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Pension Application for Isaac Wallerath

W.18287 (Widow: Margaretta or Margret, married Apr 12, 1787, Reformed Dutch Church of Stone Arabia.)

Isaac Wallerath was born on March 14, 1757 and was a life long a resident of Montgomery County, Town of Palatine. He was 75 years old when he applied for his pension on June 7, 1832. He entered the service under the Militia Regiment commanded by Colonel Jacob Klock, Lieutenant Peter Waggoner, Captain John Hess, Tryon County, Town of Palatine.

He declares the first service he was called to do under Captain Hess was in the winter of 1776, they went to Caughnawaga to join General Philip Schuyler with the militia from Albany and Schenectady where they remained for four days before they went to the village of Johnstown. They caused the surrender of Sir John Johnson with about three or four hundred men according to his recollection. They followed Sir John with his men either to leave the states to go to Canada or in doing injury to the friends of liberty previous to their going.

This claimant further that he being faithful stood his drafts. Also performing duty on each and every occasion, equal with any of those not only belonging to the same company with him commanded by Captain Hess but with any belonging to the regiment.

Until the memorable battle at Oriskany under the command of Genl Nicholas Herkimer, against Genl St. Leger from Canada who had been encamped near Fort Stanwix in besieging the fort. And which engagement at Oriskany happened to have proved the most serious conflict, happened during the Revolutionary War, along the Mohawk River. Attended with the loss of about 200 men of the Militia besides many wounded. Battle was fought on the 6th day of August 1777.

This claimant further declares that on the 22nd day of May 1780 called out to repel the enemy where Sir John Johnson in the night or day break, approaching the inhabitants about or around Caughnawaga, burning, scalping or murdering and taking prisoners, then marching through the village of Johnstown to the former residence of Sir John until the last seen of them marching across the Hall farm, then entering into the woods. Col. John Harper who had the immediate command over the militia that day, it may be presumed, thought most advisable, not pursuing the incendiaries into the wood in guarding against their carnal habit in murdering a number of women, children as well as men, which were taken prisoners before the militia were to the village of Johnstown. In consequence women and children suffered to return.

On the 19th day of October, same year, in battle under the immediate command of Colonel Brown, in the aforesaid Town of Palatine, when Colonel Brown was killed and about forty five of the Militia and Colonel Brown’s men killed the enemy who were far superior to his forces. Sir John Johnson, who was at the head of the common enemy, after burning and destroying chiefly all the buildings and grain the enemy on the same marching at the distance of about eight miles up along the Mohawk went and our man in pursuit. Again, took battle with the incendiaries over Klock’s and Failing’s flats. When the enemy left the ground.------

The applicant further states on the 29th day of July 1781 in the battle generally called Landman’s Battle he thinks under the command of Lieutenant Jacob Sammons in woods against a large party of Indians and Tories from Canada, about fifty of which the Indian Chief killed and several wounded of the Indians, some of our men wounded.

That he has been in battle immediately under the command of Colonel Marinus Willett in a serious conflict, a number of lives cost and prisoners taken on both sides. (Battle of Turlough) Colonel Willett sustaining the ground and the enemy set to flight.

A last day, again in pursuit, in command of Major Hess, after the incidearies from Canada for or about fifty ???. When overtaken, the enemy at the West Canada Creek when Captain Butler was shot dead across the creek, besides several of the enemy killed and a number taken prisoner.

That this applicant further declares that from the beginning to the ending of the war he performed his duty. He relinquishes any more claims for pension.

He further declared he was frequently drafted to distant places, where he helped build forts but generally was protecting and guarding against the incursions of the common enemy and served at Fort Paris for five or six years in succession watching and guarding the fort at a moderate calculation deponent performed at the rate of time ? months annually.

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