Pension Application for John Sammons
State of Virginia
Breenbrier County SS.
On this 24th day of September 1832 personally appeared before the Justices of the County of Greenbrier (it being a court of record) John Sammons a resident of the said County of Greenbrier and State of Virginia, aged 73 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 enlisted in the army of the United States in 1776 or the year 1777 under Capt. Thomas Wolverton and served in the Regiment of the Line under the following named officers. That he enlisted for the term of our months in the year 1776 or 1777. He does not recollect which (but he well knows that it was the year the battle too place on Long Island) in Sussex County in the State of New Jersey under Capt. Thomas Woolverton, and was marched to the City of New York and was then attached to the Regiment commanded by Colo. Martin was then stationed on Long Island under General Green, and was reviewed by Genl. Green and remained on Long Island until he was discharged during this four month service he was in no engagement with the enemy. That he was discharged at Brookland on Long Island. That if he received any discharge he has lost the same, that his time of service expired about the last of July, and about 1st September following in the County of Orange and State of New York he enlisted again into the service of the United States for the term of five or six months. He does not recollect which under Capt. John Weigner and was marched from the County of Orange to King’s Bridge new York Island and was then attached to the regiment commanded by Col. Nicholas and under the command of General James Clinton. During this five or six months service he was engaged in active service, was in many scouting parties, in one of which his Capt. Weigner was arrested and broke for cowardice and that he was at the battle of York Island and the company to which he was attached at the battle of the White Plains he was not in the battle owing to being sick, and after his term of service was out he was discharged at Peeks Kill on the North River. That he discharge if he got one he has lost. That he returned to Sussex County New Jersey, and the year following he was drafted in the Militia Service and placed under Capt. Cole and was marched to Elizabethtown and was placed under Genl Windes and was placed there to guard said [?] and [?] and served one month as this time and then was relieved, and about two months after this he was called to served another month at same place and then returned [?] after this month’s service was expired some time, he was called on to serve a third month and soon until he served four or five months at a time and that he recollects that one of his Captain’s name was Still and that another name was Etsell and that during this service a number of the British Army was stationed on Stratton Island and some Skirmishing took place with them and that he was drafted and marched on to the battle at Germantown; he was not in the battle at Germantown owing to an injury he received in this foot, but that Capt. Etsell’s Company to which he belonged was in the battle and that he served one month or upwards this Tour, and returned home to Sussex County, and that he was called on frequently on Scouting parties or as an Indian Spy, towards the head waters of Delaware river about four or five different times, sometimes he served in these tours eight, ten or twelve days at a time in all he believes he served about two months or upwards.
In the year 1781 he either enlisted or was drafted for three months he does not now recollect which under Capt. David McCambly in Orange County New York and was stationed at the Fish Kills on the North River in the Regiment commanded by Col. Hathorn and there served out his three months and was discharged at FishKills. If he received any discharge he does not now recollect what has become of the discharges. That he has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can with convenience procure except the evidence of Robert Buckhannon what he herewith submits in corroboration with this declaration.
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 any state. Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. (Signed) Jon Sammons
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