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Pension Application for Seth N. Sherwood

W.15801 (Widow: Ann)
State of New York
Ulster County
            Daniel Sherwood of the Town of Woodstock County of Ulster aged 64 years being duly sworn deposes and says that he is well acquainted with Seth N. Sherwood (being his father) a soldier of the Revolutionary war and now an applicant for a pension, that this deponent lived with the said Seth N. Sherwood in the Revolutionary War in the county of Washington and Town Kingsbury near Lake Champlain and that this deponent saw the said Seth N. Sherwood volunteer in the Militia Service of the State of New York in the Spring of the Year 1776 in Capt. Ohara’s Company in Col. Wynkoop’s Regiment.  That this deponent saw him leave his home as deponent understood to join the Regiment at Albany and from there marched to Lake Champlain to a place called Ticonderoga that this deponent with his mother (being the wife of said Seth N. Sherwood) then went together to the said Regiment at Ticonderoga to wash the soldiers’ Clothes and also to sell various articles to the said Regiment which this deponent & mother had provided and this deponent saw the said Seth N. Sherwood at said Fort Ticonderoga in the service aforesaid until sometime in the fall when this deponent together with part of the said Regiment proceeded to White Hall and that the said Capt. Oharra left the service and the said Seth N. Sherwood was transferred to Capt. Samuel Vanvechten’s Company in the said Regiment of Col. Wynkoop.  That sometime after this deponent and mother left the army and went home that the said Seth N. Sherwood did not return home until sometime in February following the said Seth N. Sherwood called on deponent’s mother on his way to Albany as deponent understood to get his pay together with the said company of Capt. Vanvechten and returned home a few days afterwards and as deponent then understood was paid and discharged and this deponent verily believes that the said Seth N. Sherwood served the full term of ten months in the capacity of a Serjeant.
            And this deponent further says that in the spring of the year 1777, the said Seth N. Sherwood again volunteered in the said service of the Militia of the State of New York in the capacity of a Serjeant in a company of Rangers or Minutemen which said corps was stationed at different places in the County of Washington and along the frontiers near Lake George & Champlain to protect the Inhabitants from incursions of the Tories and Indians from Canada and this deponent saw the said Seth N. Sherwood in said service frequently and believes continued in said service until sometime in the fall of the year 1780 this deponent understood that the said Seth N. Sherwood was taken a prisoner by a party of British Troops & Indians &Tories that the said Seth N. Sherwood for the said service as Rangers received certificates to the amount of 250 Dollars which deponent saw in the absence of the said Seth N. Sherwood in the possession of deponents mother and that the said Seth N. Sherwood did not return home in Washington County until the fall of the year 1782 and always understood & verily believes that the said Seth N. Sherwood was detained a prisoner in Canada for two years or more and further saith not.  (Signed) Daniel Sherwood
            Sworn this 10th October 1832 before me, Jacob Trumpboni

State of New York
Cayuga County SS.
            Truman D. Pitcher of the town of Carleton in the County of Orleans & State of New York, aged seventy eight years, being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he was a revolutionary war soldier, l& served in the revolutionary war; that he was well acquainted with Seth N. Sherwood, now deceased, who was a Sergeant therein & his wife, Ann Sherwood; that said Seth N. Sherwood & this deponent both lived neighbors, at the period of said war, in the Town of Kingsbury in the County of Washington & state of New York; that he well recollects the return of said Seth N. Sherwood to the said town of Kingsbury, from captivity in Canada; as this deponent then saw him the said Seth N. Sherwood with is knapsack on his back, & held a conversation with him on the subject then & frequently afterwards; that he the said Seth N. Sherwood was so taken prisoner, at Fort Ann, Washington County & State of New York; that his immediate captain at the period in question was Captain O’Hara & that Adiel Sherwood was Seignoir Captain commanding over said O’Hara; that his Colonel was Wyncoop & under Gen’l Schuyler, that the British force which captured them was under a Capt. Thomas Sherwood who together with the said Adiel Sherwood & Seth N. Sherwood were brothers; that the mother of the said Sherwoods was a sister of this deponents father; he was gone about three years until his return in the winter season to Kingsbury as aforesaid; that at said conversation between said Seth N. Sherwood & this deponent, at the time of his return from Canada as aforesaid He informed this deponent, that when so taken prisoner he was taken first to St. Johns & thence to Montreal & there kept until he was exchanged when he returned, as aforesaid.  (Signed) Truman D. Pitcher.
            Sworn & subscribed before me this 20th day of November 1838, and I further certify that I am well acquainted with the said named deponent Truman D. Pitcher, & that he is a credible person & his statement entitled to belief; & that I should think him seventy eight years of age.  J. H. Bostwick, Justice of the Peace.

State of New York
Cayuga County SS
            On this tenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight personally appeared before John B. Hulbert one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Cayuga, Ann Sherwood, a resident of the Town of auburn Cauyga County aged seventy four years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following Declaration  in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 Entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows. That she is the widow of Seth N. Sherwood who was an Order Sergeant in the Revolutionary Army.  That said Seth N. Sherwood was a pensioner under the Act of Congress of the 7th June 1832 and drew one hundred and twenty Dollars annually.
            She further declares that she was married to said Seth N. Sherwood on the fifteenth day of November in the year seventeen hundred and eighty three. That her husband the aforesaid Seth N. Sherwood died on the fourth day of June eighteen hundred and thirty six.
            That she was no married to him prior to his leaving the service but the marriage took place previous to the first day of January seventeen hundred and ninety four viz. at the time above stated.  She further says that she has no record evidence of her marriage that she has caused inquiry and search to be made and she and she cannot learn that any such now exists or ever did exist. That she was married at Kingsbury in the County of Washington and State of New York, that he name previous to said marriage was Ann Trapmein and that she has no other evidence of her marriage than the affidavit of Truman D. Pitcher hereto annexed. That she her said husband resided in Washington County during the whole of said war and her said husband served in the company of Captain Adiel Sherwood in Col. Seth Sherwood’s Regiment until he was taken prisoner in 1777 as she believes that she is unable to state his different terms of service particularly but could refer to the papers of Seth N. Sherwood now in the files of the Pension office for the full statement & the proof therein.  (Signed with her mark) Ann Sherwood
            Sworn & Subscribed the day & year before written before me.  John P. Hulbert Judge of Cayuga County Courts.

State of New York
Ulster County SS.
            On the thirteenth day of May in the year 1833, personally appeared before me the undersigned one of the Judges of the County Courts of the County of Ulster, Seth N. Sherwood who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following addition to his former Declaration in answer to the objections written in the brief returned with his original Declaration.  To Wit.  To objection marked VI he the said applicant says that in consequence of old age infirmity and the lapse of time he does not recollect the different officers under whom he served but remembers Captain Isaac Moss under whom he enlisted in the spring of the year 1777 and was stationed the greater part of the then season near fort Edward and was a part of the time a commander of a Sergeant’s guard. And also Lieutenant Bladshaw and was stationed part of the time near Lake George which he believes was in the year 1778 and also Lieutenant Balzance with whom he went on several scouts but does not recollect what year and also remembers Capt. Dial Sherwood (who commanded a company at Fort Ann and that he this applicant was sent to reconnoiter the enemy and had the command of a number of men and that he in that scout was taken a prisoner which he thinks was in the fall of the year 1780.  The above named are all the officers he can at present recollect but was out for the greater part of the time from the beginning of the year 1777 or in the spring of said until he was taken a prisoner and that he was a Serjeant during the above periods of service and thinks the regiment was commanded by Colonel Webster.
            To objection marked XVII he cannot recollect any save those stated already in his original declaration but in addition to those stated in his former declaration he knows Doctor Ebenezer Hall, Benjamin Hasbrouck, Esqr., Justice of the peace in said town & Captain Vanderbogart all of his neighborhood who can testify as to his character for veracity and the general belief in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolutionary war.  (Signed with his mark)  Seth N. Sherwood.
            Sworn and subscribed this 13th day of May 1833 before me. Harry Wynkoop one of the Judges for the County Courts of the County of Ulster.

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed the 7th June 1832.
State of New York
Ulster County SS.
            On the Tenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally appeared before Jacob Trumpbour one of the Judges of the court of Common Pleas in and for Ulster County Seth N. Sherwood a resident of the town of Woodstock in the County of Ulster aged eighty nine years. Who being first duly sworn doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed the 7th June 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated---
            That he was born in the Town of Stratford, in the State of Connecticut, in the year 1743.—
            That he has no record of his age—
            That he lived when called into service in Kingsbury Washington County and State of New York and that he has lived there and in Woodstock Ulster County since the Revolutionary War and that he now lives in Woodstock aforesaid—
            That early in the Spring of the Year 1776 he volunteered in the militia service of the State of New York and was a Sergeant, and was in the Company commanded by Capt. O Harra, Lieutenants Sherwood & Stockwell, Ensign Scudder, in Col. Wynkoop’s Regiment under the command of General Schuyler, for nine Months rendezvoused at Albany and marched from there to Ticonderoga continued there until about August or September following, marched from there to Whitehall and while there was under the command of Capt. VanVechten, continued there until sometime sin the month of February following, returned again to Albany and was there after a service of Ten months or more discharged—(received a written discharge) signed by Capt. O. Hara and has lost it when a prisoner.
            And this applicant further declares that in the Spring of the Year 1777, he again Volunteered in the same services aforesaid, as a minuteman, and from the Variety of stations, and other circumstances he is unable to particularize his officers.  Was stationed in Kingsbury Washington County, and continued to serve as such mintueman until October in the year 1780, and until he had received for his services during said time certificate in the amount of (eighty Pounds) or two hundred and fifty dollars) and was then together with the rest of the company taken prisoner by a party of British and Indians to the number of from 7 to 800, and was retained by them as such prisoner until in November in the year 1782, and was then taken to Whitehall and was there exchanged, and was a great part of the time confined in Solitary Confinement saw while a prisoner Capt. Jeremiah Snyder, Elias Snyder, Peter Miller also prisoners & and they were from Ulster County) and that he and the said party were taken at Fort Ann near Lake George, and was conveyed to and confined at the present at Montreal, [the record ends here]

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