Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for William Rhinehart (Rinehart)

State of New York
County of Montgomery

On this seventeenth day of March 1827, personally appeared in open court, being a court of Record for the county aforesaid, William Rhinehart, resident in said county aged sixty-four years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the act of Congress of the 18 th March 1818, and the act of May 1821, that he the said William Rhinehart enlisted for the term of nine months on or about the first day of March in the year 1780, in the State of New York in the company commanded by Captain French (1) in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Gansvoort in the line of the State of New York on the Continental establishment; that he continued to serve in the said corps until the first of January 1781, when he was discharged from the service in Schenectady in the State of New York, that he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension except the present, that his name is not on the roll of any state; and that the following are the reasons for not making earlier application for a pension, that he this deponent applied eight years since for a pension for services as a soldier under Col. Willett and Major Van Benschoten,(2) but was rejected since that time he has wanted friends testimony until the present time.

And in pursuance of the act of the 1st May 1820, I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18 th day of 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 so 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 on the 18 th day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts or debts due to me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed. That since the 18 th of March 1818, the following changes have been made in my property, has owned no property for nine years past, except his wearing apparel and a few trifling articles not worth more than ten dollars at any point of time within that period.

(Signed) William Rhinehart

Subscribed and sworn to in open court this 17 th day of March 1827.


State of New York
Montgomery County SS

Schedule of property owned by William Rhinehart, an applicant for a pension under the act of the United States of the 18 th day or March 1818 to wit:

Real Estate: None

Personal Estate. His wearing apparel

One Axe……..value $2.00

One Scith…………..$1.00

One Pocket Knife…...$.20


Total Value Five Dollars and Twenty Cents

(Signed with his mark) William Rhinehart

Subscribed and sworn to open court this 17 th day of March 1827.

I, George D. Ferguson, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County do hereby certify that the foregoing oath and the schedule thereto annexed are truly copied from the records of the said court. I also certify that the court were satisfied that the claimant served for the term of nine months under one engagement on the Continental establishment, and I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said court that he has no real property and that his personal property is worth but five dollars. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand an affixed the Seal of the said court this seventeenth day of March 1827.

(Signed) Geo. D. Ferguson


State of New York
Montgomery County SS

Abraham Van Dusen being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he was acquainted and served with him in the army of the revolution. That he the said William Rinehart enlisted in Captain French's Company, Colonel Gansevoort's Regiment of troops in the New York line on the Continental establishment on or about the first or second day or March in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty, for the term of nine months that he served his time and faithfully and was discharged at Schenectady in the State of New York on or about the first day of January in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty one. And this deponent further saith that he was himself a soldier and sergeant in the regiment and company aforesaid with the said William Rinehart during the whole of the above mentioned period of time and personally knows the facts as avoe stated to be true.

(Signed) Abraham Van Dusen

Sworn and subscribed before me this 17 th day of August in the year 1827.

Aaron Haring First Judge of Montgomery County Common Pleas New York Sate. I certify that he is a credible and reputable person and a competent witness as to truth and veracity. (Signed) Aaron Haring.

End Notes

  1. William enlisted in April 1782 in Captain Abner French's Company in Colonel Marinus Willett's Regiment of New York State Levies. Rhinehart was mistaken about the year he enlisted and who was the commanding officer.
  2. Major Elias Van Benscoten served in Colonel Willett's Regiment.


Additional Notes

In November 1782 Captain French retired from the service and Lieutenant Jellis A. Fonda became the company's captain.

Descriptive Book Number 4, Document Number 11105, New York State Library, Albany has the following:
Born at Canajoharie, Tryon County. Enlistment for 2 years on October 18, 1782.
Age-18; size-5 ft 7 in, complexion-Dark, hair-Black, Eyes-Black, Occupation-labourer, Remarks-not mustered.

Adjutant Pliney Moore's Orderly Book. Fort Rensselaer 1782-1783, Document Number 8174, New York State Library, Albany, NY.
Fort Rensselaer July 15 th 1783
Regimental Orders.
At a Court Martial held by order of Majr Finck—
Capt. Newell – President
Lieut. Campbell (member)
Lieut. Cowles (member)

Was tried William Rynhart of Captain Cannons Compy Colo Willett's Regiment for stealing a pr. Shoes out of the public Store found guilty & sentenced to Receive Sixty Lashes on his naked back by the drummers of the Regiment. The commanding officer approves the Sentence & Orders the same put in execution Immediately.

By Order of Majr Finck
Pliny Moor Adjt.

He appears on Captain James Cannon's Payroll for 1783 as serving 12 months He had been paid £26.60 and was owed £53..30. Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, Series M-246, Roll 78, National Archives, Washington D.C.

William also served in Captain Jost House's Company in Colonel Samuel Campbell's Regiment of Tryon County Militia [First Regiment].

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