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Pension Application for Benjamin Bevens (Beavins, Bevins, etc.)

State of New York
Schoharie County
            On this 28th day of March one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine personally appeared before Harvey Watson one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Schoharie and state aforesaid, Elisabeth Bevins, now an inmate of the Poor House, situate at Middleburgh, in said county and state, aged eighty one years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, passed July 7, 1838, entitled “An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows.”
            That she is the widow of Benjamin Bevins, late of Schoharie, deceased, who was a private soldier of the Revolution as she always understood and believes, and she also understood and believes that he served in Capt. Bleecker’s Company, in Col. Van Schaick’s Regiment (1) and she further understood and believes that he was an enlisted soldier but whether he ever informed her it was for during the war or a term of years she has forgotten, but she is confident he served to the end of the war, she thinks he served more than three years during the war, but how many other companies and regiments he served in than the ones above told, she cannot state, nor does she recollect the time when he first entered the service nor the names of any other of his officers, of any he had.(2)
            She further declares that she was married to the said Benjamin Bevins in the City of Schenectady, in the winter of seventeen hundred and eighty five and she believes it was in February of that year, and that her husband the aforesaid Benjamin Bevins, died more than twenty years ago, but what year he died in, she has forgotten; that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January, seventeen hundred and ninety four, viz, at the time above stated.
(Signed with her mark)  Elisabeth Bevns
            Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above written before me.
Harvey Watson, one of the Judges of Schoharie County Courts

State of New York
Schoharie County
            Jacob Enders, of the Town & County of Schoharie being duly sworn, saith that he was well acquainted with Benjamin Bevins, in the Revolutionary War and up to the time of his death.  That the said Bevins was a soldier of the Revolution that he enlisted for a term of years or for during the war but which of the two this deponent has forgotten. 
            That the said Bevens came home on furlough before his services ended and stayed at this deponents house, a short time and returned again to the service as this deponent believes; that he saw no more of him till the close of the war, and understood and believes that he remained in the service till he was discharged, but this deponent doesn’t know what company or companies said Bevins belonged to, but believes he belonged to Capt. Bleecker’s Company in Col. Van Schaick’s Regiment at the time he was discharged.  That he has do doubt but the said Benjamin Bevins was in the Revolutionary service for more than two years during the war.
            That this deponent is well acquainted too with Elisabeth Bevins, widow of the Said Benjamin Bevins, deceased. 
That before she was married her name was Elisabeth Van Dyck, that this deponent attended the wedding which he thinks was in the winter of 1785 for he recollects it was the same evening his first child was born.     
            That this said Elisabeth Bevins, has remained the widow of the said Benjamin Bevins and ever since his death which was more than 20 years ago.
(Signed with his mark) Jacob Enders
            Sworn & Subscribed before me the 1 day of October 1838.  Hesekiah Manning Com [?] of Deeds

State of New York
Secretary’s Office
            I certify that it appears by the Military Register in this office that on the 8th of February 1781, Benjamin Beavans enlisted in the First New York Regiment and was mustered to May 178? (cut off).  The name of his captain is not given nor the term of his enlistment.  This entry will be found in the register under the letter B. after Colonel Malcom’s Regiment.
            And I further certify that it appears by the balloting book in this office that Benjamin Bevens was a private in the First New York Regiment and that a lot of 600 acres of land in the Military Tract was granted to him for his services.  See printed balloting book page 25, see also page 85 of the same book, Connolly’s original return of the First Regiment, Capt. Leonard Bleecker’s Company of Light Infantry.  Benjamin Beavins returned as a private.
Arch. Campbell Dep. Secretary
Albany April 3, 1839.

End Notes

  1. Capt. Leonard Bleecker’s Company of Light Infantry in Col. Goose Van Schaick’s First New York Continental Regiment. He would have served in the Yorktown, Virginia Campaign in October of 1781. He most likely was discharged in June of 1783 at New Windsor Cantonment near Newburgh, NY.  The Light Infantry Company was considered to be an elite company.  They would be the most agile and physically fit men of the regiment.
  2.  Benjamin also served before 1781 in Captain Dirck Miller’s Company in Col. Peter Vrooman’s Regiment of Albany County militia [Fifteenth Regiment]

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