Pension Application for Peter Miller
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
State of New York
Onondaga County SS
On this 14th day of September in the year 1832 personally appeared in open court before Daniel Moselay Esq Vice Controller of the 7th circuit of the State of New York at a court of chancery? Now sitting at Onondaga, Peter Miller of Manlius in said county and State aged 76 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 volunteered in the town of Woodstock in Ulster County in said State he thinks in the year 1776 as a private soldier and served on the frontier one month under one Captain Turpinney.
And that immediately after he volunteered and was placed under one Moses Coutun, Captain, one Newkirk was Lieutenant, that he went to White Plains and from thence to Peeks Kill, and served two and a half months, in Col. Pauldings Regiment .
And that immediately after every third man was drawn out to serve 160 days and that he served the first 160 days and that he was placed under Captain Skoonmaker and went to Fort Montgomery and remained there forty days.
And then returned home, that soon after he volunteered and was placed under some officers whose names are not recollected that he belonged to one Col. Snider’s Regiment and served on the frontier about four months and went from thence to FishKill where he served three months longer under Captain Skonmaker after about three months he returned home.
And that shortly after he volunteered and was placed under Captain Vanawker and went to the frontier and on Sunday obtained leave of the captain to go to church at Kingston in Ulster county in said state, near where they were stationed and on his return back from church he was taken a prisoner by the Indians and Tories and that he was stripped of his clothes and taken to Fort Niagara from thence to Montreal from thence to Prison Island in the River St. Lawrence & then back again to Montreal, and from there to Quebeck and then was put on board a ship which sailed near Salem in Massachusetts, and that he and the rest of the prisoners rose and compelled the Captain of the ship to let them land that day.
And that from the time he was taken prisoner until he got away was two years and six months.
And that he was in the year 1780 that he was taken prisoner, and that he cannot give dates and years in [?] near for the want of recollection.
That he never had any written discharge, and has no documentary evidence of his services and that he knows of no living witness that he can procure anything more than what is contained in the annexed affidavit of George Edick. That he has no documentary evidence of his said services that he was born in the town of Woodstock.
[The rest is very faint.] Henry Bogardus and Jacob Ryder who can testify for him for truth and veracity.
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. States after the Revolution he removed to Saugerties and from thence to Manlius 16 years ago.
(Signed with his mark) Peter Miller
Sworn and Subscribed this 14th September 1832 before me.
Daniel Moseley Circuit Judges [?]