Pension Application for George Lape
State of New York
Columbia County SS
I, George Lape of Claverack in county & state aforesaid aged 82 years and 11 months, being duly sworn deposeth and saith & make the following Declaration for the purpose of obtaining the benefits of the Act of 7th June 1832 passed by Congress. That he has no record of his age. That he was born in Claverack aforesaid & has always up to the present time resided in the same Town of Claverack. That in the beginning of the Revolutionary War, but in what year he cannot now particularize, he was ordered out under Colonel Henry or Henry I. Van Rensselaer of Claverack aforesaid. That this applicant at the time went to the north of Albany to the Town of Johnstown, then Tryon County, now Montgomery County, later to Caughnawaga & were gone about 8 days, it was in the winter season & they went in sleighs. Casparus Conyn was the Captain of applicant. The expedition was undertaken against John Johnson.
This declarant in his second expedition went to Johnstown aforesaid, the year he cannot tell, the above named Van Rensselaer was his Colonel & said Conyn was his Captain, Abraham Etting was Lieutenant. He lay at Johnstown about 4 weeks, he in this Expedition first went to Fort Ann, Fort George & Fort Edward and returned to Johnstown & then remained about 4 weeks as herein before stated. This declarant thinks that he was gone from home in this expedition about two months. This time there was an alarm that the Indians and English were about Fort George.
This declarant further states that he was after the two expeditions above specified, called out under the above named Colonel Van Rensselaer several times and went up to Saratoga, Lake George, Fort Ann, Fort Edwards, Johnstown & other places in all including the above two first expeditions as long as one year. At all times said Van Rensselaer was his Colonel & his Captains were the above named Casparus Conyn and John Osterhout who was the successor of said CConyn.
This declarant is now old & infirm and his recollection is bad. That there was no other person by the name of George Lape in his Company besides himself. This declarant several years ago applied to Charles Esselstyne, Esq., to make application for him & he did not attend to it, but put it off from time to time & this is the reason of his not making application before this time.
This declarant does not know that he can prove his services by any of his comrades now living, his brother Jacob's affidavit is annexed. This declarant hereby relinquishes all claims to any other pension & his name is not on the Pension Roll of any state, and that he is unable from bodily infirmity to appear before any court of Record.
Dated January 15, 1838.
(Signed with his mark) George Lape
Witnesses Present: W Hailer,H. Clarke,Michael De Lamater,Jacob Lape
Included in the file is a deposition made by Rev. John G. F. Uhl and Jacob
In the book, Documents Relating to The Colonial History of the State of New York, Fernow, 1887, 8th Regiment (Claverack) 5th Company. Capt., Casparus Conyn, 1st Lt., John Oosterhout, 3d Lt., James Eltinge, Ensign, Philipp Bartee
The following is from Jeff Lape.
George Lape was the younger brother of twins, SGT Samuel Lape of the Sixth Albany County Regiment, New York Militia and PVT Thomas Lape of the Manor of Livingston 10th regiment. Neither Samuel or Thomas applied for pensions. All listed siblings were sons of Andries and Anna Margaretha (Mueller) Lape of Claverack, Columbia, NY. Andries himself is listed as a member of the Livingston Manor 10th Regiment.
State of New York
SS. Jacob Lape of Claverack in said county being sworn says that he is now in March next 71 years of age, that the foregoing George Lape is his brother. That at the time that his brother performed the services above specified he was ten years old & upward. That he this deponent & his Brother have always lived together in the same house except about two years which was since the War of the Revolution. This deponent was alert of aforesaid Brother going into the Army of the Revolution several times- but how long he cannot specify & sometimes his brother when he went staid but a short time & sometimes he staid a considerable time. The reason that his brother did not apply before this time is from the neglect of Mr. Charles Esselstyne who was employed to attend to it. This deponent has always understood from his brother that he was under Captains Camine & Osterhout & in Col. Henry I. or Henry Van Rensselaer's Regiment.
Sworn to & submitted
before me this 13th day of
M. De Lamater Justice of the peace
I am well acquainted with the above named Jacob Lape, he is a man of good moral character.
M. De Lamater Justice of the peace\