Morrison's Pensions


Pension Application for Lucas Salisbury

S.28866
Private, Captain McGee, Gen. Schuyler
The Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Tompkins now sitting Lucas Salisbury a resident of the Town of Ithaca in the County of Tompkins in the State of New York, aged 75 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain he benefit of the Act of Congress passed Jun e7th 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein states.
            The he entered the service at Greenbush near Albany in the State of New York, in the month of July (as he thinks) in the New York Militia or State Troops.  He marched directly to Schoharrie he remembers that on their march to Schoharrie he saw the farmers harvesting their winter grain.  He entlisted for three months at this time and was stationed at Schoharrie was there when it was burnt.  He pursued the Indians when they left Schoharrie for three days, and then returned to Schoharrie and continued there till his term of 3 months had expired.  He thinks it was called, service in the militia.  They were divided into Classes of ten men each and each class had to furnish one man.  He was hired to go and serve.  He does not recollect any of his officers names.           
            The next spring after his three months term of service had expired, he entered the service in the New York State Troops (as he supposes) to serve for the term of nine months under Captain McGee (he thinks Capt. McGee’s Christian name was James).  William Bloodgood was Lieutenant.  He entered at Greenbush aforesaid where he resided, and marched first to West Point down the Hudson River and was stationed there for two or three months.  They then marched for Fort Edwards.  He recollects that at the time they marched from West Point t6o Fort Edwards, the corn was tossel out.  They marched through Saratoga where General Schuyler resided.  They were destitute of provisions, and he understood a request was made to General Schuyler to furnish some which he refused or neglected to do.  He recollects that they stopped at Saratoga during the night and that the soldiers got a hog out of General Schuyler’s pen and some Flour out of his mill and carried them some distance on the road where they were to march the next morning, and hid them in the corn field and returned back to their encampment.  The next morning General Schuyler had their knapsacks searched to see that they had stolen nothing.  They then marched, and when they came to the provisions they put them into their knapsacks==They were stationed at Fort Edwards until the nine months term had expired, but were several times during the time they were stationed at Fort Edwards, at Fort Ann & Fort George.  There was a battle at Fort Ann and at Fort George during this time.
            That he has no evidence by whom he can prove his service that he knows of.  That he resided at Greenbush on the Hudson River opposite Albany in the State of New York.
            To the questions put by the court he returns the following answers.
            1st He was born, as he understands, a[t] Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer in the State of New York in 1757.
            2nd He has no record of his age.
            3rd.  he was living when called into the service at Greenbush aforesaid.  After the Revolution he went & resided in Bethlehem in Albany County New York and now lives in Ithaca in Tompkins County NY and has for 11 years past.
            4th He enlisted into the service, but for the first three months service he was hired by a class of 10 men who had to furnish a man.
            5.  He knew General Schuyler but does not know whether he saw him at Fort Edwards.  He knew Col. VanSchaick who commanded while he was at Fort Edwards.  He knew Capt. Copp & Captain Parsons who were both at Fort Edwards & commanded there at that time.
            6th.  He never had a written discharge.
            7th He is acquainted with Luther Gerr, Judge Bloodgood, Edward L. Porter & Adolphus Downer.
            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)  Lucas Salisbury
            Subscribed & sworn in open court before me.  S. Love, Clk of Court of Common Pleas

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