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Pension Application for Daniel Hill

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State of New York
Madison County SS
            On this second day of October in the year 1838, personally appeared before Joseph Clark one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of said County,  Alice Hill a resident of the Town of Southfield in said county of Madison aged seventy one 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 pension made by the Act of Congress passed July 7, 1838, entitled “An act granting half pay & pensions to certain widows”.  That she is the widow of Daniel Hill late of the town of Fenner in said county deceased.  That the said Daniel Hill was at the time of his death an applicant for a pension under the act of June 1832, but died previous to the granting of his Pension Certificate that a Pension Certificate was offered to him a few months after his death & the said Alice Hill his widow received the amount due him up to the time of his death.  That the papers of the said Daniel Hill are on file in the office of the Commissioner of Pension, to what the said Alice refers  for proof of his services—That the said Daniel Hill was a resident of said county at the time he made his application for said Pension—She further declares that she was married to the said Daniel Hill in Greenwich State of Massachusetts by the Rev. M. Cutter on the 28 day of July 1785—That her maiden name was Alice Gros—That he said husband, the aforesaid Daniel Hill died in the town of Fenner in Madison County on the 22d day of January 1834—That she has remained the widow of the said Daniel Hill ever since his death—That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred & ninety four  (viz) at the time above stated.
(Signed) Alice Hill
            Sworn to & subscribed on the day & year above written before me & I certify that the said Alice Hill cannot from bodily infirmity attend the court.
            Joseph Clark Judge of Madison Common Pleas

            I, Joseph H. Patrick of the Town of Greenwich, in the County of Hampshire, and State of Massachusetts certify that I am the ordained minister of the gospel in the said Town and have the care and custody of the church records of said town, and that the following is a true copy of said church records, with the exception of the date, which is expressed on said records, in four legible figures as follows.
            “July the twenty-eighth in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and eighty-five, Daniel Hill and Alice Gross both of Greenwich were married.
            I, Joseph H. Patrick above named, depose and say, that I hold the office of ordained minister of the gospel in the said town of Greenwich and that the above is a true extract from the records of the church in said town now in my keeping and custody with the exception above named as certified by me. And that the said record appears to be in the handwriting of the Rev. Robert Cutter, former pastor of said church.  Joseph H. Patrick.  Hampshire SS, August 19th 1838.  When Rev. Joseph H. Patrick above named personally appeared and made [record ends here].

State of New York
County of Madison SS
            On this ninth day of October 1832, personally appeared in open court before James B. Eldridge , Nathan K. Fuller, Sylvanus Soba?, Elisha Randell & Berand Buker, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Madison in the State of New York now sitting, Daniel Hill a resident of the Town of Fenner in said county aged Eight years on the first day of May last past, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oat make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit 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.  He stood as one of the minute men of the town of Sherburn in the State of Massachusetts from the month of February 1775 until the battle of Lexington in the monthly of April in the same year on the day of what battle.  At 19 of April 1775, he turned out & joined his company in the afternoon of that day commanded by Capt. Joseph Mores, on the Walthon plain, & remained in the service at Charleston &b Cambridge until some time in the month of May following, when he enlisted for eight months at Charleston in said Capt Joseph Mores company on Bodowin near [?] & [?] Sanger was ensign of the company—The Regiment in what he served was commanded by Col. Pattison & Lieut. Col. Reed, our regiment was stationed to guard Lichmore Point & he the said applicant was on [?] Island called Lichmore Point during the battle of Bunker Hill.  Col. Patterson regiment continued to guard the Point until the said applicant was discharged about the first of January 1771.  He had no written discharge.  He served the full term of his enlistment in said Regiment & about one month as a minute man previous to his said enlistment.  While at Lichmore Point [?] troops were almost continually [?] from the British shipping & on the day of the Battle of Bunker Hill many of our men was killed—He knew General Warren who was killed at Bunker Hill—In the month of April 1776 at the town of Sherborn (Mass) he again enlisted for eight months in a company commanded by Capt. Chamborline, Lieut John Whitney, Lieut Wm Farbo & Enisng Naurman Sawin in Col. Wheelocks regiment.  The regiment was collected together at Framingham about four weeks after he enlisted & marched from Framingham to Charleston number forces in New Hampshire, passing through Ream & Bellowsfall from Charleston marched to [Green Point crossed out]  the mouth of Otter Creek & then went aboard of Batteau & sent to Ticonderoga.  Where he served at Ticonderoga Genl Gates would not suffer us to land on account of the small pox & he sent across the [?] to Fort Independence & lay there in the woods about twelve days & he was then ordered back to Ticonderoga by General Gates & our regiment was stationed close by Col. Starks regiment.  We built a floating bridge across the lake from Ticonderoga to Fort Independence—built a battery at Fort Independence, one at Ticonderoga & expanded the battery near French Mills—Went down to Crown Point in a Batteau, with General Gates when the British came up the British followed us up in a barge to view our work—The British sank five of our gun boats at the mouth of Otter Creek River—That [?] 400 Indians at fort Ticonderoga & General Gates gave the Indians five dollars for each Cow Boy they would scalp—He was discharged by General Gates in the month of November a short time before his time was out on account of lame leg—His discharge is lost—He has no documentary evidence of his service & he knows of no person except Benjamin Morse of Eaton, Madison County NY who can testify to any part of his said service.  He was born at the town of Sherborn (Mass) on the 1 day of May 1752.  Has a record of his age in his family Bible.—He was living at Sherborn (Mass) when called into the service & since the Revolutionary War, he has lived in Gacomich? (Mass) New Hartford, Oneida County N.Y & in Lenox Madison county, Smithfield, Madison Co. & in Fenner Madison County, his present place of residence.
            He is known to Joseph S. Palmer, Daniel Pratt & John G. Curtis  who live in his neighborhood & who can testify as to his character for veracity & as to their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution..  He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
(Signed) Daniel Hill
Sworn to & subscribed the day & year first aforesaid A.S. Sloan Clk
            We, Joseph S. Palmer of Eaton, Madison County & Daniel Pratt of Fenner Madison County hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Daniel Hill who has subscribed & sworn to the above declaration: that we believe him to be eighty years of age: that he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution & that we concur in that opinion.  Joseph S. Palmer, Daniel Pratt
A.S. Sloan Clk.
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter & after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the war department.  That the above named, applicant was a revolutionary soldier & so did as he states.  And the court further certifies that as appears to them that Joseph S. Palmer & Daniel Pratt who have signed the preceding certificate the former as residents in the town of Eaton & the latter in the town of Fenner in said County of Madison & as credible persons & that their statement is entitled to credit.  I, Andrew S. Sloan, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Madison aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of Daniel Hill for a pension.  In testimony whereof I have hereinto set my hand & seal of officer this ninth day of October 1832.  A. S. Sloan, Clk.

Letter included in the Pension Folder.
February 17, 1940
Mrs. F. L. Vaughn
500 N.W. 20th Street Apt. C.
Dear Madam:
            The data which follow were taken from papers on file in the pension claim, W.19775, based on the military service of Daniel Hill.
            Daniel Hill was born May 1, 1752, in Sherborn (also called Hatick) Massachusetts.  The names of his parents are not shown.
            While living in Hatick, Massachusetts, he served from February, 1775, as minuteman in Captain Joseph Mores’s company until May, 1775, when he enlisted as private in said company in Colonel John Paterson’s Massachusetts regiment and served until about the first of January, 1776.  He enlisted in April, 1776, and served five months and twenty days as private and two months as sergeant in Captain Chamberlain’s company in Colonel Wheelock’s Massachusetts  regiment.
            After the Revolution, he lived in Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in Hartford, Coneida County, New York, and in Lenox, Smithfield and Fenner, all in Madison County, New York.  While a resident of the last named place he was allowed pension on is application executed October 9, 1832. 
            Daniel Hill died January 23, 1834, in Fenner, New York.
            Daniel Hill married July 28, 1785, In Greenwich, Massachusetts, Alice Gross, and both were residents of Greenwich.
            As the widow of Daniel Hill, Alice Hill was allowed pension on her application executed October 2, 1838, at which time she was seventy-one years of age and was living in Smithfield, Madison County, New York.
            There are no further data relative to the family of Daniel Hill.
            If you desire to obtain the date of last payment of the widow’s pension, the name and address of the person paid and possibly the date of death of the widow, it is suggested that you address the Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, Washington, D.C. giving the following data:
            Alice Hill, widow of Daniel Hill, Certificate 2210, issued March 28, 1839, rate $46.66 per annum, commenced March 4, 1836, Act of July 7, 1838, Albany, New York Agency.
Very truly yours,
A.D. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator.

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