Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Hugh Henry

W.17,063  (Widow: Mary)
Declaration.  In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th July 1838 entitled “An act granting half pay & pensions to certain widows.
State of New York
Livingston County SS.
            On this twenty eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine personally appeared before me the subscriber Daniel H. Bissell one of the Judges of the County Courts of the County of Livingston in the State of New York Mary Henry a resident of the town of Liscester in said county aged seventy eight 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 7th 1838 entitled “An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows”.  That she is the widow of Hugh Henry who was a soldier of the Revolution as will appear by reference to the records in the pension office as this deponent understands and believes that the said Hugh Henry was placed on the pension Roll of the New York Agency on the 28th day of October 1822, the pension to be eight dollars per month to commence on the 9th of November 1821.  That by reason of the infirmities of this deponent she is unable to attend the county courts of Livingston County in which she resides.  That she has often heard her husband Hugh Henry relate the incidents of his connexion [sic] with the revolutionary service & who were his officers but that this deponent cannot recollect with certainty the names of such officers though she thinks he went into such service as a private under Capt. McClelland that he was in the battle of Bennington & Saratoga when Burgoyne surrendered.
            She further declares that she was married to the said Hugh Henry on the sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty five at the Town of Salem in the county of Washington and State of New York that the nuptial ceremonies were [not legible] by the Reverend James Proudfit a Presbyterian Clergyman then resident of that place that there was no record of said marriage made that this deponent knows of what she has understood and believes that the said clergyman has been dead many years that her maiden name was Mary Moore that her brother James Moore now a resident of Bradford county in the State of Pennsylvania was present at this deponents marriage with the said Hugh Henry that she has caused inquiries to be made for the Books and papers o the said Clergyman that if possible some word of such marriage might be discovered & that she has hitherto been unable to get any evidence that any such record was ever made and this deponent further saith that he said husband Hugh Henry died at the Town of Ossian in the County of Allegany and State of New York on the sixteenth day of November 1829.  That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first day of January seventeen hundred and ninety four viz, at the time above stated, and that she has never been married to any other person but remains the widow of the said Hugh Henry.  (Signed with her mark)  Mary Henry
            Sworn to and subscribed on the day & year above written before.  D. H. Bissell.

State of New York
Ontario County SS.
            On this ninth day of November 1821 personally appeared in open Court (being a court of Common Pleas in and for said County and constituted a Court of Record by proceeding according to the course of the Common Law with a jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount and keeping a record of its proceedings and recognized as such Court by the laws and juridical proceedings of said State)  Hugh Henry aged sixty three years resident in the town of Farmington in said County who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the acts of Congress of the 18th of March 1818 and the first May 1820:--That he the said Hugh Henry enlisted in Spring of the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty in the town of Salem in the State of New York for the term of nine months in the regular service of the United States in the New York line as a Corporal in the company then under the command of Capt. John Chipman in Colonel Seth Warners Regiment and delivered to Majr Hugh’s in Schenectady and put under the command of Capt. Drake and that he continued under the command of Capt. Drake until October or November one thousand seven hundred and eighty where he was taken prisoner by the enemy [?] with Capt. Crake and sixty others between Fort Stanwix and Oswego and that he was kept a prisoner about one year and then made his escape and returned to Albany where he was honorably discharged from the service and that having lost his discharge has no other evidence to prove his service that he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his country.  (Signed) Hugh Henry
            Sworn and subscribed this the 9th day of November in the year 1821 in open court before me a Judge of the said Court of Common Pleas.  Moses Atwater.
            And in pursuance of the said Act of the 1st May 1820, I Hugh Henry do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the eighteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and eighteen and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner whatever 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 eighteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and eighteen 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—
            Viz
            One Cow . . . . $12.00
            One table. . . . 1.00
            2 chests. . . . . .1.50
            4 chairs. . . . . . 00.50
            3 tin basons . . 00.12 ½
            2 Earthen pots. 00.25
            3 knives and fords. . .00.25
            1 Iron pot. . . . .1.50
            1 spinning wheel and reel . .2.00
            1 churn. . . . . .00.75
            2 old pails. . . .00.25
            $20.37 ½
(Signed) Hugh Henry
            Sworn and subscribed this the 9th day of November in the year 1821 before me a Judge of the court of Common Pleas in said County.  Moses Atwater.

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