Pension Application for Herman Jones
State of New York
Herkimer County SS.
One this 7 th day of June 1826 personally appeared in Open Court to wit a Court of Common Pleas held in & for said County & constituted such court by the Laws and Statutes of said State Herman Jones in said County aged Sixty Six years 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 Act of Congress of the 18 th March 1818 and the 1 st of May 1820. That he the said Herman Jones enlisted for the term of Nine months the first of April 1781 (1) in the State of New York in a company commanded by Captain Gross in the Regiment Commanded by Col. VanCourtland in the Line of the State of New York on the Continental Establishment.. That he continued to serve in the said Corps until the first day of January 1782 when he was discharged from the Service at Fort Herkimer and his name has been placed on the pension list and droped [dropped] then from on account of his stating in his first declaration that he service was under Col. Willett when in truth this deponent was mistaken, the facts relating to the Service of this deponent as respects his service under both Colonels in this that when this deponent enlisted he was immediately placed under Col. Courtland and went with him to Rome (2) and Served under him untill some time in the fall (3) of the year 1781 when he the said Colonel Van Courtland was called to the South, and he then placed all of the Regular Soldiers under the Command of Colonel Willett who took command of the Regular troops as well as of the Malitia (4) of the State of New York untill his Return—And in pursuance of the Act of the first of May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a Resident Citizen of the United States on the 18 th 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 18 th day 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 hereunto annexed and by me subscribed.
I have no real estate either in possession, reversion or remainder
Personal property, 1 cow & calf worth about $12, 1 hog $4
I have no other property except one old bed and bedding and only one suit of clothes.
I have a wife fifty four years old not healthy, I have one girl about twenty four years, but does not live at home. I therefore have no help to support me.
(Signed) Herman Jones
Sworn before me this 7 th day of June 1826, John Mahon one of the Judges of Herkimer Common Pleas.
It is the Opinion of the Court that the value of the property contained in the above schedule is Sixteen Dollars Exclusive of the bed and bedding & the wearing apparel.
Judges of Herk. Com. Pleas. Hiran Nolton, Landers Lansing, John Mahon
End Notes for Hermanus Jones
1. Hermanus is mistaken as Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt commanded The Second New York Continental Regiment. He was in command of the Mohawk Valley in 1781 until ordered to join the main army under General George Washington.
Hermanus enlisted on the 23 April 1781 in Captain Lawrence Gross' Company in Colonel Marinus Willett's Regiment of New York State Levies and was discharged on the 31 December 1781.
Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 78, National Archives, Washington DC.
2. Rome, NY was where Fort Schuyler [Fort Stanwix] stood. The fort was abandoned in the middle of May 1781 after severe flooding and a fire destroyed a great part of it.
3. Colonel Van Cortlandt with his regiment in July 1781 joined the main army under General George Washington.
The Second NY was at Yorktown, Virginia in October 1781 and was in the siege and battles there. They were present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis's surrender on the 17 th of October 1781.
4. Hermanus Jones also served in Colonel Frederick Visscher's Regiment of Tryon County Militia. [Third Regiment]
A Hermanus is listed as a corporal in Captain Joseph Yeoman's Company and a private in Captain Isaac Marselis' Company.