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Pension Application for Job Sayre

Private.  Capt. Wisner.  Col. Nicholas.
Wife Hannah.  Children: Anna, Benjamin, Abagail, Temperance, Henry, Francis, Job, Lupin.  Born Feb. 28 1758, died Nov. 17, 1845, Goshen, Orange County, NY.
State of New York
County of Orange SS.
            On this twenty seventh day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open court before the Court of Common Pleas now sitting (being a court of record), Job Sayre a resident of the town of Blooming Grove County of Orange and State of New York aforesaid aged seventy five 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 act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United Stated under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
            That in 1775 he volunteered under Captain Thomas Moffat of Blooming Grove aforesaid.  That he did not volunteer for any stated period of time, he marched from Blooming Grove through the aforesaid County of Orange, to New Windsor on the Hudson River.  He remained there one month under the aforesaid Captain—at the expiration of one month the company of Captain John Wisner from the town Warwick, County aforesaid came to New Windsor and deponent’s company was discharged.  The company of Captain Wisner was not full, he wanted three men, and deponent was one of the three who volunteered to make out the requisite number.  Deponent marched from New Windsor down the river (then frozen) from New Windsor to Fort Constitution nearly opposite West Point, on the east side of the river, and in the County of Putnam, remained at Fort Constitution one month was then and there verbally discharged—Colonel Nicholas was in command of the fort.  There were other troops than those of Deponent’s company.  That he said first enlistment or entry in service was in the month of October in the said year 1775.
            That in the year 1776 he enlisted for left under Captain Daniel Denton of the town of Blooming Grove aforesaid.  And Lieutenants Nathan Strong and James Miller—marched from Blooming Grove to New York through Munroe, Ramapo, Hackensack & to Hoboken.—Washington was then in command in person of New York.  Gen. Putnam was there, Gen. McDugal commanded his Brigade.  Wisenfell was his Lieutenant Colonel, Denton was captain, the standing army was stationed in and about the city.  That when the city was taken by the British Army, he went with the other troops to Harlam, Kingsbridge, and stopped at White Plains.  That they were pursued by the British Army to White Plains where there was an engagement of the hostile forces.  This deponent was in that engagement was one of five ordered to the management of a field piece, and was taken from the lines for such purpose.  Gen. McDugal was in command at White Plains.  The force of the British Army was much superior, and Gen. McDugal thought it most advisable to retreat—the British took possession of the battle grounds but did not pursue the American Troops further in their retreat, there was many killed and wounded in this action, upon both sides, thinks there two hundred of the Americans killed and mortally wounded—The enemy after remaining sometime at the battle ground, returned again to the City of New York.  Deponent marched with the other troops to Peekskill in the County of West Chester, from Peekskill to Haverstraw, and from thence to Suffrons where they were discharged from the service and returned.  This deponent had enlisted for life out at having been represented to the State Congress that such was the case, they directed such enlistments to be destroyed, and issued commissions to enlist for three years or during the war—This deponent having enlisted for life was accordingly discharged.  He enlisted in February and discharged and returned home in December following, having served a period of Nine months.  The whole as a corporal.
            That in the Spring of 1777 he again entered the service in a company of Light Horsemen commanded by Ebenezer Woodhull of Blooming Grove aforesaid, who had received a commission to enlist a company of horse from Governor George Clinton, to be ready at all times for the performance of duty, when their services should be required.  In the fall of 1777 after the British had taken fort Montgomery and when on the route up the North River to Kingston which they burned; he was ordered out by the Captain of his company.  Captain Woodhull to New Windsor on the Hudson there were several companies of Militia there.  Colonel Dubois of the standing troops was there, remained there a short time then marched to Kingston—after remaining there a short time he was discharged from duty and returned home having been out on duty at least two weeks.
            That in 1778 he was ordered out into service as one of Captain Woodhull’s company to go to Morristown in the State of New Jersey to guard some cloathing that had been taken from the British—no other troops at Morristown but Deponent’s company, he was out on this duty four days—In the same year he was again ordered to Morristown for the purpose of guarding the cloathing as stated before, three were required to guard such cloating to Philadelphia, of which number Deponent was one, he went [to] Philadelphia and from there again returned home having served on this tour at least ten days.
            That in 1779 he was ordered out by his Captain Woodhull, marched to Fishkill in the County of Dutchess.  Does not now recollect the names of any other officers than his Captain and Lieutenant McCambly, he remained at Fishkill one month was then discharged and returned home.
            1st That he was born February 28th 1758 in the town of Blooming Grove aforesaid.
            2nd That there was a record of his age in his father’s bible which is now lost.
            3rd Lived in the Town of Blooming Grove when called into service and has ever since resided there.
            4th He was called into service as herein before stated.
            5th He never rec’d a written discharge.
            6th That he is known to Charles Howell, Nathan H. White, Selah Strong & Hezekiah Howell of his neighborhood who can testify as to his veracity and their belief of his service.
            He hereby relinquishes every claim 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) Job Sayre
            Sworn to & subscribed the day and year aforesaid.  Asa Dunning Clerk

Letter dated September 22, 1938, replying to a request for information.
            Reference is made to your letter of recent date, in which you requested the record of Job Sayre, Senior, of Goshen, Orange County, New York, who was born February 28, 1758, at Southampton, New York, served in the Revolutionary War from Orange County, had wife named Hannah___, and Children named, Anna, Benjamin, Abagail, Temperance, Henry, Francis, Job, and Lupin, and died November 18, 1845, at Goshen, New York.
            The record follows of the only Job Sayre found in the Revolutionary War records of this office.  The data therein were obtained from pension claim, S.23888, based upon his service in the Revolutionary War.
            Job Sayre was born February 28, 1758, in Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York.  He names of his parents are not shown.
            While a resident of Blooming Grove, New York, Job Sayre enlisted in October 1775, and served one month as private in Captain Thomas Moffat’s New York Company at New Windsor on the Hudson River.  Upon the expiration of that month, he joined Captain John Wisner’s company, Colonel Nicoll’s New York regiment, went down the river to Fort Constitution nearly opposite West Point where he remained on month and was then discharged.  He enlisted in February, 1776, and served as corporal in Captain Daniel Denton’s company, Colonel Ritzema’s New York regiment, was in the battle of White Plains and was discharged about Christmas after serving a tour of nine months.  He enlisted in the spring of 1777, and served two weeks as corporal in Captain Ebenezer Woodhull’s company of light horse.  He enlisted in 1778 and served a tour of four days at Morristown, New Jersey in Captain Woodhull’s New York company.  He served another tour of ten days during 1778 stationed at Morristown engaged as in the other tour of that year in guarding the clothing taken from the British.  He served one month in 1779 under Captain Woodhull in the New York troops at Fishkill, after which he was discharged and returned home.
            Job Sayre was allowed pension on his application executed May 28, 1833, while a resident of Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York.
            No reference was made in the claim to wife or children of the soldier.

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