Nicholas Dunckle (Dunckell, Dunkle)
S.21164 (Born in Germany)
State of New York
County of Montgomery
On this 19th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven personally appeared in open court before the judges of the court of common pleas of said county now sitting Nicholas Dunckle a resident of the Town of Canajoharie in the County and State aforesaid aged 74 years in July 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 and served is herein after mentioned.
That in the month of February 1776 he was called upon and entered the service of his country in a company commanded by Capt. Jacob Leber, Lieut. Adam Lip0e and Ensign Robert Crouse in Colonel Ebenezer Cox’s Regiment.
That they were marched to Johnstown in order to take Sir John Johnson with a large party of Tories, were kept several days under command of Gen. Schuyler when they were discharged. That in the month of April following we were again called out and marched to Fort Stanwix in pursuit of Johnson and his party about fifty miles up the Mohawk River.
That during the same season he was called and several times leave to the north of the Mohawk River in the Town of Palatine and at various other times in scouting parties and in pursuit of Indians and Tories the particular times and places to which he was called he cannot now state but that during this season he did as he believed. Three months actual duty.
That in the month of May 1777 he was drafted and entered the service under Capt. Peter Dygert, Lieut. George Turner, other officers not recollected, the company with another company of drafted men were then marched to Fort Stanwix, were there stationed in charge of the fort until some time after when we were released by Colonel Gansevoort and we returned home.
That about the first of August he was again called out in the Militia under Capt. Robert Crouse who had become his captain in Colonel Cox’s Regiment were marched up the Mohawk River to Oriskany in the Country of Oneida and that he was in the Oriskany Battle in the sixth day of August of that year.
That in the month of September following he was drafted and entered the service under Capt Adam Lipe in a regiment commanded by Colonel Campbell’s was marched to Stillwater in the County of Saratoga and there joined the army under General Gates was then kept in service about a month when they were discharged. On account of the distress on the Mohawk River. That we were so discharged a few days before the battle and capture of Burgoyne’s army. That after he returned home from Stillwater he was called out at different times and to different places which he cannot particularly state and that his service during this year amounted to at least five months actual service he believes.
That about the first of May 1778 he was called into service to Fort Plank by his Capt. Lipe and there kept on duty and sent in scouting parties almost constantly, frequently to Cherry Valley and in other directions until towards winter when hostilities principally ceased and that during this season he did as he believed at least five months service and that during this service he was a corporal.
That in the month of March 1779 he was again drafted and entered the service in a company commanded by Capt. Putman marched to German Flats in the County of Herkimer was there kept on duty at Fort Dayton and out in scouting parties about three weeks when he hired one Ransear to take his place when he returned home. That soon after he returned he was again called to Fort Plank there kept on duty and out in scouting parties the most of the time until towards winter when the savages and Tories again seasoned off and that during that season he did as he believes at least four months service and during this service he continued to do the duty of Corporal.
That in the month of June 1780 he was again called out into service under Captain Lipe he was kept on duty at the building of Fort Clyde, and in scouting parties with the month of October when we were marched against the enemy then commanded by Sir Johnson were burning and destroying up the north side of the Mohawk River. That we marched across the river under command of Colonel Clyde there a body of troops commanded by Colorado Dubois and a body of men under General Van Renselaer. We then pursued them up the river towards the East Canada Creek, overtook them near dark, commenced an attack, fought sometime when the enemy retreated that night crossed the river and moved westward, that the next morning we pursued them several miles but did not come up with them and we returned home that he continued on duty and out scouting until the last of November when the hostilities ceased, and he returned home that during this season he did as he thinks at least six months actual duty and that he acted as corporal.
That about the first of May 1781 he was again called upon and entered service under command of his said officers above named was stationed at Fort Clyde there kept on duty and out in scouting at different times and various directions to check the Indians and Tories who were doing great mischief in that place and the country until about the middle of July when he was called out and marched under Colonel Willett to Sharon in the County of Schoharie to attack a party of Indians of about three hundred Indians commanded by a Tory by the name of John Doxtader that they marched to a place called Turlock where we fell in with the party, fought and routed them, that we then returned where he continued to do duty at Fort Clyde and was out in scouting parties as he was required until about the twenty third day of October following when he was again called upon to march to Johnstown under Colonel Willett. Was there engaged in the Johnstown Battle against a party of British Troops Indians and Tories commanded by Colonel Butler and Major Ross that the Militia from Fort Clyde. Then returned to where he again was kept on duty as before and out in scouting parties until about the last of November following when hostilities and the first of the danger for the season ended and that during that season, he served as the believed six months actual duty in the service of his country, was corporal.
That about the first of May 1780 he was again called out into service under his said officers above named was again stationed at Fort Clyde there. Kept on duty and put in scouting parties in different directions as circumstances designed to check the Indians and Tories who were doing much mischief, that he so continued to serve until some time in November following when danger and hostilities again mostly ceased that during this season he again did as he believes full six months actual duty in the service of his country and that he continued to do duty as a corporal.
And that in the month of May 1783, he was again called into service by his said officers, was stationed at Fort Clyde where he continued to do duty as before and called out in scouting parties at different times until towards the latter part of the fall that he again did as he believes full five months service for his country and that he continued to serve as corporal.
That he had no documentary evidence of his service in the Revolution and that he knows of no person, whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service. That he was born in German in July 1758 came to America about the last of August 1766.
That he knows of no record of his age. That he was living in the town, county and state aforesaid when called into service as aforesaid where he has continued to live since the revolution and now lives.
That he was called into service at the different times and in the manner above mentioned.
That he cannot state the names of regular officers with troops where he served, Continental or other regiments or the general circumstances of his service other than as the same as above stated.
That he never received any written discharge from the service.
(Signed with his mar) Nicholas Dunckle