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Pension Application for Peter Miller

W.19878 (Wife Catherine)
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of An Act of Congress passed the 7th of June 1832.
State of New York
County of Steuben SS
            On this sixteenth day of October, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally in the open court of Common Pleas of the County of Steuben before the Judges there appeared, Peter Miller a resident of the town of Howard in said county aged seventy two 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 7th 1832—That he enlisted in the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein after stated—That he has no record of his age—That he was born in Plattekill in Ulster County State of New York where he resided when he enlisted.  That he enlisted in the spring of 1781 in Captain J L. Hardenburgh’s company in the Regiment commanded by Col. Wiesenvelt for nine months.  That the said Regiment was stationed on the Indian frontier in the towns of Rochester & Warwarsing in Ulster County—That shortly after he enlisted, having no provisions they were billeted out—That for the most part of the said nine months they were stationed in picketed fort—eight men being usually in one fort—in July of the same year it being reported that the Indians would attack Lackawasere the whole Regiment marched to that place where they stayed one week when they returned to their stations—That he served with said regiment during the whole term of nine months when they were deployed at the house of Benjamin Hobebeck who at that time kept a [?] at the sign of the White Horse.  That he did not receive a written discharge—That they were dismissed in the afternoon—that his Captain provided them a certificate if they would stay until morning but being anxious to get to their houses, a few only staid.  That he did not stay—That there was another Peter Miller in the same regiment, that this petitioner was distinguished by the name of big Pete, the other by the name of Little Pete—That Little Pete answered to Peter Miller Junior.  That Little Peter as this petitioner believes deserted—That for the last fourteen years this petitioner has resided in Howard in Steuben County—Her hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any state.  (Signed with his mark)  Peter Miller
            Sworn & Subscribed the day & year aforesaid.  MG. Rumply, dep clk, Steuben County

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