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Pension Application for Stephen Lush

W.15926 (Widow: Lydia  Pension $600 per annum)
State of New York
County of Albany SS.
            On the 25th day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven personally appeared before the Justices of Court of the City of Albany (that same being a Court of Record) Lydia Lush a resident of the City of Albany in the County and State aforesaid, aged twenty seven years, -- who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 4, 1836.
            That she is the widow of Stephen Lush, who was an officer in the army of the United States during the Revolutionary War and served as herein after particularly stated, as will more fully appear by reference to the documentary and other proof hereto annexed—
            She further declares that she was married to the said Stephen Lush, on the ninth day of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty one.—that her husband the aforesaid Stephen Luch died on the 19th day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty five and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear be reference to the proof hereto annexed.—
            She further states that her said husband in the year 1777, served in the 5th New York Regiment commanded by Col. Dubois, a Paymaster of said Regiment, with the rank of Captain.
            That afterwards in the same year he was appointed and served as Brigade Major in the Brigade commanded by Genl George Clinton, until the reduction of Fort Montgomery when he was taken prizoner [prisoner] and conveyed to New York.  That in February 1778 he was released on his parole, and allowed to return to his home at Albany.  That in the month of October in the same year, he was discharged from his parole having been exchanged for Henry Cuyler Esqr.
            She further declares that her said husband continued from that time, as she believes till the end of the war to serve as brigade Major of Genl George Clinton’s Brigade—
            And she further states that her name previous to her said marriage was Lydia Stringer and she was the daughter of Doctor Samuel stringer, who was Surgeon General for the Northern Division of the Army in the Revolutionary War.  (Signed) Lydia Lush.
Sworn to and subscribed on the day & year first above written in open Court.  J.G. Wasson Clk.
Bounty Land

Reply to letter of inquiry dated Dec. 18, 1935
            Reference is made to your letter in which you request information in regard to your great great grandfather, Stephen Lush, who served as captain during the Revolutionary War and was taken prisoner at Fort Montgomery, October 6, 1777.
            The data which follow are obtained from the papers on file in Revolutionary War pension claim, W.15926, based upon the military service in that war of Stephen Lush.
            The date and place of birth and the names of the parents of Stephen Lush are not shown.
            While residing in Albany, New York, Stephen Lush entered the service, date not given, and in 1776, was serving as captain in the New Your Troops, name of his colonel not shown; it is not stated that he served in Colonel Spencer’s Additional Continental Regiment; in 17777, he was serving as paymaster with the rank of captain in Colonel Lewis Dubois’ 5th New York Regiment and in same year, was appointed brigade major and aide-de-camp to General George Clinton; he was taken prisoner when Fort Montgomery surrendered; and held until in February 1778, when he was released on parole; on October 4, 1778 he was exchanged, returned to General Clinton’s staff on which he continued to serve with the rank of major and lieutenant colonel to the end of the war.
            Stephen Lush died April 19, 1825, place not shown.
            This officer married December 9, [blotted, could be 1781] Lydia daughter of Doctor Samuel Stringer, Surgeon General of the Northern Division of the army.  Stephen and Lydia went to Schenectady, New York and were married by and in the home of Reverend [?] Vroman, pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church of that city, and an uncle of said Lydia.’
            Lydia, widow of Stephen Lush, was allowed pension on her application executed April 25, 1837, at which time she was aged seventy-seven years and resided in Albany, New York.
            She died August 10, 1841, place not shown.
            She was survived by three daughters, Gertrude Ross, Mary Bradford and Rachel Wheaton, the wife of Henry G. Wheaton.  The dates of birth and the names of the husbands of Gertrude Ross and Mary Bradford are not shown.  In 1838, Samuel S. Lush a son of the soldier and his wife, Lydia, was residing in Albany, New York.  Dates of birth and death of said Samuel are not stated, and no names of any other children are shown.

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