Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Edward Hudson

W.15915 (Widow: Sophia)
Declaration.  In order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by an act of Congress passed July [blank] entitled “An act granting half-pay and pensions to certain widows.”
State of New York
Montgomery County SS.
            On this sixteenth day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty seven personally appeared before the Judges of the County Courts in & for said County in open court, Philip Hudson, a resident of the town of Root in the County of Montgomery and State of New York aged sixty one years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by an act of Congress passed July 4th 1836 entitled “An act granting half-pay and pensions to certain widows”, and acts explanatory of and amending the same.
            That he is one of the children of Sophia Hudson deceased, who was the widow of Edward Hudson late of the Town of Root in said County State of new York who served in the war of the revolution as hereinafter stated.  That her husband the said Edward Hudson resided previous to the commencement of the revolutionary war in the City of New York, where he was born.  When the war commenced he removed to the District of Caughnawaga and there enlisted in the United States army and marched as declarant has been informed & believes to Fort Stanwix—what officers he served under then & afterwards; this declarant is unable to specify—he often heard his father give a detail of his services in said war, but he did not he did not change his mind therewith on one occasion over nineteen years ago he called on Mr. G F. Yates of Schenectada with his father to obtain the services of Mr. Yates to draw his papers for a pension under some act passed previous to 1832, and he recollects the following particulars that his father served under several enlistments under Colonel Willett also he thinks under Col. Wisenfelt, Captain French, Capt. Or Lieutenant Walter Vrooman, Lieut Newkirk, Captain Putman, & Captain McKeen, but he cannot say for how many terms, or in what years, nor can he give the length of each term; yet he knows that he served two terms of at least and he thinks three of nine months each—at Forts Windecker, Sacondaga, Edward, (when Burgoyne was taken) Dayton, Herkimer & other forts—Declarant further saith that he is the oldest child of said Edward and Sophia Hudson and was born on the 23rd day of February 1781, Mary his sister was born eight years after & Martin Schuyler 8 years thereafter.
            And declarant further said that she, said widow, was married to the said Edward Hudson on the twentieth day of July seventeen hundred and eighty (1780) by the Reverend Mr. Romeyn of the Dutch Church of Caughnawaga at Caughnawaga NY, that the following persons were present at her marriage to wit: Conradt Antis and others all of whom are now dead except Conradt Antis.
            That previous to her said marriage she resided in the now town of Root aforesaid and bore the maiden name of Stowits (or Stofage as it was pronounced), that her husband the said Edward Hudson died as aforesaid on the twenty ninth day of January 1828, that since his death she remained single and unmarried and so continued till the day of her death.
            That she died on the thirtieth day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven leaving said Philip Hudson, Mary Walker & Martin Schuyler Hudson his only children him surviving.  (Signed with his mark)  Philip Hudson
            Subscribed and sworn the day and year first aforesaid, before said Judges in open court.  C.S. Brumley, Clerk

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