Morrison's Pensions

Jacobus Van Etter (Van Etten)

State of New York
Ulster County
William Emmett and Cornelius Quick (1) being duly sworn and on their oath doth say that they are well acquainted with Jacobus Van Etten now an applicant for a pension under the act entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War.  That these deponents were well acquainted with the said Jacobus Van Etten during the Revolutionary War, that these deponents, frequently saw the said Jacobus Van Etten that the said Jacobus Van Etten was enlisted in the company commanded by Captain Edward Lounsbry (2) in Colonel Philip Van Cortland’s Regiment in the year 1777 for three years, and that the said Jacobus Van Etten was in the service of the United States during the said term of three years when he was discharged that the said Jacobus Van Etten was in the Battles at Westchester, (3) Saratoga and Monmouth and that the said Jacobus Van Etten is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of assistance of his country for support.
Sworn to and declared before me the 18th day of January 1819.
(Signed) Wessel Brodhead.
(Signed with their marks) William Emmett and Cornelius Quik

State of New York
Ulster County
            Jacobus Van Etten (4) of the Town of Rochester in Ulster County and State of New York, late a private soldier in the Army of the Revolution on the sixth day of July 1820, personally appeared before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for said county in open court the same being a Court of Record recognized by the acts of Congress and by the laws and statement of this state having a clerk and a seal, aged 83 years next October who being duly sworn according to law on his oath doth declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows.
            In the regiment commanded by Col. Phillip VanCortland, (5) Captain Louisbury in the New York Line who applied for his pension in 1819.  The number of his certificate 7745, and dated 15 March 1819.
            I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th 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 as to bring myself within the provisions of an 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 18th March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person for me in trust any property or securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other that what is mentioned below or property except what is contained in my schedule here under written and by me subscribed.
            Real property – none, physical property –none except my wearing apparel, No trade but a common labourer
            By my age and infirmity unable to support myself and cannot nor, have not done a days work there 7 year, have been blind three years and am now able to see a little with one eye.  My children were seven, Benjamin, John, Jacobus, Peter, Tunis, Margaret and Maria 5 sons 2 daughters.  I live with my son Benjamin who is unable to support me nor are any of my other children.  But any support (blotted) is needful and may my country contribute to it for services rendered to her during the Revolutionary War.
(Signed with a mark) Jacobus Van Etten
Sworn, subscribed and declared to in open court this 6th day of July 1820 before Lucas Underdorf, first Judge, etc.

            I, Christopher Tappan Junior clerk of the Court of common Pleas of Ulster County in the State of New York of Ulster County in the State of New York do certify that the foregoing and the schedule thereunto annexed and truly copied from the originals of file in the office of said clerk.  And that it is the opinion of said Court that—Jacobus Van Etten is deponent on the aid of his country for support.  And that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is nothing.  Witness my hand and the seal of said court.  July 6th 1820
Ch. Tappen, Junior

End Notes
By James F. Morrison

  1. Cornelius Quick enlisted as a private on the 26th November 1778 in Captain Abner French’s Company in the 2nd New York Continental Regiment.  So far I have found no record for William Emmet.
  2. Captain Edward Lounsbury, Eighth Company in the 2nd NY Continental Regiment.  Captain Lounsbury resigned on the 17 of October 1778.  Lieutenant Charles Nukerck was promoted to Captain in his place.
  3. Battle of Westchester is a name for a battle that is unknown.  The Battle of White Plains was on the 28th of October 1776 which was before their enlistments.  The Battle of Saratoga, NY where on the 19th of September and the 7th of October 1777.  The Battle of Monmouth, NY on the 28th June 1778.
  4. Jacobus is Dutch for James and Cobus is the nickname.  J’s are pronounced as Y’s.  Van Etten is written as Van Atten, Van Alter, Van Etten, Van Etter, Van Netten, Van Natter, etc.  There are today Van Etten’s and Van Natter’s in the Mohawk Valley.
  5. Jacobus enlisted as a private on the 1st of January 1777.  He is listed as deserting on the 5th of September 1781.  The 2nd NY was with the main army marching towards Yorktown Virginia.  Jacobus deserted somewhere near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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