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Pension Application for Silas Scofield

S.14416  Private & Serg. in the company commanded by Captain Platt, Captain Hobbie, Regiment commanded by Col. Holmes, NY Line.
State of New York
Onondaga County SS.
            On this eleventh day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Court of Chancery of the State of New York now sitting Silas Scofield a resident of the town of Lysander in the County of Onondaga & State of New York aged seventy four years the 2d day of April last 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 States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
            That he enlisted the fore part of July 1775 & according to his best recollection on the first of July 1775 at North Castle in the County of Westchester in said State of New York for the term of six months in a company of New York State troops commanded by Captain Jonathan Platt of North Castle aforesaid in the regiment of Col. James Holmes.  The name of one of the Lieutenants of the company was David Dan, a verily large man, but he has forgotten the names of the other commissioned officers of the company.
            Jonathan Dan was a sergeant in said company & James Anson was orderly sergeant in said company.  The name of the Sergeant Major of the said regiment was Peltow.
            That he enlisted as a private in said company & regularly served therein for the full term of his said enlistment (six months).  That he resided at North Castle aforesaid when he enlisted—That he marched with said company & Regiment from North Castle a few weeks after his enlistment to Fort George—on their march he went to Sing Sing & took a express for Albany where they encamped about a week—Then marched through Half Moon & Fort Edward to Fort George & from thence to Ticonderoga & there he together, with some who were taken out of every company in the regiment were left to garrison the fort whilest the rest of the army went to the taking of St. John’s & Montreal—That he remained at Ticonderoga in the garrison till the regiment returned with the prisoners & until the expiration of his aid enlistment & was then discharged at Ticonderoga aforesaid & according to his best recollection on the 2d of January 1776.
            That Genl Schuyler commanded at Ticonderoga, that during the time he was at Ticonderoga the [Bombroofs?] were set on fire by some person & all hands were called out by Genl Schuyler to put out the fire—this is a fact which he distinctly remembers—That he was a volunteer in said company.
            He further declares on his oath aforesaid that he enlisted again the forepart of March 1776 in the company of Captain David Hobbie of the New York State troops at North Castle aforesaid for the term of one year in the regiment commanded by Col. Richmond the Lieut Cols name was Wisen Feltl a Scotchman, with whom he was well acquainted—The name of one of the Lieutenants in Capt. Hobbie’s Company was James Miller.  The ensigns name was Lawrence, --That he enlisted as a corporal in said Hobbie’s Company & when the company arrived at New York which was the last of April 1776 he (this deponent) was appointed orderly Sergeant in said Hobbie’s Company & remained orderly sergeant in said company till the time of his discharge.
            That he was a volunteer & regularly served in said company, till he was discharged as herein after mentioned.  That he together with said Hobbie’s company marched from North Castle, about a month after his enlistment to White Plains in Westchester County aforesaid from there to Kingsbridge in the same county from there to Harlem on York Island, from there to New York City & remained there till the British fleet came in & landed on Staten Island.
            That he was in the Hospital in New York sick of the dissentary at the time of the Battle on Long Island--& then he went to Fort [Minute?] & was there during the siege & then he with the regiment retreated to White Plains, & was there in an action in which Genl McDougal commanded, & then retreated to Snake Hill & was there while it was attacked by the British but the British did not take Snake Hill—The British then crossed Dobbs ferry & went to the south—from Snake hill.  He (this deponent) & the army marched north to Peck’s Kill, there he remained, till he was discharged,--That at PeeksKill a great part of Capt. Hobbie’s company reenlisted, but he this deponent did not re-enlist.  That the army then marched to the southward & those who did not re-enlist & whose term of service was out or nearly expired were discharged & he (this deponent) was discharged among the rest & as he thinks, the forepart of January 1777, making the term of his service in said Hobbie’s Company ten months—That he has lost his discharges & has no documentary evidence & that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service except the affidavit of Jonathan Dan hereunto annexed.
            He further declares on his oath aforesaid that he was again called into service in the Militia at Nort Castle aforesaid in the company of said Capt. Hobbie in which company one Wright was Lieut & one Mosier Ensign.  In the summer season of the year 1777, as he thinks in the month of August, in the regiment of col. Thomas Thomas, & he (this deponent) remained in the service at this time half a month & was discharged & during this time they were attacked by the British Lighthorse & he retreated to Daytons swamps & was afterwards relieved by other militia & was discharged at Ogden’s tavern in North Castle—where he resided.
            He further declares that he was again called into service in the militia at [Chahequa?] in North Castle aforesaid in the fall of the year 1778 in the same company commanded by Capt. Hobbin & in the same regiment last foresaid, & as he things in the months of August or September of that year & was stationed as a guard at Chahequa near the North River & remained there in the service about half a month as near as he can recollect & was then discharged—at Chahequa aforesaid.  That he then resided at North Castle aforesaid.
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.  (Signed) Silas Scofield
            Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid.

Letter written December 10, 1930, in reply to a request for information.
            From the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim S.14416, it appears that Silas Scofield was born April 2, 1758, place not stated.
            While residing in North Castle, Westchester County, New York, he enlisted July 1, 1775, served as a private in Captain Jonathan Platt’s Company, Colonel James Holmes’ New York Regiment and was discharged January 2, 1776.
            He enlisted in March, 1776, and served as corporal and orderly sergeant in Captain David Hobby’s Company, Colonel Richmond’s New York Regiment, was in the battle of White Plains and was discharged in January, 1777.
            He enlisted in August 1777 and served one-half month in Captain Hobby’s Company, Colonel Thomas Thomas’ New York Regiment.
            He enlisted in August or September 1778 and served one-half month in Captain Hobby’s Company, Colonel Thomas Thomas’ New York Regiment.
            He was allowed pension on his application executed September 11, 1832, at which time he was a resident of Lysander, Onondaga County, New York.

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