Peter N. Kilts
State of New York
On this nineteenth day of September, personally appeared before in open court before the Court of Common Pleas, setting Peter N. Kilts, a resident of the Town of Palatine in the County of Montgomery formerly the County of Tryon, aged sixty nine years, the twenty seventh day of May last past and 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 passed by congress June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following officers herein mentioned and served as herein stated.
That he was enlisted in the year 1779 in a company of militia commanded by Sefrenus Cook, Captain and belonging to Colonel Jacob Klock’s Regiment and that he was one among those who in 1781 fought the Indians and Tories and drove them at what is called the Lampman Battle now in the town of Oppenheim in the County of Montgomery [this is before Fulton County broke away from Montgomery County], then in the Town of Montgomery and County of Tryon where the enemy fled after meeting with battle and one of our men wounded from whence he returned to Stonearabia Fort and the first part of the month of October 1781 he went under Captain Zielty to the Hall Battle otherwise called Willett’s Battle which was fought near the Village of Johnstown in the County of Montgomery then the County of Tryon and that he during said battle was under the immediate command under Colonel Willett and that he in company with others after the retreat of the enemy from Johnstown pursued Butler the Indian leaser, said he party of Indians and Tories unto the West Canada Creek where they crossed and Butler was shot by one of the Oneida Indians belonging to our party after which him and others returned through the wilderness about fifty miles to Johnstown with a number of prisoners.
And that he also was drafted to go to Yost and was stationed there about three weeks, and that he was enlisted under Captain Samuel Gray for nine months in conveying provisions, ammunition to Fort Stanwix with boats to General Van Rensselaer for the supply of the United States forces stationed at Fort Stanwix.
And that in the forepart of the year 1781 he was engaged in pursuing with Colonel Willett a party of Indians (in numbers about 300). After the Battle of Turlock in Schoharie County into the Wilderness about thirty miles and from thence returned to Fort Stonearabia.
And that he did from time to time aid and assist under the direction of his superior officers to guard Fort Stonearabia. And that whilst in ordered he in compliance of the resolution, passed by Congress the 27th day of May 1775, and orders of his superior officers from his first enrollment to the close of the Revolution, armed and equipped himself with a musket and powder and balls, and at all times stood ready for duty at a minutes warning.
And that he 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) Peter N. Kilts
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid
Geo D. Ferguson
Isaac S. Ketsharm, a clergyman residing in the Town of Palatine and Peter
Dygert, residing in the same town hereby certify that we are well acquainted
with Peter N. Kilts, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration,
that we believe him to be sixty nine years 3 months and seven days of age,
that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to
have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.
(Signed) Peter Dygert and Isaac S. Ketsharm