoy good health & that his eye sight is much impaired by age & particularly by the loss of one of his Eyes.
            And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not, since that time, by gift, sale, or in any manner, disposed of my property, or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it, as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war,”  passed on the 18th of March, 1818; and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any property, or securities, contracts, or debts due to me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed, and by me subscribed, (Signed) Aaron Hale
            Sworn to and declared on the twenty second day of August 1820 before me in open court.  Thomas Palmer Clerk
            Inventory of my Estate.     
            Real Estate I have none.
            My personal estate consists of one iron pot 8/small Brass kettle 12/ kitchen table 8/ sixteen cups & saucers 1/ Six knives & forks 6/ six plates 3/ four old kitchen chairs 8/ on horse $30.00 & one half part of a one horse wagon $10.00 a suit of himself considerably worn $6.00 Two chests 8/ Tea pot milk cup & sugar bowl 4/ shovel & tongs 8/  [In the column the figures are added up and total $54.37 ½]  (Signed) Aaron Hale

Letter included in the pension folder
November 12, 1931
Mrs. Jack Splawn
Yakima, Route 6
Washington
Dear Madam:
            Reference is made to your letter relative to Aaron Hale, a soldier of the War of the Revolution.
            The data furnished herein are obtained from the papers on file in pension claim, W. 17041, based upon the military service of Aaron Hale during the Revolutionary War.
            He served while residing in Chatham, Hartford County, Connecticut, with the Connecticut troops, as follows—in 1775, as ensign in Captain Abraham Tyler’s company in Colonel Jedediah Huntington’s regiment, length of this service not given; from sometime in 1776, one year as second lieutenant in Captain Abraham Tyler’s company in Colonel Jedediah Huntington’s regiment, and was in the battles of Long Island, New York and White Plains; from sometime in 1777 until November 15, 1779 as first lieutenant in Captain Christopher Darrow’s company in Colonels Jedediah Huntington’s and Starr’s regiment, land was in the battles of Quibbletown and Monmouth.
            He served, while residing in Spencertown, New York, in 1781 for months as a captain in Colonel Willett’s New York Regiment.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed April 7, 1818, at which time he was living in Greenfield, Saratoga County, New York and was aged seventy-seven years.
            He died May 26, 1829.
            The soldier, Aaron Hale, married November 13, 1766 in Chatham, Connecticut, Hannah, the daughter of Lemuel Daniels.
            She was allowed pension on her application executed November 28, 1836, at which time she was living in Pike, Allegany County, New York, and was aged eighty-six years.
            She died July 22, 1839.
            Their children and grandchildren were referred to, son, Aaron, who was sixty-four years of age in 1837, is the only name shown.
            Very truly yours.  A.D. Hiller, Assistant to Administrator

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