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Pension Application for Andrew Myers

S.9981
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
State of New York
Schoharie County SS
            On the 20th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four, personally appeared before me William Beekman first Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Schoharie aforesaid and State of New York being a Court of Record, Andrew Meyers a resident of the town of Sharon & County & State aforesaid aged eighty nine 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 entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein after stated to wit.  At the commencement of & during the Revolutionary War he resided at Niskayuna in the County of Schenectady & State of New York.
            That he belonged to a Militia Company at that place Commanded by Capt. Lavinus Lansing Lieut. Jacob Lansing & Ensign John Shaver and that the declarant was a Sergeant in said company and served as such in all the following [?]—That in the year 1776 as deponent believes in the last of September or first of October of that year on a call of Militia to go to Lake George to a Fort by the name of Fort George.  The deponent with the whole company under the above named Capt. Lieut. & Ensign—under the Command of Col. Schuyler Volunteered at Niskayuna aforesaid, were marched through Half Moon—Stillwater to Lake George a distance of from 70 to 100 miles.  It was said they were called to prevent the British from coming down—served at said Fort about 3 weeks & were dismissed at said Fort & returned home as deponent believes in the early part of November of 1776 and was absent from home thirty two days in service—While at said Fort they stood on guard on sentry & went out on scouts.
            The declarant was called upon in like manner and volunteered with the whole company under the same officers as before about the middle of Sept. 1777 at Niskayuna aforesaid & was marched from thence through Stillwater to the main army of the Americans who were retreating before the British Army under Burgoyne and the deponent served in said Company with the Army—Until at or near Stillwater about the middle of Oct 1777—At any rate one date before the surrender of the British Army he & his company were discharged & returned home[?] were [?]of the surrender—was absent from home in service on the occasion 34 days—[?] he was about the 20th Oct of 1777—saw in the service.  Genl Schuyler [line too faded to read]shoes names does not recollect –Deponent says he was [?] the above tours at Fort Edward—Fort Miller & at Skeensborough at the south end of Lake Champlain and is near as to the number of days he was out each time from the fact that the events passing at the time produced a [?] imperfection on his mind & from the fact of his having kept at in mind from frequently conversing on those events –of his senses.
            Deponent says he went with [?] to carry provisions over to Fort Ticonderoga & over to Fort Stanwix.  Thinks in the Winter of 1776.  Col. Peter Gansevoort was at Fort Stanwix—when at Ticonderoga on his & the other teamsters were compelled by the officers to work 7 days in replacing the fort for which service he is advised he is not  credited to draw a pension but states, the fact that they occurred.
            Deponent further says that the company to which he belonged was divided into two equal [?] and during the summers of 1777, 1778 & 1779 they took their turns alternately in going to Schoharie to the Middle Fort a distance from his home at Niskayuna of a day & a half March.  That the time which each half of said companies were to stay & keep said fort  [can’t make out a section] deponent was gone from home in service at said Fort & going &b returning at least 17 days—That the days in the month in which he entered & left [?] he cannot precisely [copy very poor and can’t read several lines]  May 1777—Fort Edward  . . . General Command under Col. Vrooman—deponent believes a Militia Col.—and that served 14 days—was dismissed & returned home—in deponent in like manner & for the like [?] entered the service as a [?] at Niskayuna [can’t read section] Capt. L. Lansing Lieut Jacob Lansing or Hasig in Sharon and were [?] at Fort under the general Command of said Col. Vrooman—The said Capt & Lieut & Ensign took them . . . . .It is impossible at this time for deponent to say with certainly which [?] officers . 
[Sorry, this will have to be left to someone else to try to read.  So if this is a pension you are interested in, check back.]

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington D.C.  October 2, 1895

Sir:  In reply to your request for a statement of the military history of Andrew Myers, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, you will find below the desired information as contained in his (or his widow’s) application for pension on file in this Bureau.

Dates of Enlistment or Appointment

Length of Service

Rank

Officers (Captain)

Officers Colonel

State

Sept. 1776

32 days

Sgt.

Lavinus Lansing

Schuyler

NY

Sept. 1776

34 days

Sgt.

Lavinus Lansing

Schuyler

NY

1777

68 days

Sgt.

Lavinus Lansing

Vrooman

NY

1778

68 days

Sgt.

Lavinus Lansing

Vrooman

NY

1778

21 days

Sgt.

Ensign John Shaun

Willett

NY

1779

68 days

Sgt.

Lavinus Lansing

Vrooman

NY

Battles engaged in – None
Residence of Soldier at Enlistment Niskayuna, NY
Date of application for pension, January 20, 1834.
Residence at date of application, Sharon NY
Age at date of application, Born in Germany in 1765.
Remarks: He served mostly on guard duty at Fort George, Fort Edward, Fort Miller, at the “Middle” fort in Schoharie and at Skeensborough.
Very respectfully, Commissioner [no name signed]

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