Pension Application for James Humphry
State of New York
Ontario County SS
On this ninth day of November 1832, personally appeared before David McNeil, One of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for said county, James Humphry, a resident of Phelps in the county of Ontario and State of New York, aged seventy seven years, who being 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 7th, 1832, That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated. The entered the service about the first of April 1776 an Orderly in Capt. William Tillford’s Company of New York Militia in Col. James McClaughry’s Regiment. Resided at this time at New Windsor then Ulster County now Orange County and State of New York. And served in the said company one year, part of the time at Fort Montgomery on alarms and a part of the time in the State of New Jersey. These services above mentioned were during the year 1776 and 7—The other mentioned service in the year 1777 a drafted militiaman in Capt. William Faulkner’s Company of New York Militia in the Regiment commanded by Col. Cooper, resided in New Windsor aforesaid—Served during the campaign Three Months, marched to the Jersey lines in the vicinity of Paramus Church Hackensack & at the end of this time of service, was verbally discharged and returned home—That in the month of October in said year 1777 he again entered service inapt. William Tillford’s Company in Col. James McClaughry’s Regiment from the place aforesaid, marched to Fort Montgomery, was taken prisoner by the enemy the surrender of Fort Montgomery on the day he entered service and remained a prisoner in the hands of the enemy Ten Months, most of the time on board, the enemys prison ship, near New York, during which time he suffered greatly through the severity of the weather, short allowance &c—That in the year 1179 he again served in Capt. David DeGarmos Company in Col. Peter Yates Regiment (at [?] different periods) Two months—resided at the time at Tomhanick then Albany County now the County of Rensselaer and State of New York—his duty was performed at Fort George and Fort Edwards on the northern frontier principally again the Indians. That he is well acquainted with James McDaniel, who was with him during most of his services above described and will certify to the same and that he is also well acquainted with Oliver Humphry and Charles Humphry who reside in his neighbourhood and will certify to his character for veracity and their belief of his having served in the Revolution—That he knows his age to be seventy seven years from a record kept in this family Bible—That owing to old age and bodily infirmity, he is not able to attend to court of Record for the purpose of making his declaration—That he never received a written discharge from his commanding officers at the time of the campaigns above described, but always served faithfully until verbally discharged and that he has no documentary evidence of service & relies wholey which proof herewith submitted.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.
(Signed) James Humphry
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
David McNeil Judge of the County Court.
State of New York
Ontario County SS.
On this 19th day of December 1833, personally appeared Oliver Humphry, a resident of the County & of Onatario and State of New York, who being first duly sworn according to law on his oath and despseth and says the James Hunphry whose declaration is hereunto annexed is a brother of this deponent—That he has known him from his youth—That during the revolutionary war, they both resided in the Town of New Windsor (then Ulster now Orange County & State of New York==That on the 1st day of April 1776, He recollects the said James, entered the company formed by Capt. William Tillford in Col. James McClaughry’s Regiment of New York Militia and that he said James was out during the whole summer in said Company at Fort Montgomery. That during this summer this deponent was not in the service with the said James but frequently saw him at Fort Montgomery—He also knows that he was an Orderly Sergeant in said Company during said Term—That this deponent knows the said James, served three months at Ramapo in the State of New Jersey as he was out with the said James during a part of this term of service and was a member of the same Company and Regiment at the time viz. Capt. William Tellford—Their services commenced during this term on the first day of November 1776. This deponent further saith that he was called out on the sixth day of October 1777 to guard Fort Montgomery and that the said James Hunphry was also called out at the time and were both at that time members of Capt. William Tellford’s Company. That this deponent was that day with a detachment of men under Capt. Cathback [Cuddeback] Guarding the chain across the Hudson river and that the said James was also on that day at the Fort and was taken prisoner and remained a prisoner in the hands of the enemy Ten months—remember well the time he with said James Humphry returned home after he was liberated—Thinks he returned home in the month of August (of this year 1778)—This deponent further saith that he knows the said James Humphry was an orderly sergeant commissioned and served as such, while a number of Capt. William Tellford’s Company—further this deponent saith not.
(Signed) Oliver Humphrey
Sworn and subscribed this day and year aforesaid before me, David McNeil Judge of the County Court.