Pension Application for Solomon Luke
Declaration In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of New York
County of Albany SS.
On the thirteenth day of September 1832 personally appeared before William L. Osborn a Justice of the Peace, Solomon Luke, a resident of the Town of Bethlehem in the county of Albany and state of New York, aged seventy six, years, 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 he entered the service of the United States, under the following named officers and served as herein stated. Under Capt. Dereck Becker, (was always drafted) in 76 at Saratoga, and under Capt. John A. VanWie during the remainder of the revolution under col. Henry Quackenbush and Lieut Col. Garret J. VanDenburghand the command of General Abraham TenBroock and Gen. Philip Schuyler was at the taking of General Burgoyne—was in the Lower Fort in Schoharie under the command of Col. Volkert Veeder and Col. Barent Staats when attacked by the enemy—in addition to the above mentioned places has been stationed at Fort Edward and fort George—and was in the service more or less every year from the commencement of the Revolution, to the close of it—Was born in the town of Watervliet (now called Bethlehem, county of Albany in the year 1755, Oct 9th and it is so recorded in the Bible did live in the above mentioned town and county when called into the service and has lived in the same place up to this date and that he has served at separate terms in the revolution as a private for at least eighteen months. Is acquainted with John D. Vinne and Samuel Kissam.
He hereby relinquishes very 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) Solomon Luke
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. Wm. Osborn, Justice of the peace.
State of New York
City & County of Albany SS.
On the 21st day of May 1833 personally appeared before the Justices Court of the City of Albany John E. Winne of the town of Bethlehem, well known to the said Court as a person of truth and veracity, who being duly sworn saith, that he knows Solomon Luke the applicant named in the annexed declaration an affiant and knew him during the revolutionary war—I knew that said Solomon Luke was in the service of his country, as a militiaman in the years 1776, 1777 & 1778—That he served as private in Capt. Derick Becker’s Company in the year 1776. I also knew that he was in the service under Capt. John A. VanWie in the year 1777, but I do not recollect in what grade he served—whether as a private or a noncommissioned officer—I believe he was at the taking of Burgoyne—I also recollect that said Luke was in the service at Schoharie in the years 1778& 1779 as I believe—but I do not recollect how long he was in the service in those years—[acending?] to the best of my recollection he remained in the service under Captain VanWie, till the close of the revolutionary war—and that afterwards he received a commission from Poughkeepsie, as a Lieutenant under Genl. Stephen VanRenssalaer—And this is all I can now recollect about said Solomon Luke’s service during the revolutionary war—said Like is about seventy seven years of age, as I believe—He is about four years older than I am. (Signed) John D. Winne
Sworn in open court this 21st Day of May 1833. John G. Wasson Clerk of the Albany Justices Court.
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