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Pension Application for Henry Pruyme or Pruyne

State of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna County SS.
            On this thirtieth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open court before the Honorable Edward Herrick President and William Thomson and Davis Dimrock – Esquire his associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Susquehanna and State Pennsylvania aforesaid now sitting Henry Pruyme a resident of Bridgewater township in said County of Susquehanna and State of Pennsylvania aged sixty eight who being first sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1932—
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated—
            In the year 1781 he resided at Charleston in the State of New York and was drafted & entered in the spring of that year, in the service of the revolutionary army—that he was a member of Captain Garret Putnam’s Company and attached to the Regiment commanded by Col. Willett—that Capt. Putnam's company was stationed at Fort Hunter on the Schoharrie Creek about twenty miles from Fort Plains where the rest of Col. Willett’s regiment was stationed—that he remained at Fort Hunter till about the last of October when he was marched to Johnstown and joined the regiment previous to the battle of Johnstown—That he was in the Battle of Johnstown, and in that part of Col. Willett's regiment which was compelled to retreat to the Mohawk [Bridge?] and abandon a field piece which was taken by the British and spiked, but was afterwards retaken by the American troops—that after the battle of Johnstown he returned to Fort Hunter where he remained till he was discharged being from the time he entered six months.—
            That in the next succeeding spring he was again drafted and attached to the same company and regiment under the command of the same captain and Colonel that for about two months Capt. Putnam’s Company was stationed at Terlow, about thirty miles from Fort Hunter where he remained till the battle or skirmish at Terlow when the Indians and Tories were defeated by Col. Willett who had come thither from Fort Plains, that after the engagement at Terlow he returned to Fort Hunter, and remained there about one month and was then discharged by Col. Willett but said discharge is now lost—that in the said engagement at Terlow he was wounded by a bullet shot in the right arm near the shoulder in consequence of which he has never since had the perfect use of his arm.—
            That previous to the year 1781 he was frequently out in scouting parties sometimes for a few days & sometimes for a week or two—that all the time he was thus engaged would amount as he should judge to six months—that while thus engaged he was taken prisoner by the Indians, Tories and detained two days and the said Henry Pruyne on his oath aforesaid further saith that he was born in the year 1765 at Florida in the State of New York—that he has no record of his age and never hand that after the termination of the war he resided at Charleston and at Cooperstown in the State of New York twenty seven years and then removed to Great Bend in Susquehanna County aforesaid and remained two years, since which time he has resided in the aforesaid township of Bridgewater in the County of Susquehanna aforesaid and further that he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service.—
            He hereby 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 with his mark)  Henry Pruyne
            Sworn and subscribed in open court, April 30th AD 1833.  Asa D. Mock [?]

Letter written in response to a query for information, dated February 4, 1911.
            In response to your letter dated the 3rd and received the 4th instant, I have the honor to advise you that from the papers in claim, Sur. File No. 14, 225, Rev. War, it appears that Henry Pruyne was allowed pension as Henry Pruyme on his application executed April 30, 1833, while a resident of Bridgewater Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
            He stated that he was born in 1765, at Florida, New York, and resided at Charleston, New York in 1781, prior to which time he was frequently called out on scouting parties for a few days or weeks at a time, and was imprisoned by the Tories for two days, served six months.
            Drafted in the Spring of 1781, in Captain Gerrit Putnam’s company, Colonel Willett's regiment, was in the battle of Johnstown, served six months.
            Again drafted the following spring, in captain Gerritt Putnam’s company, colonel Willett's regiment, was wounded in the right arm in the battle of Terlow and was discharged one month after the battle.
            There is no family data on file.

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