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Pension Application of Ezekiel Montgomery

W.24,165 (Widow: Mary)
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7th, 1832.
State of New York
Tompkins County, SS.
            On this 18th day of July personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Oyer & Terminer now sitting, Ezekiel Montgomery a resident of the town of Danby in the county of Tompkins and state of New York, aged seventy one 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 entered the service of the United States, under the following named officers and served as herein stated—
            That at the commencement of the war he resided at Nine Partners in Dutchess County NY & at New Concord Columbia Col, NY where he entered the service, that he was drafted under Capt. Cady, NY Militia—Col. Whiting & Lieut Col. Waterman—that he was drafted to go to Fort George to meet Burgoione—marched to Fort George—retreated to Fort Edward—was in a skirmish with the Indians at that half way brook between Fort George & Fort Edwards—retreated from Fort Edwards to Fort Miller—Genl Schuyler at that time commanded the whole army – retreated from Fort Miller to Fish Creek retreated from there to Bemis Heights at Stilwater in Saratoga Co. & there made a stand—and then remained until Burgoine surrendered—Gates took the command before Burgoine surrendered—after the surrender he was dismissed—this service commended about the first of June 1777 & lasted about four months—[?] Genl Arnold & Maj Rowley during this service.
            That in 1778 about first July was drafted in the NY under Capt. Cady, regiment commanded by Lieut Col Waterman—went to Schoharrie about three months till first October following—was then discharged & went home.
            That in 1779 about first July was drafted in MY militia under Lieut Col. Waterman—no captain—went to Schenectady to guard the place—occupied the place as a guard until towards the last of October about three months & a half—was discharged & went home.
            That in 1780 or 1781 about first September was drafted under Capt Cady in Col. Vanness regiment—went to Fishkill—occupied Fishkill with the expectation that the British would come up the river Hudson, Staid at Fishkill about three months & was discharge by order of Genl Washington & returned home.  Was afterwards called out in several small expeditions a week & sometimes two weeks at a time.
            That he has no documentary evidence & that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service.
            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.  (Signed) Ezekiel Montgomery
            Sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid.  Saml Loree, Cl

The following questions were propounded by the Court to the applicant.

  1. Where and in what year were you born?   Answer.  At Volentown Conn. 1761
  2. Have you any record of your age, and if so where is it?  Answer. There is a record of my age at Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY
  3. Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived since the Revolutionary war; and where do you now live?  Answer.  At New Concord, Columbia Co., NY when went [into] the service—after the war moved to Chesterfield Essex Co., NY & there resided until 16 years since when he moved to Darby where he now lives.
  4. How were you called into service; where you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute; and if a substitute, for whom?  Answer.  Was drafted in Militia his 1st campaign & was a [?] drafted.
  5. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops when you served; such continental and militia regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstances of your service.  Answer. Col. Arnold, General Rowley, Genl. Schuyler, & Genl Gates.
  6. Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, and if so by whom was it given, and what has become of it?  Answer.  Never rec’d a written discharge.
  7. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood, and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.  Answer. Hudson Jennings.  P.M. Doct Lewis Bears, Jonathan B. Gosman.

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