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Pension Application for Henry House

State of New York
Schoharie County SS
            On the ninth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one, personally appeared in the open court of Common Pleas of the County of Schoharie, said court being a court of record, Henry House aged fifty eight years, the fourteenth day of March last, a resident of the Town of Schoharie in County aforesaid, who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows to wit, that he entered about the month of July or August but on what particular day or month he cannot say in the year 1777, into a company commanded by Captain Johnson, (1) whose Christian name is not recollected in the fifth regiment then commanded by Colonel Lewis DuBois, in General James Clinton’s Brigade, in the New York Line, that he faithfully served upon the Continental establishment exceeding nine months, that is to say from the above mentioned time of enlistment until the expiration of the War or until the ninth of June in the year 1783 according to the best of his recollection when he was discharged honorably at a place called at Snakes Hill in the County of Orange in the state of New York.  The services he performed & battles (2) in which he was engaged are more particularly set forth in an original declaration by him made & which has been or he believes transmitted to the War Department of the United States at Washington bearing date April 10th 1818, to which he begs leave to refer, that he has been placed upon the pension list & received a pension and that the number of his certificate is 7,114.
            And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby to diminish it, so as to bring myself within the provisions of and Act of Congress entitled “an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War, passed on the 10th day of March 1818.  And that I have not nor has any person for me, any property or securities, contracts of debits due to me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereunto amended, and by me subscribed.  A true and perfect schedule of the real and personal estate of Henry House (necessary and bedding excepted.)
            The said Henry House has no real estate whatsoever, nor interest therein.
            His personal estate consists (necessary clothing and bedding excepted) of one chair, the cost of which was one dollar only, the said Henry House having been a debtor confined for about one year, in the County of Schoharie until the Ninth day of December, last when he was discharged from imprisonment upon assigning and delivering up to his assignees.  All his estate for the use of all his executors, excepting the necessary wearing apparel of himself and his family, his arms and equipments according to an act of the Legislature of the State of New York entitled “An Act to Abolish Imprisonment for Debt in Certain Cases” passed April 7th 1819. 
            I the said Henry House do further in manner aforesaid, swear and declare that I never learned a trade, but am a common laborer that for ten months last part, I have been able to labor but a small part of the time, and for two of the ten months, not at all, on account of the rapid declination of my health.  I have no wife, but several children, who need from me aid to obtain a comfortable support, one of whom particularly a daughter is very low with the consumption [TB] as is said by physicians, and is apparently very near her end, to attend whom I have been obliged to employ a nurse, but am utterly unable to compensate her.  Sworn and subscribed (Signed) Henry House
This ninth day of February 1821.

Henry House S45285 End Notes

1. Henry enlisted as a private in Captain John Johnson’s company [5th company] on 28 May 1777 in Colonel Lewis DuBois' Fifth New York Continental Regiment. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 March 1780.  He was reduced [demoted] to private on 20 April 1781. When the New York Continental Regiments were consolidated the Fifth New York Regiment became part of the Second New York Continental Regiment under Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt.

2. In Henry’s 10th of April 1818 declaration he does not state what battles he was in but he does state he was in Captain Paulding’s [Henry Pawling] Company in Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt’s Regiment [Second NY Continental Regt.]. The battles he would have been engaged in were the Battle of Fort Montgomery 6 October 1777 [5th NY], Battle of Newtown [now Elmira, NY] 29 August 1779 [5th NY] and the Yorktown Campaign October 1781 [2 NY]. In the 1818 declaration he states that he was a resident in the Town of Middleburgh, Schoharie County, NY.   Also in his original declaration of 1818 a John Pulis of the Town of Cobleskill, Schoharie County testifies as serving with Henry.  Pulis enlisted in June of 1778 in the 5th NY Regiment in Captain James Rosekrans' Company [First Company].  Pulis also became part of the 2 NY when the regiments were consolidated.

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