Pension Application for Adam Jordan
R.5771 (Widow: Nancy Margaret)
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
State of New York
County of Herkimer SS.
On this ninth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Herkimer now sitting Adam Jordan a resident of the town of Stark in the County of Herkimer, and State of New York aged Seventy one years on the first day of June next who being first 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 7, 1832.
That in the month of June 1787, he was a private in Captain Adam Lipe’s company of Infantry in Col. Clydes’ regiment of infantry of the militia of the State of New York. That he resided at the time of entering the service in the town of Canajoharie in the then County of Tryon in a the present County of Montgomery, that the Lieutenants name was Jacob Mattice, and the Major of the Regiment, was named Abraham Copeman, that deponent remained in said Company more than four years and until the end of the war when the company was disbanded at the town of Canajoharie aforesaid, that deponent was out whenever he was ordered by his commanding officer and that twice he had to hire a substitute in his place when drafts were made that he was one of twelve who was obliged to furnish a man, and those twelve paid the substitute for his time, and that they were each drafted for the town of nine months. That deponent was in the battle of Sharon with the Indians and Tories—East of Cherry Valley in the County of Otsego and State of New York.
That he was engaged in the pursuit and the skirmish in which Butler was killed on the West Canada Creek. That he was employed most of this time on the banks of the Mohawk River—and in the various forts on the River part of the time at fort Herkimer at fort Plank, and at other places being twice at fort Plank, and each time about two weeks. That the company was called out there, but did not arrive in time to engage the enemy. That he was over at Fort Windecker where he remained also about two weeks. That he left Little Falls where he had been on duty twelve or fourteen days on the morning when the place was attacked and the [?] burnt by the Indians and Tories & that this deponent was out once with about fifty men as Indian spies under Baltus Sitts as [?] That they went down to Schuylers Lake in the County of Otsego and was absent & out five days. That he was also out at another time under the same person in company with only five or six other persons as Indian spies and were absent two days and was also out at another time one day.—
That Col. Gansevoort and his Lieut. Col. Marinus Willett were both known to this deponent.
That he has no documentary evidence in support of his claim. And that he thinks he will be able to prove the same by the testimony of Garret Duncan and Nicholas Duncan, of the town of Canajoharie in the County of Montgomery and State of New York. That this Deponent was born in Canajoharie in the then County of Tryon in the State of New York on the first day of June 1762 that he has a record of his age on a paper now at the house where he resides.
That he resided in the town of Canajoharie in the County of Tryon and State of New York when he enlisted, that he resided there until the division of the town when he was in the town of Minden the new town after the division. There he resided until about twenty five years ago when he moved into the adjoining town of Danube now part of the County of Herkimer and by the division of the said last mentioned town, he became an inhabitant of the now town of Stark, in the County of Herkimer, where he now resides. That this deponent was ordered out by the Captain of his company and was not regularly drafted or a volunteer or a substitute.
That this deponent was acquainted with Col. Peter Gansevoort. Lt Col. Marinus Willett whom he understood to be in the regular service, and that he was not with any Continental regiment and that he was generally employed in the Militia Service in repelling the Indians and protecting the frontiers.
That he never received any written discharge but the company was disbanded at the end of the war and at that time or when the news of the peace was received a fat ox was roasted whole by the Soldiers and inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
That he is acquainted with John Smith, Richard [?], John Rolte, and a great number of other persons in his neighbourhood, who can testify to this deponents character and 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 and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State. (Signed with his mark) Adam Jordan. [Rest cut off]
State of New York
Herkimer county SS
Personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace of the County of Herkimer, Adam Jordan, who being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory, he can not swear positively as to the precise length of service, but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below, and in the following Grades: That this deponent was a private during the whole time he was in the army—that the whole of his service was performed in Captain Adam Lipes Company, in Col. Samuel Clyde’s Regiment, so called, that he understood that Clyde was Lieut Col. and Samuel Campbell was the Col. but he the Col. did not do duty with the regiment & resided in Cherry Valley – that the Lieutenant’s name was Jacob Mattice and Abraham Copeman was Major of the Regiment—That he went out with the company and then under the command of Col. Marinus Willett to Sharon and was engaged in the battle there, that he was gone two days and part of the third, that he was engaged with the company in the pursuit of Butler he thinks at least eight days, that he went with the company at Cherry Valley when the place was burnt by the Indians and as near as he can recollect was there twenty five days, that he was at Fort Plank twice that he can recollect of & was there each time two weeks, that he was at Fort Windecker two weeks with the company & under the said officers, that he was also stationed at the Little Falls at the Mohawk River to defend the mills there where he remained he thinks fourteen days, that he was out as an Indian spy at one time five days & at an other two days—and this deponent further says, that he can not precisely recollect how often he was out, land how much of the time was spent in the Forts, that he done duty four years, the tow first years he was moving about to different places and went out whenever called upon to do duty by his officers, that in the year 1780 they [?] deponent to the fort and block houses to protect themselves from the enemy—that in the summer season of the year 1781 & 1782 they were doing duty in the forts constantly on guard defending them selves from the enemy, that this deponent thinks that he served in the fort during the war and actually done duty no less than twelve months during said time, and for which and said duty on scouts he claims a pension, and that he was a private during said time. (signed with his mark) Adam Jordan
Sworn and subscribed this 1st day of July 1833, before me. Nicholas Smith, Justice.
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