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Pension Application for Adam Casler

W.18868
State of New York
County of Montgomery
           On the 19th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared in open court before the judges of the Court of Common Pleas of said county now sitting Adam Casler a resident of the Town of Minden in the county & state aforesaid aged 67 years in October last 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 & served as hereafter stated.
            That in the year 1781 he resided in Schenectady and on or about the first of April in that year he enlisted for nine months and entered the service of the United States in the War of the Revolution under Captain Stephen White (1),  Lieut. John Thornton, Ensign Moore.  That after being mustered in the City of Schenectady the company was then marched to Ballston in the County of Saratoga where they were kept on duty and scouting from place to place to protect the inhabitants & county from the mischief & cruelty of the Indians & Tories until about the last of September following when they were marched to Fort Plain in the County of Montgomery where they formed a body of men under command of Colo. Marinus Willett where they remained until the twenty fourth day of October when they were with the men under Col. Willett’s command marched to Johnstown & on the day following they met the enemy under command of Colo. Walter Butler (2) and Major Ross, fought the Johnstown Battle defeated & drove the enemy, that they pursued Butler with the men he had with him westward to the West Canada Creek where Butler (3) was killed after which they returned to Fort Plain remained there until in the month of December when they were marched to Fort Dayton in Herkimer County where they continued in service until the first of Jan. [1782] when they were discharged & he in three days thereafter reached his residence in the City of Schenectady, the place of his enlistment. (4)
            And that He has no documentary evidence of his services. That he was born in the Town of Herkimer in the County of Herkimer in the State of New York in October 1764.
            That he has no proof of his age.  That he was living in the City & County of Schenectady when called into service but lived since the Revolutionary War & now lives in the Town of Minden, County & state aforesaid.
            That he entered the service enlisting as above stated.
            That he cannot state the names of officers with troops Continental & Militia Regiments or the general circumstances of his services other than as he has above stated the same.
            And that he never received a written discharge.
            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 with his mark) Adam Casler
            Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.  Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk

State of New York
Montgomery County
            John A. Casler of the Town of Minden in said County being further duly sworn doth declare & say that he is one of the sons and the administrator of the Estate of Maria Casler widow of Adam Casler, Deceased.
            That said Adam Casler was at the time of his death a pensioner of the United States, as deponent understood and believes at the rate of $30 per annum under the Acts of Congress passed 7th June 1832 and that he died on the 20th March 1845, leaving a widow Maria Casler, him surviving.
            That said Maria Casler was also a pensioner of the United States at first at the rate of $26.32 per annum which was afterwards increased to $30 per annum.  That she departed this life on the twenty fourth day of September 1848 leaving her surviving several children as particularly certified to by the surrogate of said county whose certificate accompanies this declaration and affidavit.
            That the services in the War of the Revolution which said Adam Casler was pensioned for, was rendered in and with the New York States troops (5) of Levies, that he also served in the Company of Batteauxmen commanded by Captain Samuel Gray for the term of at least nine months for which last named service no pension was awarded.  (These men were considered “private contractors” and not in service to the United States.”
            This deponent has given an affidavit stating the services of his father in said company of Batteaumen and would now say in addition that the tradition of said service is clear and distinct in the mind of this deponent and that he has heard this same repeated again and again, and many years ago that among other particular facts bearing upon the subject he well recollects that Nicholas Kasler uncle of this deponent received a full pension for his services in the War of the Revolution and part of his services for which he was thus pensioned was rendered in said company of Batteauman.
            That this deponent heard said Nicholas represent to his father the said Adam the last named fact and enquired of said Adam why he had not applied to have his pension increased on account of said Batteaux services.  & this said Adam replied thereto that he was told that said Batteau services was not deemed military within the meaning of the said act & therefore he had not thought it of any use to apply for aforesaid.  That the widow of Peter Sitts as deponent has been credibly informed & believes has been pensioned for such Batteau service and that he this deponent distinctly heard said Nicholas Kasler say that he & the said Adam Kasler served in the same company of Batteau men together to wit, the company of said Samuel Gray.  Uriah Smith, John Potter and John Casler and others have testified to the identity of his father the said Adam Casler as the same person who served with Nicholas Kasler, Peter Sitts and others in the said company of Captain Samuel Gray.
            And this declarant now hereby opens this claim of said Adam from the 4th March 1831 under said act of 1832 to the tenth day of March 1845 when he died, for an increase of his stipend by reason of said Batteau services and also from the 20th day of March 1845 to the 24th September 1848 when his widow the said Maria Casler died, for the like increase of their stipend under the Acts of Congress passed 17th June 1844 and 2nd February 1848. (Signed) John Kesslar
Subscribed & sworn this third day of March 1852. Jacob Graff Justice of the Peace

            [Adam’s widow made a declaration before Judge John Darrow on the 20th May 1847.  She was living in the Town of Minden, Montgomery County and 81 years of age.  Most of this declaration is covered by her late husband’s earlier declaration and her sons (John) later declaration which gives the dates of Maria’s and Adam’s death.  As part of Maria’s declaration she had obtained an affidavit for her marriage to Adam and that has been included with this file for genealogical purposes and to give a history of the custody of the Dutch Reformed Book or marriages.]

State of New York
Herkimer County
            Abraham G. Rosencrants of the Town of Little Falls County and State aforesaid aged 42 years and deponent being duly sworn according to law deposeth and says that he has in his possession the Ancient Record of Marriages which he has always understood and believes was solemnized by his grandfather the Revd Abraham Rosencrantz who was the only Pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in this vicinity, that he has this day Examined said record and finds recorded under the running head of marriages the name of Adam Kesslar and Maria Sitz which took place on the second day of October in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.  Except the date which is exposed on said Record in fair legible figures and follows vizi
            “1787 2 Octobr Adam Kesslar and Maria Sitz.  Subscribed & Sworn to this 22d day of March 1847 before Henry Thompson Justice of the Peace.”

End Notes

  1. Captain Stephen White, Lieutenants John Thornton and William Moore of Lieutenant-Colonel Marinus Willett’s Regiment of New York State Levies.  White’s Company was at Ball’sTown until August when it was ordered to Fort Rensselaer.
  2. It was Major John Ross and Captain Walter Butler that raided in the Mohawk Valley.  The Battle of Johnstown was fought on the 25th October 1781.
  3. Captain Butler was killed in the skirmish at West Canada Creek on the 30th of October 1781.
  4. When Adam was discharged he was owed £ 20..19..6 which was paid to Abraham Ten Eyck after the war.  Most soldiers didn’t collect their pay which was owed to them until years after the war ended.  [Captain Stephen White’s payroll, Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 78, National Archives, Washington D.C.]
  5. I haven’t found a complete muster roll for after February 1780 for Captain Samuel Gray’s Company of Bateaumen.  In the February one muster roll, Peter Sitts, Nicholas Kesler, Dr. and Nicholas Jr. are listed as serving but Adam is not listed.  [Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Quartermaster Dept. Series M-246, Roll 78, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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