Pension Application for Isaac Quackenboss (Quackenboy)
State of New York
Delaware County SS.
On the 9th day of October A.D. 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas holden at the Court House in Bilby in the said county of Delaware for said County now sitting Isaac Quackenboss a Resident of the Town of Franklin County of Delaware and State of New York aged seventy one years who being first duly Sworn according to Law doth on his Oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832 That he entered the Service of the United States under the following named officers and Served as herein stated [?] on the fifth day of July 1777 living in theity of Albany he Volunteered in the Service of the United States under the command of Lieut. Coonrad Sharp and marched from thence to Saratoga falls where he performed the common duties of a Soldier of the Army for the term of time of five weeks from thence he retreated with almost of the Americans before General Burgoyne’s Army to Van Schaiks Island where he was verbally Discharged and went home And about the first of August in the same year 1777 he enlisted as a three months man under the command of Capt. Jacob Lansing in the Regiment Commanded by Colonel Abraham Wemple residing as aforesaid in the City of Albany that he marched from thence to Vanschaiks Island and Joined the American Army at that place performed a common soldiers duty standing sentry &c from thence he marched to Stillwater remained at that place a few days then marched to Bemus Heights and with the Americans met the enemy under the command of General Burgoyne that he was personally engaged in a Battle with the British at that place that he can’t say what day the Battle took place but thinks it was some time in September 1777 that the Armies engaged two successive days that the night after the defeat of the British General Burgoyne retreated to Saratoga that he was present as one of the Life Guard of General Gates and saw General Burgoin deliver up his Sword to General Gates who gave it back to him as a present That he recollects when Colonel or Major Sheins delivered his sword to General Gates he Skeins looked very sour at Gen. Gates who kept his sword that after the above Battle and taking of Burgoine he marched from thence to Albany City where he staid four or five days from thence he Marched down the north river to New Windsor thinks Capt Lansing was not present at the Battle of Bemis Heights but that he Marched with him & the Army down to New Windsor that he was discharged as he believes by Verbal order from Capt. Jacob Lansing about the Last of November 1777 and returned home to Albany. That about the last of July 1778 he entered the service again as a member of the class then turned out at the said city of Albany under the command of Lieut Coonrad Sharp Marched to Schoharrie where they remained at the Old Meetinghouse half a month and he was discharged by a verbal order in August following that he once started with two other Militia men to man the Middle fort at Schoharrie that the other two men ran away and that he went on and found the force3s at that place. That they were all Strangers to him that he staid so short a time that he can’t remember many of the officers names don’t remember any of the officers names that time except the commissary which was Jacob Winner was there a half month was discharged verbally and went home cant specify the precise time that he went or returned but that it must have the beginning of winter of 1779 remembers there was a deep snow at the time that he went with his class about the last of October 1780 under the command of Capt. Jacob Lansing from where he lived in Albany to the Stone Church or as it was called the Lower Fort in Schoharrie where he staid a half month and was discharged verbally in November can’t remember what day. That he again went with his class in the month of May A.D. 1781 under the command of Capt. Jacob Lansing from Albany to Fort Hunter & staid there about ten days and was Discharged verbally that he went as above about the Last of July 1781 from Albany to Fort Plain & Canajoharrie from thence to Bowmans Kill [Creek] from thence to Cherry Valley on a scout from thence Back to Bowmans Kill when he with the whole company abandoned the Post he was there 17 days. That he afterwards Enlisted about the first of August 1781 living at Albany under the Command of Capt. Harrison that he staid with the troops at Albany under the command of Capt. Marshal was attached to Colonel Willards Regiment did the duty of Express carried letters to Schoharrie carried a discharge to the Militia Stationed there was discharged at Albany about the Last of the month of November of the same year and this as he believes and all the other above specified services were [?] in the Militia of the New York Line that he has no record of his age Except by reference to the record of his baptism which identified the year as he believes of 1761 as the year of his Birth in the City of Albany that he has resided in Albany City & in Delaware County Since the Revolution. That his terms of Service being generally short he cannot recollect and distinguish more of the regular & Militia officers than he has done—that he never had a written discharge from service that he was acquainted with Jacob Vanwort during the Revolutionary War that he the said Jacob Vanwort lived at the same time in the said City of Albany in the State of New York and that he was a Sergeant in the Company of Militia in the said City of Albany in the year of our Lord 1775 and during the revolutionary war under the command of Capt. Jacob Lansing.
By the court where and in what year were you born.
Answer, I was Born at Saratoga in the year A.D. 1761 in the State of New York.
Per the Court, Have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
I have no record of my age except the record of my baptism left by the minister as my Good Mother letts? in the City of Albany.
Per the Court when where were you living when called into the service where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
I lived in the City of Albany when called into the service have lived in Albany and in Delaware County. I now live in the Town of Franklin in Delaware County.
Per the Court how were you called into the Service, were you drafted, did you Volunteer or were you a substitute and if a substitute from whom?
The first time I went into the service & Volunteered, the second time & Enlisted, all the rest of my service was done as a member of my class except one when I went to Schoharrie as a substitute for one Jacob Lansing who was a cousin to our Militia Captain and one other time when I Enlisted under Capt. Harrison.
Per the Court State the names of some of the [?] officers who were with the Troops where you served each Continental and Militia Regiments as you can recollect and the general Circumstances of your service.
I was attached to General Glovers Brigade when I entered the service don’t know whether he was a regular or Militia Officer. Colonel Wemple was some times with us. General Gates hand command and was with us at Saratoga but General Arnold was the [?] I was at Schoharrie at Saratoga & was in the engagement at Saratoga on Bemus Heights. I was some of General Gates life guard when Burgoine surrendered I carried a discharge to Schoharrie for the troops. Then near the close of the war I carried letters from Capt. Mars;hal to Schoharrie & to Saratoga & I carried letters from Col. Ganswvoort on a discharge to Schoharrie.
By the Court did you ever receive a discharge from service and if so by whom was it signed.
I never received a written discharge in my life I was discharged by word of mouth.
By the Court state the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and good behavior your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
I know Jacob Vanwort who was a member of the same Militia Company with me in Albany in the Revolutionary War—I am also acquainted with Judge Amos Douglas.—
I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pensions or annuity except for the present and declare that my name is not on; the pension list roll of any Agency of any State. (Signed with his Mark) Isaac Quackenboss
Sworn & Subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open court. C. B. Sheldon, clerk
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