Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for David McGregor

S.4,2959
B.L.Wt. 1339-300-Capt.  Issued Jan 4, 1799 – name spelled McGregore.
            Before his Hon Philo Orton, one of the Judges of the said court, and did also about same time exhibit to the said court the following schedule of his estate & income also subscribed by himself.
State of New York
Chautauqua County SS.  I, David McGregor do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States, on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or by any other manner whatever, 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 entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land & naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war” passed on the 18th 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 hereinto annexed and by me subscribed.  (Signed) Davie McGregor.
            Sworn & subscribed to before me June 27, 1820.  Philo Orton, one of the Judges of the court of Common Pleas of Chautauqua County.
State of New York
Chautauqua County SS.  Be it remembered that on this twenty seventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty, personally appeared before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas held in and for the county of Chautaugua & state of New York, in open court (said court being a court of record because it proceeds according to the courts of the common law, has a Jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount, keeps a record of its proceeding and has a seal.)  David McGregor aged about sixty four years, resident in the said county who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath declare that the served in the revolutionary war as a captain on the Third New Hampshire Regiment commanded by Lieut. Col. Com’dt. Henry Dearborn.  That he obtained a captains commission on the fourth day of August 1777, in which capacity he continued to serve in the said Regiment until the close of the war in June 1783—That on about the tenth day of April 1818, he made a declaration before his Hon. Lager one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Seneca, in the State of New York, in order to obtain a pension under an act of Congress, entitled “An act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land & naval service of the United States in the revolutionary war”, passed on the 18th day of March 1818, and that he has received a certificate of pension marked No 4,731, by which it appears that he is inscribed on the pension list, Roll of the New York agency, at the rate of twenty dollars per month to commence on the tenth day of April one thousand eight hundred & eighteen, which certificate was given at the war office of the United States, the second day of December one thousand eight hundred and eighteen,--And that he said David McGregor did on this twenty seventh day of June aforesaid exhibit to the said before the Judges, thereof in open court, the following oath taken & subscribed by him.

1 Table cost $10.75

Debts which I owe

4 Chairs $6.00
1 Iron Tea Kettle 1.25
1 Bake Pan .75
1 pair, Five dogs 2.00
1 shovel 1.00
Tongs 1.00
1 old chest .50
1 table (cherry) 4.00
A fine book worth about 15.00
30 lbs pork 3.00
50 lbs. flour 1.50
Total $39.25

J. Badlong Musket for miscellaneous for the support of myself & family $90.00
J. & R. Plank for the same 22.00
McClure & Tinker for the same.  20.00
Isaac Ivert Tarner for provisions 22.00
Total 154.00

(Signed) David McGregor
            My health and constitution are pretty good, and enable me to teach a small common school in this new country for $12.50 per month payable in provisions for the support of my family.—
            My family consists of a wife who is 56 years old & has been afflicted with the num palsy, ever since November 1717, so as to be unable to walk and almost helpless—This compels me to hire a woman to take care of her, which with my other misfortunes so impoverish or to render me totally unable to support myself without some assistance and had it not been for my pension money which I received last season, and the kindness of those gentleman who have advanced me monies on my promise to pay them when I received my pension & must have suffered & been compelled to apply to the overseers of the poor for assistance.
Reply to a letter of inquire dated January 25, 1924.
            I have to advise you that from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S.42959, it appears that David McGregor entered the service at Winter Hill, Massachusetts, in June or July 1775, as First Lieutenant in Captain Daniel Moore’s Company, Colonel John Stark’s New Hampshire Regiment.
            On August 4, 1777 he was commissioned Captain in Colonel Scapnells’ New Hampshire Regiment and served until June 1783.
            Hew as allowed pension on his application executed April 10, 1818, while a resident of Romulus, Seneca County, New York, aged about sixty-four years, and referred to his wife (name not states) aged 56 years.  There is not further data as to his family.

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