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Pension Application for Pirum Ripley

S.23388
State of New York
County of Livingston SS.
            On this 28th day of September 1832 personally appeared before the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Livingston aforesaid Piram Ripley a resident of the town of Livonia in the County of Livingston aforesaid aged 69 years the 22nd day of November 1931 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 of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
            That he enlisted in the service of the United States in the month of February 1778 as a sailor on board the Olive Cromwell a 20 gun ship of the State of Connecticut commanded by Captain Timothy Parker lived when he enlisted at Norwich in the State of Connecticut and went ship board at Boston.  We assailed from Boston on a cruiser—was dismasted in the gulph of Florida—near the Bahama Islands.
            In the month of May (& Previous to the last above) fell in with and captured a 20 gun ship named the Admiral Kepple a British ship.—
            Sent her into Boston—Went to Charleston in South Carolina—there sailed and as above in the gulph of Florida was dismasted in a gale—Then sailed for New London in Connecticut by the assistance of Jury Masts, overtook a brig—(a Merchantman) and made her a prize and sent her to Boston—and at New London was discharged about the last days of September or first of October 1778 discharge lost.
            In 1778 in the month of December in the said Service on board of the ship confederacy a 36 gun ship commanded by Captain Seth Harding—lived as aforesaid at Norwich—went ship board at New London Connecticut sailed from thence to the Delaware River and up it as far as Chester 15 miles below Philadelphia—Thence off on cruise & be gone sometimes 2 weeks and then return to Chester made frequent sails or cruises during the season and on and excursion took a 24 gun ship took her into Philadelphia don’t recollect the name—upon another occasion took a schooner of ten guns and took her to Philadelphia—and also upon another occasion took a sloop which afterwards may proved to be a [?] repel – in the month of October 1779 left the [?] service while lying at Chester time of service of enlistment having expired.  He went 10 months having four months over my enlistment—That in the year 1780 on the first of July enlisted in the service of the United States and joining the army at Nelson’s Point. Genl. Pearsery Brigade was detached from the same and attached to a company of Light Infantry Commanded by Capt. Buel—Col. Herman Swifts regiment and Genl [Powry?} Brigade—Marched from thence to the Jersey moved about from place to place all as it in the same neighborhood.  Were upon the lines—returned for winter quarters to the Highland in New York and was discharged the last days of December agreeable to the terms of enlistment which was six months—Having moved to New Lebanon in the State of New York in the winter of 1781—fromwhich before enlisted in said service on the first of April (1781) New York state Troops in a regiment commanded by Colonel Marinus Willet marched to Saratoga continued there & about then no other business but scouting a keeping garrison until the last of December same year term of enlistment having expired.  To wit 9 months—1782 first of April enlisted in to the regiment commanded by Colo Marinus Willet lived as aforesaid—Captain Gray—Enlisted for nine months and served until the expiration of the same (to wit) until the 1st January 1783. That he had previous to the expiration of the 1st enlistment enlisted in the said service in the said Regiment in a company commanded by Captain Joseph Harrison for two years and served until the forepart of January 1784 at the Schenectady Barracks—during the last enlistment marched up the Mohawk River as far as Fort Stanwix and built two block & base store houses.
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state.  (Signed) Pirum Ripley
            And the said court do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier and served as here stated.  Chancey R. Bond clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Livingston County do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Piram Ripley for a pension.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 31st day of October 1832.  C.R. Bond Clerk  by S.G. Haven, &  [?]

July 1, 1926, letter replying to an inquiry.
            I have to advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim S. 23386, it appears that Pirum Ripley was born November 22, 1762, place not stated.
            While residing at Norwich, Connecticut in February 1778, he entered on board the Connecticut ship “Oliver Cromwell”, Captain Timothy Parker, sailed from Boston, captured the British Ship “Admiral Keppel”, they were dismasted in a gale in the Gulf of Florida, near the Bahama Islands, on their return, captured a merchantman, and was discharged at New London, Connecticut in September or October 1778.
            He entered, December 1778, on board the United States Ship “confederacy”, Captain Seth Harding and sailed form New London, Connecticut to the Delaware River, and was on several curises onthat river, and served to in October 1779.
            He enlisted July 1, 1780 and served six months as private in Captain Buell’s company, Colonel Herman Swift’s Connecticut Regiment.
            He moved to New Lebanon, New York, and enlisted April 1, 1781 and served nine months in Colonel Marinus Willett’s New York Regiment.
            He enlisted April 1, 1782 and served nine months in Captain Gray’s Company, Colonel Marinus Willett’s New York Regiment; and enlisted January 1, 1783 and served one year in Captain Joseph Harrison’s Company, in same regiment.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed September 28, 1832, while a resident of Livonia, Livingston County, new York.
            In 1836, he moved to Washtenaw County, Michigan, to be with his children, and in 1839, he moved back to New York to live with a daughter, no names of children mentioned, nor is the name of his wife on file.

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