Morrison's Pensions


Jonathan Sever

W.24931
State of New York
Rensselaer County
Appeared before me the under named Justice of the Peace of the Town of Lansingburgh Rensselaer County, Cornelius Lansing of the said town and county aforesaid, who being duly sworn according to law. Testifies and says that he is in the eighty seventh year of his age. That he had the command of a company of Militia in the War of the Revolution as Captain and that he was well acquainted with Jonathan Sever deceased, the husband of Nancy Sever now applying for a pension and that I well recollect in an expedition to the West to Schoharie to the best of my recollection he had the command as ensign. That we took our line of march from Albany County, now Rensselaer and was gone this tour four weeks and in consequence of the lapse of time and old age cannot remember the exact year. And that Nancy Seven now applying for a pension is the widow of the said Jonathan Sever deceased and whose maiden name was Nancy Slow and who at the time of her marriage was a resident and who at the time of her marriage was a resident of the Town of Lansingburgh in said county of Rensselaer.
(Signed) Cornelius Lansing
Applicant sworn and subscribed this 27th day of April A. D. 1839. Andrew Follet, Justice of the Peace

State of New York
Rensselaer County
I, Cornelius Myers of the Town of Troy, County of Rensselaer appeared before me, Andrew Follet, a Justice of the Peace of Lansingburgh in said county that nineteenth day of April eighteen hundred and thirty nine, who being duly sworn according to law. Testifies and says that he is a pensioner and was a soldier of the Revolutionary War in Captain Sharp’s Company, New York Militia, Colonel Stephen I. Schuyler’s Regiment, but generally under the command of Colonel Van Rensselaer.

That he well remembers Jonathan Sever a Lieutenant in Christopher Tillman’s Company in the same regiment above mentioned. That he was in an expedition with him to the north in the year seventeen hundred and seventy eight to the best of my recollection. That they marched from Albany County now Rensselaer to Half Moon where they laid some time and went out on scouting parties. Took a number of prisoners and sent them to Albany. Then marched to General Schuyler's in Saratoga County where they laid some time and routed the disaffected Schotch. Then was ordered and did march to Fort Edward and laid then some time and then returned home, having been absent four months. That at another time knew Lieut. Sever in an expedition to the west by the way of Beaver Dam from thence to Caughnawaga when they took about 150 Tory Prisoners and brought them to Albany. That they were gone three weeks at this time. Cannot remember the year exactly. That he was well acquainted with Lieutenant Sever the whole of the war. That he knew him to be called out and going at other times during the war, but cannot from the great length of time remember how long or the exact time when he was out. And that the above remembrance is from the particular route and circumstances which took place. Further that I am particularly acquainted with Nancy Sever the widow of Jonathan Sever deceased now applying for a pension and have been from her childhood up to the present time.
(Signed with his mark) Cornelius Myers
Sworn before me this 19th day of April A. D. 1839.
I certify that the above named Cornelius is unable to write his name and therefore makes his mark. And further that I am well acquainted.

State of New York
Rensselaer County
I, Thomas L. Spotten, of Lansingburgh in the County of Rensselaer this nineteenth day of April eighteen hundred and thirty nine, personally appeared before me Andrew Follet a Justice of the Peace of said town and county aforesaid, who being duly sworn according to law testifies and says that he is 77 years of age is a pensioner and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War in Capt. Christopher Tillman’s Company, Colonel Stephen I. Schuyler’s Regt., but generally commanded by Colonel Van Rensselaer. That Jonathan Sever was his Lieutenant. That late in the fall of seventeen hundred and seventy eight or nine, they went from Albany County now Rensselaer, west to Fort Hunter by the way of Schoharie, and was gone four weeks, that Lieut. Sever commanded the company, went again under Lieut. Sever to the north to Fort Edward at the time Sandy Hill was burned and was gone four weeks, but cannot remember the year.

Went again with Lieut. Seven to Vermont I think in the year seventeen hundred and eighty and was gone three weeks, and at another time went with Lieut. Sever to VanAllen’s to rout the Tories by special orders, and was gone two days.

Further says that he was out with Lieut. Sever at other times but from the lapse of time cannot now remember when or how long. That he is well knowing to said sever being out at times when he was not with him in the service. Always understood that he was at Fort constitution. That he is well acquainted with Nancy Sever widow of said Jonathan Sever deceased now applying for a pension and have been acquainted with him ever since his marriage to said Jonathan Sever down to this present time.
(Signed) Thomas L. Spotten

Appeared and Sworn before me this nineteenth day of April A. D. 1839.
I certify that on the day above mentioned the above named Thomas L. Spotten was sworn before me, and that I have been acquainted with him a number of years.

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