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Pension Application for Isaac Fuller

State of New York
Otsego County
            On the 22d day of October in the year 1832 personally appeared in open court before his Honor Sherman Paige Esquire one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Otsego, Isaac Fuller a resident of the Town of Unadilla in the County of Otsego and State of New York aged seventy eight 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 the 7th June 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
            That in the year 1777 he thinks in April he enlisted at Florida formerly called Warren’s Bush in the County of Montgomery State of New York in a Company of Rangers commanded by Captain Kitman. (1) That the Lieutenant’s name was Jacob Simmons (2) which said company was raised by the State of New York for the purpose of ranging the woods between the Mohawk River and Canada and watch the motion of the British & Indians and to guard & protect forts and the inhabitants for the term of six months and until discharged by the orders of the governor that he went with said company to Stone Robby (3) from thence to Sacandaga to the Fish House & various places on the Mohawk River and through the woods back & forth untill sometime in December following when they returned back to Stone Robby and was there discharged.
            That in the spring of the year 1780 (4) he again enlisted for eight months at Schenectady in Capt. Hale’s (5) Company New York Militia and went to Schohary and was stationed there three Months at the Middle Fort commanded by Capt. Dubois (6) from thence was out in scoughting [sic—scouting] parties after the Indians and guarding the forts and inhabitants until winter when he was discharged at Schohary he thinks in December he well recollects that he traveled in the snow on his return home that he lived in said Florida in the time of the Revolutionary War where the inhabitants were much harassed and alarmed by the British and Indians and that he was frequently called on to turn out and go and repel them. That he did go on alarms very frequently and also on guard for two or three years in that war.
            That he engaged and served (three months in carrying provisions from Albany to Fort George and about one month from Albany to Rome and various services through the most of the war he living in a place very much exposed to the enemy that he has no documentary or other evidence to prove his said services that he hereby relinquishes every claim for 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) Isaac Fuller
            Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid S. Paige, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in & for Otsego County.
            The interrogatories prescribed by the War Department being then put to the said applicant by the said judge when the applicant gave the following answers under oath on examination that he was born at Charles Town in the State of New Hampshire in the year 1753 that he has no record of his age but had in his father’s Bible which is worn out but believes it correct. That he lived in Warrensbury [sic] now Florida when called into the service. That soon after the war he came to Unadilla in the County of Otsego about forty-eight years ago and has resided there since and lives there now. That he entered the service by enlistment twice and volunteered several times. That he refers to Silas Scott esq., Christian B. Fellows, Colo. Cone & Jared Mudge who reside in the neighborhood and are acquainted with him that he requests the 3 months team service be stricken out because he was paid for it

The following letter is in the pension application folder.
December 13, 1912.
Mr. D. C. Young
The Orange National Bank
Smethport, Pa.
            In response to your letter dated the 7th and received the 9th instant you are advised that Isaac Fuller, sur. File No. 8,536. Rev. War was allowed pension for fifteen month’s service as a Private on his application executed October 22, 1832, at Unadilla, Otsego County, New York, where he had resided about forty-eight years.
            He stated that he was born in 1753, at Charlestown, New Hampshire and resided during the Revolution at Warren’s Bush of Warrensbury, which was afterwards called Florida, Montgomery County, New York.
            He enlisted in April 1777, in Captain Getman’s Company of Rangers, and served against the British and Indians on the frontier between the Mohawk River and Canada and was discharged at Stone Arabia sometime in December following.
            Enlisted at Schenectady in the spring of 1780, for eight months in Captain Hale’s company of Militia and was engaged in guarding the Forts and scouting after Indians until December when he was discharged at Schoharie. He also “engaged and served about one month from Albany to Rome”, and was out on frequent alarms.
            There is no family data on file in this claim.
            For the date of last payment of soldier’s pension, and to whom paid, application should be made to the Auditor for the Interior Department, U. S. Treasury Department, Washington, D. C., giving him all of the following date:
            “Isaac Fuller, Certificate No. 14,231, issued May 15, 1833, under the Act of June 7, 1832, at the New York Agency.”
            Referring to a map of New York at the time of the Revolution, it appears that Warrensborough was then in Tryon County, and the publication entitled “New York in the Revolution” compiled by James A. Roberts, 1898 page 186 shows that Isaac and Michael Fuller served in Captain Getman’s Company of Tryon County Rangers.
Very respectfully,
J. L. Davenport

End Notes for Isaac Fuller S.8526
By James F. Morrison

  1. Captain Christian Getman’s Company of Tryon County Rangers.  The company was formed in August of 1776 and discharged on the 27 March 1777.
  2. Lieutenant Jacob Sammons.  Even in period documents it is written sometimes as Simmons or Simons.
  3. Getman’s Company in 1776 helped to built Fort Paris at Stone Arabia.
  4. He is wrong in the year.  It is in 1781.  In between these enlistments he served as a private in Captain David McMaster’s Company in the Third Regiment of Tryon county Militia.
  5. Captain Aaron Hale’s Company was formed in August of 1781 and discharged on or about the 1st of December 1781.  The company was part of Colonel Marinus Willett’s Regiment of New York State Levies.
  6. Captain Benjamin Debois Company also of Willett’s. Hale’s and Debois’ Companies were stationed at the various forts in Schoharie in 1781

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